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  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Updated: 7 min ago

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day. The three were allowed to speak briefly with The Associated Press at a meeting center in Pyongyang.

  • Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

    Updated: 24 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images. Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although th

  • OSBI investigates officer-involved shooting on I-40 near Henryetta

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    A man from Texas died Monday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit that ended with an officer-involved shooting near Henryetta.

  • Oklahoman dies after vehicle wreck in Grady County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Robert Greene, 56, of Cushing, died Monday morning after a two-vehicle collision in Grady County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. "I just wore her down," he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution on that subject.

  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate. Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and seemed fine with the decision. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a hot afternoon at Turner Field. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to finish off the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants each threw no-hitter earlier this year. Right fielder Marlon Byrd foiled the Braves' best bid for a hit.

  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy. A Spanish judge ordered Brett and Naghemeh King held for 72 hours while documents are translated and doctors are consulted. After that, the judge could extend their time in detention or release them. The family had fled to Spain in hopes of selling a property to obtain enough cash for a new treatment in the Czech Republic or the United States they hope will help their child.

  • Cole Hamels and 3 Phillies relievers pitch no-hitter against Braves

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Cole Hamels and 3 Phillies relievers pitch no-hitter against Braves .

  • Phils' Hamels pulled with no-hitter thru 6 innings

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies has been pulled after pitching six innings of no-hit ball against Atlanta, and reliever Jake Diekman threw a hitless seventh. Hamels struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a warm Monday afternoon at Turner Field. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and Diekman took over. Hamels singled and scored in the top of the sixth. After he pitched the bottom of the sixth, he got pats of congratulations in the dugout, a sign that he was done. The Phillies lead 5-0.

  • Big 12 battered by injuries in Week 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams. The biggest news came out of Austin, where coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback in Ash’s […]

  • Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. "I'm super excited," said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. "I won't have to see my teammates grind all week - (I'll) go back out there with them, get in the huddle, break the huddle with them. "It's going to be an honor to be back out there with my teammates. Super pumped, super excited and just preparing for the game.

  • Stoops won't bite on SEC question: 'I cause enough waves'

    Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    At his Monday press conference, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked about the SEC’s performance last weekend against teams who run the spread offense, including Alabama’s struggles against West Virginia. “I’m not gonna sit here and talk about that. You guys are more than capable of doing that without me,” Stoops said. “I cause enough waves. […]

  • No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer." There was no overlap in the facts as seen by Jones and Stephens at the demonstrations staged a few miles from suburban Ferguson, where Brown was killed.

  • Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A storm spotter remained hospitalized in Sioux City Monday after he was struck by lightning while watching a system that left swollen rivers, power outages, trees down and campers overturned. Most affected in Iowa was northwest part of the state. East of Denison a storm spotter was hit by lightning as he observed the storm. His name was not released Monday but Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller said he was transferred to a Sioux City hospital where he was treated for his injuries. His condition was not immediately released. Five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park, a county operated campground east of Denison.

  • Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization." Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels. Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go. Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.

  • Weather extremes gave Oklahoma an unusually low tornado count, experts say

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Remember the frigid weather Oklahomans trudged through during the last few months of 2013 and the first few months of this year? Remember driving in the snow and walking to work in sub-zero temperatures? Congratulations. All that cold, hard work is paying off. Researchers believe the extremely cold winter months likely held down the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma this year, resulting in the fewest twisters in the state since 1988. Only 13 tornadoes hit the state through June this year, which was the latest available data. Only one of those tornadoes — an April 27 EF2 that injured 12 and killed one person in Quapaw — was of any “significance,” said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the National

  • Oklahoma education ills an issue in governor race

    Tim Talley, Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent after the federal government stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend millions in education funding because of the state’s repeal of national academic standards. State Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs says Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s role in the repeal of the Common Core English and math standards is the latest example of a lack of leadership and flip-flopping, citing issues such as storm shelters for public schools and the creation of a state health insurance exchange. Dorman says Oklahoma school children will be hurt because of the education policy problems.

  • Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia. Police spokesman Scott Leamon says in a news release that authorities received a report of an unresponsive child at 4:27 p.m. Sunday in Roanoke. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. Leamon says a preliminary investigation indicates that a parent accidentally left the girl in a car seat in the van. The van was parked in the driveway of a residence. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. Leamon says the investigation is continuing. He did not say whether the heat was responsible for the death or whether an

  • Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The government decided Sunday to send 16,000 assault rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, hundreds of anti-tank weapons and several armored vehicles to forces fighting the Islamic State group, breaking with Germany's previous reluctance to send weapons into conflicts. Merkel on Monday told a special session of parliament the decision was "very carefully weighed." She said German officials faced a choice between "taking no risks, not delivering (weapons) and ultimately accepting the expansion of terror" or supporting those fighting the extremists.

  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled Sunni fighters in the northern Shiite town of Amirli and dropped food, water and medical supplies for civilians. Such notifications are required by law and are considered a formality. The Islamic State group has control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, has killed civilians from that region and beheaded American journalist James Foley.