Migrants say Libya militias conscripted them to clean arms

CAIRO (AP) — Migrants who survived the deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center said Thursday they had been conscripted by a local militia to work in an adjacent weapons workshop.

The decision to store weapons at the facility in Tajoura, to the east of Tripoli, may have made it a target for the self-styled Libyan National Army, which is at war with an array of militias allied with a weak, U.N.-recognized government in the capital.

The Tripoli government has blamed Wednesday's pre-dawn strike, which killed at least 44 migrants and wounded more than 130, on the LNA and its foreign backers.Read more on

Ash Barty doing just fine with another win at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If the pressure is getting to Ash Barty at Wimbledon, she's doing a great job of hiding it.

The top-ranked Australian came into the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after winning the French Open and a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham.Read more on

A failing road is causing a sticky mess for Tuttle residents

By Jack MoneyBusiness writerjmoney@oklahoman.comTUTTLE — A failing stretch of Cemetery Road covered with a sticky oil just off State Highway 37 here is snagging the attention of residents and that of town, county and state officials.
On Wednesday, about 40 people gathered at Tuttle’s city offices to talk about the road, what might have caused its failure and how the resulting problem will be addressed.
Grady County Commissioner Mike Walker, who handles road building and maintenance issues there, said the problem appeared about two months ago along a stretch of road that passes an active oil and gas drilling location.
Walker also said he plans to either repair or rebuild the affected area, but not until after the drilling operations have concluded.
After the meeting, Walker said he believes a diesel-based substance contaminated the oil-chipped roadway, causing it to deteriorate and push to the surface tack oil used by road builders as a binding agent.
He said the problem happened quickly, which suggests to him that something was spilled on the roadway, noting that section of road is frequently used by a contractor supporting the drilling rig.
The contractor, he explained, routinely takes bore cuttings from the rig’s mud pits to apply them in a pasture on the road’s other side.
He said a leak of fluid from that type of vehicle could be responsible, especially if the mud includes a diesel-like chemical as part of its composition, though he stressed that a specific incident where that might have happened hasn’t been identified.
“It is starting to melt the road” along that stretch, Walker said, adding that northbound motorists headed through the area are carrying the sticky oil onto SH 37, where it is being further spread.
Matt Skinner, a spokesman for Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission, said Wednesday both commission oil and gas and pollution abatement inspectors and supervisors are evaluating the situation.Read more on

Dallas investors buy big retail power center in Norman, Oklahoma

By Richard MizeReal estate editorrmize@oklahoman.comNORMAN — University Town Center in Norman is the most recent major shopping center to be sold off by national institutional owners, which are leaving the Oklahoma City area about as fast as they started arriving a decade ago.
Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group sold the 417,515-square-foot shopping center last week to Rainier Cos.Read more on

Saudi-Russian oil fling becomes a marriage to last an ‘eternity’

By Javier Blas and Jack FarchyBloombergIt was supposed to be a six-month fling, but Saudi Arabia and Russia have instead signed up for eternity.
Complete with poem and celebratory badges, Moscow and Riyadh earlier this week led two dozen countries in signing a charter to formalize the OPEC+ group that for the past 2 1/2 years has coordinated supply to prop up the price of oil.
OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo compared the pact to a "Catholic marriage," saying it would last for "eternity.Read more on

Oklahoman Business cover brief for July 4, 2019

OK rig count declines
Oklahoma’s rig count fell by five this week to 97 while the number of working rigs nationally also declined, Baker Hughes reported Wednesday.
The national working rig count fell by four to 963, down 89 from the 1,052 that were drilling the same week a year ago.Read more on