• Pacifica: Residents live on the edge of crumbling cliffs

    Updated: 26 min ago

    PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them." Having the Pacific as your backyard has its benefits, and its dangers. Crumbling cliffs have forced dozens to leave their homes and others like Thompson may have to join them as EL Nino-fueled storms batter the coast. Last summer, whale watching was at its prime and people who live on the crumbling cliffs of Pacifica were treated to more than 200 dolphin sightings. The moon and sun rises are spectacular, and the air feels like it's a million miles away from smoggy cityscapes.

  • Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

    Updated: 28 min ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested in Portland. The four occupiers yelled at officers to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line as the standoff played out on the Internet Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry.

  • Twitter is losing customers and its stock is falling

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    It's hard for the small core of Twitter addicts to accept, but Twitter just isn't popular enough to be successful. In fact, Twitter is losing customers. The social media company reported Wednesday that it lost 2 million users in the last three months of 2015. Shares plummeted as much as 12% in after-hours trading. Twitter had 305 million active users by the end of 2015. By contrast, Facebook (FB, Tech30) has 1.6 billion. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) has eight products with over 1 billion users each. Even Instagram surpassed Twitter in September, growing to 400 million users.

  • Florida LGBT Rights Bill Dead; Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida, it's also still completely within the law for an employer to fire someone for being gay or a landlord to deny housing to a transgender tenant in large swaths of the state. For the tenth time, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers (yes, even some Republicans) and some of Florida's biggest employers tried to change this by supporting the Florida Competitive Workplace Act. It failed again after dying today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, this was the first time the bill actually received a hearing in all the years it's been introduced. Plus, if it did somehow make its way through the Republican-controlled Senate, it likely would have died in the much more conservative House. Gov. Rick Scott hadn't specifically addressed the bill this year, but given his history on gay rights, it's unlikely he would have signed it, anyway.

  • Tennessee hunters banned for life in 44 states

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Two La Vergne residents have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, received the harshest penalty ever issued by the TWRA. “We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least 40,” said TWRA Sgt. Matt Brian, who is assigned to Rutherford County. “We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes. Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife.”

  • Colorado marijuana sales total close to $1 billion in 2015

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    New state data shows that Colorado marijuana businesses sold nearly $1 billion in recreational and medical cannabis last year. The Denver Post reports that the state Department of Revenue figures released Tuesday show that Colorado also collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015, with $35 million going toward school construction projects. According to the data, marijuana shops sold $996 million of pot in 2015, an increase of about $300 million from the previous year. Totals for taxes and license fees also grew by about $59 million in the same time period.

  • Less wind, slightly cooler Thursday in central Oklahoma

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Cooler temperatures are in central Oklahoma Thursday. Winds will not be as brisk as in recent days.

  • Pakistan army confirms death sentences for 12 militants

    Updated: 52 min ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, on Thursday confirmed death sentences awarded by military courts to 12 "hardcore terrorists" over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces, the military said. In a statement, it said the men included a Pakistani Taliban militant, Muhammad Arbi, who abetted the 2012 attack on a jail in the northwestern district of Bannu. A large number of militants managed to escape when a group of Pakistani Taliban armed with rockets, guns and grenades attacked the jail. The military said two al-Qaida operatives and two militants from an outlawed Sunni militant group were also included among the 12 terrorists who were tried by the military courts.

  • Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO military authorities will draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and smuggling of people across the Aegean Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday. Carter made the announcement at a press conference after three NATO allies —Turkey, Germany and Greece— requested alliance participation in an international effort to help ease Europe's gravest migration crisis since World War II. The three countries made the request at a NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels. NATO ministers "tasked NATO military authorities to provide its advice for options for implementing it," Carter said.

  • As industry shifts, Las Vegas cabs do some soul-searching

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The arrival of Uber and Lyft in Nevada last fall and a state audit accusing regulators of allowing cabs to charge $47 million in excessive fees each year have the powerful Las Vegas taxi industry and its overseers in the hot seat, facing down a recommendation that the agency be disbanded and its duties passed to another entity. Nevada lawmakers met this week to discuss the fate of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates cabs in the Las Vegas area, and get its board members' side of the story. Legislators are postponing any decisions about whether to abolish the agency until a second, taxi company-funded audit is complete, but the meeting laid bare how cabs are struggling to keep pace with new technology and

  • World stocks shudder as economy jitters take center stage

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Stocks shuddered again Thursday, led by a sharp drop in Hong Kong as it caught up with global market turmoil after Lunar New Year holidays. An escalation in tensions between North and South Korea added to a litany of woes for markets that were already flustered by signs of slowing global growth and the slide in oil prices. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slid 3.5 percent to 3,920.77 and Germany's DAX dropped 2.7 percent to 8,774.59. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 2.3 percent to 5,541.02. Futures augured sharp losses on Wall Street. Dow futures sank 1.6 percent to 15,617.00 and S&P 500 futures fell 1.6 percent to 1,817.00. The dollar lost 1.8 percent against the Japanese yen.

