• Aml Elsokary, a 34-year-old Muslim-American, is an 11-year-veteran of the NYPD. She was wearing a hijab at the time of the incident, according to the NYPD.

    Muslim NYPD officer threatened, told “go back to your country”

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s “sick to my stomach” over an incident in which a Muslim off-duty NYPD officer was reportedly threatened over the weekend by a man who said “I will cut your throat, go back to your country.” The officer, Aml Elsokary, said she had just dropped off her 16-year-old son in Brooklyn Saturday evening when a man begin arguing with the teen. When Elsokary, who was not in uniform, intervened, the man allegedly told […]

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    “Magic mushroom” drug lifted “cloud of doom” for cancer patients

    Patrick Mettes was overcome with frustration. He was anxious. His bile duct cancer seemed to bring him more anguish than his wife, Lisa Callaghan, ever realized, she said at a news conference Wednesday. In search of solace, Mettes volunteered for a study in which he was given a synthetic version of psilocybin, a compound found in mind-altering “magic mushrooms,” as a potential treatment for his anxiety and depressed mood. Mind-altering mushroom drug lifted "cloud of doom" for cancer patients, study […]

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    Almost 600 Veterans Affairs dental patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

    WISCONSIN – Nearly 600 patients who received dental care at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs medical center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C and now face an anxious wait to find out if they were infected. Earlier this week, officials said a dentist at the Tomah VA Medical Center improperly re-used his own dental equipment instead of using the sterilized, disposable tools as VA rules require. “It was purposeful that he was violating VA regulations,” said Victoria […]

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    Friday Night Heroes, Playoffs Week 4

    The fourth week of the high school football playoffs featured five classes playing a championship game, and four others playing semifinals. Here are the complete results of the games played on Friday night: Class 6A-I Championship Game Tulsa Union 57, Norman North 43 Tulsa Union wins their 9th state championship and first since 2011 as the Jenks-Union stranglehold on the state’s largest class continues, with the 21st straight state title between the two teams. Class 6A-II Championship Game Bixby 39, […]

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    Love Taco Bell but trying to eat healthier? Here is what you should order

    Editor’s note: This story is part of a series on finding the healthiest menu options at some of the most popular fast food restaurant chains.  When you take a trip to Taco Bell, it’s probably not because you are in the mood for a salad — probably not even a taco salad. Chances are, you’re craving comfort food or something indulgent, such as a smothered burrito or a hash brown-filled Crunchwrap. It may not surprise you to hear that these […]

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    Norman police seeking witnesses after man’s body discovered in park

    NORMAN, Okla. – Authorities are asking for help finding clues after a man’s body was discovered in a Norman park last month. Last month, police say a group of people playing disc golf at Northeast Lions Park discovered a man’s body in a nearby pond. The victim was later identified as 47-year-old Kevin Michael Riley from Washington, Oklahoma. Preliminary results from the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Riley likely drowned. However, investigators say they are still looking into […]

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    Ecstasy could become prescription for PTSD after final FDA trial

    Ecstasy, also known as “molly,” is an illegal, unregulated party drug which often runs rampant in the nightlife crowd. A substance called MDMA found within the illegal drug has shown promise in previous trials in treating post traumatic stress disorder. Those trials showed MDMA-assisted psychotherapy had a dramatic improvement with veterans, emergency responders, law enforcement, and victims of violent crimes, all who had seen no change after years of traditional treatment. By the end of those studies, researchers say two-thirds […]

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    Mary Fallin’s Office: Being vice chair of Trump transition team will not interfere with gubernatorial duties

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin’s office insists that her appointment to vice chair of the Trump presidential transition team will not interfere with her gubernatorial duties. Many people have questioned Fallin’s priorities after accepting a role in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. “Mary Fallin should put Oklahoma first and the people of Oklahoma first,” said Sarah Baker, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “She needs to be here taking care of Oklahoma before she takes care of the issues […]

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    3-year-old dies after tragic window blind cord accident

    Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe, died Tuesday, more than a week after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck. The family shared the update on social media. A week earlier, Elsie was playing with a friend when the incident happened, according to a Facebook page created in support of the Mahe family by one of their neighbors. Her friend ran and told Elsie’s mom, Sunny, who immediately started CPR. […]

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    Dolly Parton starts fund for families affected by Tennessee fires

    Country music star Dolly Parton says she wants to help families in her community in eastern Tennessee whose homes and memories were reduced to ashes this week. She’s created a fund through her Dollywood Companies and hopes to give each family affected by the wildfires $1,000 a month for six months to help them get “back on their feet.” “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” she said in a video message released […]

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    Mary Fallin appointment brings compliments, criticisms

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Hours after her appointment to vice chair of the Trump presidential transition team, Governor Mary Fallin received compliments, but others questioned her priorities. “Mary Fallin should put Oklahoma first and the people of Oklahoma first,” said Sarah Baker, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “She needs to be here taking care of Oklahoma before she takes care of the issues of Donald Trump.” Trump’s team made the announcement a little more than a week after Fallin […]