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  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. Texas health officials said there were no other...

  • Classes on law and liberty to be taught in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    The Rule of Law and Liberty classes are offered by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and start Thursday in Oklahoma City.

  • Once powerful Oklahoma political consultant, lobbyist put on probation in drug case

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    In statement after pleading guilty, Chad David Alexander said his drug arrest brought to light the private struggles that he had been attempting to live with. He said he looks forward to redeeming himself.

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new...

  • Oklahoma educators weigh in on high-stakes testing for severely disabled students

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Oklahoma special education teacher calls state assessments inappropriate for some of her students.

  • US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with...

  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country. Now it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. Texas health officials said there were no other...

  • Artist creates huge dirt portrait on National Mall

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant portrait of a young man's face has emerged in the landscape of the National Mall in the first such public artwork commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created the piece as a compilation of American faces after...

  • Oklahoma transportation officials say load limit will remain for Purcell-Lexington bridge

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Fixing the Purcell-Lexington bridge sufficiently to allow a 36-ton load restriction to be lifted would cost an additional $21.3 million and require the bridge to be closed for about 250 days, says Casey Shell, chief engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Transportation officials...

  • Property rights group tells legislators Oklahoma wind farm tax credits are unsustainable

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Wind farms account for $32 million of $64 million in ad valorem exemptions statewide. When the exemption ends after five years, wind companies often file challenges seeking to lower property tax assessments.

  • US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was visiting Washington as the standoff between students and authorities...

  • Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates. The prize is dinner with Obama. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee identified the winners as Hannah Banks, an architect from the...

  • Not guilty plea for man in White House incident

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. A lawyer for defendant Omar J. Gonzalez, David Bos, entered the plea on his client's behalf in a 20-minute proceeding...

  • 6 implicated in National Guard bribery scheme

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said. The Department of Justice unveiled the charges the individuals face in the U.S. District Court for...

  • Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities. Hagel released findings of a 90-day review of the entire...

  • US OKs $1.75 billion arms sale to Saudi

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved a $1.75 billion sale of Patriot missiles and associated items to Saudi Arabia to bolster the air defenses of the key U.S. ally in the Arab world. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday that the State Department had...

  • US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The action puts in force a step announced by President Barack Obama in February. The Labor Department said nearly 200,000 American...

  • U.S. has already spent nearly $1 billion fighting ISIS

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    The first wave of U.S. military attacks against ISIS has cost nearly $1 billion, according to a military think tank. And costs could rise to as much as $1.8 billion a month if the U.S. military presence grows to 25,000 ground troops, as some have suggested, said the Center for Strategic and...

  • Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured." But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S....

  • Report: Work completed at NKorea launch site

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea has completed a yearlong construction program enabling it to handle bigger rockets at its main launch site. The U.S.-Korea Institute says Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) could now conduct a launch from the Sohae site by year's end if it...

  • Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign. Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House. White House spokesman Josh...



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