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  • Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue because of misapplied law

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 min ago

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi acknowledged Thursday during her last regular board meeting that a calculation used for state funding to districts that accounts for ad valorem tax revenues had not been applied by the Education Department since 1992, despite being required by law.

  • California's top utility regulator defends record

    Updated: 14 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure. California...

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    Updated: 20 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he'll remain under heavy scrutiny. Sam Nazarian's...

  • Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'

    Updated: 23 min ago

    Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo." Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. The consumer-products giant, whose U.S. arm is...

  • Milwaukee to speed police training in handling mentally ill

    Updated: 38 min ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Police Department is stepping up training so that all police officers on the force would be fully trained to deal with the mentally ill by 2018, the mayor announced Thursday, months after a Milwaukee police officer killed a schizophrenic man at a park. "I have...

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able to assist in their own...

  • Oklahoma seeks to snuff out Colorado marijuana sales

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    State joins with Nebraska in asking U.S. Supreme Court to deem recreational sales unconstitutional

  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. Those commitments were announced at an annual trade meeting between the two countries that...

  • Arson caused $30 million downtown Los Angeles fire

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 fire burned the seven-story,...

  • California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego was sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to...

  • 'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the startling cancellation of "The Interview," an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of...

  • Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob." The salacious trial of Bob Bashara revealed his secret life in Grosse...

  • Judge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors' tactics. U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. notified attorneys of his plans in separate...

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 19, 2014

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma official: Felt 'pressure' on executions

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime lawyer for Oklahoma's prison system said Thursday that he felt pressured by the governor's and attorney general's offices to make sure two executions last spring happened on schedule, even though the state didn't have the drugs to carry them out. With access...

  • Police: Man hid gun parts in luggage at NY airport

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo says that Oscar Ramirez was arrested Wednesday attempting to board a plane to...

  • Oregon high court says injured snowboarder can sue

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday a ski resort's broad liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing. The justices ruled that the liability waiver was "unconscionable" and contrary to public policy, potentially opening the door for more people...

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. Aspiring rapper Rashad Charjuan Owens has remained...

  • Montana ex-billionaire jailed for contempt

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth was taken away in handcuffs on Thursday after a federal judge ordered the onetime billionaire jailed until he accounts for millions of dollars he owes his creditors. Blixseth's lawyers said they were uncertain how long it would take...

  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry...

  • Phoenix police chief fired after union strife

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference to request a two-year contract from the city saying it was "time to silence the critics." Unions representing Phoenix police officers sought a vote of no...



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