- New Mexico death penalty case goes to jury
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fate of an Arizona inmate who kidnapped and murdered a retired Oklahoma couple following a 2010 prison break is now in the hands of an Albuquerque jury.
- Brent edges toward $113; U.S. crude boosted by pipeline news
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude climbed towards $113 a barrel on Wednesday, while the U.S. benchmark rose more than $1 to a five-week high after news of the scheduled start of a key pipeline helping to relieve a supply bottleneck at the country's main oil storage hub. U.S. oil built on a more than $2 jump in the previous session, after TransCanada Corp said it would begin operations at its Keystone XL pipeline on January 3. The launch will allow rising inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma oil hub to move to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where a large share of the country's refining capacity is concentrated. "The market has been full of speculation about when the pipeline would start," said Chee Tat Tan, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.
- Oklahoma adopts California-style quake precautions
PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — It's become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor's insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it's too late to buy a policy to cover any damage.
- Below-cost Black Friday sales now legal in Okla.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma residents for the first time in 70 years will be able to legally enjoy the true meaning of Black Friday and its mega-deals after legislators repealed parts of a law that prohibited retailers from selling items below cost.
- Jury convicts Okla. cop in death of unarmed teen
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma jury Tuesday convicted a veteran police captain of first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed teenager who was running away after scuffling with the officer.
- Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.
- Storm to threaten holiday travel, moving east
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A winter storm that hit parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas was expected to be worse, but with temperatures creeping above freezing the outcome was less dramatic than forecasters had feared.
- Oklahoma women held after four-year-old turns up at school smelling of pot
The grandmother and great-aunt of an Oklahoma preschooler have been arrested after their four-year-old charge turned up in class smelling of marijuana and apparently high from the drug, police said on Monday. Police in Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City, arrested the 53-year-old grandmother and 52-year-old great-aunt on Friday on suspicion of marijuana possession and smoking the drug in the presence of a child. Police were called to Cross Timbers Elementary School on Friday when the young boy was acting strangely in class.
- Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
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