• Huffington Post in Limbo at Verizon

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Over the last couple of years, an array of media companies, venture capitalists and wealthy individuals have quietly explored buying a stake in The Huffington Post . The most recent valuation, according to half a dozen people briefed on the matter: about $1 billion. Those interested have included the European media companies Le Monde and Axel Springer; the Napster founder Sean Parker; and the private equity firm General Atlantic, those people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Some of the talks were navigated by AOL, The Huffington Post’s parent company, as it sought ways to raise money, others by the site’s well-connected founder, Arianna Huffington. But when the music stopped last month and Verizon ’s $4.4 billion takeover of AOL was announced, The Huffington Post was still owned by AOL — creating an unlikely corporate home for one of the nation’s leading liberal news outlets.

  • US trade deficit drops sharply to $40.9 billion in April

    Updated: 14 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit declined sharply in April as exports posted a modest gain and imports fell, raising hopes that trade will not be as big a drag on overall growth in the current quarter. The Commerce Department says the April deficit dropped 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion after surging to $50.6 billion in March, the highest level since late 2008. The big surge in the deficit reduced overall economic growth by nearly 2 percentage points in the first quarter, helping send the gross domestic product down at an annual rate of 0.7 percent. In March, exports edged up 1 percent to $189.9 billion, led by a big rise in commercial airplane sales. Imports fell 3.3 percent to $230.8 billion. The deficit is the dif

  • Survey: US business hiring picks up in May to 201,000

    Updated: 14 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year. Payroll processor ADP says businesses added 201,000 jobs last month, up from just 169,000 in the previous month. April's increase was the smallest in a year and a half. The figures suggest that the economy is recovering after it shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter. On Friday, the government will issue its official jobs report for May. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 227,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained 5.4 percent. The ADP survey covers only private businesses, however, and fre

  • Houston man accused of killing son, 3, over potty training

    Updated: 19 min ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a father is accused of beating his 3-year-old son to death after the boy had potty training accidents. Harris County jail records show 24-year-old Anthony Trakemon Powell was being held without bond Tuesday on a capital murder charge. His son died Friday at a hospital. Powell's sister, 23-year-old Prosha Land, was charged with injury to a child by omission. Investigators say Land witnessed the beatings. Court records say Powell used his hands and a belt to strike the boy when he wet himself. Land called 911 last Thursday when the boy had trouble breathing. Her bond is set at $260,000. Online jail records don't list attorneys to speak for the defendants.

  • Huckabee: I wish I could've ID'd as female in HS gym

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Washington -- Mike Huckabee says there's a time he wishes he could've been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers, CNN reports. If he "could have felt like a woman," the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on. "Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," Huckabee said. "I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.' You're laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn't it?"

  • U.S. Tourist Killed by Lion Worked on 'Game of Thrones'

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The family of an American tourist who was attacked and killed by a lion in South Africa has posted a moving tribute to her online, says NBC News. Katherine Chappell, who was known as Katie, "was a brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman," her mom Mary, father Jon and siblings Jennifer, Lauren and Ryan said on Facebook. The 29-year-old "was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met," their post added.

  • Pipeline in Arkansas River ruptures, releases natural gas

    Updated: 28 min ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 2-mile section of the Arkansas River is closed following the rupture of a pipeline that released nearly 4 million cubic feet of natural gas. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said Wednesday that the river near Little Rock will remain closed indefinitely until Spectra Energy Corp. crews identify and repair the leak. Lally says no injuries have been reported and that the sheen from the fuel has mostly dissipated. Spectra Energy Corp. spokesman Phil West tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that 3.9 million cubic feet of gas escaped Sunday or Monday from a backup line that crosses the swollen river. He says that line was closed before the rupture occurred and what escaped was leftover gas insi

  • Gunmen open fire, kill 2 Egyptian policemen at the Pyramids

    Updated: 29 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen on a speeding motorcycle opened fire outside the plateau of the famed Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo on Wednesday, killing two members of the country's tourist police, Egypt's state news agency reported. The drive-by shooting was a rare attack at a tourist site. The state MENA news agency said the gunmen fled the area and that an investigation was underway. Egypt sees regular attacks on its security forces as it struggles with a low-level Islamist insurgency, mostly in the lawless northern Sinai Peninsula. But the attacks have lately inched closer to the capital, mostly targeting individual security agents but have also included near-daily small bombings in public areas.

  • Katie Couric exclusive: Muslim woman talks about Supreme Court victory

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s busy month is underway, with major rulings expected on same-sex marriage, lethal injection and the Affordable Care Act, says Yahoo News. The justices have already stated their opinions in a case involving Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store in 2008 after wearing a hijab during her interview. She brought suit against the company with the aid of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and on Monday, the Supreme Court sided with her by a vote of 8 to 1.

