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  • Bloomberg lands in Israel in show of support

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed Wednesday in Israel in spite of a U.S. flight ban amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, offering the country support amid growing international frustration over the violence. Bloomberg arrived at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport on Israel's national carrier El Al, where he was met by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Federal Aviation Administration renewed a flight ban to Israel on Wednesday, following decisions by U.S. and European airlines to suspend flights there Tuesday over fears about incoming Hamas rocket fire on Israel. The FAA decision, however, does not apply to El Al as a foreign carrier.

  • Mount St. Mary students ditch traditional classroom in trade for Oklahoma sights

    By Paris Burris, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Mount St. Mary High School is pushing its students out of the classroom and sending them out to delve into Oklahoma’s rich history.

  • Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities. Nickolay Mladenov called on all U.N. member states to cooperate in enforcing sanctions against the al-Qaida splinter group and bring to justice "the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these horrific terrorist acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity." He told the council by videoconference from Baghdad that the Islamic State group has taken control of about one-third of Iraq since late June and has become "a complex threat to peace and security in Iraq, the entire region and beyond.

  • Dominant 4th quarter leads Mystics past Sun 89-75

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics may have needed a reminder on how to find their own arena. They didn't need to remember how to defeat coach Mike Thibault's former team. All-Star Ivory Latta scored 23 points and Monique Currie had 17 as the Mystics beat the skidding Connecticut Sun 89-75 on Tuesday afternoon. Former University of Connecticut stars Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley also scored in double figures for the Mystics (11-13), who last played a home game July 2. They then had five consecutive road games, winning three of the last four. "Oh my God, I didn't know how to get back to the gym," a smiling Latta cracked shortly after Washington outscored Connecticut 30-16 in the fourth quarter.

  • Oregonians to vote to legalize recreational marijuana

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    (CNN) - A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than 88,500 people signed the petition, enough to place the initiative before voters on November 4, according to CNN.

  • TU awarded nearly $920k to improve air quality

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa has been awarded nearly $920,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study methods to improve indoor air quality in tribal areas and reduce asthma triggers in schools. The award to the school was announced by the agency Wednesday. Air quality information from the Cherokee Nation of northeast Oklahoma, the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation and surrounding area of west central Idaho and the Navajo Nation in the Shiprock, New Mexico, region, will be used to study the health impacts of climate change and indoor air pollution on tribal communities. Tribal nations rely on many natural resources to maintain traditional diets, customs and languages.

  • Defiant Hamas leader calls for opening of Gaza borders, world to push for end of Israeli siege

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Defiant Hamas leader calls for opening of Gaza borders, world to push for end of Israeli siege.

  • Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest. With banners featuring slogans such as "Boycott Israel" and "Israel Murderer," demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow freedom of expression while containing violence — and hate speech against France's Jews. Jewish leaders say vocal anti-Semitic chants in previous demonstrations and several attacks on synagogues reflect rising anti-Semitism in Europe. France has Western Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim populations, and the Middle East conflict often means rocketing tension

  • Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her "tough love" approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control. Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network in an interview, excerpts of which were published Wednesday. "My strength was failing and there were things I couldn't keep an eye on," said Verduzco, who was detained but later released because prosecutors said she showed signs of senility. She appeared lucid and largely unrepentant in the interview. The "Gran Familia" group home she founded was raided by police on July 15 and about 600 children and adults were rescued from the filthy, trash-strewn compoun

  • Fruit recalled: How concerned should your family be?

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots specificially have been recalled as a part of a nationwide recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Should your family be worried?

  • Oklahoma City school board decision to reject enterprise school contracts frustrates parents

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Belle Isle Middle School supporters say they’re astonished after Oklahoma City school board members failed to renew a contract for the high-performing enterprise school.

  • 'Slender Man' Victim Gets Purple Heart Medal in Mail

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Since her release from the hospital in June, the 12-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was stabbed 19 times (allegedly by two friends) in a “Slender Man”-inspired attack has received gifts and cards from all over the world—many of them made out of purple hearts, the girl’s favorite color and shape, says the AP. But one anonymous donor decided she deserved the real deal and sent the child a bona fide Purple Heart medal, accompanied by a note that simply said, “The only heart I could find—be strong!” The decoration is awarded to US servicemembers wounded or killed in action, reports.

  • Police seek man who stole 16-foot trailer

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Oklahoma City police are looking for a man who stole a 16-foot trailer in early July.

  • Bad hair day? New weather service can save your 'do

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Everyone hates getting caught off-guard in a summer downpour. You checked the weather in the morning and the forecast called for sunshine, but of course the weatherman lied. (Not really, but that's what you tell yourself.) Now your clothes are soaked through and you're going to be the butt of every joke when you get back to the office. Well, you may have a friend in Betaworks, the startup behind successful sites and services like Instapaper and Digg. The company's newest idea is a weather service called Poncho that delivers a personalized forecast to you every day, according to The keyword there is "personalized." Unlike traditional weather apps and websites, Poncho learns your routine and tailors the forecasts to the way you live.

  • Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp, is defending her actions, saying that it was a tribute to her father who passed away, according to USA TODAY. Breanna Mitchell posted the selfie on June 20 and about a month later, it went viral. "Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently because I didn't mean any harm," Mitchell told TakePart Live in a video interview posted to YouTube on July 21.

  • Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said Wednesday, a move that is likely to prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy. Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, known to most as "Jokowi," was declared the winner late Tuesday after all the votes were counted from the July 9 election. Suharto-era general Prabowo Subianto withdrew shortly before the result was announced, alleging massive fraud during the election, and charging that it was unfair and undemocratic. He has repeatedly claimed that pollsters with links to his campaign showed he was ahead.

  • DNA analysis may help New England cottontail

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. It depends on tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests to survive. Once large trees take their place, the rabbit's habitat is destroyed. Habitats also have been lost to land development. Scientists are trying to come up with ways to restore habitat and create new areas for the rabbits. Research at the University of New Hampshire indicates that landscapes with such features as power lines and underpasses and culverts that have scrub habitat may attract the animals and he

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Markets were steady Wednesday as the focus turned toward U.S. corporate earnings and as tensions between Russia and the West over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine eased. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 closed flat at 6,798.15 while Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 9,753.56. France's CAC 40 also advanced 0.2 percent to 4,376.32. In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.1 percent at 17,101 while the broader S&P 500 index rose 0.3 percent to 1,989. Markets have been volatile over the past week, partly because of heightened tensions between Russia and the West after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists.

  • Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn't mean Lourdes isn't your typical American teenager — well, sort of. In a new blog post, Madonna's eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York's LaGuardia High School, how she's spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom, according to Yahoo Celebrity. "HEY to all the readers. I don’t know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It’s very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like its something I’ve been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened," she explained before adding, "There also isn’t the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you’re about mid way into the beautiful summer." "This past weekend I went to a music festival upstate and truly had the most beautiful time," the Material Girl designer mused. "It was a little bit outside of New York, the vibes were amazing. Great crowd of people too and my god I heard such incredible music."

  • Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper, according to Reuters. Oklahoma City-based performer Jabee Williams, who is black, said on Tuesday the move by TV station KSBI may have been racially motivated. KSBI President CEO Vince Orza, a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, said his station typically does not invite rap or heavy metal artists for its morning show but it should have let Williams perform, especially since he has also been on the show twice.