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Third U.S. execution since Oklahoma bungle scheduled for tonight

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – A man convicted of killing his wife and her 5-year-old son nearly 30 years ago is set to die by injection in Florida on Wednesday evening, the third person to face execution in 24 hours in separate cases across the South. John R.…

OK teen will testify against ‘bored’ friends in Australian athlete’s shooting death

Prosecutors in Oklahoma filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss a first-degree murder charge against an Oklahoma teenager who has agreed to testify for the state against two of his friends accused of fatally shooting an Australian athlete a year ago. James Francis Edwards, Jr., 16, will face a new…

Texas prepares for another execution despite botched lethal injection in Oklahoma

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to put to death convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell on Tuesday in the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised questions about capital punishment in the country. Lawyers for…

Oklahoma wildfire kills one person and forces 1,000 more to be evacuated

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – More than 1,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in central Oklahoma because of a wildfire that has killed one person and threatened scores of buildings in its path, officials said on Monday. High heat and winds have spurred the wildfire…

Oklahoma wildfire forces residents to flee, kills one man who refused

A wildfire stoked by high winds and temperatures near 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) killed at least one man, destroyed several houses and forced people to flee near the Oklahoma town of Guthrie on Sunday, officials and local media said. One 56-year-old-man died after refusing to leave his home, Oklahoma City…

Fourth person charged in Oklahoma killing of Australian athlete

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – An Oklahoma man was charged on Monday as an accessory after the fact in connection with the killing last summer of an Australian athlete who had been attending a state university, prosecutors said. Oddesse Barnes, 22, was the fourth person charged in the…

Seismologist: Record earthquake activity continues to rock Oklahoma

(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey…

Oklahoma teens to be tried as adults for killing Australian athlete Christopher Lane

(Reuters) – Two Oklahoma teenagers were ordered on Wednesday to stand trial as adults for the murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane, who was shot dead while jogging last year, an Oklahoma court clerk said. Stephens County Court Judge Jerry Herberger decided there was enough evidence to try Chancey…

Oklahoma Fox station removes evolution from ‘Cosmos’ by cutting only 15 seconds

In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night’s Cosmos science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast. The much-anticipated reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary Cosmos premiered on Sunday with an overview of…

Oklahoma lawyer arrested for duping inmate into trading sex for ‘representation’

An Oklahoma City attorney was arrested and accused of coercing a local county prisoner into performing sexual acts after tricking her into thinking he was representing her. KOCO-TV reported on Wednesday that 69-year-old Frank Kirk was arrested following a sting operation involving the unidentified woman. He was reportedly caught smuggling…

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