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  • U.S. Senior Open: First-round play resumes after weather delay

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    EDMOND — Play has resumed at the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National on Thursday after a 1 hour, 17-minute delay due to the threat of lightning in the area. Play was suspended at 7:36 a.m. and resumed at 8:53 a.m. The delay will push afternoon tee times back an hour. Here are the updated tee times: U.S. Senior Open Oak Tree National At Edmond First & Second Round Tee Times Thursday (July 10), Hole No. 1 / Friday (July 11), Hole No. 10 7:15 a.m.-1 p.m: Rocky Walcher, Oklahoma City; Ron Vlosich, Lakewood, Colo.; (a) Bryan Norton, Mission Hills, Kan. 7:25 a.m. -1:10 p.m: Mike Standly, League City, Texas; Jerry Smith, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Patrick Horgan, West Palm

  • Prosecutors: Kevin Sweat threatened to kill girlfriend one month before Weleetka girls' deaths

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 13 hr ago

    OKEMAH — Prosecutors are seeking to present evidence at trial that Kevin Sweat abused and threatened to kill his girlfriend one month before he allegedly gunned down two Weleetka girls in 2008. At a hearing Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court, District Judge Lawrence Parish said he would consider whether that evidence could be allowed at trial in addition to several other pre-trial matters at a July 16 hearing. Now that Sweat has waived his right to a jury trial and the state is no longer seeking the death penalty, Parish said Wednesday that he expects both sides to be ready for the Aug. 4 trial date “absent some calamity.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Fire chief says 7 people have died in an apartment building fire in Massachusetts

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Fire chief says 7 people have died in an apartment building fire in Massachusetts.

  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 3,500 to 311,500, the second-lowest level since August 2007. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the low readings indicate that employers are letting go of fewer workers. The figures are the latest sign that the job market is steadily improving.

  • Officers questioning man in Guard armory shooting

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person of interest was being questioned Thursday after the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at an armory that is usually locked, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It was unclear how the shooter got into the Guard armory on Wednesday evening, Bureau spokesman Josh DeVine said. The building doesn't have surveillance cameras, he said, but at least one other person in addition to the shooter and the victim was at the armory at the time. But it was unclear whether there were any eyewitnesses, Devine said. The person taken into custody for questioning was a man who was not employed at the armory, DeVine said. Devine said a top official, Maj. Gen.

  • UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning in northern Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Temperatures are heating up in Oklahoma. The heat index will be near 98 degrees Thursday in Oklahoma City.

  • OHP trooper threatened suicide, ran from authorities before being arrested, records show

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 17 hr ago

    An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested last week for DUI after a single-vehicle, on-duty crash threatened to kill himself and had to be wrestled to the ground by other troopers prior to his arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday. Joshua Eli Davies, 33, was arrested July 3 following the crash, which occurred near U.S. 59 south of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County. The probable cause affidavit for Davies’ arrest was released Wednesday by the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s Office, which charged him with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Davies is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

  • Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft. Two-thirds of the way up the circular stairs is a sign that says I've reached the height of the Statue of Liberty. A few dozen more steps and I've reached the level of Niagara Falls — and the relief that despite being a little light-headed, this 50-year-old former smoker was going to make it to the top of the ride called "Verruckt" — German for "insane." ___ From a distance, the waterslide at the edge of Schlitterbahn Waterpark, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri,

  • OSBI joins investigation into missing Oklahoma couple

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    A district attorney in southern Oklahoma requested a full investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation into the disappearance and possible slayings of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe announces deal to save program for rural fire departments

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A Defense Department agency says it will continue to make surplus equipment available to rural firefighters, but Sen. Jim Inhofe says the modified arrangement will mean more red tape for Oklahoma’s fire departments.

  • Wednesday morning thunderstorms spark one house fire, strand motorists and flood streets in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning.

  • Boy, 3, dies in auto-pedestrian accident in northwest Oklahoma City parking lot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    The child, whose identity has yet to be released, was hit by a vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police said.

  • University of Texas president resigning next year

    Yesterday

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of clashes with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the group that oversees the University of Texas System, the president of its flagship Austin campus reached a resignation deal Wednesday that will keep him on the job until June 2015. University of Texas President Bill Powers' exit agreement comes after system Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa met with Powers last week and urged him to resign effective in October or risk being fired. Powers offered to quit next June, a deal that Cigarroa accepted after Powers' allies on campus and in the state Capitol rallied behind him.

  • Execution date set for Oklahoma man convicted in prison worker's death

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    John Marion Grant, 53, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 4. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of prison kitchen worker 58-year-old Gay Carter.

  • Obama to border critics: 'This is not theater'

    Yesterday

    DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the border during his two-day trip to Texas, he retorted: "This is not theater. This is a problem." Among Obama's harshest critics has been Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who is mulling another run for the White House. Perry greeted Obama upon his arrival in the state Wednesday evening, then discussed the situation at the border with him privately and during a larger meeting w

  • Pryor, Oklahoma, counselor charged with Medicaid fraud

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Annie G. King, 41, a licensed professional counselor, has been charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud, accused of gambling at a local casino during times when she was billing the state for services.

  • Border surge overwhelming, officials tell Congress

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior Obama administration officials testified Wednesday as they urged senators to agree to the president's emergency spending request for the crisis. But as President Barack Obama traveled to Texas, Republican opposition hardened to his $3.7 billion request, leaving any solution unclear. At the same time, the political pressures on the president appeared to grow from all sides, as Republicans denounced him on the Senate floor, and even some Democrats began to join GOP demands for him to visit the U.S.-Mexican border — calls the White House continued to reject.

  • Man arrested on DUI complaint at scene of northwest Oklahoma City homicide investigation

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Oklahoma City police said Pedro Carrasco-Soria, 34, was under the influence of alcohol when he drove around a police barricade early Sunday and into an active crime scene.

  • Justin Bieber pleads no contest in vandalism case

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program, and stay away from the victim and his family for two years. The 20-year-old Grammy-nominated singer was not present for the arraignment at Superior Court in Van Nuys. Bieber's lawyer, Shawn Holley, entered the plea on his behalf. A spokeswoman for Bieber said he's glad to have the matter resolved and behind him. She added that he will move forward and focus on his career and music.

  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    Yesterday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is going directly to the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "It is a milestone that when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, there will be at least one (gay marriage) petition pending," said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide.