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  • Bahrain: Protesters dismiss government plans

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the tiny island nation of Bahrain on Friday to protest a proposal by the country's leadership for legislative, security and judicial reforms. The rally by members of the Shiite opposition came a day after the crown prince, Sheik Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued a statement summarizing proposed changes that included redefining electoral districts, promises of judicial reform and new codes of conduct for security forces. The statement follows on-and-off again talks between opposition members and the government aimed at bringing about a political solution to more than three years of unrest. Bahrain is a strategically important Western ally, which hos

  • Steve Lackmeyer: OKC will likely see mid- to high-rise residential project within next few years

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Sept. 19, 2014

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Sweden: Russian military jets violate air space

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft. The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the planes crossed into Swedish air space south of the Baltic Sea island of Oland on Wednesday. The ministry called it a "serious violation." Swedish newspaper Expressen first reported the incident, saying the planes were Sukhoi Su-24 combat planes that left Swedish air space when a Swedish Air Force fighter approached.

  • Why 'The Cosby Show' still matters 30 years later

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Thirty years after Dr. Cliff Huxtable and high-powered lawyer wife Clair raised five kids in Brooklyn for America's entertainment, TV has yet to fill the hole they left.

  • Bomb attacks kill at least 31 people in Iraq

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of vehicle bombings in Iraq killed at least 31 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country. A parked explosives-packed car detonated shortly before midday prayers near the al-Mubarak mosque in the Iraqi capital's mostly Shiite central district of Karradah, killing nine people and wounding 18 others, police said. Cars later exploded in two outdoor markets, one in the Shiite suburb of Nahrawan and the other in the Shiite district of Bayaa. Those attacks together killed nine people and wounded 23, according to police.

  • New round of Iran nuclear talks faces old hurdles

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven months and more than a half dozen rounds into talks on a substantive nuclear deal, Iran and six world powers gathering for another session appear no closer to an agreement. Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes, but Western nations have long suspected Iran wants to have the capacity to make nuclear weapons. The talks once again bring Iran to the negotiating table with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But this time they are taking place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. That means U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts will likely join in, adding their diplomatic muscle to the meeting.

  • OHP: At least 1 injured in semi rollover on I-35 in Edmond

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are at the scene of a rollover accident of Interstate 35 near the Turner Turnpike junction.

  • Water conservation is critical to energy industry's viability, industry officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 19 hr ago

    After four years of drought, water conservation has become essential to keeping Oklahoma energy companies viable, industry officials said Thursday. Industry leaders joined weather forecasters, climatologists and officials from several Western states Thursday at the Western Governors’ Association’s drought forum at the National Weather Center in Norman.

  • Hamilton tops Friday practice at Singapore GP

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday, while teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg and defending champion Sebastian Vettel both had setbacks. Hamilton's best time of 1 minute, 47.490 seconds at the Marina Bay circuit was a tenth of a second faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was fastest in the morning session. "Pole here has always been very important," Hamilton said. "Being up at the front will be crucial and that's obviously my target for qualifying tomorrow. "Nico looks very quick, as do the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but I'm feeling good this weekend and I'm focused on the job.

  • Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in Sanaa for a second day Friday in battles that have killed at least 120 people and have shaken the Yemeni capital with thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region. Yemen has had years of turmoil and division, particularly a longtime battle with perhaps the most dangerous branch of the al-Qaida terror network, separatist uprisings in the south and political upheaval that overthrew a longtime autocrat, all on top of deep poverty and tribal tensions. But throughout, it had largely been spared Shiite-Sunni hatreds

  • Scotland: Who won? Who lost?

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? ___ WINNERS: The 55.3 percent of Scottish voters who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom. LOSERS: The 44.7 percent who disagreed. WINNER: Gordon Brown. The former prime minister broke out of what seemed to be a long sulk since losing the 2010 election, and delivered a barnstorming defense of the United Kingdom which gave the No campaign some badly needed energy in the final days. LOSER: Alex Salmond. The leader of the Scottish National Party, which exists mainly to pursue independence, went down fighting for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win back the nation's independence.

  • 3 Eastern European countries form joint brigade

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania are forming a joint military unit that will be headquartered in Poland and will work to strengthen their military cooperation and will participate in peacekeeping missions. Defense ministers from the three countries signed the act forming the brigade of several thousand soldiers on Friday. The Polish Defense Ministry said the work on forming the unit began in 2007. It is to be headquartered in the eastern Polish city of Lublin. The ministry said the unit will operate under the auspices of the United Nations, NATO or the European Union. However, the ministry did not provide any more details or say whether the armed conflict in Ukraine would affect its work.

  • Court again delays Kenya president's trial

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court again delayed the trial of Kenya's president on Friday, after prosecutors said they did not have a strong enough case to convict him because Kenya was not cooperating in turning over potential evidence. Following a prosecution request for a delay, the court scrapped the planned Oct. 7 start of Uhuru Kenyatta's trial on charges of involvement in violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after his country's 2007 elections. Kenyatta is charged as an "indirect co-perpetrator" with crimes including murder, rape and persecution. He insists he is innocent and his lawyers have called repeatedly for the case to be dropped for lack of evidence. His trial initia

  • Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon. Authorities said more than 470,000 residents of Metro Manila and other provinces were affected in severely inundated communities. At least 37,000 people in the capital were displaced in one of the worst floods in the sprawling metropolis of 12 million in recent years. Over 2,700 people in nearby provinces were also displaced by the floods, said Civil Defense chief Alex Pama.

  • Car hits house in north Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A driver trying to avoid a dog swerved into a house in north Oklahoma City. No injuries were reported but the dog was killed.

  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted international attention when they were detained in May for participating in a production deemed indecent by hard-liners in Iran. The video showed the men and women, none of whom wore obligatory headscarves, dancing together in sunglasses and silly clothes on Tehran rooftops and alleyways. Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said the seven received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each. He said the suspended jail term was punishment for acting in the video and the lashes

  • Oklahoma mom tells police the housekeeper raped her 13-year-old son

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 20 hr ago

    CYRIL — Cyril police have arrested a 31-year-old housekeeper who they say had sex with a 13-year-old boy. They arrested the woman on Monday after the boy’s mother called. The woman faces charges of first degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police say the boy’s mother suspected something was wrong Monday and questioned her son. She told the boy there was a hidden camera in the house, but there wasn’t. The mother says the boy admitted to having sex with the woman in his grandmother’s bedroom. She is being held at the Caddo County Jail.

  • Britain plans political upheaval after Scot vote

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The saga of Scottish independence is over, but a new journey of political upheaval is only beginning for the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron responded Friday to the passion of the failed Scottish breakaway by promising sweeping new powers to the U.K.'s regions. Scotland's rebellious spirit and England's own movement for more autonomy mean that to keep an uneasy marriage intact, each of Britain's four nations soon may need to live mostly under separate roofs. Cameron vowed to follow through on campaign promises to spin off key decision-making powers from London to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, particularly over tax rates and welfare benefits, to keep separatist sentiments at bay.

  • Russian investigators deny billionaire's release

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian billionaire's company claimed the tycoon was freed from house arrest on Friday, an announcement that was welcomed by some top officials only to be rejected minutes later by the nation's top criminal investigation agency. The confusion about Vladimir Yevtushenkov's fate reflected a high-stakes battle for some of the country's most prized oil assets that reportedly involves the upper echelons of Russian officialdom. Russia's Investigative Committee said Friday that the 65-year old Yevtushenkov has remained under house arrest, dismissing the claim of his release issued by his Sistema holding company.