In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state's health care system.

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

Officials: 8 dead, 44 hurt, in South Texas bus crash

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A charter bus headed to a casino crashed in far South Texas on Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover, officials said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ruled 'broken,' Texas foster care system faces long overhaul

DALLAS (AP) — At 5, the girl identified as S.A. entered the Texas foster care system. Within months, she reported being raped by an older child. She was moved more than 45 times, including to psychiatric hospitals, and missed several chances for adoption because of paperwork delays. At 18, after aging out of the system, she walked into traffic and was hit by a car. At last report, she was living in a homeless shelter.

  • Written by JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

S. Korea, US, Japan plan joint drills on N. Korean threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold their first joint military training next month focused on cooperating to detect signs of missile launches from North Korea and trace missile trajectories, a Seoul defense official said Monday.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press