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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis flew out of this Catholic bastion in Asia on Monday after a weeklong trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful in a Manila park where he celebrated Mass.

NEW YORK (AP) — A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie loves the Dallas Cowboys. Not only is he not ashamed of it, he wants you to know it.

Tossing any risks of political offense aside, the potential Republican candidate for president doesn't bother to cheer for any of the teams that would make more sense for the governor of New Jersey.

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plummeted by 29 last week to 1,811.The Houston firm said Monday in its weekly report that 1,482 rigs were exploring for oil and 328 for gas. One was listed as misc…

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC's "Tonight" show because he said it "seemed distasteful" given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer.

Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder — not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault.

There is still time to enjoy some holiday laughs during Duncan Little Theatre’s production of “Christmas Belles.”

The show will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Simmons Center Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, members of the military and seniors with ID.

NEW YORK (AP) — In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes for cash and stock worth $34.6 billion.

Global oil prices have tumbled 31 percent over the past 5 months to levels not seen in four years. That has forced the industry to cut costs by delaying or scaling back drilling — which means less work for Halliburton and Baker Hughes, companies that manage oil and gas fields for energy companies.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence says she knew being a movie star would bring with it a certain loss of privacy. What she didn't know, she says, was the deep emotional and even physical toll it would take.

"I knew the paparazzi were going to be a reality in my life," the 24-year-old Oscar winner said in an interview Saturday. "But I didn't know that I would feel anxiety every time I open my front door, or that being chased by 10 men you don't know, or being surrounded, feels invasive and makes me feel scared and gets my adrenaline going every day."

NEW YORK (AP) — At the movies, idiocy never goes out of style.

Twenty years after the 1994 original, "Dumb and Dumber To" opened with $38.1 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal sequel debuted almost exactly two decades after the Farrelly brothers first introduced the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels low-IQ duo.

 A couple of weeks ago a horrible event was discovered by a housekeeper: 3 of the 4 family members where she arrived for work appeared murdered.  A scene of this sort seems right out of a crime movie but then it got worse.  The family’s 4th member has now confessed to unspeakable horror.  Th…

 Everybody said Junior Harris would have loved it.

  The inaugural golf tournament in his memory on Thursday was full of laughter and good times, the very things he brought to Duncan as executive director of the  Simmons Center and to the week-long Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp where he volunteered his time as a counselor.

Local artist and teacher Mikel Davison was on hand to explain his unique exhibits  Thursday night at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

“Okie Eclectic” is Davison’s first solo art show, and eclectic is the word for it. No two pieces are the same. Davison’s art is gaining acclaim across the country and he is represented by a gallery in Cimarron, N.M., according to the Heritage Center.

Marlow students will form a human chain to transfer books from the city’s old library, which will close at noon on Saturday, to the town’s new library, which will soon call the renovated National Guard Armory its new home.

Couples swing danced to big band-style music and dressed in their best ‘40s attire Thursday night at the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s Cannon Ball.

The Cannon Ball brought about 70 people to the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Thursday night for WWII-themed music, stories and food from Interurban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

The trend-setting company is expected to rouse the still-slumbering market for wearable computers with a smartwatch or bracelet equipped to monitor health, help manage homes and even buy merchandise.

Apple is a late arrival to this relatively new niche: several other companies already sell smartwatches that are being greeted with widespread indifference.

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A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Doctors say the Novartis drug — which doesn't have a name yet — seems like one of those rare, breakthrough therapies that could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — War Machine, a mixed martial arts fighter accused of brutally beating his porn star girlfriend in Las Vegas and fleeing to a Los Angeles suburb, told a California judge Tuesday he won't contest his return in custody to Nevada, a sheriff's official said.

The man born Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver waived extradition in Ventura County Superior Court following his arrest Friday at an extended-stay hotel in Simi Valley, Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said.

Koppenhaver was returned to the Ventura County jail to await transfer to Las Vegas on an unspecified date.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch's father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

US officials say video appears to show execution of American journalist James Foley

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the victim executed by Islamic State militants as shown in a grisly video released Tuesday.

Separately, Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a webpage that was created to rally support for his release.

In the statement, Foley's mother, Diane Foley, said the journalist, quote, "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

One of the U.S. officials said President Barack Obama was expected to make a statement about the killing on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

Dollar General jumped after making a bid for retailer Family Dollar, a rival discount store. The offer topped a bid made last month by Dollar Tree, another discount retailer. Airlines were also among the big gainers as the price of oil slumped.

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ADA [ndash] On Wednesday, March 20, 2020, Dr. William A. Carter passed away at age 84. William was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Ada, to George and Flora (Summers) Carter. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Central University and began his teaching career at Union Hi…