• Grand jury to be convened after Sheriff's Office motion to dismiss petition fails

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: 4 min ago

    Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale ordered that a grand jury be convened after hearing three hours of arguments and testimony and ruling against a motion to dismiss the petition calling for an investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. After court adjourned Tuesday afternoon, We the People Oklahoma supporters greeted the group’s founder, Marq Lewis, and attorney, Laurie Phillips, with smiles and congratulations. Petition quadrant leader Ali Canada — a witness in the hearing — walked out the courtroom doors with a raised fist, shouting, “Yes!” Lewis and Phillips soon followed.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 1, 2015: Hear Jabee Williams at the library

    Updated: 8 min ago

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams today at 10:30 a.m. at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15, and 2 p.m. at the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street. The free performances are part of the Metropolitan Library System's Neighborhood Arts summer program. Jabee also will perform Thursday in Edmond and Jones as part of the Neighborhood Arts series. For more information, go to www.metrolibrary.org.

  • VIDEO: Tahlequah police chief on fatal officer-involved shooting: 'They acted decisively in a … rapidly escalating situation'

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 8 min ago

    TAHLEQUAH — The Tahlequah Police Department identified a 15-year department veteran on Tuesday as the officer who fatally shot a 35-year-old man during an altercation that was captured on another officer’s body camera Saturday morning. Randy Tanner, the agency’s range master, remains on administrative leave while the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completes an inquiry into the death of Joshua P. Crittenden, Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said at a news conference. Around 11:50 a.m. Saturday, officers went to a home in the 500 block of South Mission Avenue in response to a call indicating that two men had at least one gun in a white pickup that had been reported stolen, King said. The caller reported that

  • Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 50

    Updated: 15 min ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said. The coordinated morning assaults in Sinai came a day after Egypt's president pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the country's state prosecutor was assassinated in the capital, Cairo. The attacks set off fierce fighting between the army and the militants that continued into Wednesday afternoon — the fiercest clashes in decades in the peninsula.

  • Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute

    Updated: 22 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said — but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for July's gas. "Gazprom is not going to send gas to Ukraine at any price without the advance payment," Miller said in comments carried by Russian news agencies. The latest energy dispute comes as Russian support to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine has strained the relations between Russia and Ukraine.

  • FLASHBACK: When David Axelrod said he didn't know anything about Clinton's private emails | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    David Axelrod said in June that when he and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked together in the Obama administration, he was unaware she conducted business from an unauthorized, private server – but emails released Tuesday evening by the State Department suggest he had reason to know, says the Washington Examiner. In June, Axelrod said "I didn't know that" when asked if he was aware that Clinton was using her own private email system while serving as secretary of state. But correspondences from 2009 show that Axelrod was not only aware of at least one of Clinton's private email addresses, but that he also contacted her once with "get better" note. Evidence of this begins with an email from Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, dated June 8, 2009. "Axelrod wants your email – remind me to discuss with you if I forget," Mills wrote.

  • Report: Macon Wal-Mart mob wanted to see how much damage it could do

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Surveillance video of a wee-hours ruckus at a Macon Wal-Mart on Sunday shows a teenager race inside flashing gang signs ahead of a mob of four dozen or so people who burst in and smashed merchandise, says The Telegraph. Some in the crowd also snatched a man, apparently a shopper at the Zebulon Road store, from a motorized shopping cart and dragged him to the floor, Bibb County sheriff’s officials said Monday. The vandals, said to number between 40 and 50, sprinted down the store’s main aisle about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, “destroying merchandise displays and items,” a sheriff’s deputy’s report of the incident noted. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/29/3821075_report-macon-wal-mart-mob-wanted.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

  • Meet The Man Who Helps Hollywood Stay Sober

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Until two years ago, Jon Paul Crimi kept his career, and his client base, mostly a secret. He has a 20-year background as a fitness trainer and used to be an actor -- but now when he gets a phone call and finds himself on an airplane two hours later heading to a movie set, he isn't going there to act. Instead, Crimi is a professional sober coach who works with some of Hollywood’s most elite and others struggling with substance use disorders. He has been sober himself for 15 years.

  • Federal source: Preliminary indications show fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Federal source: Preliminary indications show fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson.

