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  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant on free agency: 'I'm going to do what's best for me'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In his most extensive public comments about his highly-anticipated free agency, Kevin Durant addressed rampant speculation that he will soon leave Oklahoma City for his native Washington. While insisting he’s focused on the present, Durant also refused to rule out anything in the future.

  • Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of a University of Southern California graduate student who was beaten to death on his walk home say they are concerned about other students and hope the university increases security. The victim, 24-year-old Xinran (SHING'-rahn) Ji, an engineering student from China, was attacked Thursday as he headed to his off-campus apartment after a study group. His parents, Ji Songbo and Du Jinhui, issued a statement Tuesday, the same day four teens were charged with murder. The parents say they are struggling to get visas to come to the U.S. They say they are especially concerned about USC's Chinese students and urge the school to guarantee the safety of all those enrolled there.

  • Questions remain about program to house unaccompanied immigrant children at Fort Sill

    BY JENNIFER PALMER, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The contract to use three military facilities, including one at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, to house unaccompanied immigrant children has been extended through Jan. 31, according to the defense secretary’s office.

  • Top Colorado court halts gay marriages in Boulder

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples until there's a definitive ruling on same-sex unions from the U.S. Supreme Court. The same court previously ruled in Suthers' favor in ordering Denver to stop issuing licenses, but that ruling didn't apply to Boulder. Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June after the Denver-b

  • ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality. Smith issued an on-air apology Monday, saying it was the most egregious mistake of his career. A day later, ESPN took action.

  • House bill seeks to speed deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central America

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Republicans propose a scaled-down border crisis bill that would change 2008 law widely seen as an impediment to deporting tens of thousands of minors who have been crossing illegally into the United States.

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports.

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes. The House could accept the Senate's changes or reject them and send the bill back to the Senate. Whichever outcome, a highway funding bill is still expected to clear Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the summer later this week. The Senate took up a $10.8 billion bill the House passed last week that would have kept the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May and voted 66-31 to strip out controversial funding provisions, leaving $8.1 bi

  • Correction: Music-Eric Clapton story

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story July 24 about Eric Clapton's new album "The Breeze," The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of singer Don White. A corrected version of the story is below: Clapton says thank you to Cale with 'The Breeze' Eric Clapton says thank you to friend and inspiration JJ Cale with 'The Breeze' By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn't know Clapton at the time.

  • Loaded firearms found in Oklahoma airports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Loaded firearms were found Monday at the Tulsa International Airport and on Tuesday at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the Transportation Security Administration reported.

  • US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block Mississippi's 2012 law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Ten states have adopted similar laws, forcing a growing number of clinics to close. Many hospitals ignore or reject abortion doctors' applications, and won't grant privileges to out-of-state physicians.

  • Wife of US doctor with Ebola thanks supporters

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — The wife of an American doctor sick with the Ebola virus in Liberia has thanked supporters and asked for continued prayers and privacy. Amber Brantly says in a statement Tuesday that her husband Kent "remains very physically weak" but they "believe God will deliver" him from the deadly virus. Brantly and the couple's 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia for a scheduled visit to the United States on July 20. Days later, Kent Brantly quarantined himself in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients after testing positive for the disease. His host organization Samaritan's Purse has recalled non-essential employees from Liberia.

  • NYC woman finds wedding dress lost after Sandy

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who thought she had lost her wedding dress when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her local dry cleaner got an unexpected anniversary gift — her gown, safe and sound. Nicole Pagliaro had brought the fitted gown with one sparkly strap in for cleaning after her July 29, 2012, wedding. She had yet to pick it up when Superstorm Sandy hit, swamping the dry cleaner in Staten Island. Some days later, her husband went by and saw the damage to the store. "My husband came home and he showed me pictures," Pagliaro, a registered nurse said Tuesday, adding, "I started crying." Unbeknownst to her, the store owner had reopened in a new location some time later. But recently, she took a different route

  • Oklahoma State University boots fraternity off campus for two years

    By K.S. McNutt, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Phi Delta Theta has been suspended until August 2016 after multiple violations of OSU and Interfraternity Council alcohol and hazing policies.

  • Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators said 30-year-old Freddy Shelby was arrested Sunday after the couple called police to report their unwanted, mysterious nude guests. According to a criminal complaint, Shelby broke into the couple's home through a window then grabbed a Sprite from the fridge before falling asleep in the master bedroom. The home's owners found a disrobed Shelby in a deep sleep before they headed out to eat. The complaint says officers arrived and called Shelby but he slept through it. Officials say he only woke up when an officer ripped the blankets off. Shelby was charge

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory's 1.7 million people cut off from power and water and sent the overall death toll soaring past 1,200, Hamas' shadowy military leader remained defiant as he insisted that the Islamic militants would not cease fire until its demands are met. The comments by Mohammed Deif in an audiotape broadcast on a Hamas satellite TV channel cast new doubt on international cease-fire efforts.

  • $5,000 reward offered in Oklahoma homicide case

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has offered a $5,000 reward in a homicide case in Adair County, authorities report. A man is being sought in the death of his father-in-law.

  • Oklahoma State football: Good news from academics

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    OSU football is out of the NCAA academic hoosegow, and that’s very good news for the Cowboys. OSU’s Academic Progress Rate was amended, and the program no longer faces APR sanctions for the 2014 season. The NCAA had restricted OSU to 18 hours of football activity per week, two less than the maximum, and the […]

  • Authorities issue arrest warrant in Oklahoma City shooting death

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Demarcus Jackson in connection with the shooting death of Terran Wilson

  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. If convicted, they could face decades in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber said during opening statements that McDonnell and his wife betrayed the public's trust by lining their pockets with "