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.
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.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge is allowing a drug company to suspend shipments to a south Oklahoma City pharmacy that prosecutors and state drug agents say sells more of the three most-abused medications than three larger stores combined.
District Judge Lisa Davis on Friday ended a temporary order that required Cardinal Health to deliver to Reliable Discount Pharmacy, where a would-be teenage robber was killed by a pharmacist in 2009.