• Game warden won't be charged in April Adair County shooting

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BUNCH — An Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden who fatally shot an Arkansas man in Adair County following an altercation in April will not face criminal charges, the Adair County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp said game warden Jared Cramer was ruled to be justified in his actions when he fatally shot Billy Joe Patrick in the area of Bunch on the morning of April 26. Patrick, 29, was accused of attacking Cramer around 11:10 a.m. that day after Cramer approached Patrick and two other people while they were fishing. Cramer asked to see the group's fishing licenses and discovered Patrick had a warrant from Arkansas for violating the terms of his parole, according to a release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at the time.

  • Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze, who operated the popular JJ's restaurant, were seeking more than $9 million in damages from Time Warner Cable and USIC Locating Services, which contracts with utility companies. Their lawsuit was among several that were filed following the February 2013 explosion, which killed restaurant worker Megan Cramer and injured more than a dozen other people. The blast occurred after a crew for Heartland Midwest, a Kansas-based cable company subcontractor, breached a natur

  • Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

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    Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins' family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday. "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart," his family said in a statement. "His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss.

  • Gym teacher charged with sexual battery bound for district court arraignment

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    After hearing testimony from the victim and a witness, a Tulsa County judge found that there was probable cause to bind a Booker T. Washington High School teacher over for district court arraignment on a sexual battery charge. Wade Weller, 50, appeared in Tulsa County District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, where two students testified on the allegations. A female Booker T. Washington High School student testified that Weller hugged her from behind and grabbed her buttocks in the school’s gym on April 17 while other students were present. The student said she was 17 at the time.

  • Dole Food CEO, former top exec ordered to pay $148M

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    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013. The judge on Thursday said the billionaire businessman, along with former Dole president and chief operating officer C. Michael Carter, breached their fiduciary duties of loyalty in structuring a $1.2 billion cash buyout that left the fruit-and-vegetable giant in Murdock's hands. Vice Chancellor Travis Laster noted that a board committee was able to overcome most of the two men's "machinations," negotiating an increase in Murdock's initial $12 per share offer to a deal price of $13.

  • Woman tries to stop suspected thief by jumping into his vehicle, Tulsa police say

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A "concerned citizen" who jumped into a vehicle in an attempt to stop a man who reportedly stole $579 in merchandise from a Lowe's Home Improvement store was pushed out by the driver, according to police. Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, a father and his daughter witnessed a man stealing merchandise from Lowe's near 71st Street and Garnett Road and tried to confront him in the parking lot, police said. The suspected thief got into his vehicle, and the father approached the driver's side door, Officer Leland Ashley said. The daughter then entered the vehicle and tossed the stolen merchandise out, Ashley said.

  • Health official: States should post local vaccination info

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    NEW YORK (AP) — How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly prodding more states to make the information available online. CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat made the push more public during a press conference Thursday. "It's important to recognize when vulnerabilities exist in communities," said Schuchat, who oversees the agency's vaccination work. Parents could use the information to weigh their child's risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses at specifi

  • The Latest: Jurors in prep school rape case go home for day

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Jurors deliberating the case of a former senior at an elite New Hampshire prep school charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman before he graduated have gone home for the day. The jury of nine men and three women ended deliberations Thursday in the case of 19-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont. Deliberations will resume Friday. Prosecutors say he raped the girl two days before he graduated last year from St. Paul's School in Concord as part of a tradition known as Senior Salute in which seniors seek out underclassm

  • 4 New York men killed when car plunges down embankment

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    SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators were trying to figure out Thursday what caused a 19-year-old woman to miss a sharp turn on a Hudson Valley road, sending her car down a 110-foot embankment and into a house, killing the four co-workers riding with her. Meredith McSpirit of Kingston failed to make the turn Wednesday morning at an intersection in the village of Saugerties, sending the car down a private drive and over a heavily vegetated embankment onto a street below. The car hit the side of a house and ended up flipped over, trapping McSpirit and her four male passengers, according to police. "It struck it with such force that it caused structural damage," Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said Thursday.

  • Sapulpa police chief sends scathing letter to Tulsa sheriff

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A name gaffe in a condolence letter from Sheriff Stanley Glanz to the Sapulpa Police Department after an officer’s recent death elicited a scathing written response from the police chief. The chief also took issue at telephone comments he said were made by a Tulsa County sheriff’s major who reportedly refused to have the Sheriff’s Office handle the investigation at a homicide scene in Sapulpa while all Sapulpa police officers were at the officer’s burial. In his letter, Glanz misidentified the fallen Sapulpa officer, instead using the name of one of the suspects arrested in connection with the lieutenant’s slaying.

