• G-7 leaders express concern over South China Sea, urge peace

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — The leaders of the Group of Seven countries expressed concern Friday over China's increasingly assertive activity in the East and South China seas, renewing their warnings against one-sided attempts to change the situation, and stressed the importance of peaceful resolutions. In a declaration wrapping up their annual summit, the G-7 leaders called for regional and international cooperation on preserving freedom of navigation in the regional seas and cooperating to use the ocean in a sustainable way. "We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas, and emphasize the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement disputes," they said.

  • Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action on economies

    Abe claims success as G-7 leaders back action...

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting evidence the formula is failing to yield promised results in Japan. In meetings at an isolated seaside resort renowned for its crayfish and pearls, Abe appealed for more action to stave off a downturn, insisting that an earlier lack of urgency contributed to the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

  • Health officials confirm 2 cases of measles in Arizona

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials have confirmed two cases of measles in Arizona and say people may have been exposed to the virus in Pinal County. The Arizona Department of Health Services says both patients are recovering. One of the cases may have exposed the public to the measles last Saturday at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and the Arco AM/PM Store in Casa Grande on Sunday. Health officials say people who were at these locations last weekend should monitor for symptoms and call their health care provider if they begin exhibiting symptoms. The other case did not have exposure to public places and doesn't pose a risk to the public.

  • Dump Trump? Some millennials aren't so sure

    Dump Trump? Some millennials aren\'t so sure

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brendan De Regla drove three hours and waited in line for half a day to see Donald Trump speak at a rally in Southern California. Dozens of college-aged protesters shouted on the other side of a police line, but De Regla, 22, stood unwaveringly in support of Trump. "I just fell in love with him immediately," he said, sporting a "Make America Great Again" T-shirt. "Since day one, I've loved him. But I knew it would take some time for people to figure out what he was about and what he was going to do and it's finally happening." While most polls show Bernie Sanders is the overwhelming favorite of millennials — voters between the ages of 18 and 35 —some young voters are taking a serious look

  • West Bank outpost's impending evacuation a test for Israel

    West Bank outpost\'s impending evacuation a test...

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AMONA OUTPOST, West Bank (AP) — The fate of 50 white caravans perched atop a West Bank hill in the Amona settler outpost is emerging as a key test for Benjamin Netanyahu's newly-expanded hard-line government. Under a Supreme Court order, the government must tear down the outpost by the end of the year — a move expected to face staunch opposition from within the coalition and pit security forces against the wishes of leading members of the Cabinet. Amona is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts — built without permission but generally tolerated by the government — that dot the West Bank. The outpost became a symbol of settler defiance after a partial evacuation a decade ago sparked violent clashes between resi

  • Poultry returning to state fairs, Farm Show, after ban

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A year-long poultry ban at state fairs in Pennsylvania is about to be ended. The state Department of Agriculture said Thursday the poultry suspension will be lifted on Wednesday for the state's 109 county fairs and the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. Chickens, ducks and other poultry were barred in May 2015 as a precaution to protect the state's poultry industry against the threat of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu. Highly pathogenic avian influenza killed tens of millions of birds last year. The virus spreads when domestic poultry come in contact with wild birds that carry the disease. Poultry exhibits now must test negative for the virus at least 30 days before the fair.

  • Inmate overdoses lead to SWAT team search of prison

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A SWAT team comprised of correctional officers searched for contraband at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston after two inmates overdosed this past week. State Department of Corrections spokesman J.R. Ventura tells The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1U9Xz6K ) that the Correctional Emergency Response Team and drug-sniffing canines didn't find any contraband in their Thursday search of the minimum-security facility. The first inmate overdosed on May 18, with the second following suit on Wednesday. Ventura says both men were treated with Narcan and were hospitalized. They have since recuperated and are now back in general population.

