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  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    Updated: 16 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field. Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been suspended for four games. All can return Sunday under the new rules in which players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program.

  • AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

    Updated: 25 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi has been embraced by the West as a more inclusive leader who might heal the internal rifts that have dismembered Iraq. But his forthrightness in an interview with The Associated Press — his first with international media — suggested a man capable of parting ways on vision and holding his ground. Al-Abadi praised the U.S.

  • Continental Resources appoints new president

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. has appointed Jack Stark as its new president and chief operating officer.

  • Crews battle California fire's explosive growth

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, bringing the number fighting the blaze to more than 2,500 personnel. That was an increase of about 1,000 from the previous day. The fire grew by thousands of acres overnight and had burned through nearly 29 square miles. It was threatening 500 homes, at least some of which were under mandatory evacuation orders, and was just 5 percent contained.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools A-F scores

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Public Schools (2013 grade in parentheses) • Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School: A+ (A+) • Classen High School of Advanced Studies: A+ (A+) • Classen Middle School of Advanced Studies: A+ (A) • Southeast High School: A (A) • Cleveland Elementary School: B (B+) • U.S.

  • State A-F report cards released; OKC district continues struggles

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Forty-two of the district’s 93 schools received failing grades from the state Education Department.

  • Arrested man tells police he was washing hair in fountain with mayonnaise

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Jorge Perez, 23, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of bathing in a prohibited public area.

  • Update: Plumber dies after working under house

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Fire crews arrived on the scene and removed the 47-year-old man from under the house, and he was pronounced dead shortly after, Oklahoma City police said.

  • Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a "military simulation unit" whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe, police said Wednesday. Eric Frein, 31, "appears to have assumed that role in real life" as he seeks to avoid capture, Lt. Col. George Bivens said. Hundreds of law enforcement officials spent a fifth full day Wednesday looking for the gunman who concealed himself outside the Blooming Grove barracks late Friday and shot two troopers with a rifle, killing one and injuring the second.

  • OKC Thunder: Michael Cage named new TV analyst for Thunder broadcasts

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has hired Michael Cage as its new television analyst, the team announced Wednesday. Cage played 15 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 1,140 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New Jersey from 1984 until 2000. As a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, Cage averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds for his career. Cage’s best two seasons came with the Clippers when he averaged 15.7 points and 11.5 rebounds in 1986-87 and 14.5 points and a league-leading 13 rebounds the following season. He captured the 1987-88 rebounding title by grabbing 30 rebounds on the final night of the regular season to edge out Charles Oakley.

  • Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Biden had been speaking to a legal aid group on Tuesday when he discussed the need for foreclosure mediation services, recalling how his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, heard about the problem from U.S. troops while he was serving in Iraq. "People would come to him and talk about what was happening at home, in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — these Shylocks that took advantage of these women and men while overseas," B

  • Oklahoma City officially home to Triple-A affiliate of Los Angeles Dodgers

    BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Mandalay Baseball Properties announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon they are selling the RedHawks to Mandalay CEO Peter Guber, who will move the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark next season. “The Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to making Oklahoma City our long-term home for our Triple-A franchise,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. “We are committed to the great sports fans and the great city of Oklahoma City.” One issue that will be discussed in upcoming weeks is whether the RedHawks will keep the same nickname and possibly change logos and uniforms since the Dodgers logo has a rich tradition.

  • Oklahoma City woman arrested after police find children living among flies, filth

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Katherine Carnes, 24, of Oklahoma City was arrested on a complaint of child neglect.

  • Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state. A full 97 percent of those eligible have registered to vote — including, for the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds — in a referendum that polls suggest is too close to call. A phone poll of 1,373 people by Ipsos MORI, released Wednesday, put opposition to independence at 51 percent and support at 49 percent, with 5 percent of voters undecided. That means neither side can feel confident, given the margin of error of about plus or minus three percentage points.

  • Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina vowed to pursue the facts wherever the lead him. Opening his committee's first public hearing since its establishment four months ago, he stressed the thoroughness of the task ahead, not the need to reach immediate conclusions. "Given the gravity of the issues at hand, I am willing to risk answering the same question twice rather than risk not answering it once," said Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor leading Congress' eighth investigation

  • Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own. "The American forces do not and will not have a combat mission," Obama told troops at MacDill Air Force Base. It was a firm response to suggestions raised Tuesday by his top military commander that, under certain circumstances, American ground forces may be needed. Obama said U.S. troops "will support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight for their own country against these terrorists.

  • Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south. The remnants of Odile, which had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, were expected to reach Arizona in the evening and strike hardest in the Tucson area, though forecasters said Phoenix could get lashed with rain and heavy winds as well. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of Arizona and New Mexico could receive 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) of rain, and possible flash flooding.

  • Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him. Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that the proceedings be transcribed and audio-recorded, an unusual step for grand juries in Missouri. The story was first reported by St. Louis Public Radio. Magee said the decision was spurred by the high-profile nature of the case. "We just want to be more open," he said. Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

  • FSU benches Winston for 1st half of Clemson game

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after making "offensive and vulgar" comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline. The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and shouted a lascivious comment about female anatomy that may have derived from an internet meme.

  • 15 Syrian children die after getting vaccinations

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — At least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria, while the death toll from two days of government airstrikes on a central city climbed to nearly 50, a heavy toll even by the vicious standards of the country's civil war, activists said. The children, some just babies, all exhibited signs of "severe allergic shock" about an hour after they were given a second round of measles vaccinations in Idlib province on Tuesday, with many suffocating to death as their bodies swelled, said physician Abdullah Ajaj, who administered the vaccinations in a medical center in the town of Jarjanaz.