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  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    Updated: 49 min ago

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law. Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case involving Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats said he never got high at work. But pot's intoxicating chemical, THC, can stay in the system for weeks. Coats says his pot smoking is allowed under a little-known state law intended to protect employees from being fired for legal activities off the clock.

  • Brown nets go-ahead goal, Kings top Sharks 4-1

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in an NHL preseason game on Tuesday night. Drew Doughty, in his first appearance of the preseason, scored the tying goal midway through the first period. Justin Williams and Dwight King also scored for the Kings (4-0-1). Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, who lost in regulation at home for the first time in five preseason games. Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick stopped 16 of 17 shots in two periods in his first preseason game appearance. Martin Jones saved all seven shots he faced in the third period. Antti Niemi went the distance and made 26 saves, but took the loss.

  • Oklahoma Beheading: Oklahoma governor says residents should remain alert after beheading

    By Rick Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahomans to be alert and report suspicious activity to police after beheading at Moore food distribution center.

  • Oklahoma Beheading: Neighbors say murder defendant in Oklahoma beheading case was 'odd' and 'quiet'

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Neighbors and nearby store employees remember Alton Nolen, who prosecutors allege beheaded a co-worker at Vaughan Food Co. in Moore last week, was quiet and often acted strangely.

  • In Oklahoma City, Santa Fe South Charter Schools' steel drum band seeks a way to travel

    By Sarah Lobban, Staff Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Santa Fe South Charter Schools in Oklahoma City seeks a truck sponsor for its steel drum band. The band, Pandemic, is made up of the high school’s top students.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. The bill was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Relatives of the victims and other supporters of the bill said the parents of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger were thwarted in their attempts to seek help for their troubled son before the rampage. Supporters had said such a measure could have prevented the attacks, winning out over critics who said it would erode gun rights.

  • Afghan official says 2 suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21 people, mostly troops

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says 2 suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21 people, mostly troops.

  • Mexico announces homicide charges in army killings

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors announced homicide charges Tuesday against three soldiers in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, challenging the army's version that the suspects died in a shootout. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that after a brief initial firefight the three soldiers entered a warehouse where the suspects had taken refuge and opened fire with "no justification whatsoever." Murillo Karam offered no details on whether the suspects had already surrendered, as a witness has said, or whether they were unarmed when shot.

  • Oklahoma beheading: Friend remembers Colleen Hufford

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Former Oklahoma City Blazers Coach Doug Sauter said Colleen Hufford was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and an avid hockey fan.

  • OK Sea to offer play area for dogs, corn dogs for patrons

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Deep Deuce development adds life to little-used corner

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Corrections Department revised protocol after the bungled execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April. The new protocol puts more training and contingency plans in place for execution staff. It also allows the same drugs and method used to kill Lockett and reduces the number of media witness by more than half.

  • Oklahoma beheading: Murder defendant confessed, attempted second beheading

    BY JANE GLENN CANNON, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma beheading: Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said it is “highly likely” prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Alton Alexander Nolen, 30.

  • Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games. Phelps issued an apology that sounded very familiar to the ones he made after a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a British tabloid published a photograph in 2009 that showed him using a marijuana pipe. "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," Phelps said in a statement. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have

  • Man dies after accidentally shooting himself, Oklahoma City police say

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    John Calk, 32, died after accidentally shooting himself late Monday, Oklahoma City police said.

  • Oklahoma City man accused of plotting to kill pregnant girlfriend with ricin is headed to trial

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Preston Harrison Rhoads, 31, is headed to trial in Oklahoma County District Court on two counts of solicitation of murder and two counts of attempting to kill another.

  • Washita County accident claims Sentinel woman

    Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A Sentinel woman died this week as the result of a traffic accident in Washita County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma unveils new execution procedures

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials unveiled new execution procedures Tuesday to replace those used in April when an inmate writhed and moaned before being declared dead 43 minutes after his lethal injection began — a situation that renewed debate over what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The new guidelines allow the state to keep using midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions earlier this year in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona, although it calls for increasing by five times the dose it gave Clayton Lockett in April. Other changes include more training requirements for prison staff and members of the execution teams, and having contingency plans in case of problems with execution equipment or an inmate's

  • Lawsuit challenges law limiting use of abortion drugs in Oklahoma

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    House Bill 2684 requires that these drugs be administered only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a similar bill, approved in 2011, was unconstitutional and that it effectively banned all drug-induced abortions. Backers of this year’s bill, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, rewrote the legislation to overcome that objection.

  • Authorities investigate more suspicious fires in Bethany, OK

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    “I want to be very clear, the media wants to start using the term arson and other things and we’re not using those terms. We like to stick with a fire (being) either determined or it’s undetermined,” Bethany, Oklahoma, Fire Chief S.R. Hunter said. “We know the origin of these fires, the cause is still under investigation and at this point is undetermined.”

  • Cleveland County sheriff warns of man impersonating deputy

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department warned that a man claiming to be a deputy attempted to scam an Oklahoma woman by claiming they had a warrant for their arrest.