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  • California cross-border airport clears key hurdle


    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has reached an agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said during a visit to San Diego on Thursday that the agreement requires the investor group to pay the salaries of U.S. border inspectors and the cost of inspection facilities on a pedestrian bridge between Tijuana's existing airport and the United States. He expects construction to begin on the U.S. side next month. Construction has already begun on the Mexican side at Tijuana International Airport.

  • Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death


    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist." Kassim Alhimidi, 49, shook his head from side to side and wagged a finger as jurors were polled, then chaos erupted in the courtroom when his oldest son stood and shouted obscenities. The son proclaimed his father's innocence before several deputies wrestled him out of the courtroom. Alhimidi turned to the son and yelled in Arabic "God knows, and I attest to God, that I am not the killer. I am innocent.

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview of what questions they might face. “Essentially, (the cases) are not that different,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, who is representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith. “Both of them involve challenges to state marriage amendments that were passed by

  • Sides prepare for appeals court hearing on Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, and Thursday will take up the Oklahoma case.

  • Oklahoma Republican Senate hopefuls tout conservative credentials during forum

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Speaking in a room crowded with conservative voters, three Republican candidates seeking to represent Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate say out-of-control spending and federal overreach have put the nation on a path to ruin.

  • Business Q&A: Debate likely not over on Equal Pay Act

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Crowe & Dunlevy’s Daniel Johnson discusses the potential impact of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which proposes changes to the Equal Pay Act.

  • Self-funded Oklahoma legislator has most money

    By SEAN MURPHY, AP | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A 27-year-old first-term Republican state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District, federal campaign finance reports show. Documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner’s campaign on Wednesday show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31, and finished the period with more than $333,000 in cash on hand. Most of Turner’s expenditures went to a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market and on targeted cable channels.

  • Oklahoma triggerman sentenced to life in Joplin homicide

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    JOPLIN, Mo. — An Oklahoma man who shot a Joplin man to death during a robbery was sentenced to life in prison. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hartman was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences with the possibility of parole for the July 2012 death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages. The Joplin Globe reports ( ) three co-defendants testified at Hartman’s trial in January that he shot Wages when they broke into Wages’ Joplin home. The group thought Wages had Ecstasy and cash, which they did not find. Four of five defendants were convicted of murder and related charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison. One case is pending. Hartman, a member of a Hoover Street Crips gang in Tulsa, Okla.

  • 2 Oklahoma women die in Kansas Turnpike accident

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. — Two women from Oklahoma died when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a man going the wrong way on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Wichita. The patrol says the driver, 65-year-old Donald Fifer of Haysville, was driving south in the northbound lanes when his truck hit a vehicle head-on, struck a guardrail and overturned before starting on fire. He was hospitalized in Wichita. The driver of the second vehicle, 38-year-old Lori Uchiyama, of Blackwell, Okla., and her passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth Goodno, of Ponca City, Okla., were killed. Investigators are trying to determine why Fifer was driving the

  • Coca-Cola beverage sales bubble up as soda goes flat

    By CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest beverage maker, said Tuesday that the amount of soda it sold globally fell for the first time in 15 years.

  • Friends, family mourn former Oklahoma physician killed in suburban Kansas City shooting

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    William Lewis Corporon, 69, practiced medicine from 1976 to 2003 in Oklahoma, according to a family statement. Corporon and his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, were shot and killed Sunday.

  • Waiting to wed: Same-sex couples in Oklahoma discuss importance of right to marry

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Many gay Oklahoma couples are more optimistic than ever that they'll soon wed after a federal judge in Tulsa in January struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

  • Oklahoma same-sex marriage case to be argued in Denver this week

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Judges on a federal appeals court will hear attorneys on both sides argue over whether a U.S. district judge in Tulsa was right to strike down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  • The 14th Amendment: Does it protect same-sex marriage?

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    As federal appeals court judges weigh Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage, they must determine what level of constitutional protection to afford those couples currently excluded from marriage.

  • Online application quickest way to retirement benefits

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Spouses can receive a share of partner’s Social Security retirement benefits.

  • Taking Stock: Variable annuity investors should watch out for fees

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Variable annuities are complex and contain fees that sap income, Berko says.

  • 10 killed as truck, bus carrying students collide

    By FENIT NIRAPPIL and CHANNING JOSEPH | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio. Steven Clavijo, 18, a senior at West Ranch High in Santa Clarita, was looking forward to his visit to Humboldt, where he planned to enroll. Just as Clavijo was trying to catch a nap Thursday afternoon, he said he felt the big vehicle begin to shake from left to right and then he heard a loud boom. “We knew we were in major trouble,” he said. A FedEx tractor-trailer had crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus.

  • 11 Senate Democrats favor Keystone XL pipeline

    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been “exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope” and has taken longer than reasonably justified, the senators wrote to President Barack Obama.

  • Candidate filings for federal, state and county elections in Oklahoma, April 11

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Candidate filings for federal, state and county elections in Oklahoma, April 11

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper warns lawmakers against allowing bigger trucks on roads

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    An Oklahoma trooper says bigger trucks pose more danger to motorists and roads, but trucking group supports proposals for heavier and longer trucks.