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  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy. A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King held for 72 hours while documents are translated and doctors are consulted. After that, the judge could extend their time in detention or release them. The family had fled to Spain in hopes of selling a property to obtain enough cash for a new treatment in the Czech Republic or the United States they hope will help their child.

  • Big 12 battered by injuries in Week 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams. The biggest news came out of Austin, where coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback in Ash’s […]

  • Stoops won't bite on SEC question: 'I cause enough waves'

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    At his Monday press conference, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked about the SEC’s performance last weekend against teams who run the spread offense, including Alabama’s struggles against West Virginia. “I’m not gonna sit here and talk about that. You guys are more than capable of doing that without me,” Stoops said. “I cause enough waves. […]

  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer." There was no overlap in the facts as seen by Jones and Stephens at the demonstrations staged a few miles from suburban Ferguson, where Brown was killed.

  • Weather extremes gave Oklahoma an unusually low tornado count, experts say

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Remember the frigid weather Oklahomans trudged through during the last few months of 2013 and the first few months of this year? Remember driving in the snow and walking to work in sub-zero temperatures? Congratulations. All that cold, hard work is paying off. Researchers believe the extremely cold winter months likely held down the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma this year, resulting in the fewest twisters in the state since 1988. Only 13 tornadoes hit the state through June this year, which was the latest available data. Only one of those tornadoes — an April 27 EF2 that injured 12 and killed one person in Quapaw — was of any “significance,” said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National

  • Oklahoma education ills an issue in governor race

    Tim Talley, Associated Press | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent after the federal government stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend millions in education funding because of the state’s repeal of national academic standards. State Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs says Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s role in the repeal of the Common Core English and math standards is the latest example of a lack of leadership and flip-flopping, citing issues such as storm shelters for public schools and the creation of a state health insurance exchange. Dorman says Oklahoma school children will be hurt because of the education policy problems.

  • Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia. Police spokesman Scott Leamon says in a news release that authorities received a report of an unresponsive child at 4:27 p.m. Sunday in Roanoke. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. Leamon says a preliminary investigation indicates that a parent accidentally left the girl in a car seat in the van. The van was parked in the driveway of a residence. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. Leamon says the investigation is continuing. He did not say whether the heat was responsible for the death or whether an

  • Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The government decided Sunday to send 16,000 assault rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, hundreds of anti-tank weapons and several armored vehicles to forces fighting the Islamic State group, breaking with Germany's previous reluctance to send weapons into conflicts. Merkel on Monday told a special session of parliament the decision was "very carefully weighed." She said German officials faced a choice between "taking no risks, not delivering (weapons) and ultimately accepting the expansion of terror" or supporting those fighting the extremists.

  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled Sunni fighters in the northern Shiite town of Amirli and dropped food, water and medical supplies for civilians. Such notifications are required by law and are considered a formality. The Islamic State group has control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, has killed civilians from that region and beheaded American journalist James Foley.

  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.

  • Denver Broncos' Wes Welker returns to practice following concussion

    By ARNIE STAPLETON , AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wes Welker returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in an Aug. 23 preseason game against the Houston Texans. The Denver slot receiver from Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hall ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media. Welker’s concussion was his third in 10 months. He got hurt on a hard hit from D.J. Swearinger that prompted Peyton Manning to swear at the swaggering safety. That earned the five-time MVP the first taunting penalty of his career along with an $8,268 fine. Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs last season despite missing the last 3 1-2 games. He also had 18 grabs for 160 yards and a TD in

  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax." Monday's closure of the M1 motorway caused traffic chaos as commuters were forced down gridlocked side streets. The three-lane road was reopened after British Army experts using a remote-controlled robot determined that the suspicious device contained no explosives. The disruption came two decades after the outlawed Provisional IRA called a cease-fire following a failed 24-year campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the United Kingdom. The Provisionals abandoned their truce in 1996, restored it a year later, and disarmed and

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Authorities recover body of Oklahoma City man who drowned at Lake Murray

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Authorities recovered the body of a 32-year-old man who went missing Sunday at Lake Murray State Park. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Eduardo Luna, 32, of Oklahoma City, drowned at the lake.

  • Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning. Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market. But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino. It has never turned a profit. "It's kind of sad," said Andrew Tannenbaum of Edison, who has stayed at Revel a dozen times in the past year. "Compared to other casinos, this was a lot nicer. There

  • David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education. Besides detailing a hidden aspect of the civil war, the story serves a dual purpose: to signal viewers — and his bosses — that Muir wants to get out of the office for work as much as he can. "A huge part of this for me was a promise that I was not going to be tethered to the anchor desk," said Muir, who officially replaces Diane Sawyer Monday night. Muir, 40, joins NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and Scott Pelley of the "CBS Evening News" at one of the three jobs generally considered the pinnacle of American bro

  • Muscular dystrophy fundraiser raises $52 million

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast annual telethon has raised about $52.3 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend. The two-hour "MDA Show of Strength" aired Sunday on ABC, and the organization says it will continue accepting donations through Monday. A final tally's expected Tuesday. MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks says it was inspiring to see so many celebrities, musicians and athletes join forces to help raise money for the treatment of muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Grammy-winner LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and hip-hop star Jason Derulo were part of the show's lineup this year, along with other entertainers. The telethon was the fourth since com

  • 9 African wrestlers barred from worlds

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of wrestling says nine athletes cannot compete at the upcoming world championships because of travel restrictions imposed since the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. FILA says the ruling by the Uzbekistan health ministry affects seven wrestlers from Nigeria and two from Sierra Leone. The decision follows similar travel bans imposed by China and Russia ahead of the recent Youth Olympic Games and judo worlds. FILA President Nenad Lalovic says "our sympathies go out to the affected wrestlers, coaches and fans." The wrestling worlds are scheduled for Sept. 8-14 in Tashkent.

  • Review: 'Phantom of the Opera' production in Oklahoma City will delight old, new Phans

    By Rick Rogers, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    An updated production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which continues through Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City, is producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new take on this musical theater classic and will satisfy both diehard fans and those seeing it for the first time.

  • Oklahoma man dies after Logan County traffic accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Gary Forsythe, 22, of Mustang, Oklahoma, died Sunday afternoon after a traffic accident on State Highway 74 in Logan County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.