• IRS needs to do more to fight cyberattacks, watchdog says

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to combat cyberattacks, leaving the agency's computer systems vulnerable to hackers, a government watchdog told Congress Tuesday. The agency's inspector general outlined the security weaknesses a week after the IRS announced that criminals had stolen the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers from an IRS website. The IRS believes the information was stolen as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. "The IRS faces the daunting task of protecting its data and IT environment from the ever-changing and rapidly-evolving hacker world," said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

  • Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday delayed former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first court appearance until next week following his indictment in Chicago in a hush-money case. The Illinois Republican was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, but the hearing has now been pushed back to June 9. The change was made without explanation in a one-sentence court filing by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin's clerk. The 73-year-old former congressman was charged last week in an indictment that alleges he agreed to pay $3.5 million to ensure someone from the town where he taught and coached high school wrestling stayed quiet about his "prior misconduct." Hastert hasn't spoken or appeared in public since his indic

  • Is there anything more frustrating than coaches who overthink?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

      By all accounts, Tim Walton and Carol Hutchins are great coaches. Their names may not be widely known in the sports world, but Walton is the head coach of the Florida softball team and Hutchins is the head coach of the Michigan softball team. Both have won national championships. Both are going for another […]

  • FIFA says Valcke not behind $10M payment in corruption probe

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ZURICH (AP) — Amid a deepening corruption crisis within soccer's governing body, FIFA defended its second-in-command on Tuesday by trying to distance him from claims he helped authorize $10 million in bribes for World Cup bidding votes. FIFA said the three payments totaling $10 million mentioned in a U.S. federal indictment, which are at the heart of a Department of Justice probe, were approved in 2007 by Julio Grondona, the former chairman of the finance committee who died last year. The FIFA statement follows a New York Times report that American law enforcement officials believe secretary general Jerome Valcke transferred the money in 2008 to accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma City police investigate death of woman as a homicide case Tuesday morning

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Police found a woman dead in the 800 block of SE 20 about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. An apparent homicide is being investigated.

  • FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. The FBI said it uses front companies to protect the safety of the pilots and aircraft. It also shields the identity of the aircraft so that suspects on the ground don't know they're being watched by the FBI. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states

  • World's Best Restaurant winner is ...

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    If you don't already have a reservation at El Celler de Can Roca, it's probably too late. The Girona, Spain, eatery won top prize at the prestigious 2015 World's 50 Best Restaurant awards, held June 1 in London. El Celler bumped last year's victor, Copenhagen's forage-friendly Noma down to third, and pipped Modena, Italy's, Osteria Francescana into second at the event, seen by some as the Oscars of the fine dining world.

  • Adrian Peterson reports to Vikings camp: 'I'm a part of this football team'

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Adrian Peterson will rejoin his teammates at Minnesota Vikings voluntary organized team activities Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports. The former OU running back told ESPN Tuesday morning “I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches.” “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do,” Peterson said. Peterson did not report last week for the start of OTAs. In a statement released to ESPN , he said he did that not because he was trying to force a trade, but that it was “about securing my future with the Vikings.” In the statement, Peterson called his decision at the time "business, not personal." On the same day last week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told the media that Peterson had two choices when it came to the 2015 season: Play for the Vikings or not play at all . Peterson's decision to come to OTAs for the first time this offseason comes days after he went on a rant via social media about the non-guaranteed status of NFL contracts. Per the Minnesota Star-Tribune , no changes have been made to the final three years, $44.25 million left on Peterson's non-guaranteed deal through 2017. Peterson is back with the Vikings for the first time since his Sept. 12 indictment for injuring his son while disciplining him with a switch. Peterson missed 15 of 16 games in the 2014 season.

  • Russian missile maker: MH17 shot down by Ukrainian missile

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system said Tuesday that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn't in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals. Controversy continues over who shot down the plane last summer over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukraine and the West suspect it was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels fighting in the area. Russia denies that.

  • One industry expert offers his plan to help country radio: Fewer songs by women

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Radio consultant Keith Hill brands himself as “the world’s leading authority on music scheduling” and he has advice for country radio stations everywhere: Don’t play too many songs by female artists. Seriously, he says — it’s bad for ratings and he has the data to back it up. A bold statement? It might seem that way, especially as gender balance is a lightning-rod topic in the country music industry. At the moment, female singers have an extraordinarily tough time breaking through in Nashville, as radio and sales are regularly dominated by male artists, save for rare exceptions like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.

  • Hoiberg's departure will harm Big 12 basketball

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Fred Hoiberg apparently is headed for the Chicago Bulls. Which probably is good news for Hoiberg and probably is good news for the Bulls and most definitely is bad news for Iowa State basketball. And how can it be anything but bad news for Big 12 hoops? The Bulls are expected to name Hoiberg their […]

  • Run Warren Run Folds As Elizabeth Warren Spurns White House Bid

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn’t running for president, says the Huffington Post, and one of the main groups created to encourage her to run for president will soon stop running, too. Run Warren Run, the collaborative effort by progressive organizations to show Warren that she had supporters, commitment and money for a 2016 presidential bid, will suspend operations on June 8. Time, political winds, and, in all likelihood, Bernie Sanders were the culprits. In some respects, the Run Warren Run campaign exhibited the same promises and risks that the Democratic Party at large assumes in this cycle -– placing enormous hope in a singular figure.

  • Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Europe’s footballing nations will meet on Friday to discuss the nuclear option of splitting from Fifa and holding a breakaway World Cup in 2018, in an effort to force Sepp Blatter out of the presidency of the world game’s governing body, The Independent reports. The plan to boycott the tournament which is due to be held in Russia – revealed to The Independent by the leading Uefa official behind it – would involve European teams and some invited South American countries breaking away from the official tournament, fatally undermining it in the eyes of the fans and sponsors. It comes as the aftershocks of Mr Blatter’s re-election as head of Fifa on Friday continue to reverberate. Last night, a judge in Paraguay placed Nicolas Leoz, 86, a former head of the South American Football Confederation, under house arrest. He is one of the indicted Fifa officials and had been accused of asking for a knighthood in return for supporting England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

  • Two More Texas Flood Victims Identified, Including Mom Washed Away in House

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Authorities have identified two bodies found last week in the wreckage of the Memorial Day weekend flood, including Laura McComb, 34, who was in a house that was washed away by flood waters in Wimberley, Texas, ABC News reports. McComb and her two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, were missing after a home they were in was washed away by the raging waters of the Blanco River, according to The Associated Press. Andrew's body was identified Friday, authorities said, and Leighton remains missing.

  • What's behind the floods in Texas and heat in India?

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Scientists on Monday made an ominous prediction: We'll be seeing more extreme weather like the flooding that killed at least 30 people last month in the southern plains, while damaging or destroying thousands of homes. And on the other side of the world, the extraordinary heat wave that killed more than 2,000 in India. May took Texas from drought to destructive floods, while on the other side of the globe, excessive heat turned deadly in India, says CBS News. In a paper published Monday, researchers from Rutgers University offered an explanation for why climate change in the arctic is slowing the jet stream over the northern hemisphere, leaving the weather increasingly prone to repeat. "Everything slows, and with it weather patterns persist over areas for longer periods of times that could make a wet situation dangerously wet, it could make a heatwave dangerously long," said climatologist Dave Robinson.

  • Ex-Choctaw Nation construction director gets 12 years in bribery, tax-fraud case

    By LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON - Tulsa World | Updated: 5 hr ago

    MUSKOGEE — A one-time Choctaw Nation official was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a pay-to-play scheme. Former Choctaw Nation construction director Jason Merida was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Payne in the court system’s Eastern District of Oklahoma. In addition to the prison time, the defendant must serve 10 years of supervised release. Merida was convicted in November on two counts each of theft and tax fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery. He was acquitted of an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • How Vanity Fair protected Caitlyn Jenner's exclusive

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Vanity Fair unleashed one of the biggest cultural stories of the year on Monday with Caitlyn Jenner's first public interview and photo shoot, says Mashable. For Vanity Fair, Jenner and her family, it marks the result of months of negotiations and work, as well as beefed up security to keep the story from leaking. The magazine was concerned about leaks and took security measures "every step of the way," including on the photo shoot, in the VF editorial office and at the printing plant for the upcoming issue.

  • Search for missing Okmulgee men includes stretch of U.S. 69

    By BILL HAISTEN - Tulsa World | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The search for two Okmulgee men who haven’t been seen since Rocklahoma’s opening day seems to be centered primarily on a stretch of highway between Pryor and Wagoner. On Saturday, a group of about 40 volunteers conducted a 16-mile search of ditches and wooded areas near U.S. 69, hoping to find the missing 20-year-olds, Benjamin Baber and Cody Parrick. On Sunday, while in a Cessna 210 at an altitude of about 500 feet, former Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Howard got striking photographs that reveal the extent to which the highway is flanked by high flood water. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 2, 2015: See the Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Sacramento River Cats

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Watch the Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 tonight at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Tonight starts a four-game home stand against the River Cats, with games at 7:05 p.m. today through Friday at the Brick. For more information, go to okcdodgers.com. For […]

  • Dash cam footage shows Tulsa minister charging at OHP trooper before fatal shooting

    By KYLE HINCHEY and SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A portion of a dash cam video that appears to show a Tulsa minister attacking a state trooper moments before he was fatally shot was released by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday. Mark Southall, a Highway Patrol trooper for eight years, and Michael Taylor, with one year on the force, were the troopers involved in an encounter late Friday that left the Rev. Nehemiah Fischer dead and his brother Brandon Fischer in jail, OHP spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons confirmed. Timmons said the Highway Patrol received a call about 9:25 p.m. Friday regarding a possible stranded motorist in the area of Hectorville Road (221st Street) and Bixby Road (Memorial Drive) south of Bixby. Southall arrived about 9:35 p.m. and saw the brothers