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News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says achieving high academic standards - not politics - was behind its decision to deny Oklahoma education officials the authority to decide how to spend some of the federal education money the state receives. The agency on Thursday refused to grant the state a flexibility waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act over how it spends up to $29 million in federal funding, saying Oklahoma could no longer prove its 800,000 pupils are leaving high school ready for a college or a career.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with 16 counts that include rape and sexual battery after authorities said he attacked at least eight women while on patrol. Prosecutors yesterday charged 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, who also faces charges of forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Frank Shannon's lawyer says the Oklahoma linebacker is innocent of sexual assault, and she believes coach Bob Stoops should allow her client to play in today's opener against Louisiana Tech. No charges were filed against Shannon, but the university decided to suspend him for a year after a Title Nine investigation.

HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 this week to 1,914. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that Texas gained 12 rigs and Oklahoma gained four and Colorado gained one.

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