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UN: Moroccan peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations says a peacekeeper from Morocco has been killed in Central African Republic.

A statement Monday morning says the peacekeeper was killed Sunday in the southeastern town of Bangassou by suspected anti-Balaka militias.

The statement says three other peacekeepers were injured.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Central African Republic and roughly 100,000 displaced in the past two months.

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After Mosul victory, Iraq mulls future of Shiite militias

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — In the wake of victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's political, religious and military leaders are debating the future of the country's powerful Shiite militias — the tens of thousands of men who answered a religious call to arms three years ago and played a critical role in beating back the extremists.

Some are demanding the mostly Iranian-backed forces be disbanded but the militias say their sacrifices on the battlefield and the fact they were sanctioned by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have earned them a permanent place in the hierarchy of Iraq's security forces.

The Shiite militias stepped into a vacuum when the Iraqi army largely dissolved after IS overran Mosul and pushed within 80 miles (130 kilometers) of the Iraqi capital.

Shiite Sheikh Fadil al-Bidayri was among the clerics at an emergency meeting in the holy city of Najaf in June 2014, when Iraq's Shiite religious elite — led by the country's top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani — issued a call to arms as a last-ditch effort to protect Baghdad.

Tens of thousands of men, many of them members of the long-established Shiite militias with close ties to Iran, answered al-Sistani.

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A vacant White House job: first pet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically ambitious pups and kittens: Put your resumes aside.

The job of first pet — an enviable White House gig with luxurious live-in privileges, after-hours access to the president and guaranteed positive press coverage — is not currently available.

That's because President Donald Trump is not looking for a four-legged sidekick at the moment.

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NL West-leading Dodgers lose Kershaw to DL with back injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury.

A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness.

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Opioid discussion to kick off state alcohol, drug conference

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State officials are hosting the 44th annual School for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies.

The three-day conference kicks off Monday in Louisville with a discussion about Kentucky's opioid epidemic.

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GOP favor dropping tax beneficial to blue states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aren't usually big on raising taxes, but they're really eager to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes.


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Kentucky parks planning eclipse-related events

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky state parks are planning events in connection with the Aug.

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A look at major issues Duterte confronting in his 2nd year

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A year ago Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised to cleanse his Southeast Asian nation of illegal drugs in three to six months.

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The Latest: Trump's Mideast envoy expected in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Israeli media are reporting that President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy is on his way to the region to try and defuse a growing crisis over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration's first direct foray into the crisis.

Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen.

Israel says the measures are meant to prevent more attacks but Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the Muslim-administrated site and have launched mass protests.

Three Palestinians have been killed in street clashes and a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.


8:45 a.m.

Israel's security Cabinet has reached no decision about the new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that have set off a wave of violence.

The top decision-making forum met overnight and into early Monday to discuss the latest developments, including an incident in which a security guard at the country's embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked.

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan.

Israel set up the new measures after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen.

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Spieth takes road less to traveled to British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The start was not what anyone expected out of Jordan Spieth. All that mattered to him was how he finished the British Open.

And that might have been the biggest surprise of all.

The record will show that Spieth took a three-shot lead into the final round at Royal Birkdale, closed with a 1-under 69 and won by three shots over Matt Kuchar, giving him the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

"Seventeen pars and a birdie would have been fine, too," Spieth said, the silver claret jug at his side.

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Suspect due in court Monday after 9 die in sweltering truck

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what officials said was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others taken from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said Sunday.

"We're looking at a human-trafficking crime," said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it "a horrific tragedy.

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Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers.

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LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Strasburg ailing; Cubs get boost

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



Star pitchers Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals are recovering after getting injured Sunday, as is Cardinals on-base machine Matt Carpenter.

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Contreras homers as Quintana, Cubs beat Cards, tie Brewers

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras yelled as he rounded first base and the ball landed in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs are having fun again, led by their exuberant catcher.

Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, handing another victory to Jose Quintana, and the Cubs beat the St.

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The Latest: Kabul suicide bombing death toll climbs to 24

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the suicide car attack in a western neighborhood of Kabul (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

An Afghan government official says the death toll from a suicide car bombing in a western neighborhood of Kabul has climbed to 24.

The official says 42 people were wounded in the attack early on Monday morning.

