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Love Driving? You'll Feel Right at Home in These US Cities

Folks in Raleigh, North Carolina, drive nearly 40 miles daily per capita

(Newser) - Whether you walk, take public transit, or take a seat behind the wheel to get to school, work, or other activities may depend on where you live—but among the 50 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, people are driving the most every day in Raleigh, North Carolina, with...

Cops: Boy, 10, Is Only Survivor of Family 'Massacre'

Police believe Oklahoma boy's father shot mother, 3 brothers before killing himself

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy awoke to find his parents and three brothers dead in their southwest Oklahoma City home, all fatally shot by his father, police said Tuesday. On Monday morning, the boy "woke up and discovered what had happened," said Sgt. Gary Knight, describing the scene as "...

5 Dead in Oklahoma City Family Shooting

Police say man shot estranged wife, their three children, and himself

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man fatally shot his three young children and his estranged wife before taking his own life, Oklahoma City police said Thursday. Investigators have not determined a motive, Sgt. Gary Knight said. "They're still trying to figure out what led up to this," Knight said. "...

Guards Who Subjected Inmates to 'Baby Shark' Sentenced

Oklahoma pair can't work in law enforcement again

(Newser) - Two former guards whose mistreatment of Oklahoma County jail inmates included forcing them to listen to "Baby Shark" on a loop while handcuffed and chained to a wall have been sentenced. A judge ordered two years' probation for Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles and fined them...

At a Second Apple Store, Workers Vote to Unionize

Labor movement has been gaining strength since pandemic hit

(Newser) - Workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City have voted to unionize, marking the second unionized Apple store in the US in a matter of months, according to the federal labor board. The vote on Friday signaled another win for the labor movement, which has been gaining momentum since the...

This Is the Best-Run City in America

According to WalletHub, it's Nampa, Idaho; Washington, DC comes in last

(Newser) - As the US continues along on its COVID recovery path, cities are trying to get back on their feet, with local leadership trying to balance continuing pandemic issues with the other complexities of running their municipalities. WalletHub was curious which cities across America are doing best at this task, including...

5 Cops Charged With Manslaughter in Teen's Death

DA says officers gave 15-year-old 'varying commands' before opening fire

(Newser) - After 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez was fatally shot outside an Okie Gas Express in November, police in Oklahoma City said they opened fire after the teen refused to obey commands. The district attorney, however, says the five officers shot the teen after "simultaneously giving him varying commands" after he had...

Newly Elected Lawmaker Just Pulled Off a Bunch of Firsts

Mauree Turner is first openly nonbinary state lawmaker, first practicing Muslim in state House

(Newser) - America's first openly nonbinary state lawmaker has been elected in the Bible Belt. Mauree Turner, a 27-year-old criminal justice advocate, won Oklahoma's 88th state House district on Tuesday, achieving her goal of making the state legislature more diverse. Not only does the Democrat—who uses the pronouns she/her...

Cops: McDonald's Workers Shot Over Virus-Closed Dining Area

3 employees injured in shooting, scuffle in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - Two employees of a McDonald's in southwest Oklahoma City were shot Wednesday in what authorities described as a dispute involving the closure of the restaurant's dining area. A third employee who fell and suffered a head injury during the scuffle was also taken to hospital, per KOCO . Oklahoma...

He Pleaded Guilty, Got 15 Years. Then the Lab Results Came In

Turns out Cody Gregg wasn't carrying 45.91 grams of cocaine

(Newser) - After nearly two months in the Oklahoma County Jail, Cody Gregg had enough. And so the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in a bid to get out of that jail. He was sentenced last Tuesday to a 15-year prison term. But by Friday, his...

First-Time Home Buyers Should Look Here

First American locates 10 most affordable cities for the group

(Newser) - Americans looking to buy their first home should consider the Midwest and South, according to insurance firm First American . The company uses its own calculations, saying "any affordability metric that includes existing homeowners is wildly misleading to first-time homebuyers" since the former group can already afford a home, per...

10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in...

Uber Driver Reports Would-Be Bank Robbers

They also called an Uber for a getaway

(Newser) - Things did not work out well for three Oklahoma City teenagers who allegedly planned to rob a bank—using Uber as transportation. Police say the Uber driver who took the teens to the bank Tuesday afternoon called authorities after hearing one of them say he had a gun and was...

Cops: Armed Citizen Ended 'Terrible, Terrible Incident'

Civilian killed Oklahoma restaurant gunman

(Newser) - A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour Thursday and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police say. The shooting happened around 6:30pm at Louie's On The Lake, a...

10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

Oklahoma City is first on the list

(Newser) - If you've got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the...

Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Ignored Orders. He Was Deaf

Magdiel Sanchez was killed Tuesday when officers showed up at his home

(Newser) - Police fatally shot a 35-year-old deaf man Tuesday night in Oklahoma City while neighbors screamed at officers that the man couldn't hear their commands, the New York Daily News reports. Police say Magdiel Sanchez's father was behind the wheel of a car that hit an object and didn'...

Oklahoma Man Dialed Number to Detonate a Bomb. Nothing

The FBI says it had been onto Jerry Drake Varnell for months

(Newser) - The FBI on Saturday arrested a 23-year-old man who authorities say attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank. Officials say Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre, Okla., was arrested around 1am after he twice dialed a number on a cellphone that he believed would...

Grandma Gets Life for Dressing as Witch to 'Torture' 7-Year-Old

Her boyfriend, a demon named Coogro, was sentenced to 30 years

(Newser) - A 51-year-old woman who dressed as a witch named Nelda to "repeatedly torture" her 7-year-old granddaughter received three life sentences Thursday, the Oklahoman reports. Geneva Robinson of Oklahoma City pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse. The assistant DA says Robinson's granddaughter spent months living in...

Cops Hunting Man in Boy's Failed Abduction

He grabbed 8-year-old in Oklahoma City: police

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police have released surveillance photos of a man involved in an apparent failed abduction in the hope that the public will help identify him. The man—Hispanic or Native American, heavy set, and about 6 feet tall—was seen grabbing an 8-year-old boy at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds...

Bomb Scare on Boston Celtics Plane
Bomb Scare on
Boston Celtics Plane

Bomb Scare on Boston Celtics Plane

Team lands safely in Oklahoma City, no bomb found

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics got a scare when they were told of a bomb threat on their private flight to Oklahoma City. The Boston Globe reports the plane landed safely around 5:00pm at Will Rogers World Airport, where players were told to leave their bags and proceed to their hotel....

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