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Judge: If I Could Legally Have You Castrated, I Would

Ryan Alden gets life plus 150 years for secretly planting cameras in people's homes

(Newser) - "If the law allowed me to have you castrated, I would." So said a judge Wednesday in explaining why Ryan Alden would get life behind bars plus nearly 150 years, the Oklahoman reports. The 39-year-old Oklahoma man, who hid cameras in people's homes, had pleaded guilty to... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Judge: Inmate Who Served 28 Years Didn't Commit Crime

Corey Atchison was sentenced to life in 1991

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, was released Tuesday by Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes, who said she believes a key prosecution witness was coerced... More »

Cops: Car We Pulled Over Had Some Weird Things Inside

Like ... uranium

(Newser) - An officer in Oklahoma stopped a car with expired tags only to discover that it was stolen. The surprises just kept coming. A search of the vehicle pulled over in Guthrie on June 26 revealed a gun in the console next to an open bottle of whiskey, a canister of... More »

She 'Saw Smoke.' Her Camera Shows She Was One With the Fire

Authorities say Annie Durham filmed herself torching neighbor's home

(Newser) - Plenty of suspects hauled in by police are first caught by surveillance cameras—just not their own. That's the case with Oklahoma's Annie Durham, booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on charges of second-degree arson after authorities say footage from her password-protected surveillance camera showed she'd intentionally... More »

Landmark Opioid Trial Hinges on a Legal Term

What is a 'public nuisance'?

(Newser) - A landmark trial got underway Tuesday in Oklahoma—the first big test of whether a state can hold drug manufacturers responsible for the opioid crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal . In opening arguments, Attorney General Mike Hunter said these painkillers have led to the "worst manmade public health crisis"... More »

First, the Siren. Then the Calm. Then Came the Twister

At least 2 killed as tornado roars through Okla. town, leveling mobile home park, motel

(Newser) - A likely tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a mobile home park and caused significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday. El Reno Mayor Matt White said that "there have been two fatalities at this point in time,"... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Man Pulled Over With Dead Wife in Passenger Seat

'Cause why stop the road trip?

(Newser) - A 70-year-old man told police his wife died on a road trip, so he strapped her in their car's passenger seat and continued on. The explanation came Monday as Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic... More »

He Tried to Open Door. Then, a White Flash and Screaming

The snake didn't like visitors, apparently

(Newser) - Footage from a doorbell camera on a porch in Lawton, Okla., is circulating, and USA Today reports that Jerel Heywood is the unfortunate star. CNN reports Heywood went to visit his friend Rodney Copeland on Sunday, and the video shows what happened as he tried to enter Copeland's... More »

His Neck Was Sore. What He Did for Relief Caused a Stroke

Oklahoma's Josh Hader suffered major stroke after neck-popping tore arteries

(Newser) - A sore neck that was nagging an Oklahoma man for weeks prompted him to try some stretching for relief—which led to an accidental popping of it, with unexpected and serious consequences. Josh Hader, 28, pressed down a little too hard on March 14 as he was applying his hand... More »

He Was Suspected of Robbing a Pizza Hut. Now, 3 Kids Shot

Children injured during shootout with robbery suspect in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Three children were wounded in a police shooting Friday in Oklahoma when an officer fired, per state investigators. Brook Arbeitman, a rep for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said gunfire broke out when detectives with the Hugo Police Department in southeastern Oklahoma were trying to approach the suspect, 21-year-old... More »

Police: Woman Admits to 4-Week Racist Graffiti Spree

Police say Allison Johnson of Oklahoma spray-painted slurs, threats over a 4-week period

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Oklahoma woman is accused of going on what Fox 25 refers to as "a hate-filled crime spree" over a period of four weeks in Norman and Oklahoma City. Racist and anti-Semitic slurs, including swastikas and Nazi symbols, and threats of violence to non-white people, were spray painted... More »

Man Accuses Ex-Senator of Sexual Misconduct

Former Jess Eddy makes statement about David Boren

(Newser) - A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator, the AP reports. The allegations by Jess Eddy, now 29,... More »

For OxyContin Maker: $270M Settlement, Potential Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma settles suit with Oklahoma for $270M

(Newser) - The maker of OxyContin has agreed to pay $270 million to resolve claims in Oklahoma that it helped fuel the opioid crisis and thereby contributed to thousands of overdose deaths, multiple news outlets are reporting. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, who sued 13 opioid manufacturers for promoting opioids as safe... More »

Fugitive's Insane Escape Tale Takes a Tragic Turn

During manhunt for Travis Lee Davis, a man mistaken for him is killed

(Newser) - This much is clear: Travis Lee Davis should be in jail, but he's not, thanks to two hard-to-explain escapes by the 30-year-old. Davis, last seen in Oklahoma, remains on the lam, while a man who resembled him was killed in a confrontation with police. And all that doesn't... More »

'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

He Had to Get to Airport, Sees a Pepsi Truck. An Idea Forms

Steven Hart had a fight with his girlfriend, then things got weird in Tulsa

(Newser) - A man stole a Pepsi truck that was being unloaded in an effort to find his girlfriend, according to Tulsa police. And that was allegedly just the start of a very busy Tuesday for 45-year-old Steven Hart, who officers say then preceded to attempt to break out of jail, reports... More »

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