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  • Texas shooting suspect collapses twice in court

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    HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime. A shackled Ronald Lee Haskell was standing before a state district judge during a probable cause hearing when he fell to the ground. Deputies lifted him to his feet and the 33-year-old Haskell stood for about another minute before collapsing again. He was then lifted into a chair and wheeled from the courtroom. "His face, he obviously lost blood in his face, and his knees buckled," said Haskell's attorney, Doug Durham. "He's scared. I think he has a limited mental capacity of what's goi

  • UPDATE: All-clear given after bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 min ago

    Prison officials found no evidence of an explosive device following a bomb threat at Lexington Correctional Center Friday morning.

  • House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

    Updated: 17 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money. The developments indicated that Obama faces an uphill climb as he pushes Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied kids who've been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from poor and gang-ridden Central American nations. And they suggested that even as the children keep coming, any final resolution is likely weeks away on Capitol Hill. As House members gathered Friday morning to finish up legislative bu

  • OGE Energy Corp. headquarters development team looks at large housing, hotel on south half of Stage Center block

    Updated: 17 min ago

    Chicago firm hired to help develop a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. is seeking to possibly acquire the south half of the downtown block for a larger mixed-use project.

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Updated: 19 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields were the latest land grabs by Kurds, who have responded to the Sunni militant insurgency that has overrun large parts of Iraq by seizing territory of their own, effectively expanding the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north. Those moves have infuriated al-Maliki's government while stoking independence sentiment among the Kurds.

  • Israel leader: World pressure won't stop offensive

    Updated: 27 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, insisting international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death toll from the 4-day-old conflict rose above 100. Addressing a news conference, Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off a question about possible cease-fire efforts, signaling there was no end in sight to the operation. "I will end it when our goals are realized. And the overriding goal is to restore the peace and quiet," Netanyahu said. Israel says it launched the offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza.

  • Oklahoma City man arrested, accused of child prostitution

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

    An Oklahoma City man accused of acting as a pimp for two underage girls was arrested last month, police said. Oklahoma City police arrested Kevin Alando Martin II, 29, on complaints of harboring a runaway, lewd or indecent acts or proposals with a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and offering to transport a child for the purpose of prostitution.

  • Barcelona signs Suarez from Liverpool despite ban

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    Barcelona prides itself in upholding high moral values and being "more than a club." The Catalan giants, though, have decided to overlook a litany of misdemeanors by Luis Suarez to sign football's most high-profile outcast. The Uruguay striker is set to seal his transfer from Liverpool next week despite being unable to play, or even train with his new teammates, until the end of October when his latest biting ban expires. FIFA on Thursday rejected Suarez's appeal against the four-month suspension from all football activity for sinking his teeth into an Italian opponent during a World Cup match last month.

  • Hospital elevator buttons should not be touched, study says

    Alyssa Banks, KSL | Yesterday

    Americans spend much of their stay at hospitals in and out of elevators and bathrooms. It's already known that hospitals are filled with bacteria. A recent study takes a closer look at the bacteria in hospital elevators and bathrooms.

  • Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses

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    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege. The barrage of rocket fire just before sunrise at a base near the Russian border was a devastating setback for government forces, who had seemingly gained the upper hand last weekend when they pushed the pro-Russian fighters out of their stronghold city of Slovyansk. In addition to those killed, 93 soldiers were wounded, the Defense Ministry said. "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned

  • Why shows like 'Game of Thrones' dominated the Emmy nods

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: 22 hr ago

    As cable and Netflix shows like "Game of Thrones" and "House of Cards" topped 2014 Emmy nods, many blame a lack of FCC restriction for network shows getting less attention.

  • Oklahoma State alum sues Sports Illustrated over 'Dirty Game' series

    BY MURPHY MITCHELL, | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative who reportedly paid illegal benefits to Oklahoma State University football players has sued Time Inc. over his portrayal in the Sports Illustrated series "The Dirty Game." A lawsuit filed Thursday in Payne County District Court by John Talley lists Sports Illustrated Magazine, along with employees George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans, as defendants. Talley is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 that he claims are a result of the September 2013 Sports Illustrated investigative series into the Oklahoma State University football program titled “The Dirty Game.

  • Addition of limited service hotels in OKC might have impact on convention center hotel

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent Amazon's shares up nearly 5 percent in midday trading. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon's deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

  • Edmond home to be given away as fundraiser

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    HOPE Center of Edmond and McCaleb Homes have joined forces to give away a dream home as a fundraiser. The home is near Danforth and Coltrane roads.

  • Alarms, firework report investigated in fatal fire

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    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The building where five members of one family died along with two other victims in an intense blaze had an alarm system, yet witnesses say no warning sounded. That's one thing investigators are focusing on, along with reports that sounds of fireworks or an explosion preceded the flames. One victim of Massachusetts' deadliest fire in 20 years had fireworks in his apartment, his brother said, but investigators have not suggested a possible cause or said fireworks may have played a role. It's illegal for individuals to possess fireworks in Massachusetts. A police officer on routine patrol was the first to report the fire around 4 a.m., while several tenants ran about 100 yards to a fire station, Fire Chief

  • 7-Eleven giving away free drinks to celebrate July 11.

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven stores are giving away free Icy drinks until 7 p.m. Friday to celebrate 7-Eleven Day.

  • Oklahoma City police arrest four boys accused of taking joyride in tanker truck

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

    Oklahoma City police arrested four boys who witnesses said took a water tanker truck for a joyride. Ervin Aguilar, 11; Benjamin Pryor, 9; Dreon Fisher, 8 and and Roberto Misquez, 10, were arrested June 23 on a complaint of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

  • Memorial set for Oklahoma higher education official Paul Risser

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

    Paul Gillan Risser, former Oklahoma chancellor for higher education and chairman and chief operating officer of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet, will be remembered during a Monday memorial service.

  • 3rd Colorado county giving licenses to gay couples

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    DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state. Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after a state judge ruled the Boulder clerk can continue issuing the licenses. Colorado's 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban remains on the books. But District Court Judge Andrew Hartman noted it is "hanging on by a thread" following rulings by another state court and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In Denver, clerk Debra Johnson began granting gay-marriage licenses shortly after Hartman issued his ruling. She gave licenses to 17 gay couples Thursday afternoon.