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Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another setback Monday in a ruling from a New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas-based federal judge's injunction blocking the administration's immigration initiative.

Republicans had criticized the plan as an illegal executive overreach when Obama announced it last November. Twenty-six states challenged the plan in court.

A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper, when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.

Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in "vengeance for the prophet." The paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered an insult in Islam.

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Police say a Mannford man has been arrested after authorities discovered the body of his friend in the woods in Pawnee County.

Police Chief Lucky Miller says a woman came to the police department Tuesday night and said she believed her husband had killed someone. Steve Dobbins II was arrested on a complaint of first-degree murder and booked in the Creek County jail.

Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.

He's accused in the death of Travis Pruit, whose body was found Wednesday morning.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against several Oklahoma tribes, claiming their payday loan companies are operating illegally.

The commission filed the complaint Monday against payday loan firms operated by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. The complaint alleges that the companies would make repeated small withdrawals from customers' accounts — while charging a fee each time. According to The Oklahoman, one customer was charged $675 in fees to pay off a $300 loan.


McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0-magnitude earthquake rattled eastern Oklahoma overnight but no damages or injuries were reported.

The quake happened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The USGS says the earthquake's epicenter was 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 48 miles east of Ada.

Residents felt the quake in Tulsa — more than 100 miles to the north.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Crews have restored water service to residents in Okmulgee after a break occurred in the main line at the water treatment plant.

Okmulgee City Manager Bob Baxter says water was successfully being pumped to the city as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. The break occurred about 7:30 a.m. and initially was repaired a few hours later.

The fix, however, didn't hold and the Oklahoma National Guard had to deliver tanks of drinking water to the fire station and Walmart for anyone who needed it.

Baxter said about 13,500 customers were affected.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cold and allergy sufferers in Oklahoma will have their identities and birth dates entered into a searchable database when they purchase certain cold medications under a bill targeting illegal meth production that was approved Wednesday by a Senate panel. TZhe bill approved by the Senate subcommittee requires pharmacies to track sales of products containing pseudoephed rine, a key ingredient used to make meth. The names would be entered into a database searchable by law enforcement and linked to 19 other states that operate a similar tracking system, said Sen.

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Activists pushing for the safety and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at conservative universities have met with students and officials at Oklahoma Baptist University. Six members of Soulforce's Equality Ride demonstrated on campus Wednesday near a university chapel before an official asked them to move. They joined the rest of the group on public property and spoke with students about the Bible and sexuality.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three housing agencies in Oklahoma will split $381,311 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to supply permanent housing and case management for 90 homeless veterans. HUD officials said Tuesday's award brings to 345 the number of vouchers awarded to Oklahoma.