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  • Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of the...

  • #OKC Boxscore

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist...

  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan...

  • US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly...

  • D.C. Notes: Oklahoma's 5th congressional district race seems to lack voter interest

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Also in notes from Washington, lawyers from all over the country wanted in on Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case after a Norman attorney spent years working on it.

  • Backers of school tornado shelters and legalized marijuana run out of time to place these issues before Oklahoma voters in November

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Only three state questions to appear before Oklahoma voters on Nov. 4

  • Oklahoma Attorney general awaits a decision on his Obamacare lawsuit

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he tries to remove politics from lawsuits while he awaits a decision out of Muskogee on the state’s Affordable Care Act litigation.

  • Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the...

  • US welcomes EU decision on Russia

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the U.S. is working closely with the E.U. and other...

  • Former Oklahoma senator Cal Hobson arrested on drunken driving complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Cal Hobson, a candidate for Cleveland County commissioner, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a complaint of drunken driving. Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.

  • US military launches airstrikes, drops humanitarian aid to help beleaguered city in Iraq

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US military launches airstrikes, drops humanitarian aid to help beleaguered city in Iraq.

  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces....

  • Contract decision for Oklahoma City airport rental car center shuttle is disputed

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    An attorney says a local company’s experience was undervalued in the selection of an operator for the service.

  • State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s? As the State Department’s new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and...

  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine...

  • Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of Congress to...

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama's long-awaited announcement would have...

  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get...

  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a...



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