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  • Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Lamb identifies unemployment compensation fraud as issue to be tackled

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said examples of unemployment compensation fraud are people who are collecting unemployment benefits but are not looking for work or who have turned down job offers. Unemployment compensation is for employees who are without a job through no fault of their own.

  • Other OKC metro-area districts school grades

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Other OKC metro-area districts school grades

  • Public safety center alters look of downtown Edmond

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Construction of Edmond’s new public safety center has been underway for a year. It is expected to be completed in another year. The new three-story building with a 14-cell prisoner holding center in the basement has changed the looks of downtown Edmond.

  • AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissi's election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy, with pro-democracy dissenters jailed or silenced.

  • G-20 says close to goal of $2 trillion in growth

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies say they are close to reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey is the host of the Group of 20 meeting in the northern Australian city of Cairns. He said on Sunday that the G-20 finance ministers and central bankers had agreed to more than 900 policy initiatives to meet the goal they set earlier this year. The G-20 said an analysis of those initiatives show they should boost the combined gross domestic product of member countries by 1.8 percent above levels expected for the next five years. That's just short of the group's target of 2 percent.

  • AP Interview: El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than 20,000. A year later, after el-Sissi's election as president, his critics fear he is leading his country into autocracy, with pro-democracy dissenters jailed or silenced.

  • Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader has lived in exile for decades in India's Himalayan foothill city of Dharamsala, after fleeing China following a failed 1959 uprising. The arrangement has irritated Beijing, which has long accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting unrest and encouraging Buddhist monks to self-immolate in demanding more autonomy for Tibet, a Himalayan region in western China that borders India, Bhutan and Nepal.

  • Guatemala clash over development plans kills 8

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PAJOQUES, Guatemala (AP) — An argument among villagers over plans to build a cement factory and a highway erupted into a battle with guns and machetes, killing at least eight people and wounding dozens, authorities said Saturday. At least six vehicles and a house were burned in Pajoques, a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the capital, Guatemala City. Officials initially reported six dead, but announced Saturday night that eight people had been killed. The violence broke out late Friday when residents supporting the development projects argued with opponents, who say the construction would damage their lands, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told The Associated Press.

  • Oklahoma City homebuilders show new wares at Parade of Homes

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Construction is down compared to this time last year, but Oklahoma City homebuilders say they — and buyers — are ready for the annual new-home showcase, Parade of Homes.

  • UPDATE: Houston man dies after jumping from moving vehicle on Interstate 40

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Charles Ray Foust, of Houston, Texas, died after he jumped out of a moving vehicle Friday evening in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Pomp, little action expected at UN climate summit

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City will be full of planet-saving pomp this coming week, but short on action to rescue the world. More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday for a U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Environmentalists will take to the streets Sunday in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events as part of New York's annual climate week. "Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio will talk about what causes rising seas. The hope is to recapture the momentum lost after the disappointing 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, when world leaders left without a binding

  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the well-dressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their families Saturday on the tarmac of the Turkish capital's airport, experts had doubts about the government's story. The official explanation "sounds a bit too good to be true," said Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs the Istanbul-based Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies. "There are some very legitimate and unanswered questions about how this happened.

  • Liz Cambage out of worlds with ruptured Achilles

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Australia center Liz Cambage won't play at the women's basketball world championship after rupturing her Achilles tendon in an exhibition game against the United States, the team announced on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 center scored nine points and had nine rebounds against the Americans before getting hurt early in the second quarter on Friday. She will return to Australia in the coming days where a full assessment of the injury and recovery timetable will be established. Australia's coach Brendan Joyce said he felt bad for Cambage after her commitment to the program throughout the world championship preparation. Cambage skipped playing for the Tulsa Shock this past WNBA season to train with Australia.

  • Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some hobbling on crutches as others lugged bulging sacks of belongings on their backs. The large-scale displacement of so many and the movement of the Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fighting in the northern Kobani area, which borders Turkey. Militants of the extremist Islamic State group have been barreling through the area for the past three days, prompting Kurdish leaders to plead for international help.

  • A transcript of AP interview with Egypt's el-Sissi

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A transcript of The Associated Press's interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Q: What role will Egypt assume in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group? A: Let me assert here that we are fully committed to cooperate in counterterrorism in the region and not just when It comes to dealing with Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. No, we are talking about full support by Egypt to a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy in the region and the entire world too. We don't want to limit the confrontation to only military and security measures.

  • State media: Suicide car bomber kills 3 in Lebanon

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide car bomber reportedly killed three people at a checkpoint manned by the Shiite Hezbollah militia in eastern Lebanon Saturday evening, the state-run news agency reported, as the war in Syria spilled over into its eastern neighbor. However, a Hezbollah-run TV station reported later that the suicide bomber did not kill anyone at the checkpoint. There was no immediate way to reconcile the contradictory reports. Hours before the suicide bombing, the family of a Lebanese soldier held captive by militants in Syria said their son had been killed, and a video posted on show media networks appeared to show the man being shot to death. The suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-rigged vehicle at the

  • Designers go for the flow at Milan Fashion Week

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are making a nonbinding treaty with women. The collections being previewed during Milan fashion week, in its fourth day Saturday, are easy to wear and roomy, not binding, meant for every day and not rarified occasions. Here are some highlights from Saturday's shows: CULTURAL AMBASSADORS PAIR UP Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino's latest film opened Giorgio Armani's womenswear collection for next summer, teaming up two of Italy's top cultural ambassadors. The art short titled "Sand" formed a backdrop for the Armani collection inspired by Mediterranean sands both in its colors — powdery gray, rosy white, pearly beige, lava black — and in the undulating motion created b

  • NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told a news conference after meeting with NATO military chiefs that he is hopeful about Saturday's announced agreement for creation of a buffer zone between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces.

  • S. Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops. Seyoum Mesfin, the chairman of the South Sudan mediation process by the regional block IGAD, Saturday condemned the fighting in Renk County in the Upper Nile state. He says the fighting is a purposeful act aimed at derailing the next phase of the peace process. South Sudan plunged into conflict mid-December when troops loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar clashed with those loyal to President Salva Kiir in what government claimed was a coup attempt. There has been sporadic fighting between the government and rebels despite the signing of two peace agreements during mediat

  • AP PHOTOS: Refugees stream into Turkey from Syria

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    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Lugging sacks of belongings, hobbling on crutches, carrying children on their hip, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees in Syria have streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, desperately seeking safety after Islamic State militants attacked their villages. The large-scale displacement of so many and the movement of the Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fighting in the northern Kobani area, which borders Turkey, prompted hundreds of Kurdish fighters to rush to the area and Kurdish leaders to plead for international help. Civilians began massing on the Turkish border on Thursday. Turkey did not let them in at first, saying it would provide them with aid on the S