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The Morning Brew: Pokémon Go has huge first weekend, not without problems

The world has gone mad for Pokémon go.

Pokémon GO, a new smartphone game that uses augmented reality to place creatures and items in real locations, has brought people, and Pokémon, to places they don't normally go. 
Some people have seen their homes overtaken by Pokémon trainers. 
Another gym is the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. The controversial church is currently ruled by a pink Pokémon known as a Clefairy.
Missouri police have reported that armed robbers are using Pokémon Go to snare victims in isolated places.
Officers took four suspects into custody after receiving a 911 call around 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning. They later located a handgun, according to a statement from the O'Fallon police department.
"Using the geolocation feature of the 'Pokemon Go' app the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims," officials said.

UFC to be sold for lots and lots of money.

UFC has been sold for $4 billion in a deal expected to be officially announced Monday.

Las Vegas-based CBS affiliate KLAS and The New York Times reported late Sunday night that the new owners will be talent agency WME-IMG, its owner Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital, the investment firm of Michael Dell.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the sale in interviews with ESPN and The Associated Press. WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel also announced the sale early Monday in an internal company email that included SNTV -- a joint venture between the AP and IMG.

"We've been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients and couldn't be happier to take our relationship to this next level as the organization's owner and operating partner," Emanuel said.

At $4 billion, it stands to be the most expensive transaction for an organization in sports history.

Seizure of key air base near Mosul raises prospect of U.S. escalation against ISIS.


The seizure of a key militant-held air base near the Iraqi city of Mosul moves Iraqi security forces closer to attempting to take the country's second largest city back from the Islamic State, and raises the prospect of the Pentagon escalating its military presence in northern Iraq in coming days.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived Monday in Iraq to meet with senior U.S. military commanders and Iraqi officials, and said that Qayyarah Air Base will serve as a logistics and air hub on which both Iraqi and U.S. troops will operate. On Sunday, a “small number” of American troops arrived and carried out a “brief site survey,” a senior U.S. military official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss recent operations.


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Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is a news and health reporter for The Oklahoman. He grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Read more ›