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FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

Scott Crow, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Crow said difficulty in achieving social distancing within prisons has contributed to the increase in positive cases in recent weeks, in addition to resistance to wearing masks. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Official: At least 4 more Oklahoma inmates die from COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported two more inmates have died due to COVID-19, and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Of the department's nearly 25,000 inmates, 3,168 have tested positive for the virus, and...

People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore announces that the group is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the way Oklahoma's state and congressional districts are drawn, during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Moore said the group would instead focus on making sure the redistricting process is conducted by the Legislature in a fair and transparent manner. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma group drops plan for redistricting state question

Sep. 22, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma’s state and congressional districts are drawn announced Tuesday it is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the issue. People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore said the group would instead focus on making sure the...

Oklahoma coronavirus cases rise by 1,101, two more deaths

Sep. 21, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increased by 1,101 on Monday, the fifth consecutive daily increase of more than 1,000 reported cases, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department also reported two additional deaths due to COVID-19, the...

Oklahoma reports more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increased by 1,003, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported on Sunday. The health department said there were 76,807 total cases reported, up from 75,804 on Saturday. Officials also reported 946 deaths from COVID-19, the...

Prosecutor clears Oklahoma trooper in fatal shooting of man

Sep. 19, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper in the fatal shooting of a man during a traffic stop in northeastern Oklahoma. Craig County District Attorney Matthew Ballard wrote in a letter to the state Department of Public Safety and released by DPS Friday that Trooper...

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees

Sep. 19, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate — and the Republican-led Senate should confirm — her successor, or whether the seat should remain...

Reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpass 75,000

Sep. 19, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpassed 75,000 on Saturday with 1,237 more cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The health department said there were 75,804 total cases reported and 943 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the...

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma County Judge Kendra Coleman smiles for a portrait. A panel of judges in Oklahoma has voted to remove Coleman from office over allegations of unpaid taxes, ethics reporting violations and her behavior in the courtroom. (Oklahoma Supreme Court via AP, File)

Special panel votes to remove Oklahoma judge from office

Sep. 18, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel of judges in Oklahoma voted Friday to remove a district judge from office over allegations of unpaid taxes, ethics reporting violations and her behavior in the courtroom. The nine-member Court on the Judiciary delivered its ruling against Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 file photo, fans in the student section are pictured before an NCAA college football game between Missouri State and Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla. To achieve greater compliance with the University of Oklahoma's COVID-19 policies, the university's Athletics Department is announcing additional measures that will be implemented for the next home football game. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OU changes student section rules for upcoming football games

Sep. 18, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma announced a number of changes on Friday to its student seating section for next week's football game after what it described as “disappointing behaviors" by students during last week's season opener in Norman. OU announced in a press release it plans...