• Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

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    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits.

  • Dead shows set attendance records at Chicago's Soldier Field

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago's Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has. In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night's show broke a previous record for any event at the stadium when U2 sold 67,936 for a 2009 show. That record lasted all of one day. On Saturday night, Soldier Field reported that 70,844 tickets were sold for the show. The band has one more show Sunday of what they say will be their last show ever as the Grateful Dead. Soldier Field spokesman Luca Serra says the fans are getting their money's worth. Both shows started at about 7:30 at night and Friday night's show ended at 11:35 and Saturday night's show ended at midnight.

  • Greek foreign minister visits Israel amid crisis at home

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is welcoming the Greek foreign minister for a three-day visit as his country faces a financial crisis at home, with Greeks voting on a referendum about their country's future. Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Sunday that the visit from Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias would have an "economic emphasis" but would not elaborate. Kotzias is meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials. He will also visit the Palestinian Authority. Kotzias' Israel trip comes as Greeks vote on whether or not to accept the tough creditor conditions attached to loans needed to avoid default and a banking collapse. Nahshon said the visit was pl

  • International Space Station R&D conference to meet in Boston

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The International Space Station Research and Development Conference will hold its fourth annual meeting in Boston this week. NASA astronauts Cady Coleman, Karen Nyberg and Sunita Williams will be among the speakers at the meeting. It runs Monday through Thursday at the Boston Marriott Copley Square. The conference was created to connect commercial and academic communities involved in new innovations, breakthroughs and discoveries onboard the orbiting laboratory. Gov.

  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts. The documents sent to the attorney general pave

  • Obama administration honors Grand Forks, Bismarck teachers

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two North Dakota teachers are among 108 nationwide to be recognized by the Obama administration for their efforts in teaching math and sciences. Cynthia Nelson, a math teacher at Grand Forks Central High School, and Scott Johnson, a science teacher at Bismarck's Century High School, have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Winners get a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They're also invited to Washington for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and other events, including visits with members of Congress and the Obama administration. The award is given annually to outstanding K-12 scien

  • Missing Tbilisi zoo tiger found dead 3 weeks after flooding

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Workers cleaning up after the flood that destroyed the zoo in Georgia's capital found the carcass of the last missing tiger on the grounds of a swimming complex. Tbilisi zoo director Zuraba Gurielidze told journalists that the tiger found Sunday was the last of the animals missing after raging flood waters inundated their enclosures three weeks ago. The flooding killed more than half of the zoo's 600 animals, including about 20 tigers, lions and jaguars. One of the tigers was on the loose for several days and fatally mauled a man before being shot by police. The hunt for the last missing tiger continued until its remains were found at the Laguna Vere pool complex. The flooding also killed

  • Nigeria fires Stephen Keshi as coach of national team

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's football federation has fired national coach Stephen Keshi amid charges he applied for a job with the Ivory Coast team. Saturday night's decision ends a turbulent relationship with the former national team captain who guided Nigeria's Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2013 in South Africa. The Nigeria Football Federation's executive committee said it found Keshi to "lack the required commitment." Keshi last month told a disciplinary hearing that his name was submitted for the Ivory Coast coaching job by an unidentified European agent who did not consult him. Keshi, 53, has threatened to resign in the past and was fired in 2014 and reinstated only after a presidential

  • Syrian troops, Hezbollah enter rebel-held mountain resort

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State media says Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have entered a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon, a day after launching a major offensive to capture the town. State-run Syrian TV says troops entered the town of Zabadani from the western Jamaiyat district Sunday. Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV ran exclusive footage purportedly showing Hezbollah fighters in the town. It showed scenes of heavy fighting including explosions and mushrooms of white smoke. Zabadani's capture would tighten Hezbollah's grip on Syrian territories bordering Lebanon and strengthen the Syrian government's control over of the Beirut-Damascus highway. Zabadani has been held by rebels since s

  • Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Farmers are eager for drone technology. The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, such as transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used. The use of drones in agricultural is just taking off this year after being grounded by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January. Companies with exemptions say business has grown, helped by quick advances in the technology. Still, most farmers can't legally fly drones.

  • Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities. There were no immediate reports of casualties from slow-moving Tropical Storm Linfa, which set off minor landslides in at least two mountainous provinces, officials said. The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 kilometers (53 miles) per hour and gusts of 100 kph (62 mph), was expected to start blowing away from the country on Monday, according to government forecasters.

