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  • Prevalence of infectious diseases up in Oklahoma

    Yesterday

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Infectious diseases once unknown in Oklahoma are now a threat to the health of its residents as maladies such as the West Nile virus, chikungunya virus and Heartland virus spread across the globe, according to state health officials. The Oklahoma Department of Health reported in May that a Delaware County resident died from complications of the Heartland virus, the first recorded case of the tick-borne virus in the state and only the second person to die from the disease in the nation. Last month, the agency said a Tulsa County resident who traveled to Haiti on a mission trip was the first Oklahoman to test positive for the chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is not indigenous to the U.S.

  • OKC Thunder: Pau Gasol tweets he's close to decision (UPDATE)

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James made his decision. Next up: Pau Gasol. The free agent center, who reportedly has the Oklahoma City Thunder among his favorites, tweeted out that he's nearing a decision following James' bombshell this morning. Gasol is reportedly being pursued by the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Ex-Bush lawyer convicted of trying to kill wife

    Yesterday

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted Friday of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago. John Michael Farren, 61, who also was once general counsel for Xerox Corp., was allowed to sit out his trial after he said he wouldn't be able to handle the stress of it. But he was in the courtroom Friday when the jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child. Prosecutors allege Farren choked Mary Margaret Farren and beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness at their multimillion dollar home in New Canaan in January 2010. She managed

  • Feds: Woman sent nude pics of son, 4, to boyfriend

    Yesterday

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend. A document filed with U.S. District Court in Charlotte says the woman is charged with producing child pornography and distributing child pornography. James Burns, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says in the document that the woman told investigators she used her mother's cellphone to take the pictures, which she then sent to her boyfriend in Tennessee. The photos were traced back to the woman and her boyfriend after investigators learned in January that a man in Texas had child pornography, including the photos of the young boy.

  • White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said Friday. Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget office is also $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when releasing the president's budget. Obama presided over trillion-dollar-plus deficits during his first term as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession and financial crisis. Attempts to strike deals on spending cuts and revenue increases with GOP leaders such as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio have failed, though Obama was successful in muscling through a tax increase on we

  • NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars. The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models. NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received five complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a highway entrance ramp, causing the car to roll over and cause injuries. Ford Motor Co. says it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the investigation. Ford shares rose 17 cents to close at $17.47 Friday. They have risen more than 11 percent in the past three months.

  • Immigrant community rallies after fire kills 7

    Yesterday

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Soben Pin wept as she tried to express her sorrow Friday over a fire that claimed the lives of five members of a Cambodian family and displaced dozens more in Massachusetts. "They escaped from Cambodia, they came here to live the American dream, said Pin, who publishes a newspaper for Lowell's Cambodian community. "You escape from there and you die from a fire. How is that possible?" In a city with the second-largest Cambodian-American population in the U.S., members of the immigrant community are rallying to help the surviving relatives of the family who lost three children and their parents, as well as more than 40 other Cambodians displaced by Thursday's pre-dawn fire in an apartment building.

  • UPDATE: All-clear given after bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Prison officials found no evidence of an explosive device following a bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center Friday morning.

  • Barcelona signs Suarez from Liverpool despite ban

    Yesterday

    Barcelona prides itself in upholding high moral values and being "more than a club." The Catalan giants, though, have decided to overlook a litany of misdemeanors by Luis Suarez to sign football's most high-profile outcast. The Uruguay striker is set to seal his transfer from Liverpool next week despite being unable to play, or even train with his new teammates, until the end of October when his latest biting ban expires. FIFA on Thursday rejected Suarez's appeal against the four-month suspension from all football activity for sinking his teeth into an Italian opponent during a World Cup match last month.

  • Hospital elevator buttons should not be touched, study says

    Alyssa Banks, KSL | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Americans spend much of their stay at hospitals in and out of elevators and bathrooms. It's already known that hospitals are filled with bacteria. A recent study takes a closer look at the bacteria in hospital elevators and bathrooms.

  • Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses

    Yesterday

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege. The barrage of rocket fire just before sunrise at a base near the Russian border was a devastating setback for government forces, who had seemingly gained the upper hand last weekend when they pushed the pro-Russian fighters out of their stronghold city of Slovyansk. In addition to those killed, 93 soldiers were wounded, the Defense Ministry said. "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned

  • Why shows like 'Game of Thrones' dominated the Emmy nods

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    As cable and Netflix shows like "Game of Thrones" and "House of Cards" topped 2014 Emmy nods, many blame a lack of FCC restriction for network shows getting less attention.

  • Oklahoma State alum sues Sports Illustrated over 'Dirty Game' series

    BY MURPHY MITCHELL, TulsaWorld.com | Yesterday

    STILLWATER — A Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative who reportedly paid illegal benefits to Oklahoma State University football players has sued Time Inc. over his portrayal in the Sports Illustrated series "The Dirty Game." A lawsuit filed Thursday in Payne County District Court by John Talley lists Sports Illustrated Magazine, along with employees George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans, as defendants. Talley is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 that he claims are a result of the September 2013 Sports Illustrated investigative series into the Oklahoma State University football program titled “The Dirty Game.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • LeBron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    King James is coming home. LeBron James explains to SI's Lee Jenkins why he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. "When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."

  • Double fatality accident reported near Hennepin in southern Oklahoma

    Yesterday

    11:10 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County has been reopened following a double fatality collision involving a car and a tractor trailer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. 9:02 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County is closed due to a double fatality collision involving a car and semi truck. Both vehicles have burned and the roadway is completely blocked, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

    Yesterday

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown off a bridge survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police are seeking the person who tossed him. Construction crews reported hearing a noise Thursday, then seeing the kitten fall toward the water over the bridge railing and into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say the kitten swam to shore but got stuck in the mud. Marine patrol and animal control officers were able to rescue him. Police said Friday that they have no leads on a suspect. Police have said they are hoping for tips from the public to help them find the person who threw the kitten.

  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. The tax break allows businesses to more quickly write off the costs of new equipment, making it popular among business groups. But the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. The House approved the bill by a vote of 258-160. The tax break, known as bonus depreciation, has been around for years, though it has always been temporary. The latest version was enacted in 2008 to help jumpstart the economy.

  • What stresses Americans most and how to deal with it

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Nearly half of Americans experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a new national survey. Health, work, finances and family all set people on edge.

  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent, according to a survey released Friday by the National Association for Business Economics. That's down from 3.5 percent in a June survey. Growth in 2014 as a whole will be just 1.6 percent, they project, sharply below a previous forecast of 2.5 percent. If accurate, this year's growth would be the weakest since the Great Recession. The lower 2014 forecast largely reflects the impact of a sharp contraction in the first quarter. The economy shr

  • Theater review: 'The Little Mermaid' at Lyric in Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers | Yesterday

    Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a textbook example of style over substance. Fortunately, its stylish attributes are abundant, from eye-catching costumes to shimmering underwater scenes. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre’s production can’t draw sufficient attention away from the musical’s shortcomings.