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  • Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

    Updated: 15 min ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The Michael Brown Memorial Fund has raised almost $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. Two sites supporting police officer Darren Wilson have taken in nearly $410,000 from nearly 10,000 contributors. The donations have come through the site A look at some key points behind the fundraising efforts: BROWN FAMILY: The money collected for the Brown family is meant to defray funeral, burial, travel and living expenses "as they seek justice on Michael's behalf.

  • West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Oklahoma County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Public health officials have found West Nile virus present in mosquitoes in Oklahoma County. During routine testing, an Oklahoma City-County Health Department public health specialist confirmed one case of West Nile virus present in the mosquito population in Oklahoma County. Overall, only been two confirmed cases statewide, one resident in Tulsa County and another person in Major County. Waite Colbaugh, mosquito program specialist in Oklahoma County, said residents should take extra precaution against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites and reducing habitats where mosquitoes live and breed.

  • John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

    Updated: 43 min ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory." It was Chapman's eighth appearance before a parole board. In again denying his release, the three-member panel said it would "so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law." Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatl

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Updated: 47 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the war, with both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, saying the war was a failure because it did not halt Hamas' rocket attacks or oust the group from power.

  • Messages of sympathy pour in regarding Oklahoma City police dog's death

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Police Department has received an outpouring of support in the wake of the death of Kye, the K-9 who was stabbed while helping with a police pursuit Sunday night. Services for Kye will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Road.

  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to two rebel regions in eastern Ukraine. She also voiced concern about overnight deliveries of materiel in southeast Ukraine, where separatists on Wednesday entered a key town linking Russia to the Crimean Peninsula it recently annexed.

  • Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race. The state senator's push to win the support of Texas women once was symbolized by the bright coral sneakers she wore during a filibuster of abortion restrictions. But she's striking a far different tone in her first statewide TV ad. The spot is a shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother in the 1990s. Davis then toured rape crisis centers and blasted her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, for siding against the victim when her lawsuit reached h

  • NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver's career is now in peril. The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds. The league announced that arbitrator Harold Henderson supported Gordon's yearlong suspension for marijuana use.

  • USC administrators examine differing Shaw stories

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed. USC coach Steve Sarkisian still wants to know the truth about Shaw's two high ankle sprains, but has turned over the investigation to school officials while he attempts to focus on his debut against Fresno State on Saturday. "It's pretty clear there's quite a few conflicting stories out there," Sarkisian said while addressing a mob of national media that dwarfed the usual turnout for a Wednesday practice. "Any information that we've been provided up to this point, we've pushed along to campus authorities.

  • Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The Tulsa County couple that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban before a federal judge and appeals court urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to affirm the rulings that the ban is unconstitutional. A brief filed with the justices says the time has come for the court to decide “whether state laws […]

  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed. The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi. Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.

  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called the investigation "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles. Lagarde and her former chief of staff have faced questions about their role in an arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros ($531 million) to a French businessman with a checkered past.

  • Oklahoma football: Mack Brown not ready to crown Sooners as Big 12 champions, needs to 'see more' from Trevor Knight

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    NORMAN — Former Texas coach Mack Brown said Oklahoma is the Big 12 Conference favorite this season, but isn’t quite ready to crown his former arch rival. Brown, now working as an ESPN college football analyst, said during a media conference call this week that “this league has much more parity than people would think […]

  • Yukon elementary loses electricity; students temporarily move to high school

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Power was lost at Independence Elementary School in Yukon overnight.

  • APNewsBreak: Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing. The Republican governor says that "effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum" in violation of the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content. The lawsuit, obtained first by The Associated Press, was filed in the federal court based

  • Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The old adage of "do your best" has been replaced with the new childhood mantra of "be THE best."

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill with some candid comments about the rigors of fall camp on ESPNU special

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    STILLWATER — So much has been said and written about Tyreek Hill throughout Oklahoma State’s fall camp. None of those words, though, have come directly from Hill. The JUCO-transfer with track-star speed isn’t given media access per team rules.

  • OKC unemployment rate down

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Metro area continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation

  • State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the game as part of his job. Whigham worked for Jackson Dawson Communications, a public relations firm. With the encouragement of his boss, he organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees. He rented a facility and had T-shirts made. During the Friday afternoon game, Whigham shattered two bones in his leg while trying to avoid being tagged out.

  • Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid's initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It sits in a middle-class neighborhood of brick one-story homes and manicured lawns on Chicago's South Side. While the words "South Side" are often shorthand beyond Chicago for gangs, shootings and poverty, the people who live here see a more nuanced picture. "These are middle-class families," said Jamieson Clay, a relative of Joshua Houston, the pitching and hitting hero of the U.S. final win.