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  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. The advance of the Ukrainian army against pro-Russian separatists comes as the civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster. At least 52 deaths were reported Wednesday, along with 64 wounded — and due to the dangers of the war zone in eastern Ukraine, no deaths were reported from Luhansk, meaning the actual toll could be even higher.

  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. The airstrike on a home where Mohammed Deif's family members were staying — and the tough talk from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — came after the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo on Tuesday. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu showed little willingness to return to the negotiating table after six weeks of war with Hamas.

  • Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday. Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday's ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11. At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Williams during the tribute segment. The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC.

  • High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order. Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday. In January, the justices issued an order putting same-sex unions on hold in Utah while the federal appeals court in Denver was hearing the case. That court upheld the decision striking down Utah's gay marriage ban, but delayed its decision from taking effect pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

  • UPDATE: Interstate 40 west reopened after crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    I-40 westbound has been closed near Air Depot Road in Midwest City after an injury collision

  • Why can't OU and OSU play Arkansas?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    I drove over to Arkansas this week. Photographer Nate Billings and I went to Fayetteville for a story on Razorback athletic director Jeff Long, the chairman of the new College Football Playoff selection committee. Our package will appear Sunday in The Oklahoman’s annual football preview. But the drive again made me shake my head. From […]

  • Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. The black-clad fighter who appears to kill journalist James Foley speaks with an English accent, underscoring the insurgents' increasing use of Western militants to mobilize recruits, terrify opponents and project the image of a global force. He is the latest in a string of international jihadis — Britons, Australians, Chechens, Chinese and Indonesians — to appear in propaganda for the Islamic State group. "They like to suggest they have a presence around the world much stronger than it is," said Charlie Cooper, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a

  • AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count. The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes. Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. "That's not my role," she told The Associated Press. "I'm a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about." She said that "people don't adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill." For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which i

  • Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday. Barry Ragsdale is representing U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery in an administrative complaint filed by the chief judge of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Fuller already has sought counseling and will check into a treatment program within days. Fuller is seeking a program "that is best for his situation and circumstances," Ragsdale said, but he declined to elaborate on the type Fuller is seeking. "He's embarrassed for this," said Ragsdale, an old friend of Fuller from law school. "He's embarrass

  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy's 83 nuclear-

  • Senate control could rest with well-funded women

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races. Donors and fundraisers are catching on. Five female Senate contenders recently created a joint fundraising committee, Blue Senate 2014, to appeal to donors. Separately, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last month wrote a $2 million check to a political committee linked to Emily's List, the biggest player helping elect women to office. So far this election cycle, donors have handed over $46 million to a collection of political committees and candidates linked to Emily's List, which backs female contenders who support abortion

  • University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond welcomes freshmen

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond held a convocation for the class of 2018.

  • Oklahoma City police seek domestic abuse suspect

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is accused of beating and choking a woman earlier this month in Oklahoma City.

  • Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina. Francis listened as priests expressed condolences in several languages during his weekly public audience at the Vatican. Later in the day, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner telephoned Francis to express "condolences from her and from the Argentine people," the Vatican said. "I thank you for your condolences for what happened in my family," Francis said. "Even the pope has a family." The 77-year-old pontiff then explained about his family. "We were five siblings.

  • OSU Hoops: Cowboys To Host Maryland

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s basketball schedule nears completion, buoyed by the recent addition of an appealing nonconference matchup: Maryland. The Oklahoman has learned that the Cowboys and Terrapins have agreed to a home-and-home series that brings Maryland to Gallagher-Iba Arena this season, with a Dec. 21 date and a 1 p.m. tip. OSU will play in College […]

  • Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded. Obama will speak from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's currently in the second week of his annual summer vacation. The White House isn't saying what topics Obama will address. But the statement comes as the White House is saying that U.S. intelligence officials have determined the video showing the execution of journalist James Foley is authentic. The extremists in the video called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. They've threatened to kill another captive they also iden

  • Watch OSU's Mike Gundy, Burns Hargis take Gov. Fallin's Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    After Gov. Mary Fallin issued a challenge Tuesday, OSU head football coach Mike Gundy and OSU president Burns Hargis took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday. As they braced for the cold, Hargis reminded Gundy that the coach has done this before -- in the Fiesta Bowl, among other big wins during Gundy's tenure. This one -- dumped by quarterback J.W. Walsh, cornerback Kevin Peterson and two volunteers from the crowd -- was just in front of the library rather than on a football field. Read the full story at

  • Officials say Fort Sill boosted Oklahoma business

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    LAWTON — Some officials say a southern Oklahoma city saw economic benefits from a facility that processed children who entered the country unaccompanied.

  • Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    SHAWNEE — A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters. Shawnee’s emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters. A local newspaper reports the Shawnee city commission approved the measure 5-2 on Monday night. Lynch says he estimates up to 700 shelters have been registered in Shawnee. He says residents usually wait right before a storm hits to travel to a public storm shelter. He says that puts them in harm’s way. Lynch also noted Norman, Midwest City and Edmond have closed some of their public storm shelters.

  • MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang." Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Beyonce is the top nominee and will compete for eight awards, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love." She will also receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award. Beyonce will take the stage Sunday night, where other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea, who has seven nominations. Eminem i