  • Thunder lost Game 5 at start of fourth quarter

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Oracle Arena was alive but nervous. The Warriors' eight-point halftime lead had been sliced to four. Twelve minutes remained, maybe in their season. And to start that crucial fourth quarter, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were on the bench. A risky move from Steve Kerr. A chance for OKC to pounce. But, instead, the Warriors bench mob blasted open the game in a flash and created the separation their starters would need to close out Game 5 with a 120-111 victory and send the Western Conference finals back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. “I don't know if it was the stretch (that won the game),” Kerr said. “But it was a very important stretch.

  • Q&A with Warriors forward Draymond Green

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green had a nightmare two-game trip to Oklahoma City. It didn't get better in the first half on Thursday night. Then right out of halftime, he fouled Kevin Durant shooting a free throw, protested the call and received a technical. He seemed to be melting down again. But instead, he returned to All-Star form, blocking four shots and grabbing 13 rebounds to help the Warriors stay alive.  After the game, he discussed the technical, the win and his turnaround. After that (technical foul), you seemed to return to the old Draymond Green. Was there anything to that? Green: “I mean, after that it was just like, all right, if I'm going to try not to get a tech and I'm going to still get a

  • Thunder bench throttled in Game 5 loss to Warriors

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder was down 13 midway through the fourth quarter. Three minutes later during a timeout, a Warriors hype man ran right behind assistant coach Maurice Cheeks with a massive yellow flag that read “Strength in Numbers.” “That's kind of been our motto for the last couple years,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors' bench showed it, blasting through the Thunder's bench en route to a 120-111 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. OKC's second unit was outscored 30-13, including 14 points from Marreese Speights, the outside-in big man who prefers the jumper to the low post game of an Enes Kanter. “Mo is instant offense for us,” Warriors coach Steve

  • Thunder-Warriors Game 5 by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    1 Loss for the Thunder this postseason when Kevin Durant scores 30 points or more. Until Thursday night when he scored 40 points in a 120-111 loss, the Thunder had won all five games Durant had scored 30-plus in these playoffs. 1 Player who has multiple 40-point games this postseason — Durant. 2 More rebounds for the Warriors than the Thunder. After being out-rebounded in the two games in Oklahoma City by a combined 30 rebounds, they had a 34-32 advantage on the boards. 11-0 Warriors' record when Steph Curry scores 30 points or more in the postseason these last two postseasons. Thursday was the second time he's reached that mark in these playoffs, scoring 31. 13 Points for the Thunder bench, including none from

  • Warriors go big to stay alive against OKC

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The game was not yet a minute old when Russell Westbrook drove into the lane for the first time. Westbrook being Westbrook, he went straight to the basket. And a big man was there to greet him. Andrew Bogut stood his ground and caused Westbrook to loft a shot from just in front of the rim, rather than get to the comfort of the backboard. The ball hit the iron, bounced off and was grabbed by Bogut. Westbrook being Westbrook, he immediately stole the ball from Bogut. Alone on the baseline, Westbrook went up for an easy 10-footer. Except here came the 7-foot Bogut to contest the shot. It, too, bounced off. Welcome to the Thunder's world Thursday night. With a chance to close out the Western Conference

  • Draymond Green discusses his bounceback Game 4 and looks ahead to Game 5

    Draymond Green discusses his bounceback Game 4...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green had a nightmare two-game trip to Oklahoma City. It didn't get better in the first half on Thursday night. Then right out of halftime, he fouled Kevin Durant shooting a free throw, protested the call and received a technical. He seemed to be melting down again. But instead, he returned to All-Star form, blocking four shots and grabbing 13 rebounds to help the Warriors stay alive.  After the game, he discussed the technical, the win and his turnaround. After that (technical foul), you seemed to return to the old Draymond Green. Was there anything to that? Green: “I mean, after that it was just like, all right, if I'm going to try not to get a tech and I'm going to still get a

