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  • Governor eyes suicide prevention at Taos bridge

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the iconic Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico. The department announced Wednesday that officials are preparing a plan to install 10 phones at the bridge near Taos. The phones would be answered by crisis counselors with the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. "My hope is that connecting those individuals with prevention experts will help them decide that suicide is not the solution to whatever problems they are facing," Martinez said. The design for telephones should be done by the end of August and submitted for bids before being installed in October, officials said. The move follows efforts in

  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops. "We need to have all of our options open," Perry told a standing-room-only crowd at the conservative Heritage Foundation. The potential 2016 presidential candidate dismissed the "limited" air strikes that President Barack Obama has ordered as insufficient as the U.S. tries to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain control of large sections of Iraq. Perry also faulted Obama for not providing arms to Syrian rebels battling forces loyal to President Bashar Assad early on in the thr

  • UPDATE: Crews extinguish fire at Bethany home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    One woman is being treated for smoke inhalation at a home at 7721 NW 27

  • Van strikes Oklahoma turnpike toll booth, attendant injured

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MUSKOGEE (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a toll booth attendant on the Muskogee Turnpike is hospitalized after a van crashed into the booth south of Muskogee. The OHP says 59-year-old Gail Estep of Oktaha was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition following the crash about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. An OHP report says the van was southbound on the turnpike at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the toll booth. The report says the driver of the van was uncooperative and refused to provide correct identification and that investigators are trying to verify his identity. The driver was also taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition.

  • Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home. McDonnell testified extensively about his troubled marriage Thursday at his public corruption trial. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. The McDonnells say their marriage was broken and that they were barely speaking, let alone engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawl of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and residents. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. Since

  • Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president. Erdogan has indicated that he plans to maintain tight control of the government and wants to transform the largely ceremonial presidency. He has said he intends to employ its seldom-used powers, such as summoning and presiding over Cabinet meetings. As Turkey's first popularly-elected president, Erdogan takes office Aug. 28. Erdogan announced after a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party that party leaders had chosen Davutoglu, 55, to replace him as

  • St. Louis police release video of shooting

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings. Police Chief Sam Dotson says both officers involved in the shooting remain on administrative duty pending investigations. Kajieme Powell was shot to death Tuesday. The cellphone video shows him moving toward officers with a knife while telling them, "Shoot me now. Kill me now." Both officers fired six shots. Powell died at the scene. Dotson says the officers could not use stun guns because Powell was wearing a jacket that could have deflected the

  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don't fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual. The gimmicks include new twists on price matching, more choices for same-day delivery and expanded selections online. "It's a lot easier to find a deal," said Michael Londrigan, dean of academic affairs at LIM College, a fashion college in New York. "It's saving customers a ton of time. It's allowing them to uncover hidden treasures that they wouldn't be able to d

  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach. President Barack Obama said the United States wouldn't scale back its military posture in Iraq in response to James Foley's killing. But he offered no specifics Wednesday about what new steps he might take to protect additional captives and other Americans, and ward off what he described as the al-Qaida offshoot's genocidal ambitions. The initial response from members of Congress was mixed, reflecting the divide of the American peopl

  • Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. The Culture Ministry appealed Thursday for "understanding" while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds. The partially uncovered tomb from the end of Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great's reign, which was found inside the mound, has sparked intense media interest amid wild speculation that it may contain rich treasures or the bones of an ancient celebrity. Alexander inherited the throne of Macedonia, in northern Greece, from where he set off to conquer a vast empire reaching India. He died in 323 B.

  • Man charged with leaving 3 kids in car outside bar

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man is accused of leaving his three children in a car for hours outside a bar while he got drunk inside. A police report says an officer found 28-year-old Joshua Delong outside of Dr. B's bar in Ocala just after 2 a.m. Thursday with a bleeding head. A security guard told officers that an angry patron punched Delong before he was arrested on child endangerment charges. Witnesses told police that Delong left his children ages 5, 7 and 8 in a gold Cadillac parked outside while he drank at the bar. Police say the kids were honking the horn and calling for "daddy" and that the bar's security guard eventually called police when he tried to drive away with the kids.

  • Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The deal calls for the bank, the second-largest in the U.S., to pay a $5 billion cash penalty, another $4.6 billion in remediation payments and provide about $7 billion in relief to struggling homeowners. The settlement is by far the largest deal the Justice Department has reached with a bank over the 2008 mortgage meltdown. In the last year, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to a $13 billion settlement while Citigroup reached a separate $7 billion deal.

  • Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them. The international police agency Interpol said Thursday it wants a globally coordinated push to stem the tide of international fighters joining the Islamic State group that has swallowed up territory across Iraq and Syria. Up to now, actions against them have been decided largely at a national level. The U.S. sent in forces and airstrikes. Some European countries are sending weapons to those opposing IS fighters. Some Mideast countries are

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled, missing Salina man has been located

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 19 hr ago

    A Silver Alert has been canceled for a missing Salina man. John Crandall, 79, was located Thursday

  • Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Forbes lists the Dallas Cowboys as being worth $3.2 billion. Which is silly. I just don’t know which side of silly. Forbes says the Cowboys’ value has risen 36 percent over last year, which I assume is related to the Los Angeles Clippers’ recent sale to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The Clippers were valued […]

  • Ice Bucket Challenge - wisdom teeth = THE BEST ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE VIDEO EVER

    Richard Hall | Updated: 19 hr ago

    YouTuber m3gtr0n decided it’d be a great idea to record herself doing the ice bucket challenge an hour after having her wisdom teeth removed. And it’s the funniest darn thing I’ve seen all week. It’s also the best ice bucket challenge video out there. Have a look: Instant replay:

  • Honda bolsters Fit to boost crash resistance

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially flunked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap test, earning just a "Marginal" rating. The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the front corner of a car and an object such as a utility pole. Honda engineers strengthened the welds on the front bumper beams, so energy from a crash would be spread over the entire front of the car. This gave the driver and passengers more protection and lessened the likelihood of injury. The change got the Fit an "Acceptable" rating in a second test, and earned it a "Top Safety Pick" designation.

  • No mental exam needed, sex abuse suspect argues

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

    A defense attorney is opposing prosecutors’ request for a mental evaluation for a man accused of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. Prosecutors are seeking the exam for Matthew Durham, who has been indicted on three felony counts that accuse him of traveling from Oklahoma City to Kenya to sexually abuse children at the Upendo Children’s Home. In court papers filed Wednesday, defense attorney Stephen Jones argued that there was no basis for the mental exam because he’s given no notice of an insanity defense or an incompetency claim. Jones says Durham is assisting in his own defense and is responding appropriately during court proceedings.

  • 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, […]