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  • UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started. The U.N. chief urged both sides "to show maximum restraint and return to the agreed 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire that tragically lasted such a brief period of time," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Ban urged "those with influence over the parties to do everything to convince them to observe the humanitarian cease-fire," he said. "The secretary-general condemns in the strongest terms the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced this mo

  • IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics, says settlement to atheist lawsuit

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A recent IRS settlement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist lobbying group, has the tax agency pledging to investigate religious groups and pastors who preach politics from the pulpit.

  • Official: Police chokehold caused NYC man’s death

    By JAKE PEARSON | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a white police officer on a black New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide. Eric Garner, 43, whose videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry and calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” said medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer. Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors, she said. Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York Police Department.

  • Oklahoma brewers step up game for IPA Day

    Nick Trougakos | Updated: 11 hr ago

    One of my favorite holidays — the annual IPA Day — is coming up on Thursday. As usual, TapWerks Ale House is hosting a celebration, and they just shared with me the list of special beers our Oklahoma brewers dreamed up for the event. Let’s take a look: (ABV/IBUs) Marshall -Pineapple Express: Belgian IPA in […]

  • Oklahoma football: Officials feel confident about Dorial Green-Beckham's chances for immediate eligibility

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 11 hr ago

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma officials feel very confident about their chances to get wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham approved for immediate eligibility with an NCAA waiver, sources told The Oklahoman. OU still hasn’t filed the appeal yet, but plans to send it to the NCAA soon after they receive additional documentation from Missouri. According to sources, OU will […]

  • Oklahoma City police seek man who stole two televisions

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are seeking help identifying a man who stole two televisions from a Target store last week. Surveillance footage shows the man leaving the store, located at 8315 N Rockwell Ave., with two flat-screen televisions.

  • Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down. Artillery boomed in the distance as the 70-member team of Dutch and Australian experts painstakingly combed a patch of scrubland not far from the site of bloody clashes between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatist rebels. The team's top priority: collecting the remains of as many as 80 victims that have been lying out in the open, baking in the midsummer heat, for more than two weeks because investigators were prevented by the fighting from reaching the scene.

  • House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet President Barack Obama said they made a bad bill worse and promised to veto the measure if it reaches his desk. Obama called it "the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere" and said he would have to act unilaterally to deal with the border crisis.

  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama says Republicans know that legislation won't succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren't even trying to solve the problem. He says they're just trying check a box before leaving town for the annual August recess. Obama says he will have to act alone to address the crisis because the government is runnin

  • Obama: Russia, Putin ignoring their own interests

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests. Obama says the U.S. has done everything possible to support Ukraine's government and to deter Russia. But he says short of going to war, there are going to be constraints about what the U.S. can do. Obama says the U.S. is imposing sufficient costs, and Russia should want to take the needed steps to get economic sanctions lifted. But Obama says, quote, "people don't always act rationally." He says sometimes people don't act based on their own interests. Obama says the U.S. must keep working to de-escalate the co

  • Oklahoma's 13 tornadoes through July, second fewest on official records to 1950

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site at Slapout recorded an October-like high of 62 degrees on July 17, the 12th coolest high temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma during July.

  • Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Marijuana can go in more than brownies and cookies. And the dizzying variety of foods that can be infused with the drug is complicating matters for Colorado regulators who want to make sure pot-infused edibles and drinks won't be confused with regular foods. A first meeting Friday of edible marijuana makers, state regulators and pot critics ran into controversy early. Many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors. But what about marijuana-infused honey? Or pasta sauce? Colorado opened recreational marijuana to adults over 21 in January. Since then, sales have boomed for edible pot, considered a tastier or healthier alternative to smoking weed.

  • Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor said in a statement, a day after stepping down from his leadership post. "It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve the people of Virginia's 7th District in Congress," Cantor said. "That is why it is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress.

  • Couple whose dogs killed runner appear in court

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A couple charged with second-degree murder after their dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger each face $500,000 bond. Lapeer County prosecutors wanted $1 million, saying Valbona Lucaj and husband Sebastiano Quagliata might flee the country. But Magistrate Mike Delling settled on a lower amount Friday, noting there's "some question" about the couple's status in the U.S. It wasn't immediately known if the couple could pay the bond and get out of jail or arrange payment through a bond agency. Message seeking comment were left for the couple's attorney. Craig Sytsma of Livonia was attacked July 23 in Metamora Township, 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The dogs are cane corsos. "It's a horrible tra

  • Special session ordered for new Florida voting map

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to hold a special session to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled that the Florida Legislature must draw up new congressional districts by Aug. 15. Lewis said he will then consider whether to order a special election later this year under this new map. Lewis in July ruled that the current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party. Voters in 2010 passed the "Fair Districts" amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party. His July ruling sparked a legal battle over what to do since Florid

  • Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed. The Constitutional Court declared the law illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. Activists erupted in cheers after the court ruled the law "null and void," but some cautioned that the fight was not over: The state could appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court and legislators might try to reintroduce new anti-gay measures. Also, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex acts "against the order of nature" still remains in effect in Uganda, allowing for continued arrests.

  • The creepiest Internet-related happenings of 2014 ... so far

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Facebook twists users' moods. Two girls kill for the sake of an Internet meme. The year so far has upped the online paranoia factor in a very real way.

  • Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems. The biggest of three recalls posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash. The recall covers Santa Fes originally sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roadways. States affected are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermon

  • Guns, guns, guns: Anti-gun PSA inspires pro-gun PSA

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Love them or hate them, Everytown For Gun Safety’s latest round of video public service announcements about gun violence is making waves and getting people talking. Especially those who disagree with the organization. One video in particular is getting the most attention, and its goal is to urge various Senators and Representatives to push for […]

  • East Texas sisters died of blunt force trauma

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    QUITMAN, Texas (AP) — A coroner has determined two young sisters whose bodies were found in an East Texas apartment died of blunt force injuries. Preliminary autopsy results Thursday indicated the deaths of 1-year-old Natalye Price and 3-year-old Gabriella Guerrero were homicides. Quitman (KWIT'-man) police say the bodies were discovered July 24 after officers responded to a report of two children not breathing. Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the apartment and throwing items into a trash bin. Police later arrested Thomas Wayne Liles of Quitman on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Liles remained in custody Friday with bond set at $50,000.