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  • After LDS church opposes medical marijuana bill, lawmaker will not back off

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Salt Lake City — (KUTV) Utah Senator Mark Madsen said fighting old perceptions about pot have made his efforts to legalize medical marijuana an uphill battle. Then came another hurdle Friday when the Mormon Church said it opposed his bill. Still, Madsen, who is Mormon, said he won't back down...

  • In Illinois, Obama to plead for a unity that's eluded him

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning to Illinois' capital at the twilight of his political career, pleading once again for the type of national unity that has eluded him as president. Obama's speech to the Illinois General Assembly comes nine years ago to the day after he stood...

  • Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering legislation to hit North Korea with more stringent sanctions. The bill that senators are scheduled to vote on Wednesday comes in the wake of Pyongyang's satellite launch a few days ago and technical advances U.S. intelligence agencies say the...

  • Viewer's Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary left some GOP candidates with a hard-knocks hangover and others just happy to still be alive. Here's what to watch for Wednesday, as the race heads south and west — perhaps with a smaller cast of characters. WHERE TO? Most...

  • Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. Tuesday's surprising move by...

  • Yellen to face Congress amid uncertainty on Fed rate policy

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will address Congress on Wednesday at a time of deepening uncertainty about the Fed's interest rate policies. Since the Fed raised rates from record lows in December, the economic landscape has become clouded by falling stock markets, global...

  • Results of Tuesday's elections

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Results of Tuesday's elections in various areas.

  • Voters approve Chickasha hospital tax; Midwest City mayor's race heads to April vote

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Voters decided several matters Tuesday across the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Inhofe meets with VA nominee

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Sen. Jim Inhofe did not get a commitment from Veterans Affairs inspector general nominee Michael Missal in seeking a joint investigation of Oklahoma's VA centers, but Missal gave his word to look into the situation.

  • Oklahoma City City Council approves convention center land deals

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    The OKC council agreed to deals with five owners for land in the six-block area scheduled for development of the $252 million convention center.

  • Trump nails it in New Hampshire; Kasich snags second

    BY JILL COLVIN and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump nailed down a decisive first victory in New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, proving his unorthodox campaign can translate the large crowds at his rambunctious rallies into the votes that determine delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, an afterthought in...

  • Food company property value lies at center of MAPS 3 park plan debate

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Appraisals done for Oklahoma City value a downtown parcel associated with plans for the MAPS 3 park at about $170,000. But documents submitted on behalf of owner Cusack Wholesale Meat Co., suggest $7.6 million would be more like it.

  • U.S. Supreme Court grants stay on implementing Clean Power Plan

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan, granting a stay sought by Oklahoma and more than two dozen other states, utilities and coal companies.

  • Exit polls: New Hampshire Democrats trust Sanders

    BY EMILY SWANSON and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary after convincing voters he is more honest and trustworthy than Hillary Clinton, pointing to a potential liability for the former secretary of state as the race for president moves to Nevada and South...

  • What to watch on the day after New Hampshire

    BY NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Time to trade in those boots and head south and west. After Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump cruised to victory in snowy New Hampshire, the presidential race sprints on to South Carolina and Nevada — perhaps with a smaller cast of characters. A guide to what...

  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly...

  • Medical director resigns, calls DC fire department 'toxic'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The medical director of the District of Columbia's long-troubled fire department is stepping down, saying "people are dying needlessly" because the department is resistant to reform. Dr. Jullette Saussy (SOW-see) has been on the job for seven months. She previously ran the...

  • US may limit items collected at Vietnam Vets memorial

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is considering limiting the items it collects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The agency said in a news release Tuesday that it will only keep items left at the memorial that are personal artifacts of soldiers whose names appear on the memorial;...

  • A look at Obama's final budget proposal

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department: AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5.3 percent Highlight: —Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help...

  • Supreme Court agrees to halt enforcement of sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court agrees to halt enforcement of sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. .



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