• Senate blocks Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    Monday, August 3, 2015 at 05:39 PM

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Lankford's bill to defund Planned Parenthood was blocked Monday after Democrats said Republicans were trying to deny critical health care to millions of women. The bill needed at least 60 votes to advance in the U.S. Senate and received 53.

  • 8 cities win open-data contest from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg

    Updated: 8 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eight cities from Jackson, Mississippi, to Seattle are the first winners in a $42 million, 100-city data-use contest sponsored by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation. Bloomberg Philanthropies is announcing the first winners Wednesday in its "What Works Cities" initiative. They also include Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; New Orleans, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. They'll get expert help to make data publicly accessible, incorporate it better into decision-making and evaluate programs. "What Works Cities" was announced in April. It's open to U.S. cities of 100,000 to 1 million people. More winners will be chosen through 2017.

  • Triple homicide investigated as ritualistic killing

    Updated: 10 min ago

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A triple homicide in Florida is being investigated as a possible ritualistic killing connected to the recent blue moon, a sheriff said Tuesday. The bodies of Voncile Smith, 77, and her sons Richard Smith, 49, and John Smith, 47, were discovered Friday in their Pensacola-area home, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. He said investigators believe the family was killed the previous Tuesday, July 28, about 7 p.m. "Initial research had led us to believe it was a ritualistic killing," Morgan said, adding that police have identified a "person of interest" in the case. Asked to elaborate, Morgan replied, "The method of the murder — blunt force trauma ...

  • The Latest: California wildfire 20 percent contained

    Updated: 26 min ago

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Fire crews have made some progress against a stubborn fire that has consumed more than 101 square miles. Cal Fire says that as of Tuesday afternoon the fire hasn't spread and it is now 20 percent contained. Some 3,000 firefighters from near and far are working 24-hour shifts to fight the blaze. ___ 2:35 p.m. A light rain began falling in the area in Northern California where a wildfire has been raging for almost a week but officials say the blaze is so massive the rain won't help much. Cal Fire spokesman Jason Shanley says the rain will help a little but it's not enough to quench the fire.

  • Week-old wildfire wreaks havoc on California vacation spot

    Updated: 31 min ago

    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California's largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as an erratic, week-old wildfire that has wiped out dozens of buildings continued to threaten nearly 7,000 more. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning 10 miles from Clear Lake, more than 13,000 people were required or urged to leave their homes, vacation cabins and campsites in the latest fire-prone region to find itself under siege. "This never gets easier," said Gina Powers, who with her husband and cats on Sunday night fled the Spring Valley home she has evacuated before in the more than two decades she

  • At least 19 killed, 250 rescued after trains derail in India

    Updated: 33 min ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 19 people, officials said Wednesday. At least 250 people have been rescued. The Kamayani Express was on its way to Mumbai when it derailed late Tuesday night near the town of Harda in Madhya Pradesh state, while the Janata Express was traveling in the opposite direction when it derailed soon after. The trains were crossing a bridge over the rain-swollen Machak River, about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of New Delhi. Another train had passed the same bridge 10 minutes before the first derailment without any problem, but then a flash flood caused part of the track to

  • Officials probing New Hampshire tent collapse that killed 2

    Updated: 34 min ago

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — It's unclear why after a widespread warning of impending severe weather a circus put on its planned show in a tent that ended up collapsing in a storm, killing a spectator and his 8-year-old daughter, the state fire marshal said Tuesday. More than 30 other people were taken to hospitals after the collapse Monday night at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, 90 miles north of Concord. Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said it's the responsibility of the circus operator to monitor the weather. The show began seven minutes after the National Weather Service issued a severe-thunderstorm warning. The storm blew through about 15 minutes after that, with about 100 people inside the tent.

  • Tulsa man arrested on 19 complaints after high-speed pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A man who reportedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Tulsa overnight was arrested Tuesday on 19 complaints, jail records show. The list of accusations against Tico Arnelius Woods, 34, include driving under the influence, eluding, reckless driving, assault with a dangerous weapon and interfering with a police officer. He is being held in the Tulsa Jail on $32,000 bond. Around 11:55 p.m. Monday, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a Chevrolet Yukon traveling west on 11th Street near Sheridan Road for swerving, according to an arrest report. The driver, identified as Woods, told the trooper he left his driver’s license at his house. After reportedly smelling an odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle, the trooper asked Woods to exit the Yukon.

  • Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

    Updated: 47 min ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. This coastal ribbon of microscopic algae, up to 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep in places, is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures. It now stretches from at least California to Alaska and has shut down lucrative fisheries. Shellfish managers on Tuesday doubled the area off Washington's coast that is closed to Dungeness crab fishing, after finding elevated levels of marine toxins in tested crab meat.

