• Obama stresses need to act on climate change, calls out Inhofe's snowball demonstration

    BY MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a report released Monday that warns of dire effects of global warming. The report says inaction on climate change could cost billions of dollars a year in damage from rising sea levels, increased wildfires and drought, as well as higher costs for electricity to cool homes and businesses in hotter temperatures. The Environmental Protection Agency report argues that action now on climate could save billions in avoided costs for maintenance and repairs on roads and bridges made vulnerable by global warming and save the lives of an estimated 12,000

  • Friend says suspect in church shooting ranted about race

    Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate — not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston. The Wednesday night attack was decried by stunned community leaders and politicians as a hate crime. In the hours after the bloodbath, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate organizations and extremists, said it was not aware of Roof before the

  • Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper

    By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and NIRMALA GEORGE, AP | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash. “The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces and there are no chances of any survivors,” Nepal’s Defense Secretary Iswori Poudyal said. He gave no details about the nationalities of the three victims, only saying their remains were charred. The helicopter was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it

  • Oklahoma prison officials probe 2 inmate killings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Investigators have finished looking into the March 28 strangulation of 36-year-old Shawn Moore inside his cell.

  • Hearing delayed on rape charges for ex-Oklahoma trooper

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been delayed for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops. The hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for Eric Roberts in Creek County District Court in Sapulpa was postponed until June 5. Prosecutors had requested the delay, but no reason for it was immediately given. The charges filed last year against the 42-year-old Roberts in three separate cases include second-degree rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe. He has pleaded not guilty. The allegations came to light in August when a woman filed a federal lawsuit alleging Roberts raped her

  • Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause; CDC confirms case in Oklahoma

    BY JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the contamination. Amid those efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of illnesses linked to the company's products has increased to 10. "As each day passes, we are getting closer and closer to figuring out how this listeria was introduced into our facilities. ... It's a matter of doing the work and not making

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products, Oklahoma facility to remain closed

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. The company "can't say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. "We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe," Kruse said. The first recall in the family-owned creamery's 108-year history was issued last month after the U.S.

  • Thunder beat Timberwolves, 138-113, but still miss playoffs

    BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI, ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook went out with a bang. Westbrook scored 37 points in Oklahoma City's 138-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that was rendered moot by New Orleans' playoff-clinching in over San Antonio. The Thunder needed a win in the regular season finale and a loss from the Pelicans against the Spurs to get into the playoffs. Westbrook locked up his first scoring title to hold up his end of the bargain, but the Pelicans beat the Spurs 108-103. That means the Thunder will miss the playoffs for the first time since Westbrook's rookie season in 2008-09. Andrew Wiggins had 23 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves (16-66), who finished with the worst record in

  • Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder, gets life

    MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips as the jury forewoman announced him guilty in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole and automatically triggers an appeal to Massachusetts’ highest court. Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna

  • Amid tight budgets, use of police reserve officers is common

    By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By the thousands, volunteers across the United States sign up to assist their local law enforcement agencies as reserve police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Most perform routine duties in unpaid anonymity. A few become known as heroes or rogues. Among that vast contingent of reservists was Robert Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, who was charged Monday with manslaughter in the death of a man shot as he lay on the ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A police investigator said Bates, who is white, thought he drew a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at Eric Harris, who was black, in the April 2 incident.

  • Oklahoma governor signs measure banning abortion procedure

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed the legislation Monday after it was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate. The abortion measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester. The bill would ban the procedure except when necessary to save a woman's life. Critics say the procedure is often the safest to terminate pregnancies during the second trimester.

  • Rubio tells donors he is running for White House

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past. The first-term Republican from Florida, 43, also told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream. Rubio spoke on a conference call with donors before a flashy political rally set for Monday night in Miami. In previewing his campaign’s central message, Rubio said the dream is slipping from too many families’ grip, and young Americans face unequal opportunities to

  • Oklahoma has highest rate of prison homicides in the nation

    By Sean Murphy, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The figures reviewed by The Associated Press as part of a months-long investigation show 39 homicides at Oklahoma prisons between 2001 and 2012

  • Bill would allow some to carry guns into Oklahoma Capitol

    By KEN MILLER, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Anyone with a license to carry a handgun should be allowed to take the weapon into “the people’s Capitol,” an Oklahoma legislator said.

  • Friction between sheriffs, prison officials reignites

    By SEAN MURPHY, The Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Friction between the state's new prisons director and some county sheriffs over how quickly the Department of Corrections is picking up inmates from county jails is flaring up again this session over a pair of bills moving through the Legislature. DOC Director Robert Patton began pulling more inmates out of county jails shortly after he started at the department about a year ago, a move that angered sheriffs who counted on the $27-per-day price the state paid for inmates to help maintain jail operations. Now corrections officials are pushing two bills that would delay when the department starts paying county jails for an inmate, measures that are drawing fierce resistance from county sheriffs and

  • Barresi tops list of political donors in Oklahoma

    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While national groups like governors' associations were among the top donors for state-level elections across the country in 2014, in Oklahoma it was candidates themselves who were the top individual donors to campaigns. An analysis released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity shows the top single donor to a state-level election in Oklahoma was former Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, who gave $1.3 million to her own unsuccessful re-election campaign. A distant second on Oklahoma's list was former Republican state Sen. Cliff Branan, who spent about $350,000 on his failed bid for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

  • New Saudi king moves fast to name second-in-line to throne

    By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, AP | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country’s interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. Salman’s royal decree puts Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in line to ascend to the throne after his designated successor, Crown Prince Muqrin. Mohammed is the son of late King Abdullah’s half brother Nayef.

  • Shannon Miller says man arrested after hotel evacuation is her ex-husband

    BY ROB GILLIES, AP | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — A 42-year-old man was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight investigation linked to the discovery of what police said were dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. The type and extent of the chemicals were not immediately disclosed. But authorities considered them serious enough to evacuate two Halifax neighborhoods and the Ottawa hotel, and the suspect was arrested after negotiations with police, said Ottawa Const. Chuck Benoit. Police later said no hazardous materials were found in Ottawa. A senior government official said the suspect is a chemist with no known criminal record.

  • Oklahoma carries out its first execution since botched one

    BY SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday for killing a baby in 1997 in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring. Prison officials declared Charles Frederick Warner dead at 7:28 p.m. CST Thursday. The execution lasted 18 minutes. "Before I give my final statement, I'll tell you they poked me five times. It hurt. It feels like acid," Warner said before the execution began. He added, "I'm not a monster. I didn't do everything they said I did." After the first drug was administered, Warner said, "My body is on fire." But he showed no obvious signs of distress. Witnesses said they saw slight twitching in Warner's neck about three minutes after the lethal

  • French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

    Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    PARIS — A security official says the two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre came out firing, prompting the assault on the building where they had holed up with a hostage.