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Philadelphia doctor admits selling prescriptions to addicts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor has admitted his role in peddling prescriptions from a now-defunct clinic in Philadelphia that specialized in helping drug addicts.

Seventy-eighty-year-old Dr.

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Fire danger in Oklahoma Thursday

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A red flag warning for high fire danger has been issued for all but far eastern parts of Oklahoma Thursday as temperatures rise and winds pick up, the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will be near 87 degrees Thursday with winds gusting up to 29 mph in Oklahoma City, the weather service reports.

According to state forestry officials, any fire that occurs during hot and dry conditions has the potential to spread rapidly and could result in a large wildfire.

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Police: Suspects swabbed Kim Jong Nam's face with toxin

Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four missing North Korean suspects wanted over the death of Kim Jong Nam, police said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said police had also formally requested an interview with the North Korean embassy's second secretary, who is wanted for questioning.

Kim, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died last Monday after a suspected poisoning while on his way to catch a flight to the Chinese territory of Macau from Kuala Lumpur.

North Korea has furiously denied any involvement in Kim's death, publishing a strongly-worded article on Thursday in the country's state media, KCNA.

It quoted a spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee who said responsibility for Kim's death lay with Malaysia, as he had died on their territory, and criticized the investigation.

"If you look at Malaysian police's investigation from crime investigation perspective and legal perspective, everything is full of weak points and contradictions," it said.

Embassy official, airline employee sought

Interpol notices are issued to police in 190 different countries to help track fugitives and share information about wanted criminals.

Malaysian police have previously said the four suspects who are the subject of the alert are believed to be back in Pyongyang.

In addition to the four suspects, three North Koreans are wanted for questioning by Malaysian police, including Hyong Kwang Song, the 44-year-old second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Malaysia, and Kim Uk Il, an Air Koryo staff member.

Both are believed to still be in Malaysia.

Bakar said the North Korean embassy wouldn't be searched as they had diplomatic immunity.

Suspects 'trained for murder'

Indonesian Siti Aishah and Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong have already been taken into custody in connection with the alleged murder.

Bakar said at a press conference Wednesday the two women were trained to wipe a liquid substance on Kim's face, then immediately wash their hands.

He dismissed their earlier claims that they believed they had been on a prank show.

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Stub hubbub: Oklahoma concertgoers share stories behind their favorite concert ticket stubs

By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com

Vince Gill had enough and mooned the crowd.

The year was 1976, and Gill's bluegrass band Mountain Smoke was getting booed off the Civic Center stage.

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Cowboys rock the road, K-State

By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A month ago, Oklahoma State couldn't see its ceiling for the cellar door.

Now, the Cowboys continue a rapid climb.

How high?

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Civic home run

By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com

I walked through Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday. It's February.

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North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions.

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Oklahoma wind energy tax credit bills moved to House Appropriations Committee

By Dale Denwalt Capitol Bureau ddenwalt@oklahoman.com

Legislation to end the state's renewable energy production tax credit will likely be heard next week at the Oklahoma Capitol.

The credit is available for solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power generation, but wind is by far the most prevalent industry that claims the incentive.

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State briefs

From Staff Reports

LAWTON

Mathematics students to present research at symposium

Cameron University will host on Saturday the Texas/Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium, an opportunity for Texas and Oklahoma undergraduate mathematics students to present research in a formal setting.

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Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent.

The camp has been home to demonstrators for nearly a year as they tried to thwart construction of the pipeline.

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Oklahoma Business Briefs, Feb. 23

New lodge at Lake Murray opens

The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the new Lake Murray State Park Lodge as the Oklahoma State Parks system celebrates its 80th birthday.

“The completion of this new lodge further enhances the recreational facilities of Lake Murray State Park and helps attract more visitors to a beautiful part of our state,” Gov.

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Upscale condos planned for OKC's Automobile Alley

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com

Nick Preftakes, who pioneered downtown housing more than 20 years ago, is set to build the first new for-sale condominiums at a key gateway to Automobile Alley and downtown.

The Broadway Condominiums, set to open in mid-2018, would be the first residential offering to be built along Automobile Alley since the pioneer homes of 1889.

The $12 million project will be built on what is currently a surface parking lot at NW 6 and Broadway.

The project is being developed by Preftakes, who along with Mark Ruffin developed The Garage Lofts at NW 13 and Broadway in 1995.

Preftakes also redeveloped Oklahoma City office buildings in the late 1990s.

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Polls, State Chamber frown on Oklahoma wind tax proposal

By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com

Almost three-fourths of Oklahoma voters are opposed to Gov. Mary Fallin's proposed half-cent tax on wind generation, according to a new poll sponsored by a wind advocacy group.

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Oklahoma City area retail briefs, Feb. 23

New Edmond Schlotzsky's opens

EDMOND — Schlotzsky's is opening its newest location in Edmond on Thursday at 628 W Danforth Road.

Its grand opening will be at 10:30 a.m., and it is celebrating the event by rewarding the first 100 guests who purchase a CinnaPack of six Cinnabon Classic rolls with one free small "The Original" sandwich every week for a year.

The Edmond location is Bryan Whitfield's fourth, and he plans to open additional Oklahoma locations, store officials said.

Schlotzsky's offers more than 15 different signature sandwiches, pizzas, flatbreads, freshly made-to-order tossed salads, a variety of soups and desserts.

Visit SchlotzkysEdmond on Facebook for more information about the restaurant.

Ross Dress for Less to open

YUKON — Ross Dress for Less will open a new store March 4 in Yukon, it has announced.

The 22,000-square-foot store is in The Market at Czech Hall, near Interstate 40 and Czech Hall Road.

