• Rising Cimarron River threatens more homes near Crescent

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    One house is gone.  And seven others now sit closer to the Cimarron River just south of Crescent than they did two days ago, as heavy rains and flooding caused more than 60 feet of the bank to erode over the weekend. Emergency workers evacuated more than 30 families from the area about 2 a.m. Monday as the Cimarron rose to more than 18 feet nearly topping its banks and eroding the ground from beneath three homes. One home dropped into the river and two others teetered. Both of those homes have been condemned.  No injuries were reported. “It was fast and furious,” 38-year Twin Lakes resident James Dickson said. “The bank used to be a lot bigger than it is now. I just hope we don’t lose too

  • Edmond approves $252 million budget

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Edmond City Council members approve $252 million budget. Two road improvement projects, for $1.6 million, are included in the budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Ricketts vetoes driver's licenses bill for immigrant youth

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Wednesday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state to ban driving privileges for young people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program. The announcement sets up another showdown between the Republican governor and lawmakers who passed the bill last week with a veto-proof majority. Ricketts argued in his veto letter that the bill would grant driver's licenses to an overly broad group of people in the country illegally, not just the so-called Dreamers enrolled in the federal program. "The bill is wrong on principle and the bill is overly broad," Ricketts said.

  • No sex assault charges for women in massage parlor sting

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's top prosecutor is dismissing cases against 16 women arrested in a massage parlor prostitution sting after the sex assault charges they faced drew criticism. The women were arrested this month during an operation involving Honolulu police and federal authorities. But instead of being arrested on suspicion of prostitution, police accused the women of sex assault. "Although the conduct might have constituted a technical violation of the law, proof beyond a reasonable doubt could not be established," Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro said in a statement Wednesday. "Therefore, these cases were dismissed.

  • 12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment

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    The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes: SCHEME A — 1993, 1995 AND 1997 COPA AMERICAS Traffic Brazil purchased rights for the three tournaments in a deal worth $6.6 million. Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, then president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL and later a FIFA executive committee member, refused to sign the contract until he received a dollar payment in six figures. In 1993 and 1995, Leoz demanded additional payments starting in 1993 or 1995 for future Copa America tournaments, and payments increased over time to seven figures.

  • SkyWest flight diverts to Boise for medical emergency

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SkyWest Airlines spokeswoman says a flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Denver that diverted to Boise, Idaho, because of a medical emergency couldn't resume its journey because the plane required an inspection. The Canadair Regional Jet 700 landed in Boise at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Airline spokeswoman Marissa Snow says it had to be inspected because it landed "overweight" due to the fuel that was still on board. She says the inspection found no damage. Snow says some of the 68 passengers were put on other flights. The airline also dispatched another plane that was scheduled to leave Boise on Wednesday evening with the rest of Flight 6391's passengers. Snow says the passenger with the medical problem was

  • Latest on flooding: Tornado hits Panhandle gas rig; 3 hurt

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    9:30 p.m. CDT What officials say was at least one tornado has struck a gas drilling rig in the Texas Panhandle, injuring three workers. The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2½ miles north of the town of Canadian. A spokeswoman for the Hemphill County Sheriff's Office says the work shack on the rig floor was severely damaged. Two people were taken to Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, about 100 miles southwest of the rig site. One was being treated for an abdominal impalement and another for non-life-threatening facial injuries. A hospital spokesman said conditions weren't available for the two. Sheriff's spokeswoman Julie Boydston says a third person suffered minor injuries. ___

  • Sea lion impaled with spear rescued in Southern California

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast. Los Angeles news station KNBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1KzORi8 ) that a team spent much of Tuesday searching Channel Islands Harbor before spotting the injured male sea lion nicknamed Bubba. Rescuers managed to hit the animal with tranquilizer darts and drag him ashore in a net. He's estimated to weigh more than 600 pounds. Veterinarian Sam Dover discovered the blade was so deeply embedded that it had to be cut out with a scalpel. Dover says it appears Bubba was intentionally stabbed. The metal spear was taken as evidence. Harming a sea lion is a federal offense.

  • Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash

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    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said he and Walmart worked diligently to reach the settlement for the plaintiffs and their families. "Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate," he said Wednesday in a statement. In the same statement, Morgan said Wal-Mart "did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably." Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. called it an "amicable settlement.

