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  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Updated: 39 min ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. It said another 81 peacekeepers are "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah." The statement did not specify which armed group is holding the peacekeepers. Various Syrian rebel groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, have been fighting the Syrian military nea

  • Oklahoma tornado survivor allowed back at Plaza Towers Elementary School

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 43 min ago

    After a story in The Oklahoman, Moore schools found space for Porter Trammell and his brother. Over the summer, Moore Public Schools denied a transfer request to Porter Trammell, 10, whose family lives in a rental house outside of Plaza Towers’ boundaries because their in-boundary home hasn’t been rebuilt.

  • Oklahoma education department says it will withhold fifth-, eighth-grade writing scores from report

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 54 min ago

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, in response to online testing failures, said Thursday the state Education Department will not use fifth- and eighth-grade writing scores to help determine the overall grade for this year’s school report cards.

  • Oklahoma reports four cases of West Nile virus

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma health officials have reported four confirmed cases of West Nile virus. There have been two people hospitalized and two people treated, but no deaths in the state this year.

  • Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's flight path. Now an analysis of those failed attempts to reach Flight 370 could alter the search for the plane. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on the new analysis, which suggests that the aircraft turned that direction earlier than previously believed. Investigators have long been aware of the calls but only recently developed methods to analyze the phone

  • UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine. Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. This time, it has spread to major cities in four countries, provoking unrest as whole neighborhoods and towns have been sealed to the outside. An experimental vaccine developed by the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline will be tested on humans starting next week, the U.S. National Institutes of

  • Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles said that if the two sides cannot agree, he will rule Friday on a request from clinics and doctors for a temporary order blocking enforcement of the law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it remains in court. The law will require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.

  • Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a broad immigration overhaul after the midterm elections in November. He said that if lawmakers did not pass an overhaul, "I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better." But for the first time since pledging to act by summer's end, he signaled that such a target date could slip.

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

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 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.

  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The slayings were the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group, which has terrorized rivals and civilians alike with widely publicized brutality in Syria and Iraq as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the border. In southern Syria, meanwhile, gunmen detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the United Nations said. It added that another 81 peacekeepers were trapped in the area by hea

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as "Russian volunteers." The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months in the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satellite photos of Russian self-propelled artillery units moving last week.

  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions. A top U.N. official told the emergency meeting that the spread of violence in southeastern Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of independently verifying the latest reports of Russia sending in troops and tanks. The meeting came hours after a top Ukrainian official said two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired missiles at a Ukraine border post, then rolled into the country.

  • Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2. The Colombian singer made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday. Her representative confirmed that the accounts were real. The Grammy winner wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" No more details about the pregnancy were revealed. Shakira and soccer player Gerard Pique, 27, welcomed their son, Milan Pique Mebarak, last year. Pique, who is from Barcelona, is a soccer player for FC Barcelona. Grammy-winning Shakira, 37, released her self-titled 10th album in March.

  • Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community. The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. As a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Clinton was criticized for waiting so long to talk about the shooting of Brown, who was black, by a white police officer after a midday confrontation on a street.

  • Pride of Oklahoma marching band bringing back press booklets before each home game

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 4 hr ago

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma athletic band director Justin Stolarik is bringing back an old tradition this season by producing a weekly program book for home football games. The press books will contain information about the band and its formations for that week’s specific in-game performances. These books aren’t going to be available for the […]

  • Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world's most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media's glare. When? Where? Why haven't they yet? Did they already? The celebrity press and "Brangelina" fans alike had been consumed with the matrimonial mystery. On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the couple confirmed to The Associated Press that they wed Saturday in a private ceremony in Southern France.

  • Adrian Peterson 'would love to retire as a Viking'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until retires, responding to a report that he spoke to Jerry Jones about one day playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Peterson and the Vikings both issued statements shortly after ESPN reported that Peterson had a phone conversation with Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, this summer about playing for the team in Peterson's home state after his time with the Vikings came to a close. "This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson said. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.

  • Parents respond to Nicki Minaj's 'vile' music video that's breaking records

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Artist Nicki Minaj caused the latest controversy with parents and other media advisories after she released the music video and album art for her new single "Anaconda."

  • After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who allegedly hit the woman who is now his wife. Goodell told teams to distribute his memo to all players on their rosters and to post it in locker rooms. It reads in part: "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal.

  • Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — As Arthur T. Demoulas made a triumphant return Thursday to lead the Market Basket supermarket chain, it was the words of his employees that summed up their fierce loyalty to him that led to a remarkable workers' revolt that nearly crippled the New England chain but eventually put him back on top. "We did it for you!" one employee yelled back at Demoulas as he addressed a crowd of supporters outside the company's headquarters. "We love you!" shouted another. It was a moment few thought would happen six weeks ago, when employees walked off their jobs after Demoulas was fired. Not only did the workers stick together, but customers soon followed by boycotting the stores in solidarity.