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  • LeBron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    King James is coming home. LeBron James explains to SI's Lee Jenkins why he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. "When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."

  • Double fatality accident reported near Hennepin in southern Oklahoma

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    11:10 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County has been reopened following a double fatality collision involving a car and a tractor trailer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. 9:02 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County is closed due to a double fatality collision involving a car and semi truck. Both vehicles have burned and the roadway is completely blocked, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown off a bridge survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police are seeking the person who tossed him. Construction crews reported hearing a noise Thursday, then seeing the kitten fall toward the water over the bridge railing and into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say the kitten swam to shore but got stuck in the mud. Marine patrol and animal control officers were able to rescue him. Police said Friday that they have no leads on a suspect. Police have said they are hoping for tips from the public to help them find the person who threw the kitten.

  • Faith can solve society's problems, survey majority says

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    "Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today's problems," according to Gallup, which recently released a poll on the subject.

  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. The tax break allows businesses to more quickly write off the costs of new equipment, making it popular among business groups. But the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. The House approved the bill by a vote of 258-160. The tax break, known as bonus depreciation, has been around for years, though it has always been temporary. The latest version was enacted in 2008 to help jumpstart the economy.

  • What stresses Americans most and how to deal with it

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Nearly half of Americans experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a new national survey. Health, work, finances and family all set people on edge.

  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent, according to a survey released Friday by the National Association for Business Economics. That's down from 3.5 percent in a June survey. Growth in 2014 as a whole will be just 1.6 percent, they project, sharply below a previous forecast of 2.5 percent. If accurate, this year's growth would be the weakest since the Great Recession. The lower 2014 forecast largely reflects the impact of a sharp contraction in the first quarter. The economy shr

  • Theater review: 'The Little Mermaid' at Lyric in Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a textbook example of style over substance. Fortunately, its stylish attributes are abundant, from eye-catching costumes to shimmering underwater scenes. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre’s production can’t draw sufficient attention away from the musical’s shortcomings.

  • Oklahoma ending lease with Walnut Creek State Park

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    PRUE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation has announced it will end its lease for Walnut Creek State Park in northeastern Oklahoma, citing a drop in state funding as the reason for the cutback. The park in Osage County costs more to maintain than it brings in in revenue, leading the agency to terminate its lease Sept. 1 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the land, said tourism department spokeswoman Leslie Blair. "Visitation and revenue were very low," Blair said. "And there was not a lot of opportunity to increase that revenue." Ending the lease early will save the state $100,000 — much-needed money for the department, which has seen a 26 percent drop in state funding since

  • Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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.

  • Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way. Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year. The 52-year-old country star remains one of music's top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. He has said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to s

  • Budget cuts to close Walnut Creek State Park at Keystone Lake

    By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Last year at Walnut Creek State Park, 30 minutes west of Tulsa on Keystone Lake, revenues hit $51,000. But expenses were nearly three times higher, at $150,000. With a budget deficit that large, and the much more popular Keystone State Park less than 20 miles away, Walnut Creek became a luxury the state of Oklahoma could no longer afford, officials announced this week. The park may close Sept. 1, when the state will terminate its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lease would have expired in 2015 anyway, and the state had no plan to renew it, officials said. But ending the lease early will save the state $100,000. Read the full story at

  • Restored credits allowed the release of Oklahoma rape suspect

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The “earned credit” early release policy that freed a prisoner who Tulsa police say went on a rape spree is nothing new, a corrections official said Thursday. Board of Corrections Chairman Kevin Gross told the Tulsa World after Thursday’s Board of Corrections meeting that he had personally reviewed the prison records of Desmond La’don Campbell, the man authorities believe attacked seven women across Tulsa in June. Campbell died Tuesday after he’d been in a coma for several days after a car crash. Authorities had planned to charge him with 23 felony counts for sexual assaults across the city. Read the full story at

  • Cameron man gets life sentence for fatal shooting

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    POTEAU — A judge has sentenced a Cameron man to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of his former brother-in-law. In May, a LeFlore County jury convicted Raymond Larry Nichols of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of Donald Joe Neff. Authorities say Neff was shot once in the back of the head outside of his bar in Poteau. His body was discovered three days later in a strip pit in Pocola. District Court Judge Jon Sullivan handed down the life sentence Thursday to Nichols. According to a local newspaper, Nichols has maintained his innocence throughout court proceedings. His attorney had argued there was no direct evidence linking Nichols to the crime.

  • Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself. Atlanta attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said he now represents Leanna Harris. Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of their son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris. The father told Cobb County police he left the boy in the SUV for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care and going to work. Leanna Harris has not been charged with any crimes in the death. Asked about his role in the case Friday, Zimmerman told The Associated Press he could not comment further.

  • Chrysler recalls 651,000 SUVs for mirror lights

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly. The recall is for certain 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models. Chrysler says it has seen the problem only in lighted sun visor mirrors that have been repaired. But as a precaution, it says the recall applies to all of the vehicles. The automaker says it knows of three injuries caused by the lighted mirror. Chrysler will contact customers and let them know when they can have the problem fixed. The recall will total 895,000 SUVs around the world. About 45,000 are in Canada, 23,000 are in

  • Coast Guard members rescue man in Oklahoma lake

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    SALLISAW — The U.S. Coast Guard says two of its members rescued a 36-year-old man from an eastern Oklahoma lake when he began struggling in the water. The Coast Guard says Lt. Clint Smith and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Blanco were touring the Arkansas River area Thursday when they heard a man yell for help near the Applegate Cove Marina of Kerr Lake. Authorities say the man was fishing with a friend when his boat became disabled. The man jumped in the lake then struggled to stay above water. The Coast Guard says Smith jumped in the lake and pulled the man to safety. The man was wearing a life jacket and suffered from exhaustion but had no other injuries. Smith is supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment in

  • Second Mannford shooting victim is identified

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 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.

  • Ponca City man dies after crash on southeast Oklahoma highway

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A Ponca City man who was a passenger in a pickup that ran off State Highway 3 and crashed Monday died from his injuries in a Tulsa hospital Tuesday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma football: Cornerback Zack Sanchez lands on 2014 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

      NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez is one of 39 players listed on the watch list for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given each year to college football’s best defensive back. Sanchez joins TCU senior Sam Carter and Texas senior Quandre Diggs as the three Big 12 defensive backs to appear on the […]