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  • UPDATE: Flash flood watch issued in Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Heavy rain is possible from northwestern to southern Oklahoma Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports. Up to 4 inches of rain could fall in parts of the state.

  • Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday. The junta approved 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) to build two high-speed train routes that will connect Thailand's industrialized eastern seaboard with its northern and the northeastern borders, Transport Ministry permanent secretary Soithip Traisuth said. Similar plans initiated last year by Thailand's elected government, which was ousted in a May 22 military coup, were scrapped by the Constitutional Court in March.

  • Greece: Farm owner cleared over migrant shootings

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A court in southern Greece on Wednesday convicted two employees at a strawberry farm for shooting and wounding 28 migrant workers protesting unpaid wages, but the farm's owner and head foreman were cleared. The shotgun attack occurred last year in Manolada, 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Athens, where mostly Bangladeshi migrants work, and drew international attention to the often appalling conditions facing migrant laborers at Greek farms. The court in the city of Patras sentenced one man to 14 years and seven months in prison and the other to eight years and seven months. Both were convicted of aggravated assault and illegal use of firearms, but were freed pending their appeal.

  • Poll: Turks divided on Erdogan before election

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday. The Aug. 10 ballot will be the first time Turkish voters directly elect their president, and Erdogan, whose moderate Islamist AKP party has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, is a strong favorite. The Pew Research Center poll found respondents evenly split on Erdogan, with 48 percent saying he has a good influence on the country and the same percentage saying he has a bad one. The survey polled 1,001 people from April 11-May 16 and has a margin of error of 4.5 perc

  • No2 Irish bank profitable for 1st time since 2008

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's second-largest bank, Allied Irish Banks, has returned to profit for the first time since a 2008 property crash pushed the nation to the brink of bankruptcy. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Wednesday's first-half results exceeded expectations and made it more likely that the government could sell its stake in the nationalized bank at a profit. Ireland pumped 20 billion euros ($26 billion) into Allied Irish to keep it afloat from 2009 onward, eventually acquiring 99.8 percent of its shares. The government values Allied Irish at 11.5 billion euros ($15.4 billion) and hopes to begin selling its stake next year.

  • Collision closes northbound lanes on I-44, H.E. Bailey Turnpike Wednesday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A 3-car non-injury collision on I-44, H.E. Bailey Turnpike has caused the closure of MM91 north bound lanes. Check with NewsOK.com for udpates.

  • VIDEO: Adorable 5-Year-Old Really Doesn't Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Video of a five-year-old girl from Phoenix, Arizona, sobbing at the thought of her three-month-old brother growing up is going viral, TIME reports. Decked out in a Princess Sofia dress, Sadie wraps her arm around her little brother Carson, kisses his head, and says at one point, “He’s so cute, and I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred!” Her brother just smiles, clearly amused by it all and loving the attention.

  • Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months. Hoosier Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at an Indianapolis convenience store. His other big winner came in April in western Indiana's Jasonville while traveling to a conference. Hamilton says he used his first prize to pay off debts, buy a home and invest in his business. He now plans to buy a motorcycle. The lottery says Hamilton's tickets are among eight top prizes for its $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-off game. Lottery officials say the odds of winning a top prize from the game are one in 2.1 million.

  • Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popular push for locally produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but people may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches a ride on hens. The poultry flea has been added to a list of parasites, venomous insects and other bothersome pests that take a bite out of dogs and cats every summer, veterinarians said. These bloodsucking pests are different from the most common fleas in the U.S. because they embed their tiny bodies into an animal's flesh. Poultry fleas aren't known to transmit disease but can cause infection when they sink into skin.

  • Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app in an update to Windows Phone 8.1 that will begin rolling out to developers next week and to users in the coming months. In China, the app nicknamed "Xiao Na," will speak Mandarin and include locally relevant information, like air quality reports in weather updates and information on local TV shows and celebrities. In Britain, users will get an app that has a British accent and be up to date about English Premier League socce

  • Tulsa school, the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma, celebrates diversity

    By KIM ARCHER - Tulsa World | Updated: 13 hr ago

    A new Tulsa private school is set to make history as the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma. However, the Oklahoma Alliance Academy was founded to provide individualized learning in a safe, bully-free environment for any student from sixth to 12th grade who is different in some way, said school headmaster CC Lawhon. It’s not just for students who identify as lesbian, gay or transgender. “These are kids who’ve been made fun of for their differences instead of valued for their differences,” she said. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge. The tribunal encourages people to attend the hearings, such as school groups and elderly survivors of the regime that brutally ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s. In this photo, monks from a pagoda in Phnom Penh who attended the hearing read during a court break. The tribunal prepares booklets to give attendees an overview of the court's work, the case and the defendants. ___ AP photographers on Twitter: http://apne.

  • Arson fire destroys Oklahoma City Tennis Center concession stand building

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Fire destroyed a concession stand building at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Anyone with information can call the arson hotline.

  • KOCO: Woman attempting to sell pool uncovers online scam

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A family on Oklahoma City's northwest side said a keen eye helped them avoid financial disaster, KOCO says. Liz Shepard said the 16-foot-by-4-foot pool has brought her family some great memories, and she turned to Craigslist to turn a quick profit. Her asking price, $200. Shepard said the two calls she received were strange, especially when one of the callers sent her a check for more than $1,900, and ...  

  • Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains. New People's Army rebels released the police officers they seized in a July 10 attack on a police station in the remote southern town of Alegria in Surigao del Norte province, saying it was a goodwill gesture to promote peace negotiations and a response to the appeals by the policemen's families. Presidential peace process adviser Teresita Deles said the move "constitutes a potential building block" toward resuming the talks.

  • Police: Copper wire thieves dim Oklahoma City

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Oklahoma City police say they’re investigating the largest copper wire heist that’s ever happened in the city. Drivers were left in the dark after thieves cut down copper wires from traffic signal and light poles this past weekend. Police Cpt. Dexter Nelson says the crimes knocked out dozens of street lights and two intersections in a five-mile area. Nelson says the way the wire was stolen also created a serious safety hazard. He says live wires were left sticking out of the ground where the cables were cut. Police say they haven’t yet made any arrests. They’ve told local metal dealers to watch for the stolen wire.

  • Trial continues in case over Oklahoma City bombing

    By BRADY McCOMBS, AP | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man is set to bring at least four witnesses to the stand Wednesday in his quest to persuade a federal judge that the FBI has not adequately searched for security-camera videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Attorney Jesse Trentadue’s witnesses include a police officer who was at the bomb scene and a former FBI agent. Trentadue filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in 2008. He believes there is an unreleased video showing that a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. The government says McVeigh was alone.

  • Police: Oklahoma teen shot in face over drug deal

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    LAWTON— Lawton police are holding four juveniles in connection to a teenager who was shot in the face. Lawton Police Capt. Craig Akard says the 19-year-old was shot near his left eye Monday night. He says the shooting stemmed from a botched drug deal. Police say the teenager was taken to an area hospital. They say he is expected to keep his eye without any major damage. Akard tells a local television station that the victim never lost consciousness and was able to talk to police at the scene. He says the four minors have each admitted to roles in the shooting. He says a 15-year-old is the alleged shooter.

  • Arraignment set for woman accused in cold case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    BRISTOW — An arraignment is scheduled for a northeast Oklahoma woman charged in the 1992 deaths of two women and a girl, whose bodies were dumped in a hole dug for a septic tank. Online court records show that Beverly Noe is due in a Bristow courtroom Wednesday. Earlier this month, a judge found there was enough evidence to bind Noe over for trial in the deaths of Wendy Camp; her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp’s sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Noe has pleaded not guilty. Noe’s brother, Grover Prewitt, Jr., is charged with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder in the deaths. He’s also pleaded not guilty.

  • Amazon to invest $2 bln to expand in India

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion. Launched last year, Amazon's India division has been making a big push into the country's small but fast-growing online retail market. It has been running front-page advertisements in newspapers and touting one-day delivery. Gearing up to fight the online giant, India's largest online e-commerce company, Flipkart, raised $1 billion in new capital on Tuesday.