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  • Germany asks top US spy to leave the country

    Updated: 10 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. The move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as U.S. nonchalance about being caught spying on a close ally. "The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States embassy has been asked to leave Germany," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. "The request occurred against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the questions that were posed months ago about the activitie

  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    Updated: 10 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, "Fargo," with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven," with 17. The AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin drama "Breaking Bad" got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston. The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare.

  • Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

    Updated: 11 min ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics, Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry, to try to make his point. Following a meeting with Perry in Dallas Wednesday, the president suggested there was little daylight between Perry's calls for additional assistance at the border and the nearly $4 billion request Obama sent to Congress this week.

  • AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

    Updated: 20 min 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 to be filed Thursday with the U.S.

  • 4 children among 6 killed in Houston-area shooting

    Updated: 27 min ago

    SPRING, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a gunman who killed four children and two adults in suburban Houston has been charged in their deaths. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman says 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell persuaded the children he was a FedEx delivery man to gain access to their home in Spring, Texas. Haskell is also accused of critically wounding a 15-year-old girl in the attack Wednesday evening. Hickman says Haskell was charged Thursday with multiple counts of capital murder. Hickman corrected an earlier report that said Haskell was the father of the children. He did not release details of Haskell's relationship to the family, but described the adults killed as the children's parents.

  • Fire chief says 7 people have died in an apartment building fire in Massachusetts

    Updated: 32 min ago

    LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Fire chief says 7 people have died in an apartment building fire in Massachusetts.

  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 3,500 to 311,500, the second-lowest level since August 2007. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the low readings indicate that employers are letting go of fewer workers. The figures are the latest sign that the job market is steadily improving.

  • Officers questioning man in Guard armory shooting

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person of interest was being questioned Thursday after the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at an armory that is usually locked, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It was unclear how the shooter got into the Guard armory on Wednesday evening, Bureau spokesman Josh DeVine said. The building doesn't have surveillance cameras, he said, but at least one other person in addition to the shooter and the victim was at the armory at the time. But it was unclear whether there were any eyewitnesses, Devine said. The person taken into custody for questioning was a man who was not employed at the armory, DeVine said. Devine said a top official, Maj. Gen.

  • Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases in March before the threat was detected and blocked, the Times reported in an article posted on its website Wednesday night. How far the hackers penetrated the agency's systems was not yet clear, the newspaper said. Accusations of hacking by China and counterclaims of such activity by the U.S. government have strained U.S.-Chinese relations. Chines

  • Boeing raises forecast for new airplane demand

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 percent, and it's smaller aircraft and orders from the Asia-Pacific region that are driving growth. The Chicago company said Thursday that it expects deliveries of 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with total list prices valued at an estimated $5.2 trillion. Low-cost carriers are fueling the fastest growing segment of the market, single-aisle airplanes. Those aircraft make up 70 percent of all orders, with the heart of that demand found in the 160-seat range. "There's no question the market is converging to this size, where network flexibility and cost efficiency meet," said Randy Tinseth, Boeing's commercial airplane

  • Crash with injury in northeast Oklahoma City Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A crash with injury has been reported. It happened Thursday in northeast Oklahoma City.

  • UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning in northern Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Temperatures are heating up in Oklahoma. The heat index will be near 98 degrees Thursday in Oklahoma City.

  • OHP trooper threatened suicide, ran from authorities before being arrested, records show

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested last week for DUI after a single-vehicle, on-duty crash threatened to kill himself and had to be wrestled to the ground by other troopers prior to his arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday. Joshua Eli Davies, 33, was arrested July 3 following the crash, which occurred near U.S. 59 south of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County. The probable cause affidavit for Davies’ arrest was released Wednesday by the Sequoyah County District Attorney’s Office, which charged him with driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. Davies is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

  • Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft. Two-thirds of the way up the circular stairs is a sign that says I've reached the height of the Statue of Liberty. A few dozen more steps and I've reached the level of Niagara Falls — and the relief that despite being a little light-headed, this 50-year-old former smoker was going to make it to the top of the ride called "Verruckt" — German for "insane." ___ From a distance, the waterslide at the edge of Schlitterbahn Waterpark, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri,

  • OSBI joins investigation into missing Oklahoma couple

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A district attorney in southern Oklahoma requested a full investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation into the disappearance and possible slayings of Molly Miller and Colt Haynes.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe announces deal to save program for rural fire departments

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A Defense Department agency says it will continue to make surplus equipment available to rural firefighters, but Sen. Jim Inhofe says the modified arrangement will mean more red tape for Oklahoma’s fire departments.

  • Wednesday morning thunderstorms spark one house fire, strand motorists and flood streets in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning.

  • Boy, 3, dies in auto-pedestrian accident in northwest Oklahoma City parking lot

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The child, whose identity has yet to be released, was hit by a vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot Wednesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police said.

  • University of Texas president resigning next year

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After years of clashes with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the group that oversees the University of Texas System, the president of its flagship Austin campus reached a resignation deal Wednesday that will keep him on the job until June 2015. University of Texas President Bill Powers' exit agreement comes after system Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa met with Powers last week and urged him to resign effective in October or risk being fired. Powers offered to quit next June, a deal that Cigarroa accepted after Powers' allies on campus and in the state Capitol rallied behind him.

  • Execution date set for Oklahoma man convicted in prison worker's death

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    John Marion Grant, 53, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 4. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of prison kitchen worker 58-year-old Gay Carter.