  • Artful Escapee: See Paintings Slain Fugitive Allegedly Gave to Guard

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    He was a convicted and incarcerated murderer — with an apparent artistic flair, says NBC News. Richard Matt — who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York with another inmate and was shot dead Friday after three weeks on the run — was also a noted prison painter. Court documents allege that he gave some of his artworks to prison guard Gene Palmer in return for tools.

  • Boy had been on park swing two days when he was found dead, officials say

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The story was chilling and heartbreaking, says the Washington Post: A 3-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing. More than a month after Ji’Aire Donnell Lee’s death, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office revealed more terrible details: Ji’Aire was alive when his mother put him on the swing. He stayed on it for almost two days. A medical examiner’s office has ruled that Ji’Aire’s death was a homicide, and the sheriff’s office said Tuesday that he died of hypothermia and dehydration during his long time on the swing.

  • Egypt security officials raise death toll from Sinai attacks, say at least 50 soldiers killed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt security officials raise death toll from Sinai attacks, say at least 50 soldiers killed.

  • General Mills' sales hit by shoppers' turn against cereal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell and its revenue fell short of expectations as it deals with shoppers who are skipping the cereal aisle. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods saw both sales and profit decline in the U.S. retail segment of its business. The company plans to expand its "consumer first" initiative to help it compete with smaller competitors that are appealing to changing tastes. Big packaged food makers have been stung by shoppers' interest in foods they see as healthier or more natural. Cereal sales also have suffered because of the popularity of gluten-free or high-protein diets.

  • Official: 2 convicts practiced escape plan before breakout

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York conducted a practice run the night before they made their daring breakout. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says David Sweat and Richard Matt made a "dry run" of their escape plan on June 5 by going through an underground utility tunnel connecting Clinton Correctional Facility to the streets of Dannemora. The men poked their heads out of a manhole, but decided it was too close to nearby homes. Instead, they exited the tunnel early the next morning through a slightly more isolated manhole located just a block from the prison walls. Matt was shot to death last Friday in Malone by a border

  • The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Seeing how we’ve already danced with state rankings involving food/drink and beer, we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche “go big or go home” and rank the states based on everything. As this is the Internet, we expect disagreements. Is the loose-meat sandwich greater than the Juicy Lucy? Is Tonya Harding worse than Skip Bayless? Where does one locate Delaware on a map? Anyway, we’ll let you get to it.

  • Carrie Underwood Admits She Had Major C-Section Guilt After the Birth of Her Son

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    While we're loving all of the adorable Instagram photos Carrie Underwood is sharing of hubby Mike Fisher and little Isaiah, says Redbook, the country music star recently revealed she's been dealing with a lot of guilt over the birth of her little baby boy . C-section guilt, to be more exact. And Carrie isn't alone. This guilt around having a Caesarean, or C-section shame, speaks to a growing cultural stigma as more women lean toward all-natural births (which include a vaginal delivery) while those who opt for—or end up having—a c-section birth are painted as "not strong enough" to stick to their original plan.

  • High number of rabies cases reported in Kansas

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents are being warned to be cautious around skunks during an uptick in rabies cases. Kansas State University's veterinary diagnostic laboratory says 70 rabies cases have been reported this year — the same number as all of last year. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1BXIcvC ) skunks accounted for almost 75 percent of the rabies cases. A Kansas State lab diagnostician says most of the other cases probably began with a rabid skunk biting another animal. Starting in 1997, the Kansas State lab saw a rise in rabies cases, peaking at 164 cases in 2003 before declining over the past decade. The last time someone in Kansas died from rabies was in 1968.

  • KFOR: 38-year-old OU professor found dead inside home

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NORMAN -- Owen Kulemeka, 38, was found deceased in his Norman apartment on Tuesday, June 30, KFOR reports. Officials say there were signs of complications from heat stroke, but authorities have not released further information regarding the circumstances of his death ...

  • News 9: Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD For Some Veterans

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    For many veterans, says News 9, the Fourth of July is not a day to go out and celebrate, but an instant reminder of war's lasting effects. The load noises and sounds of fireworks can bring traumatic memories for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family members, and people in a residential area of Medan city where the C-130 Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, North Sumatra police Maj. A. Tarigan told TVOne station. The final death toll may not be known for some time. Body parts were also retrieved from the rubble and transported to a hospital in two body bags.