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  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    Updated: 45 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. "Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz...

  • Obama to send aide to funeral of arrested Baltimore man

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the head of President Barack Obama's initiative for young men of color will attend the funeral of a Baltimore man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody. Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president and Cabinet secretary, and...

  • Pentagon: US military sending aid to quake-ravaged Nepal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. military plane has departed from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware bound for earthquake-stricken Nepal. Onboard are 70 personnel, including a U.S. Agency for International Development disaster assistance response team, a Virginia-based search and...

  • Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts...

  • Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman. But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what...

  • Correspondents' dinner mixes up big names in media, politics

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom." The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has become a celebrity magnet, this year drawing some big...

  • Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself. "It's amazing how time flies," Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the White House...

  • Players from politics, Hollywood mix it up at 'Nerd Prom'

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm Saturday as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom." The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has become a celebrity magnet, this year drawing...

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says lethal injection still most humane form of execution

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    As Supreme Court justices prepare to hear oral arguments in the Oklahoma case about lethal injection drugs, Pruitt says the drug used in the “botched execution” is constitutional. An attorney for state death row inmates strongly disagrees.

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, April 26, 2015.

  • History trailing Japanese leader on his upcoming US visit


    WASHINGTON (AP) — History will be trailing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the United States. Abe intends to promote a free trade pact and stronger defense ties as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution 70 years after the end of World War II....

  • Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations. Sens....

  • US sending disaster response team, $1 million aid to Nepal


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake felt in neighboring countries. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are offering condolences along with pledging the support. The magnitude 7.8...

  • US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance


    WASHINGTON (AP) — With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails. The Office of the Director of...

  • Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lester Tenney endured three years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but he has made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress on Wednesday, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles...

  • As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party Rep. Thomas Massie voted in January against keeping John Boehner as House speaker. The Kentucky Republican also opposed GOP leaders this year when they tried avoiding a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration and keeping open the Department of Homeland...

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers...

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy...

  • Health officials say ice cream is safe despite some recalls


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat — even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no...

  • Oklahoma governor signs charter school bill

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Senate Bill 782 amends the current law, which allowed the creation of charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

  • Unexpected damage force lane, ramp closures on Belle Isle bridge in Oklahoma City

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The discovery of unanticipated damage during a rehabilitation project on Interstate 44’s Belle Isle bridge in Oklahoma City has forced the state Transportation Department to resort to unexpected lane and ramp closures.



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