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  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Similar in-country screening programs were set up in East Asia after the Vietnam War and in Haiti in the 1990s. The officials cautioned that no final decision on the matter has been made and said the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering.

  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers. French fighter jets, U.N. peacekeepers and others hunted for the wreckage of the MD-83 in the remote region, where scattered separatist violence may hamper an eventual investigation into what happened. It was found about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, a Burkina Faso presid

  • Rural telephone companies seek funding from Oklahoma's phone fee fund

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A reduction in support from federal programs is leading rural phone companies to tap the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund to help pay for basic phone services. Several wireless companies oppose the reimbursements made under the state’s “make-whole” law.

  • Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night. Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office with patient Richard Plotts, according to Delaware District Attorney Jack Whelan. Whelan identified the caseworker killed Thursday afternoon at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital as Theresa Hunt, 53. Hunt, who was from Philadelphia, had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center next to the hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia, authorities said.

  • As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. They discussed the brain activity and heart rate of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was gasping over and over as witnesses looked on. The judge was concerned that no monitoring equipment showed whether the inmate had brain function, and they talked about whether to stop the execution while it was so far along. But the defense lawyers' pleading on the grounds that Wood could be suffering while strapped to a gurney, breathing in and out and snoring, did no good. Nearly two hours after he'd been sedate

  • Prisoners earn degrees through Tulsa Community College while behind bars

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    HOMINY — Richard Ewalt has spent the last 18 years in prison as part of a life sentence for his role in a fatal drive-by shooting, Tulsa World reports.

  • Dez Bryant, Dalas Cowboys talk extension; deal not close

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for receiver Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp. The former OSU receiver b elieves he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season. "It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant told ESPNDallas.com after the Cowboys' first practice of camp Thursday. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."

  • Oklahoma CareerTech board names interim director

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Marcie Mack, deputy director and chief operating officer of Oklahoma CareerTech, will lead the department following the resignation of Director Robert Sommers.

  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down — underlining concerns about the halting and chaotic recovery effort at the sprawling site spread across farmland in eastern Ukraine. Armed separatists control the area and have hindered access by investigators. All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — most of them Dutch citizens — were killed when the plane was shot down on July 17. U.

  • Oklahoma grand jury calls for removal of Greer County court clerk

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma’s grand jury has accused Greer County Court Clerk Sandy Hopingardner of willful neglect of duty. They are asking that Hopingardner be removed from office.

  • Apartment boom is rocking Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Norman-based Commercial Realty Resources Co. and UBS Financial Services Inc. agree: Oklahoma is where the investment action is for multifamily properties.

  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent proposed delaying rookie contract

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Thunder selected Stanford's Josh Huestis with the No. 29 pick in this year's draft, a spot where players normally receive immediate guaranteed contracts for two seasons with two team option years thereafter. But i n this case the Thunder are sending Huestis to their D-League affiliate for a year to play on a significantly reduced salary -- an estimated $25,000 instead of $750,000 -- with the potential of starting the standard NBA rookie contract a year or two later.  This arrangement wasn't the Thunder's call alone. In fact, Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.   "This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."

  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. However, the Israeli military said the school "was not a target in any way" and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets.

  • Muskogee police arrest teen in shooting death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Muskogee police have a juvenile in custody in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday morning.

  • UK Supermarket To Power Itself With Food Waste

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Where does all the leftover food go when the grocery store closes at the end of the day? Maybe it's repurposed somehow or thrown out , but what if it could help a supermarket become energy independent? A Sainsbury's supermarket in the United Kingdom will soon power itself with leftover food waste and disconnect from the National Grid, Huffington Post reports. Sainsbury's is partnering with Biffa, one of the U.K.'s largest waste management companies, to make this possible. Sainsbury's trucks its food waste from all over the U.K. to Biffa's plant in Staffordshire. Biffa then converts it into biogas, and this biogas is then burned to meet the energy needs of a location in the town of Cannock.

  • Man wrecks stolen car then steals and crashes car of witness, Oklahoma City police report

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police say Matthew Davis wrecked a stolen car and then stole and wrecked the car of a witness who stopped to help him.

  • The Most Water-Consuming States Are The Ones In Drought

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    As the drought in the western United States drags on, communities have considered rules for residents' water use, and California imposed statewide restrictions last week, Huffington Post reports. A national survey on water use in the U.S. showed that residents in states that get less precipitation use a lot of water in their homes -- western states use an average of 137 gallons per capita every day, compared to 82 gallons in the midwest, according to the Huffington Post. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is mostly because of the higher amount of landscape irrigation in the west. In other words, people striving for green lawns and lush plants in dry states have to water more often that people in places with lots of rain, or risk fines in some communities.

  • Ohio woman gets 32 years in forced labor case

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said. Jessica Hunt, 33, was convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs. Her attorneys and the federal prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the sentencing. Hunt's boyfriend, 28-year-old Jordie Callahan, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison for those same charges. Both are from Ashland, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland.

  • Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa. Bert Thompson of Matuu, American Samoa, told The Associated Press on Thursday he saw no fire, explosions or emergency lighting on the plane carrying 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman. "It just went down — dived into the ocean," said Thompson, who saw the plane while sitting at a bus stop in his shoreline village. Haris Suleman's body was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash. Crews are still searching for his father.

  • This company wants to replace your car with a fleet of Teslas and electric bikes

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Unless you’re walking up and down the Strip, Las Vegas is a difficult city to navigate without a car. The city’s taxi drivers are known to overcharge customers  and have so far kept the Uber car-service app out of Vegas. A new service called  Shift (formerly Project 100 ) is fusing the offerings of Uber, Zipcar, a bike share, and public transportation, Quartz reports.