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Oklahoma feels another moderate magnitude earthquake

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:35 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A moderate, magnitude-4.4 earthquake has shaken northern Oklahoma.

It was one of the stronger temblors the earthquake-prone state has had this year.

There were no initial reports of damage or injuries from Saturday morning's earthquake, which was 18 miles southwest of Medford and four miles deep.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist George Choy said it had all the hallmarks of an induced quake, meaning it was triggered by the injection of drilling wastewater underground.

Questions, answers about the federal campus safety law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:19 AM

The federal law known as the Clery Act is credited with bringing improvements to campus safety, even as sexual assault and gun violence remain major concerns. Supporters of the law plan to mark its 25th anniversary next month.

Here are some questions and answers about the law, at a time when many are debating safety as campus shootings become more frequent:

Q: Why was the law originally passed?

Knowing what to do if shooting starts still hazy at colleges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:05 AM

A review by The Associated Press finds that colleges across the U.S. vary widely in their efforts to prepare students and employees for surviving a shooting rampage on campus.

Eight years after the Virginia Tech massacre, some campuses make "active shooter" training mandatory for incoming students. Others offer little more than brief online guidance on what to do with a gunman on the loose.

Elderly woman fears home loss in Atlanta flood-control plan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 09:10 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — An elderly woman fears that a plan by Atlanta city officials to fix a neighborhood flooding problem will force her out of her home, even though her home hasn't been flooded.

City officials warn that it's not a safe place because of persistent flooding in the low-lying area. Mayor Kasim Reed said this week that 93-year-old Mattie Jackson can stay in her home while the city seeks an alternate solution.

Secret Service agent who saved Reagan after shooting dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 08:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life on the day he was shot outside a Washington hotel has died.

The retired agent, Jerry Parr of Washington, District of Columbia, died Friday. He was 85.

Parr was in charge of Reagan's detail on March 30, 1981, when a young man with mental problems, John Hinckley Jr., shot the president as he left the Washington Hilton.

Michigan man fatally shot after crossbow arrow hits deputy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 08:48 AM

CATO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 40-year-old Michigan man has been shot and killed by a state trooper after the man wounded a sheriff's deputy with a crossbow arrow.

State police Lt. Kevin Sweeney says Saturday that the trooper and a Montcalm County deputy were shot at with the crossbow while serving an arrest warrant Friday on the man at his Cato Township home.

The deputy was struck in the side and was stable Saturday following surgery.

The Cato Township man was shot at least once by the trooper and died at the scene.

House Republicans asks: Can anyone lead us?

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 07:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job of leading House Republicans may have gone from difficult to impossible.

After two tumultuous weeks that saw the current speaker announce his resignation and his heir apparent abruptly pull out of the running, House Republicans are in disarray as they confront a leadership vacuum.

And the only person widely deemed fit to fill it is a lawmaker who says he doesn't want to, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the party's 2012 vice presidential nominee.

Judge's ruling upends Florida's political landscape

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 03:34 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The political careers of several members of Congress — including a Republican seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker — could come to an abrupt halt under a sweeping overhaul of Florida's electoral map.

Rain to fall as South Carolina recovers from massive flood

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 03:29 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After four dry days, rain is back in the forecast for South Carolina as the state tries to recover from devastating floods.

Forecasters expect no more than an inch of rain, which shouldn't make flooding worse. Last weekend, more than a foot of rain fell across a wide area of the state.

After the weekend, forecasters predict several more dry days.

Officials: Before Russian bombs, CIA rebels had Syrian gains

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 03:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says CIA-backed rebels in Syria had begun to seriously pressure President Bashar Assad's forces. Now they're under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons.

U.S. officials say that over the past several days Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against American-funded groups and other moderate opposition, in a concerted effort to weaken them.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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