• US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the culmination of months-long federal investigations into a shooting that sparked protests and a national dialogue on race and law enforcement as the tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black person to hold that office, draws to a close.

  • House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home. The subpoenas from the Republican-led Select Committee on Benghazi demanded additional material from Clinton and others related to Libya, spokesman Jamal D. Ware said. The panel also instructed technology companies it did not identify to preserve any relevant documents in their possession.

  • Oklahoma's weather — or not: Forecasters' predictions bring flurry of complaints

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma City school officials canceled classes Wednesday due to predictions of light ice in the morning followed by sleet and snow later in the day. But those predictions mostly didn’t materialize until about 4 p.m., after the end of what would have been Wednesday’s school day.

  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create a "moderately prosperous society," said Premier Li Keqiang in a report Thursday to China's ceremonial national legislature. Actual economic growth last year was 7.4 percent, the lowest since 1990. The ruling Communist Party is in the midst of a marathon effort to guide the world's second-largest economy to slower but more self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption and services.

  • A mammoth dispute: Plan to move Seattle elephants to Oklahoma City draws protests

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A plan to move two Asian elephants from a Seattle zoo to the Oklahoma City Zoo’s elephant habitat is drawing protests from animal rights activists, Seattle City Council members and that city’s leading newspaper.

  • Police: Maryland shootings random; evoked DC sniper memories

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday. Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Altomare said the shootings over the past week evoked memories of two snipers who killed 10 people in 2002 in the Washington area. Despite the fear created by the latest shootings, Altomare said everyone is "alive and well." "Most of us here probably, in some way, shape or form, are aware of the events 15 years ago with the D.C. sniper case," Altomare said at a news conference with officers from the FBI and Howard and Prince George's counties.

  • Weather causes more high school basketball area postponements

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Several area basketball tournament sites have postponed Thursday’s games because of snow and ice.

  • Truck crew says carsickness led to $4.8M heist of gold bars

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion-dollar heist. Three days later, authorities said they were suspicious that Sunday's roadside robbery might have been an inside job. As soon as the guards stopped on the shoulder because one of them wasn't feeling well, three robbers drove up in a cargo van and confronted them at gunpoint, yelling "Policia!" and ordering the crew to lie on the ground. The robbers tied their hands behind their backs and marched them into nearby woods, authorities said.

  • U.S. Supreme Court justices appear torn by health care subsidies case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 8 hr ago

    In oral arguments in a case that could determine the survival of the Affordable Care Act, liberal justices and some conservatives seem sympathetic to one side or the other. But justices holding votes that could decide case are not easy to read.

  • Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements aired during NBA games on major TV networks over the next few months. Sandberg is hoping to persuade men that they will be better off financially and emotionally if they take more responsibility for housework and child care, while also backing equal rights for women at work. "Gender equality doesn't just benefit women, it benefits men in lots of ways," Sandberg said in an interview with The Associated Press.

  • Carter County collision leaves woman dead

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Addie Howeth, 82, of Ratliff City, died after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon. The problems began in the late 1990s when French officials gave him a passport under what turned out to be a stolen name. He came to the U.S., robbed a bank and then was convicted and imprisoned under the same false name. U.S. immigration officials wanted to send him back to his native Cameroon but that country never responded to requests to take him. So he was released from a halfway house last May, and U.S. probation officials

  • 'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. "It WAS him," said defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty specialists. But in a strategy aimed at saving Tsarnaev from a death sentence, she argued that he had fallen under the malevolent influence of his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.

  • Trial date is set for former Oklahoma City police officer accused of rape

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A trial date has been set for a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping and assaulting women while on duty. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 28, will face trial Oct. 26.

  • A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears arguments in April on whether gay couples nationwide have a fundamental right to marry and whether states can ban such unions. Stuck between the state's highest court and a series of federal rulings, many probate judges

  • Weatherford man found guilty in death of teenager JaRay Wilson

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    JaRay Wilson, 16, was missing for 14 months before her body was recovered in a rural area north of Weatherford. Witnesses said Tucker McGee was smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana, before he shot Wilson in the head.

  • Authorities identify man whose body was found Sunday in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Authorities have identified a man whose body was found Sunday morning in the backyard of a northwest Oklahoma City home, but have not determined the cause of death.

  • Oklahoma prisons chief says staff safety at risk

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections says staff shortages and inmate overcrowding are jeopardizing the safety of prison workers and that many of them are leaving because of employee burnout. DOC Executive Director Robert Patton told a Senate committee Wednesday that despite a pay increase for prison workers approved last year, the agency is struggling to retain workers. He says the agency needs to hire more than 850 prison guards to be fully staffed. The Legislature is grappling with a $611 million hole in next year’s budget, and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman asked Patton how his agency would handle a 5 percent cut in its budget.

  • Latest on Boston bombing trial: Victim says she saw pal die

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    5:10 P.M. A spectator at the 2013 Boston Marathon has testified that she watched her close friend die on the pavement next to her after the first bomb exploded. Karen Rand McWatters spoke Wednesday at the federal death penalty trial of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). She described the last moments of her friend Krystle Campbell's life. She says Campbell "very slowly said that her legs hurt," and the two held hands. McWatters says, "Shortly after that, her hand went limp in mine, and she never spoke again." McWatters choked back tears as she recalled screaming for help. McWatters herself lost her left leg when the first of two bombs went off. The defense didn't cross-examine the f

  • Statutory oil, gas liens are designed to protect service companies

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Crowe and Dunlevy associate Christopher Staine discusses requirements for a valid and enforceable oil and gas lien.