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  • Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Updated: 3 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian military plane crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of its residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said There were conflicting reports about what caused the aircraft to slam into the northeastern city of Raqqa. The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire, while an activist based in the city said it may have experienced a technical failure. A militant website published pictures of the purported wreckage of what it said was a Syrian warplane shot down by the Islamic State group in Raqqa.

  • Crews gain ground on Northern California wildfire

    Updated: 17 min ago

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through a far Northern California town, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. State fire spokeswoman Suzi Brady said Tuesday morning that the fire in the town of Weed near the Oregon border was 20 percent contained. There were no flames or smoke visible. The fire has burned through 375 acres since it began Monday afternoon and showed almost no growth overnight. Officials have said it moved quickly, catching residents off guard in the scenic town of nearly 3,000 near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains. At least 1,500 people were forced to flee.

  • Another Atlantic City bust: Trump Plaza closes

    Updated: 19 min ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closed its doors early Tuesday, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year. When it opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation. But since then, The Donald has left town and cut ties to its casinos. And the Plaza, like many Atlantic City casinos, has seen better days. A downward spiral that saw it ranked last among the city's casinos ended Tuesday morning as about a half-dozen gamblers who stayed to the end got up from the lone blackjack table in operation or from a few slot machines and walked out beneath the dozens of glittery chandeliers for the last time.

  • Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released Nov. 11

    Updated: 35 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance — and her last one in 2012 — will be released Nov. 11. "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances" is the pop singer's first live album. Her mentor, Clive Davis, said the album will showcase her legacy. "(It) shows why she is at the absolute historic top rank up there with Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand as the greatest singers of our lifetime," he said in a recent interview. "It really has been a labor of love on my part to go through every concert performance, every TV appearance." Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, California, in 2012. She was 48.

  • UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

    Updated: 53 min ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season. The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. The company did not immediately say how the hiring compares with previous years. Last year, a last-minute surge in holiday shipments drove up the shipper's costs and hurt its profits. Since last year's holiday season, UPS has implemented several measures to help prepare for this year's onslaught of deliveries. This includes making improvements to schedule planning, installing temporary mobile sorting and delivery centers and adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicle

  • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. Even as President Barack Obama was expected to announce the deployment of 3,000 American troops to help provide aid in the region, Doctors Without Borders told the U.N. health agency that the global response to Ebola was falling far short of what is needed. "The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind," Joanne Liu, president of the medical charity, told a meeting at the United Nations in Geneva. "The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing. We need more countries to stand up, we need gr

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote, draws a line under the issue that last year sparked Ukraine's crisis, which resulted in the ousting of the president, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and a war with the Russia-backed separatists that has killed more than 3,000 people. The ratification vote in Kiev, synchronized with the European parliament by video chat, was met with a standing ovation, and members of parliament leapt to their feet to sing the Ukrainian national anthem.

  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease. The new U.S. muscle comes after appeals from the region and from aid organizations for a heightened U.S.

  • Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi parliament rejected the prime minister's nominees for defense and interior ministers, leaving the two crucial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition prepares to intensify airstrikes against the Islamic States group that controls vast parts of the country. Lawmakers convened Tuesday, even as U.S. jets carried out an airstrike near Baghdad for the first time since launching an aerial campaign in early August, and French warplanes flying from the United Arab Emirates began reconnaissance missions over Iraq. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi put forward Sunni lawmaker Jaber al-Jabberi as his candidate for defense minister, and Shiite lawmaker Riyad Ghareeb as his pick for interior minister.

  • Man arrested on arson complaint for Tulsa fire

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    TULSA — Authorities in Tulsa have arrested a man on an arson complaint in connection with a house fire that injured three children, including a 5-year-old boy who is critical condition. The fire was reported early Tuesday in midtown Tulsa. Fire Department Capt. Stan May says firefighters found an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy outside the burning home. May says firefighters also found a 5-year-old boy in a back bedroom, and pulled him to safety through a window. The children were all taken to a Tulsa hospital, along with an 18-year-old who was also at the home. Authorities say they believe the fire was set intentionally by a man who lives at the home. Police haven’t identified that man but say he’s been

  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease. The new U.S. muscle comes after appeals from the region and from aid organizations for a heightened U.S.

  • Report: Convicted killer Kevin Sweat shows 'little to no' remorse, denies crimes

    By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Though he pleaded guilty in July to three counts of murder, a presentence investigation found Kevin Sweat showed “little to no” remorse for killing his fiancee and denied “any involvement” in the deaths of two young Weleetka girls. Sweat was found guilty on July 31 of murder in the 2008 deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and the 2011 killing of Ashley Taylor, 23. Okfuskee County District Court Judge Lawrence Parish will sentence Sweat at a hearing after he has considered the information contained in the Department of Corrections’ presentence investigation that was sent to the court last week. The report recommends incarceration for Sweat, based on his

  • Sides in Scottish referendum make final push

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The two sides in Scotland's independence debate scrambled Tuesday to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. The pitch of the debate has grown increasingly urgent. Anti-independence campaigners argue that separation could send the economy into a tailspin, while the Yes side accuses its foes of scaremongering. After a late poll surge for the pro-independence side, the No campaign is striving to persuade Scots that they will gain more autonomy if they do not secede.

  • Iraq officials: Premier has selected final Cabinet ministers, including defense and interior

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials: Premier has selected final Cabinet ministers, including defense and interior.

  • New Jersey man leaps to death with his dog

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New Jersey man jumped to his death from a cliff overlooking the Hudson River with his dog in his arms. Palisades Interstate Parkway Police responded to a report of a car on fire on Henry Hudson Drive between Englewood Cliffs and Edgewater on Monday afternoon. Police say they determined that the car's owner, 34-year-old Cross Yoler of Garfield, had jumped from the northern ledge of Fort Lee Historic Park with his Yorkshire terrier with him. Police found Yoler's personal belongings on the side of the cliff.

  • Temperatures in the low 80s Tuesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Temperatures will be in the low 80s in central Oklahoma Tuesday. There will be light, north winds.

  • Ukraine's parliament ratifies agreement to deepen ties with the European Union

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament ratifies agreement to deepen ties with the European Union .

  • Danish police: shots fired inside court building in Copenhagen; 1 killed, 1 wounded

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police: shots fired inside court building in Copenhagen; 1 killed, 1 wounded.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO-led force in Afghanistan says 3 service members dead, 5 wounded in suicide bombing.

  • Grant renewals bring $14.2 million to OMRF programs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The National Institutes of Health has renewed five research grants for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, totaling $14.2 million.