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Video: Starbucks Customer Takes On Armed Robber In Transformers Mask

CBS News

It was a close call for a man in a coffee shop who suffered stab wounds after deciding to intervene in an armed robbery.

It happened this week at a Starbucks in Fresno, California.

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Auto racing: Kahne wins rain-delayed, crash-marred Brickyard 400


INDIANAPOLIS — Kasey Kahne survived a crash-marred Brickyard 400 on Sunday for his first NASCAR Cup victory in nearly three years.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver won under caution in the race that took more than six hours to complete, finally finishing in fading light after 167 laps and double overtime.

Brad Keselowski was second.

It was a wild day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

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Pokémon GO's First 4 Legendary Pokémon Revealed


Pokémon GO's first two Legendary Pokémon have been released into the wild after a disastrous Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago.

The first to enter the world was Lugia.

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Oklahoma Scene: Cash posts two runner-up finishes

Cash posts two runner-up finishes

Julian Cash finished as a runner-up in both singles and doubles at the $15,000 Egypt Men's Futures on Sunday.

The Oklahoma State tennis player posted seven victories in singles, but fell short in the finals to top-seeded Lorenzo Frigerio, 6-4, 6-3.

Cash earned three doubles wins with partner Tyler Mercier before falling in the championship match.


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Family grieves following fatal shooting of 6-year-old boy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- Six-year-old Justin Evans Jr.

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'Doctor Who' Boss Says "Shut the Hell Up" About Female Star Backlash

Hollywood Reporter

It is the end of yet another era on Doctor Who, as 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat participated in their last panel together at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday afternoon.

Capaldi and Moffat joined stars Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy) and the show’s writer Mark Gatiss in Hall H for a packed panel to say goodbye to their time on the BBC America series.

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Teenagers Recorded a Drowning Man and Laughed

New York Times

The video was shocking in Florida, where shocking videos seem like a genre.

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Star Wars fans pay tribute to Carrie Fisher at Comic-Con

The Guardian

Four Star Wars costuming clubs came together at Comic-Con on Sunday, to stage a tribute to their favorite fallen princess.

The fan groups celebrated the life and work of Carrie Fisher while dressed up as Princess Leia.

Several women dressed in Leia’s flowing white gown and twin-buns hairstyle spoke about how much the character inspired them.

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New Justice League Trailer Hints at the Appearance of a Mysterious Hero


Justice League premiered a new trailer San Diego Comic-Con, and though we don't see him, the footage suggests Superman might be back.

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is holding down the fort for Batman (Ben Affleck) while the Justice League is out, and he looks up from his work.

"He said you'd come," he says to the unseen person.

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Dodgers: Masterson, Farmer fuel Oklahoma City win over Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kyle Farmer hit an RBI double in the seventh inning, and Justin Masterson allowed just three runs over seven innings as the Oklahoma City Dodgers beat the Iowa Cubs 9-3 on Sunday.

The double by Farmer started the scoring in a four-run inning and tied the game 1-1.

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You Read It Here: The most popular stories from last week (July 16-22, 2017)

The Digital Desk

The Internet is a big, big place, but a good chunk of you guys continue to spend time on NewsOK.com, and that means a lot to us.

One question we get a lot is: What are the most popular stories on the website?

Well, this is You Read It Here, a new weekly blog series that tells you the 10 most-read stories in NewsOK from the previous week, Saturday to Sunday.

So, without further ado, we thank you for your readership and time, and hope you enjoy learning what was what last week!



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Service tax a tough sell in Oklahoma, nationwide

The Oklahoman Opinion

THIS year, Gov. Mary Fallin called for applying the state's 4.5 percent sales tax to numerous services, which would have increased taxes $839.7 million annually.

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Washington Examiner: GOP leaders must change their ways to lead

Washington Examiner Opinion

THE budget resolution introduced in the House of Representatives is a measure that must pass. Without it, there can be no tax reform.

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Jonah Goldberg: Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

By Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment.

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E.J. Dionne: Trump's election commission lacks integrity

E.J. DIONNE JR. Washington Post Writers Group

WASHINGTON — President Trump had some remarkable things to say at the inaugural meeting of his Commission to Promote Voter Suppression and Justify Trump's False Claims, which is formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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