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  • Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that could hinder three-term Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election in November and hurt Republicans hoping to win a Senate majority. The court's unanimous decision means Roberts could be left with one major opponent, independent Greg Orman. Democrats believe Orman has a better shot at defeating the 78-year-old than their own former candidate, Chad Taylor. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take the Senate majority from Democrats, and Kansas is one of about a dozen races nationally that could determine the outcome.

  • Nichols Hills police on the lookout for armed robbers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A Nichols Hills resident was robbed by two armed men Wednesday night, and police are are asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles, Nichols Hills police reported Thursday.

  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago. The 78-22 Senate vote sent Obama legislation that also provides funding for the government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30, eliminating any threat of a shutdown. The House approved the bill on Wednesday. In an appearance at the White House soon after the vote, Obama said he was pleased that a majority of both Republicans and Democrats had supported the legislation. "I believe we're strongest as a nation when the president a

  • Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BELL, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself.

  • Feds release $71.5M withheld during migrant crisis

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Groups that help refugees around the country are expressing relief after the federal government released $71.5 million in refugee service funds that were withheld in June to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year. The Department of Health and Human Services notified the states Thursday that the money would be released because the flow of migrants had slowed. State agencies that handle refugees, asylum-seekers and others eligible for federal refugee services learned in June that the government would hold back more than $90 million, an amount later reduced. Meanwhile, groups scrambled to scale back programs such as job counseling, English classes and tutoring.

  • Police seek two in Family Dollar store robberies in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police are asking for the public’s help to identify two men who robbed two Family Dollar stores earlier this week.

  • Wells Fargo sues Bricktown bar owner over use of name

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY, Business Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The financial services giant Wells Fargo is suing the Oklahoma City bar Whiskey Chicks to have the banking company’s name removed from the historic building that houses the Bricktown bar.

  • Oklahoma City marchers will call for greater action to combat climate change

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A group of environmental activists, clergy and others are planning a demonstration Sunday in Oklahoma City to call for greater action to combat climate change. The march is one of several being held in cities across the country in conjunction with the People’s Climate March, a demonstration in New York.

  • Student enrollment numbers are flat at Oklahoma colleges this semester

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson said the state’s Complete College America initiative strives to ensure that students “receive timely academic advisement and other key student support services to help them complete their degrees on time and move on to successful careers.”

  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria's Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed Iraqi Kurds, they seem largely on their own in a devastated country where the enemy's enemy is not necessarily a friend. The main Kurdish force in Syria, known as the People's Protection Units or YPK, is viewed with suspicion by mainstream Syrian rebels and their Western supporters because of perceived links to President Bashar Assad's government.

  • Autistic boy's parents sue Ohio health department

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Parents of an autistic child on Thursday sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court, alleging discrimination against Ohio's autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment. Gary and Nikki Ruhl, of Mansfield, in northern Ohio, sued in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on behalf of their 3-year-old son. The lawsuit charges the health department and the coordinator of Ohio's system that provides early intervention services aiding the development of children up to age 3 refused to provide necessary treatment. The complaint is similar to one recently settled in federal court in Cincinnati over an autistic boy in southwestern Ohio.

  • Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday. The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peters

  • British hostage appears in new video

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group. The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. The British government declined to comment on the video.

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas receives high marks in J.D. Power survey

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    For the third year, Oklahoma Natural Gas took the top spot in its regional category for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power.

  • Chat recap: Edmond adds more nightlife options

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man found naked in public

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City police arrested Jonathon Warledo on Wednesday on a complaint of public indecency.

  • Organizer expects more than 600 to rally against Oklahoma City 'black mass'

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    An organizer says he expects up to 600 people from as far away as Pennsylvania to attend a prayer rally expressing opposition to the “black mass” at downtown’s Civic Center Music Hall. A Satanist plans the event Sunday evening in CitySpace, a small theater in the Civic Center basement that holds fewer than 100 people. […]

  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which the 42-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a police car then fled on foot into a construction area, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. The officers told Belmar the suspect tried to fire, but his .22-caliber rifle jammed and no casings were found outside the gun. Belmar declined to name the man pending notification of relatives but said he had a lengthy criminal record and had spent eight years in pr

  • Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim's relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murder. "Even if they each serve 50 years, they still will not feel any guilt or sympathy," said Holly LaFerrara, the victim's sister. "They completely lack empathy. They have no conscience, no remorse and no moral compass. "They lack the most basic element of hu

  • Authorities seek man posing as Oklahoma state trooper

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TALALA (AP) — Rogers County authorities say a man posing as an Oklahoma state trooper made a traffic stop in Talala. Sheriff Scott Walton told KOTV the man told the driver Wednesday night that he was a trooper and that he stopped him for speeding and having a radar detector. Walton says the victim told deputies that the man was driving a white Dodge Charger with flashing lights. The victim says the man took his driver’s license and insurance card and returned to his car for about 10 minutes — then drove away. The man says he chased the car for several miles but stopped when speeds reached about 100 miles per hour. Walton says the impersonator was not wearing a uniform and no badge or gun was seen.