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  • Ohio woman gets 32 years in forced labor case

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said. Jessica Hunt, 33, was convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs. Her attorneys and the federal prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the sentencing. Hunt's boyfriend, 28-year-old Jordie Callahan, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison for those same charges. Both are from Ashland, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland.

  • Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa. Bert Thompson of Matuu, American Samoa, told The Associated Press on Thursday he saw no fire, explosions or emergency lighting on the plane carrying 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman. "It just went down — dived into the ocean," said Thompson, who saw the plane while sitting at a bus stop in his shoreline village. Haris Suleman's body was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash. Crews are still searching for his father.

  • This company wants to replace your car with a fleet of Teslas and electric bikes

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Unless you’re walking up and down the Strip, Las Vegas is a difficult city to navigate without a car. The city’s taxi drivers are known to overcharge customers  and have so far kept the Uber car-service app out of Vegas. A new service called  Shift (formerly Project 100 ) is fusing the offerings of Uber, Zipcar, a bike share, and public transportation, Quartz reports.

  • Viral 'Walmart shoplifting' video in Coweta leads to charges

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    COWETA — A man accused of shoplifting from a Walmart — and being chased and filmed in the act by another shopper — was charged Thursday with two misdemeanors. Kenneth Glen Pack was arrested Monday, according to an affidavit filed Thursday. Pack, 34, was charged with petit larceny and resisting an officer. The affidavit states that a Coweta officer "was informed of a video that had gone viral," and believed that Pack, who had local warrants, was the suspect. That officer and a backup traveled to the Roland Park area of Coweta, where they spotted Pack. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • OU fan buys TexsaSports.com to troll Texas fans after spelling error

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    If there’s one thing the Texas Longhorns learned today, it’s to never give Sooner fans an opening to mess with you — because they will. Earlier today it was revealed the University of Texas misspelled Texas in the footer of every page of their Player Profile Media Guide. The link should say TexasSports. Instead, it […]

  • 2 Texas football players charged with sex assault

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. The arrests created the first program crisis for first-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks.

  • Man, woman arrested along with teens in house with drugs and alcohol in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Matthew Holman and Shannon Moore were arrested Tuesday in Oklahoma City on complaints of child neglect and possession of marijuana

  • UPDATE: Westbound Interstate 240 reopened after accident involving a tractor trailer

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Westbound Interstate 240 is reopened at the Crossroad junction after an accident involving a tractor trailer

  • Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a key participant in the protests that toppled Yanukovych, made the announcement from the dais of Parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. He said Parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych May 25, earlier praised the withdrawal of the two parties.

  • Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered when their food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month. The city medical examiner's office confirmed that 17-year-old Jaylin Landaverry Galdamez died Tuesday and 42-year-old Olga Galdamez died Sunday. Spokesman Jeff Moran said Thursday that they died of burn-related injuries suffered from the fiery explosion July 1 in north Philadelphia. Eleven others were injured in the explosion, three critically. Investigators believe it was caused by a propane tank leak ignited by cooking grills. Little Flower High School teacher Carol Dauerbach (dow-er-bak) said Galdamez hoped to become a doctor, and said the foo

  • Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate." The 30-minute encounter took place just hours after the family landed at Rome's Ciampino airport, accompanied by an Italian diplomat who helped negotiate her release, and welcomed by Italy's premier, who hailed it as a "day of celebration." Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope "thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his pra

  • Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon arrested on marijuana possession complaint

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Police found a marijuana blunt weighing three grams in a cigar box inside a car Blackmon was driving following a traffic stop, according to an Edmond police report.

  • Clapton says thank you to Cale with 'The Breeze'

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn't know Clapton at the time. "I went into that dark period in my life and was just absent, and about that time some of JJ's early stuff was coming out," the 69-year-old rock musician said. " ... I definitely was trying to shake off this guitar legend thing, which I thought was so plebian. It was such a pedestrian way of looking at things. I didn't want anything to do with that. I didn't want anything to do with this heavy metal

  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Laurie Dishman told senators through tears that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises. "Cruise consumers have virtually no rights or protections," Dishman, a resident of Sacramento, California, said Wednesday during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which witnesses called for more passenger protections on cruise liners. "I know this first-hand." Dishman said she was hurt and humiliated during the 2006 incident when staff members were slow and discourteous in helping her.

  • Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    FREDERICK — Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers. Oklahoma medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 69-year-old Jim Yost died Tuesday from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned. Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team’s semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma, when the accident occurred. Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington says his office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the death.

  • Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry. They repeated that even as they struggled to get civil unions passed through the Colorado Legislature. Then, less than a year after civil unions became law here on July 1, 2013, state courts began to topple gay marriage bans across the country, albeit with stays pending appeals to higher courts. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Denver struck a blow to Colorado's voter-approved gay marriage ban, calling it unconstitutional but issuing a temporary stay to give the state a chance to appeal. The ruling could be another step toward a showdown in the U.S.

  • Officials: Peace Corps pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials: Peace Corps pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said. "The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions as necessary.

  • Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America. Experts, however, say those gangs are actually a byproduct of U.S. policies in the 1990s that sent many immigrants back to Central America after they had been indoctrinated into gang culture in this country. The violence they took with them easily took hold and flourished in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — countries with weak, dysfunctional governments. A few things to know: WHERE DO CENTRAL AMERICAN GANGS COME FROM? One study estimated some 350,000 Salvadoran immigrants illegally came to Southern California from 1980 to 1985 while trying to escape civil war and c