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  • Three cell tower workers injured in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Three men were injured Tuesday morning while working on a cell tower in Norman, a fire official said.

  • California regulatory judges issue $1.4B fine against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast

    Updated: 28 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges issue $1.4B fine against PG&E for deadly 2010 gas line blast .

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Updated: 39 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage — depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloff's mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the Sotloff family, confirmed the death. "The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this di

  • US family grieving over new beheading video

    Updated: 41 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants. In a two-sentence statement Tuesday, family spokesman Barak Barfi said Sotloff's family, quote, "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately." The family has not been told whether the video is authentic, and Barfi said the family does not plan to make any additional comments now. Earlier, the State Department said U.S. intelligence officials were still trying to determine if the video was genuine. Sotloff had been held by the Islamic State since last year.

  • NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000

    Updated: 42 min ago

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a March traffic stop. Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. The fine levied Tuesday is the maximum allowed under league rules. Hours earlier, Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

  • Ukraine military routed as Russia talks tough

    Updated: 47 min ago

    NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian solders were an easy target as they launched a desperate run to safety. Pounded by a gauntlet of rocket shells, blown up in their vehicles, they died by the dozens. In fields around the eastern Ukrainian village of Novokaterynivka, more than thirty army vehicles lay charred and pulverized into twisted piles of metal Tuesday — the result of a devastating weekend ambush by separatist forces. The rout marked a major intensification in the separatists' offensive in eastern Ukraine — one that the government in Kiev, NATO and the United States say has been sustained by Russia's direct military support.

  • 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Updated: 48 min ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thirty-two teens "overwhelmed" their minders and escaped from a juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence, a state government spokesman said. Hours later Tuesday, eight were still on the run. Police caught up with some walking along roads or coming out of the woods. Some turned themselves in. And some were swiftly delivered back to the detention center by their own families, concerned about what other trouble they might face on the outside. "He broke loose, he was gone, but he's back now," said LaWanda Knowles, whose nephew joined the escape. "I just want to know that he's here safely and he's OK — I don't want the police jumping on him, nobody beating on him or nothing.

  • Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

    Updated: 50 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in the case, one that further tarnished the image of the Grammy-winning singer. Brown, 25, admitted that he hit a man who tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel a few blocks from the White House last October. The victim, Parker Adams, suffered a broken nose.

  • Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory

    Updated: 53 min ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election. Texas is the first test by the Justice Department to wring protections from a weaker Voting Rights Act after the U.S. Supreme Court last year gutted the heart of the landmark 1965 civil rights law. In two Texas elections since that ruling, voters have been required to show an approved ID to cast a ballot. Lawyers for Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the favorite to become governor in January, told a judge that both took place without glitches or disenfranch

  • Family spokesman: Sotloff relatives aware of beheading video by Islamic State, are grieving

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Family spokesman: Sotloff relatives aware of beheading video by Islamic State, are grieving.

  • Spanish judge orders release of ill boy's parents

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials have ordered the immediate release of a detained British couple who were wanted by police in the United Kingdom after they took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent. The National Court in Madrid said in a statement that a judge decided to free the couple Tuesday after British authorities dropped the case against them. Brett and Naghemeh King were being held at the Soto del Real prison, about 40 kilometers (24 miles) outside Madrid. Their 5-year-old son Ashya, who has a severe brain tumor, is in a hospital in Malaga, 500 kilometers away.

  • Police: Oklahoma man dies after police shooting

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — Tulsa police have identified a 45-year-old man who was shot to death Tuesday morning by police officers. Police spokeswoman Jillian Roberson says officers responded to a home Tuesday morning after receiving a call that a man had stabbed himself. She says police found the man standing in the driveway holding a knife. Roberson says the man ignored instructions to drop the knife, and three officers opened fire. She says he was shot multiple times after officers became concerned he would approach nearby businesses. The man was transported to St. John Medical Center, where he later died. Tulsa police have identified him as 45-year-old Mark Allen Kelley.

  • Bartlesville residents clean up after strong thunderstorm damages buildings

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Residents and business owners are cleaning up Tuesday after strong winds blew away sections of roof, knocked down signs and caused damage to at least one apartment complex. A thunderstorm passed through northern Oklahoma Monday night, bringing heavy rain and high winds to Bartlesville.

  • Video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

    By ZEINA KARAM | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

  • Family: Joan Rivers on life support

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support "at this time." Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support. Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday. The 81-year-old comic and red carpet commentator has maintained a busy career as host of "Fashion Police" on the E! network and co-star of the WEtv reality show, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" Melissa Rivers said Tuesday that she knows her mother would be overwhelmed by the continuing outpouring of

  • Oklahoma workers rushed to hospital after possibly falling from cell tower

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. - Authorities say three men were rushed to a hospital after an accident at an Oklahoma cell tower.

  • Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal. But a new set of marijuana production standards up for public review Tuesday sparked a lively debate and highlighted growing divisions between deep-pocketed industry veterans and folks trying to get started in the legal weed business. The production rules are being revised because Colorado once limited pot-growers to the number of medical marijuana patients they served. When the market opened to all adults over 21 in January, those production caps stayed in place as regulators feared a market f

  • Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. They said the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan "engaged in a physical altercation." Bieber, 20, went to a police station and was arrested, then released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29, a spokesman for Perth County OPP said.

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Opening arguments in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. Attorneys for the city and its various creditors debated last-minute legal motions Tuesday morning before Judge Steven Rhodes. The trial in U.S. District Court comes a little more than 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is "more manageable," according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who has been in

  • OU No. 3, Oklahoma State just outside Week 2 Amway Coaches Poll

    Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

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