• Hearing set in challenge to Oklahoma abortion law

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    An Oklahoma County judge will hear arguments in a challenge to a new law set to take effect later this year that further restricts the use of abortion-inducing drugs in the state. The hearing is set for Wednesday before District Judge Robert Stuart. A Tulsa medical clinic filed a lawsuit last month that contends the law is an unconstitutional violation of a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy and should be declared void. The new law would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer them only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol. A similar bill was signed into law in 2011, but that measure was declared unconstitutional by the

  • North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

    Updated: 55 min ago

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, where he was reunited with his family. Moments after Fowle, carrying two bags, stepped off a plane at the base just after 6:30 a.m., his three children and wife ran from a nearby airplane hangar and shared hugs. Base Col. John Devillier said Fowle had a tearful reunion, and that Fowle was happy and seemed thrilled to be back in the U.S. "We had a great reunion for an A

  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That's more than a fifth of the country. The increase amounts to about $20 a month for the typical Social Security recipient. "The COLA helps beneficiaries of all ages maintain their standard of living, keeping many from falling into poverty by providing partial protection against inflation," said Jo Ann Jenkins,

  • Were it not for Justin Smith Morrill, there would be no OSU

    By Kyle Wray | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Civil War-era bill gave birth to access to higher education

  • US consumer prices rose tiny 0.1 percent in September as gas prices dropped for third month

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer prices rose tiny 0.1 percent in September as gas prices dropped for third month.

  • Government says Social Security payments to increase by 1.7 percent in January

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government says Social Security payments to increase by 1.7 percent in January.

  • Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official. Pistorius seemed confused and tired when he entered the Kgosi Mampuru facility, prison commissioner Zebilon Monama told the South African Press Association. Monama said Pistorius was tense as wardens took his fingerprints and the prison chaplain met with him soon after his prison number was issued on Tuesday. "After he saw the chaplain our psychologist went to see him just to try to talk to him," said Monama.

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The Dassault Falcon 50 clipped the snowplow on takeoff late Monday and crashed, bursting into flames and killing Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and the three French crew members on board. Investigators have detained the snowplow driver, who they say was drinking on the job. His lawyer denies this. Channel One state television on Wednesday showed footage of the driver, Vladimir Martynenko, being questioned.

  • Sunny skies Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The high temperature in central Oklahoma will be near 79 degreesWednesday. Skies will be sunny.

  • Father of UK hostage dies after appeal to save son

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The father of a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State group has died just weeks after he appealed from his hospital bed for the militants to release his son. Paul Cantlie was recovering from throat surgery when he recorded a video he hoped would be seen by those holding his son, John, who he called an impartial journalist who wanted to tell the world about Syria. Cantlie, 80, said "I want John to know how very proud I am of him." The family says in a statement Wednesday that Paul Cantlie's strength had been waning since his son was taken hostage nearly two years ago. He died of pneumonia last week. The family says Paul Cantlie died not knowing whether his son's captors had received mess

  • Search warrant records reveal new details in triple-murder case in Oklahoma

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Alan Hruby, 19, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his father, mother and younger sister in their Duncan home.

  • University of Oklahoma president listens to OU band members' concerns

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    About 50 to 60 members of the Pride of Oklahoma accepted University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s invitation to meet with him Monday in his office, drummer Graeme Biggs said.

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military chief says US Marine murder suspect flown to local camp for detention.

  • Washington Post reports Ben Bradlee, former Post editor who led Watergate coverage, has died

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Post reports Ben Bradlee, former Post editor who led Watergate coverage, has died.

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha hospital says an American video journalist is free of Ebola and will be released soon. The Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday afternoon that Ashoka Mukpo's blood tested negative for the virus. He will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit Wednesday. Mukpo said in a statement that recovering from Ebola "is a truly humbling feeling." He also made several comments on Twitter. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6. He contracted Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He had tweeted that he's still not sure exactly how he caught the virus, but that he doesn't regret returning

  • Police search for serial robber in Oklahoma City

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police say a man has robbed three stores at gunpoint in October.

  • Colorado man plans to plead guilty in Montana teacher killing that rattled Bakken oil patch

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Colorado man plans to plead guilty in Montana teacher killing that rattled Bakken oil patch.

  • Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday. Nixon, who has been criticized by some residents and activists who say he hasn't done enough to address the unrest in the St. Louis suburb, said the Ferguson Commission will examine the social and economic conditions underscored by the weeks of protests following the shooting. The Democrat outlined his plan for the commission, which will be created by executive order, during a news conference at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus. The group's goals are broad and its members won't be announced until next month.

  • OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged improprieties including payments to players, sexual favors from the Orange Pride support group, academic misconduct and rampant drug use. OSU retained The Compliance Group to investigate the allegations. The Compliance Group, of Lenexa, Kan., is led by Chuck Smrt, who spent 18 years on the NCAA enforcement staff and has run the consultant firm since 1999.