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  • Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 3

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Sept. 3, 2014.

  • American Energy Partners affiliate qualifies for millions in job creation incentives from Oklahoma

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    American Energy Management Services LLC, an affiliate of Aubrey McClendon’s America Energy Partners LP, could receive up to $26.7 million in jobs incentives from Oklahoma’s Quality Jobs Program.

  • Bartlesville residents clean up after strong thunderstorm

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Bartlesville residents and business owners were cleaning up Tuesday after strong winds blew away sections of roof, knocked down signs and caused damage to at least one apartment complex. A thunderstorm passed through northern Oklahoma Monday night, bringing heavy rain and high winds to Bartlesville.

  • Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

    Updated: 50 min ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Normally, the league announces such violations on Monday. News of Welker's ban didn't come down until late Tuesday, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role. ESPN first reported Welker's suspension, saying the violation had to do with amphetamines. Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was "as shocked as everyone at today's news.

  • Oklahoma City school district could lose control of $3.7 million it spends on math, reading programs, services

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Loss of waiver after Common Core repeal could restrict how Oklahoma schools spend federal funds.

  • Noble Board of Education keeps superintendent accused of sexually harassing students

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A large crowd turned out Tuesday evening to a special meeting of the Noble Board of Education held to take possible action against schools Superintendent Ronda Bass. Students of the Oklahoma school district say Bass embarrassed them, and parents say she sexually harassed them, when she made an example of them for the way they were dressed.

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage — depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and just days after Sotloff's mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family, said that the Sotloffs had seen the video but that authorities have not established its authenticity. "The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is

  • Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone." In separate remarks after a United Nations meeting on the crisis, the World Health Organization chief said everyone involved had underestimated the outbreak, which has now killed more than 1,500 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. U.N. officials implored governments worldwide to send medical workers and material contributions. Meanwhile in Liberia, a missionary organization announced that another American doctor has become infected.

  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women. In a new report, Amnesty International said militants abducted "hundreds, if not thousands" of women and girls of the Yazidi faith. The extremists also killed "hundreds" of Yazidi men and boys, Amnesty said. In at least one incident, the report said militants rounded up on trucks, took them to the edge of their village and shot them.

  • Three die in Labor Day crashes in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Three people were killed on Labor Day in crashes on Oklahoma roads, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma City police.

  • Cleveland County commissioner candidate pleaded with officer not to arrest him

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Cal Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was arrested by Lexington police about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • Grady County man dies in watercraft accident

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Bruce Michael Mullen, 58, of Marlow, was riding a personal watercraft about 6:25 p.m. Monday on a farm pond near Rush Springs when he struck a fence and was knocked into the water, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City man drowns at Lake Murray

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Rodney Hinez, 24, of Oklahoma City, drowned Tuesday in Lake Murray in Love County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford sees poverty behind influx of Central American minors

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Oklahoma U.S. representative leads delegation of U.S. lawmakers to three countries over the long weekend. Lankford says “flippant” calls to secure the border won’t solve the problem of illegal immigration.

  • Arizona abortion case headed to US Supreme Court

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case against the state's strict abortion-medication regulations. Attorney General Tom Horne filed a request asking the court to review the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to put on hold the regulations while a case against them by Planned Parenthood plays out in federal court in Tucson. But that case is also now on hold at the state's request. The rules ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug — RU-486 — after the seventh week of pregnancy. Women had been allowed to take the abortion pill through nine weeks of pregnancy. The rules also require that the drug be administered only at the U.

  • Oklahoma City man is accused in shooting death of mother's boyfriend

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Ladameon Knox, 27, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend, James Hunter, 39, Oklahoma City police report.

  • Animal rights group seeks investigation, fine against Oklahoma State University

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    A spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said officials will determine if any violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act occurred and if an investigation is warranted against Oklahoma State University. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! alleges violations resulted in the deaths of more than 80 animals.

  • 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run. Police caught up with some walking along roads or coming out of the woods. Some turned themselves in, including one at the guard shack Tuesday evening. And some were swiftly returned to the detention center by their own families for their own good. "He broke loose, he was gone, but he's back now," said LaWanda Knowles, whose nephew joined the escape. "I just want to know that he's here safely and he's OK — I don't want the police jumping on him, nobody beating on him or n

  • Three cell tower workers injured in Norman incident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Three men were taken to area hospitals Tuesday after an incident at a cell tower in Norman, a fire official said.

  • Attorney: Detroit needs debt plan to survive

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the city to survive, one of Detroit's attorneys told the federal judge at the helm of the historic bankruptcy trial, which started Tuesday. Bruce Bennett said during his opening statement before federal Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit has operated in distressed conditions for so long that it requires vast amounts of investment. "Detroit won't survive or recover until this is done," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm that was hired to help the city through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.