• Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs. Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against "Mashrou Leila," or Leila's Project, said in a new statement that "we don't mind if this concert takes place." He didn't elaborate. The indie band, known for songs about controversial subjects, says the reversal comes too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on Friday. The initial ban sparked criticism of Jordan, which presents itself as an island of relative tolerance in a turbulent region where relig

  • Islamic State group claims bomb attack on Saudi police

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in eastern Saudi Arabia that officials say wounded an officer on patrol. Police said early Friday that the attack caused a "minor injury" to the police officer. It took place on Thursday night in the country's predominantly Shiite east. Five vehicles were damaged. A post on a website known to be used by Islamic State sympathizers claimed the attack and said militants carried out other assaults in the area. The police's statement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, did not mention any other attack. An Islamic State affiliate in Saudi Arabia has claimed a series of attacks and suicide bombings.

  • Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box. The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Residents began moving in since January. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home. A second container development is already planned for downtown. Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as developers and cities try to cater to millennials and baby boomers seeking downtown living.

  • Germany worries migrants will try to reach Europe from Libya

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has told reporters the government is concerned that an increasing number of migrants will try to reach Europe this summer by crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. De Maiziere and his Austrian counterpart, Walter Sobotka, met Friday, and both ministers said that Italy needs to do more to protect its southern sea border. With the flow of people across the eastern Mediterranean slowing sharply due to the NATO patrols and an EU agreement to return illegal migrants to Turkey, officials say it is likely that those trying to reach Europe will increasingly try to set off from Libya again. The route has seen a number of mass drownings over the past year of migrants

  • Residents of Iraq's IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family — usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a small portion of flat bread. "We are experiencing the agony of starvation for the first time in our life," said Abu Jassim, a 52-year-old grocer and resident of the besieged Islamic State-held city of Fallujah. In reality, nobody seems to be starving in Fallujah just yet. But medical officials say malnutrition is on the rise and vital medical supplies are running out. Since August, Iraqi government troops have tightened their grip around Fallujah — under IS control since the early days of 2014 — and have prevented the entry of food and medici

  • North Korea accuses US soldiers of provoking border troops

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is accusing U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at an inter-Korean border village or they'll meet a dog's death any time and any place." The statement said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions. North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S. troops of trying to provoke its border troops. The U.S. and South Korean militaries had no immediate response. The latest

  • Giant Chinese zodiac sculptures are turning heads in Boston

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac in downtown Boston are stopping people in their tracks and sparking conversations. And that's exactly what they are intended to do. The project by contemporary Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei (eye way-way) is the latest in a series of outdoor public art projects on the Rose Kennedy Greenway meant to delight, awe and educate. Lucas Cowan, the public art curator of the Greenway Conservancy, says they are replicas of smaller sculptures stolen from an imperial Chinese palace in 1860. Even as workers put the finishing touches on the exhibit earlier this week, dozens of people stopped to take pictures or jus

  • Dodgers fall behind early, lose at Omaha

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    PAPILLION, Neb. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers fell behind Omaha early on Thursday and never recovered, losing 10-2 in the first of a four-game Pacific Coast League series. Zach Lee was optioned to Oklahoma City from Los Angeles as the Dodgers took Wednesday off. Lee got the start Thursday, but did not fair favorably. Lee was tagged for nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed 10 runs, nine of them earned, and only struck out two batters. Lee also had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and was called for a balk. The lack of run support didn't help Lee any. The Dodgers scattered seven hits. Alex Hassan scored Elian Herrera in the third and James Ramsey knocked an RBI triple in the sixth, scoring Jose Tabata for the

  • Arrieta wins 16th straight decision

    By MIKE CRANSTON Associated Press | Updated: 15 hr ago

    CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta's bid for a second straight no-hitter was dashed on his fifth pitch. His Wrigley Field scoreless streak ended at 52 2/3 innings. Oh, and he won his 16th consecutive decision, the longest streak in the major leagues in a decade. "I was a little flat today," the NL Cy Young Award winner said Thursday after leading the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2. Chicago improved to 16-5, its best 21-game start since opening 1907 at 17-4. "Our most important ballgames are still ahead of us," Arrieta said. "We're still lined up pretty well." Arrieta (5-0) gave up one run, three hits and four walks in five innings — the first run he allowed at home since July 25.

