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Amtrak, California teaming up on high-speed rail
By KEVIN FREKING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail say they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States.
Officials with Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced their venture Thursday. The officials said they envision that the two systems will purchase about 60 trains over the next decade.
The aim is for manufacturers to design trains that will work for both systems. In the process, their combined buying power should work to help get better pricing from manufacturers.
The high-speed rail efforts in California have come under increased scrutiny by members of Congress who say it has become too expensive to build and operate.
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Posted: Friday, January 18 2013, 07:58 PM CST
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Okla. man convicted in deaths of 2 faces execution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A man convicted of the stabbing deaths of an elderly Le Flore County couple almost 13 years ago is scheduled to be executed.
James Lewis DeRosa's execution by lethal injection is set for Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted last month against recommending that Governor Mary Fallin commute DeRosa's death sentence to life in prison without parole.
Defense attorney Tom Hird of the Federal Public Defender's Office did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
DeRosa was convicted in the stabbing deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer on October 2nd, 2000.
Prosecutors say DeRosa and a co-defendant talked their way into the victims' rural Poteau home, slashed their throats and left with $73 and the couple's truck.
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Oklahoma weighing options in murder case
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office says it's weighing its options after a federal appeals court said the state didn't have jurisdiction over a death-row case in which a man pleaded guilty to killing three people in Indian Country.
Agency spokeswoman Diane Clay says the state has about two weeks to petition the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing. That Denver-based court overturned the death sentences for David Magnan last week.
Clay says the state has three months to take the matter directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state could also decide to take no action, instead leaving it up to federal prosecutors to file the case against Magnan.
Magnan remains in prison pending the outcome.
Manning's WikiLeaks court-martial enters 3rd week
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- Prosecutors are moving quickly through the court-martial of Private First Class Bradley Manning.
The former Army intelligence analyst from Oklahoma is charged with aiding the enemy. He has acknowledged sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, but says he didn't think it would hurt national security.
As the trial entered its third week Monday, testimony focused on documents in which the U.S. had assessed the threat level of individual detainees at the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
So far, the military judge in Fort Meade, Maryland has heard from more than 40 of the government's approximately 140 witnesses.
Last week's testimony involved battlefield reports and videos. Still to come is evidence about 250,000 diplomatic cables Manning allegedly stole from a State Department database.
Manning says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing.
Habitat for Humanity to donate to tornado victims
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity says it will donate proceeds from sales at its Renovation Station stores in Oklahoma City to help pay for construction and repairs of homes of the May tornado victims.
Habitat said Monday that all proceeds through August 31st will be donated to the project. Habitat is also soliciting donations to help rebuild or repair homes damaged by the tornadoes in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Renovation Stations are retail stores operated by Habitat for Humanity that sell new and used building supplies, material, appliances, furniture and other household items. There are two in Oklahoma City -- one in north Oklahoma City and the other on the city's southwest side.
Storms damage hangar in eastern Colo.
LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) -- A storm has brought hail, heavy rain and strong winds to parts of eastern Colorado, with fire officials in La Junta (lah-HUN'-tah) reporting damage to an airport hangar and downed power poles.
There were no immediate reports of injuries Monday night.
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Oil rises past $98 on Syria, ahead of Fed meeting
(AP) -- The price of oil has edged above $98 a barrel.
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IN THE NEWS: PRESIDENT OBAMA DEFENDS NSA SPY PROGRAMS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Until they were revealed earlier this month, few people knew about the National Security Agency's spying programs.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland State House is getting a promotion -- to the U.S.