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  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next half decade, and after years of paying lip service to increasing equality between the sexes, the problem of inequality is still plain for all to see at these meetings — where are the women? "If you look at the family picture of these European summits for the past few years, there always is this blot of grey men in lookalike suits and the color of only a few women," said European political science Professor Hendrik Vos of Ghent University. One summit won't cha

  • VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

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    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press: IRANIAN DIRECTOR SEEKS SANCTIONS END Times are tough for the characters in "Tales," a Venice Film Festival entry from Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Jobs are scarce, prices are high and drug addiction claims too many young people. One of 20 films competing for the festival's Golden Lion prize, "Tales" is a series of fictional vignettes set among struggling residents of Tehran — indebted cabbies, impoverished pensioners, unemployed factory workers.

  • 5 things to know about earthquake faults

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Loma Prieta occurred on the extremely active San Andreas Fault. Seismologists say Sunday's quake near Napa occurred on the lesser-known West Napa Fault, which has not been well-mapped. "If you had put a bunch of seismologists and geologists together in a room and asked them where the next magnitude-6.0 quake would occur in the Bay Area, this would likely be the fifth fault they would name or the sixth," said Jack Boatwright, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "The amount we d

  • The hard consequences of Facebook's war on click-bait

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Facebook announced this week it has changed its algorithm to weed out misleading or sensationalized posts known as clickbait. Will this bring better information to timelines, or just give Facebook more control over its users?

  • Messages of sympathy pour in regarding Oklahoma City police dog's death

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Police Department has received an outpouring of support in the wake of the death of Kye, the K-9 who was stabbed while helping with a police pursuit Sunday night. Services for Kye were held Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Road.

  • US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. Beginning Tuesday, it will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems. Even though NIH has been testing other Ebola vaccines in people since 2003, this is a first for this vaccine and its trial has been speeded up because the outbreak in West Africa "is a public health emergency that demands an all-hands-on-deck

  • BioBlitz! Oklahoma survey sure to include surprises

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Biological Survey — a research unit of the University of Oklahoma — will conduct the 14th annual inventory of biodiversity Oct. 3 and 4 in Cheyenne in Roger Mills County. Each year, new species are discovered that haven’t been recorded for the area before, said Priscilla Crawford, conservation specialist.

  • Israel finds body where US student disappeared

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of an American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the body was found in the same area where Aharon Sofer disappeared. Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem. "There is a strong possibility that it is the body of the missing student," Rosenfeld said, stressing that a forensics team was still trying to confirm the identification. Rosenfeld would not elaborate or say whether there had been any signs of foul play.

  • Ozone in Colorado mountains surprises researchers

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    DENVER (AP) — Researchers who examined air pollution along northern Colorado's Front Range said they were surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the mountains from urban and rural areas below. "Really, all the way up to the Continental Divide you can find ozone," said Gabriele Pfister, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and one of the principal investigators on the project. "People (are) thinking you go into the mountains and you breathe the fresh air — that's not always the case," she said in an interview Wednesday. Researchers gathered data from aircraft, balloons and ground stations from the south Denver area to Fort Collins, about 60

  • Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ousted and jailed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi refused to answer a prosecutor's questions about allegations that he leaked classified documents — some related to the army's budget— to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, Egypt's official news agency reported Thursday. If the charges are referred to court, it would be the fourth case underway against Morsi, who was overthrown by the military last summer amid mass protests against his yearlong rule. According to Egypt's Middle East News Agency, Morsi refused to answer any of the prosecutor's questions during a four-hour interrogation session held inside Borg al-Arab prison, near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

  • Oklahoma City to keep spraygrounds open longer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Kids, rejoice: The spraygrounds in Oklahoma City will stay open for another month. Typically, the outdoor play areas with sprinklers close on Labor Day, but Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation officials said Thursday that they’ll remain open longer because of hot temperatures in the forecast. The city says the spraygrounds will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 28. The city offers 16 spraygrounds that are open to the public.

