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  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former "Tonight Show" host Sunday when he received the nation's top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American...

  • Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only...

  • US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes...

  • US airdrops arms and supplies to Kurdish opposition fighters in Syrian town of Kobani

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US airdrops arms and supplies to Kurdish opposition fighters in Syrian town of Kobani.

  • CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony...

  • Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola. The past week's jarring Ebola developments have put a spotlight on...

  • New military medical team to help with Ebola in US

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the...

  • Anyone can vote by mail in Oklahoma

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Voting by mail is easy in Oklahoma and it could improve election turnout.

  • Congressional hopefuls Al McAffrey, Steve Russell, talk Islamic State, U.S. military future

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Q&A: Al McAffrey and Steve Russell — With foreign policy front and center as election nears, both major party candidates seeking to replace U.S. Rep. James Lankford in Congress agree the United States must play major role in fighting Islamic State.

  • Questions and answers with Oklahoma's governor candidates

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Joe Dorman answer questions left over from debate in Stillwater.

  • US, other nations condemn violence in Libya

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and four other nations are strongly condemning the ongoing violence in Libya and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Joining the U.S. in the condemnation are France, Italy, Germany and Britain. In a joint statement, the five nations say that...

  • High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year. Like earlier orders in North...

  • Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren...

  • Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters...

  • Another year, another small Social Security bump

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will be less than 2...

  • Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in...

  • Obama: US can't cut itself off from West Africa

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also pushed...

  • Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election.

  • Not all cases cited by FBI hinge on access to data

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The text messages captured a cover-up of unimaginable abuse: Parents had struck their toddler so often that they ultimately killed her. The child shook badly because we beat her, the father wrote, and the mother complained that their 2-year-old was the devil. FBI Director...

  • US military sees long haul ahead for war with IS

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the ground war so that U.S. troops won't have to. The U.S. general overseeing the...



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