  • Poor start, finish to Game 5 costs Thunder a chance to close out series

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder played hard, but not always well, and the grades reflect an uneven performance that resulted in a 120-111 Golden State victory. REBOUNDING CThe Thunder had 15 offensive rebounds, but the Warriors had 11 offensive rebounds and outscored OKC 13-9 in second-chance points. The Warriors' Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut combined for nine offensive rebounds. Steven Adams picked up two early fouls and played just 9 1/2 first-half minutes, curtailing the Thunder's best rebounder. THREE-POINT GAME AThe Thunder shot horridly from the paint through three quarters (nine of 29) but stayed in the game with quality 3-point shooting. The Thunder made 13 of 30. Only Kevin

  • TNT’s Barkley questions Donovan’s Russ decision

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley questioned Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan's coaching in keeping Russell Westbrook on the bench when the Warriors made a third-quarter run to take control of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night. “I thought that Billy made a mistake also keeping Westbrook out of the game,” Barkley said. “The game was right there; when they took him out, that's when they (Golden State) made that little spurt.” Barkley also said Thunder stars Westbrook and Kevin Durant didn't work hard enough to work their teammates into the offense.  “I thought they (Durant and Westbrook) didn't get other guys involved as much as they have these last couple

  • Thunder bench throttled in Game 5 against Warriors

    Thunder bench throttled in Game 5 against Warriors

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder was down 13 midway through the fourth quarter. Three minutes later during a timeout, a Warriors hype man ran right behind assistant coach Maurice Cheeks with a massive yellow flag that read “Strength in Numbers.” “That's kind of been our motto for the last couple years,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors' bench showed it, blasting through the Thunder's bench en route to a 120-111 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. OKC's second unit was outscored 30-13, including 14 points from Marreese Speights, the outside-in big man who prefers the jumper to the low post game of an Enes Kanter. “Mo is instant offense for us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He

  • The battle continues

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With the Thunder trailing by nine, Steven Adams stood on the baseline and clapped his hands with optimism. When the lead jumped back to double digits in the fourth quarter, Serge Ibaka motioned with both arms for the Thunder to calm down. Two possessions later, Russell Westbrook blazed down the court out of control. Offensive foul. The Thunder cut the deficit to single digits again, but Kevin Durant was stripped by Stephen Curry. There was Thunder composure. There was OKC resistance. There was also Golden State grit. Warriors 120, Thunder 111. “Well, again, it's a series right now,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “We put all of our emphasis and all of our effort into tonight to

  • Uncapped potential?

    Uncapped potential?

    By Rick M. Green, Randy Ellisand Brianna Bailey Staff Writers | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma voters will get a chance to decide whether supermarkets and convenience stores will be allowed to sell wine and strong beer under a measure that won final legislative approval on Thursday. The Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 68 earlier, so the 64-30 House vote was the final step needed to refer the issue to the Nov. 8 ballot. “The road to modernization has been a long one, and while it is not over yet, today was a significant step toward bringing cold, strong beer to Oklahomans,” said Eric James, senior director of sales and marketing for Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma.

  • Restoring ‘the people’s house’

    Restoring ‘the people’s house’

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill that will ensure full funding for a historic project to repair and refurbish the nearly century-old state Capitol. A bill to provide the final $125 million in bonding authority for the $245 million project was approved 30-16 and now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin, who supports the measure. The Capitol needs exterior work to prevent water from seeping into the building and eroding the limestone facade. Staining needs to be cleaned. Miles of exterior grout needs to be replaced. Windows need to be upgraded.  Inside, the electrical and plumbing systems need major repair. Sewage leaks sometimes send odors throughout the building.

  • Thunder lost Game 5 at the start of the fourth quarter

    Thunder lost Game 5 at the start of the fourth...

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. —  Oracle Arena was alive but nervous. The Warriors' eight-point halftime lead had been sliced to four. Twelve minutes remained — maybe in their season. And to start that crucial fourth quarter, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were on the bench. A risky move from Steve Kerr. A chance for OKC to pounce. But, instead, the Warriors bench mob blasted open the game in a flash and created the separation their starters would need to close out Game 5 with a 120-111 victory and send the Western Conference finals back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. “I don't know if it was the stretch (that won the game),” Kerr said. “But it was a very important stretch.




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