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  • Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire

    Updated: 51 min ago

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said. The new figures from Weed brought a marked increase from the initial estimate that a total of 150 structures had been destroyed or damaged in the blaze that began Monday and rapidly swept across the town. Four firefighters lost their homes.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools A-F scores

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City District grades, by school

  • What they're saying about Oklahoma's A-F report cards

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    What they’re saying about Oklahoma’s A-F report cards

  • Oklahoma A-F report cards are released; OKC district continues struggles

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Forty-two out of 92 district schools received failing grades from the Oklahoma Education Department.

  • Los Cabos in a mess 3 days after Odile's wrath

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. Looters stripped supermarkets of their food and other products, with some people fighting over goods. At least one supermarket decided to give away its merchandise. People pushed shopping carts full of goods. Mexico's government continued to fly stranded tourists out of the area as the remnants of Odile drenched the northern state of Sonora and then moved into Arizona overnight. The U.S.

  • Hinton man arrested on destruction of evidence complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Kyle Caldwell, 27, was arrested Wednesday on a complaint of destruction of evidence. He was arrested after investigators served a search warrant to a location where investigators thought more than 700 images of child pornography was downloaded and shared, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

  • Muslim leaders fear violence after Oklahoma lawmaker's remarks

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Wednesday, members of religious and diversity groups lined up on the grass in the center median of N Lincoln Boulevard across from Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters to say state Rep. John Bennett’s remarks amount to an incitement of violence against Oklahoma Muslims.

  • Cap'n Crunch-battered corn dogs are called a success at Oklahoma State Fair

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Corn dogs and chicken fingers battered in Buddy Simon’s favorite childhood cereal, Cap’n Crunch, have been the talk of the Oklahoma State Fair. Simon, proprietor of Diamond Dawgs restaurant, said the taste of the Wonderboy, as he calls it, was the reason he was able to participate in the state fair.

  • Oklahoma City woman arrested after police find children living among flies, filth

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Katherine Carnes, 24, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of child neglect after police found children living in filthy conditions.

  • Former Oklahoma City attorney dies before being sentenced for stealing from orphans

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    John Milton Merritt, once a nationally known products-liability and personal injury attorney, died Sunday. He was awaiting sentencing for federal crimes.

  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near-ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama's plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it. The provision was added to spending legislation that will ensure the federal government operates normally after the Sept. 30 end of t

  • Plumber dies while working under Oklahoma City house

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Fire crews removed a 47-year-old plumber from under a house Wednesday. He was pronounced dead shortly after, Oklahoma City police said.

  • AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi has been embraced by the West as a more inclusive leader who might heal the internal rifts that have dismembered Iraq. But his forthrightness in an interview with The Associated Press — his first with international media — suggested a man capable of parting ways on vision and holding his ground. Al-Abadi praised the U.S.

  • An Edmond man is accused of pouring gasoline and lighting a stove in house with his family inside

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Edmond police arrested Vincent Tipu Malakar, 54, on an arson complaint. He is accused of pouring gasoline throughout his home with his wife and teenage son inside.

  • FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State's showdown against Clemson Saturday after making "offensive and vulgar" comments about women — the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field. Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced in a joint statement Wednesday that the quarterback also will undergo internal discipline, but did not provide details of the punishment. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and shouted a lascivious comment about female anatomy that may have derived from an internet meme.

  • Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Police released new details about the background of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old self-taught survivalist who authorities said recently shaved his head in a wide Mohawk, evidently as "part of the mental preparation to commit this cowardly act," Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday afternoon. Frein belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania whose members play the role of soldiers from Cold War-era eastern Europe, Bivens told reporters. "In his current frame of mind, Frein appears to have assumed that role i

  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field. Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been suspended for four games. All can return Sunday under the new rules in which players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program.

  • Arrested man tells police he was washing hair in fountain with mayonnaise

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Jorge Perez, 23, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of bathing in a prohibited public area.

  • OKC Thunder: Michael Cage named new TV analyst for Thunder broadcasts

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has hired Michael Cage as its new television analyst, the team announced Wednesday. Cage played 15 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 1,140 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New Jersey from 1984 until 2000. As a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, Cage averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds for his career. Cage’s best two seasons came with the Clippers when he averaged 15.7 points and 11.5 rebounds in 1986-87 and 14.5 points and a league-leading 13 rebounds the following season. He captured the 1987-88 rebounding title by grabbing 30 rebounds on the final night of the regular season to edge out Charles Oakley.

  • Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Biden had been speaking to a legal aid group on Tuesday when he discussed the need for foreclosure mediation services, recalling how his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, heard about the problem from U.S. troops while he was serving in Iraq. "People would come to him and talk about what was happening at home, in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — these Shylocks that took advantage of these women and men while overseas," B