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  • Dominant 4th quarter leads Mystics past Sun 89-75

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics may have needed a reminder on how to find their own arena. They didn't need to remember how to defeat coach Mike Thibault's former team. All-Star Ivory Latta scored 23 points and Monique Currie had 17 as the Mystics beat the skidding Connecticut Sun 89-75 on Wednesday afternoon. Former University of Connecticut stars Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley also scored in double figures for the Mystics (11-13), who last played a home game July 2. They then had five consecutive road games, winning three of the last four. "Oh my God, I didn't know how to get back to the gym," a smiling Latta cracked shortly after Washington outscored Connecticut 30-16 in the fourth quarter.

  • Australia vows help to secure Ukraine crash site

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said Thursday that her country stood ready to provide whatever resources were needed to secure the Malaysian airliner's crash site in Ukraine, as newspapers reported Australian troops and police could soon be sent. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was traveling with her Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans to meet with Ukraine leaders in Kyiv to discuss securing the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine. She said securing the crash site was the next priority for Australia after repatriating the 37 Australian citizens and residents aboard the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 which was shot down by a suspected surface-to-air missile last week, with the loss of 298 lives.

  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over the logo it uses for its two pizza shops and on merchandise sold online. It said in the suit that the company is trying to trade upon the fame of the Garden State Parkway logo to attract customers and potential franchisees. JoyAnn Kenny, a lawyer with the Red Bank-based firm of Marks & Klein LLP, which represents the company, defended its use of the logo in a letter to turnpike authority lawyers included in the suit. She wrote that there's no way anyone would confuse a highway and

  • Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into houses on the Penghu island chain in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday, authorities said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. Two people killed on the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese, an airline representative, Phoebe Lu, told The Associated Press on Thursday. The airline identified the French passengers as Jeromine Deramond and Penelope Luternauer.

  • New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled a pause in its program of rate hikes. The announcement prompted a sharp drop in the New Zealand dollar, which was trading down nearly 1 percent at $0.8625. New Zealand has been going it alone among developed nations this year by raising interest rates. Thursday's decision was the central bank's fourth successive hike of a quarter percentage point. However, economic conditions have changed significantly in recent months. The rate hikes have boosted the New Zealand dollar as global investors seek high-yield assets, hurting exporters. Prices for dairy products, the country's leading export, have fallen.

  • Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court. Opposition firebrand Leopoldo Lopez went on trial Wednesday charged with inciting violence at early demonstrations. A defense lawyer, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, told The Associated Press after the hearing adjourned in the evening that Lopez defended the calling of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. Lopez testified that his call to protest "was framed in the constitution that guarantees peaceful and non-violent protest," the attorney said. Judge Susana Barreiros, who is presiding over the trial, said the next session would be held Aug. 6

  • Oklahoma City advisory panel advances technical specifications for MAPS 3 streetcar

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The 257-page document includes a wide range of specifications, listing such things as an acceptable range of streetcar widths and lengths, parameters for stopping distance in emergencies, and requirements for electrical power.

  • Oklahoma state Board of Education votes to delay adopting formal plan to replace Common Core standards, prompting Janet Barresi to lose her cool

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma state Board of Education voted 5-1 to again delay adopting a formal plan to replace Common Core standards repealed last month by the Oklahoma Legislature, prompting Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi to lose her cool.

  • Apartment boom is rocking Oklahoma

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Norman-based Commercial Realty Resources Co. and UBS Financial Services Inc. agree: Oklahoma is where the investment action is for multifamily properties.

  • Unhappy residents say goodbye to Sycamore Square as owners pursue changes

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Tenants are unhappy that the new owners of Sycamore Square apartments in downtown Oklahoma City are asking residents of two-bedroom units to move out as part of a plan to downsize units at the complex.

  • Midwest City family gets donated roof

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Sue Bridges wrote a post on Facebook about not being able to afford a new roof because of her husband’s medical problem. Parker Bros. Roofing and Affordable Contruction Co., two competing contractors based in the Oklahoma City metro area, took on the job for free.

  • Study says bachelor's not needed for medical careers

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Bachelor’s degrees aren’t necessarily vital to successful medical careers, according to a national study by the Brookings Institute.

  • Oklahoma child protection team will disband due to lack of funding

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    After December, the services child abuse medical experts have provided in countless Oklahoma court cases will be limited because of a funding dilemma the OU College of Medicine’s pediatrics department is facing.

  • Attorney: Kauai GMO, pesticide law protects public

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai County's authority to regulate genetically modified crops and pesticides was the subject of arguments in a federal court hearing Wednesday in a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop a new law from going into effect next month. Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences, and BASF Plant Sciences are suing for a permanent injunction. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry. The new law requires companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. It also requires them to establish buffer zones around sensitive areas, including schools and hospitals.

  • GMO labeling initiative qualifies for ballot

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An initiative to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon has qualified for a statewide vote in November. The Secretary of State's Office said Wednesday that it certified 118,780 signatures — well above the 87,213 needed to qualify for the ballot. If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to animal feed or food served in restaurants. It would be effective January 2016. Labeling measures in California and in Washington state failed in recent years. A similar measure was defeated in Oregon in

  • Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief's "outrage and regret" at the placement of weapons at a site run by the global organization. The U.N. says that has happened at least twice so far in the current fighting. "Those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children," U.N. staff and anyone seeking shelter, the statement said. The rockets had been placed at one of the schools run by the U.N.

  • Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English. Under the motto "Don't resign yourself to having just one side of the story," Telesur on Wednesday unveiled a news website that will serve as a hub for hours of daily multimedia programming in English from correspondents and pundits around the world. The website goes live Thursday, coinciding with the ninth anniversary of Telesur's launch and the celebration of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar's birthday.

  • Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people. One of those wounded by shrapnel said from his hospital gurney that the strike came without warning. Israel has defended such strikes on civilian sites — nearly 500 homes, 16 mosques and at least two hospitals, by Palestinian count — by saying that Hamas hides weapons and fighters there or that tunnels into Israel originate in such places. Israel says it is defending its civilians against rocket fire and other attacks from Gaza and doing its utmost to minimize

  • Argentina president says country will not default

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has paid it has been paying debts to bondholders on time. The government is in negotiations to resolve a dispute with creditors over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts that could lead Argentina to its second default in 13 years. But President Cristina Fernandez said a new term for default will have to be created to call "a debtor who paid and someone who blocked it." She alluded to a U.S. judge's order that Argentina can't pay investors who accepted lower-valued bonds after a 2001 default unless it also pays off bondholders who didn't participate in the bond swaps.

  • Silence for Malaysia jet victims at Glasgow Games

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash have been remembered at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a period of silence. Almost a third of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down over Ukraine were citizens of the Commonwealth, including 44 from Malaysia and 27 from Australia. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond asked the audience at Celtic Park to "observe a moment's silence to express our condolences and above all our solidarity with the loved ones of all of those of every nationality who lost their lives.