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  • Pastor: UPS gunman was 'troubled' over work

    Updated: 49 min ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS shipping center Tuesday had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested the situation might turn violent, his pastor said. Birmingham police late Tuesday identified the shooter as 45-year-old Kerry Joe Tesney of suburban Trussville. They did not release the slain people's names but said they were part of management. They are investigating as a double homicide and suicide. Tesney and his wife have two children, and they've been members at NorthPark Baptist Church since 2003, said the church's pastor, Bill Wilks. Wilks described Tesney as being "troubled" over his work and financial situation.

  • Inhofe fundraiser event causes flap

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: 53 min ago

    A fund raising event for Sen. Jim Inhofe in which about 1,000 live pigeons were thrown up into the air to be shot by Inhofe and his political supporters has an animal right group crying foul.

  • Union City Schools were closed Tuesday as health officials investigated several reported cases of meningitis

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A school official said Tuesday morning that Union City Schools would be closed again Wednesday as a precaution due to three meningitis cases.

  • As summer ends, warm, dry conditions persist across Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Tuesday marked the first day of autumn, and although August’s heat is over, temperatures in parts of Oklahoma have remained above average. Drought conditions are still prevailing in much of the state, with little relief in sight.

  • Autopsy details differ from Okahoma City police account in dog death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    An Oklahoma medical examiner’s autopsy released Tuesday says Mark Salazar, 22, was shot six times in the back, leg and arm while running away from Oklahoma City police officers.

  • New photos show toll of age, prison on pop legend

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two newly released photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend. The most recent photo shows a bald, somber-looking 73-year-old Spector staring straight into the camera on Oct. 28, 2013. An earlier photo of a smiling Spector is dated July 24, 2013. California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Tuesday that the October photo was taken when Spector was moved to the prison system's huge California Heath Care Facility in Stockton. The facility provides medical and mental health care to the state's sickest inmates, including those with chronic conditions. Thornton said she couldn't reveal details of Spector's health because of state med

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man after carjacking, pursuit

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A man was arrested after Oklahoma City police said he carjacked a vehicle at a McDonald’s drive-thru and then led police on a short chase early Tuesday.

  • U.S. student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.2 trillion

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    In Oklahoma, the average student debt is $23,636, or 20 percent lower than the national average of $29,400. The state ranks second-highest in number of late loan payments — 13.2 percent.

  • Manning sues Defense Dept. for gender treatment

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement. A spokeswoman at the Pentagon, Army Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, said she could not comment on pending litigation, per military policy. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning is at a high risk of self-castration and suicide unless she receives more focused treatment for gender dysphoria at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

  • Police: Man charged with abduction with intent to defile in missing Virginia student case

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police: Man charged with abduction with intent to defile in missing Virginia student case.

  • Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self." Administration officials said Tuesday they have been watching the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria, for years. But Obama had resisted taking military action in Syria to avoid inadvertently helping President Bashar Assad, a leader the U.S. would like to see gone. That changed, officials said, because intelligence showed that the Khorasan Group was in the final stages of plotting attacks against the U.S. and Europe, most likely an attempt to blow up an airplane in

  • Technology review: iPhone 6 rekindles excitement for early iPhone user

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    iPhone users upgrading from older models will find lots to like with the newest version, iPhone 6. Apple started selling two new models last week.

  • Oklahoma school shelter advocates nearing deadline

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of an initiative petition to place storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school say they are short of the number of signatures required to put the measure on a statewide ballot with just four weeks left to gather them. Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that Take Shelter Oklahoma is launching a final push to get the signatures of about 155,000 registered voters needed to get the measure on the ballot. Slane says the organization has an Oct. 20 deadline to turn the petitions in to the Secretary of State. The effort marks the second time petitions have been circulated since seven children died when a tornado slammed into a school in Moore in 2013. The first effort was abandoned in April.

  • Oklahoma football: Answering leftover questions from Tuesday's Power Lunch live chat

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    NORMAN — I participated in the NewsOK Power Lunch live chat this morning, but my Internet connection gave out before I could answer most of the questions in the queue. I copied several of them onto my computer and will now answer them in this blog post. Sorry for the inconvenience if you were on […]

  • Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police. How the fire happened wasn't immediately clear, but it stoked fresh resentment among those who question whether the shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 is being adequately investigated. "It's the same as if somebody came and desecrated a grave," Anthony Levine of Florissant, another St. Louis suburb, said as he studied the charred scene and shook his head.

  • US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up. The widely varying projections by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were based on conditions in late August and do not take into account a recent international surge in medical aid for the stricken region. That burst has given health authorities reason for some optimism. "I'm confident the most dire projections are not going to come to pass," CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden said in releasing the report.

  • Tramel: Emails in on Adrian Peterson

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The emails are in on Adrian Peterson. I have written that Peterson’s reputation is gone, and that a quick apology would have helped a bunch, and that Peterson’s parenting skills are non-existent — and not just because he violently used a switch on a 4-year-old. Here’s what the readers had to say. Lynn: “Your recent […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Former LSU safety commit Kevin Henry flips, picks the Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    STILLWATER — The Cowboys just nabbed a recruit straight from the hands of the SEC. Kevin Henry, a senior safety at Central-Baton Rough High School, had originally committed to LSU, but announced Tuesday that he intends to play for Oklahoma State next season, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper.

  • OU football: Freshman running back Samaje Perine bursts onto list of top-10 Sooner football players

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 8 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma improved to 4-0 with its 45-33 victory at West Virginia last weekend on Owen Field, and it’s Tuesday. That means it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. Click here for last week’s rankings. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below. Last week’s […]

  • Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. Assad's remarks came hours after the opening salvo in what the United States has warned will be a lengthy campaign to defeat the extremists who have seized control of a huge swath of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming. One Syrian activist group reported that dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in the pre-dawn strikes, but the numbers could not be independently confirmed.