Parallels
8:21 am
Thu July 25, 2013

South Africans Ponder A Nation Without Mandela

A well-wisher uses his phone to take a picture of a banner of photos of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the former South African president is being treated.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 6:10 pm

From the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, shack dwellers can look across a ravine to the spires of Sandton City, which houses the most lavish shopping mall in sub-Saharan Africa.

Alex, as this slum of roughly a half a million people is known, was home to Nelson Mandela when he first moved to Johannesburg in 1941.

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

'Scene From Hell' At Site Of Spanish Train Crash

Some of the wreckage at the site of Wednesday's train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Miguel Vidal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:50 am

This post was last updated at 5:45 p.m. ET.

About 80 people died, scores more were wounded and the eyewitness accounts are sobering in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, after Wednesday's crash of a passenger train.

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Sports
7:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kevin Durant and Team USA Together Again

Kevin Durant
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love say Wednesday they will be returning to play for Team USA.

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Education
6:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Prison Prepares Inmates To Succeed

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More than two dozen inmates are in line to be honored for academic achievements, but won't be able to put their skills to use right away. 

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Law
5:07 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

S.C. Court Orders 'Baby Veronica' Adoption Finalized

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered finalization of the adoption of "Baby Veronica" by a couple living near Charleston, S.C.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 5:51 pm

Lawyers for the biological father of a Native American child are expected to make a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, hoping to prevent the return of the child to her adoptive parents.

But the four-year legal saga is likely near an end.

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State Capitol
4:54 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Senator Warns Of Judicial Changes In Special Session

State Sen. Patrick Anderson
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A letter from a state senator sent to judges in Oklahoma is warning that an anticipated special legislative session will focus on “attacking the judiciary.” But a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says that assertion is “incorrect.”

The letter from state Sen. Patrick Anderson (R-Enid) dated July 22 states, “Based upon some of the rumors I am hearing, I expect that there will be an attempt to place term limits on judges and that there will be an effort to eliminate the Judicial Nominating Commission in order to allow the Governor to have complete judicial appointment authority.”

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Oklahoma Innocence Project
1:35 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Oklahoma Innocence Project Eyes Old Ada Homicide Case

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The Oklahoma Innocence Project is working to overturn the conviction of a man imprisoned for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of convenience store clerk in Ada. 

The Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University's School of Law announced Wednesday its plan to file an application for post-conviction relief in the case of 48-year-old Karl Fontenot, one of two men initially sentenced to die for the 1984 killing of Donna Haraway. It is the first case the project has sought to overturn since it was created in 2011.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Plan To Clean Up Dirty Lake Thunderbird Calls For Pollution Cuts In Three Cities

A swimmer in Norman's Lake Thunderbird.
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Moore, Norman and Oklahoma City are the primary polluters of Lake Thunderbird, a sensitive drinking water source classified as “impaired” by the Environmental Protection Agency, new data show.

State and municipal water and environmental authorities have been working on a plan to clean up the lake, colloquially referred to as “dirtybird” for its murky appearance and weird smell, which still hasn’t met Clean Water Act target dates from 30 years ago.

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Fuel Prices
6:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Gasoline Prices Up 9 Cents In One Month

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The price of gasoline continues to rise across Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reports Tuesday that the statewide average for regular unleaded gas is almost $3.53 per gallon — an increase of 4 cents per gallon since last week.

The average in selected cities range from about $3.43 per gallon in Tulsa to nearly $3.65 per gallon in Guymon. The average price in Oklahoma City is $3.52 per gallon.

The statewide average is 9 cents per gallon more than a month ago and 12 cents per gallon higher than at the same time last year.

The national average is $3.67 per gallon.

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Native American
6:24 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Cherokee Vs. Cherokee

Opening ceremonies of the 2011 Cherokee Nation Pow Wow.
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The Cherokee Nation has filed a request for a federal injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of the Interior from placing land of a rival tribe into trust — a move that would recognize the parcel as Indian land.

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