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  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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.

  • Oklahoma City school district expands meal options for students

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

    New leaders at Oklahoma City Public Schools are bringing dietary expertise to child nutrition department as programs expand to offer more meal options for students.

  • Bryan brothers roll to quarters of US Open doubles

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans Bob and Mike Bryan advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open doubles Monday, downing countrymen Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyzek 6-3, 7-6 (5). The 36-year-old Bryan brothers, the world's top-ranked doubles team, have yet to drop a set through their first three matches. They capped the victory with their trademark chest bump. In a career of milestones, the Bryans are pursuing their 100th career doubles title together. They hold a record 15 Grand Slam tournament titles, including four U.S. Opens, but have not won one since Wimbledon 2013. A win at the U.S. Open would give them at least one Grand Slam tournament title for a record 10 straight years.

  • 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

  • Big 12 football: Texas quarterback David Ash to miss BYU game

    By JIM VERTUNO , AP Sports Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, was injured again and will miss this week’s game against BYU. Ash took several hard hits in a 38-7 win over North Texas. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong says Ash didn’t show any symptoms during the game, but that the coaching staff got a call later that night. Strong did not detail what problems Ash was experiencing. Ash ran for a touchdown and passed for another. But he also took several blows to the head, including a tackle when he bent low to pick up a fumble, and twice more when his helmet bounced off the turf. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start for Texas (1-0) against the Cougars (1-0).

  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    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: 10 hr ago

      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: 10 hr ago

    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: 10 hr ago

    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: 11 hr ago

    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: 11 hr ago

    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

  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents' platform, released at the start of Monday's negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the future of Ukraine's eastern, mainly Russian-speaking region. It remains unclear, however, whether the talks can reach a compromise amid the brutal fighting that has continued in eastern Ukraine. On Monday, the rebels pushed Ukrainian government forces from an airport near Luhansk, the second-largest rebel-held city, the

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy addresses the media following a strong Week 1 effort against Florida State. Follow our live coverage, presented by Bob Moore Kia of Edmond, at 1 p.m.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops speaks with the media to begin Week 2 of the college football season. Follow our live coverage at noon, presented by Bob Moore Kia of Edmond.