• Man killed by train in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Norman police said a train traveling north struck and killed a man between Acres Drive and Johnson Street.

  • Cameron man dies in Le Flore County wreck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A Cameron man was killed Friday morning in Le Flore County when another vehicle crossed into his lane of traffic, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane if there is a rogue pilot in the cockpit. The head of Germany's air traffic control agency on Wednesday became the latest to raise such a prospect. Such moves might seem logical in the aftermath of this crash, but industry experts warn that the technology is fraught with problems. Besides, no matter how tragic the deaths of the 149 other

  • Canadian County deputies arrest two in online stings

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Deputies arrested Stephen Noles, 35, and Muhammed Najumudeen, 23, separately on complaints of soliciting sex with a minor.

  • Woman wards off intruder with shotgun

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    An Oklahoma City woman warded off an intruder Wednesday morning by pointing and trying to fire a shotgun at the man who kicked in her door.

  • McVeigh defense archive shows bomber viewed blast as failure

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Timothy McVeigh considered the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building 20 years ago somewhat of a failure, viewed himself as a "Paul Revere-type messenger" and even suggested his defense team should receive $800,000 from the government, according an archive of documents donated by the convicted bomber's lead attorney. The estimated 1 million pages of paper documents from Stephen Jones now fill 550 file cabinet-sized boxes at the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, where the Enid, Oklahoma, attorney received his undergraduate degree. The trove, delivered to the school in three phases since 1998, only became fully organized late last year.

  • Iraqi officials believe Saddam's top deputy killed

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the "king of clubs" on the U.S. military's deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri near Tikrit, where the former deputy to Saddam was working alongside Islamic State militants. Reports of al-Douri's death came Friday as Iraqi forces tried to push back Islamic State group fighters in Salahuddin province, where Tikrit is located. Government troops took back several towns near Iraq's largest oil refinery at Beiji, officials said. Farther north, a car bomb exploded next to the U.S.

  • Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals judges on Friday peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held a special hearing in a closely watched case that is holding up Obama's immigration action. A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas sued to block the plan. The hearing was on an appeal of a Texas judge's injunction. The Justice Department argued that Texas has no legal standing in the matter. Texas' solicitor general countered that granting legal status to immigrants will be costly for Texas. The judges did not rule and took the case under advisement.

  • Wave of bombings kills 40 people in Iraqi capital

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad on Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing at least 40 people, Iraqi officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but violence has escalated both in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq in the wake of Islamic State group's capture of large swaths of territory in the country's west and north during a blitz last year. The Islamic State has taken credit for similar attacks in the past, especially those targeting Shiites, as well as Iraqi security forces and government buildings. The deadliest of Friday's attacks came when a car bomb went off inside a car dealership in the Shiite neighborhood of Habibya in eastern Baghdad, killed 15 pe

  • US senator says it's time to put a woman on the $20 bill

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. "I think there are a lot of opportunities that we sometimes don't think about to point out the significant contributions women have made in U.S. history," Shaheen said. "And this is one of those opportunities.

  • Backlash cancels auction of Japanese internment camp items

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps. The move comes after thousands of Japanese-Americans, advocacy groups and supporters posted their opposition to the sale on social media and the auction house's Facebook page. "We know what the internment camps were," Rago Arts and Auction Center founding partner David Rago said Thursday. "We know that it was a disgraceful period in American history, but we did not understand the continued emotional impact embodied within the material. We just didn't get it." The collection includes artifacts and hundreds photos of people of Japanese descent who

  • Idea from Adam Sandler film used to soothe dementia patients

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. "Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?" Irving's daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled to her mother's nursing home bedside. As the five-minute video plays, with stories of happy memories and get-togethers, Irving beams a bright smile before repeating the traditional family send-off. "Kiss, kiss ... I love you.

  • Tim McGraw defends decision to headline Sandy Hook concert

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tim McGraw is defending his decision to headline a Connecticut concert to benefit a Sandy Hook group, responding to critics who call it a gun control fundraiser. A concert at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 17 featuring McGraw will benefit Sandy Hook Promise. The nonprofit group in Newtown was organized by families whose children and siblings were among the 20 children and six educators fatally shot at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Its stated objective is to prevent gun violence and focus on mental health issues. Gun rights advocates took to Facebook and Twitter, calling McGraw a hypocrite for headlining the event. Others tweeted messages of support to

  • SpaceX shipment arrives at space station: 1st espresso maker

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, with the help of a giant robot arm. The cargo carrier holds more than 4,000 pounds of much-needed groceries, experiments and equipment. Italy provided the espresso maker for Cristoforetti, who's been stuck with instant coffee since her mission began in November. "It's been just amazing," Cristoforetti said after snaring the Dragon over the Pacific. "Lots of science and even coffee's in there, so that's pretty excit

  • Buffalo herd roams through Hot Springs neighborhoods

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Two buffaloes are on the lam in a central Arkansas city after authorities failed to round up all of an escaped herd. Hot Springs police say six buffaloes escaped from a nearby farm Thursday and spent the day roaming neighborhoods and avoiding sheriff's deputies, officers and volunteers. One animal was hit by a car and returned to the farm. Three were tranquilized Thursday evening. The whereabouts of the other two are unknown. Residents reported that the 2,000-pound animals did minor damage to yards. No human injuries were reported in the city of about 35,000 people. Calls early Friday to the Hot Springs police and Garland County Sheriff's Office were not immediately returned.

  • Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say. The illness could arise in other urban areas after sweeping through the city where it took advantage of spring break boarding and sickened more than 1,100 dogs. ___ IT PROBABLY CAME FROM ASIA Experts at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine say the H3N2 dog flu virus likely arose from viruses circulating i

  • Lawmaker seeks independent review of reserve deputy program


    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others. Some of those questions stemmed from a statement reserve deputy Robert Bates made about his past law enforcement experience and training in a report about the April 2 fatal shooting of Eric Harris. Bates claimed on the form that he received training from Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on responding to active shooters.

  • Prosecutor: Death penalty doesn't apply in police shooting


    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says it doesn't look as if the death penalty can be sought in the case of a black South Carolina man who was fatally shot as he ran from a white police officer. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott. The April 4 shooting was captured on cellphone video and showed Slager firing eight shots at Scott as he ran following a traffic stop. The case has been assigned by the state's chief justice to a black judge from Kingstree, South Carolina, about 70 miles from Charleston. The Rev.

  • Correction: Europe-Tourism Boost story


    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In a story April 15 about effect of the weakening euro on tourism in Europe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 10 million Americans visited Paris last year, and that officials hoped the figure would rise 10 percent to 11 million this year. The correct figure was 2 million U.S. visitors last year, not 10 million, and officials hope that figure will rise 10 percent to 2.2 million, not 11 million. A corrected version is republished below.

  • Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico


    OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico. Yet more than a decade after crude started leaking at the site formerly operated by Taylor Energy Company, few people even know of its existence. The company has downplayed the leak's extent and environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps the Gulf routinely absorbs.