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  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

    Updated: 24 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before transportation programs are forecast to go broke. The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill by its chairman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and its senior Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

  • Possible compromise emerges on border request

    Updated: 31 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. The top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them. "It's not a deal-breaker," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.

  • Police: Prostitute sought defense online in death

    Updated: 37 min ago

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California said Thursday, as authorities in Georgia reopened a similar case. Bar owner Dean Riopelle, 53, died of a heroin overdose in September 2013 in Milton, Georgia, about two months before Google executive Forrest Hayes died of an overdose on his yacht. Both had been seeing suspect Alix Tichelman, authorities said. Milton police Capt. Shawn McCarty said Tichelman, 26, called 911 on Sept. 17 to report that Riopelle, her boyfriend, had overdosed.

  • Ex-US Rep. Akin defends 'legitimate rape' remarks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Missouri Republican congressman whose "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize. Todd Akin writes in a new political memoir that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his "political assassination" and betrayal by GOP allies. The 67-year-old Akin, who spent 12 years in Congress and another dozen as a state lawmaker, lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill. "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom" will be released next week, but The Associated Press obtained an advance copy Thursday from the publisher, WND Books, a

  • Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way. Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. His new album is expected later this year. The 52-year-old country artist remains one of music's top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. He has said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to selling music. Other performers who refused to join iTunes but later reached deals include AC/D

  • Obama chides GOP for opposing his agenda

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama ridiculed congressional Republicans on Thursday, accusing them of doing little more than opposing his agenda in a campaign-style rally with less than four months remaining before midterm elections. "Do something," Obama pointedly demanded of his political rivals. "It is lonely me just doing stuff. I'd love it if the Republicans did stuff, too." Obama's speech in the Texas capital came at the end of a three-day swing to raise Democratic money in Colorado and Texas. Republicans and some Democrats criticized him for avoiding a visit to the border to address an influx of Central American children sneaking into the country to escape their violent homelands.

  • UPDATE: All clear following discovery of two suspicious backpacks near Oklahoma City roads

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    It’s believed the backpacks might have belonged to runners, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said, as they were filled with clothes, snacks and drinks.

  • Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies. The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. They inflamed a furor that erupted last year when it was learned that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls. More broadly, the move to expel the CIA station chief appears to reflect a Germany out of patience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference. "The representative of the U.S.

  • Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by Gaza militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Israeli military said it had struck a total of some 500 targets throughout the day, focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. In all, the military said it has hit some 860 sites since the operation started Tuesday.

  • Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint submitted Thursday to the U.S.

  • Fed official warns of rising inflation

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, speaks in Shawnee

  • The Clean Cut: New dad learns the power of love in viral video

    Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A touching Thai commercial has once again garnered millions of views on YouTube. Similar to other commercials that have been produced in Thailand, this advertisement teaches an important life lesson instead of simply pitching a product.

  • Flash flood warning for northeast Oklahoma counties

    Silas Allen | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The National Weather Service’s Tulsa office issued a flash flood warning for several counties in northeast Oklahoma Thursday afternoon: * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… EAST CENTRAL OSAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… NORTH CENTRAL TULSA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… * UNTIL 400 PM CDT * AT 1245 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER […]

  • 4 adults, 3 kids die in apartment building fire

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. The victims in this former mill city about 25 miles northwest of Boston were all found in units on the top floor of the building, which had a liquor store on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors, fire officials said. Nine people were hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening. The cause of the fire is being investigated. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said authorities are looking into witness reports that the blaze was preceded by an explosion that

  • APNewsBreak: No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The testimony of nine military officers undermines claims by Republican lawmakers that a "stand-down order" held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans who were killed in Benghazi, Libya. The "stand-down" theory centers on a Special Operations team of four — a detachment leader, a medic, a communications expert and a weapons operator with his foot in a cast. They were stopped from flying from Tripoli to Benghazi after the attacks had ended. Instead, they were instructed to help protect and care for those being evacuated from Benghazi and from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. The senior military officer who issued the instruction and the detachment leade

  • Bridenstine to bring Tennessee congresswoman on Fort Sill tour

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, plans to bring a colleague along Saturday for his tour of the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the southern U.S. border. Bridenstine, who has been in a week-long struggle with the Department of Health and Human Services over a visit to the facility, said U.S. Rep. […]

  • Gunman in delivery man garb kills 4 kids, parents

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed as a delivery man forced his way into his sister-in-law's suburban Houston home where he held her children at gunpoint until their parents arrived. Then he opened fire, killing four of the children and the two adults, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, has been charged with multiple counts of capital murder in the killings Wednesday evening in Spring, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. He also is accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl in the shooting rampage. When he arrived at the door, Haskell demanded to know where he could find his estranged wife, the statement said.

  • Garth Brooks announces new record deal and album

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks announced that he has inked a new record deal with Sony Music Nashville and is working on his first album of new material since retiring in 2001. The album, which could be a double album, will likely be released sometime around Black Friday. A longtime holdout on the digital music […]

  • OKC Thunder: Is Tibor Pleiss coming to the NBA this season?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Is overseas Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss coming stateside this upcoming season? The president of Pleiss’ club in Spain says he is, whether it’s with the Thunder or someone else. Jose Antonio Querejeta, the president of Spanish basketball club Baskonia (Laboral Kutxa) where Pleiss currently plays, told Radio Vitoria that Pleiss “will go to the NBA, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma defenders Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker and Charles Tapper were named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, released Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America. The 81-man list included 13 from the Big 12 Conference, and the Sooners were one of 12 schools to land at least three players […]