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Oklahoma man charged in assault on AP photographer on Jan. 6

PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man seen on video pushing an Associated Press photographer over a wall outside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has been arrested, authorities said Tuesday. Benjamen Scott Burlew of Miami, Oklahoma, is the second person...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus hospitalizations again top 1,500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Oklahoma on Wednesday topped 1,500 for the first time since January, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as the highly contagious delta variant spreads in the stat...

 

Wichita council sets $15 minimum hourly wage for employees

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Full-time city employees in Wichita will be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, as part of a $670 million budget approved by the City Council. Wichita officials had earlier predicted the city would face a $10 million to $11 million...

 

Jersey Shore landmark Lucy the Elephant to get new skin

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — The beach-side landmark, Lucy the Elephant, is having all of its metal skin replaced because more than 50% of its exterior has degraded beyond repair. The six-story high elephant statue in Margate, New Jersey, will close Sept....

 

Report: Most federal election security money remains unspent

Congress provided hundreds of millions of dollars to shore up the nation's election system against cyberattacks and other threats, but roughly two-thirds of the money remained unspent just weeks before last year's presidential election. A recently...

 

Court upholds death sentence for church shooter Dylann Roof

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Dylann Roof's conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation, saying the legal record cannot even capture the "full...

 

Man pulled from burning Shawnee home dies at hospital

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A man pulled from the basement of a burning home in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, has died from his injuries at a hospital, officials in Shawnee said. Firefighters were called to the home on West 52nd Terrace late Monday...

 

US to evacuate until deadline, but it's brutal at airport

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials pledged Wednesday that the military airlift of Americans and others from Kabul will continue until the final hours before President Joe Biden's Tuesday night deadline. But refugee groups described a disorganized,...

 

EXPLAINER: What's happening with Afghanistan evacuations?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Taliban seized the Afghan capital on Aug. 14, more than 82,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in one of the largest U.S. airlifts in history. While the pace has picked up in recent days, it's still a...

 

OnlyFans reverses explicit content ban after outcry

OnlyFans says it has suspended a plan to ban sexually explicit content following an outcry from its creators and advocates for sex workers. The subscription site said in a prepared statement Wednesday that the planned ban was "no longer required due...

 

Delta will charge unvaccinated employees $200 per month

Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline's top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline...

 

Pentagon: US troops must get their COVID-19 vaccines ASAP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military troops must immediately begin to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a memo Wednesday, ordering service leaders to "impose ambitious timelines for implementation." More than 800,000 service...

 

Feds report most rental assistance has still not gone out

BOSTON (AP) — States and localities have only distributed 11% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal rental assistance, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, the latest sign the program is struggling to reach the millions of tenants at...

 

Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled

LONDON (AP) — The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is...

 

'Pain compliance': Video shows trooper pummeling Black man

MONROE, La. (AP) — Graphic body camera video kept secret for more than two years shows a Louisiana State Police trooper pummeling a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight — an attack the trooper defended as "pain compliance." "I'm not...

 

2 US lawmakers' Kabul trip prompts Biden administration fury

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Aug. 27: Raegan Lee Tune, Nita Benson, Sherri Woodard, Bart Boham Aug. 28: Liberty Eller, Pebbles Luddington Aug. 29: Merle Wares Aug. 30: Shane Thompson, Jerry Hale Aug. 31: Kendra Dillman, Dorothy McGill, Jack Wilson Sept. 1:...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Aug. 19: Mr. & Mrs. Leo Tolle Aug. 22: Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reed Aug. 23: Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rader Aug. 24: Mr. & Mrs. Sonny Wagner, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Benn Aug. 26: Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Page Aug. 28: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Province Aug. 30: Mr....

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Aug. 22, the order of services at Freedom United Methodist Church was: Announcements: We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Call to Worship – Psalm 30...

 

Freedom school calendar

Friday, Sept. 3: High school football at Pawnee, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6: Labor Day, no school Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 9-11: Woods County Fair, Livestock Show, Alva (FFA) Friday, Sept. 17: High school football vs. Woodland at Mooreland, 7 p.m....

 

Get ready for back-to-school season

After a long year of remote learning, hybrid models and constantly changing guidelines, many parents and students are looking forward to going back to school. As a parent of three college kids myself, I know how exciting this is for both students...

 

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