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Oklahoma: State in the United States
Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by the state of Texas on the south and west, Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the 50 United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.


Zookeeper called Joe Exotic sentenced to 22 years for hiring hitman to kill rival

An Oklahoma zoo keeper who unsuccessfully ran for president was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot.
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Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona

Steven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.
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Videos for Oklahoma

New Army Vehicle Can Be Controlled By An X-box Controller [Video]New Army Vehicle Can Be Controlled By An X-box Controller

Semi-autonomous trucks have been delivered to Oklahoma's 15th transportation company.

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Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader spark dating rumours [Video]Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader spark dating rumours

Actress Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader have sparked dating rumours after they were seen having coffee together in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma over the weekend, along with member of Bill’s family.

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J.C. Penney closing six stores and a call center. Is your store on the list?

More store closures are hitting J.C. Penney. In April, the retailer will close six stores in Ohio, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma and more.
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Air Force agents raid military landlord's Oklahoma office, seize computers

Air Force investigators raided the Oklahoma City offices of a major military landlord Tuesday morning, seizing computers and other material, in what the company said was part of an investigation into..
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Oklahoma firefighters rescue trapped 90-pound dog

The Tulsa Fire Department made a dramatic rescue of a 90-pound dog Wednesday night. The Great Pyrenees puppy named Ruby was trapped 50 feet in a drain until firefighters dug furiously to get her out...
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There may be no stopping Joe Burrow and LSU

SportsPulse: From Atlanta, Paul Myerberg and Dan Wolken dissect LSU's demolition of Oklahoma and if there is anything that can stop Joe Burrow and the Tigers from winning it all in New Orleans.
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Joe Burrow has record-setting day as No. 1 LSU dominates Oklahoma in Peach Bowl

Joe Burrow and LSU were too much for Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. Burrow set a College Football Playoff record with seven touchdown passes.
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Elizabeth Warren Returns to Oklahoma, Stressing Working Class Roots

It was a personal and political homecoming at a key moment in Ms. Warren’s candidacy. Her monthslong rise in national polling has stalled in recent weeks.
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1 shot in Okla. mall, police search for suspect

A man shot another man Thursday during an argument inside an Oklahoma City mall, and police were searching the stores for the suspect while also clearing out shoppers who were still hiding. (Dec...
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Elizabeth Warren to Meet With Native American Leaders in Oklahoma

Ms. Warren will meet with several tribes in the state where she grew up, part of her continuing outreach efforts in the wake of the controversy over her past claims of Native heritage.
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A Lonely Plea: ‘Anybody Need a Grandma for Christmas?’

A woman from Tulsa, Okla., with no place to go for the holidays became a painful reminder of the isolation felt by many older Americans.
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Holiday-loving couple uses Christmas lights for gender reveal

A couple in Muskogee, Oklahoma used Christmas lights to reveal the gender of their second child.
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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow wins 2019 Heisman Trophy

Joe Burrow became the second LSU winner of the Heisman Trophy ahead of Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and Ohio State teammates Justin Fields and Chase Young.
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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Much of Oklahoma Is an Indian Reservation

The court was poised to decide the question in its last term but appeared to have deadlocked.
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LSU keeps No. 1 ranking ahead of Ohio State in the final Amway Coaches Poll of regular season

LSU will enter the College Football Playoff at No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Poll. Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia complete the top five.
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Oklahoma boosts playoff hopes after beating Baylor for its fifth Big 12 title in a row

Oklahoma stayed in College Football Playoff position by beating Baylor for the Big 12 title. The Sooners must wait on results from SEC and Big Ten.
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Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.
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Bowl projections: Oklahoma moves into fourth College Football Playoff spot

With one week left, there is one major change to the College Football Playoff race in this week's USA TODAY bowl projections. Oklahoma has passed Utah.
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How an Oklahoma woman learned to fly like an eagle in Mongolia

In the Mongolian steppe, hunters partner with golden eagles to catch game. When Lauren McGough found out about it she said, "I have to see it. I have to do it.“ Scott Pelley reports.
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CFB Week 14 observations: Utah could be a win away from berth in College Football Playoff

Alabama's loss has opened the door for a fascinating debate between Utah or Oklahoma for the CFB Playoff. Also, why has Clemson become so joyless?
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Utah passes Oklahoma as Oregon, Penn State fall out of top 10 in latest Amway Coaches Poll

The top five in the Amway Coaches Poll stayed the same with LSU leading Ohio State and Clemson. Utah jumped Oklahoma is now in the No. 6 spot.
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Football Four: Chaos claims Oregon, Oklahoma is still alive, Utah thrives

