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  • Man's body found near Oklahoma City church

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Authorities are working to identify a man whose body was found near an Oklahoma City church.

  • Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

    Updated: 9 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday. The attacks, which occurred on Sunday in the town of Sijir, 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad, dealt a heavy blow to government efforts to rein in the militants whose rampage has seized much of the country's north and west this summer — even as Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are starting to get training by Iraq's Western allies in the battle against the Islamic State group.

  • Missing Afghan Soldiers Apprehended Trying To Cross Border Into Canada

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Three Afghan soldiers who disappeared while on a training exercise in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, were apprehended Monday after trying to cross the border into Canada, WCVB and NBC News report. The three men, identified as Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Captain Noorullah Aminyar, were taken into custody at the Rainbow Bridge Canadian/U.S. border crossing near Niagara Falls, according to WCVB.

  • Officials: French citizen kidnapped in Algeria

    Updated: 17 min ago

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A French citizen was kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants while hiking in a mountainous Algerian region that is a known hideout for North Africa's al-Qaida branch, officials said. The kidnapping comes after the Islamic State extremist group issued a call for attacks on Westerners, particularly French citizens. An Algerian security official in the mountainous city of Tizi Ouzou, in the region where the kidnapping happened, said the 55-year-old man was hiking with two friends when he was abducted. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. The French Foreign Ministry, in a statement, confirmed the kidnapping and said it had received no cla

  • Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.

  • Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown ends

    Updated: 25 min ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Streets in Sierra Leone's capital bustled again Monday after an unprecedented nationwide shutdown during which officials said more than 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on how to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. The government delayed an announcement on how many new cases had been discovered. The national health system, already hit by the Ebola deaths of several leading doctors and many nurses, would be further strained if many additional patients were found. Sierra Leone and Liberia, which have been hardest hit in this outbreak, have only about 20 percent of the beds they need to treat patients, according to the World Health Organization

  • Heard on Hurd draws crowd in downtown Edmond

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Heard on Hurd, a new street festival in Edmond, drew a crowd to downtown.

  • GM expert says 21 deaths eligible for compensation

    Updated: 36 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have been deemed eligible for payments. A spokeswoman said the rest of the claims are under review and not all will be eligible. The death toll rose from a week ago, when Feinberg had determined 19 claims would get payments. The website also said that Feinberg received 532 injury claims as of Friday. Of those, 16 are eligible for compensation thus far. The others are still being reviewed.

  • US stocks drop as China weighs on markets

    Updated: 40 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — US stocks were on track for their biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday as investors worried about signs of weakness in China. Worries about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy pushed the down the price of oil, weighing on energy stocks. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 13 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,996 as of 1:25 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,214. The Nasdaq composite dropped 56 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,523. CHINA WORRIES: Investors are nervous about China following a run of soft economic data that suggests growth in the world's second-largest economy is slowing. On Tuesday, HSBC publishes its closely wat

  • Iraq officials: Car bomb in busy Baghdad commercial district kills 10 people, wounds 25.

    Updated: 43 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials: Car bomb in busy Baghdad commercial district kills 10 people, wounds 25.

  • Districts in Florida, Georgia split school prize

    Updated: 45 min ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a first for the prestigious education award, districts in Florida and Georgia will split the $1 million Broad Prize — the largest education award given to U.S. public schools. On Monday, the Gwinnett County Public Schools in metro Atlanta and the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando each were promised $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors. The announcement marked the first time in its 12-year history that the Broad Prize for Urban Education has gone to two districts. The winners were announced by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan during a ceremony in New York that included a speech by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

  • How to cope with grief after a miscarriage

    Katie Nielsen, FamilyShare | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Women who experience miscarriage often don't know how to grieve, how to communicate their loss to others or how to move on. Here are some tips to help deal with the pain and find peace.

  • Puppy rapist gets 5 years in prison

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A man convicted of fondling and raping his 8-month-old dog will spend five years in a state prison, according to the Florida State Attorney's Office. James Guy Bull, 62, of Daytona Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to two counts of felony cruelty to animals, misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and misdemeanor sexual activities involving animals, prosecutors said. He was to face trial on the charges.

  • Man seen with missing UVa student being sought

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man authorities believe is the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. But they say they also want to talk to him about the missing teen. Virginia State Police issued warrants for 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Sunday. Matthew has not been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen early on Sept. 13 in Charlottesville. Longo said police want to talk to Matthew, who was seen with Graham before she disappeared.

  • Job-hoppers warrant second look, experts say

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Without examining employees’ motives for frequent job changes, companies can miss opportunities to hire motivated, multi-skilled workers, recent research shows.

  • Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of activists protesting what they say is Wall Street's role in the climate crisis have gathered in lower Manhattan's financial district. Scores of environmental activists dressed in blue are marching, carrying signs, chanting and sitting down on Broadway and elsewhere as workers and tourists look on. Organizers say the protest is meant to highlight the role corporations play in stalling political action to combat global warming. It comes a day after more than 100,000 participated in the People's Climate March through Manhattan. Participants in Monday's sit-down say they anticipate being arrested to push home their political point.

  • Live Coverage: Bob Stoops' Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Bob Stoops steps to the podium for his weekly press conference following the Sooners' big win against West Virginia. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team starting at noon.

  • Identifying Skin Cancer: 33 Photos That Could Save Your Life - weather.com

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Atypical moles are often the first signs of skin cancer. Look through these photos to learn how to identify important skin cancer symptoms.

  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner and said she would be devoting all her energy to fighting for "freedom and fairness." She then used an expletive to quit her job, and walked off-camera. In a statement on KTVA's website, news director Bert Rudman apologized for Greene's "inappropriate language" and said she was terminated. Alaska voters decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational pot. Measure 2 would be similar to Washington and Colorado's le

  • Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet in Congress. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And many lawmakers want a say over the rest of a plan featuring some 1,600 U.S. military advisers in Iraq and airstrikes expanding into Syria. Congressional authorization for military action is "long overdue," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat and the most senior member of Congress to question Obama's legal basis for intervening in the Middle East. "We are living on borrowed