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  • 6-year-old 'Rapunzel' cuts off hair so others can be princesses too

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    A six-year-old from England realized there were some little girls who don't have the chance to grow out their hair and pretend to be princesses, so she decided to do something about it.

  • Oklahoma man pleads guilty to killing two Weleetka girls in 2008

    Updated: 20 min ago

    OKEMAH (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn’t arrested until after being questioned in his fiancie’s death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday. Kevin Sweat, 28, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree murder in Okfuskee County District Court. Prosecutors dropped plans to seek the death penalty after Sweat agreed to waive his right to a jury trial. His bench trial, before only a judge, was scheduled to begin Monday. The girls — 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker — were fatally shot as they walked down a road near Weleetka in rural eastern Oklahoma.

  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Updated: 39 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. He has hesitated in the past because such a move would instantly put the Palestinians on a risky collision course with Israel. But with about 1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza, according to health officials, Abbas has signaled he might move ahead — cautiously. Palestinian officials said Thursday that Abbas asked all Palestinian political factions, including Hamas and the smaller group Islamic Jihad, to give their written consent to such a move.

  • One person reportedly killed after a container falls off a tractor-trailer onto a pickup truck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 45 min ago

    The incident was reported about 2:20 p.m. near NE 23 and N Sooner Road.

  • Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Updated: 45 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report. The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a summary of an internal CIA investigation that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean Boyd.

  • Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Updated: 47 min ago

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky. For the families of the 298 victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in the open and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy. Harun Calehr, the uncle of two young victims of the disaster, said by telephone from his home in the U.S. that he was happy investigators had reached the site. But Calehr said he remains concerned that dozens of bodies haven't been retrieved. "I

  • Oklahoma City MAPS 3 expo center bids come in under estimates

    William Crum | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Bids for the MAPS 3 Fairgrounds expo center in Oklahoma City came in under estimates when they were opened Thursday afternoon at City Hall. Last week’s bids for the MAPS 3 whitewater recreation center far exceeded estimates, creating tension leading up to Thursday afternoon’s bid meeting in a City Hall conference room. Several top city executives attended, […]

  • Masseuse accused of offering more than massage to teenager in Oklahoma City is arrested

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    JingJing Qu, 28, was arrested Wednesday on a complaint of sexual battery after a 16-year-old accused the masseuse of touching him inappropriately in Oklahoma City.

  • Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it named PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to the top spot, replacing Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan, who had been keeping the seat warm since May. The announcement comes roughly three months after Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned following a large data breach in the run-up to the holiday shopping season last year. Steinhafel had been dealing with problems on a number of other fronts too, including persistent perceptions that Target charges higher prices than its rivals and concerns that it had lost its magic touch for

  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. U.S. health officials urged Americans not to travel to the three countries hit by the medical crisis: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Almost half of the 57 new deaths reported by the World Health Organization occurred in Liberia, where two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas and Nancy Writebol, a North Carolina-based missionary, are also sick with Ebola.

  • IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics, says settlement to athiest lawsuit

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 19 hr ago

    A recent IRS settlement with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist lobbying group, has the tax agency pledging to investigate religious groups and pastors who preach politics from the pulpit.

  • Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym closed until Saturday

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    High traffic is being blamed on the need for the Edmond Mitch Park YMCA gym floor to be resurfaced, after just six months of being open. The gym will be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — RICHMOND, Va. — A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia's first family was a poor business decision, not friendship. The government's star witness in the corruption trial against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, testified that he showered the family with gifts requested by the former first lady. But businessman Jonnie Williams said he shouldn't have had to buy things such as a Rolex priced at more than $6,000 to get the help he needed for his company, Star Scientific. "It was a bad decision on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it," Williams said. "I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed.

  • Adair County homicide suspect is arrested in Arkansas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    James Manken, 40, was arrested by U.S. marshals and Benton County deputies in Cherokee City, Ark. He is accused of killing Wayne Lee Wennerholm, 71.

  • House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. The July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for millions of people like Douglas Hunter, not much has changed. Hunter earned $14 an hour cleaning oil drums before the Great Recession seized the economy and his job was axed. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in C

  • Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu's warning came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll. More than 1,422 Palestinians have been killed so far, including many civilians, according to Gaza health officials.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional. Passage of the law in 2011 put Wisconsin at the center of a nationwide battle over union rights and fueled Walker's rise to national prominence as he entered the mix of possible 2016 presidential candidates. Anger over the law led to Walker being forced to stand for recall in 2012; he won, making him the first governor in U.S. history to withstand such a vote. Walker is up for re-election this November, the third time he will be on the ballot in four years.

  • Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. Deadmau5 posted a YouTube video of his coffee run with Ford, who left a rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction last month. The Canadian DJ drives Ford to a Tim Horton's coffee shop in his 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider F1 Edition plastered with an animated cartoon cat called Nyan Cat. An incredulous deadmau5 calls Ford's order "crazy" and says five espressos in one cup is "cardiac arrest." Ford asks the teller twice if there's five shots and later says he "pounds the espressos back. I do." Ford admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor.

  • Picture this: #MyOklahoma's first year

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Wondering what Oklahoma has to offer? 19,000 photo submissions on the #MyOklahoma hashtag will tell you.