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  • KOKH: Famous anti-death penalty activist in Oklahoma City

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Internationally renowned anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean is in Oklahoma City, to speak out on behalf of death row inmate Richard Glossip, KOKH reports. Prejean will be speaking at the State Capitol Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., and the event is being sponsored by ...

  • The drone debate hits close to home for White House

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The drone-control debate has hit uncomfortably close to home for the White House, thanks to an apparently hapless operator who sent his quadcopter crashing inside the presidential compound. Questions persist about why the night-owl drone operator would be flying it within...

  • Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court in the District of Columbia is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court. The case is unfolding amid a national debate about police use of force and the legal protections afforded...

  • Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Promises of bipartisanship and cooperation in a congressional investigation have turned into finger pointing and accusations of political grandstanding and power plays eight months later. A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began...

  • U.S. Supreme Court won't add Oklahoma case to crucial Affordable Care Act review

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The high court justices Monday rejected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s proposal that the court pair Oklahoma’s case with the one from Virginia about subsidies to purchase private health insurance.

  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress to nearly double its funding to fight antibiotic resistance to...

  • McMillan named chairman of new House Health Committee

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES >> As the only medical doctor in the state Legislature, Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, was a likely choice as chairman of the new Health Committee in the House of Representatives. McMillan, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, was the only local representative selected to chair a...

  • Attorney general asks to stay all scheduled Oklahoma executions

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    In a Monday filing, the Oklahoma attorney general’s office asked for a stay of execution on all three of the state’s scheduled lethal injections. The stays were requested in order to await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s lethal drug cocktail.

  • Oklahoma City councilman seeks appeal of decision to raze Union Bus Station

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Demolition of the building was approved by the Downtown Design Review Committee to make way for a parking garage.

  • Ban on local drilling bans subject of several Oklahoma bills

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    At least eight bills have been filed at the Oklahoma Legislature that would stop cities from enacting bans on drilling or related oil and gas development. The Oklahoma Municipal League is monitoring the bills, but said they prefer to leave the decisions on development to local authorities.

  • CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office also projects a 14 percent drop in the number of U.S....

  • Democrat assails GOP leader of House Benghazi committee

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have complained that the panel's Republican chairman has excluded them from crucial steps in the investigation while Republicans meet with witnesses. In a strongly worded letter,...

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin backs Preston Doerflinger, despite arrest

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Gov. Mary Fallin expressed confidence Monday in Preston Doerflinger and plans to keep him as her Cabinet secretary of finance despite his arrest late Thursday.

  • USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years. The U.S. Agency for International Development suspended awards to Arlington,...

  • Gibbs doesn't remember talk of deflated footballs in past

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs said he was shocked when he learned the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game. The Hall of Fame coach said Monday he never heard of anything...

  • Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That's short of the 60...

  • Oklahoma groups unite to fight proposed anti-gay legislation

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Members of LGBT community push back on proposed legislation they say targets them.

  • Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with...

  • Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to...

  • Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more than three weeks ago. A spokesman said the surgery was successful and doctors are...

  • Quadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys? Sometimes it's very hard to distinguish between the two. It's really depends on the particular...



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