  • 2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two alleged people-smugglers are on trial in Turkey accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Syrian migrant boy Aylan Kurdi and four other people. The image of the boy — his lifeless body lying face down on a beach in Bodrum — galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis, graphically illustrating the magnitude of the suffering and the treacherous journeys the migrants risk. The trial against Syrian nationals Muwafaka Alabash and Asem Alfrhad opened in the Aegean resort of Bodrum on Thursday. The two face up to 35 years in prison each if convicted of the charges of human smuggling and causing the deaths of five people "through deliberate negligence.

  • Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama a bipartisan compromise that would permanently keep state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. The Senate is expected to vote Thursday to approve the measure as part of a wide-ranging bill that would also revamp trade laws. The Internet tax provision has broad support, with few senators eager to oppose the bill and open the door to taxing online access during an election year. Nonetheless, some are resisting the legislation because of trade provisions and a long-running dispute over a separate proposal over taxing online sales to consumers.

  • Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said Wednesday. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The talk of new ceasefire plans comes as the U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries meet in Munich to try to halt five years of civil war in the Arab country. The conflict has killed more than a quarter-million people, created Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State to carve out its own territory across parts

  • The Latest: Cliven Bundy jailed upon arriving in Portland

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Cliven Bundy, the father of wildlife refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy, has been booked into jail after flying into the Portland airport. Multnomah County Jail records show Cliven Bundy was booked into the lockup just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. No charges were listed and his projected release date was listed as unknown. Bundy was at the center of a standoff in Nevada with federal officials in 2014 over use of public lands. Ammon Bundy had been demanding that the refuge be handed over to locals. ___ 9:45 p.m.

  • Ohio man gets 4 years for helping woman who OD'd get heroin

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has received four years in prison for helping a woman obtain heroin that caused her to fatally overdose. Twenty-year-old Brandon Bartoe of Barberton was sentenced Wednesday. He previously pleaded guilty to corrupting another with drugs, trafficking in heroin and burglary for stealing power tools to finance his drug habit. Two other people were charged in the January 2015 death of 33-year-old Brandy Amaro in Akron. Authorities say Amaro's 14-year-old cousin asked Bartoe to find $40 worth of heroin for Amaro. Bartoe contacted a 20-year-old man who obtained heroin from a dealer who hasn't been identified. The cousin received a one-year sentence in Juvenile Court and the 20-year-old await

  • USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter Wednesday to all possible Olympians, acknowledging the growing worries over the virus. "I know that the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you," Blackmun wrote. "I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority." The letter goes on to spell out much of the information that's already been relayed by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The virus is spread by mosquitoes. About 20 percent of those infected display mi

  • FBI surrounds last occupiers at Oregon refuge

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon as they yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off, prayed with supporters over an open phone line, and said later they would turn themselves in Thursday morning The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers played out on the Internet beginning Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry. Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, sounded increasingly unraveled as he continually yelled, at times hysterically, at what he said was an FBI negotiator. "You're going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with," he said.

  • New firefighter joins dad, brother on the Oklahoma City Fire Department

    By Darla Slipke Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    For many firefighters, joining is part of a family tradition in Oklahoma City.

  • Argument over cellphone prompts OKC dog attack

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    An argument over a cellphone spurred what its owners consider a freak dog attack. Wesley Hudson, 33, was taken to a hospital Sunday in serious condition with multiple dog bites. He was back in the emergency room on Tuesday from complications with his right arm, which was mauled in the incident, his wife, Shelley Hudson, said. “I don't care about my arm. I just want my dog back,” Wesley Hudson said from the hospital. Their 170-pound, 7-year-old St. Bernard, Atlas, was euthanized Sunday after being shot by police in the front lawn of the home, Shelley Hudson said. The couple were arguing about a cellphone about 1:40 p.m. when the dog came from a back room of 1227 NW 45 and attacked Wesley Hudson.