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  • Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The Tulsa County couple that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban before a federal judge and appeals court urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to affirm the rulings that the ban is unconstitutional. A brief filed with the justices says the time has come for the court to decide “whether state laws […]

  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Updated: 25 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed. The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi. Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.

  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Updated: 33 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called the investigation "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles. Lagarde and her former chief of staff have faced questions about their role in an arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros ($531 million) to a French businessman with a checkered past.

  • USC administrators examine differing Shaw stories

    Updated: 42 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed. USC coach Steve Sarkisian still wants to know the truth about Shaw's two high ankle sprains, but has turned over the investigation to school officials while he attempts to focus on his debut against Fresno State on Saturday. Two of Shaw's defensive teammates with the 15th-ranked Trojans acknowledged shock Wednesday at the situation, but remained supportive of their fifth-year senior captain. Shaw told the school he sprained his ankles by jumping off a balcony onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew from drowning.

  • Israeli leader declares victory in Gaza war

    Updated: 44 min ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people. Both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, have said the war was a failure because it did not halt Hamas' rocket attacks or oust the group from power.

  • New York Times' Michael Brown article provoked uproar on social media

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A New York Times article detailing the life of slain Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown said the teen was "no angel," and has shifted the conversation about Brown's death.

  • Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon's indefinite suspension for a failed test for marijuana. The Pro Bowler had appealed the ruling and met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4. Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and the league said in its statement that his "eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season." In the meantime, Gordon is not allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

  • Yukon elementary loses electricity; students temporarily move to high school

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Power was lost at Independence Elementary School in Yukon overnight.

  • APNewsBreak: Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing. The Republican governor says that "effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum" in violation of the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that prohibit national control of education content. The lawsuit, obtained first by The Associated Press, was filed in the federal court based

  • Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News | Updated: 15 hr ago

    The old adage of "do your best" has been replaced with the new childhood mantra of "be THE best."

  • Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient. League officials may soon take action on the matter.

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill with some candid comments about the rigors of fall camp on ESPNU special

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    STILLWATER — So much has been said and written about Tyreek Hill throughout Oklahoma State’s fall camp. None of those words, though, have come directly from Hill. The JUCO-transfer with track-star speed isn’t given media access per team rules.

  • OKC unemployment rate down

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Metro area continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation

  • State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the game as part of his job. Whigham worked for Jackson Dawson Communications, a public relations firm. With the encouragement of his boss, he organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees. He rented a facility and had T-shirts made. During the Friday afternoon game, Whigham shattered two bones in his leg while trying to avoid being tagged out.

  • Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid's initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It sits in a middle-class neighborhood of brick one-story homes and manicured lawns on Chicago's South Side. While the words "South Side" are often shorthand beyond Chicago for gangs, shootings and poverty, the people who live here see a more nuanced picture. "These are middle-class families," said Jamieson Clay, a relative of Joshua Houston, the pitching and hitting hero of the U.S. final win.

  • Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out. Nearly 20 percent of the nation's 80 million dogs have separation anxiety, said Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.

  • Tall men get married earlier, but short men are more apt to stay married

    Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Tall men marry earlier but are more likely to cheat and divorce. Short men are more likely to stay married, according to new research that indicates it's the height of ignorance to discount personal stature as a factor in one's life.

  • Two small-town Oklahoma soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor next month to two U.S. Army soldiers who hailed from small Oklahoma towns and showed “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War. A White House press release issued Tuesday noted the home town of Army Spc. 4 Donald P.  Sloat, who was from the Wagoner County town […]

  • Tulsa police chief says collection for Ferguson officer was desire to 'seek justice'

    BY DYLAN GOFORTH, Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stated Tuesday that an attempt to collect money at a police station for the legal fund of an embattled Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was not appropriate but was to “seek justice.” Jordan told the Tulsa World that the officer, Darren Wilson, had essentially been publicly convicted before an investigation into his shooting of an unarmed teenager had even begun. The situation could fracture relationships between officers and the public they serve across the country, Jordan said, not just in Ferguson. Read the full story at