• Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    Updated: 2 min ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday. "Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable." On Tuesday, American hunter Walter James Palmer issued a statement saying he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

  • Four major problems confronting Oklahoma City Schools

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 16 hr ago

    As another school year approaches, here are four big issues facing the Oklahoma City Public School District. [pagebreak] Student Discipline The Oklahoma City School District suspends minorities at a much higher rate than white students, inconsistently punishes students for similar offenses and suffers from missing paperwork and rampant record-keeping discrepancies, according to a district audit. The U.S. Education Department is investigating Oklahoma City Public Schools for possible civil rights violations relating to how it disciplines minority students.

  • Friday brings last blue moon until 2018

    Silas Allen | Updated: 15 hr ago

    If there's something you only get around to doing once in a blue moon, today might be the day. Friday night brings the first blue moon residents of Earth have seen since 2012, and the last one we'll see until January 31, 2018. The term has nothing to do with the moon's color. It refers to the second full moon that falls in a calendar single month. The first full moon of the month was on July 2. Conditions for seeing the moon in Oklahoma might not be ideal. Forecasters are predicting mostly cloudy skies Friday night with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • Report: Ride-hailing service Uber to put $1 billion in India

    Updated: 27 min ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber has announced a $1 billion investment for the Indian market for the next nine months as it hopes to expand services and products, news reports said Friday. According to Press Trust of India, the head of Uber India, Amit Jain, said the investment will be used to improve operations and establish a better customer support network. The company had come under fire last year and lost its license to operate in the Indian capital after one of its Delhi drivers was accused of raping a 26-year-old passenger. This ban was revoked earlier this month. Uber connects travelers with drivers through its smartphone app and is an alternative to traditional taxi services.

  • Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery

    Updated: 48 min ago

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Searchers scored Reunion's shoreline for debris and investigators prepared to load a sea-encrusted wing fragment onto a plane bound for France on Friday to learn whether the aircraft remnant could help unlock the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It will take at least another day to learn whether the plane missing for 16 months crashed into the sea. Though several officials have expressed confidence that the debris found on the French island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777, French authorities are planning to send the piece to southern France for analysis. The part could arrive Saturday morning, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

  • Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis.

  • KFOR: Ada woman accused of illegally euthanizing neighbor's dog

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ADA, Okla. — A former animal welfare employee is accused of animal cruelty, after allegedly euthanizing her neighbor’s dog without their knowledge. Marteen Silas, of Ada, became a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician last August. She was an employee at the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) when she allegedly killed the animal. According to court records, Silas took her neighbor’s dog because it was chasing her livestock.

  • KFOR: Silver Alert: 54-year-old El Reno woman is missing

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    EL RENO, Okla. — Police are searching for 54-year-old Melissa Miller. Police say she was last seen in the 2400 block of Sunset Dr. in El Reno at 8 a.m. Thursday. She is described as a white female. Reports say she is wearing a green shirt, a navy long sleeve jacket, blue jean capri pants, and tan Crocs with gray socks.

  • KFOR: Confession leads to arrest of Oklahoma pastor accused of sex crimes against children

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY,Okla. — A shocking confession led to the arrest of a Quail Springs Baptist Church pastor accused of sex crimes against children at his former church. Brian Burchfield was arraigned in Pottawatomie county Thursday morning, accused of sending inappropriate text messages to teenage boys. We tried to get answers from Burchfield himself. He was not at his Edmond home, but neighbors we talked to say they were surprised by his confession.

  • South African police says American woman killed in Cape Town

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 39-year-old American woman was killed in a hotel room in Cape Town this week and a murder suspect of Guatemalan origin has been arrested, South African police said Friday. South African police spokeswoman Noloyiso Rwexana said the body of the woman was found at a hotel in Camps Bay, a popular tourist destination in Cape Town. She said the suspect is 41 years old and faces murder charges. The U.S. Embassy in South Africa said the killing occurred on Wednesday. It declined to provide further details about the case.

  • Rain chances slight in central Oklahoma, but Friday a bit cooler

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    There is a 20 percent chance for rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The temperature will be cooler than in recent days.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany shelves Nazi crimes investigation of Minnesota man, says 96-year-old unfit for trial.

  • Lausanne awarded 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Swiss city of Lausanne has been awarded the Winter Youth Olympics for 2020, beating Brasov, Romania, in a vote by International Olympic Committee members. Lillehammer, Norway, will host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2016. The Winter Youth Olympics, featuring seven sports from the Winter Games, is for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18.

  • Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election. The workers were campaigning for Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of the United National Party. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says the gunmen shot at the campaign workers from a vehicle and fled the scene. He said police investigations are underway to arrest the culprits. Colombo National Hospital director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said one woman was brought dead to the hospital and 13 people are being treated for gunshot wounds. Sri Lanka's parliamentary election will

  • Greek bailout talks shift into higher gear

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens. The talks with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis follow preparatory meetings in the Greek capital this week between lower-level officials on reforming the tax system and labor market regulations. The third bailout will include a new punishing round of austerity measures heaped on a country reeling from a six-year recession and more than 25 percent unemployment.

  • Hurricane Guillermo forms in the Pacific, is possibly headed toward Hawaii

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Guillermo forms in the Pacific, is possibly headed toward Hawaii.

  • Redbirds shutout OKC Dodgers

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Memphis, Tenn. – Three Memphis Redbirds combined on a five-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday night at AutoZone Park. Memphis (57-49) scored all nine of their runs with the bases loaded and two outs across two big innings. Starting pitcher Nick Greenwood (10-3) tossed seven scoreless innings and became the Pacific Coast League’s second 10-game winner this season. He combined with relievers Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt for the shutout. Oklahoma City (62-42) was shutout for the fifth time this season while being held to five hits, all singles. The Dodgers have now lost four straight games for the second time during the current road trip and nine of their last 11 games. OKC pitcher

  • MLB notebook

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Jays swing deal for Price, Tigers also trade Soria Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. “These types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become available,” Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We think we’re a good team and adding a guy like Price we think makes us that much stronger and will give us a chance to win. It’s

  • OU picks up safety commit

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee. The Sooners currently have four players from Louisiana on their roster--offensive lineman Cody Ford, defensive tackle Courtney Garnett, linebacker Arthur McGinnis and offensive tackle Joseph Paul. Sylvie is the second defensive back in the class for OU, joining former Lawton High and current NEO standout Maurice Chandler, a

  • Plugging in

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Plugging In business briefs for July 31, 2015