  • Lankford criticizes Iran deal, EPA during chamber luncheon

    AP | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is criticizing the Obama administration for the Iran nuclear deal and the Environmental Protection Agency for its interpretation of federal law. The Republican from Edmond spoke to about 150 members of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and fielded questions Thursday during a luncheon at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. Most of the discussion and questions centered on the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran and five world powers that's aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Lankford described the agreement as a "bad deal for America" and urged negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

  • Anchor's shock at live TV slayings shifts to poise, strength

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    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The wide-eyed, open-mouthed look of shock on the face of WDBJ-TV anchor Kim McBroom was seen worldwide after her two co-workers were fatally shot on live television. But as her grieving newsroom went back to work, and she showed poise and strength Thursday as the on-camera leader of a team that refused to give in. It was the only thing McBroom figured she could do after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a disgruntled former reporter who had been fired from their team two years ago. "I'm just trying to do my job, honor their memory and do what they do," McBroom said Thursday. "Alison would do this for me. I know that.

  • Man charged in Jewish site deaths: Judge denying fair trial

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    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at two Kansas Jewish sites has been ordered to begin his defense this week, but it's unclear how much evidence he will be allowed to submit. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. is facing a possible death sentence if convicted of capital murder in the 2014 shootings at two sites in Overland Park, Kansas. Johnson County prosecutors rested their case on Thursday morning. Miller is representing himself. He told Johnson County judge Thomas Kelly Ryan he wasn't prepared to start his defense and needed the case postponed until Monday. Ryan instead set Miller's defense for Friday morning. Ryan warned Miller that he would not be allowed to present evidence about his motives for th

  • Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday. Officials are still trying to determine how the Utah person contracted the disease, but believe it might have been spread by a flea or contact with a dead animal, according to the state Department of Health. "That's the most common way to get it," said JoDee Baker, an epidemiologist with the agency. "That's probably what happened, but we're still doing an investigation into that." Plague is a rare disease that is carried by rodents and spread by fleas.

  • Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

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    VIENNA (AP) — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside. It was the latest tragedy in a year that has seen tens of thousands of people risking all to seek a better life or refuge in wealthy European countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Vienna conference she was "shaken by the awful news," and summit participants held a minute of silence. "This reminds us that we in Europe need to tackle the problem quickly and find solutions in the spirit of solidarity," Merkel said.

  • County sheriff apologizes for name flub in condolence letter

    Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has come under sharp criticism by the Sapulpa police chief for a condolence letter that misidentified a Sapulpa officer who was killed in an off-duty incident with the name of a suspect arrested in the slaying. Glanz told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1NCAISM ) that the name gaffe was a "very regrettable mistake." He said a secretary who typed the letter made the error, but that he signed the letter without carefully reviewing it like he should have. "We made an error — it's a regrettable error — and I'm very sorry it happened," Glanz said.

  • US strikes southern Afghan district seized by Taliban

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. forces have launched multiple airstrikes on a district in southern Afghanistan seized by the Taliban the day before, U.S. officials said Thursday. "U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in Musa Qala today against individuals threatening coalition and Afghan forces," Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, said without providing further details. Afghan Army Brig. Gen. Mohammad Rasool Zaizai said Afghan and allied warplanes struck army and police headquarters in the Musa Qala district in northern Helmand province Thursday, likely killing fighters and civilians. He said it was not possible to confirm casualty figures because insurgents control the area. A

  • Oil jumps 10 percent for biggest one-day gain since 2009

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil soared more than 10 percent Thursday, its biggest one-day gain since March 2009, lifted by resurgent global stock markets and a report showing the U.S. economy grew faster than previously reported in the second quarter. U.S. oil rose $3.96, or 10.3 percent, to $42.56 in New York. That is the biggest gain since March 12, 2009, when oil gained 11 percent. Brent crude rose 10.3 percent to $47.56 a barrel in London. Oil had fallen to a 6 ½ year low because of a global supply glut and worries about the health of China's economy. Analysts viewed Thursday's gain as a reaction to the rebound in China's main stock index, which rose the most in eight weeks, and don't see anything pointing to a long-term rally in

  • Man charged in death of 9-year-old girl in Ferguson

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man was charged Thursday with killing a 9-year-old girl who was sitting on her mother's bed doing her homework when shots were fired into her home. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch charged De'Eris Brown, 21, of O'Fallon, Missouri, with second-degree murder in the Aug. 18 killing of Jamyla Bolden. Brown also faces three counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a building. In a probable cause statement, Ferguson officer William Ballard said Brown fired through a bedroom window. A witness identified Brown as the shooter, and he allegedly confessed. Police did not immediately release a possible motive for the shooting.

  • Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited "divine inspiration" with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter, or the accuser, who couldn't recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, faces six sexual assault charges, three of them felonies, over his encounter last year with the 15-year-old girl in the attic of a near-deserted building at St. Paul's School.