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  • 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.

  • Israel leader: World pressure won't stop offensive

    Updated: 24 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying 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, 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 launched the offensive on Tuesday in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Gaza.

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

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

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

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Updated: 39 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, escalating a dispute 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.

  • Double fatality accident reported near Hennepin in southern Oklahoma

    Updated: 40 min ago

    11:10 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County has been reopened following a double fatality collision involving a car and a tractor trailer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. 9:02 a.m. State Highway 7 on the west edge of Hennepin near Carter County is closed due to a double fatality collision involving a car and semi truck. Both vehicles have burned and the roadway is completely blocked, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

  • Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

    Updated: 42 min ago

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown off a bridge survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police are seeking the person who tossed him. Construction crews reported hearing a noise Thursday, then seeing the kitten fall toward the water over the bridge railing and into the Intracoastal Waterway. Police say the kitten swam to shore but got stuck in the mud. Marine patrol and animal control officers were able to rescue him. Police said Friday that they have no leads on a suspect. Police have said they are hoping for tips from the public to help them find the person who threw the kitten.

  • Texas shooting suspect collapses in court

    Updated: 51 min ago

    HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, collapsed in court Friday as a prosecutor recited the charges against him. 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," Haskell's attorney, Doug Durham, said. "He's scared. I think he has a limited mental capacity of what's going on.

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

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters. "There are pieces of it that need to be dealt with immediately and that's what we're working on," Rogers said, but when asked whether the House would approve the spending package as-is, he said "no." Rogers' comments to reporters underscore the challenges ahead as Obama pushes Congress to approve the money to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors showing up at the U.S. border with Mexico.

  • House votes to make business tax break permanent

    Updated: 59 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. The tax break allows businesses to more quickly write off the costs of new equipment, making it popular among business groups. But the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. The House approved the bill by a vote of 258-160. The tax break, known as bonus depreciation, has been around for years, though it has always been temporary. The latest version was enacted in 2008 to help jumpstart the economy.

  • What stresses Americans most and how to deal with it

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Nearly half of Americans experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a new national survey. Health, work, finances and family all set people on edge.

  • NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars. The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models. NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received 5 complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a highway entrance ramp, causing the car to roll over and cause injuries. Ford Motor Co. says it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the investigation. Ford shares rose 17 cents to $17.47 in midday trading Friday. They have risen more than 11 percent in the past three months.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. 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 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. The FAA allows hobbyists and model aircraft makers to fly drones, but commercial use is banned. Amazon is asking for an exemption so it can test its drones in

  • Economists lower forecasts for US growth

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent, according to a survey released Friday by the National Association for Business Economics. That's down from 3.5 percent in a June survey. Growth in 2014 as a whole will be just 1.6 percent, they project, sharply below a previous forecast of 2.5 percent. If accurate, this year's growth would be the weakest since the Great Recession. The lower 2014 forecast largely reflects the impact of a sharp contraction in the first quarter. The economy shr

  • UPDATE: Multiple injuries reported in southeast Oklahoma City crash Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Injuries are reported in a crash in southeast Oklahoma City Friday morning. The crash is at SE Grand Boulevard and S Eastern Avenue.

  • Alarms, firework report investigated in fatal fire

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    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

  • Theater review: 'The Little Mermaid' at Lyric in Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a textbook example of style over substance. Fortunately, its stylish attributes are abundant, from eye-catching costumes to shimmering underwater scenes. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre’s production can’t draw sufficient attention away from the musical’s shortcomings.

  • Colorado gay couples wed but on shaky legal ground

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county is issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though the legal fight on the issue isn't over in the state. Pueblo County began handing out licenses on Friday. On Thursday, Denver joined Boulder County in issuing the licenses after a state judge refused to stop the Boulder clerk. Colorado's 2006 gay marriage ban remains on the books. But the judge said it is "hanging on by a thread" following a recent appeals court ruling and another state court ruling this week. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has pledged to go to the Colorado Supreme Court as soon as possible "to prevent a legal patchwork quilt from forming" in the state.

  • 19 Ukraine servicemen killed in rocket attack

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said, adding that four troops were killed in other clashes. President Petro Poroshenko summoned security officials in Kiev to discuss Friday's pre-dawn attack at a forward base in eastern Ukraine and declared that the perpetrators would be punished. "For every life of our soldiers, the militants will pay with tens and hundreds of their own. Not one terrorist will evade responsibility, everybody will get what is coming to them," he said. Poroshenko said more needed to be done to provide troops with protective gear.

  • Oklahoma ending lease with Walnut Creek State Park

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PRUE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation has announced it will end its lease for Walnut Creek State Park in northeastern Oklahoma, citing a drop in state funding as the reason for the cutback. The park in Osage County costs more to maintain than it brings in in revenue, leading the agency to terminate its lease Sept. 1 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the land, said tourism department spokeswoman Leslie Blair. "Visitation and revenue were very low," Blair said. "And there was not a lot of opportunity to increase that revenue." Ending the lease early will save the state $100,000 — much-needed money for the department, which has seen a 26 percent drop in state funding since

  • A Question of Trash at the Proposed Springhill Suites

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Atul Patel fared far better in pitching his plans for a Springhill Suites hotel as designed above for Bricktown in comparison to a previous design that was protested last year by residents in Deep Deuce. But while the Bricktown Urban Design Committee was generally very complimentary of the new designs, they withheld approval – and […]