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2 Sue Their Neighbor Over Pot: All 3 Are US States

Nebraska and Oklahoma aren't happy with Colorado

(Newser) - Nebraska and Oklahoma have had enough of their punk neighbor Colorado smoking weed. The attorneys general for both states asked the Supreme Court today to declare Colorado's rule legalizing marijuana null and void, reports the Denver Post and the Omaha World-Herald . Both say they've seen a spike in... More »

Beheading Victim Fought Killer, Autopsy Shows

Okla. death report says Colleen Hufford had 'defensive injuries' on hands, arm

(Newser) - An autopsy shows that a woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife. Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released yesterday says she died of... More »

3-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mom: Police

Boy reportedly found gun under the couch

(Newser) - A young Oklahoma mom is dead after her 3-year-old accidentally shot her, KJRH reports. Christa Engles, a 26-year-old from Tulsa, was believed to be changing her 1-year-old daughter's diaper in her living room when police say her preschool son wandered in with a semi-automatic handgun and shot her in... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

4.8 Earthquake Rattles Kansas, Oklahoma

The epicenter was about 25 miles south of Wichita

(Newser) - Kansas has seen an uptick in earthquakes since the fall of 2013, and yesterday marked the latest rumble in the state. Given a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, the earthquake struck at 3:40pm in Conway Springs, 25 miles southwest of Wichita. It hit less than 24 hours after a... More »

Oil Magnate Loses Favorite Geode in $1B Divorce

Harold Hamm will pay ex-wife $322M now, $7M a month starting in 2015

(Newser) - Oil tycoon Harold Hamm got two horses named Star and Uno, firearms, and family photos, but he lost his favorite geode to his ex-wife. The 68-year-old Continental Resources CEO still has "billions to spare," though, even after an Oklahoma City judge ruled yesterday that he must pay Sue... More »

Car Crash Kills House Candidate

Earl Everett was Democratic nominee in Oklahoma's 2nd District

(Newser) - An 81-year-old Democrat in the race for a US House seat in eastern Oklahoma has died from injuries he sustained in a car accident, police say. Earl Emmitt Everett, a retired schoolteacher and Korean War veteran, died at a Tulsa hospital yesterday. He had been in a two-car accident Friday... More »

Remains From 1970s Found in Sunken Cars

Oklahoma officials say all 6 died by accidental drowning

(Newser) - Oklahoma police have solved a decades-old cold case with the help of sonar equipment and a little luck, WMAZ-TV reports. During a sonar training exercise last year, highway troopers found bodies in two deeply corroded cars submerged in a western Oklahoma lake—and now medical officials say the remains belong... More »

Why Oklahoma Doesn't Want to Use New Execution Room

Chamber was unveiled last week, but state isn't ready for executions

(Newser) - Oklahoma wants to put Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant, and Charles Warner to death—but not until 2015. Though prison officials last week unveiled a newly renovated and roomier execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the state's attorney general on Friday filed a notice seeking to delay... More »

Husband Raped Her Son, but Mom Got More Jail Time

Victim Collin Grant misses his mother, wishes he had never come forward

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Oklahoma boy just wanted to escape from the repeated rapes he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, so 10 years ago he turned the man in. But Collin Grant now says he wishes he had never told anyone about Jimmy Don Mackey's reign of terror—which... More »

Exec Hailed as Hero for Stopping Assailant After Beheading

FBI investigating killing amid claims suspect was trying to convert workers to Islam

(Newser) - As horrific as yesterday's beheading of an office worker was in Oklahoma, police say they would have had more more victims had a company executive not stepped in to stop the assailant, reports NewsOK . Mark Vaughan, chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods in Moore, also happens to be a... More »

4 Female College Students Killed in Bus Crash

Softball team's bus hit by truck on Oklahoma highway

(Newser) - A tractor-trailer crossed a southern Oklahoma highway median and plowed into the side of a college softball team's bus, killing four women on the team and injuring more than a dozen others, authorities said. The collision involving the North Central Texas College team happened about 9pm yesterday on Interstate... More »

US Senator Takes Heat for Bloody Fundraiser: Pigeon Shoot

Animal rights groups come down on Jim Inhofe's 'slaughter-fest'

(Newser) - Coming up with a creative way to raise money for your Senate re-election campaign: great idea. Shooting live pigeons out of the sky for said fundraiser: not terribly popular. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is taking more than a little flak from animal rights groups over a moneymaking event he held... More »

Okla. Lawmaker: Let's Kill Inmates With Nitrogen

It's painless and cheap, Mike Christian says

(Newser) - A lawmaker in the state that pioneered lethal injections says he has found an "innovative" new way to execute inmates involving nitrogen gas. Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian tells Der Spiegel that using nitrogen gas for executions is painless, fast, and "cheaper than the bullets you need for... More »

Pastafarian Wears Colander as Hat in DMV Photo

Oklahoma atheist says it symbolizes religious freedom

(Newser) - America is the land of the free, the kind of country where you can wear a colander on your head and call it religious headgear. That's not a joke—there has been a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster since 2005, and Oklahoma's Shawna Hammond is a practitioner... More »

Best Friend Kills Boy, 12, With Pellet Gun

Justin Ingle and best friend were playing when accident occurred

(Newser) - A night of fun between two best friends at a sleepover turned deadly when one allegedly accidentally shot the other in the head with a pellet gun, McAlester News-Capital reports. Justin Ingle, 12, died Saturday at a Tulsa, Okla., hospital of head trauma, reports the Raw Story . The incident happened... More »

Oklahoma Hit by 11 Quakes—in 2 Days

Record number of temblors in Sooner State may be from wastewater from fracking

(Newser) - Something shook Oklahoma all night long over the weekend—and it wasn’t the neighbors playing AC/DC too loud. The US Geological Survey recorded 11 small earthquakes, most in the magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 range, over Saturday and yesterday, reports the AP ; Tulsa World has a list. The... More »

Phone Lost in Oklahoma Is Found in Japan

Farmer's iPhone traveled to Hokkaido and back

(Newser) - When Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney's phone slipped out of his pocket into a silo containing 290,000 bushels of grain, he figured it was gone for good—but it was just beginning a journey around the world. Some eight months later, he was reunited with the iPhone, and some... More »

Study: Fracking Causing Oklahoma Quakes

Wastewater injection triggers quakes miles away, researchers find

(Newser) - Earthquakes in Oklahoma are up more than a hundredfold in recent years, and a new study spies a pretty clear link between the shaking and the fracking that has given the state's economy a huge boost. Researchers took a close look at four specific sites where wastewater from oil... More »

Woman Leads Cops on 100mph Chase —to Preferred Jail

Grady County jail apparently not a place she wanted to spend time

(Newser) - So maybe you've been drinking and maybe you're speeding a little, but what to do when a cop tries to pull you over—presenting you with the very real prospect of doing a little time in a less-than-desirable county jail? Step on the gas, and lead police on... More »

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