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  • 10 must-read quotes by famous Oklahomans

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Believe it or not, Oklahoma is the birthplace to many people who have gone on to become celebrities and whose names are recognized worldwide. Whether a political activist, a musician, an actor or an author, these Oklahomans have left their mark on the rock we call Earth. Here are 10...

  • McCarthy tells GOP conservatives 'I'm not John Boehner'

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised conservative GOP lawmakers Tuesday "I'm not John Boehner" as he sought their support to replace Boehner as speaker. McCarthy and his two Republican rivals for the speaker's job took turns meeting behind closed doors with a...

  • Oklahoma governor hires outside attorney amid Glossip execution drug inquiry

    By Nolan Clayand Rick M. Green Staff Writers | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Glossip, 52, was scheduled to be executed Sept. 30 by lethal injection for his role in the 1997 murder of an Oklahoma City motel owner. Fallin stayed his execution after learning a wrong drug had been supplied by a pharmacist. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday put off the execution...

  • Oklahoma governor wants state law changed to allow Ten Commandments monument at Capitol

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she want the Legislature to place a measure on the 2016 ballot to revise wording in the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits public money or property from being used to support religion.

  • Oklahoma senator plans to introduce bill to eliminate federal wind incentive

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, plans to introduce legislation Wednesday to eliminate the federal wind energy incentive from the tax code.

  • School prayer at sporting events legal, Oklahoma AG says

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association doesn't have to follow the AG's opinion, which says the group is too broad in its interpretation of Supreme Court rulings on prayer.

  • U.S.Government, tribes announce historic settlement worth millions.

    By Silas AllenStaff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that a $186 million settlement with the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations represents an opportunity for the federal government to wipe “a black mark of history” off its record.

  • US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh....

  • Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike "mistakenly struck" a hospital during fierce fighting in the north....

  • Thousands of federal drug inmates set for early release

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are set for early release next month under a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation's prison population. The more than 5,500 inmates set to go free in November are among the first of what could...

  • VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal. The world's No. 1 automaker has a modest political footprint in...

  • APNewsBreak: Senate panel probing VW's use of tax credits

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widens. Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon say in a letter to Volkswagen on Tuesday...

  • After past opposition, SC delegation now seeks flood aid

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina's congressional delegation is vowing to make sure the state gets federal help to recover from the historic flooding from massive rains. But less than three years ago, the Republican-dominated, conservative delegation opposed a $51 billion relief bill to help...

  • Closed-door meeting on land acquisition for Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 convention center runs more than an hour

    William Crum | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The MAPS 3 convention center subcommittee met behind closed doors for 75 minutes Tuesday for an update on progress toward acquiring land for the planned downtown convention center complex. The convention center has been in limbo since March, when city leaders gave up on an effort to...

  • State Department seeks more work-related emails from Clinton

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is leaning on former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to hand over any additional work-related emails sent or received using private accounts. In a letter made public in a court filing Tuesday, Undersecretary Patrick F. Kennedy asked Clinton's personal...

  • Friends, family, admirers remember Bond in DC memorial

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Friends and family of Julian Bond remembered the deceased civil rights leader as a man who left a lasting "invaluable imprint" on not only the civil rights movement but on people around the United States and the globe. Bond's admirers gathered at the Lincoln Theater in...

  • Korean energy economist to head UN climate science panel

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Korean professor of climate change economics will lead the Nobel Prize-winning group of climate scientists who keep track of global warming. Hoesung Lee, elected chairman Tuesday of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told The Associated Press that the...

  • Oklahoma AG's opinion says school prayer ban is overly broad

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a formal opinion that a recently enacted policy prohibiting public prayer at playoff events is overly broad. An opinion released Tuesday by Pruitt addressed a policy approved this summer by the Oklahoma Secondary School...

  • New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that it's about to rear-end someone else. There are...

  • Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington. The vote was 73-26, 13 votes more than necessary to break any filibuster. The Senate is...

  • DC considering 16 weeks paid leave for parents, caregivers

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New D.C. Council legislation introduced Tuesday would give workers 16 weeks of paid leave in circumstances ranging from the birth of a child to caring for a dying parent. The legislation would allow employees who work in Washington and city residents who work outside the city...



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