• Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

    Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for...

    Updated: 32 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract. About 39,000 landline and cable employees in nine Eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since mid-April, one of the largest strikes in the U.S. in recent years. Verizon had trained other workers to step in but there were still delays in installations for Fios customers. Verizon said that it had high health care costs for its unionized workers, which have shrunk as it sold off large chunks of its wireline unit and focused on its mobile business, which was not unionized. It also wanted the union workers, just over one-fifth of its U.S.

  • Teen cancer survivor's wish to walk at graduation denied

    Teen cancer survivor\'s wish to walk at...

    Updated: 37 min ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Some criticized a suburban Phoenix high school for not allowing a student diagnosed with cancer to walk with his graduating class after he worked to keep up with classes through treatment. Stephen Dwyer withdrew from school his junior year to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Dwyer, who is student body president, is 2 ½ credits short of graduating and will finish in December. A community Facebook page for Dwyer says the teen wanted to sit on the field in a cap and gown alongside his classmates Thursday but didn't ask to receive a diploma or even walk across the stage. After numerous meetings with the district superintendent and school board members, his request was denied.

  • Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

    Congress\' grade so far? Incomplete at best

    Updated: 57 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse. An abbreviated work period this month produced mixed results at best — Congress exited Washington without acting on funding the battle against the Zika virus, for starters — and a full plate awaits when lawmakers return next month from a weeklong Memorial Day recess for a six-week sprint to political convention season and the traditional August vacation. Some signs are promising; others, not so much: ___ ZIKA President Barack Obama's $1.

  • No gays in space colonies, says U.S. Congressman

    No gays in space colonies, says U.S. Congressman

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert wants to put gay people on an island but not in space. The latter represents the latest homophobic rhetoric from the far-right Texan.

  • Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in coming months

    Janet Yellen says Fed could raise rates in...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that an interest rate hike would be appropriate in the coming months if the economy keeps improving. While economic growth was relatively weak at the end of last year and beginning of this year, it appears to be picking up now based on recent data, Yellen said during a discussion at Harvard University. She said she expects the Fed to "gradually and cautiously increase" its key interest rate "and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate." Anticipation of a rate hike at either the next June meeting or in July have been rising since the Fed last week released the minutes of its discussions at its April meeting.

  • Oklahoma fails to make doctor-performed abortions a felony

    AP | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Doctors who perform abortions in Oklahoma won't be guilty of a felony after the state Senate adjourned for the year without trying to override Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a bill to make it a felony crime. The Senate ended the session Friday before state Sen. Nathan Dahm tried an override on his bill to remove an exemption from the law for licensed doctors . Anti-abortion Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature wanted Dahm to try for the two-thirds vote needed in both chambers. It is a felony for non-doctors to perform abortions. Fallin has signed numerous anti-abortion bills, but said Dahm's bill was vaguely worded and wouldn't survive a legal challenge.

  • Activists criticize poll on offensiveness of Redskins' name

    AP | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American leaders and activists criticized a recent national poll that found nine of 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the Washington Redskins' name. On a conference call held Friday by the Oneida Nation News, panelists voiced opposition to a Washington Post poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans, 90 percent of whom said the name doesn't bother them. James Fenelon, a California State San Bernardino sociology professor, called the poll "immoral," adding it was not representative of Native American communities. Amanda Blackhorse, lead plaintiff in the trademark case against the Redskins, said the "misguided" poll will not affect attempts to change the name.

  • Slammed, Hurled and Pummeled: The Life Of A Pit Crew

    Slammed, Hurled and Pummeled: The Life Of A Pit...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    It takes an IndyCar pit crew about seven seconds to replace four tires and refuel. It's high stakes on race day and a lot can go wrong in the pits. One misstep can cost a race — or worse.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Looking ahead to Warriors-Thunder Game 6 in OKC

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Looking ahead to...

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- Warriors-Thunder Game 5 recap (<–Click Here) - The Warriors struck back, snatching Game 5 on their homecourt and sending this back to Oklahoma City for a monstrous Game 6 on Saturday night. What's changed? What do we see happened? We discuss, through spotty audio quality, from the Denver airport.

  • Donald Trump breaks with nation's only Latina governor

    Donald Trump breaks with nation\'s only Latina...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It was a stunning rebuke — even by Donald Trump's standards — aimed at the nation's only Latina governor at a political rally in her home state of New Mexico. Trump chastised Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for not doing her job when it came to unemployment, federal food aid and even containing the Syrian refugee crisis while he stumped at a raucous political rally this week in the nation's most Hispanic state. Martinez, who has not endorsed the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, skipped the event in Albuquerque, citing a busy schedule. The public spat dampened any lingering speculation that Martinez might be picked as vice president to attract more female and minority voters to the Republican t

  • Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping veterans

    Josh Duhamel celebrates Memorial Day by helping...

