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  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 21, 2014: Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival starts today at the Oklahoma History Center

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: The Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s 34th Annual Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival begins at 7 tonight at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. This festival, which continues through Saturday, celebrates the art of storytelling and with performances by local and nationally known storytellers, workshops, a family matinee, a poetry stand, […]

  • AAA Oklahoma predicts jump in Labor Day travel

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    AAA Oklahoma predicts that more residents will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, with a 2 percent jump expected over last year’s numbers. The organization estimated that 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over the holiday. That’s compared with the 400,300 Oklahomans who traveled last Labor Day. AAA Oklahoma says nearly 85 percent of the state’s travelers will get to their destination by car, with the remainder choosing to fly or travel by bus or train. Nationwide, AAA predicts that 34.7 million people will travel over the holiday period, which AAA defines as Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1.

  • 378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count. The Tampa Bay Times ( reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

  • 39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area. Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city on Wednesday, crushing dozens of houses after heavy rains. Hiroshima prefectural police said 39 people were confirmed dead and 51 others were missing as of midday Thursday. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 23 people were injured, 13 seriously. A police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said there was a possibility of some inacc

  • Oklahoma fires trooper involved in fatal shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    TULSA — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has fired a trooper who fatally shot a man while he was off-duty in Tulsa. Capt. George Brown says 46-year-old trooper Sheldon Robinson was fired Wednesday. Brown says Robinson’s employment was terminated for “policy violations” that stemmed from the September shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Troy Swatosh. Brown hasn’t said which policies were violated. Authorities say Robinson spotted two armed men outside a motel about 1 a.m. They say Robinson shot Swatosh after feeling threatened. The 16-year-veteran of the patrol had been suspended with pay following the shooting. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office announced in January it would not file charges against

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty in Grand Lake houseboat crash that killed two

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: 23 hr ago

    JAY — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boat crash that killed a Cascia Hall graduate and her fellow college student. John DeSelms, 22, entered the “blind plea” in Delaware County District Court in Jay. DeSelms appeared before District Judge Robert Haney and testified to “driving the boat” and “being intoxicated” when it crashed into an unoccupied 96-foot docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas. The two University of Arkansas students were seated at the bow of the boat; they were pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Hot days ahead in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The heat is making a late summer comeback in Oklahoma. Temperatures will be near 98 degrees in Oklahoma City Thursday with high wind gusts

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tells story of his first meeting with Steph Curry

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Durant was among a star-studded NBA panel, answering questions alongside Steph Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis at NBA 2K’s Uncensored event. Durant talked about a variety of topics, including his decision to withdraw from Team USA, the idea of coaching challenges being implemented in the NBA and where his scoring prowess […]

  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police


    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular. The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of s

  • Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for 'black Mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has filed a lawsuit alleging that a satanist group stole a sacred item from a Catholic church for use in its “black Mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Police search for man who robbed woman at gunpoint

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

    Oklahoma City police are searching for a man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in a parking lot

  • Oklahoma appeals court upholds firing of Del City Clerk officials

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The terminations of two Del City officials who allowed piles of cash to stack up around the city clerk’s office were upheld Wednesday by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday. Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned to the couple by Bali police, said Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are refusing to talk to investigators. Their American attorney said this week that Heather Mack is two months pregnant and complained about her treatment in custody. Sihombing said Mack, 19, is being detained at the Denpasar police station while Schaefer, 21, is being held separately at the provincial police headquarters.

  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them at that location and engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing, killing several militants. No Americans died but one sustained a minor injury when an aircraft was hit.

  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job. An incomplete picture of Texas-born Ferguson officer Darren Wilson has emerged since Aug. 9, when authorities say the white six-year police veteran killed Michael Brown during a confrontation in the predominantly black city where all but three of the 53 police officers are white. The Brown family's attorneys have labeled Wilson as a murderer, though the investigation continues and no charges have been filed.

  • When journalists get killed, what's the right response?

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    In light of the videotaped beheading of photojournalist James Foley this week, Twitter has shut down accounts that depict Foley's death, while some news outlets publish links and photos. Which is the right response?

  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain Tuesday than they had all last summer, and many residents were faced with a long recovery. At Cox Cactus Farm, workers gathered and discarded flooded plants while tractors scooped up dirt at the nursery that caters to landscapers, resorts and golf courses. Co-owner Jessica Cox said the farm lost between $1.5 million and $2 million worth of inventory and estimated it will take two years to fully recover from the storm.

  • NJ Gov. Christie visits OKC with Gov. Fallin

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on Wednesday in a visit that Fallin's Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 general election said politicized the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The two GOP governors were escorted through the museum and a memorial on the grounds of the former Oklahoma City federal building in advance of a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, which Christie heads, and a fundraising event for Fallin, who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. Christie did not speak to the media afterward.

  • Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling. Making frequent eye contact with jurors as if he were at a campaign stop, McDonnell said he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election. "I could tell she was not as happy as I was about the result," he said.

  • CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney. Officer Daniel Andrew, who was put on a desk assignment after the incident, has been removed from duty and put on paid administrative leave, the CHP said. The agency didn't reveal if it made a recommendation to prosecutors but said in a news release that its report outlined potentially serious charges he could face. It didn't specify possible charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed the case is under review. A separate, internal CHP investig