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  • There is very little this man without arms or legs can't do

    Emily Eyring, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    While not having arms or legs may appear to limit Chris' physical abilities, his emotional strength has driven him to pursue his passion for farming and embrace life with courage.

  • “Ace” Greenberg, OKC native and former head of Bear Stearns, dead at 86

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Wall Street legend led Bear Stearns as it grew into one of most profitable investment banks in history.

  • Update: El Reno man, missing since Tuesday, found dead Friday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The man had last been seen Tuesday. Family reported him missing Thursday.

  • Dallas County official charged with taking bribes

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday. John Wiley Price, his chief of staff and two political consultants were in custody after being charged in a 13-count indictment. Price is a well-known local leader in the Dallas area and has served on the commissioners court for more than 27 years. Price and the other three defendants each pleaded not guilty during their initial court appearances Friday afternoon. All four were released on personal recognizance bonds.

  • Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme bad weather, but they refused to exclude other possibilities, like terrorism, without a full investigation. All 118 people aboard the plane were killed. The loss of flight 5017 wiped out whole families. Nearly half of the dead were French. The passenger list also included other Europeans, Canadians and Africans. The six crew members were Spanish.

  • Kerry says no deal yet for 7-day truce in Gaza

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon broaden its ground operation "significantly." The tough statement by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, coupled with Kerry's inability to broker even a temporary cease-fire after a week of shuttling around the region, signaled the fighting is likely to drag on, with more than 820 Palestinians and 38 people in Israel killed so far.

  • Obama asks Central American leaders for help

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Central American presidents that the United States and the wider region share responsibility to address an influx of minors and families who are crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He says they all have to deter the flow of children across the border because the situation is putting the children and their families at risk. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Obama said children without a proper claim to stay will be returned to their countries. He said the U.S. will turn back border crossers not because of a lack of compassion but because the U.S. is a nation of laws.

  • US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian village. It also toughened its economic measures against Ukraine by banning dairy imports. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said five salvos of heavy rockets were fired across the border near the town of Kolesnikov in the Luhansk region in the country's east.

  • House votes to boost child tax credit for some

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire. The bill would gradually boost the amount of the $1,000-per-child tax credit by tying it to inflation, so it would go up as consumer prices rise. It also aims to make a dent in illegal immigration by prohibiting people without Social Security numbers from claiming a portion of the credit reserved for low-income families.

  • Authorities looking for missing El Reno inmate

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Salvador Barrera is confirmed missing from the Satellite Prison Camp in El Reno since 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Those who may have information about the whereabouts of Barrera are urged to call the U.S. Marshals Service.

  • Fired Ohio State band director vows to clear name

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band said through his attorney Friday that he has become a scapegoat for behavior occurring within the organization before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name. The university dismissed band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after an investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized" culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often explicit nicknames. Waters' attorney, David Axelrod, said the report denigrates Waters' efforts to change the band's culture.

  • Oklahoma film "The Posthuman Project" to screen Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego

    mprice | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Director Kyle Roberts is taking his movie to Comic-Con. “The Posthuman Project” is a teen superhero film created in Oklahoma. Roberts, also a NewsOK videographer, was the director, editor and VFX supervisor.  It was written by me (Matt Price) and former “Supergirl” writer Sterling Gates; the film stars Kyle Whalen, Collin Place, Lindsay Sawyer, Josh […]

  • Escaped Oklahoma inmate captured in north Texas

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a minimum security facility in Granite has been captured in Texas. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was arrested without incident Friday afternoon at an acquaintance’s house in Denison, Texas. Kelsey was discovered missing Wednesday during a 6 p.m. head count at a minimum security facility at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Watkins said Kelsey “basically walked away.” Prison records show Kelsey was serving time for convictions in Bryan County of second-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during probation, and use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon.

  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect. The nonbinding measure hasn't been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution's separation of powers between executive and legislative branches, even if Obama and his top military advisers already have ruled out sending combat troops to help Iraq fight extremist insurgents. Friday's legislation was approved by a 370-40 vote after Republican and Democratic lawmakers emphasized the need to reassert what they argued is their constitutional

  • Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Big 12 Media Days kicked off Monday in Dallas, and the marquee team was Baylor. Big 12 history clearly would define a hierarchy of teams. Texas and Oklahoma. Then Nebraska and Texas A&M. Then some order of Oklahoma State and Kansas State, maybe Texas Tech in the Mike Leach days. Colorado when the Gary Barnett […]

  • Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mayflies have begun hatching in the Mississippi River, emerging from the water in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces and leave behind a slimy mess. The National Weather Service in La Crosse captured a massive swarm on radar Sunday night as flies emerged from the river to mate and drifted north with the wind. The radar loop shows yellow spots directly over the river as the flies emerge from the water. The swarm morphs into a green band as it drifts north, and blue dots as the flies disperse. A second, smaller swarm recorded Thursday night appears as a green band that explodes like fireworks into blue dots.

  • Police seek man who stole cash register in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City police said a man walked into a business at NE 14 and Lottie Avenue and asked the clerk for an item behind the counter. Surveillance camera footage shows the man grabbing the cash register while the clerk’s back was turned and running out the door.

  • Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who was wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage. KPTV reports ( an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened. He said his parents weren't home and another relative was sleeping. Police cited 22-year-old Brennan Pennington for failing to supervise a child.

  • Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent — and unusual — request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn’t seem to be working. “He has been gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying,” lawyer Robin C. Konrad told the judge over the phone Wednesday, according to a transcript. “And we’re asking — our motion asks for you to issue an emergency stay and order the Department of Corrections to start lifesaving techniques.” The judge asked his law clerk to quickly locate a phone number for an attorney for the state so he could find out what was happening. They conferenced in

  • Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. Throughout the Ukrainian crisis, U.S. and European sanctions had mainly targeted a handful of individuals, sparing economic ties. Then last week the U.S. imposed penalties on some of Russia's largest corporations. And when the airliner was shot down just a day later in Ukraine, allegedly by separatists with Moscow's support, concern grew in Russia that the sanctions would only get worse as President Vladimir Putin shows little sign of cooperation.