• Advocates hope California's solitary settlement spreads

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Reform groups are hoping a landmark settlement to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California state prisons will soon spread. "There is still much work to be done to end solitary confinement both in California and around the nation," Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the lead attorney representing inmates, said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. "This settlement represents an important step in that direction and in the growing movement against solitary." As the state that keeps inmates segregated for longer than any other, at times up to a decade or more, California's acceptance of the changes represents a significant victory in the broad

  • Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan, on schedule at 10:37 a.m. (0437 GMT), with "everything going flawlessly," according to a commentator on NASA television. It was the 500th launch of both manned and unmanned spacecraft from the launch pad used in 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, the commentator said. Andreas Mogensen is the first Dane in space. Russia's Sergei Volkov is following in the footsteps of his father, who 24 years ago launched into space with the first astronaut from Kazakhstan.

  • In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years — more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows. "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," Obama said with the iconic glacier at his back.

  • To protect killer whales, patrols keep boaters in check

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. (AP) — Against the backdrop of rocky bluffs, a pod of orcas repeatedly jumped out of the emerald waters of the Puget Sound one recent sunny afternoon before splashing their massive black-and-white bodies back into the water. Shadowing the whales were several recreational and commercial whale watching vessels that ferry people out to watch the orcas breach, which is one of nature's most impressive spectacles. But the combination of boats and whales has state and federal authorities worried, especially this summer, now that the Southern Resident pod of killer whales has four new calves. So authorities are sending out orca patrols, asking the boats to give the sea mammals enough space.

  • Trial set for couple accused of trying to join Islamic State

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A young Mississippi couple accused of attempting to join the Islamic State are scheduled for trial Oct. 26 after a grand jury indicted them on charges that they tried to aid the terrorist organization. U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander set the trial date Tuesday following the Aug. 26 indictment of 20-year-old Jaelyn Delshaun Young of Vicksburg and 22-year-old Muhammad "Mo" Dakhlalla of Starkville, each on two counts of aiding terrorists. Court records show both waived a court appearance on the indictment and pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers couldn't immediately be reached. They were arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight with tickets bound for Istanbul.

  • A preview of new gear China's military showing off at parade

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities. Fueled by booming defense spending, the People's Liberation Army is expected to showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders, especially adjacent seas where it competes with neighbors for territory and resources. ___ PARADE BASICS: The parade will feature more than 12,000 troops, upward of 200 planes and helicopters and around 500 pieces of equipment, including tanks, rocke

  • First-time student enrollment climbs at Rose State College

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Enrollment at Rose State College for the fall semester stands at 8,957, with 2,122 of those first-time students. That's a 6.3 percent increase over the fall 2014 total at the Midwest City college.

  • Oklahoma County public records for Sept. 2

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for Sept. 2, 2015

  • Oklahoma Christian School will break ground on $4 million expansion

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond will hold groundbreaking for a $4 million expansion of the high school Sept. 11.

  • Oklahoma County jurors shown video of inmate being detained before his death

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a former Oklahoma County lieutenant accused of causing the death of an jail inmate.

  • Hearings held in Oklahoma City, Tulsa on changes to Oklahoma’s forfeiture law

    BY SEAN MURPHY Associated Press  | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma laws that allow law enforcement to seize money and property they believe are linked to criminal activity are ripe for abuse and should have safeguards so assets aren't seized from innocent people, experts told lawmakers Tuesday. A proposed bill would require a conviction and increase the amount of evidence authorities need to seize property.

  • OETA to air 'Truth About Wheat'

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Other dining notes of interest to Oklahomans include that The Drake has opened in Oklahoma City; and The Coach House continues to welcome alumni of its apprenticeship program as guest chefs while celebrating its 30thanniversary.

  • OKC council adopts policy on police, body cameras

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday adopted a policy for police use of body-worn cameras, clearing the way for a pilot project testing 100 cameras to begin. The city's initial steps into use of cameras appeared likely to begin with a disagreement between police administrators and the police union over standards for review of footage. There is all-but-unanimous agreement, though, among city leaders and leadership of the Fraternal Order of Police that the technology is valuable and should be deployed. FOP President John George strongly emphasized officers support the body cameras initiative, which required four new police department positions and could grow to include 700 cameras. The policy adopted by the

  • Oklahoma prison inmate is charged in cellmate's death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Taylor L. Fox, 24, an Oklahoma prison inmate, has been charged in the strangulation death of his cellmate, authorities said.

  • 45th Special Troops keep hungry soldiers fed in Oklahoma

    By Spc. Carli Styles For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Long before the sun rose, members of the 45th Brigade Special Troops Battalion mess section began preparing meals for about 400 soldiers of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

  • Mustang native serves in U.S. Navy

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma man is stationed aboard the USS John C. Stennis, based in California.

  • St. Gregory's University president to speak to Oklahoma City Estate Planning Council

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    St. Gregory's University President D. Gregory Main will speak to the Oklahoma City Estate Planning Council on "Current Challenges in Public and Private Higher Education" at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

  • Bethany Bronchos win opener against Lone Grove Longhorns

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Bethany Bronchos brought down the Lone Grove Longhorns during the football season opener played at Southern Nazarene University on Friday.

  • Oklahoma History Center festival tells a wild story

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, organized by Arts Council Oklahoma City, marked 35 years of celebrating the ancient art of storytelling last week at the Oklahoma History Center.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs