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  • Sen. Warren says she's not running for president

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is insisting she isn't running for president in 2016. She says to interviewers, "You can ask this a lot of different ways. The key is, I am not running for president." Warren, whose name has been mentioned in building Democratic speculation, said she wants to fight for the consumer issues she champions. She acknowledges to "CBS This Morning" she was disappointed that President Barack Obama didn't select her to head a new consumer protection agency. But Warren also says it "was never about a political future for me." Warren says the playing field has to be leveled between the well-to-do and the struggling in America, adding that "we have to make changes right now.

  • Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

    Yesterday

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. Nearly a week after the sinking of the South Korean ferry, with rising outrage over a death count that could eventually top 300, the public verdict against the crew of the Sewol has been savage and quick. "Cowards!" social media users howled. "Unforgivable, murderous," President Park Geun-hye said Monday of the captain and some crew. Some fled the ferry, including the captain, but not all.

  • Sunny, warm Tuesday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Sunshine is ahead Tuesday in Oklahoma. Temperatures will be near 79 degrees in central Oklahoma.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Game 2 against the Grizzlies

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    We’ve got a series… Why wouldn’t Memphis have Tony Allen on Kevin Durant every second of every game the rest of this series?

  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet. The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the left rear wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday, according to the FBI. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen climbed into the left rear wheel we

  • Oklahoma's school testing system disrupted for second time in two years

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    More than 8,100 students across Oklahoma were affected.

  • David Foster Wallace's estate opposes biopic

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives of David Foster Wallace say they're opposed to the upcoming film "The End of the Tour," which is based on David Lipsky's 2010 book "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace." In his book, Lipsky recounts accompanying Wallace, the author best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," on his book tour. Production on "The End of the Tour," written by Donald Margulies, directed by James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), and starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, wrapped in late March. Lawyers for Wallace's family and literary trust said in a news release Monday that they "have no connection with, and neither endorse nor supp

  • In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing. "We're marathon runners. We know how to endure," said Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health care administrator from Atlanta who finished just before the explosions last year and came back to run again. "When they try to take our freedom and our democracy, we come back stronger." The two pressure cooker bombs that went off near th

  • Powdered alcohols no longer have label approvals

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued in error. Hogue did not immediately respond to requests for further details, including how the error occurred. In an email message, Palcohol's parent company Lipsmark said "there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag." It said it will resubmit the labels for

  • Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. The sprawling base was a rare instance of a permanent infrastructure set up by al-Qaida's branch in the country, Yemeni security officials said. Built over the past months, it includes a training ground, storehouses for weapons and food and vehicles used by the group to launch attacks, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to the press. The assault appeared to be a

  • UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant. The prolonged fight over labor issues at the Chattanooga facility appeared headed for a lengthy National Labor Relations Board appeal until the UAW announced an hour before a scheduled hearing that it was ending its challenge. The February vote went against the union 712-626. Some GOP lawmakers had blamed the appeal for holding up expansion plans at the plant — and the UAW says that perceived obstacle is now out o

  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said. "It's still too early to tell if this is going to succeed," said Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. "The ball is really in Moscow's court in terms of whether they're going to take this diplomatic off-ramp." The United States has threatened additional sanctions against Russia if the agreement is not heeded.

  • Chris Brown's trial on assault charge delayed

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until Wednesday. A judge delayed it while attorneys work out issues over testimony from Brown's bodyguard, who was convicted of assault in a separate trial. Both Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police that he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. But the man says Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women. Judge Patricia Wynn set Hollosy's sentencing for June 25. Brown's attorneys now want Hol

  • Lohan says on reality show she had miscarriage

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday's final episode of "Lindsay," the OWN cable channel series. Lohan said the miscarriage was the reason that she was unable to appear on the program at one point. She said she was sick and unable to move. She didn't offer any further details on the program about her ill-fated pregnancy. Lohan began taping the OWN reality show shortly after leaving her sixth stint in rehab last summer.

  • Tom Petty reflects on 40 years of songwriting

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself — I do — into sitting down and doing something that pleases me," the 63-year-old rocker said. "Plus, I'm trying to do things that I haven't done before and not go over the same ground." The writer behind such hits as "American Girl," ''Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "I Need to Know" will accept the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. "It's very nice to get an a

  • Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The battle has moved out of viewers' living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop a cassette into a recorder and capture their favorite programs or the sporting event they wouldn't be home to see. Now the entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs

  • Inmate in U.S. jail starves to death

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein. The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses. An internal investigation done by the Corrections Department concluded that the doctors missed multiple signs that Embry was slowly committing suicide by refusing food and that Hiland signed off on nurses' notes withou

  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the sexual abuse scandal that festered under his watch remains a stain on his legacy. John Paul and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the abuse problem until very late in his 26-year papacy, even though U.S. bishops had been petitioning the Holy See since the late-1980s for a faster way to defrock pedophile priests.

  • Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House's Truman Balcony, flanked by the president and an Easter bunny. Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" to a group of youngsters, growling and gnashing his teeth and at one point challenging them to a staring contest.

  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. Nepal's government said late Monday it would consider the Sherpa's demands for more insurance money, more financial aid for the families of the victims, the formation of a relief fund and regulations that would ensure climbers' rights. A committee formed with guides, rescuers and others will make its recommendations Tuesday, said Maddhu Sudan Burlakoti, head of the mountaineering department. A total Sherpa boycott could critically disrupt the Everest climbing season, which is key to the liveli