• 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

  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty after Legislature votes to override Gov. Ricketts' veto

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska abolishes death penalty after Legislature votes to override Gov. Ricketts' veto.

  • 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

  • Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on

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    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter strongly defended America's right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction effort. Carter responded to Chinese complaints about U.S. military flights over the projects by saying, "There should be no mistake in this, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows." His comments came in the wake of a formal Chinese protest over the flight last week of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft over Fiery Cross Reef, where China is reclaiming land to build an island.

  • WPX Energy completes $200 million sale of Marcellus Shale assets

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. divested another property by completing the $200 million-plus sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and the release of pipeline transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer. The sales are part of WPX's long-term plan to focus on core properties and cut debt. The company received more than $200 million in cash on the natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations connected to 135 million British thermal units per day of firm transportation capacity commitment on Williams' Transco Northeast Supply link project. The company's third divestiture of the year was originally announced earlier this month. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Police: Steven Tyler not really doing a strawberry farm show

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    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police have alerted residents of a New Jersey township that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will not be performing at a small pick-your-own strawberry farm. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1AymvkV ) the rock star and "American Idol" judge was listed on concert websites ReverbNation and Eventful as performing a Saturday morning show at Windsor Farm & Market. Farm owner Wayne Kalinowski says he was tipped to the problem when a woman from Hightstown wanted to know more about the venue. After Kalinowski reported the issue, West Windsor police sent an email alert Wednesday telling residents Tyler wasn't coming. Lt. Robert Garafolo says there does not seem to be criminal intent. No one fr

  • Claremore fire chief releases new details in flood-related death of Capt. Jason Farley

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    VERDIGRIS — Less than a day after personnel from more than 100 agencies and thousands of community members lined the streets to pay their respects to the family of Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley, one of the firefighters who tried to save him was readmitted to the hospital. Lt. Zane James had been released Monday in time to join the evening procession with Farley’s family from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School. He had been hospitalized early Sunday after floodwater pulled him into a drainage pipe and ejected him into a fence, Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas said in a Tuesday news release. Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, fell into the area around a storm drain after rescuing Shannon Roberts and six small children from a duplex in Archer Court, which flooded during a fifth birthday sleepover party for Roberts’ daughter. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Latest on Wal-Mart shooting: 2 people drove with gunman

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    3:30 p.m. Police say two people who were in the car with a U.S. airman when he drove to a North Dakota Wal-Mart and opened fire on people inside the store had no idea what was happening. Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel says the two people stayed in the car when 21-year-old Marcell Willis went inside and fatally shot one worker and injured another before killing himself. Police say 70-year-old Gregory Weiland was killed and 47-year-old Lisa Braun was injured in the shooting, which happened about 1 a.m. Sunday. Zimmel says Willis made up a story about why he needed to stop at the store. He says the two people in the car were "as clueless to his motives as anybody else." Zimmel says the passengers are consi

  • BNSF plans temporary layoffs with slipping freight demand

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. says it's planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network. The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees "as soon as business needs change." The railroad would not say how many employees were being furloughed but that they are "at different locations across our network." BNSF is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska. The railroad is the biggest player in North Dakota's oil patch, hauling most of the more than 1.1 million barrels that moves out of the region daily. The railroad also is the biggest hauler of freight in the Upper

  • 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

  • Police: Woman who gave workers kidnap note is alive and well

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they've found a woman who disappeared after giving employees of a fast-food restaurant a note saying she was being held against her will and needed help. Police said Wednesday that they have found LaShonda Marie Cortez and she is alive and well. Police said they were still talking to her Wednesday afternoon and didn't release any further information. Police say Cortez left a Wendy's restaurant about noon Monday after passing the note and got into a waiting pickup truck, which drove away. Police on Tuesday asked the public for help finding her. The driver of the truck told police he'd known Cortez about a month and hadn't seen her since dropping her off. The driver wasn't aware of the

  • OU researchers get $15 million grant to address heart health in state

    BY SHANNON MUCHMORE, Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Researchers with the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and Oklahoma City have received a $15 million grant to improve heart health in citizens throughout the state. OU is one of seven grantees in the nation for the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OU President David Boren said at a press conference in Tulsa on Wednesday morning that the grant will allow researchers to work with primary-care physicians in Oklahoma to determine best practices for preventing heart disease and improving heart health. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • US stocks recover from a slump the day before

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering the most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues. However, the overall market remains directionless as most investors are focused on figuring out when the Federal Reserve's long-awaited interest rate increase may come. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 121.45 points, or 0.7 percent, to 18,162.99. It had fallen 190 points on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 19.28 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,123.48 and the Nasdaq composite rose 73.84 points, or 1.5 percent, to 5,106.59.

  • Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation's toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower court that ruled an Arkansas law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus' ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier. The court said that standard was established by previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

  • LIVE: Oklahoma severe weather updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Follow live updates below as severe storms move across western and central Oklahoma Wednesday.

  • Panel to further study Oklahoma City convention center sites

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Lead designer Todd Voth, of the Populous design and architecture firm, offered an committee 11 possible configurations for the five sites under consideration. The five include the north portion of the Oklahoma City MAPS 3 downtown park.

  • Oklahoma deaths from May storms

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    Storm-related deaths since May 5: Skylyna Stewart, 43, drowned in a decades-old storm shelter in southeast Oklahoma City. Dennis Donaho, 60, Spiro, was swept away by floodwaters after he went to check on cattle, his tractor stalled in high water and he attempted to swim to safety. Leon Norfleet, 79, Tupelo, died after a pickup got stuck on a flooded Coal County road, he exited the vehicle and was swept away by floodwaters. Gary Goll, 56, Cole, drowned after a pickup carrying him and two others was washed off the road in McClain County. Jason Farley, 44, Claremore, a firefighter, drowned after he was swept into a storm drain while working to evacuate stranded residents from a flooded area. William

  • Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart settle suit after New Jersey highway crash that hurt him, killed friend

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart settle suit after New Jersey highway crash that hurt him, killed friend.

  • Oklahoma City to open construction bids for first MAPS 3 senior center next month

    William Crum | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Architects hope favorable construction bids allow for add-ons that will reduce wear-and-tear at the first MAPS 3 senior center. An advisory committee voted Wednesday to approve final plans for the long-delayed 40,000-square-foot fitness and social center, to be built near NW 112 Street and Rockwell Avenue on land purchased from Putnam City Baptist Church. The […]

  • Oklahoma man sentenced to about 12 1/2 years in sexual assault case

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Ivan Bennett Willis, 22, was found guilty in a U.S. District Court of forcing a victim to engage in a sexual act in September 2013.

  • Police officer indicted on felony charge in shooting

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police officer has been indicted on a felony charge in the death of a driver he fatally shot after a long car chase. A grand jury handed up an indictment Wednesday on a charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, which carries up to 10 years in prison. The indictment came nine months after a grand jury refused to indict Justin Craven on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Authorities say Craven chased 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite for a dozen miles to his driveway in February 2014. Investigators say Craven fired several shots through Satterwhite's car door almost immediately after he stopped. Craven told authorities that Satterwhite tried to grab the officer's gun.