• KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The University of Tulsa may soon remove the name of a key figure in the school’s development from a campus building because of a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, the Tulsa World has confirmed. TU trustees are expected to decide Wednesday to take down the name of John Rogers from the university’s College of Law, which Rogers helped found in 1943. Rogers was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.

  • Obama not offended by Wilmore's N-word shout-out

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Instead, the White House appears to be offering a tepid endorsement of the way Wilmore used the racist term.

  • California governor takes shots at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE  — California's governor is ripping into Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his latest effort to try to convince companies to move to Florida.

  • Lawmakers override vetoes in order to fight overdose epidemic, add jail funding - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Maine Legislature overturns 20 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage and upholds a dozen, including bills on solar energy policy and public campaign financing.

  • Planned Parenthood to Colorado Springs and the nation: 'We aren't going anywhere'

    By Kaitlin Durbin, The Gazette | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Planned Parenthood had a message for its neighbors, patients and the nation Sunday in Colorado Springs. Five months after the clinic was brought under siege by a gunman who called himself "a warrior for the babies," the staff gathered to celebrate a full reopening. After three people died and nine were injured in the Nov. 27 attack, the staff has rebuilt. After employees left in grief and frustration about being targets for providing women's health services, they came together. Their message: "We deplore your violence. We reject your threats. We aren't going anywhere." It's a defiant response to the blood spilled by admitted gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. "One way which I believe we can honor the memories of those who lost their lives is to recommit ourselves to ending violence against women, against doctors, against clinicians, against health centers, immigrants, America," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the months since the shooting, workers at the Centennial Boulevard clinic repaired damage from bullets and a hole created when police twice rammed the front of the building with an armored vehicle. It has been a time of healing for employees, not all of whom returned to their jobs, said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The shooting changed everything, she said.

  • Radiohead have deleted their entire internet presence

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Radiohead do love a good mystery.  The iconic band have sent their fanbase on the wildest of treasure hunts, with the final prize presumably being the release of their ninth studio album following 2011's King of Limbs.

  • After grueling journey, rescued lions finally taste freedom in Africa

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The 33 abused animals were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru, then airlifted over the weekend to South Africa

  • Poll: Ohioans want John Kasich to drop out

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Ohioans — especially Ohio Republicans — want Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the presidential race, a new poll out Monday shows.

  • White House Correspondents' Dinner: Fight breaks out at afterparty between Fox, Huffington Post reporters

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    For an event held at the soaring U.S. Institute of Peace building in Washington, the swanky afterparty hosted by MSNBC following the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner sure saw some conflict.

  • Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Recently the Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers: Fix our broken school funding system, or public schools could shut down on June 30. Some lawmakers say Kansas already spends too much on education.

  • FBI seeking ID of man sprinkling unknown liquid on food at Ann Arbor Whole Foods

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- The FBI is looking to speak with the man suspected of attempting to contaminate food products inside the Whole Foods Market on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor.   FBI Spokesperson Jill Washburn did not divulge the identity of the store the man was seen sprinkling an unknown liquid substance on food carts inside the store last week, but believes photos released will help in leading to the man's identity.   "We do not know what the substance was," she said. "The only thing that he was seen sprinkling the substance on was food."

  • Kim Jong-un bans all weddings, funerals and freedom of movement in North Korea

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Weddings and funerals have been banned and Pyongyang is in lockdown as preparations for a once-in-a-generation party congress get underway in North Korea.   The ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, is due to stage the first gathering of its kind for 36 years on Friday.   Free movement in and out of the capital has also been forbidden and there has been an increase in inspections and property searches, according to Daily NK, which claims to have sources in the country.

  • Puerto Rico says it will default on Monday

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Puerto Rico is going to default.   In a television address made Sunday, Puerto Rico's governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's Government Development Bank (GDB) will not make a $422 million payment due to its creditors by the end of business on Monday, according to Bloomberg.   A Reuters report ahead of Padilla's address released on Sunday evening said the GDB was, "expected to skip at least the principal portion of its payment to hedge funds, credit unions and other bondholders."

  • Priest who preyed on kids was 'protected'

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    A depraved former priest was able to carry out a decade-long reign of abuse against three girls and nine boys because he was protected by the Catholic Church, a Sydney judge says.  Loud applause broke out in court on Monday as John Joseph Farrell was led from the dock after being sentenced to 29 years behind bars for his crimes in Moree and Tamworth, in country NSW.   Victims and their loved ones packed into the courtroom at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court to watch the 62-year-old face sentencing for dozens of historical sexual crimes committed against children between 1979 and 1988.

  • Massive oil theft by pirates costs Nigeria $1.5 billion every month

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Depressed oil prices, rampant corruption, and pipeline vandalism are only parts of Nigeria’s oil problem. It’s now losing a massive 400,000 barrels of crude daily to pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, an amount equal to the entire daily export capacity of its Forcados terminal.   Overall damage from piracy, theft and fraud for Africa’s largest oil exporter is estimated at some $1.5 billion a month, according to U.S. deputy ambassador to the UN, Michele Sison, citing a Chatham House report. Attempts by local governments and the UN to put a stop to piracy have met with some success, but the practice continues — shifting location and adapting to new security measures, so now the UN Security Council is calling for a comprehensive framework of measures aimed at eradicating it.

  • Zika virus: Risk higher than first thought, say doctors

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. They told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better information about preventing the disease.

  • Ore. man accused of raping 11-year-old girl gets lighter sentence after lead investigator killed

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) – A Seaside man accused of sexual assault and sodomy was able to plead to a lesser offense because the lead investigator on his case, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, was killed.  The change is the latest in a string of legal repercussions following the death Goodding. Goodding was shot and killed in the line of duty in February.   Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown says if someone is unavailable to appear in court their testimony and reports become hearsay, which cannot be used in court. In the sodomy case, Goodding’s death renders most of the investigation unusable.

  • Freddie Mac may need another taxpayer bailout next week

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Freddie Mac FMCC, -1.21%  is expected to report a loss when it announces first-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. That’s bad news for any public company, but especially critical for the mortgage provider because of its tangled history with the federal government.   Freddie and its counterpart, Fannie Mae FNMA, -0.58% were put into conservatorship in 2008 as the mortgage meltdown ensnared the financial system. They have lingered as wards of the state ever since. The Treasury Department modified the deal in 2012, requiring Fannie and Freddie to send all quarterly profits to the government — and shrink their reserves to zero by 2018.

  • Detroit schools can't meet payroll after June 30

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools will run out of money to pay employees after the fiscal year wraps up on June 30, the schools' emergency manager said on Saturday.   Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge, said that $48.7 million in supplemental funding approved by the Michigan legislature last month would allow paychecks for all employees only through the end of June.  He urged state lawmakers to approve a $715 million rescue plan that would create a new Detroit Education Commission, with broad authority to control new school openings for the next five years.

  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food.