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  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north. Those moves have infuriated al-Maliki's government while stoking independence sentiment among the Kurds.

  • Death toll in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza tops 120

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Officials say the death toll from Israel's air offensive on Gaza has topped 120 and the campaign shows no sign of stopping. Israel launched the strikes five days ago to stop relentless rocket fire on its citizens. Hamas officials said Saturday that overnight raids targeted their homes and installations — and for the first time a pair of mosques. Israel accuses Hamas militants of stockpiling weapons beneath mosques, schools and residential homes, endangering civilians. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says the overnight attacks raised the death toll over 120. He says more than 920 wounded have been wounded. Dozens of the dead are civilians, though the exact breakdown r

  • Does Oklahoma City commercial property really need an asterisk?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Foreign capital spilling out of gateway cities to lower-tier real estate markets? Does that include Oklahoma City? Should it?

  • Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and rockets fired by militants striking Israel from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon, Israel's prime minister on Friday brushed off a question about cease-fire efforts. There is no end in sight to Israel's effort to halt militant rocket fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "I will end it when our goals are realized," he said. "And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet." Israel says it launched the offensive Tuesday in response to weeks of rocket fire from Gaza. At least 21 Palestinians were killed Friday, pushing the overall death toll to 106, including dozens of civilians, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

  • Pipeline breach renews call for more monitoring

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly. State Rep. Dick Anderson, a Republican farmer from Willow City, said he plans to revisit legislation the state Legislature rejected last year that would mandate flow meters and cutoff switches on such lines. "This is a serious problem that has become almost a weekly occurrence and we've got to do something," Anderson said. The measure failed 86-4 after encountering resistance from oil companies that argued the additional monitoring would be too expensive.

  • Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SHOREHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday. The museum said Thursday that Musk will also install a Tesla supercharging station. The museum is being built on the 16-acre site of Tesla's Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island. The Serbian scientist began an unfinished project there to send messages and electricity around the world wirelessly. Tesla is known for his work with alternating current and experiments with X-rays. Musk co-founded PayPal and also runs

  • Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years, near Funter Bay on July 1. The carcass was hauled to a nearby beach, where a necropsy was performed July 3, officials said Friday. "The left mandible was fractured and the right mandible was traumatically dislocated from the cranium," Dr. Kathy Burek of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, the lead veterinarian on the necropsy, said in a statement Friday. "Cause of death was determined to be ship strike.

  • As deaths rise, no end seen to Israeli offensive

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory. But a mounting Palestinian civilian death toll is beginning to draw international criticism and could quickly put the brakes on the campaign. Israeli officials say they are pleased with the results of the four-day operation so far. Military officials say the round-the-clock airstrikes have hit Hamas hard, taking out the militant group's command centers, rocket-launchers and storage sites, and knocking out much of its long-range rocket arsenal.

  • Driver of stalled pickup finds slithering surprise

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand. Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block. A police lieutenant responded to a call for help. He retrieved the 20-pound snake. The python was taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where spokesman Ben Swan says the reptile has minor injuries but otherwise is in good shape. Police say the snake likely crawled into the pickup at the motorist's home several blocks from where the vehicle stalled. And Ault says he thinks the truck stalled because the snake dislodged an ele

  • US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind a stable state after the withdrawal of most U.S. troops at year's end. Secretary of State John Kerry held a series of back-to-back meetings in Kabul that went into the night, grappling for a plan acceptable to all that would allow the United Nations to audit extensive fraud allegations in last month's runoff vote.

  • California man catches 482-pound halibut in Alaska

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska. The Orange County Register reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1qQSWU9) 76-year-old Jack McGuire of Santa Ana caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut. McGuire struggled for 40 minutes before the giant fish was reeled in. His catch outweighs the 459-pound Pacific halibut caught in Alaska in 1996 that is the world record, but it doesn't meet International Game Fish Association regulations. The halibut was shot, then harpooned before it was brought aboard the boat, disqualifying the catch from being considered for a world record. McGuire was on a weeklong fishing trip near Glacier Bay with his three children when he caught th

  • Same-sex dancers decry proposed UK ballroom 'ban'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — It takes two to tango — but does a same-sex couple qualify? Britain's governing body of ballroom dancing has stirred controversy by proposing to change the definition of a competing partnership to be "one man and one lady" — a move that equality advocates and same-sex dancers called discriminatory Friday. The world of competitive ballroom dancing — satirized famously in Baz Luhrmann's film "Strictly Ballroom" — has traditionally been dominated by couples made up of a man and a woman, although a small number of same-sex dancers currently also compete alongside them. Critics say the rule change proposed by the British Dance Council could ban same-sex couples from mainstream competitions.

  • Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege. The barrage of rocket fire just before sunrise at a base near the Russian border was a devastating setback for government forces, who had seemingly gained the upper hand last weekend when they pushed the pro-Russian fighters out of their stronghold city of Slovyansk. In addition to those killed, 93 soldiers were wounded, the Defense Ministry said. "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned

  • German FM to meet Kerry to discuss spying claims

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries' friendship "on an honest basis" after asking Washington's top spy to leave. Thursday's decision to demand the departure of the intelligence representative at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin was "the right decision, a necessary step and an appropriate reaction to the breach of trust that has taken place," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin. It followed reports over the past 10 days that U.S. intelligence had recruited two Germans — a man who worked at the country's foreign intelligence agency and a defense ministry emplo

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. "We need to rebuild our infrastructure," said Brusaw, the head of Solar Roadways, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. His idea contains "something for everyone to like." "Environmentalists like it," he said. "Climate change deniers like it because it creates jobs.

  • Bosnian mom buries 2 sons 19 years after massacre

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — After 19 years, Hajrija Selimovic finally has a place to mourn her family. Selimovic buried her two sons Friday next to her husband's white tombstone in a cemetery for the victims of Srebrenica, Europe's worst massacre since World War II. The three were among the 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed when Serb forces overran the eastern Bosnian town on July 11, 1995. Samir was 23 and Nermin 19 when they were shot by an execution squad. The remains of Srebrenica victims are still being found in mass graves to this day and are being identified using DNA technology. Every July 11, more are buried at a memorial center near the town. "They were victims of monstrous nationalism," Cami

  • Malfunction forces Czech nuclear reactor shut down

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — An official says a Czech nuclear power plant has shut down one of its two reactors due to a fault on a cooling water pump. Vaclav Brom, spokesman for the Temelin plant located near the border with Austria, says the reactor was shut down Thursday after the problem occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant. The country's nuclear authority says the problem poses no safety threat. Brom said Friday it is not immediately clear when the reactor can be restarted. The other reactor in Temelin is currently also shut down due to a planned fuel replacement.

  • Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new challenge to President Barack Obama's effort to leave behind two secure states while ending America's long wars. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a hastily arranged visit to Afghanistan on Friday to help resolve the election crisis, which is sowing chaos in a country that the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost more than 2,000 lives trying to stabilize. He was to meet with the two candidates claiming victory in last month'

  • Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday. Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners Inc., said the cause of the spill appears to involve a separation of the pipe that carries saltwater, a byproduct of oil and natural gas production. Crestwood subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline. Jones said the path of the brine is 8,240 feet long, and the company has estimated around 1 million gallons spilled. Officials have said it damaged trees, brush and grasses in

  • Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's third-largest democracy could be decided in court. Wednesday's third direct presidential vote went smoothly, but fears of unrest surfaced after Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo and ex-army general Prabowo Subianto both declared a win after the quick count results were released. The apparent deadlock has raised fears of political instability in the world's most populous Muslim nation and Southeast Asia's biggest economy.