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Oklahoma set to execute man convicted of stabbing elderly couple to death over $73 for tacos

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma is set on Tuesday to execute by lethal injection a man convicted of stabbing an elderly couple to death during a robbery in 2000 that netted about $73, some of which he and convicted accomplices used to buy tacos. James Lewis DeRosa,…

Toll from Midwest tornadoes climbs to 20

At least 20 people were killed by a series of tornadoes that swept through the Midwestern US state of Oklahoma last week, including seven children, officials said, providing an updated toll. The state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said only one of the victims, a child, was still unidentified.…

Obama to meet with survivors in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

President Barack Obama traveled to Oklahoma Sunday to view devastation from last week’s monster tornado that killed 24 people, as the governor sought federal aid for thousands left destitute by the disaster. Obama departed Washington a little before 10 am (1400 GMT) for a three-hour flight to the tornado-ravaged state,…

Watch live: Obama addresses tornado disaster in Oklahoma

President Barack Obama addresses the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma that killed 24, including 7 children Watch live, broadcast on May 21.…

Oklahoma Sen. Coburn: Tornado relief funds must be offset with spending cuts

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said just hours after a major tornado ravaged his state that he would use the federal relief funds as a cudgel to force Democrats into accepting more spending cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare. The death toll in Oklahoma as of Tuesday morning stood…

Powerful tornado levels homes in Oklahoma City suburb

A powerful tornado ripped thorough an Oklahoma City suburb Monday, leveling countless homes and hitting at least two schools, according to local news reports. Local television station KFOR, from its news helicopter, showed wide swaths of Moore, a community of 55,000 to the south of Oklahoma’s state capital, reduced to…

Patients of ‘dirty’ Oklahoma oral surgeon test positive for hepatitis and HIV

Test results came in Thursday for more than 3,000 of the 7,000 patients potentially exposed to infectious diseases through the practice of an Oklahoma oral surgeon who did not use proper sterilization techniques. According to Oklahoma City’s KFOR News, of Dr. Scott Harrington’s tested patients, dozens are coming back positive…

Study links fracking wastewater to massive 2011 Oklahoma quake

A study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Geology links the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that hit Oklahoma in November 2011 to natural gas drilling operations nearby that were using an extraction technique called fracking, which requires massive quantities of wastewater be injected into underground reservoirs. The quake struck between Tulsa…

Tornadoes kill five in Midwest

CHICAGO — At least five people were killed in Oklahoma after dozens of tornadoes swept through the Midwestern United States late on Saturday and early Sunday, leaving destruction in their wake, local media reported. CNN television said the five fatalities, which included two children, occurred in the northwest Oklahoma town…

Tulsa, OK police make arrests in alleged racially-motivated killings

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma have announced the arrest of two white men suspected of killing three African-Americans and wounding two others in an apparently random shooting spree on Friday that had terrified local reisdents. According to the Tulsa World, Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested in the…

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