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  • Edmond task force wants to extend half-cent sales tax 10 more years

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: 35 min ago

    Edmond's Capital Improvement Advisory Task Force suggests extension of five-year, half-cent sales tax to 10 years to pay for capital improvements.

  • Documents: White House fence jumper left suicide note

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping the White House fence while draped in an American flag left a suicide note with friends and a will with his mother, telling her she may never see him again, court documents show. Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut, was ordered to undergo a...

  • NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attack

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed. In releasing a two-page summary of an international investigation that was intended to assess civilian...

  • Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate,

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country. On the Republican side, Jeb Bush would phase out tax...

  • White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year's Christmas tree. It's a Fraser fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands more than 18 feet tall. The tree is traditionally displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The...

  • Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay'

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country's internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay. After considering the case for almost a month, the District Court of Stockholm ruled that copyright holders could...

  • Family earning over $1 million living in public housing

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It pays to live in public housing. PIX11 Investigates has found over 1,500 households earning six-figure salaries while living in New York City Housing Authority apartments. “They should move them out,” said Carmen Santiago, an Alfred E. Smith Houses resident. Housing...

  • Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump said he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter. Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news...

  • Abortion clinic protest buffer zone law passes in Australia

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Legislation preventing protesters from coming within 150 metres of an abortion clinic has passed the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment. The abortion buffer zone laws make it illegal for anti-abortion protesters to harass or film women going in or coming out of the...

  • Two journalists arrested for story on intelligence trucks bound for Syria - RIGHTS

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and the daily’s Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül were arrested Nov. 26 due to a story about Turkish intelligence trucks bound for Syria in early 2014. “We are accused of ‘spying.’ The president said [our action is] ‘treason.’ We are not traitors, spy, or...

  • In Saudi Arabia, artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death for atheism

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Dubai: When Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh​ was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution's request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison over a book of poetry he...

  • Black Lives Matter protesters storm Macy's NYC store

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Protesters filled the Macy’s store where the Thanksgiving parade will end today. New York Police say demonstrators entered the flagship store after a Black Lives Matter rally Wednesday night. The rally was aimed at shootings involving black men who were killed by polce - Jamar Clark, 24,...

  • Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has...

  • President's oldest daughter among those scoping out colleges

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple. Do your research. Visit college campuses. Sit in on classes. Talk to professors, graduates and students. In the end, picking a college "is a very individual decision." The first...

  • White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a...

  • Obama: Holiday means food, football, and not-too-dry turkey?

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry." Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird didn't turn out to be the moistest, the first family's menu boasted more than enough other choices to fill the...

  • Where's death penalty in push for criminal justice overhaul?


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has...

  • MAPS 3: City reaches deals for convention center land sales

    William Crum | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council has reached its first two deals to buy land for the MAPS 3 convention center. The council agreed to pay Hazel Roberson just over $1 million, plus closing costs, for adjoining lots at 712 S Broadway and 1 SW 7 Street. The Broadway address is the old brick...

  • Washington Examiner: Democrats rise in opposition to Obama's climate change agenda

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Hundreds of Democrats from 32 states are aligning against the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan, which they say will cause unnecessary economic harm from increased reliance on renewable energy. "As Democrats committed to a prosperous America and a...

  • 'Turkey gave no warning' - downed Russian pilot

    Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The surviving pilot of a Russian plane shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border has said no warning was given. Capt Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian television there was "no way" the jet could have violated Turkish airspace, as Turkey said it did. Russia said Capt Murakhtin was rescued in a...



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