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State Auditor Investigating Wagoner County Sheriff's Office

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A countywide audit has prompted an investigation into the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office for improper use of public funds. Officials with the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office told the Tulsa World that their report focuses on allegations that Sheriff Bob Colbert used county funds for self-promotion and personal use. Documents obtained by the newspaper show that Wagoner County authorized the purchase of more than $4,500 in hats and engraved coins bearing...
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Oklahoma Has Holiday Shakes. Quakes Rattle the State

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma. The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday 12 miles west of Perry, about 55 miles north of Oklahoma City. The second was a magnitude 3.1 quake at 5:43 a.m. 11 miles southeast of Medford, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are...
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An Up-Close and Personal Critique of Foster Care: "Three More Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Our guest today on ST is the child welfare advocate and author Ashley Rhodes-Courter (born 1985), whose first book, a memoir called "Three Little Words," began as a prize-winning high school essay, later appeared in The New York Times Magazine, and finally became a bestselling book. She joins us to speak about her new autobiographical work, which is called "Three More Words." As was noted of this volume at the goodreads.com website: "In [this] sequel to [her first] memoir...[the author]...
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Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.The catacombs, at a site called Saqqara, are dedicated to Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the afterlife. Archaeologist and Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo who has worked extensively at the site, writes that animal mummification began in ancient Egypt "to allow beloved pets to go on to the...
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For Danny Elfman, The Strange Worlds Of Tim Burton Just Make Sense

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken audiences from a pastel suburban paradise in Edward Scissorhands to the dark streets of Gotham City in Batman.Accompanying Burton's strange worlds are the mysterious and unforgettable scores by composer Danny Elfman. Over the last 30 years, the two have forged an iconic partnership."There was instant chemistry in terms of what we were into," Danny Elfman says about the first time he met Tim Burton. "We had a lot of common roots ... we both grew up as...
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In just over 18 months, Barack Obama will join the ranks of ex-presidents. He'll be 55 when he leaves office, among the youngest to become a former president, alongside Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

President Carter remains a model of what an active, productive life can look like after leaving the White House. He looks back on that life in his new memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, beginning with growing up with black friends in the Jim Crow South.

In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken audiences from a pastel suburban paradise in Edward Scissorhands to the dark streets of Gotham City in Batman.

Accompanying Burton's strange worlds are the mysterious and unforgettable scores by composer Danny Elfman. Over the last 30 years, the two have forged an iconic partnership.

Designing a vast fireworks show is a bit like composing music. There's the opening to think about, of course, and the grand finale — and all the intricacies with which the colors and displays intermingle in between.

For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.

"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

For the The Post and Courier, the newspaper in Charleston, S.C., it's been a crazy three months. The regional paper has been driving the coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church.

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