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  • France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time in pursuit of militants of the Islamic State group. Flying from the United Arab Emirates, two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the northern city of Mosul, part of the territory the militants have overrun in Iraq and neighboring Syria, officials said. An Iraqi military spokesman said dozens of extremist fighters were killed in the strikes.

  • Anti-Islamic ads coming to New York transit system

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and two subway entrances next week, but transit officials have rejected an ad from the same group that includes the phrase "Killing Jews." The six approved ads show an image of beheaded American journalist James Foley standing next to his killer. The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign highlights points about Islam ignored by government and media. A court order forces the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run viewpoint ads. The agency requires a disclaimer saying it doesn't endorse the views.

  • Judge sentences killer of Purdue student to 65 years prison, rejects mental illness defense

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Judge sentences killer of Purdue student to 65 years prison, rejects mental illness defense.

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of more powers for Scotland. The result — 55 percent to 45 percent — was more decisive than pollsters had foreseen and prompted Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who led the unsuccessful Yes campaign, to resign. But it meant almost half of Scotland's more than 5 million people woke up in a country, the United Kingdom, that they wished to leave.

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    By BARRY WILNER , AP Pro Football Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning. “Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said. “That starts with me.” The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.

  • Coroner: No crime in fetus found in freezer case

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The coroner in Las Vegas says no crime was committed by a woman who kept the remains of her miscarried pregnancy in a jar in the freezer for nearly a year. Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Friday that medical examiners determined the human tissue found by police questioning a couple about a shooting in their neighborhood was from the first few weeks of the woman's pregnancy. Murphy says it wasn't a viable fetus and isn't evidence of a crime. Police say a young boy was also in the apartment. They arrested his mother, Carlena Walker, on a child abuse charge after finding a stolen gun and about a half-pound of marijuana hidden by a child's bassinet. Walker's friend, Preston Caudle, was a

  • Oklahoma City gives OK for SkyDance Bridge to reopen

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s SkyDance Bridge was to reopen Friday afternoon after repairs to the wooden bridge deck, said Shannon Cox, spokeswoman for the public works department. The deck on the south end of the two-year-old pedestrian span recently buckled, creating a foot-high bump. With its 197-foot-tall steel wings and tail, inspired by the scissor-tail flycatcher, Oklahoma’s […]

  • Commissioner: 'We have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong. That starts with me. '

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner: 'We have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong. That starts with me.

  • Clambake redux: Rococo plans September sequel

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Rococo’s second-ever clambake was such a resounding success earlier this summer, owner/chef Bruce Rinehart immediately scheduled a sequel on Sept. 27 t to accommodate those who couldn’t make it to the first one in mid-August.

  • Southbound lanes of I-35 re-opened near mile marker 42

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Both southbound lanes of Interstate 35 have been re-opened at mile marker 42 in Carter County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: OKC will likely see mid- to high-rise residential project within next few years

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Sept. 19, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • All 3 defendants convicted in deadly salmonella outbreak traced to Georgia peanut plant

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — All 3 defendants convicted in deadly salmonella outbreak traced to Georgia peanut plant.

  • Quality assurance manager at plant linked to salmonella outbreak guilty of obstruction

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Quality assurance manager at plant linked to salmonella outbreak guilty of obstruction .

  • Obama: Campus sex assault an affront to humanity

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a new focus on violence against women, President Barack Obama kicked off a star-powered campaign Friday against campus sexual assault particularly targeted at encouraging men to take a stand. Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and NBA all-star Kevin Love are some of the familiar faces appearing in a public service announcement along with the president. The "It's On Us" campaign encourages everyone to consider stopping sexual assault their personal responsibility and to intervene when they suspect a woman can't or won't consent. With an estimated 1 in 5 college women experiencing an attack, Obama decried "the quiet tolerance of sexual assault" and called it "an affront to our basic hu

  • Food broker charged in case of salmonella-tainted peanuts guilty of conspiracy in Georgia

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Food broker charged in case of salmonella-tainted peanuts guilty of conspiracy in Georgia .

  • Correction: Newlyweds-Craigslist Killing story

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — In a Sept. 18 story about the sentencing of a couple who lured a stranger to his death with a Craigslist ad, The Associated Press erroneously reported how The Daily Item newspaper interviewed one of the defendants. It was conducted in person, not by telephone. The story also incorrectly reported when an earlier interview by the newspaper with the same defendant took place. It was in February, not April. A corrected version of the story is below: Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life Victim's relatives voice anger, pain as newlyweds who admitted to killing draw life sentences By PETER JACKSON Associated Press SUNBURY, Pa.

  • CEO of peanut company linked to salmonella-tainted goods guilty of conspiracy in Georgia

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — CEO of peanut company linked to salmonella-tainted goods guilty of conspiracy in Georgia.

  • Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner .

  • Water conservation is critical to energy industry's viability, industry officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    After four years of drought, water conservation has become essential to keeping Oklahoma energy companies viable, industry officials said Thursday. Industry leaders joined weather forecasters, climatologists and officials from several Western states Thursday at the Western Governors’ Association’s drought forum at the National Weather Center in Norman.