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  • Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid's initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It sits in a tidy neighborhood of brick one-story homes and manicured lawns on Chicago's South Side. While the words "South Side" are often shorthand beyond Chicago for gangs, shootings and poverty, the people who live here see a more nuanced picture. "These are middle-class families," said Jamieson Clay, a relative of Joshua Houston, the pitching and hitting hero of U.S. championship game.

  • Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The Michael Brown Memorial Fund has raised almost $280,000 from more than 9,300 people in 13 days. Two sites supporting police officer Darren Wilson have taken in nearly $410,000 from nearly 10,000 contributors. The donations have come through the site A look at some key points behind the fundraising efforts: BROWN FAMILY: The money collected for the Brown family is meant to defray funeral, burial, travel and living expenses "as they seek justice on Michael's behalf.

  • John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory." It was Chapman's eighth appearance before a parole board. In again denying his release, the three-member panel said it would "so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law." Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatl

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the war, with both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, saying the war was a failure because it did not halt Hamas' rocket attacks or oust the group from power.

  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to two rebel regions in eastern Ukraine. She also voiced concern about overnight deliveries of materiel in southeast Ukraine, where separatists on Wednesday entered a key town linking Russia to the Crimean Peninsula it recently annexed.

  • Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race. The state senator's push to win the support of Texas women once was symbolized by the bright coral sneakers she wore during a filibuster of abortion restrictions. But she's striking a far different tone in her first statewide TV ad. The spot is a shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother in the 1990s. Davis then toured rape crisis centers and blasted her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, for siding against the victim when her lawsuit reached h

  • Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The Tulsa County couple that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban before a federal judge and appeals court urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to affirm the rulings that the ban is unconstitutional. A brief filed with the justices says the time has come for the court to decide “whether state laws […]

  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called the investigation "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles. Lagarde and her former chief of staff have faced questions about their role in an arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros ($531 million) to a French businessman with a checkered past.

  • Oklahoma football: Mack Brown not ready to crown Sooners as Big 12 champions, needs to 'see more' from Trevor Knight

    Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    NORMAN — Former Texas coach Mack Brown said Oklahoma is the Big 12 Conference favorite this season, but isn’t quite ready to crown his former arch rival. Brown, now working as an ESPN college football analyst, said during a media conference call this week that “this league has much more parity than people would think […]

  • Yukon elementary loses electricity; students temporarily move to high school

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Power was lost at Independence Elementary School in Yukon overnight.

  • Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The old adage of "do your best" has been replaced with the new childhood mantra of "be THE best."

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill with some candid comments about the rigors of fall camp on ESPNU special

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    STILLWATER — So much has been said and written about Tyreek Hill throughout Oklahoma State’s fall camp. None of those words, though, have come directly from Hill. The JUCO-transfer with track-star speed isn’t given media access per team rules.

  • State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the game as part of his job. Whigham worked for Jackson Dawson Communications, a public relations firm. With the encouragement of his boss, he organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees. He rented a facility and had T-shirts made. During the Friday afternoon game, Whigham shattered two bones in his leg while trying to avoid being tagged out.

  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Tall men get married earlier, but short men are more apt to stay married

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Tall men marry earlier but are more likely to cheat and divorce. Short men are more likely to stay married, according to new research that indicates it's the height of ignorance to discount personal stature as a factor in one's life.

  • Two small-town Oklahoma soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 11 hr ago

    President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor next month to two U.S. Army soldiers who hailed from small Oklahoma towns and showed “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War. A White House press release issued Tuesday noted the home town of Army Spc. 4 Donald P.  Sloat, who was from the Wagoner County town […]

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at

  • Burglary suspect sought by Oklahoma City police

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Police are looking for a man who they say burglarized a business in south Oklahoma City.

  • Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero. Keaton's role as Batman in two Tim Burton-directed blockbusters a quarter of a century ago made him a global star, and helped spawn a Hollywood obsession with comic-book franchises that has put a generation of leading men into spandex. Whether that was good for the movies, or the stars, is at the heart of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," which opened the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. The soul-searching supernatural comedy-drama stars Keaton as Riggan Thomson, an over-the-hill actor, once famous as avian superhero Birdman, struggling to regain his se

  • Man caught on camera using stolen credit card in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The public is being asked to help in identify a man caught on camera using a stolen credit card in Oklahoma City.