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  • Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn. homes, no deaths

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said. Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the office of emergency management in east Tennessee's Claiborne County told The Associated Press that officers searched ruined homes Sunday night in one particularly hard-hit community, Speedwell. She said the county sheriff and his wife safely took refuge in their basement when storms hit and destroyed their home. "He and his wife are both OK," Breeding said by telephone, adding law enforcement officials had set up a command post for operations and a school was opened f

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts, could not be sustained.

  • Philippine military says at least 16 villagers killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in road ambush

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military says at least 16 villagers killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in road ambush.

  • Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released. Confirmation of the cause of death was pending an autopsy. Dietz said he can't confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR. Twelve other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boa

  • 20-40-60 etiquette: It's her party, let her plan how she wants to

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editor’s note: Today we invited two guests to add to the 20-40-60 team’s answers. Questions about co-hosting parties have come up before, and we think it is important that all hosts participate together in party planning, especially since they are coming together to honor a mutual friend. Readers, let us know what you think. QUESTION: My friend has a very demanding job that has never allowed her to do much outside of the work realm. Consequently, she has never developed an understanding of how to host social events. She has compensated by buying a food platter, bringing drinks or contributing money when needed. Yet when it comes to actually planning the details, she is clueless. I, on the other hand, have lots of

  • Federal judge to decide if FBI must search further for surveillance video of Oklahoma City bombing

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Federal government says requested video doesn’t exist.

  • UN Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' in Gaza.

  • Oklahoma City's new school superintendent makes plans to build curriculum staff

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu said the school district’s curriculum department is too small to be effective and it lacks leadership in several core subject areas.

  • Oklahoma City pigeon breeder named in PETA gambling investigation in Taiwan

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say a five-month investigation last year by the organization in Taiwan uncovered a multibillion-dollar industry centered on racing pigeons imported from all over the world, including from Oklahoma City-based Continental Breeding Station.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks rally in ninth inning, beat Nashville to stop skid

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The RedHawks (54-56) have struggled offensively since the recent promotions of Marc Krauss and Gregorio Petit to the Houston Astros. It appeared the Hawks would lose again Sunday, but an anemic offense came alive in the ninth inning against Nashville reliever Rob Wooten.

  • UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it. The council will be meeting as Muslims start celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Its agreement to press for a cease-fire follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday was agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts.

  • CORRECTS: Coroner: Man taken to hospital after lightning hits 14 people in California has died

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CORRECTS: Coroner: Man taken to hospital after lightning hits 14 people in California has died.

  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms. After initially rejecting an Israeli offer Saturday for a 24-hour truce, Hamas said Sunday that it had agreed to hold fire ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. But as Israel's Cabinet met to discuss the offer and the ongoing war, rockets rained down on southern Israel and

  • Officials: Storms destroy 10 East Tenn. homes, no immediate reports of death or injuries

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials: Storms destroy 10 East Tenn. homes, no immediate reports of death or injuries.

  • Body found Sunday in Oklahoma City apartment

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    An adult man, whose name has not been released, was found dead about 12:15 p.m. Sunday inside an apartment on the 900 block of N Rockwell, Oklahoma City police said.

  • Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie. The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68. "The golf course is unbelievably tough," Langer said. "To have this weather for four days is unreal, it's like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn't make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big." Montgomerie, the winner of t

  • Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group official said Sunday. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press that Dr. Kent Brantly — the 33-year-old medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia — was stable and in very serious condition. "We are hopeful and prayerful," Isaacs told AP by telephone from the group headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. He said the doctor quickly recognized the symptoms and sought speedy treatment.

  • After bracelet cut, White Sox lose to Twins 4-3

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ronald Belisario failed to retire a batter after he was ordered to remove a bracelet from his glove hand. The reliever's ineffectiveness cost the Chicago White Sox as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 victory Sunday. Chicago led 2-1 when Belisario relieved Scott Carroll to start the seventh and threw two balls to Josh Willingham. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg walked out to the mound and directed the right-hander to remove a bracelet from his left wrist. Belisario (3-7) walked Willingham on four pitches, Chris Parmelee singled on the next pitch and Belisario threw a wild pitch before walking Eric Fryer on a 3-2 count, which loaded the bases. "Yeah, I got mad, because I always wear it like that," Beli

  • Fuld's 2-run single lifts Twins over White Sox 4-3

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A big hit from Sam Fuld and a quick recovery by Glen Perkins gave the Minnesota Twins a win that temporarily helped them forget about a season that's slipping away. Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. "It's easy to fold up and get down, but we stuck with it, fought and came up with a win," Fuld said. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. Perkins loaded the bases in the ninth, and it looked like Minnesota's 10-game homestand was going to end with yet another frustrating defeat.

  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 — after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.