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  • An Oklahoma program treats juvenile sex offenders as kids, not criminals

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Sex offender. The phrase conjures pariahs living under bridges. Adults "grooming" children for devastating abuse. Violent men who take what is not freely given. Broken people. And yet, here comes Tyler, bounding down the hall with his dusty blonde Justin Bieber haircut and chunky sneakers. He turned 16 today. He and his family have just come from Chuck E. Cheese. Tyler’s mom smiles as she tells the other parents in her support and education group at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, "Teenagers can regress back to Chuck E. Cheese if they want."

  • UPDATE: Crews extinguish fire at Bethany home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    One woman is being treated for smoke inhalation at a home at 7721 NW 27

  • Van strikes Oklahoma turnpike toll booth, attendant injured

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    MUSKOGEE (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a toll booth attendant on the Muskogee Turnpike is hospitalized after a van crashed into the booth south of Muskogee. The OHP says 59-year-old Gail Estep of Oktaha was taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition following the crash about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. An OHP report says the van was southbound on the turnpike at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the toll booth. The report says the driver of the van was uncooperative and refused to provide correct identification and that investigators are trying to verify his identity. The driver was also taken to a Tulsa hospital in stable condition.

  • It's a 'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The era of "Breaking Bad" is truly coming to an end -- and one of the stars is having some fun with it. Aaron Paul announced on Instagram Wednesday night that he will be hosting a "Breaking Bad" scavenger hunt in Los Angeles on the day of the Primetime Emmy Awards in honor of the show's final nominations, according to CNN. "There will be signed 'Breaking Bad' scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and some really cool 'Breaking Bad' art hidden all over the Hollywood area," Paul wrote. "Just wanted to do a little something to say 'Thank You' to everyone that has supported us thru out the years. We couldn't have done it without you!"

  • 5 challengers sign up for next America's Cup

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Only five challengers have signed up for the chance to take on software billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in the 2017 America's Cup. Organizers announced Thursday that Emirates Team New Zealand, Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing, Sweden's Artemis Racing and Team France have passed muster and paid the $1 million first installment of the $2 million entry fee. That's an increase of two challengers from the last regatta. But the staggering cost of competing for the oldest trophy in international sports could swamp some competitors, causing Ellison's vision of a grand regatta with mainstream appeal to fizzle. An Australian team dropped out earlier this summer, citing the high cost of compet

  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years: UNITED STATES U.S. policy prohibits government negotiation with terrorists, including paying ransom demands. Technically, family members or employers of captives could be prosecuted for paying ransom on charges of providing support to terrorists, although the government is wrestling with whether that should be changed. BELGIUM Belgium is widely thought to negotiate and pay ransoms if needed to free its citizens, even though the government in Brussels routinely denies ransom payments.

  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawl of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and residents. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. Since

  • Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago. In recent months Saudi authorities have tightened laws to ban fighting in foreign conflicts, fearing a repeat of the 2003-2006 violence, when Saudis and others who had been radicalized in battlefields abroad turned their weapons on the kingdom in a series of deadly attacks. The 18 were found guilty of financing terrorism, collecting information about compounds where foreigners reside, providing hideouts for fugitives and possessing unlicensed weapons, the offi

  • Oklahoma City police release video of 'serial robber'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Police are looking for a man who they think robbed at least four stores in South Oklahoma City. A survelliance video from one of the stores shows the suspect.

  • Libya flights canceled amid militia fighting

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Tunisia and Egypt on Thursday canceled flights to neighboring Libya citing security concerns, as militias battle in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, where a renegade general has launched airstrikes on Islamist militia barracks. Tunisia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday said flights coming from Libya were canceled, citing the need to ensure travelers' safety in accordance with international standards. Egyptian airport officials said flights from Cairo to Libya have been canceled, though service from second city Alexandria would continue. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since Moam

  • Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Police and security services in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report published Thursday. A panel of lawmakers in the state assembly examined thousands of case files and interviewed dozens of former investigators, concluding that efforts to find the fugitive trio between 1998 and 2003 were a "complete disaster." "In the best case the comprehensive failure of many of those involved resulted from simple lack of interest," the panel said in its 1,895-page report. But so many mistakes were made that one might even be justified in suspecting "deliberate sabotage.

  • Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president. Erdogan has indicated that he plans to maintain tight control of the government and wants to transform the largely ceremonial presidency. He has said he intends to employ its seldom-used powers, such as summoning and presiding over Cabinet meetings. As Turkey's first popularly-elected president, Erdogan takes office Aug. 28. Erdogan announced after a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party that party leaders had chosen Davutoglu, 55, to replace him as

  • Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war. The newly renovated halls feature more than 500 artifacts that mainly date back to the Hellenistic period (312-139 B.C.), some of which were retrieved and renovated after the looting of the museum following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, said Qais Rashid, who head the state-run Museum Department. The museum chronicles some 7,000 years of Mesopotamian civilization, including the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians and Assyrians, but remains closed to the general public out of security fears.

  • Stupid things men do that women don't understand

    Tim Torkildson, FamilyShare | Yesterday

    Men are NOT stupid, nor do they do stupid things. I have taken on this topic in order to refute, once and for all, the ridiculous myth that men are anything less than pure geniuses and paragons of every virtue.

  • Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. The pressure on the American chain, which has 435 restaurants in Russia, comes at a time of heightened tensions over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. After the United States and the European Union slapped sanctions on Russian state banks and major industries last month, Russia responded with a wide-ranging ban on food products imported from those countries. Inspections took place or were planned in dozens of regions, Russian news agencies reported, quoting regional representatives of the federal regulatory agency, Rospotrebnadzor.

  • What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

    Tim Torkildson, Deseret News Service | Updated: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Want to know what really happened to the dinosaurs? Just peruse my hypotheses, choose one you like, and start wearing a tin foil hat!

  • Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most powerful position in the land. But Davutoglu is known to be ambitious — and Turkey has seen cases in the past where presidents have tried and failed to control their prime ministers. Erdogan, who nominated Davutoglu Thursday to be premier, is counting that the 55-year-old continue to be the staunch loyalist he proved himself to be during Erdogan's long tenure as premier.

  • Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country. In a statement posted on the company's website, CEO Jeff Bezos says Amazon's new service will offer more than 150,000 titles in Portuguese starting Thursday. Amazon started selling e-books in early 2012, with a catalog of 13,000 titles. Today more than 35,000 titles are available in Portuguese, along with the more than 2 million in other languages. Alexandre Szapiro is Amazon Brazil's vice president. He tells the G-1 news portal that by the end of the year, e-books will have a 5 percent share of the country's book market.

  • Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. The Culture Ministry appealed Thursday for "understanding" while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds. The partially uncovered tomb from the end of Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great's reign, which was found inside the mound, has sparked intense media interest amid wild speculation that it may contain rich treasures or the bones of an ancient celebrity. Alexander inherited the throne of Macedonia, in northern Greece, from where he set off to conquer a vast empire reaching India. He died in 323 B.

  • Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting pressure from Washington on its Gulf ally to curb the flow of such funds. U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen has described Kuwait as the "epicenter" of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria and earlier this month called on the Kuwaiti government to do more to disrupt such financing. Kuwait's ambassador to Washington says his country is committed to fighting terrorism.