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  • Watchdog: 900,000 vets have pending health care applications

    Updated: 42 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog says nearly 900,000 veterans have pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But a report by the VA's inspector general says "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many of the 867,000...

  • Reporters face subpoenas in case over CIA chief resignation

    Updated: 46 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two journalists could be forced to testify in a privacy lawsuit over the Obama administration investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs). Jill and Scott Kelley of Tampa, Florida, are suing the government. They allege that...

  • Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

    Updated: 49 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon...

  • Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

    Updated: 58 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress. The decisive 34th commitment came from Maryland...

  • Fed report finds economy growing at moderate pace in summer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices. That's the U.S. economic picture that emerges from the Federal Reserve's latest look...

  • Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia. President Barack Obama is in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle to discuss climate change. But officials say the U.S. military has...

  • US bank earnings rose 7.3 percent in April-June quarter

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis. The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit...

  • Judge enters not guilty plea for son of Oklahoma labor commissioner in father's stabbing death

    AP | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father. Christian Costello appeared in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall Wednesday in...

  • Federal agencies asked to allow telework during Pope's visit

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Office of Personnel Management is calling on federal agencies to allow teleworking during the pope's visit to Washington to cut down on traffic. The federal government in the Washington region will remain open during Pope Francis' three-day visit, but road closures and...

  • Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes. A United Nations-affiliated youth group had a goal of planting one billion trees and Yale forestry...

  • 3 more candidates file for Tulsa-area state Senate seat

    AP | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Republicans and a Democrat have filed for a Tulsa-area state Senate seat left open by a former senator who pleaded guilty to federal charges. Filing Wednesday for the Republican nomination are Greg Douglass of Owasso and David McLain of Skiatook, while J.J. Dossett of...

  • House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue. The panel said next week's session will be the first of several...

  • DC official: Woman tried to grab girl from stroller on train

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington transit official says a woman tried to grab a 2-year-old girl who was strapped into her stroller while riding a train with her mother, but another passenger tackled her. Metro spokeswoman Sherry Ly says the attempted kidnapping occurred about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday...

  • US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor vehicles orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans. Factory orders rose 0.4 percent in July, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday....

  • Democrat Mikulski is 34th senator to support Iran nuke deal, ensuring landmark Obama victory

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Mikulski is 34th senator to support Iran nuke deal, ensuring landmark Obama victory.

  • US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July as business investment shows strength

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders edge up 0.4 percent in July as business investment shows strength.

  • US productivity up 3.3 percent in spring, labor costs fall

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined. Worker productivity increased at an annual rate of 3.3 percent in the April-June quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. That was a rebound from the first quarter...

  • Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace in August

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found. Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of...

  • US productivity advances at 3.3 percent rate in spring, best showing since late 2013

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US productivity advances at 3.3 percent rate in spring, best showing since late 2013.

  • OKC council adopts policy on police, body cameras

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday adopted a policy for police use of body-worn cameras, clearing the way for a pilot project testing 100 cameras to begin. The city's initial steps into use of cameras appeared likely to begin with a disagreement between police administrators and the police...

  • Hearings held in Oklahoma City, Tulsa on changes to Oklahoma’s forfeiture law

    BY SEAN MURPHY Associated Press  | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma laws that allow law enforcement to seize money and property they believe are linked to criminal activity are ripe for abuse and should have safeguards so assets aren't seized from innocent people, experts told lawmakers Tuesday. A proposed bill would require a conviction and increase the...



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