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  • Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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, […]

  • AAA Oklahoma predicts jump in Labor Day travel

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

    AAA Oklahoma predicts that more residents will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, with a 2 percent jump expected over last year’s numbers. The organization estimated that 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over the holiday. That’s compared with the 400,300 Oklahomans who traveled last Labor Day. AAA Oklahoma says nearly 85 percent of the state’s travelers will get to their destination by car, with the remainder choosing to fly or travel by bus or train. Nationwide, AAA predicts that 34.7 million people will travel over the holiday period, which AAA defines as Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1.

  • 378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks

    Yesterday

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1ndJ16p) reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

  • 39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides

    Yesterday

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area. Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city on Wednesday, crushing dozens of houses after heavy rains. Hiroshima prefectural police said 39 people were confirmed dead and 51 others were missing as of midday Thursday. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 23 people were injured, 13 seriously. A police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official policy, said there was a possibility of some inacc

  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Yesterday

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular. The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of s

  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday. Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned to the couple by Bali police, said Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are refusing to talk to investigators. Their American attorney said this week that Heather Mack is two months pregnant and complained about her treatment in custody. Sihombing said Mack, 19, is being detained at the Denpasar police station while Schaefer, 21, is being held separately at the provincial police headquarters.

  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held. But the several dozen special operations forces dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them at that location and engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing, killing several militants. No Americans died but one sustained a minor injury when an aircraft was hit.