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  • GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in the face...

  • Annoyance arises from gov't error on health care tax forms

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. The government sent them erroneous information on...

  • Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session. Netanyahu turned them...

  • Oklahoma County, hospital fight over inmates' medical bills

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An ongoing legal fight between OU Medical Center and Oklahoma County over who should pay for jail inmates’ emergency medical care has reached the zenith of the state’s courts system.

  • Former Oklahoma state senator is on Texas probation for DWI

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Former state Sen. Harry Coates pleaded guilty in January to misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

  • Edmond's municipal election is April 7, not Tuesday

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A postcard urging people to vote for Ward 2 candidate Mike Fightmaster on Tuesday gives the wrong day for the election. Edmond’s municipal election is April 7.

  • Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's...

  • Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink. Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline. Typically, when Obama signs...

  • Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama signs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security funded after showdown in Congress.

  • Obama, Kerry condemn killing of Russian opposition figure

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday condemned the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Obama said in a statement that Nemtsov was brutally murdered. He called on Russia's government to "conduct a prompt, impartial and...

  • Obama bids farewell again to Attorney General Eric Holder

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eyes glistening, President Barack Obama bid an affectionate farewell Friday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It was a sequel to an emotional going-away at the White House last year, but this tribute came with a soulful surprise. "Eric is really just milking this departure...

  • Oklahoma prescription drug monitoring bill unlikely to be strengthened

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Oklahoma House Bill 1948 by Rep. Doug Cox is intended to help reduce drug addiction and overdose deaths by ensuring people don’t get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors.

  • Dozens gather at state Capitol for first Oklahoma Muslim Day

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Imad Enchassi, a senior imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, along with more than 150 Oklahoma Muslims, were gathering to meet with lawmakers, discuss issues surrounding their Islamic faith and to pray inside the cavernous rotunda beneath the Capitol dome.

  • House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in...

  • Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week, measure heads to Obama

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approves bill to fund Homeland Security for one week, measure heads to Obama.

  • Senate approves 1-week funding bill for Homeland Security

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown. By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill. It came a few hours after the...

  • Senate passes bill to ensure full funding for Homeland Security for 1 week

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passes bill to ensure full funding for Homeland Security for one week.

  • Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown. The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities...

  • GOP, Dem senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Friday that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program. The measure would mandate that President Barack Obama submit the text of...

  • Yellen meets with conservative groups unhappy with Fed

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen met Friday with a group of conservative activists who are unhappy with the way the central bank is conducting its interest-rate policies. The meeting, which was set up in early February, came two days after Yellen came under heavy criticism...

  • Sentence reduced for 2 Supreme Court demonstrators

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two protesters who pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Supreme Court have had their sentences reduced from five days in jail to one. The two appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to begin serving sentences a judge issued Thursday following guilty pleas. Their...



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