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  • Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. Wim Heijnen of the Netherlands Forensic Institute said Wednesday the DNA samples do not all correspond to a victim's identification. Some of the samples could be from workers who gathered the bodies where the jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died when the plane heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot out of the sky on July 17 over an area controlled by pro-Russia separatists. Scores of forensic experts have been working for weeks to identify bodies and incomplete sets of remains gathered from the scene and

  • N Council Road shut down due to crash at Wilshire Boulevard in Oklahoma City Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    An injury accident has been reported in northwest Oklahoma City. Both lanes of N Council Road were shut down.

  • Oklahoma helicopters accidentally coated in foam

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    TULSA — Cleanup has finished on 10 Black Hawk helicopters that were accidently bathed in fire suppression foam at an Oklahoma National Guard base. Col. Max Moss says a Simplex Grinnell company representative triggered the fire suppression system Monday at the Tulsa base during a routine maintenance check. He says the system was installed a few months ago. Photos and videos released by the National Guard show the UH-60 model helicopters slathered in the substance. The foam reached helicopters both inside and outside of the hangar. Moss says the chemicals aren’t dangerous to humans or the environment and have already been cleaned up. He says officials will inspect the helicopters before using them for flights.

  • Global trash burning more polluting than expected

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned. The study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology attempts the first comprehensive assessment of global trash-burning data, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mercury and tiny particulate matter that can dim the sun's rays or clog human lungs. "Doing this study made me realize how little information we really have about garbage burning and waste management," said lead researcher Christine Wiedinmyer of the government-funded National Center for Atmospheric Resear

  • North Korea calls US 'graveyard of human rights'

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights." The comments by a Foreign Ministry spokesman fit a pattern by North Korea of seizing any opportunity to turn the table on Washington's longstanding criticism of the North as one of the world's worst human rights abusers. The Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson triggered nearly two weeks of sometimes-violent street protests.

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson, Mo., officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at

  • Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of Malaysia Airlines, said in early August it will announce details of the overhaul by the end of this month. Malaysian news reports said the announcement will come Friday. Analysts expect Khazanah to slash jobs, drop money losing routes to Europe and China, and replace top management. A substantial revamp has long been on the cards for Malaysia Airlines, which was struggling with chronic financial problems even before it was hit by the double disasters this

  • Flood advisory in Oklahoma Panhandle Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A flood advisory is in effect until 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma Panhandle. A hot day in central Oklahoma is ahead.

  • Police identify Texas man in police dog's fatal stabbing

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 21 hr ago

    A funeral service has been scheduled for the Oklahoma City police dog.

  • Investigation uncovers Tahlequah man's double life

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Missing for 37 years and presumed dead, investigators say an Ontario, Canada, man was discovered living under a new name in Oklahoma.

  • New Arbor Grove Elementary is a hit for Putnam City teachers, students

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New Arbor Grove Elementary opens in Putnam City School District in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • School bond issues fail in Rush Springs, pass in Elmore City-Pernell, lead in Putnam City

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    An $8.9 million bond issue that would have built a new middle school in Rush Springs failed by just two votes Tuesday night. District officials had hoped to build a new school to replace the 60-year-old building that now houses Rush Springs Middle School.

  • Bond issues for safe rooms pass in Putnam City, Elmore City-Pernell, fail in Rush Springs

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Putnam City school officials are moving forward with a plan to build 10 safe rooms in buildings around the district. Voters in the district approved a pair of school bond issues totaling $120 million Tuesday night.

  • Oklahoma state schools superintendent hopeful John Cox defeats Freda Deskin in runoff to determine party nomination

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Peggs school superintendent will face GOP nominee Joy Hofmeister in Nov. 4 general election

  • Oklahoma elections: Russell easily wins GOP nod in 5th District congressional race, will face McAffrey in general election

    By Chris Casteel, Nolan Clay and Darla Slipke, Staff Writers | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Steve Russell, a retired U.S. Army officer who stressed his military experience, defeated Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and will face Democrat Al McAffrey in the race to succeed Rep. James Lankford in Congress.

  • Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was in Liberia on Tuesday and later planned to stop in Sierra Leone and Guinea. Nigeria also has cases, but officials there have expressed optimism the virus can be controlled. "Lots of hard work is happening. Lots of good things are happening," Frieden said at a meeting attended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday. "But the virus still has the upper hand.

  • Oklahoma City Council advances Uber, Lyft regulations after debate

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Oklahoma City Council members are expected to make changes before a final vote next month.

  • Four die in three separate Oklahoma accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Four people died in three separate accidents Monday and Tuesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently threatened to kill American hostages to avenge the crushing airstrikes in Iraq against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish capital of Irbil. The 26-year-old woman was captured last year while working with three humanitarian groups in Syria. A representative for the family and U.S. officials asked that the woman not be identified out of fear for her safety. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they wer

  • Oklahoma City Council awards whitewater park contract

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council’s 5-4 vote means project managers will now try to close a $2.9 million budget gap during construction.