• US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the U.S. has no independent confirmation of reports of a second American killed while fighting with the militant group. "We're looking into it," she said. NBC cited an anonymous member of the opposition Free Syrian Army as saying two Americans were killed in a battle last week with Islamic State fighters. The U.S. confirmed the death of one American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego.

  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun. Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was shot in the head. Prosecutors say they will not file charges in the case.

  • Shawnee police arrest Seminole man after fatal stabbing

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Shawnee police arrested a man in connection with a stabbing Friday night. Police said a 32-year-old man was stabbed in the neck during a house party and died this week as a result of the injury.

  • Transgender Oklahoma House candidate concedes defeat

    BY RICK M. GREEN, Capitol Bureau | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Transgender Oklahoma House candidate Paula Sophia rejects recount after losing by 22 votes.

  • Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via telephone on Monday, police said. She turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct, and police charged her with aggravated harassment. Several media outlets reported Tsarnaeva told the Harlem woman she had "people who can go over there and put a bomb on you." Officers gave Tsarnaeva an appearance ticket and released her pending a Sept. 30 court date. A telephone number linked to Tsarnaeva was discon

  • Landowners file lawsuit against planned Oklahoma wind farm

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Landowners in central Oklahoma concerned about a wind farm planned by Apex Clean Energy Inc. want a federal judge to stop the development, claiming the turbines will affect their health and property values. A regional trade group for wind developers called the lawsuit frivolous and said similar cases have failed in other courts.

  • Police find two dead in southwest Oklahoma City home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Neighbors called police about 5:55 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 3700 block of SW 44, a police spokesman said.

  • USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication." The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team's website Monday. In the account, Shaw described how he instinctively jumped from a balcony, with no one around, to rescue his 7-year-old nephew in a pool in his hometown of Palmdale, California. The school said a day later callers questioned the story, and began vettin

  • Tulsa couple urge U.S. Supreme Court to use Oklahoma case for nationwide decision on same-sex marriage

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A Tulsa County same-sex couple who want to marry have won favorable rulings from a federal judge and appeals court but say the Oklahoma case presents an ideal opportunity for a far-reaching ruling on whether states can ban same-sex marriage.

  • 11 family friendly cars

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Wondering what car will work best for you and your family? Here's a list of 11 that may suit you.

  • Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program. Under a law that went into effect in May, citizens of Uruguay or legal residents who are at least 18 can grow marijuana for personal use if they register. There is a limit of six female plants, with an annual harvest of up to 480 grams. Few people appeared to be rushing to register with the government on the first day. Juan Vaz, a well-known cannabis activist, said he registered and found the process easy but can understand why some might be reluctant. "There are some people who might feel persecuted

  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff's plea came as a U.N. commission accused the group, which dominates a broad swath of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border, of committing crimes against humanity and President Barack Obama weighs options for targeting the extremists' stronghold in Syria. The Islamic State militants have threatened to kill 31-year-old Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. halts its airstrikes against it.

  • Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out. Many of the nation's 80 million dogs have separation anxiety, Dr. Nick Dodman, of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, said citing studies.

  • 6 financial moves to prevent sleepless nights

    Richard Barrington, Deseret News | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Like car alarms that go off at 3 a.m. or those echoing drips in the bathroom sink, financial worries are costing many Americans sleep, according to a recent poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

  • Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they've deemed egregious presidential overreaching. A self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching.

  • Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they could not have conspired together. During McDonnell's four-plus days on the witness stand, the defense presented a melancholic letter he wrote to his wife professing his love for her, apologizing for his shortcomings, complaining about hers, and begging her to work with him to save the marriage. While Maureen McDonnell didn't testify, defense witnesses talked about her infatuation and "mild obsession" with former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

  • Messages of sympathy pour in regarding Oklahoma City police dog's death

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Police Department has received an outpouring of support in the wake of the death of Kye, the K-9 who was stabbed while helping with a police pursuit Sunday night. Services for Kye will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Road.

  • Okla. Education Board creates standards committee

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education created a steering committee Wednesday to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state's public schools. Board members stressed it is merely an interim step toward creating the new standards in the wake of the Legislature in June repealing Common Core standards, which were scheduled to take full effect in the current school year. "The committee is establishing the best process for establishing the standards," board member Amy Ford said. The board has set no deadline for creation of the new instructional standards, but the legislation said they needed to be in place by 2016.

  • Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert. A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, entered his plea to the felony charge Tuesday. The spokeswoman, Farrah Emami, says the rapper and five others were arrested Sunday at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine. The other five also pleaded not guilty to possessing an AK-47 assault rifle. Jeezy remains jailed on $1 million bail. He's due back in court Sept. 5.

  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign. Jindal's lawsuit accuses the Department of Education of illegally manipulating federal money and regulations to force states to adopt Common Core by dangling $4.3 billion in grants and policy waivers that encouraged them to adopt uniform standards and testing. "The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative," Jindal said in a statement.