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  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with." This was a far cry from the brash driver known around the track as "Smoke." Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He quickly got up to speed, turning laps of nearly 190 mph, a racer back in his element. Ready or not, Stewart is back on the track.

  • Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city. None of the half-dozen tanks seen by Associated Press reporters in the town of about 12,000 people bore Russian markings, but the packaging on their field rations said they were issued by the Russian army. The Ukrainian government the day before accused Russia of sending tanks, artillery and troops across the border, and NATO estimated at least 1,000 Russian troops were in Ukraine.

  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system. The eruption took place the Holuhraun lava field, five kilometers (three miles) north of Dyngjujoekull glacier, Iceland's Meteorological Office said. The event was described as being not highly explosive — and thus not producing much of the fine ash that can affect aircraft engines. The eruption began just after midnight local time (0000 GMT Friday; 2000 EDT Thursday) and ended at 0400 GMT Friday (midnight EDT Thursday).

  • Oklahoma City police draw lessons from events in Ferguson, Mo.

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma City’s police chief shares his thoughts on what can be learned from protests in Missouri.

  • Man, woman die in Oklahoma highway crashes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A Tulsa woman died in a crash Friday in Garvin County and authorities have identified a Madill man who died Tuesday in a crash near Davis, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Oklahoma City police officer is charged with rape, 14 other counts

    BY MATT DINGER, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, of Oklahoma City, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. He is accused of stopping women on the city’s northeast side and committing sex acts with them while on patrol.

  • Girl reports Oklahoma City man was exposing himself to her

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police on Thursday arrested Gary Smith, 32, on complaints of indecent exposure and lewd acts with a child.

  • Tailgating game plan

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The beginning of the football season for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University signals the beginning of another tradition — tailgating.

  • Woman arrested after bogus 911 call during traffic stop, Oklahoma City police say

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City woman was arrested after police said she made a false 911 call in an effort to distract a police officer during a traffic stop.

  • Oklahoma City police seek bank robber

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a bank Friday morning at 5603 N Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City.

  • What does heaven look like? Here are 10 possibilities

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Ever wondered what heaven looks like? Here are 10 accounts, stories and beliefs of what people believe they will find when they reach heaven.

  • Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. The ruling stops new clinic requirements that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas come Monday, when the law was set to take effect. Texas currently has 19 abortion providers — already down from more than 40 just two years ago, according to groups that sued the state for the second time over the l

  • Oklahoma State football: Three factors that could lead to a Cowboy upset against Florida State

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    With kickoff at AT&T stadium less than 24 hours away, the focus has changed to the ultimate unknown.Can the Cowboys dethrone the Seminoles?

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners enter season lacking experience on offense

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Sooners’ season opener — set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana Tech on Owen Field — will be the first significant game experience for a high number of the team’s running backs and wide receivers.

  • Video: John Fullbright plays "Happy" on "Late Show with David Letterman"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s been a pretty rough week here in BAM land. But Oklahoma’s own John Fullbright was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night, so it’s all gonna be all right. Of course, he was awesome. Double bonus: As a longtime Okie music fan, it gave me a […]

  • Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon's lawyer says school 'failed' player, suspension fight will continue

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Saying the University of Oklahoma “failed” Frank Shannon, Shannon's attorney said Friday that the linebacker would continue his fight against a one-year suspension.

  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far. The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it three days after infection in a pilot test. These two studies are the first monkey tests ever done on ZMapp.

  • Jim Traber ‘shocked’ that OSU coach Mike Gundy has shut him out

    Mel Bracht | Updated: 10 hr ago

      Although some of Jim Traber’s colleagues at The Sports Animal radio network are proclaiming that OSU football coach Mike Gundy has been banned from Traber’s afternoon show, Traber has denied that. Instead, the former OSU quarterback said he has shocked that Gundy has stopped returning his emails and phone calls. “I have a 20-year […]

  • Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not mean there is no Ebola in the West Point Slum. But authorities feel confident they can screen for the sick and that the community now actively fighting the disease. The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia's capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water.

  • Injury accident slows traffic on Interstate 235 northbound in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    An injury accident involving a tractor-trailer on I-235 northbound is slowing traffic at NW 23 in Oklahoma City.