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Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Ye...

 

Xi term limit proposal sparks rare public dissent in China

BEIJING (AP) — In a rare public expression of dissent in China, a well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely....

 

Trump urges lawmakers to buck NRA every once in a while

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared he's willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren't so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in...

 

Prosecutors: Ex-SKorean president deserves 30 years in jail

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a landmark corruption case that marked a stunning fall from...

 

Supreme Court declines to decide fate of 'Dreamers' just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federal appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young...

 

Governor signs bill imposing cuts to Oklahoma agencies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill late Tuesday that imposes across-the-board budget cuts to all state agencies, including public schools, for the remainder of the fiscal year. Fallin signed the $6.98 billion general appro...

 

Oklahoma assistant police chief dies of injuries after wreck

CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — An eastern Oklahoma assistant police chief who was ejected from his pickup in a crash earlier this month has died from his injuries. The Checotah Police Department says 35-year-old Justin Durrett died Monday at a Tulsa...

 

Investigation launched after body found in Oklahoma park

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in northeastern Oklahoma near where a man was reported missing a week ago. Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says the...

 

Storms in parts of Oklahoma, fire danger elsewhere

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunderstorms developed in central and eastern Oklahoma while western areas of the state face a critical fire danger. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with heavy rain began early Tuesday afternoon in southern...

 

SandRidge Energy lays off 80 in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A petroleum and natural gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City has laid off 80 employees less than a week after announcing a new strategy and cost-cutting plan. SandRidge Energy Inc. announced Monday that "it was necessary...

 

Oklahoma oil, gas regulator modifies earthquake guidelines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has developed new requirements for oil and natural gas operators in the event of an earthquake. The commission announced the new protocol Tuesday for operators in the newest and largest...

 

Oklahoma man accused of debit card scam in Nebraska, Kansas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Oklahoma City man jailed in Nebraska on state charges alleging that he tried to trick a credit union into giving him a $4,000 cash advance now faces a raft of federal charges accusing him of carrying out several other scams....

 

Oklahoma-based WPX Energy sells northwest New Mexico assets

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma independent oil and gas company has moved out of northwest New Mexico to concentrate on operations in the Permian Basin and North Dakota. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy Inc. recently announced the sale of...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers consider medical marijuana regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering regulations on the medical marijuana industry before a statewide vote in June on whether to approve its use. The Oklahoman reports that the Senate Health and Human Services Committee narrowly...

 

Police search for 2 rapes suspects in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Riley County police are asking for the public's help to find two people suspected of raping a woman at a Manhattan bar. Police said Tuesday a 24-year-old woman was raped Saturday at O'Malley's bar. Investigators say the...

 

Pratt man sentenced to nearly 19 years for sex crimes

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A 38-year-old Pratt man has been sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison for sex crimes involving minors. Matt Gamblin was sentenced Monday for aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Gamblin...

 

Kansas man sues vape shop for e-cigarette battery explosion

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man is suing a Wichita vaping shop after he says a spare battery for his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. Daniel Anderson filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 in Sedgwick County against Big E's Vapor Shop, the Wichita Eagle...

 

2 people killed in northeast Kansas fire identified

NETAWAKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified two people killed in a northeast Kansas house fire. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that 55-year-old Richard Willits and 47-year-old Denise Willits died in the Feb. 16 blaze at a...

 

Man killed in Kansas shooting that injured 7 others was 27

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police have identified the man killed in a Kansas City, Kansas, shooting that left seven others injured. The man was identified as 27-year-old Kevin Forman, of Kansas City, Missouri. He died at a hospital after the Feb. 17...

 

Police call off park searches for missing Wichita boy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say they will stop searching city parks for a missing 5-year-old boy unless new information comes in. Law enforcement officers, using dogs, horses, drones and divers, have searched four parks since Lucas...

 

Topeka drinking water violates EPA contamination standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities officials say Topeka drinking water is out of compliance with a federal standard for contaminants. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the drinking water is still considered safe despite having exceeded an...

 

Lawrence reducing zebra mussels in water transmission main

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city officials say new practices significantly reduced the number of invasive zebra mussels in a line that brings water from Clinton Lake to a water treatment plant. Last spring, workers found a zebra mussel colony...

 

Child porn found on Kansas teacher's electronic devices

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Court records say more than 250 images and videos of child pornography were found on the electronic devices seized from a fired Kansas middle school teacher and coach. New details about 37-year-old Cody Chitwood were included in...

 

Suspect dies in gunbattle with Kansas law enforcement

WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking suspect has been killed in a gunbattle with law enforcement in Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the shooting happened Monday night in Wamego. Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Adam Winters...

 

Romney says states should have final say on arming teachers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney said there are a number of things officials should look at to prevent school shootings but wouldn't say Tuesday if he thinks more states should let teachers carry guns, as Utah does. Romney, who is seeking a U.S....

 

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