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  • Kevin Sweat admits killing two Weleetka-area girls, his fiancee

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An Oklahoma judge will decide the Henryetta man’s punishment. He faces a maximum of three life sentences without parole.

  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. He has hesitated in the past because such a move would instantly put the Palestinians on a risky collision course with Israel. But with about 1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza, according to health officials, Abbas has signaled he might move ahead — cautiously. Palestinian officials said Thursday that Abbas asked all Palestinian political factions, including Hamas and the smaller group Islamic Jihad, to give their written consent to such a move.

  • HIV-positive man accused of lying to sex partners

    BY MATT DINGER, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    An HIV-positive man was arrested Thursday, accused of having unprotected sex with women he met on the Internet and of lying about his health.

  • Person dies after container falls off military transport vehicle, crushing pickup

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A person was killed Thursday in the Oklahoma City metro area when a shipping container fell from a military transport vehicle onto a pickup passing under a railroad bridge near NE 23 and Sooner Road.

  • Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year. The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop 'n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer. SuperValu Inc., the Minnesota-based corporate parent of the Shop 'n Save chain, stressed that none of the cases resulted in serious injury, and that the alleged tampering was isolated to only the

  • Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day — in fact, for more than a week — and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive. Finally, less than an hour after all sides signed off on the precise and technical wording for a 72-hour truce, Kerry issued a statement and called a 3:30 a.m. Friday press conference to seal the deal before any party could back out. It was the kind of announcement that ricocheted around the world: announced simultaneously at U.N.

  • Worker killed after pipeline explode near Artesia

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a worker is dead in southeastern New Mexico after a pipeline exploded on an oil field south of Artesia. Eddy County deputies say 21-year-old Fabian Martinez and three others were in a pit cutting a pipeline and disassembling PVC pipe when the pipeline exploded Wednesday. Albuquerque TV station KOB reports ( that three workers were able to escape, but Martinez was trapped inside the pit by the pipe. Investigators say Martinez succumbed to the hydrogen gas fumes released in the explosion. Diversified Oil Field Services says the accident is under investigation.

  • Adair County homicide suspect is arrested in Arkansas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    James Manken, 40, of Watts, was arrested by U.S. marshals and Benton County deputies in Cherokee City, Ark., the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported. He is accused of killing Wayne Lee Wennerholm, 71, of Watts.

  • Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Faring far better, a bipartisan, $16 billion measure to clean up after a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a second bill to prevent a cutoff in highway funding gained final passage in the Senate and were sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. With lawmakers eager to adjourn, legislation to send Israel $225 million for its Iron Dome missile defense system was blocked, at least initially, by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

  • Fiery pickup crash kills Kansas man in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Walter Garner, 72, of Wichita, Kan., died in the crash early Thursday near Memorial Road and N Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City.

  • Masseuse in Oklahoma City arrested, accused of offering more than massage to teenager

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    JingJing Qu, 28, was arrested Wednesday on a complaint of sexual battery after a 16-year-old accused the masseuse of touching him inappropriately in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City MAPS 3 expo center bids come in under estimates

    William Crum | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Bids for the MAPS 3 Fairgrounds expo center in Oklahoma City came in under estimates when they were opened Thursday afternoon at City Hall. Last week’s bids for the MAPS 3 whitewater recreation center far exceeded estimates, creating tension leading up to Thursday afternoon’s bid meeting in a City Hall conference room. Several top city executives attended, […]

  • 6-year-old 'Rapunzel' cuts off hair so others can be princesses too

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A six-year-old from England realized there were some little girls who don't have the chance to grow out their hair and pretend to be princesses, so she decided to do something about it.

  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — and Sierra Leone's soccer team was blocked from boarding a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, that was to take them to the Seychelles for a game on Saturday. Airport authorities in Kenya said Seychelles immigration told them to prevent the team from traveling. Almost half of the 57 new deaths reported by the World Health Organization occurred in Liberia, where

  • Old remains found in unrefrigerated morgue

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several bodies had been stored for up to a decade or more at a Rhode Island funeral home whose owner killed himself last week, police said Thursday. The bodies of five elderly adults — three men and two women — and one fetus were found along with the cremated remains of two other people last week at the Pennine Funeral home in Providence, according to the state health department. Providence police Maj. David Lapatin said indicators at the scene lead him to believe some of the bodies date back to the early 2000s. He declined to elaborate. Detectives are waiting for the state medical examiner to finish identifying the bodies so they can contact any relatives, Lapatin said. Lapatin said the in

  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty to killing two Weleetka girls in 2008

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OKEMAH (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn’t arrested until after being questioned in his fiancie’s death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday. Kevin Sweat, 28, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in Okfuskee County District Court. Prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty after Sweat agreed to waive his right to a jury trial. His bench trial, before only a judge, was scheduled to begin Monday. The girls — 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker — were fatally shot as they walked down a road near Weleetka in rural eastern Oklahoma.

  • Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report. The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a summary of an internal CIA investigation that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean Boyd.

  • Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky. For the families of the 298 victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in the open and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy. Harun Calehr, the uncle of two young victims of the disaster, said by telephone from his home in the U.S. that he was happy investigators had reached the site. But Calehr said he remains concerned that dozens of bodies haven't been retrieved. "I

  • Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it named PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to the top spot, replacing Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan, who had been keeping the seat warm since May. The announcement comes roughly three months after Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned following a large data breach in the run-up to the holiday shopping season last year. Steinhafel had been dealing with problems on a number of other fronts too, including persistent perceptions that Target charges higher prices than its rivals and concerns that it had lost its magic touch for