  • MLB Notebook

    From Wire Reports | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Cubs' Bryant hurts ankle Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs hurt his right ankle while running the bases. The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year was replaced in left field by Javier Baez to start the fifth inning Thursday against Milwaukee. Chicago said Bryant rolled his ankle running the bases in the third. He singled and scored from first on Anthony Rizzo's double. Bryant was hit by a pitch for a second time an inning later and stranded at second before exiting the game. Bryant is hitting .289 with four home runs. Angels closer placed on DL Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique muscle. The Angels announced the move

  • In brief

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    N. Korean missiles fail SOUTH KOREA | SEOUL — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said. The launches were believed to be the second and third attempted tests of a Musudan. Thursday morning, a projectile fired from a North Korean northeastern coastal town crashed a few seconds after liftoff, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said. In the evening, the North fired another Musudan missile, but that launch also presumably failed, officials said.

  • Air strikes in Aleppo bring rising death toll for civilians

    By SARAH EL DEEB and PHILIP ISSA Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    LEBANON | BEIRUT — Air strikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, officials said Thursday. Aid agencies warn that Aleppo is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster with the collapse of a two-month cease-fire and stalled peace talks. The intensified violence coincides with reports of a military buildup outside Aleppo that many fear is a prelude for a government attempt to force a complete siege of the city's neighborhoods. Battle-hardened residents were shocked by the bloodshed.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 29

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 29, 2016

  • After fanfare, forecasters review talk of storm 'outbreak'

    By KELLY P. KISSEL Associated Press | Updated: 16 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — After warning for days about violent storms that could rake the central U.S. with huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes, forecasters will review whether the messages they sent were appropriate for severe weather that some considered a “bust” because the tornadoes that did develop were small. Tuesday's storms brought grapefruit-sized hail in Kansas and winds near 75 mph throughout the Great Plains and Missouri River Valley. But the tornadoes that formed lacked enough of the “right” ingredients to become monster storms. “We had signals that it could be on the higher end,” said Bill Bunting, the operations chief at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman.

  • Texas man in Iowa to face fraud charges

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games has given up an extradition fight to face charges in Iowa. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says Robert Rhodes, of Sugar Land, reported to the Polk County jail Thursday to face lottery fraud charges filed last year. He's a friend of former Multi-State Lottery Association technology manager Eddie Tipton, convicted last year for manipulating Hot Lotto computers in Iowa. Prosecutors allege Rhodes helped Tipton attempt to redeem the winning ticket. A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Rhodes' attorney.

  • Crime briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A woman has died after suffering stab wounds Wednesday night in south Oklahoma City, police report.

  • Manufacturing activity still slow in Oklahoma, region

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The April Manufacturing Survey released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said manufacturing activity in Oklahoma and across the region in April is still slow.

  • House panel approves military draft for women

    By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee's bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units. A divided Armed Services Committee backed the provision in a sweeping defense policy bill that the full House will consider next month. The United States has not had a military draft since 1973 in the Vietnam War era, but all men must register with the Selective Service Systems within 30 days of turning 18. Military leaders maintain that the all-volunteer force is working and the nation is not returning to the draft. The 32-30 vote Wednesday night came with a twist: The proposal's author didn't back

  • Inhofe criticizes results of inquiry at VA clinic

    By RANDY KREHBIEL Tulsa World randy.krehbiel@tulsaworld.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's skeptical about the findings of a Veterans Administration investigation of the Ernest Childers Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa. “The VA Inspector General's report was largely inconclusive and conflicts with the stories I hear on a regular basis from local veterans and whistleblowers," Inhofe said in a written statement this week. "I remain concerned that our state VA facilities have become more focused on protecting their bottom line than actually ensuring veterans are receiving quality, timely care," he said. The senior Republican on the U.S.

  • Deaths

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    ADA Blood, Daniel Allen, 43, meat cutter, died April 21. Memorial services noon Saturday, Wintersmith Park (Oklahoma City Cremation, Oklahoma City). John, Monroe Adams, 52, machine operator for Leachco, died April 21. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, Rosedale Cemetery (Smith-Phillips, Ada). ALTUS Oden, Pauline, 88, sterile supply aide, died April 28. Graveside services 2 p.m. Saturday, Altus City Cemetery (Kincannon, Altus). ARDMORE Gentry, Audie Jeanette, 60, housekeeper, died April 25. Services 6 p.m. Friday (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). ATOKA Jack, A.J., 76, mechanic, died April 27. Services 2 p.m. Sunday, Full Gospel Community Church (Brown's, Atoka). BARTLESVILLE Canaday,