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  • Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7. An inquest heard that Geldof — daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof — was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute methadone for more than two years in a bid to stay free of the opiate. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told the hearing that Geldof had started using heroin again in February. He said he had seen her flushing drugs she had hidden in the loft of their home down the to

  • Oil company geologist to talk Oklahoma earthquakes

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    A geologist with one of the country’s largest independent oil producers will talk about the recent uptick in earthquake activity in Oklahoma. Continental Resources’ Vice President of Geology Glen Brown will deliver a luncheon address Wednesday to members of the Oklahoma Geological Society. Brown theorizes that the increase in seismic activity across the state may be related to larger worldwide earthquakes. He says unusual earthquake activity has been observed in recent years in other states where there is no oil and gas activity. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma has recorded about 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January.

  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

    Yesterday

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

  • Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

    Yesterday

    GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Boat sirens wailed and bells tolled on the island just before two tugboats pulled the Concordia away from Giglio's port, where the luxury liner ended up on its side in pristine Mediterranean waters, after being gashed by a reef it struck when its captain steered too close to the island. The tugs are bringing the crippled ship on a four-day journey to the northwestern port of Genoa, which is home to the ship's owner, Costa Crociere Spa. The vessel will be scrapped there. Accompanying the tugs and Concordia, movin

  • Woman, 17-year-old son dead in apparent murder-suicide

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    A 50-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were found dead Tuesday in what the Tulsa Police Department said was apparently a murder-suicide committed during the late afternoon. Police and EMSA medics conducted a welfare check on their home in the 2200 block of South Delaware Place about 4 p.m. after a relative of the family reported she wasn’t able to enter the home, Sgt. Dave Walker said Tuesday night. When officers forced their way inside, they discovered Kimberly and Joseph Crabtree in a bedroom, both with gunshot wounds. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cities in Oklahoma scramble to spend community storm grants

    By Clifton Adcock, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    More than half of the federal disaster funds being offered to Oklahoma for recovery from the violent storms of 2013 are in the form of community development grants.

  • New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. An attorney for Silva, Jonathan Shapiro, said Tuesday evening that he had received the case only a few hours earlier. "According to news reports, law-enforcement officials say it is the same weapon that was used ... in the MIT officer Sean Collier shooting. However, this has not been charged in the indictmen

  • Aubrey McClendon plans day care and fitness center on unfinished wine cellar site

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Designs submitted to the Oklahoma City Planning Department show plans for a 18,000-square-foot American Energy Partners day care center on the southwest corner of NW 68 and Classen Boulevard.

  • Three die in Oklahoma wrecks, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A man and a woman died Monday night in a Muskogee County crash, and a Lone Wolf woman died Tuesday afternoon in Kiowa County, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Courts issue conflicting decisions on key challenges to Obamacare

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Issue over tax subsidies may ultimately be decided by U.S. Supreme Court. White House says there is no immediate impact on millions of Americans — including an estimated 55,000 Oklahomans — who will receive subsidies to purchase health insurance.

  • "Batkid Begins" documentary inspired by 5-year-old boy who beat cancer

    Megan Christensen, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    As of last week, an Indigogo campaign for a documentary to be titled "Batkid Begins" went live, asking to raise $100,000 to tell the story of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy who beat leukemia.

  • AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavaliers have been discussing a potential deal that would send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Wigging, Anthony Bennett and other pieces. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not comment

  • Midwest City police look for man accused of animal cruelty

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An arrest warrant for Corey Marion Harrison, 26, was issued Tuesday. He was charged Friday with two counts of animal cruelty.

  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings don't necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court for the Affordable Care Act. And White House spokesman Josh Earnest immediately announced that millions of consumers will keep getting financial aid for their premiums — billions of dollars in all — as the administration appeals the one adverse decision.

  • UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future." Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment." As he started to address the council a siren could be heard in the background. The U.N. chief has also visited Qatar, Kuwait, Cairo and Jerusalem and said he will go on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia on what he called a mission "of solidarity and peace" to quickly end an escalating two-week war between Israelis and Hamas militants who contro

  • Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine. Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight and indefinitely canceled all future flights between the U.S. and Israel after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. Other U.S. airlines quickly took similar action, and counterparts in Europe and Canada followed within hours, despite protests from the Israeli government. Israeli airline El Al maintained its regular flight schedule. The airlines were out ahead of aviation regulators in stopping serv

  • Judge ponders overturning state gay marriage ban

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore indicated that the injunction sought by gay couples declaring Colorado's law unconstitutional is certain to be granted. But he said what he's trying to decide is whether his ruling should be put on hold. Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers is not opposing the injunction, but he wants it to be stayed until the nation's highest court decides the issue. However, the attorney for the gay couples told the judge repeatedly that "justice delayed is

  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine. Israel declared that Ben-Gurion Airport was safe and said there was no reason to "hand terror a prize" by halting flights. The rare flight ban came as Israel grappled with news that a soldier went missing after an attack in the Gaza Strip, raising the possibility he was abducted, a scenario that could complicate intense diplomatic efforts to end the two-week conflict.

  • OSBI agents are looking for man accused of killing his father-in-law in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    James Douglas Manken, 40, is accused of killing his father-in-law in his Adair County home. Manken’s wife, Janice Manken, 26, was arrested Monday on an accessory to murder complaint, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

  • Woman convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson. The Dallas County jury found Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, guilty of intentional serious injury to a child in Johnathan Ramsey's death. Jurors begin hearing testimony Wednesday morning in the sentencing phase of Ramsey's trial and could sentence her to a maximum of life imprisonment. The boy's 35-year-old father, Aaron Ramsey, is serving a life sentence already. Prosecutors say the two locked the boy in his room at the family's Dallas home, then slowly starved him on a diet of bread and water and dumped his emaciated body in a rural area south of Dallas in 2011. The body was found the