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  • Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request

    By JOHN MILBURN, AP | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning. District Judge David King is slated to consider Manning’s request later Wednesday in a Leavenworth County courtroom. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and isn’t expected to attend the hearing. The former intelligence analyst said in August that she wants to be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning instead of Bradley Edward Manning and to be treated as a woman. Manning filed the court petition as the first step toward getting her Army records changed.

  • Prof: Ferry turned further than 3rd mate ordered

    Updated: 25 min ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear. Professor Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing. Kim talked to Park at a Mokpo detention facility. He said she told him she ordered a helmsman to make a 5-degree turn that was part of the ship's normal course, but the steering gear turned too far and the helmsman could not turn it back.

  • Hail up to baseball size possible

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Initial thunderstorms will probably be supercells, capable of producing very large hail up to baseball size and wind gusts to 80 mph.

  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

    Updated: 28 min ago

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence. The president kicked off his trip on an informal note, joining Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag. Obama and Abe greeted each other warmly outside Sukiyabashi Jiro, the underground sushi restaurant run by 88-year-old Jiro Ono. The outing was unusually casual by Japanese standards and underscored the effort by both countries to strengthen the personal relationship between Obama a

  • 6-year-old dies in house explosion in southwest Oklahoma City

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: 33 min ago

    A 6-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when a house exploded and caught fire in southwest Oklahoma City. The boy’s grandmother was hurt in the fire.

  • Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most of them teenagers. "He was generous, a really nice guy," said Oh Yong-seok, a 57-year-old helmsman, adding that the captain always asked about his wife and kids and was happy to dispense personal and professional advice. "He was probably the nicest person on the ship.

  • Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16 in the deadliest single disaster on Everest. While it is impossible to link any single event to long-term changes in the global climate, scientists say the future will likely hold more such dangers in high-altitude regions. Avalanches of snow, rock or ice could increase. Climbing and trekking terrains would become unsteady. Glaciers may be more unpredictable.

  • UPDATE: Oil tank battery explosion reported near Woodward, Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    An oil tank battery explosion has been reported near Woodward Wednesday. U.S. 270 is closed near Woodward.

  • Warm, windy Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 85 degrees Wednesday in central Oklahoma. Winds will gust up to 32 mph, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Muldrow, Oklahoma woman killed riding motorcycle Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A woman died in a motorcycle crash Tuesday in eastern Oklahoma. The crash was south of Sallisaw.

  • Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities say unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane. The search coordination center said Wednesday evening that police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Augusta in Western Australia. Its statement did not describe the material found. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining photographs to assess whether further investigation is needed and if the material is relevant to Flight MH370. Augusta is near Australia's southwestern tip about 310 kilometers (190 miles) from Perth, where the search has been headquartered.

  • Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. The search coordination center said Wednesday a robotic submarine, the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21, had so far covered more than 80 percent of the 310-square-kilometer (120-square-mile) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating a three-dimensional sonar map of the ocean floor. Nothing of interest had been found. The 4.5-kilometer (2.

  • SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. Even with more than 150 people still missing, the funeral halls in Ansan are already full, Oh Sang-yoon of the government-wide emergency task force center said in a statement.

  • Two people die after Oklahoma accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Crystal A. Sutterfield, 32, of Antlers, died in a Tulsa hospital after being injured in a car accident that killed three others, and an Iowa woman died after an accident in Craig County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this season. American climber Ed Marzec said he saw several Sherpas leaving the base camp and many others packing up their tents. Some were loading their equipment onto a helicopter that had landed at the camp. "There are a lot of Sherpas leaving this morning, and in the next two days there will be a huge number that will follow," Marzec, 67, from San Diego, said by phone from the base camp. He said he had already decided to abandon his climb.

  • Seventh person arrested in Blanchard man's death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    John Worcester, 39, was charged April 15 with murder in connection with the January death of Shawn Masters.

  • Oklahoma transportation officials find more cracks in Lexington-Purcell bridge

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Oklahoma transportation officials’ efforts to repair a bridge that links Lexington and Purcell experienced another setback this week. Contractors working to repair the bridge noticed more cracks in the bridge’s structure in areas where they didn’t expect to see damage, Casey Shell, chief engineer for the state Transportation Department, said Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin stays execution

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday delayed the execution of a convicted murderer scheduled to die later that day. In an executive order staying Clayton Derrell Lockett’s execution, Fallin said she had to step in and issue the order.

  • Man killed in hit-and-run in Lawton

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Troy McGee, 57, died after he was struck by an unidentified pickup early Tuesday in Lawton, police said.

  • Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire. The developments — just hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the Ukrainian capital — raised fears that last week's international agreement on easing Ukraine's crisis was unraveling. The accord calls for all sides to refrain from violence and for demonstrators to vacate public buildings. It does not specifically prohibit security operations, but Ukraine suspended its so-called "anti-terrorist operation" after it was reached.