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Joe Biden reverses course on Hyde abortion amendment

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for...

 

US and Mexico: More talks, no deal yet to avert tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending a second day of tense negotiations, U.S. and Mexican officials failed Thursday to reach a deal to avert import tariffs that President Donald Trump is threatening to impose as he tries to strong-arm Mexico into stemming the...

 

US commander says Mideast buildup prompted Iran 'step back'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the top commander of American forces...

 

NYPD sorry for '69 raid at now-landmark Stonewall gay bar

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and...

 
 By GARANCE BURKE    Regional    June 7, 2019

US opens new mass facility in Texas for migrant children

The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding up to 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. The new...

 

Leaders of white supremacist prison gang charged in killings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang were charged Thursday with directing killings and drug smuggling from within California's most secure prisons, U.S. prosecutors said. The charges detail five slayings and...

 

Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities

Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped...

 

Agency watchdog slams conditions at ICE detention facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. The Office of Inspector General made...

 

OBU Places Third in GAC All-Sports Standings

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist placed third in the final standings of the Great American Conference All-Sports standings after garnering 80 points. The results of the competition were released Thursday afternoon at the annual GAC presidents' meeting....

 

Harding Wins Second Great American Conference All-Sports Crown

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Harding University captured the 2018-19 Great American Conference All-Sports Trophy after completing an academic calendar year that saw seven of its programs record top-three finishes in the final GAC standings. After leading...

 

Jury recommends death penalty for man convicted in 2 deaths

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma jury has recommended a death sentence for a 36-year-old former oil worker convicted of raping and fatally beating a young mother and burning down her home with her child trapped inside. Derek Don Posey was...

 

Revenue collections to Oklahoma treasury continue to climb

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall collections to the Oklahoma treasury continued to grow last month, marking the 26th consecutive month in which collections exceeded those from the same month a year prior. Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel released...

 

Medical marijuana sales soaring in Oklahoma, top $23M in May

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Medical marijuana sales are continuing to climb in Oklahoma, topping $23 million in May and marking the eighth straight month of growth for the new industry. Figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show the state collected...

 

Ex-Oklahoma State basketball coach gets 3 months in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A former assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State and the University of South Carolina was sentenced to three months in prison Friday for accepting bribes to link top players with bribe-paying managers and financial advisers....

 

Man accused in assault arrested, children with him OK

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a man accused of assaulting the mother of his two children in Cottage Grove and driving away with the girls. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the children, ages 1 and...

 

State: Rhododendrons bought at Walmarts should be destroyed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state is asking anyone who bought a rhododendron plant at Walmart stores in Kansas since April to destroy them. The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday that confirmed cases of the Sudden Oak Death disease have...

 

New trial ordered in 2008 death of insect exterminator

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the conviction of a man who killed an insect exterminator in February 2008. The court ruled Friday the case against 61-year-old Howard Barrett should be returned to Riley...

 

2-year-old boy's death at Wichita motel under investigation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 2-year-old boy who was on the radar of child welfare officials died at a Wichita motel. The Kansas Department of Children and Families identified the boy Thursday as Zayden Jaynesahkluah....

 

Long-distance trip: NASA opening space station to visitors

NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard about the International Space Station for years. Want to visit? NASA announced Friday that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year. Th...

 

Master planning begins for renovating LA's La Brea Tar Pits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three architect-led teams will compete for the job of leading master planning for renovation of Los Angeles' famed La Brea Tar Pits. Officials of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County announced the beginning of the...

 

Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans...

 

Vermont man finds stranger in his home, cleaning

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man says he came home to find a stranger inside cleaning. Brendan Boardman tells mynbc.com that he heard noises in the kitchen that he thought was weird on Tuesday. When he went to look he found a woman, who was...

 

Police surround house for burglary, find deer instead

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police who surrounded a house in eastern Texas because they thought they had a burglary in progress found a deer instead. The homeowner called Lufkin police early Thursday after she heard glass breaking. The woman hid in a...

 

Syria uses familiar tactic in rebel Idlib: Bombing civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The father could hardly bear seeing his 18-month-old daughter's panic every time the Syrian government warplanes flew over their home. Every day for a month, she ran to him to hide in his arms, tearful and breathless. Abdurrahim had...

 

Trump: 'Good chance' now for tariff deal with Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of threats, President Donald Trump declared Friday that "there is a good chance" the U.S. will strike a deal with Mexico to avert the tariffs he's scheduled to take effect Monday to force the U.S. ally to stem the...

 

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