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Cleanup continues following oil spill in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cleanup continues at a southwest Oklahoma City oil well where oil leaked on to property and roadways. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Thursday crews worked around the clock to clean up Wednesday...

 

7 flu deaths reported in Oklahoma by health department

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say seven people have died from influenza during the current flu season that began Sept. 1. The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday that six victims were 65 years of age or older and one was...

 

Oklahoma appeals court upholds 2 separate murder convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld two separate murder convictions, including one involving the drowning of a 4-year-old girl. The court on Thursday upheld the second-degree murder conviction and 20-year prison...

 

Governor-elect Stitt nominates state agriculture secretary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt has nominated a state 4-H leader to become the new state secretary of agriculture. Stitt on Thursday said he's nominating Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur to succeed Jim...

 

Wichita art gallery reports break-in, theft of 8 pieces

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita art gallery says eight pieces of glass art were stolen during a break-in. The founder of Karg Art Glass, Rollin Karg, says he discovered the break-in and theft early Wednesday. Gallery officials estimated the loss...

 

Man who fled after Kansas slaying faces 10-year sentence

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A gang member who fled to Mexico after a Topeka killing will be sentenced in February. WIBW-TV reports that 25-year-old Fernando Diaz pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Christopher...

 

Kelly: Kansas voters would reject school funding amendment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Incoming Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said she doesn't see much chance of a state constitutional amendment to limit court rulings on school funding being approved in Kansas. Republican lawmakers don't have enough votes to...

 

Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into...

 

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice. The race for a seat on the Hoxie City Council was determined...

 

Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

WESTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn. Ted Pelkey said Thursday that...

 

Police: Man impersonate Walmart worker to steal TVs, pinatas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The search is on for a man in Albuquerque that police say impersonated a Walmart employee to steal televisions and pinatas. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports the man struck an Albuquerque Walmart the day after the Black...

 

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. The Washington Post...

 

Arizona journalism saga has poisoning claim, nasty divorce

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit...

 

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

TORONTO (AP) — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest...

 

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of...

 

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

DALLAS (AP) — A 78-year-old prisoner who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. Samuel Little entered his plea in the...

 

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare...

 

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun-rights activist admitted Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a...

 

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring "all options" as it tries to stay afloat while facing...

 

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one o...

 

Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators voted Thursday to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a...

 

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tec...

 

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves. A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of feder...

 

Students grow greens in classroom to promote healthy eating

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. (AP) — Since its inception in 2017, Good to Grow Green's goal has been to educate students and the community about healthy eating. A marketing class at Floyd Central High School plans to take that mission a step further. The...

 

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