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  • Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

    Updated: 16 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three-week conflict between Israel and Hamas. The U.N. called for an "immediate" cease-fire. Israel's military said it struck two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza after a rocket hit southern Israel earlier in the day. The rocket caused no damage or injuries. Earlier, the Israeli military said it had not carried out any attacks in Gaza since 9:3

  • Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

    Updated: 27 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by early next year. Shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, spiked 20 percent before the opening bell Monday. Shares of Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia, are up almost 4 percent.

  • Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

    Updated: 30 min ago

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — An international police team has failed to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area. A delegation of Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped Monday in Shakhtarsk, a town around 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the fields where the aircraft was downed. Sounds of regular shelling could be heard from Shakhtarsk and residents were fleeing town in cars. AP reporters saw a high-rise apartment block in the town being hit by at least two rounds of artillery. The mandate of the police team is to secure the currently rebel-controlled area so that comprehensive investigations can begin and any remai

  • International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts

    Updated: 35 min ago

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts.

  • Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar in deal worth about $9B to create dollar-store giant

    Updated: 36 min ago

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar in deal worth about $9B to create dollar-store giant.

  • UPDATE: Heavy rain reported in western and southern Oklahoma early Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    There is a slight chance for rain Monday in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. Temperatures will stay below 90 degrees in Oklahoma City Monday.

  • Man dies after lightning hits California beach

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said. Witnesses said they saw a glare of light and heard a tremendous boom as lightning struck the water off of Venice Beach around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Swimmers cooling off on a muggy day, volleyball players on the sand and people strolling the famous boardwalk were jolted. A 20-year-old man was taken from the beach to a hospital where he died, 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.

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    Updated: 3 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.

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

    Updated: 4 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

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

    Updated: 4 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: 5 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

  • Salvation Army is in midst of massive relocation effort in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is moving from downtown Oklahoma City to its new headquarters at NW 10 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Federal disaster loans is one avenue tornado victims took on path to recovery

    By Clifton Adcock and Nate Robson, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma Watch: The total amount loaned by the U.S. Small Business Administration was $21 million, or 42 percent of the approved total amount. About half of the total amount approved was for applicants in Oklahoma City and Moore, which took the brunt of the damage from the May 20 and May 31, 2013, storms.

  • Homeless people are susceptible to Oklahoma's extreme heat, advocates say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma’s hot, sweaty summers can make life miserable for anyone who has to be outside. But for people with no access to air conditioning and water, extreme heat can be dangerous or even deadly.

  • Oklahoma treasurer calls income tax reduction measure 'clear as mud'

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma taxpayers could get a small cut in their state income taxes beginning in 2016, but it’s based on a complicated revenue-based “trigger” built in to the measure. So complicated that even state Treasurer Ken Miller, who holds a doctorate in economics, said it’s about as “clear as mud.”

  • 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.

  • Traffic Talk: States continue to work on Pikepass co-operation

    By Don Gammill, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Don Gammill: Toll road riders should remember this term — “interoperability” — as Oklahoma continues to work with Kansas and Texas to improve Pikepass useability.

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

    Updated: 6 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: 7 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.