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  • Obama administration wants to place 5,000 more unaccompanied minors on U.S. military bases and extend their stays

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole criticizes request, which may mean more children at Fort Sill in his district for longer than the 120 days first approved.

  • Media allowed to tour Oklahoma military facility housing immigrant minors

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A series of three tours Thursday were the first time the media have been given access to the facilities in southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Harrah woman denies throwing man from wheelchair

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Bonnie Shirley Davis, 48, spent nine days in Oklahoma County jail on assault complaints. She was released when the district attorney declined to file charges, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

  • Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. Authorities are looking into witness reports that the sound of exploding fireworks preceded the blaze, as well as a man's claim that a brother who died in the fire kept fireworks in his apartment. The victims in this former mill city about 25 miles northwest of Boston were all found in units on the top floor of the building, which was just down the street from a fire station. Nine people were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.

  • Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds. A survivor said all the dead were civilians. As Israel intensified its bombardment Thursday of the Gaza Strip in an offensive against the Hamas militant group, with more than 900 targets attacked so far, it said it was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties in the crowded urban landscape. The risk of more civilian deaths will remain high, especially if Israel moves in with ground forces.

  • Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours. No injuries were reported. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. or 3 a.m., Capitol Police said. A handful of workers were removing insulation containing asbestos from around pipes and valves on the building's fourth floor, above a staircase, said a congressional official who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. On-site samples and another sample analyzed by an outside lab revealed low enough asbestos levels that officials decided the building was safe to reopen, the official s

  • Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies. The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. They inflamed a furor that erupted last year when it was learned that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls. More broadly, the move to kick out the CIA station chief appears to reflect a Germany out of patience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference. "The representative of the U.S.

  • Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them. "It's not a deal-breaker," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.

  • Authorities seek man who robbed Geary bank

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    About 10 a.m. Thursday, a man entered the Bank of Western Oklahoma, 101 W Main St. in Geary, and demanded money, the FBI reported.

  • House GOP moves ahead on suing Obama

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law. The office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a draft of the resolution that would authorize the House to file suit amid GOP criticism that the president has declined to faithfully execute the laws of the country. "In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it," Boehner said in a statement. "That's not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should ha

  • Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint submitted Thursday to the U.S.

  • Dispatches from the road: Georgia

    Nick Trougakos | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    There’s generally not anything too exciting about driving non-stop for 16 hours — especially after you’ve pretty much exhausted and wiped yourself out with nine nights in hotels and a full week battling the sun and massive, teenaged South American tour groups at Disney World. What you need in such a circumstance is a way […]

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defenders Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, released Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America. The 81-man list included 13 from the Big 12 Conference, and the Sooners were one of 12 schools to land at least three players […]

  • Man convicted in 2012 Oklahoma slaying

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    PAULS VALLEY (AP) — An Elmore City man has been convicted of killing another man then cutting up the body and stuffing the remains in cement-filled buckets. The Garvin County court clerk’s office said a jury on Thursday found Justin Hammer guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2012 death of Brandon Duran and recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for Oct. 6. Hammer testified that he shot Duran twice in self-defense after Duran forced his way into Hammer’s home and made threats because of Hammer’s relationship with Duran’s ex-wife. Hammer said he feared Duran because he thought he was a member of a motorcycle gang. Duran’s mother testified that he was not a member of a

  • APNewsBreak: No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a "stand-down order" held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. The "stand-down" theory centers on a Special Operations team of four — a detachment leader, a medic, a communications expert and a weapons operator with his foot in a cast — who were stopped from flying from Tripoli to Benghazi after the attacks of Sept. 11-12, 2012, had ended. Instead, they were instructed to help protect and care for those being evacuated from Benghazi and from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

  • Bomb squad clears two suspicious backpacks found near Oklahoma City roads as safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    It’s believed the backpacks might have belonged to runners, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said, as they were filled with clothes, snacks and drinks.

  • Federal officials open Fort Sill shelter to media

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    FORT SILL (AP) — Federal officials have allowed members of the media to tour a temporary shelter at Fort Sill that is being used to house more than 1,000 teenage immigrants from Central America. Participants in tours Thursday at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma were heavily restricted and prohibited from taking pictures, asking questions or interacting with staff or children at the shelter. It is the first time members of the media have been allowed inside the facility at Fort Sill since it began receiving children last month who had been caught at the U.S.-Mexico border trying to enter the country illegally. The boys and girls are segregated into 60-bed dormitories.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before the government says it will have to slow down payments. The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill by its chairman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and its senior Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

  • Ex-US Rep. Akin defends 'legitimate rape' remarks

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Missouri Republican congressman whose "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize. Todd Akin writes in a new political memoir that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his "political assassination" and betrayal by GOP allies. The 67-year-old Akin, who spent 12 years in Congress and another dozen as a state lawmaker, lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill. "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom" will be released next week, but The Associated Press obtained an advance copy Thursday from the publisher, WND Books, a

  • Obama chides GOP for opposing his agenda

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama ridiculed congressional Republicans on Thursday, accusing them of doing little more than opposing his agenda in a campaign-style rally with less than four months remaining before midterm elections. "Do something," Obama pointedly demanded of his political rivals. "It is lonely me just doing stuff. I'd love it if the Republicans did stuff, too." Obama's speech in the Texas capital came at the end of a three-day swing to raise Democratic money in Colorado and Texas. Republicans and some Democrats criticized him for avoiding a visit to the border to address an influx of Central American children sneaking into the country to escape their violent homelands.