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  • Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life. "The season for me has been a little bit up and down," she said in quite an understatement, "and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to.

  • US judge temporarily blocks La. from enforcing law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — US judge temporarily blocks La. from enforcing law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders of weeks of violence between rival militias over control of Tripoli that sparked the evacuation. The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post — including images of men earlier swimming in the compound's algae-filled pools — likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who t

  • 2008 death prompted changes in OSU firefighter training

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Whether Thomas Russell “Rusty” Topping was a member of the Barnsdall volunteer fire department has been the topic of legal controversy. But, there’s no question he died a firefighter’s death.

  • Oklahoma man's widow wins unusual workers' compensation case appeal

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Barnsdall Fire Chief Pete O’Dell and his wife testified they never met Thomas Russell “Rusty” Topping. That didn’t stop the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals from recently upholding the award of more than $200,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to Topping’s widow and son, who previously had received a $303,000 federal firefighters’ death benefit. Both awards were linked to paperwork listing the Barnsdall volunteer fire department as his employer.

  • Will Hider: Glass Going Up at Century Center

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Will Hider has an incredible eye, and his camera is never far away. His latest photos capture glass going up on my favorite downtown project - the renovated Century Center at 100 W Main.

  • “Circle The Wagen” to show at Oklahoma City's Route 66 Peddler shop

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY, Staff Writer, rmedley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The story of a trip across America in a Volkswagen van is coming to Oklahoma City. Parts of the documentary were filmed in Oklahoma where the van once broke down.

  • Experience with Red Cross while growing up in Iraq leads Edmond woman to service with organization in U.S.

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Hiba Jameel, raised in Baghdad, Iraq, now resides in Edmond and works in volunteer services in the Central and Western Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross. She is responsible for recruiting volunteers and placing them in positions.

  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday. Germany's defense minister said the arms would be sent in three shipments, starting in September, and would initially be enough to equip a brigade of 4,000 Peshmerga fighters. "This is in our security interest," Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Berlin. Germany joins other European countries who have pledged to provide arms to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State group that has swept into northern Iraq in recent months.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for Creek County man

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Douglas Blansett, 76, was reported missing Saturday in Slick, Oklahoma. A Silver Alert issued for him Sunday afternoon was canceled about 6 p.m. after the man had been located.

  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters who have taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. Those militants now are looking toward the United States or Western Europe for its next targets, lawmakers said. Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront them, the lawmakers said Obama soon needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to crush the fighters. "His foreign poli

  • Wedding industry illustrates unresolved legal relationship between religious freedom and gay rights

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | Yesterday

    Recent discrimination charges against wedding-related businesses highlight how complicated adjudicating the First Amendment can be.

  • Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

    Yesterday

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. The red warning code — the highest in the country's alert system — was raised early Sunday after the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier. The warning was lowered 12 hours later as visibility improved and it was clear that no volcanic ash was detected. The country's meteorological agency said scientists were monitoring the ongoing eruption. "Visual observation confirms it is calm, but continuous," t

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    Yesterday

    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment. U.S.

  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." In setting tight limits on how far electoral reforms can go in Hong Kong, Beijing issued its firmest reminder yet that it's still in charge despite the substantial autonomy it promised the city after taking control from Britain in 1997.

  • What's happening to Common Core in NC?

    Yesterday

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a law this summer that opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools. But the law doesn't mean the academic standards previously agreed to by more than 40 other states are automatically eliminated. Here's an explanation of how Common Core will be reconsidered in North Carolina, and how current benchmarks stemming from Common Core could stay intact, perhaps under a different name: WHAT'S THE NEW LAW DO? The General Assembly directs the State Board of Education to review the math and English language arts standards based on Common Core the board approved in 2010, and to propose modifications.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Islamist militia group says it has 'secured' a US Embassy compound in Libya's capital

    Yesterday

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Islamist militia group says it has 'secured' a US Embassy compound in Libya's capital.

  • Edmond cancer survivor returns to Central America for victory run

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Yesterday

    Mike Wall, a longtime ministry leader at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, ran 50 miles in Nicaragua — in celebration of his victory over skin cancer and to raise awareness about the deadly disease.

  • Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

    Yesterday

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power raced with his head instead of his gut. Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career — and occasionally wrecked it. Yet after Power moved patiently and safely through the Fontana field, a restart gave him a chance to seize the lead, if only for a few laps. Power couldn't resist. With one last daredevil move, he pulled in front for just long enough to ensure he wouldn't back into his long-awaited title. "On that restart, I thought, 'I've got to lead a lap and not go backward,'" Power said. "That was the key to the race. No mistakes. Stay on top of the car. ... It's such an e