• Oklahoma City to keep spraygrounds open longer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Kids, rejoice: The spraygrounds in Oklahoma City will stay open for another month. Typically, the outdoor play areas with sprinklers close on Labor Day, but Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation officials said Thursday that they’ll remain open longer because of hot temperatures in the forecast. The city says the spraygrounds will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 28. The city offers 16 spraygrounds that are open to the public.

  • Ukraine's leader urges country not to panic

    Updated: 45 min ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling on the country to resist giving into panic in the wake of Russian forces entering the country. Poroshenko called an urgent session of the national security council on Thursday. Security officials said two columns of tanks entered the country's southeast earlier in the day. "Destabilization of the situation and panic, this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks," Poroshenko told the security council, according to the Interfax news agency.

  • Israel finds body where American went missing

    Updated: 50 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a body has been found in the same area where a U.S. religious student disappeared last week. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities were in the process of identifying the body. The body was found in the Jerusalem Forest, the same area where seminary student Aharon Sofer disappeared last week while hiking. Authorities have been searching for Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, New Jersey. Rosenfeld would not say whether there were any signs of foul play.

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Updated: 51 min ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. It said another 81 peacekeepers are "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah." The statement did not specify which armed group is holding the peacekeepers. Various Syrian rebel groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, have been fighting the Syrian military ne

  • Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

    Updated: 57 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday. In southern Syria, gunmen detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the United Nations said. It added that another 81 peacekeepers were trapped in the area by the heavy clashes between rebels and Syrian troops.

  • Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

    Updated: 59 min ago

    Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions. In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren't comfortable with their child playing football. The same percentage was uncomfortable with ice hockey, and 45 percent were uncomfortable with participation in wrestling. Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last two years as concern over head injuries has increased at all levels of the gam

  • UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday. A new plan released by the U.N. health agency to stop Ebola also assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may be two to four times higher than currently reported. If that's accurate, it suggests there could be up to 12,000 cases already. Currently, about half of the people infected with Ebola have died, so in the worst case scenario outlined by the WHO, the death toll could reach 10,000. "This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases," Dr.

  • 5 things to know about earthquake faults

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Loma Prieta occurred on the extremely active San Andreas Fault. Seismologists say Sunday's quake near Napa occurred on the lesser-known West Napa Fault, which has not been well-mapped. "If you had put a bunch of seismologists and geologists together in a room and asked them where the next magnitude-6.0 quake would occur in the Bay Area, this would likely be the fifth fault they would name or the sixth," said Jack Boatwright, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "The amount we d

  • USDA launches new dairy insurance program

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies. The program is a kind of insurance that pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrink to a certain level. It replaces a program that paid farmers when milk prices sank too low. Dairy farmers have struggled in recent years even with good milk prices. Feed costs have risen because of demand for corn from the ethanol industry and recent droughts. Farmers who enroll in the program, which was authorized by the farm bill passed in February, will pay premiums for certain levels of coverage.

  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is preparing to meet in emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine. Diplomats said Thursday that the council will meet at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) at the request of Lithuania. Alarm has grown as a top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into Ukraine with sophisticated equipment and have been in direct "contact" with Ukrainian soldiers, resulting in casualties. Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin told reporters "You're at a loss" as he walked into a morning council session and gave no further comment. UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters that "Russia will be asked to explain why Russia has its troops inside Ukraine.

  • Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Hours after reaching an agreement to buy the company, the restored chief of New England's Market Basket supermarket chain celebrated with workers in a rally at headquarters Thursday, saying he loved them and appreciated their efforts in helping him regain control. "Seeing all of you here today is like seeing a little piece of heaven on earth," Arthur T. Demoulas told several hundred workers Thursday morning in Tewksbury, some of whom shouted "We love you" and "Welcome back" during a speech that sometimes resembled a political victory speech, and often took on the tones of a rock concert. "I am in awe of what you have all accomplished," he said. Arthur T. Demoulas was ousted in June by a board o

  • Track Debut: Mad Manhattan's tasty pop song "Shadowtalk"

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mad Manhattan is a new Oklahoma City music project led by Jonathan King, who’s been rocking out with Paperscissor all summer. Here’s an exclusive first taste of Mad Manhattan’s shiny pop track “Shadowtalk.” I caught up with King and learned about how the track developed. “Shadowtalk” is among a set of new songs the band […]

  • Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A firearms company affiliated with reality TV star Will Hayden is distancing itself from him after his arrest on rape charges. In a statement on its website, Red Jacket Firearms LLC says it has legally separated from Hayden. The Baton Rouge-based company says it will remain in business. The Discovery Channel canceled "Sons of Guns" after Hayden's arrest on Tuesday. Discovery says it killed the show due to "the serious and horrific nature of the charges" against Hayden. The show featured Hayden and his firearms business. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says Hayden was arrested on aggravated rape charges involving a child. He already faced child molestation and aggravated crime

  • Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence's Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France. The couple's children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says. Jolie and Pitt's wedding caps years of rampant speculation on when the couple would offic

  • Amish kidnap suspect's employer probes drug theft

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — The hospital that employed a New York man charged with abducting two Amish girls is conducting an investigation into the possibility that he stole drugs. Stephen Howells Jr. worked as a registered nurse at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg before he was arrested this month on charges of kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls. The Watertown Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1qLTZRK ) that the hospital is conducting an investigation as it cooperates with police. A hospital spokeswoman would not comment on the specifics of Howells's case but stressed that patient medications are under strict security. Authorities say Howells and Nicole Vaisey abused the gi

  • Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's just 6,000 higher than four weeks ago, when the average fell to the lowest level in more than eight years. "The downward trend ... is now clear and strong," said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. Shepherdson forecasts that employers added 250,000 jobs this month. Applications are a proxy for layoffs.

  • Power outage reported in south Oklahoma City Thursday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    A power outage has been reported in south Oklahoma City Thursday morning. There are 1,884 electric customers affected.

  • Suspect in Wednesday death of former Tulsan killed in Dallas officer-involved shooting

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    DALLAS — An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a former Tulsan during an early Wednesday robbery attempt was killed in a shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer shortly afterward, authorities said. Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year-veteran of the department, fatally shot Sergio Ramos after Ramos reportedly killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling during a robbery at a local Walmart Supercenter, at 13739 North Central Expressway, around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department said in a release. A 2001 Holland Hall cross country invitational list indicates Roling spent time at the preparatory school. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Phone call data may alter Malaysia jet search area

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the analysis of the call, attempted by Malaysia Airlines officials on the ground soon after Flight 370 disappeared from radar, "suggests to us that the aircraft might have turned south a little earlier than we had previously expected." The Boeing 777 disappeared after veering off its northerly course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and has become one of a

  • Woman loses appeal in high rise death case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected the appeal of a woman convicted of killing her husband by pushing him through a 25th-floor window in a Tulsa high-rise apartment. Twenty-two-year-old Amber Hilberling was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 2011 death of Joshua Hilberling. The court on Wednesday rejected her appeals — including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel. Hilberling testified during her trial that she and her husband were arguing and that she feared for her safety as the dispute escalated.