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  • Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot

    Updated: 10 min ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the name of the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate be removed from the ballot, and the state's top elections official says Democrats must name a new candidate, adding more uncertainty to a race that could affect Republican hopes to win a Senate majority. Speaking minutes after the state high court decision, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said he is giving Democrats until noon next Friday to pick a new candidate. The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to allow Kansas a week's delay in mailing ballots to military overseas.

  • Autistic boy's parents sue Ohio health department

    Updated: 20 min ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Parents of an autistic child on Thursday sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court, alleging discrimination against Ohio's autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment. Gary and Nikki Ruhl, of Mansfield, in northern Ohio, sued in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on behalf of their 3-year-old son. The lawsuit charges the health department and the coordinator of Ohio's system that provides early intervention services aiding the development of children up to age 3 refused to provide necessary treatment. The complaint is similar to one recently settled in federal court in Cincinnati over an autistic boy in southwestern Ohio.

  • Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

    Updated: 21 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday. The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peters

  • British hostage appears in new video

    Updated: 36 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group. The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. The British government declined to comment on the video.

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas receives high marks in J.D. Power survey

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    For the third year, Oklahoma Natural Gas took the top spot in its regional category for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power.

  • Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England that brought prosperity but has increasingly felt stifling to many Scots. As the polls closed and the vote counting began, there was a quiet thrill of history in the making on the fog-shrouded streets of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Many Scots were staying up all night in homes and bars to watch the results roll in. Eager voters had lined up outside some polling stations even before they opened at 7 a.m. Many polling stations were busy and turnout was expected to be high. More than 4.

  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria's Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed Iraqi Kurds, they seem largely on their own in a devastated country where the enemy's enemy is not necessarily a friend. The main Kurdish force in Syria, known as the People's Protection Units or YPK, is viewed with suspicion by mainstream Syrian rebels and their Western supporters because of perceived links to President Bashar Assad's government.

  • Chat recap: Edmond adds more nightlife options

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, dbaldwin@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Diana Baldwin chatted with readers Thursday about downtown Edmond roads, restaurants and businesses. Join her chat every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Two men sought in two Family Dollar store robberies in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are asking for the public’s help to identify two men who robbed two Family Dollar stores earlier this week.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest man found naked in public

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma City police arrested Jonathon Warledo on Wednesday on a complaint of public indecency.

  • Organizer expects more than 600 to rally against Oklahoma City 'black mass'

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    An organizer says he expects up to 600 people from as far away as Pennsylvania to attend a prayer rally expressing opposition to the “black mass” at downtown’s Civic Center Music Hall. A Satanist plans the event Sunday evening in CitySpace, a small theater in the Civic Center basement that holds fewer than 100 people. […]

  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which the 42-year-old man slammed his vehicle into a police car then fled on foot into a construction area, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. The officers told Belmar the suspect tried to fire, but his .22-caliber rifle jammed and no casings were found outside the gun. Belmar declined to name the man pending notification of relatives but said he had a lengthy criminal record and had spent eight years in pr

  • Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim's relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murder. "Even if they each serve 50 years, they still will not feel any guilt or sympathy," said Holly LaFerrara, the victim's sister. "They completely lack empathy. They have no conscience, no remorse and no moral compass. "They lack the most basic element of hu

  • Authorities seek man posing as Oklahoma state trooper

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TALALA (AP) — Rogers County authorities say a man posing as an Oklahoma state trooper made a traffic stop in Talala. Sheriff Scott Walton told KOTV the man told the driver Wednesday night that he was a trooper and that he stopped him for speeding and having a radar detector. Walton says the victim told deputies that the man was driving a white Dodge Charger with flashing lights. The victim says the man took his driver’s license and insurance card and returned to his car for about 10 minutes — then drove away. The man says he chased the car for several miles but stopped when speeds reached about 100 miles per hour. Walton says the impersonator was not wearing a uniform and no badge or gun was seen.

  • Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group photo taken at a restaurant, to try to match the faces with names. "Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian," Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday in a statement. No arrests have been made, but some of the young men and women seen in the video have submitted to voluntary interviews

  • Judge expresses concern Oklahoma execution protocol changes will not be timely

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot said he was unsure Oklahoma can amend execution protocol in time for two November executions.

  • Stabbing injures student, Texas school evacuated

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials to evacuate the building. Police Cpl. Vicky Steffanic says the fight broke out between two 15-year-old boys Thursday morning in a bathroom at Bastrop High School, with one stabbing the other. The school, about 25 miles southeast of Austin, was then placed on lockdown. Steffanic says the victim was hospitalized but his injuries aren't considered life-threatening. The other teen was apprehended off campus. He's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. School district spokesman Donald Williams released a statement saying students were taken to a nearby perf

  • Third man convicted in 2012 Oklahoma City home invasion, death

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A Cleveland County jury that began deliberating Wednesday night returned verdicts in the pre-dawn hours Thursday against Sebastian Forest Shepherd, 19, convicting him of first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping in the 2012 death of Arthur Strozewski.

  • UPDATE: Rain in north Oklahoma City and Edmond areas in central Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Rain is falling in parts of central Oklahoma Thursday. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 91 degrees.

  • APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, told The Associated Press that freeing the detainees could provide a diplomatic opening between the nations, also snared by Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons. But he said Washington would not give into attempts to "extort" political gain from the detentions. North Korea this week sentenced 24-year-old Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, to six years hard labor, deepening U.S. concern over the cases.