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  • Cooler temperatures, rain chance Friday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

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

  • American Airlines introduces combined LGBT employee group

    By CASEY SMITH - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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 | Yesterday

    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.

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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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

  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

    Yesterday

    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.

  • Labor Day events are planned around Oklahoma

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    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: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    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: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    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

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    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 nea

  • Oklahoma tornado survivor allowed back at Plaza Towers Elementary School

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    After a story in The Oklahoman, Moore schools found space for Porter Trammell and his brother. Over the summer, Moore Public Schools denied a transfer request to Porter Trammell, 10, whose family lives in a rental house outside of Plaza Towers’ boundaries because their in-boundary home hasn’t been rebuilt.

  • Oklahoma education department says it will withhold fifth-, eighth-grade writing scores from report

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, in response to online testing failures, said Thursday the state Education Department will not use fifth- and eighth-grade writing scores to help determine the overall grade for this year’s school report cards.

  • Oklahoma reports four cases of West Nile virus

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

    Oklahoma health officials have reported four confirmed cases of West Nile virus. There have been two people hospitalized and two people treated, but no deaths in the state this year.

  • Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's flight path. Now an analysis of those failed attempts to reach Flight 370 could alter the search for the plane. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on the new analysis, which suggests that the aircraft turned that direction earlier than previously believed. Investigators have long been aware of the calls but only recently developed methods to analyze the phone

  • Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles said that if the two sides cannot agree, he will rule Friday on a request from clinics and doctors for a temporary order blocking enforcement of the law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it remains in court. The law will require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.

  • Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a broad immigration overhaul after the midterm elections in November. He said that if lawmakers did not pass an overhaul, "I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better." But for the first time since pledging to act by summer's end, he signaled that such a target date could slip.

  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The slayings were the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group, which has terrorized rivals and civilians alike with widely publicized brutality in Syria and Iraq as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the border. In southern Syria, meanwhile, 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 hea

  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions. A top U.N. official told the emergency meeting that the spread of violence in southeastern Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of independently verifying the latest reports of Russia sending in troops and tanks. The meeting came hours after a top Ukrainian official said two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired missiles at a Ukraine border post, then rolled into the country.