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3 people killed in crash of small plane in southeastern Oklahoma, authorities say

ANTLERS, Okla. (AP) — Three people died when the single-engine aircraft they were aboard crashed in southeastern Oklahoma, authorities said. Pilot Brian Davis, 62, and passengers Michael Davis, 23, and Kelly Thompson, 21, all of Antlers, died in T...

 

Actor in spinoff of popular TV western 'Yellowstone' is found dead, authorities say

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An actor who appeared in a spinoff of the popular television western "Yellowstone" was found dead after he went missing amid a domestic violence investigation in Kansas, authorities said Friday. The Johnson County Sheriff's O...

 

Two Oklahoma firefighters are injured battling wildfire that prompted evacuations

MOORELAND, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma volunteer firefighters are recovering after suffering burns battling a weekend wildfire in northwest Oklahoma, officials said Monday. Mooreland firefighters Jared Brittain and Max Clark suffered injuries on S...

 

Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102

HONOLULU (AP) — Lou Conter, the last living survivor of the USS Arizona battleship that exploded and sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 102. Conter passed away on Monday at his home in Grass Valley, California, f...

 

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic lands in the Philadelphia area for the first time

SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson 's Fourth of July Picnic is two-stepping out of Texas to the Philadelphia area. The country luminary's mostly annual mega-concert, hosted in his native Texas for most of its 50-year-history, will be held for the...

 

Texas school bus with over 40 pre-K students struck by cement truck, killing 2, authorities say

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — A cement truck veered into a school bus carrying more than 40 pre-K students returning from a field trip to a Texas zoo Friday, killing a boy on the bus and a man in another vehicle, authorities said. Officials said the bus r...

 

Abducted as babies in the 1970s, these Argentines found a way toward their true identity

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Claudia Poblete can't help it. On certain days, as she passes in front of a church, she automatically crosses herself while her children gaze at her with confusion. She didn't raise them as Catholics — as she was — b...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    March 15, 2024

Death of nonbinary teen Nex Benedict after school fight is ruled a suicide, medical examiner says

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The death of a nonbinary student the day after a fight inside an Oklahoma high school restroom has been ruled a suicide, the state medical examiner's office said Wednesday. A summary autopsy report was released more than a m...

 
 By TERRY TANG    Regional    March 8, 2024

The US is springing forward to daylight saving. For Navajo and Hopi tribes, it's a time of confusion

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Melissa Blackhair is not eager to spring forward Sunday. "I'm dreading it. I just don't want to see how much we have to adjust," Blackhair said while sitting in her home office in Tuba City on the Navajo Nation, the only a...

 

Talor Gooch is getting louder. He invests in a Professional Bull Riders team in Oklahoma

Music was blaring, light beams danced around the arena and a large video board showed highlights of recent winners. This had the sound and feel of LIV Golf, except it was a little more dangerous and tougher to keep score. This was the Professional...

 

In the chaos of the Kansas City parade shooting, he's hit and doesn't know where his kids are

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jacob Gooch was having what was sure to be the best day of his year, hanging out with his wife and children and friends in the massive, happy, high-fiving crowd of fellow Kansas City Chiefs fans at the parade celebrating t...

 

An ecstatic Super Bowl rally, upended by the terror of a mass shooting. How is Kansas City faring?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — "Are you feeling good today, Chiefs Kingdom?" Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas shouted to a sea of football fans fresh from their town's third Super Bowl victory in five years. Less than an hour later — with music still bla...

 

For Native American activists, the Kansas City Chiefs have it all wrong

Rhonda LeValdo is exhausted, but she's refusing to slow down. For the fourth time in five years, her hometown team and the focus of her decadeslong activism against the use of Native American imagery and references in sports is in the Super Bowl. As...

 

Toby Keith, country singer-songwriter, dies at 62 after stomach cancer diagnosis

Toby Keith, a hit country crafter of pro-American anthems who both riled up critics and was loved by millions of fans, has died. He was 62. The "Should've Been a Cowboy" singer-songwriter, who had stomach cancer, died peacefully Monday surrounded by...

 

Donations pour in to replace destroyed Jackie Robinson statue on his 105th birthday

Donations poured in Wednesday to replace a destroyed statue of Jackie Robinson on what would have been the 105th birthday of the first player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier. Major League Baseball pledged support. And the total raised...

 

Mystery deaths of 3 Chiefs fans fuels speculation but police say there's still no sign of foul play

It has been three weeks since three Kansas City fans joined friends to watch the Chiefs play the Los Angeles Chargers in the final game of the regular season. Their bodies were found in a friend's backyard two days later. Police still haven't said ho...

 

Firefighters investigate cause of suspected gas explosion at historic Texas hotel that injured 21

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Firefighters scoured the wreckage of a historic Fort Worth hotel on Tuesday as they investigated the cause of a massive explosion that shattered windows, littered the streets with debris and injured 21 people, including o...

 

Strays land in doghouse after causing an estimated $350K in damage to cars at Houston dealership

HOUSTON (AP) — A pair of strays have landed in the doghouse after being caught on video causing more than a quarter-million dollars' worth of damage at a Houston car dealership. One dog, described as a bull terrier mix, was captured in early December...

 

Taylor Swift's new romance, debt-erasing gifts and the eclipse are among most joyous moments of 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A romance that united sports and music fans, a celestial wonder that drew millions of eyes skyward and a spiritual homecoming for some Native American tribes were just some of the moments that inspired us and brought joy in 2...

 

Influential former Texas US Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson dies at 88

DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Trailblazing longtime U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a nurse from Texas who helped bring hundreds of millions of federal dollars to the Dallas area as the region's most powerful Democrat, died Sunday. She was 88. President J...

 

Oklahoma judge rules a man who wrongfully spent nearly 50 years in prison for murder is innocent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has exonerated a man who spent nearly 50 years in prison for murder, the longest serving inmate to be declared innocent of a crime. Glynn Simmons, 71, who was released in July after prosecutors agreed that k...

 

Barbie doll honoring Cherokee Nation leader is met with mixed emotions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An iconic chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, inspired countless Native American children as a powerful but humble leader who expanded early education and rural healthcare. Her reach is now broadening with a q...

 

Send-offs show Carlton Pearson's split legacy spurred by his inclusive beliefs, rejection of hell

Before his peers would label him a heretic, the late Bishop Carlton D. Pearson was once one of the best known preachers in the nation. His skilled biblical oration, steeped in the Black Pentecostal tradition and melded with white evangelicalism, help...

 

A Kansas woman died in an apartment fire. Her family blames the 911 dispatch center's mistakes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire in Kansas' largest city after mistakes by the 911 dispatch center believes the center has "systemic issues," and the local firefighters union is calling for an i...

 

Carlton Pearson, influential Oklahoma megachurch founder who rejected hell, dies at age 70

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founder of a former megachurch in Oklahoma who was branded a heretic and lost one audience — but gained a new one — after he rejected the idea of hell and supported gay rights has died, his agent said Monday. Bishop Carlton P...

 

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