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  • Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. The ruling stops new clinic requirements that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas come Monday, when the law was set to take effect. Texas currently has 19 abortion providers — already down from more than 40 just two years ago, according to groups that sued the state for the second time over the l

  • Oklahoma State football: Three factors that could lead to a Cowboy upset against Florida State

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    With kickoff at AT&T stadium less than 24 hours away, the focus has changed to the ultimate unknown.Can the Cowboys dethrone the Seminoles?

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners enter season lacking experience on offense

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Sooners’ season opener — set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana Tech on Owen Field — will be the first significant game experience for a high number of the team’s running backs and wide receivers.

  • Video: John Fullbright plays "Happy" on "Late Show with David Letterman"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s been a pretty rough week here in BAM land. But Oklahoma’s own John Fullbright was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night, so it’s all gonna be all right. Of course, he was awesome. Double bonus: As a longtime Okie music fan, it gave me a […]

  • Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.

  • Oklahoma football: Frank Shannon's lawyer says school 'failed' player, suspension fight will continue

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Saying the University of Oklahoma “failed” Frank Shannon, Shannon's attorney said Friday that the linebacker would continue his fight against a one-year suspension.

  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far. The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it three days after infection in a pilot test. These two studies are the first monkey tests ever done on ZMapp.

  • Jim Traber ‘shocked’ that OSU coach Mike Gundy has shut him out

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

      Although some of Jim Traber’s colleagues at The Sports Animal radio network are proclaiming that OSU football coach Mike Gundy has been banned from Traber’s afternoon show, Traber has denied that. Instead, the former OSU quarterback said he has shocked that Gundy has stopped returning his emails and phone calls. “I have a 20-year […]

  • Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not mean there is no Ebola in the West Point Slum. But authorities feel confident they can screen for the sick and that the community now actively fighting the disease. The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia's capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water.

  • Injury accident slows traffic on Interstate 235 northbound in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    An injury accident involving a tractor-trailer on I-235 northbound is slowing traffic at NW 23 in Oklahoma City.

  • Jimbo Fisher: Coach-in-waiting worked out, but it wasn't smooth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Jimbo Fisher, who takes his Florida State Seminoles into JerryWorld on Saturday night to play OSU, is an example of the success of a head-coach-in-waiting, a concept that fanned across college football a few years ago but has virtually died out. Thank goodness.’ Because even Fisher’s path wasn’t smooth in being the anointed heir to […]

  • Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. The pilot, Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February and had been serving with the 104th Fighter Wing as the inspector general and an F-15 instructor pilot. Col. James Keefe, commander of the Westfield-based fighter wing, said the death was announced "with a sense of profound sadness." Fontenot was flying the single-seat plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed Wednesday morning in western Virginia.

  • Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year. "I loved watching the 'Making a Difference' stories about remarkable people and organizations making a profound difference in our country and our world," Clinton said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. "I am grateful NBC gave me the opportunity to continue this important leg

  • Solemn remembrances on 9th anniversary of Katrina

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Along the Gulf Coast on Friday, emotional ceremonies, memorials and speeches marked the ninth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic storm that killed more than 1,800 people. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the New Orleans coroner, recalled the horror that gripped the city after federal levees gave way, leading to disastrous flooding. "Their last moments on this earth were filled with terror and disbelief that they were going to actually drown on Gentilly Boulevard, in their own attics," said Rouse, who was elected the city's new coroner this year. He said the unidentified dead serve as "the conscience of this city" as it continues to rebuild. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Julian Castro, t

  • Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas. Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that it is still early to tell "if the new reality" would allow a political process to resume but said he is examining the possibility. The remarks by the leaders come a few days after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after 50 bitter days of fighting. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians.

  • Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. What wasn't written was understood — she meant billions, shocking figures for a franchise that until recently was a perpetual loser. But Shelly Sterling soon brokered a deal to part with the team for a record $2 billion, selling it to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a buyer whose name she did not know at first. In an exclusive interview Thursday with The Associated Press, she offered details about negotiating one of the richest deals in sports after her husband's racist rant to a girlfriend prompted the NBA to ban

  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Cameron's remarks came just moments after authorities raised Britain's terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. "What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before," Cameron said, using an abbreviation for a longer name the Islamic State previously used: the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

  • How technology is changing the way we communicate

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Word or emoji? Face or screen? There are more ways than ever to communicate, but some experts are concerned that too much reliance on less-direct forms of communication could be bad for children and families.

  • Delay sought in Oklahoma man’s sex abuse trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Attorneys representing an Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya are asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming trial, now set for next month. Attorneys for 19-year-old Matthew Durham filed the request for a delay Thursday for Durham’s trial on sex abuse charges. That trial is now set for Sept. 9, but defense attorneys are asking a judge to delay the trial until next March. Prosecutors accuse Durham of sexually abusing children at the Upendo Children’s Home in Kenya, where he’d worked as a volunteer. Durham has denied the allegations. In the motion for a delay, Durham’s attorneys noted that more time is needed for attorneys to travel to Kenya to interview witnesses and prepare for trial.

  • Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the nickname because of its high rate of casualties during the Vietnam War.