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  • Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    Updated: 18 min ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job. An incomplete picture of Texas-born Ferguson officer Darren Wilson has emerged since Aug. 9, when authorities say the white six-year police veteran killed Michael Brown during a confrontation in the predominantly black city where all but three of the 53 police officers are white. The Brown family's attorneys have labeled Wilson as a murderer, though the investigation continues and no charges have been filed.

  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Updated: 37 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain Tuesday than they had all last summer, and many residents were faced with a long recovery. At Cox Cactus Farm, workers gathered and discarded flooded plants while tractors scooped up dirt at the nursery that caters to landscapers, resorts and golf courses. Co-owner Jessica Cox said the farm lost between $1.5 million and $2 million worth of inventory and estimated it will take two years to fully recover from the storm.

  • CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney. Officer Daniel Andrew, who was put on a desk assignment after the incident, has been removed from duty and put on paid administrative leave, the CHP said. The agency didn't reveal if it made a recommendation to prosecutors but said in a news release that its report outlined potentially serious charges he could face. It didn't specify possible charges. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed the case is under review. A separate, internal CHP investig

  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has been wracked by more than a week of unrest since the black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white officer. The attorney general remembered how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

  • Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. It wasn't immediately clear when they were placed, but Jenkins said they weren't up long. BYU staffers have spoken with the company about leaving similar cards off university store shelves in the future. The school doesn't plan on endi

  • McAlester boy dies after accidental shooting with pellet gun

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A 12-year-old McAlester boy died Saturday after he was shot int he head with a pellet gun by another child.

  • Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. The potential 2016 presidential candidate entered his plea in a Travis County court filing. He also waived an arraignment that had been set for Friday. The waiver was no surprise given that Perry has signaled no intention of the felony charges interrupting a busy travel schedule to court GOP voters elsewhere. Perry was set to discuss immigration at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington on Thursday, followed by a two-day stop in New Hampshire.

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]

  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday. Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned to the couple by Bali police, said Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are refusing to talk to investigators. Their American attorney said this week that Heather Mack is two months pregnant and complained about her treatment in custody, adding that she sounded dazed and incoherent at times. Sihombing said Mack, 19, is being detained at the Denpasar police station while Schaefer, 21, is being held separately at the provincial p

  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. The advance of the Ukrainian army against pro-Russian separatists comes as the civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster. At least 52 deaths were reported Wednesday, along with 64 wounded — and due to the dangers of the war zone in eastern Ukraine, no deaths were reported from Luhansk, meaning the actual toll could be even higher.

  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. The airstrike on a home where Mohammed Deif's family members were staying — and the tough talk from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — came after the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo on Tuesday. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu showed little willingness to return to the negotiating table after six weeks of war with Hamas.

  • Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement Wednesday. Mischer said the memorial segment during Monday's ceremony will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Aug. 11. At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Williams during the tribute segment. The Emmy Awards will be broadcast by NBC.

  • High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order. Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday. In January, the justices issued an order putting same-sex unions on hold in Utah while the federal appeals court in Denver was hearing the case. That court upheld the decision striking down Utah's gay marriage ban, but delayed its decision from taking effect pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

  • UPDATE: Interstate 40 west reopened after crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    I-40 westbound has been closed near Air Depot Road in Midwest City after an injury collision

  • Oklahoma City Catholic archbishop files lawsuit against Satanist group related to 'black mass'

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Satanist group stole a sacred item from a Catholic church for use in its “black mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Why can't OU and OSU play Arkansas?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    I drove over to Arkansas this week. Photographer Nate Billings and I went to Fayetteville for a story on Razorback athletic director Jeff Long, the chairman of the new College Football Playoff selection committee. Our package will appear Sunday in The Oklahoman’s annual football preview. But the drive again made me shake my head. From […]

  • Militants use British killer as propaganda

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. The black-clad fighter who appears to kill journalist James Foley speaks with an English accent, underscoring the insurgents' increasing use of Western militants to mobilize recruits, terrify opponents and project the image of a global force. He is the latest in a string of international jihadis — Britons, Australians, Chechens, Chinese and Indonesians — to appear in propaganda for the Islamic State group. "They like to suggest they have a presence around the world much stronger than it is," said Charlie Cooper, a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a

  • AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count. The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes. Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. "That's not my role," she told The Associated Press. "I'm a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about." She said that "people don't adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill." For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which i

  • Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday. Barry Ragsdale is representing U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery in an administrative complaint filed by the chief judge of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Fuller already has sought counseling and will check into a treatment program within days. Fuller is seeking a program "that is best for his situation and circumstances," Ragsdale said, but he declined to elaborate on the type Fuller is seeking. "He's embarrassed for this," said Ragsdale, an old friend of Fuller from law school. "He's embarrass

  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy's 83 nuclear-