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  • Body found at Oklahoma recycling plant identified

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    CATOOSA (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a body found at a recycling center in Catoosa has been identified as that of a Tulsa woman. The agency said Wednesday that fingerprints were used to identify the body as 24-year-old Bobbie Lee Cole of Tulsa. Workers at the plant found the body Monday among cardboard that had been left for recycling at the National Waste Disposal Facility. The OSBI says the body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Tulsa to determine the cause and manner of death.

  • Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies. Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, on Wednesday began reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant that's been purified to meet government drinking standards. The water is then sent by a 12-mile pipeline to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant for additional purification. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved Wichita Falls' proposal for a toilet-to-tap reuse program for up to six months.

  • OSU basketball: Desmond Mason challenges Markel Brown to dunk contest

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Many Oklahoma State purists stand firm in saying Desmond Mason is the best dunker in school history. But most who spent the past four years in awe of Markel Brown’s SportsCenter highlights disagree. So who’s the best dunker from OSU? Mason or Brown? Mason said Wednesday he’s ready to settle the debate. Mason, who played […]

  • Congresswoman: Patrol officer beating video is brutality

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for “viciously” punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a “brutal attack” and said “there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway.” “This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again,” Waters said in a statement. “Based on the video shown of the patrol officer’s forceful punching of Marlene

  • Man accused in grisly Oklahoma 2012 murder testifies

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    PAULS VALLEY (AP) — The man accused of murdering another man and dismembering his body has testified about some of the grisly details of the crime. Justin Hammer is accused of killing Brandon Duran in 2012, dismembering him and putting his body parts in buckets of cement. Investigators say Hammer shot Duran in the face with a shotgun. Hammer has pleaded not guilty and says he shot Duran in self-defense. Hammer testified Wednesday that he shot Duran twice. An Oklahoma City television reports that Hammer then detailed how he cut up and disposed of the body. Hammer says he was afraid of Duran because he thought he was a member of the “Banditos” motorcycle gang. Duran’s mother previously testified her son was not

  • Congresswoman says CHP beating video is brutality

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congresswoman said Wednesday that video of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway is unjustifiable police brutality. Rep. Maxine Waters said the officer should be fired for "viciously" punching the woman and the CHP must thoroughly investigate. She called the incident a "brutal attack" and said "there is nothing that can justify the officer punching a helpless woman on a freeway." "This type of police brutality happens too often with African-Americans and we have seen it time and time again," Waters said in a statement. "Based on the video shown of the patrol officer's forceful punching of Marlene Pinnock, this is enough t

  • Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews. John Kalymon of Troy died at his suburban Detroit home on June 29. He had pneumonia, prostate cancer and dementia, son Alex Kalymon told The Associated Press. "The last two years he had no idea about anything about his life," the son said Wednesday. "He was just struggling to live and his mind wasn't there." A federal appeals court last year upheld a deportation order against Kalymon, but the U.S. couldn't find a country that would take him. In Munich, Germany, prosecutors this year filed an arrest warrant against him for bein

  • A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison to a previous design that was protested last year by residents in Deep Deuce. But while the Bricktown Urban Design Committee was generally very complimentary of the new designs, they withheld approval – and […]

  • Wrestling: Former OSU standout Chris Perry wins silver at University World Championships

    Trent Shadid | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    For the second time in as many days a former Oklahoma State wrestling star shined in freestyle at the University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary. Chris Perry won three matches on Wednesday before falling 5-3 to Piotr Ianulov of Moldova in the championship match at 189 pounds. Perry’s second-place finish comes one day after former teammate […]

  • American author gored at Spain's Pamplona festival

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An American who co-authored the book "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" became one of their victims Wednesday when he was one of two men gored at the festival. Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old from Chicago and a longtime participant in the nine-day Pamplona street party, was gored twice in the right thigh during one of the daily bull runs, organizers said on their website. The injury was serious but not life-threatening, the Navarra regional government said in a statement. "He collided with another guy who was running in the opposite direction.

  • Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were discovered dumped in a village south of Baghdad. It was not clear who the men were or why they were killed, but such grisly scenes were common during the darkest days of the Iraq war, and the deaths raised fears of another round of sectarian bloodletting. Many of the victims were bound, blindfolded and shot in the head.

  • Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort. For a second day in a row, visitors waited up to five hours to get on the ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, located in the new Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios. A day earlier, on the first day Diagon Alley was open to the public, visitors waited for as long as seven hours. A sign at the entrance to the 3-D ride at midday Wednesday said the wait would be 300 minutes. "We're not going to wait," said Eric Poudrier after snapping a photo of the wait time. He was visiting with his girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter from Montreal. Tammy Clark and her 11-year-old son, Ethan, also de

  • Names of deputies in fatal Oklahoma shooting are released

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two deputies involved in a fatal shooting following a traffic stop during the weekend. Sheriff Joe Lester said in a news release Wednesday that the deputies are Cody Shobe and Chris Noel and that both are on paid leave. The department has said 27-year-old Nicholas Popplewell of Norman died at a hospital after being shot just before 9 a.m. Saturday. Lester says the driver told officers there were drugs in the vehicle and that Popplewell tried to escape by getting into Noel’s patrol car as Shobe tried to stop him before being dragged a short distance. The sheriff says Noel then opened fire and struck Popplewell. The driver

  • Dispatches from the road: Disney World

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Word to the wise: If ever you find yourself at a Walt Disney World park or resort and think you’ll try the “amber ale” they have on tap — don’t. In my many years visiting Disney World — and studying the Disney beer scene — I’ve come to an almost certain conclusion: Disney has Anheuser-Busch […]

  • Oklahoma leaders push immigration reform

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Republican leaders in Oklahoma is joining a coalition of business and manufacturing groups from across the country in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation’s economy. Former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele is among those who called Wednesday for Congress and President Barack Obama to work together to enact federal legislation on immigration, even while acknowledging such action would be politically difficult. Among the group’s goals are increasing opportunities for immigrants to enter the U.S. workforce and for foreign students to remain in the country to work.

  • Another Oklahoma execution set for later this year

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has set Dec. 4 as the execution date for a death row inmate convicted of first-degree murder in the 1998 stabbing death of a Department of Corrections employee. The court scheduled the execution Wednesday for 53-year-old John Marion Grant. Grant was sentenced to death for the killing of corrections worker Gay Carter, who was stabbed 16 times at the Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy. Grant’s execution would be the third since the state suspended executions pending an investigation into the botched April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett. Charles Warner is scheduled to die Nov. 13 for raping and killing his roommate’s daughter. Richard Eugene Glossip is

  • Carrie Underwood, Jay Z, No Doubt and more to headline 2014 Global Citizen Festival

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Global Citizen movement continues its campaign to achieve a world without extreme poverty by 2030 with the third annual Global Citizen Festival, a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park. The 2014 Global Citizen Festival will be headlined by Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Jay Z, No Doubt, fun., The […]

  • Tonight's Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Jason Isbell show at the Zoo Amphitheatre has been cancelled

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Sorry, country and Americana music fans. Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre has announced (and I’ve confirmed with them) that tonight’s big show starring Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas and Jason Isbell has been cancelled. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase, according to www.thezooamphitheatre.com. On his […]

  • Early July brings withering heat to Oklahoma City metro area

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    If you drive past an Oklahoma City utility crew in the next few days, you might notice a few workers sitting in the shade, sipping bottles of water. Don’t worry. That’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

  • U.S. Senior Open: Course and tournament officials preparing for more bad weather

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    EDMOND -- Rain and lightning forced a delay in Wednesday morning’s practice rounds at U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, and with more rain in the forecast for Thursday morning, the tournament could see another delay before its opening round. Jeff Hall, the USGA’s managing director of rules and competitions, said lightning was a bigger reason for Wednesday’s delays than the estimated .91 inches of rain on the course. The USGA contracts an on-site meteorologist to monitor conditions. “I was getting updates at 4 this morning and was out here shortly thereafter to see where we were,” Hall said. “Until we got an all clear we didn’t let the ground staff or anybody get out on the golf course. This is not new for