Together, Ross Dress for Less and affiliated retailer dd's Discounts operate more than 1,500 off-price apparel and home fashion stores in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

The Yukon location increases the number of stores in Oklahoma to 23, store officials said.

Chick-fil-A plans March giveaway

Oklahoma City-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will give away a free chicken biscuit to each of its customers every Monday throughout the month of March, restaurant officials have announced.

The giveaway, they said, is a way to say “thank you” to customers for their years of support.

"Each Monday of this month, we invite customers and friends to catch up over coffee, embrace the morning or simply kick start the week with a complimentary breakfast on us,” said Mary Kirk, Chick-fil-A area marketing director for Oklahoma City.

Kirk also said the offer is limited to one free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit per person, per day, and only will be valid during participating stores' breakfast hours, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Andy Alligator plans book drive

NORMAN — Andy Alligator's Fun Park & Water Park is hosting a book drive March 2 through March 5 to celebrate Read Across America Day, park officials have announced.

All books collected during the drive at the Norman location, 3300 Market Place Drive, will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Norman, they said.

As an incentive for donating a new teen, preteen or children's book, guests will receive a Winter Fun Pass, normally costing $19.99, for $10.

A winter pass includes a $3 game card, plus unlimited laser tag, bumper cars, frog hopper, kids zone and rock wall.

“We want to help children in our neighborhoods,” said Kyle Allison, the attraction's general manager and co-owner.

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for Wednesday, Feb. 23

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday:

Oklahoma Sweet:

Sunoco Inc.

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The Morning Brew: Sick, dying and raped in America's nursing homes

Juliana Keeping

It's Thursday.

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Phoenix man pays $5,700 for carpeting and gets nothing

Tom Emmick is a landlord, and he's busy getting his Phoenix condo back into shape.

"This is the dining area," he said as he gave us a tour of his Phoenix condominium.

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OKC's Insomnia Cookies delivers its treats until 3 a.m.

By Jack Money Business Writer jmoney@oklahoman.com

If you are near Oklahoma City and crave a late-night treat, you don't have to lose any sleep over it.

Insomnia Cookies, a late-night bakery offering cookies and other treats, opened earlier this month in Midtown, at 1131 N Walker Ave.

The response has been sweet, said Catharine Gatlin, marketing manager with the firm.

"We opened just in time for Valentine's Day, there," Gatlin said Wednesday.

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Vermont House recount ends after ballot discrepancy found

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than three months after the last vote was cast, Vermont's election season appears to be finally over.

Republican Robert Frenier's state House seat is safe after a second recount effort, this time in the Vermont House, came to a sudden halt Wednesday morning.

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Former legislator ordered to pay $4.3 million in defamation lawsuit

By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com

A Tulsa jury has awarded insurance company First Trinity Financial Corp. and its CEO $4.3 million in a defamation case against former state legislator and former First Trinity director Wayne Pettigrew.

When Pettigrew left the company in April 2013, he issued a news release calling for an investigation of First Trinity CEO Gregg Zahn related to stock purchases.

The jury last week found Pettigrew defamed both the company and Zahn and breached his fiduciary duties to the company.

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Unusual punishment upsets local mom

A local mom says her 4-year-old was punished in an extreme way for taking off his shoes at nap time.

The mom, Emily Evans, says the incident happened at Bright Side Academy on City Park in Toledo.

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Collaboration lacking among Oklahoma GOP leaders

The Oklahoman Editorial

REPUBLICANS dominate Oklahoma government, holding the governor's mansion, the lieutenant governor's office, and supermajorities in the state House and Senate.

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PD: Nail salon employee stabs person with ball point pen

One woman was arrested after police said she stabbed another employee with a pen at a nail salon in New London on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to a report of an active fight and stabbing at Lucky Nails Salon, 191 Jefferson Ave., around noon.

Police determined that 19-year-old Van Ni Nguyen, of Norwich, got in a disagreement with another unidentified salon employee.

Nguyen tried to stab the other person with a pair of cuticle scissors, however the victim was able to fight her off.

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Police: Robbery suspect told victims 'I'm going through a rough time'

Police are hoping the public can help them identify a possible suspect in a robbery that happened back in December.

Police say the robbery happened December 29, 2016 in a parking lot at 2811 Ingersoll Avenue.

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Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico.

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Auction house sells previously hidden phone that belonged to Hitler

When Ranulf Rayner was 10 years old, his father, Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner, returned home from Germany at the end of World War II with a stunning trophy of war: a bright red, three-pound telephone used by Adolf Hitler during the final two years of his life.

"The telephone was built by Siemens and they confirmed that it was built for the German Wehrmacht, who themselves coveted red," Rayner told Alexander Historical Auctions.

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New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape.

Until now, a lack of psychiatrists and other mental health specialists in northern Iraq meant that many Yazidi women — a minority singled out for especially harsh treatment by IS — got little or no help.

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Kentucky ark attraction adding biblical truth exhibit

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's massive biblical attraction the Ark Encounter is opening a new exhibit that promotes the message of the Bible.

The 510-foot wooden ark modeled after the biblical story of Noah opened in July.

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Pakistan to send paramilitaries to fight Punjab militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among its Islamist supporters.

The decision to deploy the paramilitary forces, which have had some success against extremists in other hot spots, came after a wave of attacks killed more than 125 people last week, including an Islamic State suicide bombing at a famed shrine that killed 90.

Sharif's younger brother is the chief minister of Punjab, the country's most populous province.

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Global markets cautious as investors await Fed minutes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks were mostly higher in subdued trading Wednesday as investors awaited the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, hoping for clues to how quickly it might raise interest rates.

KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 7,283 and France's CAC 40 shed 0.1 percent to 4,882.

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