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  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Cameron's remarks came just moments after authorities raised Britain's terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. "What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before," Cameron said, using an abbreviation for a longer name the Islamic State previously used: the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

  • Delay sought in Oklahoma man’s sex abuse trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Attorneys representing an Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya are asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming trial, now set for next month. Attorneys for 19-year-old Matthew Durham filed the request for a delay Thursday for Durham’s trial on sex abuse charges. That trial is now set for Sept. 9, but defense attorneys are asking a judge to delay the trial until next March. Prosecutors accuse Durham of sexually abusing children at the Upendo Children’s Home in Kenya, where he’d worked as a volunteer. Durham has denied the allegations. In the motion for a delay, Durham’s attorneys noted that more time is needed for attorneys to travel to Kenya to interview witnesses and prepare for trial.

  • Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the nickname because of its high rate of casualties during the Vietnam War.

  • Professor awarded supercomputer grant

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    EDMOND — A University of Central Oklahoma professor of engineering and physics has been awarded a $304,745 research grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a cluster supercomputer. Professor Evan Lemley and the Edmond university’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation received the grant. A cluster supercomputer allows multiple users to work on problems much larger than any one computer or user could handle alone. The computer will support research and education for students, faculty and staff at the university, as well as researchers across the state. The computer is to be named Buddy — a nod to the school’s mascot, Buddy Broncho.

  • Help The Oklahoman name the narrators

    Alan Herzberger | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    We’re awaiting a new arrival in the coming weeks. There will be two new voices on our team, and they will be working for you. We need to name them, and we want you to help. The Oklahoman is preparing to launch a mobile application that would allow you to listen to stories from our […]

  • Oklahoma teen charged with manslaughter in fatal fight at party

    By COREY JONES - Tulsa World | Updated: 9 hr ago

    A Glenpool man was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter stemming from a fatal fight at a party in east Tulsa less than two weeks ago. Austin DeWayne Nation, 19, is accused of stabbing to death Fernando Torres with a knife in the “heat of passion” on Aug. 17 in the 11500 block of East 38th Street. Torres had three stab wounds in his chest and shortly thereafter was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. A preliminary investigation indicated that Austin stabbed Torres, 20, during a fight after Austin became angry that he wasn’t allowed into a party at a residence, police said, adding that the two had a history of conflict. Read the full story at

  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash." The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said that personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot on Tuesday when they saw the crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training a .50-caliber machine gun on them and preparing to fire. No one was hurt in the encounter, which came as the two countries work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program. The shot from the U.S. patrol boat was fired "in the air about three miles awa

  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the body was confirmed early on Friday morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer. "There is no suspicion of foul play," Samri said by telephone, giving no further details on how he died. Israeli media speculated that he had fallen or died of dehydration. He was buried in the town of Beit Shemesh. Sofer's body was found Thursday night in the same area where he disappeared last week.

  • Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb. Yes, we're talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream. "When I sell books personally at events like Seattle Hempfest and Denver County Fair, response has been huge in those states that have newly legalized, and I will sell hundreds of copies over a weekend," says Elise McDonough, author of the "The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook," which grew out of the recipe column in the magazine (which, by the way, turns 40 this year).

  • This Sooner fan will miss a home game for the first time since 1956

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Saturday will be strange for Joe and Neville Hancock. OU will play a football game at Owen Field, and the Hancocks won’t be there. It’s happened before. But it’s been awhile. 1956, to be exact. The Hancocks are publishers of the Hobart Democrat-Chief. Neville writes me from time to time, and for years I saw […]

  • In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. The plaza will be closed to the public during the remembrance ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will open from 6 p.m. to midnight for those who want to pay respects and view one of the most evocative observances — the twin beams called the Tribute in Light — from an especially "meaningful vantage point," memorial President Joe Daniels said in an email Thursday to victims' families. A symbolic shift for a site that was inaccessible to the public for years after the attacks, the plan reflects its increasing

  • Cooler temperatures, rain chance Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    There is a 50 percent chance of rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 89 degrees.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: 12 hr ago

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Thursday that her mother was resting comfortably. She did not elaborate on the 81-year-old comedian's condition. She offered thanks for an outpouring of "love and support" and asked for continuing thoughts and prayers. The Mount Sinai Hospital said it had no updates on Friday morning. On Thursday, hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay (DIHN'-say) confirmed that Rivers had been taken there in the morning. The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business and is known for often-snarky red carpet commentary.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: 13 hr ago

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this year. “Inhofe is a top-ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment,” the NRDC said in a press release. Read the full story at

  • Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news Thursday at the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, Massachusetts, home of the 104th Fighter Wing, where the pilot and jet were based. Keefe said his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity wasn't disclosed. "Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts Air National Guard," Brig. Gen. Robert Brooks, Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, told a news confe

  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway but there is no move to change the airline's name, which some branding experts had said was necessary for a successful makeover. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of the airline, said the overhaul includes the establishment of a new company that will take over the existing Malaysia Airlines business and its reduced staff. The revamp and new investment in the carrier wi

  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction. Tourists from Japan flock to ranges in Waikiki, Hawaii, and the dozen or so that have cropped up in Las Vegas offer bullet-riddled bachelor parties and literal shotgun weddings, where newly married couples can fire submachine gun rounds and pose with Uzis and ammo belts.

  • Labor Day events are planned around Oklahoma

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Yesterday

    Rodeos, fairs and other events all over Oklahoma will provide plenty of family-friendly opportunities to celebrate the Labor Day holiday and long weekend.

  • Silver Alert issued for Oklahoma City woman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A Silver Alert has been issued for Connie Hawkins, 64. She last seen about 7 a.m. Thursday at 11120 Stratford Drive, the Oklahoma City police reported.