Chaos hit the Football Four as Oregon was stunned by Arizona State, ending Ducks' College Football Playoff hopes. How chase shapes up after Week 13.
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2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says

Two airmen have been killed in a "mishap" involving two jets at an Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma
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2 Die in ‘Mishap’ at Air Force Base in Oklahoma

The deaths occurred during a training mission at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., the Air Force said.
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Military housing company falsified records as families lived in terrible conditions: Former employee

Amid allegations some military families live with roaches and black mold, a CBS News and Reuters investigation discovered new evidence of potential fraud inside the military’s privatized housing..
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Oklahoma Walmart shooter killed his wife, her boyfriend and then himself, police say

The man responsible for the shooting in the Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Okla. killed his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself.  
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Oklahoma man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in Walmart parking lot

A man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma.
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Trump on gun laws is all talk, no action and more deaths

Shootings in Fresno, California, Sunday and Duncan, Oklahoma, Monday. The dying doesn't stop because Trump decides action won't benefit him: Our view
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Three killed in Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma

Three people are dead after a shooting at a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma.  
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3 shot to death outside Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma

Three people were shot and killed outside a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma, according to police. CBS affiliate KWTV reports two people were shot to death in a car and the gunman was also shot and killed..
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Three killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting

Police have confirmed that two men and a woman have been fatally shot at a Walmart in Oklahoma. (Nov. 18)  
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Shooting in Walmart parking lot leaves three dead in Oklahoma

Three people died in a shooting outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma on Monday morning, law enforcement officials said, the third fatal shooting at the retailer in five months and the latest in a string..
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Oklahoma Walmart Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Police Say

A woman and two men were killed in the shooting, which happened in Duncan, Okla.
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Several wounded in shooting at Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma

Three people have been fatally shot at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma, according to multiple media reports.
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Three killed at shooting at Walmart in Oklahoma: media

Three people were shot and killed at an Oklahoma Walmart on Monday, according to local media.
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Texas fails to come through in close game with Iowa State, leaving Longhorns fans in misery

The measurement for Texas isn't whether it can beat a Georgia or Oklahoma. It's whether it can consistently beat teams displaying a little competence
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ESPN's Pat McAfee pokes fun at himself, belly flops into Brazos River during College GameDay

On College GameDay on Saturday, ESPN analyst Pat McAfee poked fun at his 2010 arrest by jumping into the Brazos River before the Oklahoma-Baylor game.
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Whoops. Judge Reduces J&J Opioid Fine After Mistaking Thousands for Millions

Johnson & Johnson will now have to pay $465 million, not $572 million, for its role in Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic.
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Oklahoma judge reduces Johnson & Johnson opioid payout to $465 million

An Oklahoma judge on Friday said Johnson & Johnson must pay that state $465 million for fueling the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers, down from his original award of $572..
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Oklahoma Town Reels After a Detective Is Charged With Killing Its Police Chief

What does a town do when the chief is killed at a law enforcement conference and one of his officers is charged in the homicide? Mannford, Okla., is finding out.
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Oklahoma police officer charged with murdering his own chief

An Oklahoma police officer has been charged with murdering his own police chief in a Florida seaside hotel as the pair traveled to attend a law enforcement conference, authorities said on Monday.
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Oklahoma woman released from prison after serving 15 years behind bars for boyfriend's abuse of children

An Oklahoma woman is free Saturday night after 15 years behind bars for child abuse — abuse that was inflicted on her kids by her boyfriend. Mark Strassmann reports.
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Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Woman on a Flight, Officials Say

An American Airlines flight from North Carolina to Utah was diverted to Tulsa, Okla., where the man was arrested, officials said.
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They were hospitalized after getting flu shots. Turns out, it was insulin

A Bartlesville, Oklahoma facility had contracted with a pharmacist to administer the vaccine, but all received injections of insulin instead.
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Sen. James Lankford says he sees no connection between Pittsburgh shooting, Trump's rhetoric

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford talks about divisions in the country in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
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More than 450 Oklahoma inmates walk out of prison

More than 450 inmates walked out the doors of prisons across Oklahoma on Monday as part of what state officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in U.S. history. All have low-level drug..
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Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates locked up for low-level crimes released

Freedom came early for hundreds of inmates in Oklahoma. It was the largest single mass-release in U.S. history and all had been locked up for low-level crimes. Omar Villafranca reports.
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Hundreds of volunteers help move books from old library

650 volunteers in Norman, Oklahoma, formed a human chain to help move books from their old library to the new one, located on the other side of a park.
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