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  • Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday. Theodore Wafer is on trial and claiming self-defense in the death last year of Renisha McBride, 19, in Dearborn Heights. But prosecutors have charged the 55-year-old with second-degree murder, saying there was no reason to use deadly force instead of calling police. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter repeatedly told jurors that they need to put themselves in Wafer's shoes.

  • Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster. So his absence from Dove Valley headquarters on Wednesday as players reported for physicals on the eve of training camp was as jarring as the announcement that the 70-year-old Bowlen was giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease. "This place will never be the same," a choked-up general manager John Elway said. "... It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day.

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels fought to hang onto territory and shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. The bold new attack showed the separatists are not shying away from shooting at the skies despite international outrage and grief at the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Temperature swings 35 degrees in Oklahoma community Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Some areas of the state have reached 100 degrees others have recorded some rain on Wednesday.

  • Memorial Park remembered

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

      The Oklahoman’s story this week on re-imagining and renovating Memorial Park prompted Dick Hefton to write with his boyhood recollections of the park. Oklahoma City is about halfway through a $1.8 million makeover at Memorial Park, at N Classen Boulevard and NW 36 Street. When it’s done, the fountain will be refurbished and set […]

  • Kevin Durant: Overwhelming waiting list prompts Thunder star to add camp in Moore

    By Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — With 900 children on the waiting list for Kevin Durant’s basketball camp, the NBA’s MVP decided to create another camp Aug. 7-8 in Moore.

  • The best and worst states for working parents: How does yours stack up?

    Emily Hales, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    In a study that examined how well employers in various states protected working fathers and mothers, most states didn't score very well. Few states have generous policies that allow moms and dads to take care of their job and their family.

  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. "We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he met for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done," Kerry said. He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders. He flew to Israel on an Air Force jet — one day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport because of a Hamas ro

  • UPDATE: Colorado man missing from Warr Acres Wednesday has been found safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Gary Wayne Near, 55, a truck driver from Fort Collins, Co., has been located in Warr Acres, Ok. Police say he locked his keys in his truck before walking away Tuesday. He was reported missing.

  • Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Big 12 Media Days are over. A few observations: * Charlie Strong is boring. Maybe the new Texas coach is great on the recruiting trail and in the locker room. But he does not win in the court of public relations. Of course, Mack Brown did win in the latter, and it didn’t save his […]

  • Former Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse dead at 64

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, who will be remembered most for throwing a touchdown pass to Golden Richards while running to his left in Super Bowl XII on one of Tom Landry’s famous trick plays, died Tuesday night. He was 64. Newhouse battled health issues since suffering a stroke in 2010. He spent much of the past year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., hoping to get a heart transplant. Newhouse never got strong enough for the transplant before succumbing to heart disease at the Mayo Clinic, his son Rodd Newhouse confirmed Tuesday night. His final days were a stark contrast to how he lived and how he played football during a 12-year career with the Cowboys that included three Super Bowl ap

  • AARP challenges AEP-PSO smart meter plan

    By ROD WALTON - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    A key holdout against AEP-PSO’s $120 million plan to install smart meters statewide had its day in court Tuesday. Representatives with retirees advocate AARP testified in front of Administrative Law Judge Jacqueline Miller at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission courtroom in Oklahoma City. Miller could make her recommendation after the Aug. 22 filing deadline, then the full commission would vote on the plan. American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma hopes to raise bills about $3.11 per month for residential customers to pay for the smart meter installation. The utility plans to install more than 500,000 meters statewide. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Muskogee police shooting ruled justified

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — A prosecutor says three Muskogee police officers were justified in a shooting that wounded a man earlier this month. Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore says nothing should prevent Officers Chansey McMillan, Nick Ford and Jason Steele from returning to work. All three had been on paid leave since the July 9 shooting of Angel Cerda. Authorities say McMillan shot Cerda in the legs and abdomen after Cerda allegedly lunged at the officers with a knife. Cerda was treated and released for his injuries and remains in the Muskogee County jail. According to a local newspaper, the prosecutor praised McMillan for his response, noting that lethal force would often be used in such a situation.

  • LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    BATH, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month. Cleveland Cavaliers fans and journalists arrived en masse to the NBA star's Akron area home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued, and police were called to direct traffic. To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets. Several neighbors tweeted photos of the cupcakes and the note saying that "we are sorry for the chaos," adding that the James family is "so

  • Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7. An inquest heard that Geldof — daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof — was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute methadone for more than two years in a bid to stay free of the opiate. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told the hearing that Geldof had started using heroin again in February. He said he had seen her flushing drugs she had hidden in the loft of their home down the to

  • Oil company geologist to talk Oklahoma earthquakes

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    A geologist with one of the country’s largest independent oil producers will talk about the recent uptick in earthquake activity in Oklahoma. Continental Resources’ Vice President of Geology Glen Brown will deliver a luncheon address Wednesday to members of the Oklahoma Geological Society. Brown theorizes that the increase in seismic activity across the state may be related to larger worldwide earthquakes. He says unusual earthquake activity has been observed in recent years in other states where there is no oil and gas activity. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma has recorded about 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January.

  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

  • Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just before two tugboats pulled the Concordia away from Giglio's port, where the luxury liner ended up on its side in pristine Mediterranean waters, after being gashed by a reef it struck when its captain steered too close to the island. The tugs are bringing the crippled ship on a four-day journey to the northwestern port of Genoa, which is home to the ship's owner, Costa Crociere Spa. The vessel will be scrapped there. Accompanying the tugs and Concordia, movin

  • Woman, 17-year-old son dead in apparent murder-suicide

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    A 50-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were found dead Tuesday in what the Tulsa Police Department said was apparently a murder-suicide committed during the late afternoon. Police and EMSA medics conducted a welfare check on their home in the 2200 block of South Delaware Place about 4 p.m. after a relative of the family reported she wasn’t able to enter the home, Sgt. Dave Walker said Tuesday night. When officers forced their way inside, they discovered Kimberly and Joseph Crabtree in a bedroom, both with gunshot wounds. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cities in Oklahoma scramble to spend community storm grants

    By Clifton Adcock, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    More than half of the federal disaster funds being offered to Oklahoma for recovery from the violent storms of 2013 are in the form of community development grants.