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before starting work on the next "Transformers" film, Josh Duhamel is lending his star power to help disabled veterans. Duhamel is supporting a campaign that provides smart homes for injured American veterans, and he's encouraging others to do the same. The 43-year-old actor appears in a video that shows how the #EnlistMe effort restores independence to injured veterans by building wheelchair-accessible homes with high-tech digital features. "My aunt was deployed to the Balkans, into Iraq, my grandfather was a World War II vet," Duhamel said.

  • Did foul shot discrepancy cost Thunder in Game 5?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Billy Donovan says the discrepancy in foul shots was the difference in Golden State’s 120-111 Game 5 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night. “The difference in the game was the fact that they went to the free throw line 34 times,” Donovan said. “To me, that was something that was very, very difficult to overcome.” Donovan is on the right track but in the wrong lane. Golden State’s 34-24 edge in foul shots was artificial. The Thunder fouled on purpose five times in the final two minutes, trying to catch up. Toss out those fouls, and each team shot 24 foul shots. But that’s significant in and of itself. The Thunder needs to shoot more foul shots than the Warriors.

  • World's largest hedge fund gets aid package from Connecticut

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A commission approved a $22 million loan and grant package on Friday to help the world's largest hedge fund upgrade and expand its offices despite questions about whether the deal makes financial sense for a state facing continued budget problems. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he wished Connecticut didn't have to compete with other states like Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island by offering money to keep or attract companies, but that was today's reality. He said this agreement with Bridgewater Associates will ultimately be a good investment for the state.

  • Crowd thins slightly at NC furniture market after LGBT law

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attendance dipped slightly for North Carolina's world-renowned furniture market this year in an early test of business reaction to the state's new law limiting protections for LGBT people. According to numbers released Friday by the High Point Market, this year's registered attendees — including buyers, exhibitors, media and students — totaled slightly more than 79,000. That represents a decrease of 1,000 from the previous year, and a reversal for the market. Attendance at last year's spring event rose 2.5 percent from 2014. The twice-a-year High Point Markets bring an estimated $5 billion a year in economic activity to North Carolina.

  • Slight chance for severe weather Friday

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The National Weather Service reports a slight chance for severe weather Friday and decreasing chances for strong storms Saturday and Sunday. Risk for severe weather increases for Memorial Day and into next week.

  • Kids Who Climb Cliffside Ladder Home Will Get Stairs

    Kids Who Climb Cliffside Ladder Home Will Get...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Just to get home from school, they climb 800 meters (more than 2,500 feet) toward the sky — on a ladder made of bamboo and secured to a sheer cliff face. 

  • Art grants will fund American Indian exhibits at OU, OSU

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund exhibits highlighting American Indians. The OSU Museum of Art was received an Art Works award of $15,000 from the NEA to support an exhibition of artwork and programming centered on female deities in Native American creation stories.   The exhibition, titled "From the Belly of Our Being: art by and about Native creation," features work by contemporary Indigenous women whose art is known to honor the feminine forces found in the artists’ tribal genesis stories. It will be on view Sept. 26 through Jan. 28 at the OSU Museum of Art.

  • KKK HB2 recruitment fliers spark concern in Roxboro

    KKK HB2 recruitment fliers spark concern in...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    One resident said using HB2 as a KKK recruiting tool conjures up bad memories of racial tension and division. Memories she does not want passed to her grandson.

  • Karam, Wilson try and move on at Indy 500 from fatal wreck

    Karam, Wilson try and move on at Indy 500 from...

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jody Karam returned from a bicycle ride and saw his son on the phone with race team owner Chip Ganassi. At the Karam home just 15 miles from Pocono Raceway, Sage Karam heard the news that would send the blonde bundle of energy into a depression, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was dead from injuries suffered in a wreck triggered by Karam. "Sage just fell apart," Jody Karam recalled. Like a good dad would, Jody immediately tried to console his son. He asked the promising IndyCar driver, who finished ninth in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, three questions: The first two were easy. Sage responded that, of course, there was no malice in the accident last August and that he would change the outcome if he could

  • Lawmaker burns traffic camera ticket, posts video on social media

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    State Rep. Andy Holt is urging Tennesseans to ignore traffic camera tickets and emphasizing his point by burning a citation in a video that apparently has received more than 325,000 Facebook views.