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  • Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday. A group of legislative committees that oversee arms export controls said there are 251 export licenses in place for sale of goods worth at least 132 million pounds ($225 million) to Russia. The report did not detail actual exports, simply the licenses. The permits cover sniper rifles, night sights, small arms ammunition, gun mountings, body armor, military communications equipment, and "equipment employing cryptography." "Russia is an authoritarian regime," said the committe

  • Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president. His first thought was, "Not again." The 26-year-old student leader had already been accused by the ruling socialist party for collaborating with the U.S. to overthrow Venezuela's then-leader Hugo Chavez in 2010. But as messages from friends lit up his phone, Navarro began to worry that it was more serious this time. The denunciation came on live TV, with orders to appear before the national intelligence service. Announcements of foiled coups and plots against the government have long been a part of the Chavista discourse.

  • UPDATE: Colorado man missing from Warr Acres Wednesday has been found safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Gary Wayne Near, 55, a truck driver from Fort Collins, Co., has been located in Warr Acres, Ok. Police say he locked his keys in his truck before walking away Tuesday. He was reported missing.

  • Abu Sayyaf militants free anti-poverty workers

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted aid workers in the southern Philippines after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives, officials said Wednesday. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the three aid workers and a companion were kidnapped last Thursday in remote Talipao town in Sulu province where they were checking on families who could receive the aid and working on another anti-poverty project. Due to the kidnappings, the government withheld the cash grants to thousands of poor families to ensure the safety of aid workers.

  • New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime minister, a senior army official said Wednesday. The document adopted Tuesday is the first step toward restoring electoral democracy in Thailand, two months after the army took power in a coup, but the junta will continue to hold substantial power even after an interim Cabinet and legislature take office in September. Although the interim charter is supposed to pave the way for civilian rule, it gives the junta — officially called the National Council for Peace and Order — what amounts to supreme

  • Artifact dig planned at Sioux City rail museum

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City complex that was once home to a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives will be the site of an archaeological dig next month. The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1rARiI8 ) reports the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association hopes the dig will boost efforts to have the complex placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The complex built in 1917 was a repair and maintenance terminal for steam locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses on the Milwaukee Railroad. It is now home to a rail museum. A researcher from the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa says she expects the dig might find items such as ancient bolts, buried coal cinders a

  • AARP challenges AEP-PSO smart meter plan

    By ROD WALTON - Tulsa World | Updated: 10 hr ago

    A key holdout against AEP-PSO’s $120 million plan to install smart meters statewide had its day in court Tuesday. Representatives with retirees advocate AARP testified in front of Administrative Law Judge Jacqueline Miller at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission courtroom in Oklahoma City. Miller could make her recommendation after the Aug. 22 filing deadline, then the full commission would vote on the plan. American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma hopes to raise bills about $3.11 per month for residential customers to pay for the smart meter installation. The utility plans to install more than 500,000 meters statewide. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize. Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book long-list for the prestigious fiction award, announced Wednesday. This is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for the Booker, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies. The roster includes Americans Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers, as well as Irish-born, U.S-based writer Joseph O'Neill. Also on the list are Britain's Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee, Paul Kingsnorth, David Mitchell, David Nicholls and Ali Smith, Ireland's Niall Williams and Australia's Richard Flanag

  • Muskogee police shooting ruled justified

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MUSKOGEE — A prosecutor says three Muskogee police officers were justified in a shooting that wounded a man earlier this month. Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore says nothing should prevent Officers Chansey McMillan, Nick Ford and Jason Steele from returning to work. All three had been on paid leave since the July 9 shooting of Angel Cerda. Authorities say McMillan shot Cerda in the legs and abdomen after Cerda allegedly lunged at the officers with a knife. Cerda was treated and released for his injuries and remains in the Muskogee County jail. According to a local newspaper, the prosecutor praised McMillan for his response, noting that lethal force would often be used in such a situation.

  • EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia. The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020. Energy savings can be achieved by improving building insulation, upgrading heating systems or lowering the electricity need of new appliances like fridges. The Commission says that for one additional percent in energy savings, EU gas imports are expected to fall 2.6 percent.

  • Police, Pennsylvania farmer seeking missing bull

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MERCER, Pa. (AP) — It's no bull. State police and a western Pennsylvania cattle owner are looking for a 2-year-old bull that has been missing for more than a week. Kevin Minor says the Watusi bull should be easy to spot: He's about 400 pounds, with a solid red hide, and 3-foot-long horns. Minor took the bull to a friend's farm near Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, hoping it would mate with a buffalo there. The man who owns that farm, Joe Gaburri, says the animal was running with three buffalo for about two weeks before it turned up missing July 14. Gaburri says the bull is docile and wouldn't have jumped a fence, so he mowed his fields thinking he might find the bull's body, but didn't.

  • Welfare beneficiaries access cash benefits at Colorado weed retailers

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them. At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.

  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet, reports CBS Minnesota. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially.

  • The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular!

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Earlier this month, it was announced that the guys behind the Seinfeld2000 Twitter and Instagram accounts developed a new set of emoji inspired by the show, says the Huffinton Post, and now they're here and available for a free download on iTunes. Technically these aren't traditional emoji since they're currently available through an app rather than your iPhone’s keyboard; however, you can still write out the message you want, save it and then post to social media or text

  • KOTV: Oklahoma Man Captures Walmart Shoplifting Suspect On Video

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    COWETA - A video showing a man throwing items into an SUV then speeding away is spreading on social media, reports KOTV. The man who shot the video said he posted it on his Facebook account to help police catch a shoplifter who said ...

  • News 9: Neighbors In Choctaw On Alert After Eerie Late Night Knocks

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CHOCTAW - Neighbors are on alert after they say a strange man has been showing up on doorsteps at night in the Choctaw area, News 9 reports. In one encounter the man said he was a neighbor, but nobody around had ever seen him before who became agitated when one woman said she'd call ...

  • Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7. An inquest heard that Geldof — daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof — was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute methadone for more than two years in a bid to stay free of the opiate. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, told the hearing that Geldof had started using heroin again in February. He said he had seen her flushing drugs she had hidden in the loft of their home down the to

  • 2 police cars collide when officer runs red light

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle. Police tell The Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1sQl5wR ) that 35-year-old Officer Robert Harrington was driving a marked car late Tuesday morning when he failed to stop for a red light at an intersection and drove into an unmarked vehicle driven by 51-year-old Detective Edward MacBlane. Police say Harrington was distracted looking at his computer when the accident occurred. Officials say Harrington was responding to a suspicious person complaint and didn't have his vehicle's siren or emergency lights on. Neither man was injured.

  • Oil company geologist to talk Oklahoma earthquakes

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    A geologist with one of the country’s largest independent oil producers will talk about the recent uptick in earthquake activity in Oklahoma. Continental Resources’ Vice President of Geology Glen Brown will deliver a luncheon address Wednesday to members of the Oklahoma Geological Society. Brown theorizes that the increase in seismic activity across the state may be related to larger worldwide earthquakes. He says unusual earthquake activity has been observed in recent years in other states where there is no oil and gas activity. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma has recorded about 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January.

  • 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.