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  • Firefighters extinguish house fire in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A Thursday morning house fire is believed to have started in the garage, fire Maj. Tammy McKinney said.

  • Memphis travelblog: Rendevous in the night

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Man, we’re becoming Memphis regulars. Let’s see. 2009 South Regional, when OU beat Syracuse and lost to North Carolina. 2011 Thunder-Grizzlies. 2013 Thunder-Grizzlies. Now 2014 Thunder-Grizzlies. I was in Memphis for all. Plus the Big 12 has signed up with the Liberty Bowl, so maybe OU or OSU is headed to Memphis some December soon.

  • Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don't lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. "Even though a person might be overweight, or, you know, heavier than the average American, it's kind of nice we can provide a situation where they can ride with their family," said wrangler T. James "Doc" Humphrey.

  • Official: Israel decides to suspend peace talks in response to Palestinian unity deal

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Official: Israel decides to suspend peace talks in response to Palestinian unity deal.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750. The four-week average fell two weeks ago to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the recession began. Applications can be volatile around Easter, because many school systems temporarily lay off bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other employees during spring break. Some of those workers file for unemployment benefits.

  • Oklahoma weather, tornadoes possible Saturday, Sunday

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Some light showers and maybe a few rumbles of thunder will affect parts of OK this morning.

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season has not been officially canceled, guides and Sherpas said it appeared increasingly unlikely that any summit attempts would be made this season from the Nepal side of the mountain. "Many of us think this year is not good for climbing and nobody should be going up the mountain at all," Tenzing, a 23-year-old Sherpa who goes by one name, said in a telephone interview from base camp. He described 2014 as a "black year" for Everest.

  • Kate shows off new royal style in Down Under tour

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? For the Duchess of Cambridge, who's rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial challenges: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what's the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress and high heels? Here are the most talked-about fashion moments from Kate's Down Under tour.

  • Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid jumped last week to 329K, likely due to Easter layoffs.

  • Orders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 percent in March with strength in business investment

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 percent in March with strength in business investment.

  • Man struck by vehicle in Moore, Oklahoma Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A man has been hit by a vehicle and taken to a hospital in Moore, Oklahoma. Police are investigating how it happened.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled for missing Oklahoma City man

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Police report a missing man has been found. The 84-year-old man was missing.

  • Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi exempts 2 students from state testing after Facebook post

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 19 hr ago

    State Superintendent Janet Barresi exempted two students at a small southeast Oklahoma school from state testing Wednesday after the school's superintendent posted an impassioned note on the system's Facebook page. Barresi said the status, which garnered thousands of likes and shares despite the page itself being followed by only about 700 people, came to her attention late Tuesday. It also inflamed tensions between Barresi and her detractors, even leading one state senator, unaware the exemption had already been granted, to call for her resignation. The students, two sixth-graders in the Moyers Public Schools System, lost their parents, Rodney and Crystal Sutterfield, in a two-car crash Sunday that claimed four lives

  • Miami Beach theater evacuated after popcorn fire

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A small fire that started in a popcorn machine caused the evacuation of a Miami Beach movie theater. Officials say the smoke alarm sounded about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday inside the Regal South Beach theater. Miami Beach firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Miami television station WSVN ( ) showed moviegoers covering their faces as they left the smoky theater. Employees wore masks as they helped customers get out of the building. One employee was checked by rescue crews but is expected to be OK. The theater was expected to reopen Thursday after crews clean up the concession stand. ___ Information from: WSVN-TV, http://www1.wsvn.

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a diplomatic minefield, Obama insisted the U.S. takes no position on whether the islands in the East China Sea are ultimately in the dominion of China or Japan. But he noted that historically Japan has administered the islands, triggering America's treaty obligations to defend its ally should tensions escalate militarily. "We do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally," Obama said at a news conference with Japan's Pri

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Justices lift stay after ruling inmates don’t have right to know source of drugs.

  • Moore Public Schools receives $500,000 donation for storm shelter

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma donated $500,000 toward a new storm shelter to house 1,200 students who attend Central Junior High and Central Elementary in Moore.

  • Oklahoma officials provide update on tornado relief funds, response

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Two disaster recovery funds formed in response to last May’s Oklahoma tornadoes have spent $9.4 million to date assisting victims, Gov. Mary Fallin and United Way of Central Oklahoma officials announced Wednesday.

  • Authorities seek men in connection with bank robbery in south Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The Wednesday robbery of the Bank of Oklahoma branch inside Crest Foods, 10525 S May, is under investigation.

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts: An artist's life is perfect for Mike Kemper

    BY HEATHER WARLICK, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    His work is described as urban pop surrealism, his lifestyle is nomadic, and Oklahoma artist Mike Kemper wouldn’t have it any other way. His work is on sale at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts in booth 19D.