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  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defenders Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, released Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America. The 81-man list included 13 from the Big 12 Conference, and the Sooners were one of 12 schools to land at least three players […]

  • Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

    Updated: 5 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases in March before the threat was detected and blocked, the Times reported in an article posted on its website Wednesday night. How far the hackers penetrated the agency's systems was not yet clear, the newspaper said. Accusations of hacking by China and counterclaims of such activity by the U.S. government have strained U.S.-Chinese relations. Chinese hac

  • Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

    Updated: 8 min ago

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows. Authorities charged Alix Tichelman, 26, with manslaughter Wednesday for her role in the death of Forrest Hayes, who was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht last November. Police said the surveillance video from the yacht shows everything that happened from the time Tichelman came aboard to when she left. Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hayes, 51, had hired Tich

  • UPDATE: Lake Hefner Parkway shutting down for bomb squad Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 min ago

    A backpack has been found near the Lake Hefner Parkway. A bomb squad has responded.

  • Germany kicks out top US spy over spy spat

    Updated: 17 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced Thursday it is kicking out Washington's top spy in Berlin, a dramatic response from a key U.S. ally to a yearlong spying dispute over eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls that flared anew this week. The immediate trigger for Thursday's move was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. More deeply, it appears to reflect a Germany at the end of its patience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference in a nation that has cherished traditions of privacy. U.S. officials described Germany's move as extraordinary. A former U.S. official said he couldn't remember a time in recent history when an intelligence official was asked to le

  • Second victim in Mannford double homicide identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Two people died of apparent gunshot wounds in Mannford in June, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports. The identities of both men have now been determined.

  • Little change in this week's drought report

    Silas Allen | Updated: 26 min ago

    Oklahoma’s drought picture remained virtually unchanged over the past week, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday. About 80 percent of the state is in some form of drought, according to the report. That’s the same percentage of the state that was listed in drought conditions in last week’s report. But there’s good […]

  • Parts of US Capitol closed after incident

    Updated: 26 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours. A hazardous materials response team was in the building following an incident that began at around 2:30 a.m. or 3 a.m., Capitol Police said. There were no initial reports of any injuries. By midmorning, most of the building was reopened and Capitol tours on the House side resumed. The Senate, at the other end of the 751-foot-long building, seemed unaffected by the incident. The East Grand Staircase, which runs from the first floor to the third floor inside the House side of the building, was blocked off, and more than a dozen worke

  • Boehner, McConnell blast Obama border request

    Updated: 29 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republican leaders on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border crisis, saying Obama caused the problem and now wants Congress to sign off on more of the same. "We're not giving the president a blank check," said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as dispute over how to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern border mounted on Capitol Hill. "This is a problem of the president's own making." Boehner spoke to reporters shortly after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered the same criticism on the Senate floor. "What he appears to be asking for is a blank check — one that would allow him to sustain his curr

  • Man charged with killing referee appears in court

    Updated: 46 min ago

    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck made an initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge Thursday, the same day family and friends were saying a final goodbye to the referee. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned in Livonia District Court, less than 10 miles from where a funeral service was being held for John Bieniewicz. "This is a horrendous tragedy," Judge Kathleen McCann said before ordering a $1 million bond for Saad. A second-degree murder charge carries a punishment of up to life in prison. Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29.

  • 4 children, parents killed in Texas shooting

    Updated: 55 min ago

    SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, is charged with multiple counts of capital murder in the killings Wednesday evening, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman said early Thursday. He also is accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl in the shooting rampage. "I have not personally in 40 years seen a tragedy in one family that is this horrific," Hickman said.

  • Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year confirmed

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, "Fargo," with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven," with 17. The AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale "Breaking Bad" got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston. The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare.

  • Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics, Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry, to try to make his point. Following a meeting with Perry in Dallas Wednesday, the president suggested there was little daylight between Perry's calls for additional assistance at the border and the nearly $4 billion request Obama sent to Congress this week.

  • Boeing raises forecast for new airplane demand

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia. The Chicago company said Thursday that it expects deliveries of 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with total list prices valued at an estimated $5.2 trillion. That's up from Boeing's forecast last year that global airlines would need 35,280 jets worth $4.8 trillion over the next 20 years. Low-cost carriers are fueling the fastest growing segment of the market — single-aisle airplanes. Those aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 and rival Airbus A320, make up 70 percent of all orders, with the heart of that demand

  • Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said Israel struck more than 320 Hamas targets overnight, focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. In all, the military has struck 750 sites since the offensive began on Tuesday.

  • 7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, officials said. All seven victims were found in units on the top floor of the three-story building that had businesses on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors, fire officials said. "It's a tragic day for the city of Lowell," Mayor Rodney Elliott said. A police officer on routine patrol was the first to report the fire just before 4 a.m., while several tenants ran about 100 yards down the street to the nearest fire station to sound the alarm, Fire Chief Edward Pitta said. But the building was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. The fire eventually went to three alarms.

  • What songs are on your summer playlist?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    What are your favorite songs of summer? Share your playlist with us.

  • U.S. Senior Open: First-round play resumes after weather delay

    BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    EDMOND — Play has resumed at the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National on Thursday after a 1 hour, 17-minute delay due to the threat of lightning in the area. Play was suspended at 7:36 a.m. and resumed at 8:53 a.m. The delay will push afternoon tee times back an hour. Here are the updated tee times: U.S. Senior Open Oak Tree National At Edmond First & Second Round Tee Times Thursday (July 10), Hole No. 1 / Friday (July 11), Hole No. 10 7:15 a.m.-1 p.m: Rocky Walcher, Oklahoma City; Ron Vlosich, Lakewood, Colo.; (a) Bryan Norton, Mission Hills, Kan. 7:25 a.m. -1:10 p.m: Mike Standly, League City, Texas; Jerry Smith, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Patrick Horgan, West Palm

  • Prosecutors: Kevin Sweat threatened to kill girlfriend one month before Weleetka girls' deaths

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OKEMAH — Prosecutors are seeking to present evidence at trial that Kevin Sweat abused and threatened to kill his girlfriend one month before he allegedly gunned down two Weleetka girls in 2008. At a hearing Wednesday in Okfuskee County District Court, District Judge Lawrence Parish said he would consider whether that evidence could be allowed at trial in addition to several other pre-trial matters at a July 16 hearing. Now that Sweat has waived his right to a jury trial and the state is no longer seeking the death penalty, Parish said Wednesday that he expects both sides to be ready for the Aug. 4 trial date “absent some calamity.” Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.