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  • ACLU files for fees in Ten Commandments case

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma can't recover all of its expenses related to its so-far successful fight to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol Grounds. But as a victorious appellant in the case it took to Oklahoma's Supreme Court, it can recover some fees related...

  • Kerry to push Malaysia on human trafficking during visit

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble its efforts against human trafficking during an upcoming visit for regional security talks, a senior State Department official said Friday. Kerry's visit, starting Wednesday, comes a week after the department faced a...

  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the...

  • At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States." Clinton is the first candidate for president in 2016 to release detailed information...

  • White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan." Taliban officials on Thursday confirmed that...

  • The latest: Coast Guard suspends search for missing teens

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — The latest on the search for the two teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast: 8:15 p.m. The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week. The agency said it ended the search at sunset Friday as...

  • Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is "excellent physical condition" — two facts that emerged Friday in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy...

  • Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government. Lawmakers obtained prior approval for the trip from the ethics panel "in good faith" and...

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Trump can't win the White House

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, sat down for an interview in his Capitol Hill office on Thursday and answered questions about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Planned Parenthood and whether Congress is in town enough to get its work done. Cole, who has decades of experience in...

  • Clinton's doctor says 2016 candidate in 'excellent' health

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's physician said Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in "excellent physical condition" and has completely recovered from the effects of a concussion she suffered in 2012, pronouncing her "fit to serve as president of the United States."...

  • Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall. Not long after they return in September, they face a vote on President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, a brutally...

  • Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 20 years banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the...

  • US Capitol Police: Car hits barricade, driver charged

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've charged the driver of a car that crashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol grounds entrance. U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in an email Friday that 50-year-old Antonio Pierorazio has been charged with felony destruction of...

  • Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the...

  • WTO rules against China in specialty steel dispute

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization says China broke global trade rules by failing to comply with an earlier WTO ruling and continuing to impose duties on specialty steel imports. The decision announced Friday was a victory for the United States and steelmakers AK Steel in West...

  • Obama signs highway extension, calls for long-term funding

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. government can't keep funding highway and transit projects "by the seat of our pants." Obama's comments came as he signed a three-month bill to keep transportation money flowing to states. The patch is the 34th short-term transportation...

  • US condemns terrorist attack that killed Palestinian toddler

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is condemning an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler, branding it a "vicious terrorist" act that must be punished. In a Friday statement, the State Department welcomed Israeli Prime Minister...

  • University of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips in July

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month but remains at healthy levels, the University of Michigan said Friday. Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 93.1 in July from 96.1 the previous month. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, blamed the drop on the...

  • Highway bill clears Senate hurdle

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 19 hr ago

    A $350 billion measure that would provide Oklahoma with $4.2 billion in funding cleared the Senate on Thursday.

  • US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. The employment cost...



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