  • Kerry urges peaceful resolution to South China Sea disputes

    Updated: 57 min ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hopeful that China and its smaller neighbors can come to an effective resolution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Those clashes have ratcheted up tensions in some of the world's busiest commercial maritime lanes. Speaking Wednesday at a Southeast Asian regional security forum, Kerry said the U.S. wants to preserve stability in the South China Sea and ensure the security of shipping lanes and fishing grounds there. He said the disputes must be managed peacefully on the basis of international law. Chinese land reclamation in contested waters has irked Southeast Asian nations who, like the U.S., want China to stop. Beijing ins

  • Hewitt opens last North American hard-court swing with win

    Updated: 58 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt climbed out of a courtesy car Tuesday afternoon, slung a case of rackets over his shoulder and walked across the Citi Open grounds, accompanied by his 6-year-old son, Cruz, who gave Dad a hand by toting a black gym bag. More than seven hours later, the elder Hewitt — a former No. 1 and two-time major champion — smacked a volley winner to cap a 25-stroke exchange and finish off a 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier John-Patrick Smith in an all-Australian first-round matchup at the U.S. Open tuneup tournament. Hewitt, wearing his trademark backward white baseball cap, pumped his fist. Cruz, wearing a backward black hat, rose from his front-row seat in the stands and applauded.

  • Governor cites 'direct correlation' between disposal wells, earthquakes

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Energy industry representative says stricter regulation is appropriate.

  • Truck crash ties up New Jersey Turnpike for hours; 1 dead

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A dump truck crashed into an overpass on one of the nation's busiest toll roads on Tuesday, killing one person, sparking a fire and causing a miles-long traffic standstill that lasted for hours. The truck was traveling along the New Jersey Turnpike when it struck the Wood Avenue overpass in Linden near Exit 13A around 10:30 a.m., state police Capt. Stephen Jones said. The fatality was believed to be the truck's driver, he said. A fire ignited and was feared to have compromised the overpass and gas and power lines that run under it, he added. Traffic lanes were closed. The northbound truck lanes were briefly opened to bleed out traffic that was stuck at the scene of the fire and were then reopened l


    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Pizza and prizes floated toward a downtown sidewalk Tuesday morning as Revolve Pizza Kitchen celebrated the opening of its new store at 100 W Main in downtown Oklahoma City. More than 100 pizzas — protected by boxes and dangling from plastic parachutes — were tossed off the top of the Century Center Building to waft into a crowd of people outside the store.  Many of those who nabbed a box immediately began to eat, making room for others seeking to grab their lunch out of the air. Gusts of wind occasionally pushed pizzas into the street, but motor vehicle traffic was light and hungry pedestrians were able to secure the floating food. Within a few minutes, the pizza was gone.

  • JFK - John Forbes Kerry, that is - leans on Kennedy cane

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still nursing a broken leg but has graduated from crutches to a cane used by generations of the Kennedy family. Kerry appeared Wednesday at meetings in Malaysia with a wooden, silver-handled cane that he said had belonged to Kennedy family patriarch Joseph Kennedy while he was U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. The cane was passed down to President John F. Kennedy, who used it to deal with back pain, and passed along again to his brother Ted when he broke his back. This isn't the first time Kerry has used the Kennedy cane. Ted Kennedy lent the cane to Kerry twice after knee surgeries. Kennedy's widow, Vicky, lent it to Kerry again after he broke his le

  • Council questions jail plan

    By William Crum Staff Writerwcrum@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    A county study committee has recommended seeking a sales tax increase to pay for a new 2,800-inmate jail and remodel the county’s juvenile justice center in Oklahoma City.

  • Hillary Clinton slams Bush on immigration, women's health

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Hillary Clinton is slamming Jeb Bush and other Republicans over immigration and women's health. The Democratic presidential candidate went after the former Florida governor at a campaign event Tuesday night in Denver. She seized on his questioning of federal spending on women's health at a forum in Tennessee earlier in the day. Bush's campaign said he had been trying to criticize funding of Planned Parenthood. Clinton says that was just as bad. Clinton also jabbed Bush on immigration, saying he supports policies that expose families to possible deportation. Bush has taken the most dovish stance in the Republican field on the issue and called for legal status for many people in the country illegally.

  • The Latest: New Jersey Turnpike reopens after fatal accident

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — The latest in the New Jersey Turnpike truck accident (all times local): 10:30 p.m. The New Jersey Turnpike has reopened following a deadly truck crash and fire. The truck was traveling along the major toll road Tuesday morning when it struck an overpass in Linden. State police say the fatality is believed to be the truck's driver. A fire ignited and was feared to have compromised the overpass and gas and power lines that run under it. Traffic was backed up into the evening. State police said shortly after 10 p.m. the turnpike was reopening all lanes to traffic. They say repairs to the wiring under the overpass have been completed. ___ 6 p.m.

  • KD visit is sweet surprise for kids

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant made a surprise visit to a Moore Orange Leaf to help launch a challenge to children across the country to come up with creative ways to improve their communities.

  • Service restored after phone outages reported in Southeast

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Phone carriers say some customers in the Southeast who experienced outages with wireless and wired service have had service restored. AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said in an email Tuesday night that repairs are complete on a hardware-related problem and service is running normally. Greer said the outages affected cellular and landline service. Verizon spokesman Trevor Thomas said service in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee was in the process of being restored after about a five-hour outage. The Lexington Herald-Leader said Sprint and T-Mobile customers also reported problems. The number of customers affected wasn't available. There was no word on the cause, but Greer said AT&T would i

  • Court puts brakes on license plate lawsuit

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver rejected a Bethany pastor's arguments Tuesday, upholding a lower court ruling by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton, of Oklahoma City.