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  • Most US unemployed don't get benefits: Here's why

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government. Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a...

  • Senate to work longer under GOP control next year

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sending a stern signal to senators used to long weekends and frequent vacations: The Senate is going to work longer hours under GOP control next year. The chamber hasn't held votes on a Friday all year, but it will do so next...

  • FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards. The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma's...

  • 5 things to watch in Obama's immigration speech

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone. Just how far does he go? Who's going to be covered? How do Republicans manage their anger? A guide to what to...

  • A look at the numbers in Obama's immigration plan

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's administrative actions will cover as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Rough estimates of those affected: ___ 4.1 million: Parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the United States for at...

  • NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October...

  • Congress can't 'de-fund' Obama on immigration

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Republican said Thursday that it's impossible to "defund" President Barack Obama's upcoming moves on immigration in an upcoming spending bill. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency gets its...

  • ADEQ launches mobile complaints application

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has launched a mobile app that allows users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smartphones. The mobile app is available in the Google Play Store. Users should search for "ADEQ" and...

  • Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. It's another credibility problem for the...

  • Ex-NHL player Hedican easing life for club teams

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Logistics are tough enough for the professionals, a daily struggle to get everyone and everything in line, whether you are the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings or the rest of the NHL teams. The challenges can be a whole lot tougher when the games are played at the...

  • Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. is running out of options for the meat labels,...

  • New enforcement focus in Obama's immigration plan

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says President Barack Obama's immigration plan will focus enforcement efforts on immigrants who are serious criminals — and those who crossed into the U.S. illegally or were ordered from the country in the last year. Johnson is...

  • Gift Guide: Help your selfie with some add-on gear

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by. Although phone manufacturers are trying to help by building in tools for...

  • Obama has lunch with Native American youth

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours before addressing the nation on immigration, President Barack Obama left the White House for lunch. The president and first lady Michelle Obama were taking in a midday meal with young people from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannonball, North Dakota. They were...

  • Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags. Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality,...

  • Oklahoma’s Cole tapped for U.S. House budget panel

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is taking over as chairman of a powerful appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House. The seven-term congressman from Moore was named Thursday as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The subcommittee...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns of violence after immigration order

    Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday, USA Today reports. "The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see...

  • Lawmaker says politics takes back seat to family at Oklahoma Legislature's swearing-in ceremonies

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Lawmakers’ families join them for Oklahoma Legislature’s swearing-in ceremonies Tuesday at state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

  • CAIR-Oklahoma shocked by terrorist designation

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma said Wednesday that he was surprised and shocked to learn that the United Arab Emirates had designated CAIR a terrorist organization. State Rep. John Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma Counterterrorism Caucus,...

  • Oklahoma GOP business leaders call for immigration bill

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Republican business owners in Oklahoma is calling on Congress to pass an immigration bill that includes a path to legal status for some of the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. unlawfully. Republican state Sen. Brian Crain of Tulsa joined with GOP business...

  • Priorities form for whitewater park

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Project managers of the planned MAPS 3 whitewater park on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City say they may soon be able to restore features dropped because of budget concerns.



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