The seven Marines died during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, the Marine Corps says.
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Texas wants background checks for health-care navigators
The counselors tasked with helping uninsured Texans navigate their way through the complicated process of buying health insurance will have to jump through a series of hoops to get licenses under new rules proposed by the Texas Department of Insurance.
NWS urges residents to prepare for winter storm
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service includes the Edmond area.
Cities included in the warning, in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, are Guthrie, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Chandler, El Reno, Tulsa, Stillwater, McAlester, Ada, Ardmore, Duncan, Shawnee, Lawton, Altus, Clinton and Watonga.
Wednesday morning, the NWS released projected precipitation totals for the state, and a region from Altus to the Oklahoma City metro area including Edmond is in the zone of 3-6 inches of snow and sleet accumulation with locally higher amounts possible.
Areas closest to the north and south of the band should expect to receive up to 2 inches of wintry precipitation. An area southeast of roughly Wichita Falls to Ada should expect to receive a quarter inch to two thirds of an inch of ice accumulation.
Inhofe wants new NDAA bill
Sen. Jim Inhofe shared his thoughts about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday at the State Republican Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Inhofe responded to an audience member’s assertion that the NDAA allows the president to act as a dictator by snatching citizens off the street and detaining them without due process.
“I don’t believe it,” Inhofe said. “…He asked a question and I’m disagreeing with him because something is happening right now and we have to have an NDAA.”
There has always been a reason to oppose an NDAA bill, Inhofe said. The reason this time is that Republicans have said there will not be an NDAA bill unless it includes amendments for the National Security Council as well as Iran sanctions, Inhofe said.
Police: Woman calls 911 for a push around mall
Police say a woman was arrested Monday night after she called 911 to request that officers push her around the mall in this Boston suburb.
House passes extension of ban on plastic guns as NRA remains mum
The Republican-led House passed a bill Tuesday renewing a U.S. ban on plastic guns, just days before the 1988 law is set to lapse.
Man loses banana peel injury case, faces criminal charges
It was the video that did him in.
One night in early August, Maurice Owens was riding an elevator at a Washington Metro station when, he says, he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off, injuring his hip and leg.
VIDEO: Holiday travelers contend with wind, rain, snow
Wind, rain and snow are expected to make travel difficult for much of the Eastern U.S. on Wednesday, as millions head out for Thanksgiving.
City considers relocating Houston sculpture here
The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 to purchase a $250,000 bronze sculpture for no more than $90,000, a figure which includes transportation costs with the condition the artwork is in acceptable condition.
“Touch the Clouds” is a bronze sculpture located at the Houston Astrodome, which is about to be demolished, Shadid said. This piece is available for a $50,000 donation to the Houston Rodeo Livestock Association, plus additional costs for relocation.
Internationally known sculptor Dave McGary, who created the piece, died about three weeks ago, Shadid said. “Touch the Clouds” is part of his Warrior Series. The sculpture depicts a Miniconjou chief of the late 19th century, a cousin of the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, according to McGary’s website.
His artwork has been placed overseas and “Touch the Clouds” is recognized as one of McGary’s significant pieces of art, Shadid said.
Lankford wary of Iran negotiations
An historic agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry has made with Iran concerning its nuclear enrichment program drew concern from Congressman James Lankford. Lankford spoke Tuesday at a town hall meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Kerry said Tuesday that the United States will work toward reaching a final comprehensive agreement that ensures Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon. An initial agreement stipulates that Iran’s current nuclear program must be peaceful, Kerry said.
“And that has to be absolutely verifiable,” Kerry said.
Diplomacy always should be used to avoid a war by resolving an issue, Lankford said.
“But my real concern on this issue with Iran is we’re going to release some of the sanctions, and release about $7 billion back into Iran for the promise of future action in Iran,” Lankford said. “Iran has not been good in keeping promises of future action.”
VIDEO: Obama confronts heckler during immigration speech
President Barack Obama confronted a heckler during a speech on immigration Monday in San Francisco.
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