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  • Israeli leader thanks US, Obama for aid, warns about Iran

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) is thanking the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warning of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival. Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his controversial speech to Congress. He said he...

  • 5 misperceptions about the Homeland Security impasse

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Several misperceptions have cropped up in the heated debate over Congress' struggle to provide money for the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial shutdown at week's end. Many Republicans want to halt the funding unless President Barack Obama's liberalized...

  • Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu says he regrets congressional speech perceived as political

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu says he regrets congressional speech perceived as political.

  • O'Malley won't seek Mikulski seat, keeps White House option

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton. O'Malley said in a statement he was "hopeful...

  • Obese Oklahoma: Without action, more Oklahomans will die from preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Obese Oklahoma: An increasing number of Oklahoma children’s diets are so poor and they exercise so little that they’re developing diseases that were thought to be illnesses only found among adults. What does this say about the future of Oklahoma?

  • US considers banning type of popular rifle ammunition

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is...

  • GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions.

  • Michelle Obama, daughters, to Spring Break in Japan, Cambodia

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Michelle Obama is taking her daughters on a Spring Break trip to Japan and Cambodia this month, the latest global vacation to share the world's culture with Sasha and Malia while giving the first lady a stage to promote education for girls, the Washington Examiner reports. The White House on...

  • US intelligence official: Iran involved in fight against IS

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top intelligence official says Iran is involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Tehran has "a very robust commitment to the fight" and has people there in an advisory capacity. In an...

  • VP Biden to headline gay rights group's convention

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week to the nation's largest gay rights group. The Human Rights Campaign says Biden will headline its annual convention on Friday in Washington. The group advocates for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender...

  • Ferguson News Guide: No charges expected for policeman


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old...

  • Foreign talks to Congress often a yawn, but not Netanyahu's


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday wouldn't cause such a fuss. But a foreign leader denouncing U.S. policy from within the grand hall of American democracy upends nearly two centuries of tradition. A joint meeting of Congress,...

  • Oklahoma City voters to cast ballots in three council races

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Any races that are not decided Tuesday will go to an April 7 runoff.

  • Linda Price retires in Norman after 40 years of service

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The city of Norman’s revitalization manager was honored with a farewell reception Friday upon her retirement after 40 years of service.

  • Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats. Boehner...

  • United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries of the kind that power everything from smartphones to laptops to power tools. Delta Air Lines quiet stopped...

  • Man who tried to scale White House barrier won't be charged

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged with trying to climb a barrier set up outside the White House has entered into an agreement with prosecutors to have his case dismissed. Mauricio Juan Jimenez Aguirre of Washington was arrested in February and charged with unlawful entry after he allegedly tried...

  • Senate bill calls for firing of some Oklahoma agency directors

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The heads of 10 state entities would be fired and the governor would nominate their replacements under a bill that passed a Senate committee on Monday. However, nobody needs to start looking for a new job just yet.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Child welfare reforms will be funded, legislators say

    By M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Despite a budget hole of $611 million, a court-ordered reform of Oklahoma’s child welfare system will be funded for the 2016 fiscal year, the chairmen of the Legislature’s budget-writing committees said Monday.

  • Randy Krehbiel: Sen. James Lankford puzzled by president's immigration remark

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he's puzzled by a little-noticed remark last week by President Barack Obama. Lankford has asked the White House to clarify Obama's statement that "there will be consequences" for federal immigration workers who do not follow administration priorities for the...

  • Watchdog: Air traffic control system is a hacking risk

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's system for guiding planes and other aircraft is at "increased and unnecessary risk" of being hacked, according to a report by government watchdog released Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from...



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