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Police: California couple baited thieves, beat them with bat

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A central California couple was arrested after investigators said they lured thieves to their home with the intention of assaulting them, according to a news report Thursday. Corey Curnutt and Savannah Grillot left an u...

 

Homecomings, school activities highlight the end of 2019

Looking back at the last quarter of 2019, both Alva High School and NWOSU held homecoming festivities in October. November brought veterans ceremonies and the dedication of an NWOSU building....

 

Goldbugs lose 48-40 to Maroons at Wheat Capital

Coming off a win against Frontier Saturday, the Alva Goldbugs had hopes of avenging their Friday loss to Blackwell in the Chisholm Wheat Capital Tournament Thursday. Alva had two good quarters in the...

 

Ladybugs now 11-0 with win over Perry at Wheat Capital

The Alva Ladybugs continued their winning streak Thursday night with a 65-51 victory over Perry in the first round of the Wheat Capital Tournament in Chisholm. The Alva team is still missing Rianna...

 

Governor's task force recommends overhaul of criminal code

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma should overhaul its criminal code and change its bail and pre-trial detention programs to help address its high incarceration rate, a governor's task force recommended on Friday. The Reentry, Supervision, Treatment a...

 

Oklahoma to reduce business requirements to promote growth

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking steps to reduce the requirements for businesses to open in the state, echoing a federal move that implemented a similar policy. The Republican governor said Wednesday that he plans to sign a...

 

Storms with hurricane-force winds, huge hail threaten South

Hurricane-force wind gusts and hail the size of baseballs could accompany potent storms that also threaten to spin up tornadoes and drench the South with heavy rains, forecasters said Friday. The national Storm Prediction Center said more than 18...

 

Oklahoma reaches $8.75 million settlement with opiate maker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma will receive $8.75 million from two pharmaceutical companies in a deal announced Friday that will end legal action the state was considering against the opioid manufacturers. Oklahoma Attorney General M...

 

Oklahoma woman charged with racist vandalism pleads guilty

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to spray-painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on Democratic Party offices and other properties in central Oklahoma in 2019. The Oklahoman reports that Allison Christine J...

 

Report: Kansas farmers plant same amount of wheat acreage

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers have seeded an estimated 6.9 million acres into winter wheat, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday. The state's winter wheat acreage is equal to the area planted a year earlier, the a...

 

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, w...

 

Baylor-Kansas headlines second weekend of Big 12 hoops play

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 heads into its second week of conference play, and a high-profile matchup between third-ranked Kansas and No. 4 Baylor on Saturday could set the stage for the rest of the season. Here are the things to know: GAME O...

 

Man charged in deadly Christmas Eve shooting in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with fatally shooting another man on Christmas Eve during a drug deal. Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Kane is jailed without bond in Johnson County, Kansas, where he was taken into custody M...

 

Developer of hotel near KU pleads guilty to conspiracy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The developer of a seven-story hotel adjacent to the University of Kansas has pleaded guilty in a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds from the city of Lawrence. The U.S. attorney's office says 54-year-old Thomas Fritzel p...

 

Kansas State looks for road win vs Texas

Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Kansas State looks for its third straight win over Texas at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Texas' last win at home against the Wildcats came on Jan. 5, 2016....

 

Man burned as huge wildfire forms during Australia crisis

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — Two wildfires have merged to form a massive inferno in southeast Australia, and man suffered serious burns protecting a home during a night of treacherous conditions during the nation's unprecedented fire crisis. A...

 

Rare salt formations appear along the Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good. They're showing up now in p...

 

An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A few months ago a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other...

 

Rotting feral pig carcasses teach scientists what happens when tons of animals die all at once, as in Australia's bushfires

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Brandon Barton, Mississippi State University and Abby Jones, Mississippi State University (THE CONVERSATION) The unprecedented wildfire...

 

China mourns native paddlefish scientists say is now extinct

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users and media outlets have b...

 

3D printing of body parts is coming fast – but regulations are not ready

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Dinusha Mendis, Bournemouth University and Ana Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis University (THE CONVERSATION) In the last few years, the...

 

Trump ups Iran accusations, says 4 US embassies targeted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned m...

 

White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the d...

 

US experts concerned about Iran's handling of crash probe

U.S. and Canadian accident investigators are uncertain how much access they will get to evidence that could prove whether Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, and there were fears Friday that the probe might already be compromised by the...

 

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. Abbott's announcement could have major implications for r...

 

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