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  • Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on...

  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them....

  • Federal Election Commission fines Sanders-affiliated PAC

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has fined a political action committee associated with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for missing financial reporting deadlines. The Vermont Press Bureau reports that the FEC in December sent a letter to the Progressive Voters...

  • How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers...

  • Sheriff Stanley Glanz asks state Supreme Court to block grand jury probe

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: 20 hr ago

    In a last-second rush of district court filings before a three-day holiday weekend, the Tulsa County sheriff has mounted a second legal challenge to a petition calling for a grand jury inquiry into his office. Attorneys for Sheriff Stanley Glanz filed documents Friday showing that a state...

  • Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be. Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can't find full-time work. And a diminished share of Americans either have a job or are looking for one. Yet...

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the government faces a challenge as it investigates possible collusion in the airline industry. It'll have to prove that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, from airline...

  • White House Brief: Things to know about Jim Webb


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination. ___ THE BRIEF Jim Webb has built a long career as a soldier, writer, Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan and a U.S. senator from Virginia. Webb's...

  • Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The stumbles, blunders, and policy chaos that have sent increasingly frosty U.S.-Russia relations into what many now call a new Cold War might have been inevitable. The fundamental hopes and fears lurk, sometimes subconsciously, in the collective minds of the Russian and...

  • Sluggish oil prices continue to be a drag on Oklahoma's economy, official says

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Depressed oil and natural gas prices remained a drag on Oklahoma's economy, with gross production taxes down more than $43 million from last year.

  • Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of...

  • Report: No evidence IRS employees told to destroy info

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence that IRS employees were told to destroy or hide information from Congress, the Justice Department or an inspector general in the probe of erased emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, according to an internal report released late...

  • Man who climbed over White House fence gets time served

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who climbed over the White House fence last year has been sentenced to time served. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, had pleaded guilty to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds after the October incident and was sentenced Thursday. He will have...

  • US drone strike kills Islamic State leader

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition airstrike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State leader, who has been responsible for moving fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. A senior U.S. official said that Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi, a Tunisian, and another...

  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in the state where the GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. "They're good...

  • Supreme Court decision mirrored public opinion on same-sex marriage

    Eric Schulzke, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A dramatic shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage over a 10-year period can be attributed largely to the secularization of millennials, demographer and pollsters say.

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price — more than $250,000 for a year's...

  • Top Republican doubts Senate will confirm ambassador to Cuba

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve an American ambassador to Cuba, dishing out a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe. The Kentucky...

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday when someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard...

  • State Senate Democrats toss minority leader for John Sparks

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Senate Democrats this week tapped Sen. John Sparks as the minority leader. The change in leadership left former Minority Leader Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, surprised. Bass said five of the eight members of the caucus met and named Sparks as the new leader. Bass said he was upset that the...

  • Suspect in DC mansion slayings fires his defense attorneys

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion fired his defense attorneys on Thursday and will once again be represented by public defenders. Daron Wint, 34, made the decision at the start of a scheduled preliminary...



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