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After Ann Coulter Speech Cancellation, Protesters Rally At Berkeley

NPR

The university and city of Berkeley saw dueling demonstrations with police on hand. Coulter suggested that she might "swing by" to greet supporters.


Ann Coulter's controversial speech planned for today at the University of California, Berkeley, was called off yesterday after school officials said they were not able to adequately secure it and sponsors pulled out.


But even without the conservative commentator's event, the university and city of Berkeley are bracing for dueling protests that they feared could become violent.


"While we cherish our freedoms of speech and assembly, there is no freedom to silence others or to commit violence," University Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said in a joint statement.

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Oklahoma teacher pay plan absent at Capitol deadline

By Dale Denwalt Capitol Bureau ddenwalt@oklahoman.com

The Oklahoma Legislature could head home for the weekend without advancing a bill to increase teacher salaries.

Despite an important Thursday deadline, the Oklahoma Senate did not schedule a hearing on House Bill 1114, which would incrementally raise the minimum teacher salary schedule by $6,000 over three years.

The Senate's teacher pay plan that would increase salaries by 4 percent languished in a House committee without a hearing.

There's still time, though.

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‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested after deadly crash that killed Iowa farmer

Washington Post

The “Bachelor” star, nicknamed Farmer Chris, charmed reality TV viewers with tales of his rural lifestyle in small town Iowa.


Iowa farmer Chris Soules, a former star on ABC’s “The Bachelor” who charmed reality TV viewers with his small-town life, was arrested this week after police said he fled a crash that killed a fellow farmer.


Soules, 35, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a class D felony, and could face up to five years in prison if he is convicted.


The case has garnered the attention of Soules’s “Bachelor” fans as well as residents of Arlington, Iowa, where he lives, who had come to appreciate the reality TV star’s work as an unofficial Iowa ambassador and farm industry advocate.



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Top Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Michael Flynn received from foreign groups

Washington Post

The Pentagon will try to determine whether Flynn “failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving” the payments.


The Pentagon’s top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt.

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United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger who was dragged off plane

CNN Money

United Airlines just reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger that was violently dragged off a flight earlier this month in an incident that was infamously captured on video and kicked up an firestorm for the company.


Dao's lawyers announced the deal Thursday, but did not disclose the financial terms of the settlement.


The announcement includes praise for United (UAL) CEO Oscar Munoz from Thomas Demetrio, one of Dao's lawyers.


"Mr.

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Sports Tuning in for Friday, April 28

Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com

FRIDAY

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

7 p.m.

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United moves to ease criticism with settlement, new policies

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines moved to staunch criticism — and any customer defections — by reaching a settlement Thursday with a passenger dragged off one of its planes two weeks ago and issuing new policies designed to prevent similar customer-service failures.

On April 9, Kentucky physician David Dao was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat to a crew member.

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Teen arrested, accused of bringing loaded, stolen gun to Midwest City High School

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MIDWEST CITY — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday, accused of carrying a loaded gun to Midwest City High School.

The boy's name was not released.

About 8:15 a.m., a student reported to authorities that another student had brought a gun to school.

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deadCenter announces official selections for 17th annual Oklahoma City film festival

Brandy McDonnell

The deadCenter Film Festival has selected 101 films to be screened at the 16th annual festival, scheduled for Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City.

More than 1,200 films were considered for the 2017 festival, creating the most competitive field in the festival’s 17-year history, according to a news release.

“Once again, we are blown away by the quality of films submitted to the festival,” said Kim Haywood, director of programming for deadCenter, in a statement.

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Oklahoma state Sen. Kyle Loveless resigns amid criminal investigation

By Nolan Clay and Dale Denwalt Staff Writers

State Sen. Kyle Loveless resigned Thursday, admitting he made mistakes.

His resignation comes in the midst of both a criminal investigation and an ethics probe into his campaign finances.

The resignation is effective immediately.

"I tender this resignation with much regret.

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Logan County prosecutors announce plan to seek death penalty in deputy's death

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

GUTHRIE — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty as punishment for the man charged in the April 18 shooting death of a Logan County sheriff's deputy.

Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, of Perry, is charge in with first-degree murder in the killing of the deputy, David James Wade, 40, of Guthrie.

On Thursday, Logan County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas filed a bill of particulars, meaning prosecutors at trial will seek the death penalty against LeForce.

In the document, Thomas wrote that LeForce "should be punished to death.

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House GOP leaders scrounge for votes to exhume health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life.

Centrist Republicans were the primary target of the lobbying, a day after the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support for a revised version of the legislation.

