Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 9:57 am
Throughout the Syrian war, President Obama has insisted that President Bashar Assad must go. But now, the U.S. may want, or even need, Assad to remain in power for a while longer so he can oversee the dismantling of his chemical weapons stockpile.
"For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside," Obama said back on Aug. 18, 2011, in his first explicit call for Assad's ouster, something the U.S. president went on to repeat on multiple occasions.
Teacher shortages continue to increase across the state despite small progress made last session via legislation that would allow alternative certification for special education teachers through the use of a “boot camp.”
Since the state Board of Education approved the boot camps in the spring, the department has approved five providers and offered two boot camps itself, serving just over 100 participants.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 9:04 am
Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old man believed responsible for Monday's shooting rampage that killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, was a former full-time Navy reservist who had obtained a concealed-carry permit in Texas and was arrested three years ago for illegally discharging a weapon.
A total of 42 people have been arrested following a four-day investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics into sex trafficking in northeastern Oklahoma.
A spokesman for the agency, Mark Woodward, says OBN's Human Trafficking Unit launched the investigation after learning that individuals, including minors, were being forced into prostitution in Tulsa, Rogers, Ottawa, and Delaware counties.
It wasn’t long ago that to be involved in a meaningful way in Oklahoma politics, office seekers had to have a “D” after their names. But in just a few years, that has turned around so that an “R” is now necessary to have a significant influence in state politics.
That change was not as sudden as it seems, according to political consultant Pat McFerron,“To me the question isn’t, ‘Why we’re so Republican now? It’s why were we so Democrat before?’”
A 60-foot section of pipe is lowered into a trench during construction of the Gulf Coast Pipeline in Prague, Okla., in March. The Gulf Coast Pipeline, a 485-mile crude oil line, is part of the Keystone XL project and will run from Cushing, Okla. to Nederland, Texas. Although this southern stretch of the pipeline is nearly finished, the northern stretch is still under study.
Five years ago this week, a Canadian company proposed building a pipeline to send heavy crude oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Although the Obama administration's answer on the Keystone XL pipeline is not expected anytime soon, politicians in Washington and Canada are ramping up the pressure for the project, while environmentalists are pushing hard against it.
Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. There are multiple injuries and deaths, and one gunman is dead. Police say they are searching for two other "potential" shooters.
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A police helicopter flies overhead as officers walk on the roof of a building.
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A Park Police helicopter removes a man from the scene of the shooting.
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Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard. Alexis's motive is still uncertain but, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a press conference that there is "no reason to suspect terrorism."
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A military guard stands at the scene of the shooting. Shots were fired at around 8:20 a.m. ET.
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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent Gray speak to the media.
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President Obama said the federal government will do all it can to ensure that "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."
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Office workers, who had been under lock down since the shootings this morning, leave the area around the Washington Navy Yard on Monday in Washington, D.C. Thirteen people were killed, including the suspected gunman, and several were wounded.
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Brittany Carter, of Bowie, MD., (left) Jibri Johnson, of Landon, MD., (center) and Bryan Beard of Washington D.C. hold candles in remembrance of the 12 victims killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard earlier in the day.
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This undated cell phone photo provided shows a smiling Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas.