Ex-officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults
OKLAHOMA CITY — A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Jurors had recommended that Daniel Holtzclaw be sentenced to 263 years in prison for preying on women in 2013 and 2014. District Judge Timothy Henderson agreed.
"I think people need to realize that this is not a law enforcement officer that committed these crimes. This is a rapist who masqueraded as a law enforcement officer," Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said. — AP
Prime number sets record, but we can't print it
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have discovered a record-setting prime number that's so large it would take about 6,000 pages of paper to print.
The 22.3 million-digit discovery is the 49th known Mersenne prime number and the fourth discovered at the university. Primes are numbers such as 3, 7 and 11 that are divisible only by themselves and 1 without leaving a remainder. — AP
McCain says he respects Palin's view on Trump
WASHINGTON — Asked about the decision by Sarah Palin, his former running mate, to endorse Donald Trump for president, Sen. John McCain said, "I respect her view."
But McCain — who vaulted Palin to national fame when he chose her for the 2008 GOP ticket — demurred when reporters asked whether Trump should make her his pick for vice president.
The Arizona senator told The Hill that he had no plan to endorse a candidate in the GOP primary.
Meanwhile, in her first day of campaigning alongside Trump in Oklahoma on Wednesday, Palin dealt with a family crisis — the arrest of her son on a domestic violence charge — by trying to tie it to President Barack Obama's treatment of veterans.
"Going through what we're going through today with my son, a combat vet — like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened," she told a rally in Tulsa.
She said Obama had failed to provide veterans with adequate care.
— World-Herald press services
F-16 fighter jet crashes in Arizona; pilot's fate unknown
BAGDAD, Ariz. — An F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix crashed Thursday in a remote area of northwestern Arizona. Officials said there was no immediate word on the fate of the pilot.
Base officials said the jet was assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, which is a major pilot-training base for the Air Force and foreign military services. — AP