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Cameron Payne is now Chicago's fifth-team point guard

Berry Tramel

Anthony Morrow played for the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Celtics.

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Thunder: Westbrook, Oladipo up for fan-voted NBA awards

Erik Horne

The Thunder has more than just an MVP award on the line at the NBA Awards June 26.

Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo are each up for fan-voted awards as part of the NBA Awards show in New York City.

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Shortfall in major revenue stream for Oklahoma schools to exceed $100 million by June, state superintendent says

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said a shortfall in state revenue collections for public schools will easily top $100 million before the end of June — and the impact of that loss is widely misunderstood.


Hofmeister said she plans to address the topic among others at Public Radio Tulsa's "Give and Take" on education event, set for 5:30-7 p.m.

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Where NFL teams stand on Joe Mixon

James Poling

NFL teams, contrary to the typical barrage of media leaks and smokescreen leading up to the NFL Draft, have remained quiet on where they stand on Joe Mixon entering day one of the draft on Thursday.

It has been difficult to get a sense on what pick Mixon can expect to hear his named called, something I wrote about in Thursday's edition of The Oklahoman.

However, we do know that 19 teams have either shown interest or removed Mixon from their draft boards.

Mixon said he met with about 15 teams (at least 11 have been identified).

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Poland signs first deal to buy natural gas from US supplier

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has signed its first deal to purchase liquefied natural gas from a U.S. supplier, a step that will help the country's efforts to cut its dependence on deliveries from Russia, officials said Thursday.

The head of Polish gas giant PGNiG, Piotr Wozniak, called it a "historic moment" for the company which is "gaining a new partner in LNG trade" in North America and becoming a "gateway" that opens for U.S. gas in northern Europe.

His deputy in charge of trade, Maciej Wozniak, said the one-time delivery will arrive at the Baltic Sea port of Swinoujscie in early June from the Sabine Pass terminal located on the border between Texas and Louisiana.

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Minority groups want trial on Texas voting maps before 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely boost Democratic candidates, following three recent court findings that Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters.

Redrawn districts in Texas could bolster Democratic efforts to reclaim Congress in the first midterm election under President Donald Trump.

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Whitney Houston Was ‘Bisexual’ and Found ‘Safety and Solace’ in Friend Robyn Crawford, New Film Says

The new documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me revealed new details of Houston’s relationship with Robyn Crawford.



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UK anti-terror police detain man with knives near Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by the Islamic State group.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters, said the discovery of knives suggested an attack might have been close to fruition.

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Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.

Yet the proposal so far remains short of vital details, including how it would be paid for.

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Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index slipped 0.8 percent to 111.4 in March, from 112.3 in February.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors, said that even with the dearth of inventory, activity was still strong enough to be the third best in the past year.

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Florida teacher accused of calling ag students 'murderers'

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teacher stands to lose his job after school officials said he bullied and harassed Future Farmers of America students who are raising livestock to be sold for slaughter.

Middle school teacher Thomas Roger Allison Jr., 53, has been placed on unpaid leave from Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks near Ocala for calling the students who are raising livestock "murderers," according to a Marion County school district letter documenting the case.

In a written recommendation for termination, Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier said that Allison "has engaged in a repeated, egregious pattern of mistreating, ridiculing, insulting, intimidating, embarrassing bullying and abusing FFA students, crushing their dreams and causing them to feel that they must discontinue FFA activities to enjoy a peaceful school environment."

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Army documents: Ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army documents: Ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014.



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High school basketball player collapses at practice, dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A basketball player at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has died after collapsing during open gym.

News outlets report that 15-year-old Star Ifeacho was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Hospital on Wednesday at 5:47 p.m.

Fayette County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall says players were practicing in front of coaches and an athletic trainer at the time.

Superintendent Manny Caulk says in a news release that Ifeacho, a sophomore, had stopped shooting baskets and was with the athletic trainer when he collapsed in the locker room.

"The athletic trainer immediately provided emergency care, including CPR and the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator), while 911 was called.

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Markets subdued in the wake of Trump's tax plans

LONDON (AP) — Global stocks were subdued Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul.

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Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

For decades, presidents have released their tax returns.

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Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) — An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest.

Prayuth Petchkhun, a deputy spokesman for the attorney general's office, told The Associated Press that Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya failed to meet a 4 p.m.

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Mexican woman lives as a slave for 30 years

For a woman of 43, Guadalupe Pérez Castillo seems extremely shy. Meeting new people is still a challenge for her.

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How the Kim dynasty has shaped North Korea

As you pick out what to wear this morning, know there's a new gadget that will judge your outfit. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

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