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  • Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began. Applications can be volatile around Easter, because many school systems temporarily lay off bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other employees during spring break. Some of those workers file for unemployment benefits.

  • Oklahoma weather, tornadoes possible Saturday, Sunday

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Some light showers and maybe a few rumbles of thunder will affect parts of OK this morning.

  • Families of ferry's lost confront SKorea officials

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week. It was the latest expression of fury and desperation in a disaster filled with signs that the government did too little to protect passengers. An opposition politician said he has a document showing that the ferry was carrying far more cargo than it should have been. Relatives of the missing passengers surrounded Oceans and Fisheries Minister Lee Ju-young, coast guard chief Kim Seok-kyun and deputy chief Choi

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season has not been officially canceled, guides and Sherpas said it appeared increasingly unlikely that any summit attempts would be made this season from the Nepal side of the mountain. "Many of us think this year is not good for climbing and nobody should be going up the mountain at all," Tenzing, a 23-year-old Sherpa who goes by one name, said in a telephone interview from base camp. He described 2014 as a "black year" for Everest.

  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year. Two of the dead Americans were a father and son, Minister of Health Soraya Dalil said, adding that the third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked in Kabul for seven years. Dalil said an American nurse was also wounded in the attack.

  • Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? For the Duchess of Cambridge, who's rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial challenges: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what's the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress and high heels? Here are the most talked-about fashion moments from Kate's Down Under tour.

  • UPDATE: Storms reported in east, central Oklahoma Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms in Oklahoma Thursday morning. The afternoon will be sunny and windy.

  • Man struck by vehicle in Moore, Oklahoma Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A man has been hit by a vehicle and taken to a hospital in Moore, Oklahoma. Police are investigating how it happened.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for missing Oklahoma City man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Police report a missing man has been found. The 84-year-old man was missing.

  • Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi exempts 2 students from state testing after Facebook post

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    State Superintendent Janet Barresi exempted two students at a small southeast Oklahoma school from state testing Wednesday after the school's superintendent posted an impassioned note on the system's Facebook page. Barresi said the status, which garnered thousands of likes and shares despite the page itself being followed by only about 700 people, came to her attention late Tuesday. It also inflamed tensions between Barresi and her detractors, even leading one state senator, unaware the exemption had already been granted, to call for her resignation. The students, two sixth-graders in the Moyers Public Schools System, lost their parents, Rodney and Crystal Sutterfield, in a two-car crash Sunday that claimed four lives

  • Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said. Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation charity, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's. The New York Police Department said Shand had arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar just before 1 a.m. Wednesday accompanied by a relative. He went out to smoke a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. and fell backward as he tried to re-enter through a revolving door, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m., police said. The cause of his death will be determined by the medi

  • Miami Beach theater evacuated after popcorn fire

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A small fire that started in a popcorn machine caused the evacuation of a Miami Beach movie theater. Officials say the smoke alarm sounded about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday inside the Regal South Beach theater. Miami Beach firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Miami television station WSVN ( ) showed moviegoers covering their faces as they left the smoky theater. Employees wore masks as they helped customers get out of the building. One employee was checked by rescue crews but is expected to be OK. The theater was expected to reopen Thursday after crews clean up the concession stand. ___ Information from: WSVN-TV, http://www1.wsvn.

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a diplomatic minefield, Obama insisted the U.S. takes no position on whether the islands in the East China Sea are ultimately in the dominion of China or Japan. But he noted that historically Japan has administered the islands, triggering America's treaty obligations to defend its ally should tensions escalate militarily. "We do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said at a news conference with Japan's Pri

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Justices lift stay after ruling inmates don’t have right to know source of drugs.

  • Moore Public Schools receives $500,000 donation for storm shelter

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma donated $500,000 toward a new storm shelter to house 1,200 students who attend Central Junior High and Central Elementary in Moore.

  • Oklahoma officials provide update on tornado relief funds, response

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Two disaster recovery funds formed in response to last May’s Oklahoma tornadoes have spent $9.4 million to date assisting victims, Gov. Mary Fallin and United Way of Central Oklahoma officials announced Wednesday.

  • Authorities seek men in connection with bank robbery in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Wednesday robbery of the Bank of Oklahoma branch inside Crest Foods, 10525 S May, is under investigation.

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts: An artist's life is perfect for Mike Kemper

    BY HEATHER WARLICK, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    His work is described as urban pop surrealism, his lifestyle is nomadic, and Oklahoma artist Mike Kemper wouldn’t have it any other way. His work is on sale at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts in booth 19D.

  • Muldrow woman dies in motorcycle crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A Muldrow woman died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash south of Sallisaw in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma weather: Severe storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Follow live severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.