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  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Updated: 9 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis. Trapped by the fighting in Khan Younis, a town on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip, dozens of Palestinian families scrambled to flee the area. John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban following a Hamas rocket near the airport the day before, reflecting his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement between the warring sides.

  • Son of British singer Adele wins privacy case

    Updated: 12 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments. Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never become "public property." She said: "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes." Afia said Adele accepts her public profile, but the family never encourages routine photos that intrude on their privacy.

  • Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing

    Updated: 14 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians. The bomber had rammed his explosives-packed car into a checkpoint near a revered Shiite shrine in the heart of the capital late Tuesday, as worshippers awaited security checks before visiting the site during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Another 58 people were wounded in the attack, which took place in the central Kazimiyah district. Police officials confirmed the toll, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Updated: 20 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. "We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he was meeting for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done." He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders.

  • Thai junta defends strong powers under new charter

    Updated: 21 min ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — A senior army official said Wednesday that the leader of Thailand's ruling junta is allowed to serve as interim prime minister under a new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election. Thailand adopted an interim constitution on Tuesday, taking its first step toward the return of an electoral democracy after two months of military rule. But the charter's clauses allow the junta to continue to hold substantial power even after an interim Cabinet and legislature take office. The army staged a coup on May 22 following months of deep-rooted political conflict that virtually paralyzed the machinery of Thailand's government.

  • School head arrested in India after girl, 6, raped

    Updated: 23 min ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The head of a school in southern India where a 6-year-old girl was raped earlier this month was arrested on Wednesday and charged with hindering the investigation and negligence, police said. M.N. Reddi, the top police official in Bangalore city, told reporters that Rustom Kerawalla, the chairman of VIBGYOR High school, was charged with negligence for failing to ensure the student's safety. Reddi gave no details on how Kerawalla hindered the investigation into the July 2 assault that happened when the girl left her classroom to go to the restroom. Kerawalla made no statement to media as he was being led away by police. Earlier this week police arrested the school's skating instructor and charged him w

  • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

    Updated: 31 min ago

    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster. The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning as the country prepared for the arrival of the first bodies in the afternoon. The crash on Thursday killed all 298 people — most of them Dutch citizens — aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Ukraine and western nations are pressing the pro-Russian rebels who control the crash site to allow an unfettered an investigation, something Russian President Vladimir Put

  • Woman, 17-year-old son dead in apparent murder-suicide

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 32 min ago

    A 50-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were found dead Tuesday in what the Tulsa Police Department said was apparently a murder-suicide committed during the late afternoon. Police and EMSA medics conducted a welfare check on their home in the 2200 block of South Delaware Place about 4 p.m. after a relative of the family reported she wasn’t able to enter the home, Sgt. Dave Walker said Tuesday night. When officers forced their way inside, they discovered Kimberly and Joseph Crabtree in a bedroom, both with gunshot wounds. Read the full story at

  • Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    Updated: 34 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. The 25-year-old daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof was found dead at her home south of London on April 7. An inquest heard that Geldof was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute methadone in the two and a half years before her death. Her husband, Thomas Cohen, said Geldof had started using heroin again in February, and had hidden drugs in the loft of their home. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained dea

  • Heat advisory in effect in Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The high temperature in central Oklahoma will be near 95 degrees Wednesday. A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.

  • UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes

    Updated: 52 min ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official has told diplomats that Israel's military and Hamas militants appear to have violated international humanitarian law and might have committed war crimes during their two-week war in the Gaza Strip. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that around three-quarters of the 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis killed in the conflict were civilians, and thousands more have been injured. Pillay told the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council that the situation in Gaza requires its urgent attention because of "a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine eased. Europe markets opened with moderate gains. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.2 percent to 6,806.46 and Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent to 9,771.38. France's CAC 40 also advanced 0.4 percent to 4,386.53. Futures augured a tentative advance on Wall Street. S&P 500 and Dow Jones futures each inched up 0.1 percent. Markets have been roiled the past week by heightened tensions between Russia and the West after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists, killing all 298 people on board.

  • Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting — for their own public, their opponent's population and for a global audience. Propaganda and psychological warfare are nothing new in battle, but technology and social media have exponentially increased the ability of each side to penetrate their intended audiences. Each side has sought to tip the moral scale in its favor with an international audience.

  • Neo-Nazi group banned in Germany's Bavaria state

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in the German state of Bavaria say they have banned a neo-Nazi group that operated in the region. The state interior ministry said it banned the Free Network South group on Wednesday and accused it of pursuing the "anti-constitutional endeavors" of an organization that was banned a decade ago, the Franconian Action Front. Officials searched a property in the small town of Regnitzlosau in northern Bavaria where, the ministry said, an outfit called Final Resistance Mail Order supported the group's activities. Bavarian authorities didn't immediately give details on the size of the group and its activities. Along with other state governments, Bavaria is seeking a ban on Germany's biggest fa

  • Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service has accused Pakistan of stoking instability by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security says recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Pakistan has denied such accusations in the past. Sediqi offered no evidence for his claims. He alleged that Pakistan's military campaign against militants in the Waziristan border region made no progress because ISI warned the area's Haqqani militants ahead of launching the campaign.

  • Despite sanctions call, UK exports arms to Russia

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine. A group of legislators that oversees arms export controls said Wednesday there are 251 export licenses in place for sale of goods worth at least 132 million pounds ($225 million) to Russia. The licenses cover sniper rifles, night sights, small arms ammunition, gun mountings, body armor, military communications equipment, and "equipment employing cryptography." Britain has been the most vocal European advocate of tougher sanctions on Russia since the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

  • Australian guilty in $41M biodiesel scam in Vegas

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 64-year-old Australian man has pleaded guilty to charges in federal court in Nevada for his role in a scheme to bilk a U.S. biodiesel fuel program out of more than $41 million. Nathan Stoliar pleaded guilty in Las Vegas Tuesday to two counts of wire fraud and one count each of conspiracy, conspiracy to engage in money laundering and making false statements under the Clean Air Act. Under a plea agreement, Stoliar must forfeit $4 million and pay $1 million restitution. He faces up to 69 years in prison and $2 million in fines at his Oct. 30 sentencing.

  • Shipwrecked Concordia on verge of final voyage

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — Rotated by tugboats, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is being readied for its final voyage. The ship was set to be towed Wednesday from Giglio Island, where it struck a reef and capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people. The tugs and a dozen other boats will guide the crippled ship on a journey of about five days to Genoa, the mainland port where the vessel will be scrapped. A daring engineering operation set the Concordia upright last September in preparation for removal. After the ship leaves Giglio's port, another search will be launched for the one victim that was never found. The Concordia's captain is on trial for multiple manslaughter, causing the wreck and

  • Australia: All Ukraine victims may not be found

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says the remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a thorough search of the site in Ukraine where it was shot down. Tony Abbott discussed options for securing the site with government leaders on Wednesday. Abbott told reporters that it is "possible that many bodies are still out there in the open in the European summer subject to interference and subject to the ravages of heat and animals." Australia lost 37 citizens and residents in the tragedy.

  • China braces for 2nd typhoon; Taiwan drenched

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm, which killed dozens of people. The country's national meteorological center said Wednesday afternoon that Typhoon Matmo, with gusts of 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour, was traveling northeast in coastal waters off the heavily populated province of Fujian. Authorities in eastern Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, ordered fishing boats to return to port and stepped up patrols to watch for breaks in coastal and river embankments, the official Xinhua News Agency said.