• Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

    BY DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end. The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week. President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House has been mum on whether or not he will veto it. Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed for the vote in an effort to save her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff election in Louisiana. She faces an uphill battle against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who authored the House bill. All Republicans said publicly they supported the Senate bill, as did several moderate Democrats.

  • Report details Oklahoma children living in poverty

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012, and close to one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

  • ’Big Bang Theory’ actress Carol Ann Susi dies

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES — The actress best known for voicing the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory” has died. Carol Ann Susi’s agent, Pam Ellis-Evenas, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer. She was 62. The veteran character actress has made numerous guest appearances on TV shows since the 1970s. On the “The Big Bang Theory,” she wasn’t seen on camera as the mother of Simon Helberg’s character, Howard, but her character’s loud voice with a Brooklyn accent was instantly recognizable. The executive producers of the CBS sitcom say Susi was a beloved member of the “Big Bang Theory” family, and they praised her “immense talent and comedic timing.

  • Oklahoma elections: Mary Fallin cruises to second term as Oklahoma governor

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin easily defeats Joe Dorman in the governor’s race. “Serving as Oklahoma’s governor has been the greatest honor of my life,” Fallin said. “I am incredibly humbled and thankful to be given the opportunity for a second term.”

  • Officials: 2nd person tests positive for Ebola

    EMILY SCHMALL and NOMAAN MERCHANT, AP | Updated: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    DALLAS — A second Dallas hospital worker who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, pointing to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed personal protective garb.

  • Official says Holder resigning as attorney general

    By NEDRA PICKLER and JIM KUHNHENN, AP | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years. A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce Holder’s departure later Thursday. Holder is the first black attorney general, and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job. He plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

  • Ex-pastor charged with possessing indecent writing

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A former McAlester pastor has been charged with a felony after police say a story about three minors engaging in sexual acts was found in his home. The McAlester News-Capital reports (http://bit.ly/1pdqfgk ) prosecutors charged 65-year-old Larry Jones on Tuesday with possessing obscene or indecent writings. Jones is the former pastor at McAlester Missionary Baptist Church. His wife, who has since left him, told police she found a story inside their home about a sexual encounter with three children who attended the church. An affidavit says Jones' wife also discovered him looking at child pornography about a year and a half ago. She says Jones has disposed of the computer since then.

  • U.S., Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

    LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests. The U.S. and five Arab nations attacked the Islamic State group’s headquarters in eastern Syria in nighttime raids Monday using land- and sea-based U.S. aircraft as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two Navy ships in the Red Sea and the northern Persian Gulf.

  • Scots reject independence in historic vote

    By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, AP | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away. The vote on Thursday — 55 percent against independence to 45 percent in favor — saw an unprecedented turnout of just under 85 percent. “We have chosen unity over division,” Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early Friday in Glasgow. “Today is a momentous

  • Lawyer: Autopsy shows unarmed teen repeatedly shot

    By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, “but we don’t know,” a pathologist hired by the teen’s family said Monday. An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the pathologists and the family’s attorneys. Brown was shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief

  • Governor Nixon orders National Guard to Ferguson

    By NIGEL DUARA and JIM SUHR, AP | Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri’s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew. Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

  • Police: Teen shot by cop suspect in recent robbery

    By DAVID A. LIEB and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

  • Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

    By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER and JEFF ROBERSON, AP | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. Hours earlier, the police chief had said race relations were the top priority in the town, where a white police officer fatally shot the black teen. Authorities have vowed to reach across the racial, economic and generational divide in a community in search of answers. In the streets of Ferguson, though, the polite dialogue heard at community forums and news conferences is nowhere to be found.

  • Airstrikes undertaken as U.S. re-engages in Iraq

    By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS, AP | Updated: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. In a televised to the speech Thursday night, Obama had threatened to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian war.

  • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent — and unusual — request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn’t seem to be working. “He has been gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying,” lawyer Robin C. Konrad told the judge over the phone Wednesday, according to a transcript. “And we’re asking — our motion asks for you to issue an emergency stay and order the Department of Corrections to start lifesaving techniques.” The judge asked his law clerk to quickly locate a phone number for an attorney for the state so he could find out what was happening. They conferenced in

  • Ukraine searchers comb sunflowers for plane debris

    By YURAS KARMANAU and DMITRY LOVETSKY, AP | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield.

  • Congresswoman: Patrol officer beating video is brutality

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for “viciously” punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a “brutal attack” and said “there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway.” “This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again,” Waters said in a statement. “Based on the video shown of the patrol officer’s forceful punching of Marlene

  • Judge to mull bid to postpone Arizona execution

    By JACQUES BILLEAUD, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    PHOENIX — A judge is scheduled to consider a request Wednesday to postpone the July 23 execution of an Arizona death row inmate until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood’s lawyers say prison officials violated their client’s constitutional rights by refusing to provide detailed information about his upcoming execution, such as the makers of the drugs and how the state developed its method for lethal injections. Attorneys for the state say there is no First Amendment right to the information Wood seeks and that the courts have consistently found that prisoners have no rights to such details.

  • Federal bison expansion program considers Oklahoma sites

    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Federal officials said the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur, and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, are being considered suitable for bison from Yellowstone National Park. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in Kansas, which extends into northern Oklahoma, also is included.

  • Guild advances in Oklahoma 5th District race

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Retired university professor Tom Guild has advanced to a runoff in the race for the Democratic nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Guild was leading two other candidates but not by a large-enough margin to take the nomination outright. Republicans will also have a runoff Aug. 26. The candidates are seeking to replace Republican Rep. James Lankford, who Tuesday night won the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Guild taught political science and legal studies for 27 years. He ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District in 2010 and 2012 as a Democrat. The former Republican also ran unsuccessfully three times for Corporation Commissioner. Also in the