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  • Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

    Updated: 3 min ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a university student from Guinea who sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, this week, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters. The young man said he had had contact with Ebola patients while he was in Guinea and was immediately put under quarantine, she said. Tests from the Institut Pasteur have confirmed that he has Ebola, and the World Health Organization has been alerted. The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa beg

  • Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations

    Updated: 4 min ago

    There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb. Yes, we're talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream. "When I sell books personally at events like Seattle Hempfest and Denver County Fair, response has been huge in those states that have newly legalized, and I will sell hundreds of copies over a weekend," says Elise McDonough, author of the "The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook," which grew out of the recipe column in the magazine (which, by the way, turns 40 this year).

  • Pro-Russia separatists in control of coastal town

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia. Associated Press reporters saw at least a half-dozen tanks in the town of about 12,000 people, bearing the flags of Novorossiya, the would-be state proclaimed by rebels in two eastern Ukraine regions. None of the tanks bore Russian markings, but ready-made meals seen near one of the tanks carried markings that they were issued by the Russian army. "There is no Russian equipment coming through here. We are fighting with the machinery the (Ukrainian forces) abandon.

  • Cooler temperatures, rain chance Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 39 min ago

    There is a 50 percent chance of rain Friday in central Oklahoma. The high temperature in Oklahoma City will be near 89 degrees.

  • UPDATE: Crash narrows I-44 traffic in northeast Oklahoma City Friday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An overturned tractor-trailer has shut down lanes of Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City. The crash was early Friday near Martin Luther King Avenue in northeast Oklahoma City.

  • Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system. The eruption took place the Holuhraun lava field, 5 kilometers (3 miles) north of Dyngjujoekull glacier, Iceland's Meteorological Office said. The event was described as being not highly explosive — and thus not producing much of the fine ash that can affect aircraft engines. The airspace is closed three nautical miles around the eruption area up to 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) — meaning it does not affect commercial flights flying over Iceland.

  • 'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marine Corps historians say the battalion appears to have gotten the nickname because of its high rate of casualties during the Vietnam War.

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Updated: 1 hr ago

    In some ways, American Airlines is all-inclusive. American Airlines used social media Wednesday evening to introduce Pride, its newly combined LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — employee resource group with US Airways. On its corporate Twitter and Facebook accounts, the airline posted a photo of a rainbow flag flying from a window in the pilot’s cabin of a parked passenger plane. With the hashtag #NowArriving, the company emphasized its continued support to equality, diversity and inclusion following the merger with US Airways. American Airlines has boasted it was the first major airline to have a company-recognized LGBT employee resource group, the Gay Lesbian Employees of American, or GLEAM.

  • Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Thursday that her mother was resting comfortably. She did not elaborate on the 81-year-old comedian's condition. She offered thanks for an outpouring of "love and support" and asked for continuing thoughts and prayers. The Mount Sinai Hospital said it had no updates on Friday morning. On Thursday, hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay (DIHN'-say) confirmed that Rivers had been taken there in the morning. The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business and is known for often-snarky red carpet commentary.

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this year. “Inhofe is a top-ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment,” the NRDC said in a press release. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the body was confirmed early on Friday morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer. "There is no suspicion of foul play," said Samri, meaning Sofer's death was not a militant attack or a criminal attack. She had no further details on how he died. The body was found on Thursday night in the same area where Sofer disappeared last week. The 23-year-old Sofer, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

  • Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news Thursday at the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, Massachusetts, home of the 104th Fighter Wing, where the pilot and jet were based. Keefe said his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity wasn't disclosed. "Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts Air National Guard," Brig. Gen. Robert Brooks, Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, told a news confe

  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway but there is no move to change the airline's name, which some branding experts had said was necessary for a successful makeover. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of the airline, said the overhaul includes the establishment of a new company that will take over the existing Malaysia Airlines business and its reduced staff. The revamp and new investment in the carrier wi

  • Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who Ballmer was. But in short order she convinced him that the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Shelly Sterling offered details of how she negotiated one of the richest deals in sports after her husband's racist rant to a girlfriend became public, prompting the NBA to ban him for life and decree he give up the team. At that point, Shelly Sterling stepped in. "I was given the task and I did it," she said Thursday. "I just did what I had to do.

  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction. Tourists from Japan flock to ranges in Waikiki, Hawaii, and the dozen or so that have cropped up in Las Vegas offer bullet-riddled bachelor parties and literal shotgun weddings, where newly married couples can fire submachine gun rounds and pose with Uzis and ammo belts.

  • Interstate 35 interchanges open in Norman for OU season opener

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Norman Police Department issues traffic and parking information for Saturday’s University of Oklahoma football game.

  • Labor Day events are planned around Oklahoma

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Rodeos, fairs and other events all over Oklahoma will provide plenty of family-friendly opportunities to celebrate the Labor Day holiday and long weekend.

  • Silver Alert issued for Oklahoma City woman

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

    A Silver Alert has been issued for Connie Hawkins, 64. She last seen about 7 a.m. Thursday at 11120 Stratford Drive, the Oklahoma City police reported.

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as "Russian volunteers." The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months in the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satellite photos of Russian self-propelled artillery units moving last week.

  • UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine. Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. This time, it has spread to major cities in four countries, provoking unrest as whole neighborhoods and towns have been sealed to the outside. An experimental vaccine developed by the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline will be tested on humans starting next week, the U.S. National Institutes of