• Court rejects state’s attempt to keep monument at Capitol

    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 03:43 PM

    The state Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol. The court ordered it removed, and Monday denied a request from the state to reconsider that order.

  • 'I am an American' says man who tried to join Islamic State

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American." Leon Nathan Davis III of Augusta was sentenced to 15 years, the maximum punishment allowed. A pale, bearded man with a Southern accent, the 38-year-old Davis pleaded guilty in May to seeking to help a known terrorist organization. He was arrested at the Atlanta airport last October trying to board a flight to Turkey. Davis later said his plan was to be smuggled into Syria so he could join the Islamic State group as a recruiter and an English teacher.

  • Human remains found at I-40 and Peebly Road Tuesday

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police sent homicide detectives Tuesday to investigate the discovery of human remains. The remains were found about 9:30 a.m. near Interstate 40 and Peebly Road.

  • Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some African activists have greeted President Barack Obama's remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government with scorn and concern. Obama made the comment on Monday during a news conference with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, whose ruling party won every seat in parliament in May elections. On Tuesday, Obama urged African leaders to uphold democratic rights in a speech delivered from the headquarters of the African Union before he departed Ethiopia to end a two-nation African trip that included a stop in Kenya.

  • Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks

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    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has spilled across borders. The long-anticipated diplomacy comes eight weeks after Buhari visited neighboring Niger and Chad. All three countries are contributing to the force. Hard feelings date back to a 1980s land dispute. More recently, Nigeria accused Cameroon of doing little to prevent Boko Haram from using their territory as a refuge. Cameroon saw Buhari's failure to visit earlier as a snub, and its president, Paul Biya, didn't attend his May inauguration.

  • NY prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

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    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker admitted Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run, and prosecutors said they believed no one else knowingly aided in the elaborate escape. Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, wept as she pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal facilitation. Mitchell, 51, faces a sentence of 2 1/3 years to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. Sentencing is set for Sept. 28. Her lawyer said his client won't be able to post the bail set by the judge at $100,000 cash

  • Group submits recall signatures for Jeffco school board

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    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Critics of a suburban Denver school board that considered reviewing a U.S. history course to emphasize patriotism are turning in signatures to force a recall election for three conservative members responsible for the push. A group of parents and educators called Jeffco United for Action plans to submit 30,000 recall signatures Tuesday to the county clerk's office. They need 15,000 valid signatures from Jefferson County voters for each board member they're trying to oust. The group says it is trying to recall three of the five board members because the conservative majority last year considered reviewing the new Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum. That prompted waves of student protests in the s

  • NATO proclaims 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against IS

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    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its "strong solidarity" with the country's fight against the Islamic State group but urged restraint in a campaign that has also targeted Kurdish separatists. In a statement, Turkey's military said it used fighter jets to bomb Kurdish rebels after its soldiers came under fire by heavy weaponry in Sirnak province near country's border with Iraq. Earlier Tuesday, NATO backed Turkish steps to defend itself against terrorism in a rare emergency meeting, which had been called to assess the threat posed by the Islamic State extremist group and the Turkish response.

  • Ex-prison guard accused of forcing inmates to have sex

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    ATLANTA (AP) — A former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women's prison used his position of power to prey on inmates, targeting their vulnerabilities and forcing them to have sex with him, according to investigators. Over at least four years, Edgar Daniel Johnson groped and fondled women and forced some to have sex with him, according to sworn statements filed in warrant applications by an investigator for the Georgia Department of Corrections. He faces criminal charges, and his lawyer said Johnson, 48, looks forward to defending himself. "Mr. Johnson vehemently denies the allegations, and we look forward to having the opportunity to confront these charges in court," attorney Kendall Gross said

  • Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox

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    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country's 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday in an email interview with The Associated Press. Jolie's 2001 hit, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," was filmed partly at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.

