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  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Updated: 46 min ago

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour." Word that Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the appeal came about a half hour after Wood's death.

  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. The State Department rejected Cruz's comments as "ridiculous and offensive." "The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said in a statement in which he posed five questions about the agency's actions, including whether it was politically motivated.

  • US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would prohibit bringing the snakes into the country and shipping them between states except for scientific and educational purposes. The rules would also apply to reticulated python, green anaconda, Beni anaconda and DeSchauensee's anaconda. Most of the snakes enter the U.S. as pets, the agency said. Many are released by owners when they grow too big, and other pet snakes escape from inadequately secured pens. The agency set similar rules for four other snake spec

  • Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin Love

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by a league rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract. Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to including No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off.

  • Man is jailed in Midwest City dog abuse case

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Authorities report a man wanted in an animal cruelty case in Oklahoma has been jailed. Midwest City police report the man turned himself in Wednesday.

  • Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the share of Americans ages 18 to 64 without insurance dropped by a little more than 5 percentage points. States that embraced the law's Medicaid expansion saw significant coverage gains among low-income uninsured people. About half the states have expanded. The law offers subsidized private insurance for middle-class people who don't have access through their jobs and expanded Medicaid for low-income adults.

  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Underscoring the challenges facing international negotiators shuttling around the Middle East in a high-profile bid to end the bloodshed, the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem. Forty-two percent of obese children and adolescents in the U.S. - those between the ages of 8 and 15 years - misperceive their weight as normal, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Among obese boys, the rate is almost 48 percent; for obese girls, it's roughly 36 percent. And America's overweight children are even more confused about the relative size of their waistlines - some three quarters of overweight children and teens consider themselves to be

  • Police searching for man who showed gun inside grocery store in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Officers are searching for a man police believe showed a gun inside a Crest grocery store near NW 23 and Meridian Avenue

  • Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday. Theodore Wafer is on trial and claiming self-defense in the death last year of Renisha McBride, 19, in Dearborn Heights. But prosecutors have charged the 55-year-old with second-degree murder, saying there was no reason to use deadly force instead of calling police. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter repeatedly told jurors that they need to put themselves in Wafer's shoes.

  • Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster. So his absence from Dove Valley headquarters on Wednesday as players reported for physicals on the eve of training camp was as jarring as the announcement that the 70-year-old Bowlen was giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer's disease. "This place will never be the same," a choked-up general manager John Elway said. "... It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day.

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contrasted sharply with the boom of shells and shattered glass in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels fought to hang onto territory and shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets. The bold new attack showed the separatists are not shying away from shooting at the skies despite international outrage and grief at the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

  • Temperature swings 35 degrees in Oklahoma community Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Some areas of the state have reached 100 degrees others have recorded some rain on Wednesday.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect in eastern Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in eastern Oklahoma Wednesday. The watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Affected counties are: ADAIR ATOKA BRYAN CHEROKEE CHOCTAW COAL CREEK DELAWARE HASKELL HUGHES JOHNSTON LATIMER LE FLORE MAYES MCCURTAIN MCINTOSH MUSKOGEE OKFUSKEE OKMULGEE OTTAWA PITTSBURG PONTOTOC POTTAWATOMIE PUSHMATAHA ROGERS SEMINOLE […]

  • Memorial Park remembered

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

      The Oklahoman’s story this week on re-imagining and renovating Memorial Park prompted Dick Hefton to write with his boyhood recollections of the park. Oklahoma City is about halfway through a $1.8 million makeover at Memorial Park, at N Classen Boulevard and NW 36 Street. When it’s done, the fountain will be refurbished and set […]

  • Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, authorities said. The plane was arriving from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese, Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told reporters. The twin-engine turboprop crashed while making a second landing attempt, Yeh said.

  • Kevin Durant: Overwhelming waiting list prompts Thunder star to add camp in Moore

    By Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — With 900 children on the waiting list for Kevin Durant’s basketball camp, the NBA’s MVP decided to create another camp Aug. 7-8 in Moore.

  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. "We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he met for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done," Kerry said. He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders. He flew to Israel on an Air Force jet — one day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport because of a Hamas ro

  • UPDATE: Colorado man missing from Warr Acres Wednesday has been found safe

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Gary Wayne Near, 55, a truck driver from Fort Collins, Co., has been located in Warr Acres, Ok. Police say he locked his keys in his truck before walking away Tuesday. He was reported missing.

  • Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Big 12 Media Days are over. A few observations: * Charlie Strong is boring. Maybe the new Texas coach is great on the recruiting trail and in the locker room. But he does not win in the court of public relations. Of course, Mack Brown did win in the latter, and it didn’t save his […]