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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - When voters booted a dozen Oklahoma Republican incumbents from office in this year's primaries, the common thinking was that educators angry about classroom funding were behind the ousters. But a top GOP House leader in Oklahoma acknowledges he actively participated in a plan to take down several members of his own caucus. Republican Rep. Chris Kannady of Oklahoma City says he felt provoked after several GOP hardliners threatened to recruit more conservative challengers.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoman is being sold to GateHouse Media. Publisher Chris Reen announced the sale to staff Thursday. Terms have not been disclosed. The sale is expected to close Monday. Reen says some layoffs would happen Thursday to help stabilize financial operations for Oklahoma City's only daily newspaper. Reen says he will be leaving his position as publisher. GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis says he is enthusiastic about the purchase. New York-based GateHouse is one of the largest U.S. publishing companies.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a man in the death of an Arkansas woman in eastern Oklahoma. The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 30-year-old Elvis Aaron Thacker of Cedarville, Arkansas, in the September 2010 death of 22-year-old Briana Ault of Fort Smith. The justices turned away appeals that included Thacker's claim that his confession was coerced and that there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Feb. 8 sentencing has been scheduled for a man who cyberstalked a woman based at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Federal court records say Kevin McRae, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Omaha to one count of cyberstalking. He told investigators he was angry at the woman. They'd had an affair while both were based in Japan.

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