  • Chand aims to qualify for Rio Olympics after CAS verdict

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian sprinter Dutee Chand will aim to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to suspend IAAF rules that could have blocked women with high levels of male hormones from competing in Rio de Janeiro. "I've been through a lot, but I'm happy with the judgment," the 19-year-old Chand told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. "My immediate aim is to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but I also know that age is on my side and I can realize my dream of winning several medals for India." Chand was suspended last year due to hyperandrogenism — the presence of high levels of testosterone in some females — which made her ineligible under the rules of th

  • Moroccan journalist ends hunger strike on passport promise

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    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A dissident Moroccan journalist on Tuesday ended a monthlong hunger strike protesting his treatment by the government after an official said he could get a new passport in three days, a member of his support committee said. Ali Mrabet, named by Reporters Without Borders one of 100 "information heroes" in 2014 for his work, went on a hunger strike in front of the U.N. headquarters in Geneva on June 24 because he said Moroccan authorities were preventing him from working by not renewing his identification papers. Interior Minister Mohammed Hassad told journalists Monday that Mrabet could get a new passport in Geneva in three days. Support committee member Omar Brousky said the group then persuaded

  • Oldest ever giant panda celebrates with bamboo, veggie cake

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    HONG KONG (AP) — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognized Tuesday as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant panda. Her mate, An An, also marked a birthday, his 29th. Born in 1978, Jia Jia was sent to Hong Kong Ocean Park with An An in 1999. They were given by China to mark the second anniversary of Hong Kong's handover. Jia Jia has had six babies and four are still living. The park's veterinary service director, Paolo Martelli, says typical panda life expectancy is around 20 years and only eight of about 400 living in captivity today are older than 30.

  • Christina Fallin living in travel trailer near Governor's Mansion; other family members also home for the summer

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 26, 2015.

  • What are the biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history?

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 2 hr ago

    On Monday, Oklahomans felt one of the biggest temblors in state history when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Crescent.  The following are the nine biggest earthquakes in Oklahoma history. [pagebreak] No. 1 [pagebreak] No. 2 [pagebreak] No. 3 [pagebreak] No. 4 [pagebreak] No. 5 [pagebreak] No. 6 [pagebreak] No. 7 [pagebreak] No. 8 [pagebreak] No.

  • Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service. The Bell County sheriff's office said Monday that 60-year-old John David Brock of Stoney Fork was handling the snake during a Sunday service at a Pentecostal church in Jenson. Authorities say Brock was bitten on his left arm and refused medical treatment. The sheriff's office says Brock went to his brother's home, where he later died. The local coroner pronounced Brock dead. Snake handling at religious services is most common in Southern Appalachian states. The basis for the practice is a passage in the Gospel of Mark.

  • Mozambican president visits region troubled by clashes

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    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's president travelled to the country's northwest where fighting between government troops and opposition fighters has forced hundreds to flee to neighboring Malawi, state-run radio reported on Tuesday. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has travelled to Tete province, where troops from the Frelimo-led government have clashed with fighters loyal to Renamo, the official opposition party, since early July, Radio Mozambique reported. Nyusi is to meet with Renamo's longtime leader, Afonso Dhlakama on an unconfirmed date, Radio Mozambique said. Over the weekend, Dhlakama held a mass rally in the northwestern Maringue area, where he lives.

  • Taiwan, Thailand join deal to end tariffs on tech products

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    BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization says Taiwan and Thailand have joined an agreement reached last week to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products. The Geneva-based trade body said the two Asian nations on Tuesday confirmed their acceptance of the WTO's first tariff-eliminating deal in 18 years. Taiwan, a major electronics producer, and Thailand were among a handful of the 54 countries involved in negotiations that sought more time to consider the agreement when it was clinched on Friday. The WTO says that annual trade in the 201 products covered by the deal to expand the 1997 Information Technology Agreement is valued at over $1.3 trillion.

  • Hispanic population is increasing in Oklahoma County

    BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    U.S. Census data shows 13.5 percent increase in four years for Hispanic population in Oklahoma County, which included Oklahoma City.

  • French archaeology students find 560,000-year-old tooth

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    PARIS (AP) — Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe. The tooth was found last week during excavations at Tautavel, one of Europe's most important prehistoric sites, where about 40 volunteers are working under the supervision of scientists. Paleoanthropologist Tony Chevalier, researcher at Tautavel's archaeological laboratory, called it a "major discovery." Chevalier told The Associated Press that the adult tooth would help fill a gap between the very few oldest human fossils, notably found in Spain a

  • High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

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    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables. In the increasing competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out all the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses. But some dealers say efforts to satisfy and retain the players — known as "whales" — go much further, with casinos tolerating abuse and extending courtesies that test the integrity of the games.