  • Philippine leader: Supreme Court meddling too much

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating he was open to amend the constitution to clip the judiciary's power. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of Aquino, said she had enormous respect for him and the court would only respond to political and constitutional questions through its rulings. The president previously criticized the court's June 30 ruling declaring his government's enforcement of a major economic stimulus program partly unconstitutional. In an interview with Manila's Bombo Radyo, Aquino complained that the Supreme Court "is meddling in everything and their meddling is makin

  • South African court orders release of tapes

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since before he took office. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition Democratic Alliance party sought access to them. Conversations on the recordings were cited as a reason to drop fraud and corruption charges against Zuma before he became president in 2009. The prosecuting authority at that time said the conversations showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma, but the actual recordings were never made public.

  • Czech UNESCO garden gets back 17th-century look

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    KROMERIZ, Czech Republic (AP) — A visit to the Flower Garden in the eastern Czech city of Kromeriz is like traveling 300 years back in time. With its original geometrical layout and high topiary walls, it's a rare example of an early baroque garden style. And it's now reclaiming the unique features it had when it was completed in 1675, including fountains, sculptures inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, a Dutch bulb garden, citrus trees, fishponds and a rabbit hill. The Flower Garden was created near an archbishop's chateau, but it proved so difficult and expensive to maintain that it was neglected. Ironically, that neglect allowed it to survive for centuries mostly unchanged, though some features disappeared or suffered

  • 2,000 in shelters as Kashmir border troops spar

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    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of villagers stayed in shelters near the disputed region of Kashmir's de facto border Thursday after Indian and Pakistani border troops traded gunfire and shelling overnight despite an attempt by their commanders to defuse escalating tensions. A recent flare-up in violence has left two civilians and a border guard dead on the Indian side of what's widely recognized as an international border between the two countries. "We have witnessed intense firing and shelling in the past two weeks," said civilian official Shantamanu. Up to 15,000 villagers fled to government buildings temporarily converted into shelters. By Thursday, many villagers had returned home, but about 2,000 were afraid an

  • Edmond Sun: Mercy hosts groundbreaking for new breast health facility

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Mercy dignitaries broke ground on a new $69 million breast health and cancer treatment and research building on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City Wednesday, the Edmond Sun reports.

  • Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all. The sheep apparently had been hiding for years on a farm on the island state of Tasmania and had never been shorn. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday that Shaun lost 23.5 kilograms (52 pounds) of wool at his first haircut. Owners Peter and Netty Hazel had hoped Shaun would beat a record held by a now-deceased New Zealand sheep named Shrek. Shrek rose to fame in 2004 after he was found hiding in caves on his farm, having evaded the annual shearing roundups for seven years. He had 27 kilograms (60 pounds) of wool shorn off his body.

  • Dutch police: Suspected jihad recruiters arrested

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say they have arrested two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq, the latest arrests in a long-running investigation into home-grown jihadis heading to the Middle East. Police and prosecutors said one man was arrested Thursday in Germany and another a day earlier in The Hague. A woman from the Hague also was arrested Thursday in Germany on suspicion of incitement and spreading hate online aimed at provoking a terror act. All three were in custody. Their names were not released. There have been nine other arrests by the Dutch in their 16-month probe into people traveling to fight in conflicts in the Middle East. Five suspects remain in custody.

  • Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

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    In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says the girl and two boys are healthy and have grown to about a kilogram in weight since their birth July 29. The cubs were only the fourth triplets known to have been born in artificial breeding programs, but it wasn't clear how many survived previously. China devotes major resources to increasing the population of its unofficial mascot and regularly announces the births of giant pandas at zoos and at the Wolong breeding center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, where most wild pandas live.

  • Finland suspects Russian airspace violation

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. Defense Minister Carl Haglund condemned the infraction, and said that Finland had demanded an explanation from Moscow. "Unfortunately, we have no information to indicate that all these (violations) were accidental," Haglund told reporters in Helsinki. "As adequate explanations have not been forthcoming it would appear that a degree of intentionality was