• High school softball state tournament notebook: Dale cruises into Class 2A title game

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Dale plays Tushka at 4 p.m. Saturday looking for a third straight championship.

  • Who loves Pope Francis after his U.S. trip? Democrats and liberals.

    Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Some Americans appear to be generating more positive vibes toward the Catholic Church after Pope Francis’s trip to the United States last month. Americans who are liberal and Democrat are more likely than other people to say Francis has given them a positive view of the Catholic Church, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey […]

  • Class 4A volleyball: Hiccup doesn't slow Christian Heritage

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    The defending 4A champion Crusaders advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll face Mount St. Mary, the team they beat in the finals a year ago at noon Saturday at Shawnee High School.

  • New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — California will require police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state. Civil-liberties advocates called the new law that takes effect Jan. 1 an important advance and said it highlights the need for similar protections at the national level. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. It's only the third of its kind in the U.S. While some states guarantee some of its protections, only Maine and Utah previously had comprehensive laws on the books, noted Hanni Fakhoury, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Liability shift could be costly for businesses without chip system

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Lysbeth L. George, an associate at Crowe & Dunlevy and member of the firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions practice group, talks about the new chip system credit cards being introduced and the impact the changeover may have on businesses.

  • Pictures of the Week Photo Gallery

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Government forces spray Lebanese anti-government protesters with water cannons during a demonstration against government corruption and the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Security forces used water cannons and later fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens who tried to get past barricades and reach parliament.

  • Divided House Republicans see savior in Paul Ryan

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House. The Wisconsin Republican who chairs the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee — his dream job, he's repeatedly declared — refused comment again and again as reporters chased him around the Capitol a day after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked his colleagues by withdrawing from the speaker's race moments before the vote.

  • Judge approves for $338M oil train settlement

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end. Judge Peter Cary announced his approval after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection and after a Canadian judge gave conditional approval Thursday. Barring any surprises, payments could be made to victims by the end of November or by year's end at the latest, said Robert Keach, U.S. bankruptcy trustee. About $83 million, or about $110 million in Canadian dollars, will be used to settle wrongful death claims. "We don't pretend to suggest that we made up for everything that happened.

  • Nobel Peace Prize boosts struggling Tunisian democracy

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — It was the fall of 2013 and Tunisia's newfound democracy was in grave danger. The assassination of a left-wing politician had prompted the opposition to walk out of the constitutional assembly. The government was paralyzed, the constitution unfinished and the country on the brink of war. In nearby Egypt, which had followed Tunisia in a democratic revolution, a coup had just overthrown the Islamist government, and some sectors in Tunisia wanted to follow suit. Then four civil society groups — the main labor union, the bar association, the employers' association and the human rights league — stepped into the fray.

  • UN high post, ensnared in alleged bribe case, ripe for risk

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — This is how a former president of the U.N. General Assembly, arrested this week in an alleged bribery scheme, paid himself, the criminal complaint says: John Ashe accepted more than $3 million from foreign governments and individuals, signed checks to himself and wrote on them "Salary." Ashe's attorney denied charges against his client, but those alleged actions have exposed a weakness in the world body that, so far, no one is rushing to reform. The post of General Assembly president, representing 193 member states, is fertile ground for misconduct. The president can hold other jobs at the same time and doesn't have to disclose them; has full discretion over the office's U.N.

  • School: Texas Southern University on lockdown, gunman sought after 2 shot at student housing

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — School: Texas Southern University on lockdown, gunman sought after 2 shot at student housing.

  • House votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports despite White House opposition

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports despite White House opposition.

  • Mideast Egypt Antiquities

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, the gold mask of King Tutankhamun is seen in its glass case during a press tour, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. The restoration of King Tutankhamun's world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt's state-run news agency said Friday.

  • Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected. The news comes as state leaders debate whether the federal government can be trusted to help pay for expansion of a health insurance program for the working poor. WINHealth President and CEO Stephen Goldstone said the company was expecting about $5 million in federal reimbursements for medical care, but it was told Oct. 1 that it could expect only $638,000 through the federal Affordable Care Act.

  • Defense secretary confirms Russian missiles crashed in Iran

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The U.S. has indications that four Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran rather than Syria, suggesting there were malfunctions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Friday. Carter spoke at a press conference in London with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. It was the first public comment by a U.S. official on the cruise missile failures. The British are part of the coalition striking Islamic State fighters in Iraq, but not doing strikes in Syria. Russia fired a total of 26 of the long-range missiles at Syrian targets. The officials said it's unclear whether the errant missiles, launched from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea, caused any significant damage in Iran.

  • Afghan official: Taliban attack troops, 3 civilians killed

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says three civilians were killed and four wounded after they were caught in the crossfire of a Taliban attack on troops south of the capital. Halim Fidai, governor of Logar province, said Afghan troops were ambushed Friday while conducting a military operation near a mosque in the Baraki Barak district. He says local people who had gathered at the mosque to cook a charity meal were caught in the crossfire, adding that it is not clear which side shot the civilians. He says the wounded have been taken to Kabul for treatment.

  • Mexican site yields new details of sacrifice of Spaniards

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — It was one of the worst defeats in one of history's most dramatic conquests: Only a year after Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico, hundreds of people in a Spanish-led convey were captured, sacrificed and apparently eaten. Excavations at a site just east of Mexico City are yielding dramatic new details about that moment when two cultures clashed — and the native defenders, at least temporarily, were in control. Faced with strange invaders accompanied by unknown animals, the inhabitants of an Aztec-allied town reacted with apparent amazement when they captured the convoy of about 15 Spaniards, 45 foot soldiers who included Cubans of African and Indian descent, women and 350 Indian allies of the Spaniards, inc

  • US maritime schools feel connection to sunken cargo ship

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline come into view as the ship sails into New York Harbor on calm waters. A moment later, the sky darkens, lightning flashes and the ship is rocked by roiling waves. Alarm bells warn of shallow waters or an impending collision with a massive tanker carting liquefied natural gas. It's not a real day at sea, but a session in the bridge simulator at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Cape Cod, which for more than a century has been training cadets for careers in the Merchant Marine. It is one of six state maritime academies in the U.S.

  • ZomBee Watch helps scientists track honeybee killer

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Call them "The Buzzing Dead." Honeybees are being threatened by tiny flies that lead them to lurch and stagger around like zombies. The afflicted bees often make uncharacteristic night flights, sometimes buzzing around porch lights before dying. Well-documented on the West Coast, some zombie-bee cases also have been detected in eastern states by volunteers helping track its spread. This comes as honeybees have already been ravaged in recent years by mysterious colony collapse disorder, vampire mites and nutritional deficiencies. "We're not making a case that this is the doomsday bug for bees," said John Hafernik, a biology professor at San Francisco State University.

  • India Pakistan Protest

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Motorcyclists drive past the Shanmukhananda auditorium where Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali concert was supposed to be held, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. A local Hindu nationalist party has protested the presence of Ali and forced organizers to cancel his concert in Mumbai, India's entertainment capital.