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

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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.

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring after three decades, and Republicans are adding that seat to their list of winnable races in the November elections. One reason is a commercial by a GOP hopeful that drew attention on the Internet: "I grew up on an Iowa farm castrating hogs, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork," says state Sen. Joni Ernst. She concludes, with a smile, "Let's make 'em squeal." Another reason is a gaffe, caught on video, by U.S. Rep.

  • Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

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

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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.

  • Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program: ___ LITTLE GREEN MEN For the first time, Putin acknowledged that the well-armed soldiers in unmarked uniforms who took over Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula were Russian. He seemed annoyed, however, by the widespread description of them as "little green men" and asked people to avoid the term. He said the troops — who he claimed acted "politely, but resolutely and professionally" — were needed to lay the ground for the referendum that led to Crimea joining Russia.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: The quiz tests your knowledge

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NewsOK.com has a new quiz to test your knowledge of Oklahoma City history as the city prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary on April 22.

  • Wichita State's Gregg Marshall: Mid-majors keeping great coaches

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Mark Few coached Gonzaga into an NCAA Tournament sensation. A perennial Cinderella. He’s still at Gonzaga 15 years later. Shaka Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth to the 2011 Final Four. Smart remains at VCU. Phil Martelli coached Saint Joseph’s to a No.

  • Video: Want a Porche 911? This guy's story might make you think twice

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Imagine you’ve saved up your hard-earned money to finally buy the car of your dreams: In this case, it’s a brand new Porsche 911, which ranges in price between $85,000 and about $172,000. You get your car, it’s amazing. It’s beautiful.

  • Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company's service breaks the law. Berlin's regional court last week ruled that the limousines Uber users can call are illegally cruising the city for customers. According to Berlin state laws, they should instead have to return to base after each journey. Richard Leipold, who brought the case against Uber, says he doesn't have the money to enforce the interim ruling, because defeat could make him liable for huge compensation claims from the San Francisco-based company.

  • Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. Russia's flagship Aeroflot warned its passengers on Thursday that Ukrainian officials told the airline that Russian men between 16 and 60 are now banned from entering Ukraine except when they are traveling with family or to the funerals of relatives there. Ukraine says Russian men have been involved in stirring up anti-government unrest among Russian-speakers in its eastern regions. Ukraine's Border Guard Service would not confirm the Aeroflot report but said in a statement there are "temporary restrictions" mainly concerning "able-bodied men" who cross the border alone or in small groups.

  • Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said. Scientists noticed the big cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its GPS tracking collar, National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said Thursday. The 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from residential rodent traps, she said. "When people put these bait traps outside their homes or businesses, they may not realize that the poison works its way up the food chain, becoming more lethal as the dose accumulates in large

  • AP Photos: A close-up look at fracking

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    MEAD, Colo. (AP) — Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver. The hydraulic fracturing operation, also known as "fracking," and others like it pump hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, mixed with fine sand and chemicals, deep underground to split the rock, and make the oil — and dollars — flow. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities, where fracking bans have been enacted out of concern about its possible impact on groundwater. The state government and the energy industry are challenging those prohibitions.