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  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: I'll bring the fruit!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editor’s note: Today we invited two guests to add to the 20-40-60 team’s answers. Questions about co-hosting parties have come up before, and we think it is important that all hosts participate together in party planning, especially since they are coming together to honor a mutual friend. Readers, let us know what you think. QUESTION: My friend has a very demanding job that has never allowed her to do much outside of the work realm. Consequently, she has never developed an understanding of how to host social events. She has compensated by buying a food platter, bringing drinks or contributing money when needed. Yet when it comes to actually planning the details, she is clueless. I, on the other hand, have lots of

  • Oklahoma Watch: Federal disaster loans is one avenue tornado victims took on path to recovery

    By Clifton Adcock and Nate Robson, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: The total amount loaned by the U.S. Small Business Administration was $21 million, or 42 percent of the approved total amount. About half of the total amount approved was for applicants in Oklahoma City and Moore, which took the brunt of the damage from the May 20 and May 31, 2013, storms.

  • UN Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza.

  • Oklahoma City pigeon breeder named in PETA gambling investigation in Taiwan

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say a five-month investigation last year by the organization in Taiwan uncovered a multibillion-dollar industry centered on racing pigeons imported from all over the world, including from Oklahoma City-based Continental Breeding Station.

  • Oklahoma City's new school superintendent makes plans to build curriculum staff

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu said the school district’s curriculum department is too small to be effective and it lacks leadership in several core subject areas.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks rally in ninth inning, beat Nashville to stop skid

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The RedHawks (54-56) have struggled offensively since the recent promotions of Marc Krauss and Gregorio Petit to the Houston Astros. It appeared the Hawks would lose again Sunday, but an anemic offense came alive in the ninth inning against Nashville reliever Rob Wooten.

  • UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it. The council will be meeting as Muslims start celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Its agreement to press for a cease-fire follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday was agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts.

  • CORRECTS: Coroner: Man taken to hospital after lightning hits 14 people in California has died

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CORRECTS: Coroner: Man taken to hospital after lightning hits 14 people in California has died.

  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms. After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday that it had agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel's Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel and

  • Officials: Storms destroy 10 East Tenn. homes, no immediate reports of death or injuries

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials: Storms destroy 10 East Tenn. homes, no immediate reports of death or injuries.

  • Body found Sunday in Oklahoma City apartment

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    An adult man, whose name has not been released, was found dead about 12:15 p.m. Sunday inside an apartment on the 900 block of N Rockwell, Oklahoma City police said.

  • Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie. The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68. "The golf course is unbelievably tough," Langer said. "To have this weather for four days is unreal, it's like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn't make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big." Montgomerie, the winner of t

  • Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group official said Sunday. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press that Dr. Kent Brantly — the 33-year-old medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia — was stable and in very serious condition. "We are hopeful and prayerful," Isaacs told AP by telephone from the group headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. He said the doctor quickly recognized the symptoms and sought speedy treatment.

  • After bracelet cut, White Sox lose to Twins 4-3

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ronald Belisario failed to retire a batter after he was ordered to remove a bracelet from his glove hand. The reliever's ineffectiveness cost the Chicago White Sox as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 victory Sunday. Chicago led 2-1 when Belisario relieved Scott Carroll to start the seventh and threw two balls to Josh Willingham. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg walked out to the mound and directed the right-hander to remove a bracelet from his left wrist. Belisario (3-7) walked Willingham on four pitches, Chris Parmelee singled on the next pitch and Belisario threw a wild pitch before walking Eric Fryer on a 3-2 count, which loaded the bases. "Yeah, I got mad, because I always wear it like that," Beli

  • Fuld's 2-run single lifts Twins over White Sox 4-3

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A big hit from Sam Fuld and a quick recovery by Glen Perkins gave the Minnesota Twins a win that temporarily helped them forget about a season that's slipping away. Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. "It's easy to fold up and get down, but we stuck with it, fought and came up with a win," Fuld said. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. Perkins loaded the bases in the ninth, and it looked like Minnesota's 10-game homestand was going to end with yet another frustrating defeat.

  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 — after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Authorities: Lightning strikes 14 in Los Angeles, on Catalina Island; 2 critically injured

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities: Lightning strikes 14 in Los Angeles, on Catalina Island; 2 critically injured.

  • 101-year-old panoramic photo shows different downtown Oklahoma City

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The photo, kept sealed for 100 years in the Century Chest at First Lutheran Church, was not seen by the public until it was put on display earlier this year.

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma man dies in Caddo County pickup crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Ollie Dustin Simmons, 56, of Cement, died early Sunday after the pickup he was driving went off the road and hit a tree, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma restaurants, consumer activists continue fight over mixed drink tax

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Most sued restaurants are fighting accusations they overcharged customers for mixed drinks. At stake in the dispute are millions of dollars. Around 100 restaurants have paid settlments.. The Legislature last year changed the law to prevent future lawsuits.