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  • Longtime Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board member dies

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER | Updated: 13 min ago

    Currie Ballard, who was about to finish his second full term on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, died this week in his home.

  • Summer program targets bad behavior among emotionally disturbed Oklahoma City schoolchildren

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    For once, the children — classified as emotionally disturbed by Oklahoma City Public Schools — got to play the hero instead of the villain.

  • Dozens of gay-marriage licenses issued in Colorado

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Dozens more gay couples received marriage licenses in Colorado on Friday as a third county began granting them in the midst of a legal fight to resolve the issue for good. Pueblo County, the latest in the state to give marriage licenses to gay couples, had served 25 couples by the end of the day, including two people from Mississippi who heard the news while traveling through Colorado and decided to get a license, Clerk Gilbert Ortiz said. Pueblo joined Boulder County and Denver in allowing gay couples to marry, one day after a state judge ruled Thursday that the Boulder clerk can continue issuing licenses. Some couples exchanged vows outside the clerk's office, while others took them home to hold a cere

  • Sports Illustrated's 'Dirty Game' articles spark false-light lawsuit

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Sports Illustrated magazine has been sued — accused of maliciously publishing false information regarding the relationship between Oklahoma State University football athletes and a representative of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money. The developments indicated that Obama faces an uphill climb as he pushes Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied kids who've been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from poor and increasingly violent Central American nations. And they suggested that even as the children keep coming, any final resolution is likely weeks away on Capitol Hill. As House members gathered Friday morning to finish up legis

  • Two killed in Enid, Oklahoma, crash early Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A car collided with a tractor-trailer early Friday.

  • How does the LeBron James to Cleveland news impact the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 3 hr ago

    In a thoughtful and moving open letter through Sports Illustrated, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland and sent the sports world into a frenzy. Instantly, the Cavaliers become the most compelling team in the NBA — a title contender led by the game’s biggest talent in the midst of a legendary story of redemption. […]

  • Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and rockets fired by militants striking Israel from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon, Israel's prime minister on Friday brushed off a question about cease-fire efforts. There is no end in sight to Israel's effort to halt militant rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "I will end it when our goals are realized," he said. "And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet." Israel says it launched the offensive Tuesday in response to weeks of rocket fire from Gaza. At least 21 Palestinians were killed Friday, pushing the overall death toll to 106, including dozens of civilians, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon's deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company

  • Texas shooting suspect collapses twice in court

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime. A shackled Ronald Lee Haskell was standing before a state district judge during a probable cause hearing when he fell to the ground. Deputies lifted him to his feet and the 33-year-old Haskell stood for about another minute before collapsing again. He was then lifted into a chair and wheeled from the courtroom. "His face, he obviously lost blood in his face, and his knees buckled," said Haskell's attorney, Doug Durham. "He's scared. I think he has a limited mental capacity of what's goi

  • Prevalence of infectious diseases up in Oklahoma

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Infectious diseases once unknown in Oklahoma are now a threat to the health of its residents as maladies such as the West Nile virus, chikungunya virus and Heartland virus spread across the globe, according to state health officials. The Oklahoma Department of Health reported in May that a Delaware County resident died from complications of the Heartland virus, the first recorded case of the tick-borne virus in the state and only the second person to die from the disease in the nation. Last month, the agency said a Tulsa County resident who traveled to Haiti on a mission trip was the first Oklahoman to test positive for the chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is not indigenous to the U.S.

  • OKC Thunder: Pau Gasol tweets he's close to decision (UPDATE)

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James made his decision. Next up: Pau Gasol. The free agent center, who reportedly has the Oklahoma City Thunder among his favorites, tweeted out that he's nearing a decision following James' bombshell this morning. Gasol is reportedly being pursued by the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Ex-Bush lawyer convicted of trying to kill wife

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted Friday of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago. John Michael Farren, 61, who also was once general counsel for Xerox Corp., was allowed to sit out his trial after he said he wouldn't be able to handle the stress of it. But he was in the courtroom Friday when the jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child. Prosecutors allege Farren choked Mary Margaret Farren and beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness at their multimillion dollar home in New Canaan in January 2010. She managed

  • Feds: Woman sent nude pics of son, 4, to boyfriend

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend. A document filed with U.S. District Court in Charlotte says the woman is charged with producing child pornography and distributing child pornography. James Burns, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says in the document that the woman told investigators she used her mother's cellphone to take the pictures, which she then sent to her boyfriend in Tennessee. The photos were traced back to the woman and her boyfriend after investigators learned in January that a man in Texas had child pornography, including the photos of the young boy.

  • White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said Friday. Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget office is also $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when releasing the president's budget. Obama presided over trillion-dollar-plus deficits during his first term as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession and financial crisis. Attempts to strike deals on spending cuts and revenue increases with GOP leaders such as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio have failed, though Obama was successful in muscling through a tax increase on we

  • NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars. The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models. NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received five complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a highway entrance ramp, causing the car to roll over and cause injuries. Ford Motor Co. says it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the investigation. Ford shares rose 17 cents to close at $17.47 Friday. They have risen more than 11 percent in the past three months.

  • Immigrant community rallies after fire kills 7

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Soben Pin wept as she tried to express her sorrow Friday over a fire that claimed the lives of five members of a Cambodian family and displaced dozens more in Massachusetts. "They escaped from Cambodia, they came here to live the American dream, said Pin, who publishes a newspaper for Lowell's Cambodian community. "You escape from there and you die from a fire. How is that possible?" In a city with the second-largest Cambodian-American population in the U.S., members of the immigrant community are rallying to help the surviving relatives of the family who lost three children and their parents, as well as more than 40 other Cambodians displaced by Thursday's pre-dawn fire in an apartment building.

  • UPDATE: All-clear given after bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Prison officials found no evidence of an explosive device following a bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center Friday morning.

  • OGE Energy Corp. headquarters development team looks at large housing, hotel on south half of Stage Center block

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Chicago firm hired to help develop a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. is seeking to possibly acquire the south half of the downtown block for a larger mixed-use project.

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north. Those moves have infuriated al-Maliki's government while stoking independence sentiment among the Kurds.