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  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties


    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide....

  • Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails. One month later, the Obama administration...

  • AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self


    NEW YORK (AP) — AP sources: 2nd NYC officer dies after gunman ambushes them in cruiser; suspect kills self.

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism


    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as an...

  • Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt


    NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 1 NYC officer dies after being shot inside patrol car, 2nd officer critically hurt.

  • Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat


    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday that the pet, named Stubby, survived. No humans were hurt in Friday's fire, which...

  • Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death


    INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors. Jason's Berg's death, "although tragic, was not the result of criminal behavior," Hamilton...

  • AP NewsAlert


    NEW YORK (AP) — Police: 2 NYC officers critically hurt after being shot in patrol car, suspect believed dead.

  • Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI


    RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) — Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey. Riverdale police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1wX1laR ) that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume. Lt. James...

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked...

  • Man kills self in police chase, injuring couple


    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police in northwest Louisiana say a man wanted in Oklahoma killed himself during a chase, causing his truck to hit a car and seriously injure a couple. Shreveport police Cpl. Breck Scott says the chase began when investigators found 30-year-old Damian Pea on Thursday...

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin shuffles veterans affairs leadership

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin announced new appointees and leadership changes Friday that she said are designed to broaden representation of veterans groups and improve veterans services.

  • Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Hacking

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film "The Interview" over a hacking by North Korea a "mistake," NPR reports. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end...

  • Obama to deliver State of the Union on Jan. 20

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to the new Republican-run Congress on Jan. 20, officials said Friday. "Your report will inform our efforts to address the people's priorities," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in extending the formal invitation to...

  • Candy Crowley's final guest is a big one: Obama

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Candy Crowley leaves CNN on Sunday, and one guest is giving her quite the send-off, USA TODAY reports. President Obama will be talking with the veteran reporter on State of the Union, the series Crowley has anchored for four years. In the network exclusive interview, he'll be discussing...

  • Oklahoma school districts stand to recover millions in lost tax revenue because of misapplied law

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi acknowledged Thursday during her last regular board meeting that a calculation used for state funding to districts that accounts for ad valorem tax revenues had not been applied by the Education Department since 1992, despite being required by law.

  • Shock study: Marriage rate declines with porn use, threatening economy, society

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Pornography is replacing the desire among young men for marriage, according to a new study that finds males are chasing “low-cost sexual gratification” on the web over a wife and family, the Washington Examiner reports. “Traditionally, one of the reasons to enter into a marriage was sexual...

  • Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge

    By SADIE GURMAN and GRANT SCHULTE, AP | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado’s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state’s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed...

  • Oklahoma board authorizes tax cut for most

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    It’s official: Most Oklahomans will receive a state income tax cut in 2016.

  • Oklahoma seeks to snuff out Colorado marijuana sales

    BY ADAM KEMP, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma has joined Nebraska in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deem Colorado’s recreational sales of marijuana unconstitutional.

  • Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 19, 2014

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 19, 2014



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