OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The family of a man accused of attempting to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank says he is a paranoid schizophrenic and that the FBI knew it. Clifford and Melonie Varnell of Sayre, Oklahoma, issued a statement that questions the tactics undercover FBI agents used to arrest 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell. Federal officials arrested Varnell on Saturday for the alleged plot to detonate a bomb in downtown Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 66-year-old woman was killed when the ambulance in which she was riding crashed in southwest Oklahoma City. The highway patrol says the wreck happened early Wednesday on Interstate 44. According to a preliminary report, the ambulance drove off the road then overturned and landed on its top, killing Carolyn D. Koch of Blanchard. The cause of crash is under investigation.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal jury in Las Vegas is deliberating in the retrial of four men accused of wielding assault weapons against federal agents in a 2014 standoff near the Nevada ranch of anti-government figure Cliven Bundy. The jury of six men and six women resumed deliberations Wednesday after a prosecutor on Tuesday summarized five weeks of evidence and testimony _ and defense lawyers refused to make closing arguments.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials in Oklahoma City and Tulsa will reconsider whether their schools should bear the names of confederate generals after a white nationalist rally decrying the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. An online petition in Tulsa urges the district to rethink a 99-year-old decision to name a school after Lee. Oklahoma City officials say changing schools names can cost as much as $75,000 per school.
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