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  • After Christie's privatization, NJ lottery missing targets

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Chris Christie privatized New Jersey's lottery two years ago, he said its new overseers would "modernize and maximize" the games. Instead, a lottery once ranked among the nation's top performers is now lagging for the second straight year, trailing its state income...

  • Hotel subsidy necessary, Oklahoma City's top economic development officer acknowledges

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City’s top economic development officer acknowledged Tuesday that taxpayers would have to subsidize — in some form — the luxury hotel seen as a necessity to assure success of the $287 million MAPS 3 convention center.

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs prescription monitoring bill

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma House Bill 1948, the first piece of legislation signed this year, will go into effect Nov. 1. Physicians who check the database can find out if a patient is “doctor shopping,” or trying to get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors. The initial database check would be required with...

  • Oversight panel issues subpoenas in Secret Service incident

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization. Rep. Jason...

  • US home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.6 percent in January compared with 12 months...

  • Obama commutes sentences of 22 people in federal prison

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama's push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down...

  • Oklahoma Indian gaming revenues rise while fees to state drop

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma Indian gaming revenues rose by more than $60 million in 2013, but the amount of fees tribes paid the state dropped by more than $3.1 million.

  • Keith Ballard tells thousands rallying at Capitol for education that not all legislators 'get it'

    BY NOUR HABIB and ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Educators and parents who didn’t get what they came for at a historic 2014 rally returned Monday to the state Capitol with renewed demands. More than 7,000 gathered on the south steps of the statehouse to support calls for more money for education and fewer tests in schools. State...

  • 8 journalists to receive awards for excellence in reporting

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and Jim Avila of ABC News have won the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. Lederman won in the print category for his breaking stories about a fence jumper who made it inside the White House before being...

  • Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money. On Tuesday, she walked out of a meeting with officials from the...

  • Lawsuit alleges Iran directed killing of US soldiers in Iraq

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid. Filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the lawsuit said Lt. Jacob Fritz, Specialist Johnathan Chism and Private...

  • US climate treaty pledge relies on uncertain Obama actions

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency. Environmental groups and like-minded governments hailed the U.S....

  • Obama urges Kabila to hold credible elections in Congo

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congo's president to hold "timely, credible and peaceful" elections that respect the country's constitution. Obama's call to President Joseph Kabila comes amid rising tensions in Congo, where some fear the president is attempting to prolong his...

  • US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. The White House said Obama notified Egyptian President...

  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho in Medicaid pay dispute

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision that broke across ideological lines, the justices said medical companies have no...

  • Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate hospitalized after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday, setting off a frenzied nine-hour search that ended with his capture as he got off a bus in the nation's capital. Wossen Assaye, 42, was charged earlier...

  • Hillary Clinton also used iPad for e-mail

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Hillary Rodham Clinton e-mailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal e-mail address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press....

  • Ouch! What Harry Reid said about Jeb Bush in 2016

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a cantankerous sort who sometimes mangles his words, had some nice things to say about GOP senators running for president during a CNN interview. Jeb Bush? Not so much. USA TODAY reports Reid, a Nevada Democrat, surprised many last week when he...

  • US makes tweaks to asset forfeiture program, part of review

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing policy changes to the federal government's asset forfeiture program as part of an ongoing review. The policy change would restrict the government's ability to seize bank deposits to cases involving the most illegal banking...

  • IRS chief: Processing backlog of tax-exempt groups is gone

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. Tea party organizations' claims that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy...

  • White House: Obama releases military aid to Egypt suspended after 2013 coup

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: Obama releases military aid to Egypt suspended after 2013 coup.



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