  • Southwest fares drop below $100 round trip in 72-hour sale

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Southwest rolled out a 72-hour, nationwide fare sale Tuesday (June 2) in which the price of its flights are roughly based to distance, USA Today reports. Dozens of the carrier's shortest routes are available for fares of less than $100 round trip. The sale covers travel from Aug. 25 through Dec. 16, though some holiday periods are blacked out. And bargain hunters must act quick; the sale concludes at the end of the day Thursday (June 4).

  • More details about gunman's evaluation expected in Aurora trial

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    CENTENNIAL — In jail, they call him The Joker, and he doesn't know why, says the Denver Post. Fellow inmates sometimes shout, "Baby killer!" His parents rarely visit. His former friends have never written. After more than two years in an isolation cell, he now wonders whether life in prison would be a more severe punishment than the death penalty.

  • Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth II's medical appointment

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace has taken the unusual step of confirming that Queen Elizabeth II went to a hospital for her annual medical checkup after social media comments touched off speculation on her health. The palace said in a statement Wednesday that the 89-year-old monarch attended her annual medical checkup at King Edward VII Hospital in London, and left after the routine exam. Speculation started after a tweet posted on a BBC account said the queen was being treated at the hospital. The BBC later apologized, saying the mistake occurred during an exercise it described as a "technical rehearsal for an obituary." The BBC says "the tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologize for any offense.

  • Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engines were confirmed by Spanish accident investigators after completing their preliminary analysis of the aircraft's digital flight data and cockpit voice recorders. The crash May 9 killed two pilots and two flight test engineers. The crash remains under investigation. Three of the hulking gray aircraft's four turboprop engines suffered what it called "power frozen" after lift-off, and failed to respond to the crew's efforts to regain control. A fourth engine responded normally.

  • Attorney says brother threatened to kill troopers who shot Tulsa minister

    By SAMANTHA VICENT - Tulsa World | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The brother of a minister who was fatally shot by two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on Friday threatened to kill the officers who responded to a report about a stranded vehicle, the troopers’ attorney alleged Tuesday. Oklahoma City-based attorney Gary James said that while Brandon Fischer did not physically assault Troopers Mark Southall and Michael Taylor, as James said Nehemiah Fischer did, both siblings were belligerent, confrontational and refused to comply with a lawful order from the troopers, with Brandon Fischer threatening physical harm against them. James is providing counsel to both troopers, who are on administrative leave while an investigation into the shooting continues. Read the full story at

  • Oklahoma top state in 2015 police fatal shootings per capita

    By SAMANTHA VICENT & CURTIS KILLMAN - Tulsa World | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Recent analyses by two national publications, including The Washington Post, of fatal encounters with United States law enforcement in 2015 have concluded Oklahoma has the highest amount of such incidents per capita and is a top 5 state in police-involved fatalities this year. A Tulsa World database of fatal shootings dating to 2007 indicates the state has had 19 cases so far this year, which equates to a rate of 4.9 per 1 million people in Oklahoma — beating the Post’s estimate of 4.4 shooting deaths per capita. Only the April 2 shooting of Eric Harris by then-Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates has resulted in criminal charges, with Bates facing one count of second-degree manslaughter after shooting Harris

  • Hearing set for woman accused of slashing corpse

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    TULSA — A hearing is scheduled for an Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend during a funeral home viewing. Court records show Shaynna Sims is due in Tulsa County District Court Wednesday morning. Sims was arrested at the dead woman’s apartment after she attended the viewing April 30. Police said Sims stole the dead woman’s shoes and was carrying a knife with the woman’s hair attached to it. Witnesses told officers they saw Sims reach into the casket during the viewing. The dead woman’s face was found slashed from her hairline to the tip of her nose, her makeup smeared and her hair on the floor, police said. Additional mutilation of the woman’s body was

  • Sunny, windy with temperatures in upper 80s Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Temperatures will be in the upper 80s Wednesday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be sunny.

  • Fairview man killed in Major County crash Tuesday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A Fairview man was killed in a Major County crash Tuesday night. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the fatal crash.

  • Blackhawks go for dynasty

    AP Hockey Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. — The Chicago Blackhawks headed south this week to secure a dynasty, and the Tampa Bay Lightning is the only obstacle left. Jonathan Toews and his teammates have raised the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, compiling a wealth of big-game accolades in seven years as an elite team. They are just four wins away from a third NHL title that would establish them as the most accomplished club of their era. The Blackhawks shrug off the weight of history, preferring to focus on the opener of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. “You never want to rest on your laurels,” the Chicago captain said Tuesday

  • WCWS notebook

    By Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 7 hr ago

    WCWS attendance record likely to fall Through Game 2 of the championship series Tuesday, total attendance for all eight sessions was 70,398, the third-largest in WCWS history. And after Michigan's 1-0 victory Tuesday night — which forces a Game 3 at 7 p.m. Wednesday — the overall attendance record of 75,960, set in 2012, is virtually guaranteed to fall, as the WCWS this year has averaged 8,800 fans per session. That is especially exciting for event organizers, considering 2015 marked the first time since 2010 that the University of Oklahoma didn't qualify for the WCWS.