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  • Powerful Hurricane Odile aims at Mexico's Baja

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — A powerful Hurricane Odile closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday night as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas and readied shelters for up to 30,000 people. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Odile's core was on a track to cross onto the south end of Baja California late Sunday and move near or over the southern portion of the peninsula Monday and Tuesday. Rain was falling by midafternoon, hours before the storm's expected arrival. Gusty winds whipped palm trees, waves pounded the rocky shore and fluttering black flags signaled that beaches were closed due to high surf. Odile's maximum sustained winds were 125 (205 kph) Sunday night, after bei

  • Lawton police shooting justified; man answered door with a gun

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Daniel Martin Jr., a 47 year old decorated Army veteran, called police to report vandals outside his home, but officers shot him after arriving. The Comanche County district attorney says the shooting was justified.

  • Miss New York Kira Kazantsev crowned Miss America 2015

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev crowned Miss America 2015.

  • Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

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    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack. The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks and another was arriving. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed. Kelly said in an emailed statement Sunday that police are getting a large number of tips, and some are "fantastic.

  • Fans' view of Adrian Peterson

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A roundup of fan comment on Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson's indictment on a child abuse charge, gathered outside TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, when the Vikings lost 30-7 to New England: Andy Chadwick, 34, Henderson, Minnesota: Chadwick said that even though he is not anti-spanking, he was disturbed by the allegations and some punishment of Peterson is warranted. "I think the threat of being spanked is more of what was a deterrent for me when I was a kid. ... When you start actually hitting your kids with objects that are causing bruises and open wounds — (it) definitely crosses a line." But Chadwick said Peterson deserves a second chance. "I think we live in a pretty forgiving s

  • Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing. Moments later shots were fired. Of the six shot, police said only 20-year-old Jonah Silva suffered a life-threatening wound, a gunshot to his abdomen. The suspects were described as two men in their mid-20s. Detectives spent the morning interviewing victims and witnesses. Police asked anyone with information about the identity of the suspects to call the department. A reward of up to $1,000 was be

  • Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Now it's Britain's turn to mourn. British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded — like two American journalists before him — and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive. A grisly video released by the group showing Haines' body both mocks the West and raises the pressure on Western leaders. It concludes with a death threat against British hostage Alan Henning, shown in the same kind of orange jumpsuit the other three were wearing when they were killed. Prime Minister David Cameron praised the 44-year-old Haines on Sunday as a British hero, and his family asked that he be remembered for devoting his life to helping civilians caught in deadly conflicts.

  • Police seek huge boa on loose in Nampa, Idaho

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Police in Nampa say they're on the lookout for a 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity. The big snake last was seen around 4 p.m. Friday, before it escaped from its cage. The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/YIH9gY ) the snake last ate three weeks ago. Police urge anybody who sees the snake not to try to catch it. They say call the Nampa Police Department at (208) 465-2257. ___ Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.

  • Riders briefly stuck during amusement park outage

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A power outage at a New Jersey amusement park left some patrons briefly stuck on rides, but no injuries were reported. Officials say a faulty transformer caused Sunday's outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township. Park spokeswoman Kaitlyn Turi says all guests who were on rides when the outage happened were safely unloaded within 20 minutes. She said all rides at the park are designed with computer systems that provide safe locations for rides to stop, and ride operators are trained to help guests safely disembark. Power was restored to portions of the park a short time after, and following a safety check some rides resumed normal operations. The specific rides affected by the

  • Courage, detective work led to Medal of Honor for Oklahoman killed in Vietnam

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

    A website posting and a call out of the blue led the mother of U.S. Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, of Coweta, Oklahoma, who was killed 40 years earlier in Vietnam, on a long-shot quest to get his selfless act of bravery recognized.

  • Father and son become first family members to simultaneously hold district attorney positions in Oklahoma

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Beginning in January, Mike Boring, 64, and Chris Boring, 34, will be the only father-and-son duo to simultaneously hold district attorney positions in Oklahoma.

  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the Islamic State group, something the United States does not plan to do. Meantime, McDonough said, U.S. personnel will train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States will ramp up air strikes and try to build an international coalition to degrade and eventually des

  • Grant will help track University of Central Oklahoma students' record of success

    BY K.S. MCNUTT, Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The University of Central Oklahoma received a $7.7 million federal grant to develop a way to track and record student success in “soft skills” like leadership and teamwork.

  • What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Millions of Americans became familiar with ALS this past summer when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which went viral and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS organizations.

  • Gaza children return to school after war

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet said the opening is for 230,000 1st to 12th graders attending public schools, 200,000 going to United Nations-run schools and tens of thousands enrolled in private institutions. The opening was delayed for two weeks because of damage to schools and the diversion of U.N. school buildings for use as temporary centers to house tens of thousands of displaced people. Some 50,000 people are still being housed in the U.N. schools, the U.N. Palestinian refugee ag

  • OSU football: Cowboys defense leads OSU past UTSA 43-13

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@opubco.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Cowboy defense, with so many question marks entering the year, proved worthy of team MVP honors Saturday night. Even as its senior leader could only guess as to how the group would show out.

  • Oklahoma State football: On a weird night for Cowboy quarterbacks, OSU cruises past UTSA

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Mike Gundy says his offense was flat. But for his first start, Daxx Garman seemed effective enough, limited as much by playcalling as anything else.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight throws for 308 yards, leads Sooners to 34-10 win over Tennessee

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORMAN — Trevor Knight passed for 308 yards to help No. 4 Oklahoma defeat Tennessee 34-10 on Saturday night. Knight threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Sooners (3-0), who won their seventh straight game. Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 109 yards and Keith Ford caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score for Oklahoma. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops got the best of the Southeastern Conference again. The Sooners beat SEC member Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Justin Worley passed for 201 yards for Tennessee, but he completed just 21 of 44 passes, was sacked five times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

  • OU football: Bob Stoops regrets not letting Michael Hunnicutt try a 53-yard field goal

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    OU 34, Tennessee 10 — Here is a look at what players and coaches had to say after Oklahoma’s win over Tennessee.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooner defense dominates in OU's 34-10 win over Tennessee

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    OU 34, TENNESSEE 10 — When it was over, about the only think Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops could criticize was his nose guard’s celebratory dance.