FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army private charged with leaking classified material to WikiLeaks says he tied a bedsheet into a noose while considering suicide during his pretrial confinement.
Pfc. Bradley Manning testified Friday on the fourth day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade near Baltimore. He is seeking dismissal of his case, claiming he was illegally punished by being held for nine months in restrictive conditions designed to prevent self-harm.
LANGSTON, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State regents have approved tougher oversight of the airplanes that employees use on official business following the death of women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others in a crash last November.
The new policy requires an aviation consultant to pre-approve any private aircraft and the pilot who'll be flying it before the flight is allowed.
Budke, assistant Miranda Serna, pilot Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula Branstetter, died on a recruiting trip to Arkansas last year. A federal report on the cause of the crash is pending.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has announced members of his staff for the coming legislative session.
Bingman said Friday that Cheryl Boothe will continue as his executive assistant and that Amy McCord will continue as administrative assistant and former Sen. Jonathan Nichols will become Bingman's chief legal counsel.
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell this week by six, to 1,811.
Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Friday that 1,386 rigs were exploring for oil and 424 were searching for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained two rigs, while the count in Oklahoma was unchanged. West Texas Intermediate crude priced at Oklahoma's Cushing pipeline hub closed the week at $88.91 a barrel.
CHOCTAW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead in a fire at an apartment complex in Choctaw.
Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that the fire broke out Thursday night at Mill Creek Apartments in Choctaw. Flames were shooting from the structure when firefighters arrived, and it took crews about 45 minutes to get the blaze under control.
Authorities say firefighters discovered a person's body when crews entered the apartment.
NEW YORK (AP)---Hostess Brands Inc. plans to ask for a judge's approval Thursday to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million as part of its wind-down plans.
The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos says the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 managers during the liquidation process, which could take about a year. Two of those executives would be eligible for additional rewards depending on how efficiently they carry out the liquidation.
Hostess is also seeking final approval for its wind-down, which was approved on an interim basis last week.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge says a former Tulsa megachurch employee should be bound over for trial on a charge of making a lewd proposal to an underage girl.
But the judge on Thursday dismissed a second charge against Israel Castillo that accused him of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, finding that both charges against Castillo relied on the same evidence.
CHICAGO (AP) — Two ticket holders will share the highest Powerball jackpot ever, and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history. The question is: Who are the winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?
Lottery officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.