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  • Journalism, opinion, and the Web

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Does the online world of social media and citizen journalism make it easier to intentionally parade opinion as fact?

  • Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

    Updated: 13 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although lightning does strike Southern California frequently, it rarely hits the beach. When it does, the consequences can be chaotic and deadly, as they were Sunday when a huge lightning bolt descended on Los Angeles' bohemian Venice Beach, killing 21-year-old Nick Fagnano and injuring 12 others. Climatologist Bill Patzert says the storm that materialized did so rapidly and was so isolated that he couldn't say anyone was to blame for not seeing it coming despite lightning striking a man on a golf course on nearby Santa Catalina Island earlier in the day. The chances of being struck by lightning in California are one in 7 to 10 million, much rarer than other parts of the country.

  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Updated: 25 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.

  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    Updated: 38 min ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were involved in the 1995 attack. Additional searches for videos that Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue believes are being withheld would be burdensome and fruitless, FBI attorney Kathryn Wyer argued during the first day of a bench trial. Trentadue says the agency is refusing to release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people. The government says McVeigh was

  • Oklahoma news briefs, July 29, 2014

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, July 29, 2014

  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Updated: 58 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. The warnings came on a day of heavy Hamas-Israeli fighting in which nine children were killed by a strike on a Gaza park where they were playing, according to Palestinian health officials — a tragedy that each side blamed on the other. Israeli tanks also resumed heavy shelling in border areas of Gaza, killing five people, including three children and a 70-year-old woman, and wounding 50 in the town of Jebaliya, which was among the ar

  • California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail." Brown is in Mexico for three days of meetings, focusing on migration, trade, investment and environmental cooperation. At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Brown said the immigration overload of thousands of Central American youths at the border should be seen as a humanitarian issue. The U.S. is coping with a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border, coming mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

  • Yukon teenager dies after being pulled from Lake Thunderbird

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A 17-year-old Yukon resident who was pulled from Lake Thunderbird Sunday and hospitalized in critical condition has died, officials have reported.

  • Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close. The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston, on Monday morning. City officials said several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and was hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts. "Given the magnitude of the storm, it's really a miracle that no one sustained more serious injuries," Mayor Daniel Rizzo said. The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm that moved through the Boston area shortl

  • Norman woman faces charge of bringing gun into courthouse

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Cynthia Bodnar, 52, of Norman, is accused of unlawful carrying of a firearm in a courthouse. She posted $5,000 bond and was released from the Cleveland County jail.

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. "I can't believe it's over. I feel good," she said. The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal for the Clippers and had the authority to remove her husband as a trustee of the trust that owns the team after two doctors determined he had signs of Alzheimer's disease and was incapable of making business decisions.

  • Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily. Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it. And also why President Barack Obama's White House seems almost eager to stir the impeachment pot three months before midterm elections. Republicans have already "opened the door for impeachment" with their plans to sue the president over allegedly failing to carry out the health care law, White House aide Dan Pfeiffer told reporters.

  • Police seek man who stole surveillance camera in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A man who stole a surveillance camera at a south Oklahoma City diner was caught on camera. It happened at Sherri’s Diner.

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    By BRIAN MELLEY | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old billionaire was banned by the NBA for making offensive remarks about blacks.

  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon meets with police investigators; attorney says 'Joe has done nothing wrong'

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NORMAN — Kevin Finlay, the attorney representing OU freshman running back Joe Mixon, released the following statement to the media Monday afternoon regarding the assault allegations against his client: “This past Friday morning Joe Mixon found himself in a situation where he was subjected to both verbal and physical attacks from a very intoxicated and […]

  • Police charge 2 men in fatal Philly carjacking

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said. Johnathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford were each charged with three counts of felony murder and other crimes, police announced at a news conference. Police said they believe Rosa, 19, and Crawford, 23, forced a real estate agent into her sport utility vehicle on Friday, then took off at high speed. The three children, killed by the SUV crash about 15 minutes later, were siblings who had been selling fruit for a church fundraiser. Their mother was injured in the crash, as were a friend who was nearby and t

  • Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO.

  • Salvation Army is in midst of massive relocation effort in Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is moving from downtown Oklahoma City to its new headquarters at NW 10 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed. "Mom, hang in there," exclaimed a weeping woman who was fleeing Shakhtarsk with her mother. Associated Press reporters saw a high-rise apartment block in the town being hit by at least two rounds of artillery. The fighting there and elsewhere in the area kept Dutch and Australian police for the second day from reaching the site where the plane crashed after being shot from the sky.

  • Raising kids in a digital age

    Gary and Joy Lundberg, FamilyShare | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The digital age is a big part of children’s world. Parents need to be knowledgeable and ready to warn of the dangers and encourage the good.