  • Zoo tram accident in northeastern Thailand kills 5 people

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two trams used to shuttle visitors around a zoo in northeastern Thailand collided Sunday, killing five people and injuring more than 30, police said. The accident at the Kao Suan Kwang Zoo in Khon Kaen province occurred when one tram driver lost control due to a problem with the vehicle's brakes and slammed into a tram in front, said police Col. Pichit Deeya. The impact caused both trams to overturn, crushing a passenger who died at the scene, Pichit said. Four other people died from injuries at a local hospital, he said, adding that all the victims were Thai nationals. Among the dead was a 2-year-old girl. About 10 other children were injured, ranging in age from 3-12, Pichit said.

  • Israeli PM warns of growing concessions in Iran nuke talks

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the progressing talks in Vienna do not represent a "breakthrough but rather a breakdown." Western diplomats are trying to reach a deal before an extended July 7 target date. Any deal would result in an end to longstanding sanctions against Iran. Israel has been a vocal opponent of loosening sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, saying this would just lead to a bomb and aid the Islamic Republic in expanding its network of global terrorism. Netanyahu assailed a preliminary deal reached earlier this year.

  • Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Russian Mission Control said it docked successfully Sunday in the automated mode at the orbiting space station. The previous Progress launch in April had ended in failure and a week ago a U.S. supply mission failed when SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart shortly after liftoff.

  • Police: Weapons factory blast in Montenegro kills 1 person

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police say an explosion at a weapons factory in central Montenegro has killed one person and injured several others. In a statement, police said the blast happened early Sunday at the Tara Group factory in the town of Mojkovac, 70 kilometers (42 miles) northeast of the capital, Podgorica. They gave no other details. The factory produces guns, rifles and parts for missile systems. Two explosions last year at the same factory injured several workers.

  • Carlos to manage Delhi team in Indian Super League

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Brazil and Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos will manage the Delhi Dynamos for the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League. The signing, which was announced on the team's website on Sunday, is one of the biggest in the franchise-based league that saw players like Nicolas Anelka, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, Luis Garcia and David Trezeguet turn out for different teams in the inaugural edition last year. Carlos, known for his powerful free-kicks, was a member of the Brazilian World Cup squads that reached the final in 1998 and won the tournament in 2002. The 42-year-old Carlos's managerial experience includes stints with Turkish sides Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor. The sec

  • America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation: ___ SPECTATORS BRAVE TIGHT SECURITY FOR NYC FIREWORKS SHOW Hundreds of thousands of people braved tight security along New York City's East River to watch the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display. Minneapolis resident Joe Cunningham said Saturday's fireworks show was "awesome" and lived up to his family's expectations. Cunningham said New York's show will be the benchmark for all other fireworks displays.

  • Fiji beats Micronesia 38-0 in Pacific Games football match

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Pacific Games organizers say Fiji broke the record for the biggest win in international football with a 38-0 victory Sunday over the Federated States of Micronesia. Fiji led 21-0 lead at halftime. Antonio Tuivuna scored 10 goals for Fiji, which like other teams in the event is being represented by an under-23 side. Organizers said the result broke the 2001 record when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in an Oceania confederation qualifier for the 2002 World Cup, although it was not clear if the record would be recognized by FIFA because it involved an under-age tournament. Micronesia lost its first match 30-0 to Tahiti. The 15th Pacific Games which end July 18 had its fir

  • IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town's notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, they were shot dead by young IS members armed with pistols. Hundreds of people were seen watching the killings. The video did not indicate when the killings took place. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said these shootings took place on May 27. The Associated Press reported in May that scores of Syrian troops and state employees were killed in the days after the Islamic State group captur

  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country. More telling is one of Trong's other engagements — a dinner reception hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, bastion of American free enterprise. Economic imperatives drove the U.S. and Vietnam to normalize postwar relations 20 years ago, and they remain a major incentive to boost ties. President Bill Clinton announced the normalization of relations between the U.S.

  • Oklahoma governor presides over deal for water-starved residents near Lexington

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin arranged a meeting with General Counsel Steve Mullins, state Rep. Bobby Cleveland, and representatives from the U.S. Agriculture Department, the state Corrections Department and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1 to discuss the ongoing issues with access to clean drinking water for residents near Lexington.