  • FIFA's commercial partners urged to make their voices heard

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    LONDON (AP) — FIFA's sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer's global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday's arrest of seven officials. Companies like Coca-Cola, Visa and Adidas have in recent months shown a growing willingness to voice their concerns publicly about FIFA's string of scandals, which have spanned from past allegations of corruption to the abuse of laborers building World Cup venues in Qatar. Wednesday's developments, which have also seen Swiss prosecutors open criminal proceedings into FIFA's awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, should prompt them to demand change, according to a leading official at a g

  • Norman school district officials spare Eisenhower Elementary caboose

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Parents, former students fought decision to remove 41-year-old landmark

  • Wounded woman testifies in Nevada about trespass killing

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    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A female trespasser who survived a shooting in a vacant Nevada duplex testified Wednesday that the property owner entered the unit and opened fire without provocation, wounding her three times and killing a man on the floor next to her. Janai Wilson testified in Washoe District Court in Reno before prosecutors rested their case against Wayne Burgarello on charges of murder and attempted murder. Wilson broke into tears as she recalled hearing at least six gunshots in the rundown rental unit in Sparks while she huddled beneath a comforter, fearing the shooter would kill her, too. "It seemed like just one after another — bang, bang, bang, bang," Wilson said. "There was a slight break, nothing very lo

  • Networks shake up schedules, shedding 'Idol' and bringing back 'Muppets'

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    It ain't easy competing with Netflix and no-holds-barred cable, but network TV is shaking up its lineups with new takes on old favorites and retiring long runners.

  • 13 Oklahoma couples win free engagement rings this month due to wet weddings

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A rainy May means flood of winners in Oklahoma City jeweler’s rainy wedding day contest.

  • Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. The writings on about 30 pages in the brown, spiral school notebook alternate between sometimes incoherent ramblings and Holmes' methodical plans to attack the movie theater and maximize the number of people killed. It provides the most comprehensive look yet into what Holmes described as his "broken" mind. Prosecutors, however, are attempting to use its planning entries to undermine Holmes' claim that he was legally insane at the time of the July 2012 attack, which killed 12 and injured 70 others.

  • $150M in bribes, dozen schemes: US prosecutors' FIFA case

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In accusing soccer federation leaders of tarnishing the sport by taking $150 million in bribes and payoffs, U.S. prosecutors laid out a sweeping corruption case that hinges on the testimony of insiders, including some who have agreed to cooperate in plea deals. Prosecutors announced the racketeering conspiracy and other charges Wednesday against 14 defendants — nine current and former officials with global soccer governing body FIFA, four sports marketing executives and an accused intermediary. They also revealed four others had pleaded guilty in secret proceedings dating to July 2013. It's believed some or all are cooperating in the investigation.

  • Republican presidential hopefuls address defense spending

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    In Oklahoma City last week, none of the candidates who sat down for interviews took a position on military base closures and some said defense spending would depend on economic growth.

  • Louis Vuitton returns to America's Cup in expanded role

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Louis Vuitton is returning to the America's Cup, this time as presenting sponsor of the match as well as title sponsor of the America's Cup World Series and the challenger eliminations. Louis Vuitton has been sponsoring the challengers' trials since 1983. Some had questioned whether the luxury goods company would return for 2017 in Bermuda after a star-crossed regatta in 2013 in San Francisco. The sponsorship arrangement was announced Wednesday. The America's Cup World Series begins in Portsmouth, England, July 23-26.

  • NYC approves skyscraper in exchange for transit hub work

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    NEW YORK (AP) — City officials cleared the way on Wednesday for construction of a new, 65-story Manhattan skyscraper after the developer made an unusual tradeoff: a promise to make sweeping upgrades to nearby Grand Central Terminal that would allow more rush-hour trains on the subway's busiest lines. New York City Council members unanimously approved a change to zoning law that will allow One Vanderbilt to rise alongside the historic transit hub. In exchange for getting more square footage, developer SL Green Realty Corp. will invest about $220 million in critical improvements to Grand Central, allowing more trains to run during rush hour on the clogged 4-5-6 lines, which carry more people per day than the entire transit systems

  • Kanye West to perform at Birthday Bash 20 concert in Atlanta

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Kanye West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. WHTA, known locally as Hot 107.9, announced Wednesday that West will be one of the headliners at Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on June 20. The Grammy-winning rapper will share the stage along with some of hip-hop's top performers, including Ludacris, Wale, Future, B.o.B., Big Boi and Rae Sremmurd. West, who returns for a third time, performed at Birthday Bash 15 and 10. The show is a part of a three-day weekend that includes two other concerts featuring music acts from Bun B, Soulja Boy and Kevin Gates. Past artists to perform at Birthday Bash have included Jay Z, Drake, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Chris Brown, Rick Ross

  • Marine veteran from Edmond reflects on her World War II service

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Grace Davis, 92, of Edmond, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946.