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  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight." A spiraling fire inside the fertilizer plant in West had ignited 34 tons of ammonium nitrate, creating an explosion so powerful that it killed 15 people, leveled nearby homes and schools, and left a crater where West Fertilizer Co. once stood. Debris was strewn miles away. "It's hard to believe that in one moment, so much damage could be done," McElrath told hundreds of people crowded in a pavilion at the local fairgrounds Thursday night, the one-year anniversary of the explosion. A moment of silence at

  • Elk City man dies in traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Cecil V. Martin, 73, of Elk City, was killed Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident in Roger Mills County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City man arrested in possible murder-for-hire plot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The FBI notified Oklahoma City police of Preston Rhoads, 30, a few days ago, and law officers conducted a search warrant Thursday afternoon in Rhoads’ northwest Oklahoma City home in the 11200 block of McKinley Avenue near Hefner Road and N Pennsylvania Avenue, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak. There is fury as parents and students lash out at the swarming news media. Horror, too, as they picture loved ones trapped in the cold and dark of a flipped, submerged ferry. Most refuse to believe that, even after dozens of attempts, a friend, a child, a sibling won't answer their cellphone. They keep calling.

  • Oklahoma City traffic stop nets more than a pound of methamphetamine

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    An Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy found methamphetamine with a street value of about $30,000 during an Oklahoma City traffic stop this week, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

  • Condition upgraded for victim of firetruck crash

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Only two of the 15 people injured in a crash involving two firetrucks remained hospitalized Thursday, and officials said one truck must have run a red light. A Monterey Park engine and a ladder truck from neighboring Alhambra were heading to a house fire Wednesday afternoon when they collided at an intersection. The Monterey Park truck was pushed into a Chinese dumpling shop. One truck was heading east and the other south, meaning only one had the green light, but it's unclear which one, Monterey Park fire Capt. Matt Hallock said. It's usual policy among police and fire agencies that vehicles running with their lights and siren on still use caution when heading into intersections.

  • OU football: Frank Shannon's status at OU remains very much in limbo

    By Jason Kersey and Nolan Clay | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Title IX matters in OU’s ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations against linebacker Frank Shannon.

  • Whoopi Goldberg writes Denver Post cannabis column

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen. In her new column for The Denver Post's Cannabist website, the Oscar-winning entertainer writes that her "vape pen" relieves the devastating glaucoma headaches she suffers without overwhelming her with a marijuana high. Goldberg's debut column appeared Thursday. She writes that marijuana eases the pressure, pain and stress of glaucoma, and her vaporizing pen allows her to get the right amount in small sips. Goldberg says she's discreet about using the pen if she's in jurisdictions where medical marijuana is illegal. ___ Online: Goldberg's column: http://tinyurl.

  • Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday. By the time the order came, however, he said it had become impossible to help many of the passengers — although the captain and a dozen crew members survived. The confirmed death toll from Wednesday's sinking of the Sawol off southern South Korea was 25, the coast guard said. But the number was expected to rise with about 270 people missing, many of them high school students on a class trip. Officials said there were 179 survivors.

  • President defending health law good for some Dems

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower. If Republicans carried out their pledge to repeal the law, he said, it "would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans and take insurance away from millions more." Republicans, Obama said, "can't bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working." That's precisely the message many liberals have been awaiting.

  • Bill Hancock: Induction worthy into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Bill Hancock is in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The executive director of the new College Football Playoff will speak at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilkinson Events Center, 4040 N.

  • Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child.

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system. "This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid," University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, who had no role in the discovery, said in an email.

  • Obama-Biden selfie stirs fresh controversy

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON • The White House's selfie saga continues. Ten days after his top communications adviser suggested that the era of the White House selfie was ove r, the president on Wednesday posed for a selfie with Vice President Joe Biden as they were leaving a jobs-promotion event in Pennsylvania. (A selfie is a self-portrait with friends or famous people posted online). Republicans and some media critics pounced, declaring it the wrong message during a crisis in the Ukraine over Russian President Vladimir Putin's designs there. Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski, who has more than 106,000 followers, tweeted a shot of the Obama-Biden selfie with the caption, "Putin is out there skinning tigers with his bare hands and this is what we

  • Edmond mayor Charles Lamb says he'll seek re-election

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 23 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. NewsOK 1:13 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our Edmond chat at 2 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. Diana Baldwin 2:01 p.m. Welcome to our Edmond live chat. Let's get started. John 2:01 p.m. What's going on with the public safety center? Diana Baldwin 2:03 p.m. If you haven't been to downtown Edmond lately, it is

  • 3 more Washington mudslide victims identified

    Yesterday

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month. All 39 victims recovered have been identified, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday, and four names remain on the list of the missing. Crews continue to dig through the devastation with a swarm of excavators. The latest victims identified are Wyatt M. Ruthven, 4, of Arlington; Sandra K. Miller, 64, of Everett; and Ronald P. Dequilettes, 52, of Arlington. All died of multiple blunt force injuries. The March 22 slide buried dozens of homes in the community 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

  • Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

    Yesterday

    Three New Jersey teens frantically used their cellphones to call for help from a sinking van after their troubled mother drove them into a river, their father said Thursday. Ultimately, a passer-by helped all four escape from the cold Delaware River in Florence Township, N.J., after one sibling kicked out a window. "They did all the right things," said the father, Jeffrey Smith. "I just thank God that they got out safely." Police said Joann Smith, of Florence, tried to drown the three children, ages 13 to 15. She was charged with attempted murder and child endangerment and was being held on $600,000 bail. Jeffrey Smith said he received a call from his daughter around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after the car went off a boat

  • Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78

    Yesterday

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning. Feliciano, a member of the Fania All Stars, was one of the most recognized salsa singers, with hits including "Una en un millón," ''Mi promesa," and "Contigo aprendi." The 78-year-old Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a light post before dawn in the northern suburb of Cupey. Police officer Jorge Hernandez Pena, who is overseeing investigation of the crash, said in a phone interview that Feliciano was not wearing his seatbelt. He said it is unclear what led to the crash, adding that officials did not find any drugs or al

  • Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

    Yesterday

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland after a man urinated in the water supply. This time, water from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act of urinating. "The basic commandment of the Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers," bureau administrator David Shaff said Wednesday. "And the premise

  • Five arrested in Oklahoma City prostitution bust

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City police arrested five people Wednesday on complaints of offering to engage in acts of prostitution.