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  • In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing. "We're marathon runners. We know how to endure," said Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health care administrator from Atlanta who finished just before the explosions last year and came back to run again. "When they try to take our freedom and our democracy, we come back stronger." The two pressure cooker bombs that went off near th

  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University locks down after gun threat

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SWOSU went into lockdown for more than an hour and a half Monday after a report of a man with a gun on campus. Police found no evidence of a threat.

  • Police investigate rise of PCP use in Oklahoma City area

    By Matt Dinger, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Police expect to see PCP, or phenyclidine, appear more often as temperatures heat up. The powerful anesthetic is known to cause violent behavior and nightmarish hallucinations in users.

  • Powdered alcohols no longer have label approvals

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued in error. Hogue did not immediately respond to requests for further details, including how the error occurred. In an email message, Palcohol's parent company Lipsmark said "there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag." It said it will resubmit the labels for

  • Bad blood boils in Texas-Baylor rivalry

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Texas linebacker Steve Edmond just made the Big 12 off-season much more interesting. For some reason known only to Edmond and probably Charlie Strong by now, the Longhorn decided to go off on the fighting Baylor Bears. “We could have won the conference,” Edmond said.

  • Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. The sprawling base was a rare instance of a permanent infrastructure set up by al-Qaida's branch in the country, Yemeni security officials said. Built over the past months, it includes a training ground, storehouses for weapons and food and vehicles used by the group to launch attacks, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to the press. The assault appeared to be a

  • UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant. The prolonged fight over labor issues at the Chattanooga facility appeared headed for a lengthy National Labor Relations Board appeal until the UAW announced an hour before a scheduled hearing that it was ending its challenge. The February vote went against the union 712-626. Some GOP lawmakers had blamed the appeal for holding up expansion plans at the plant — and the UAW says that perceived obstacle is now out o

  • Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said. "It's still too early to tell if this is going to succeed," said Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. "The ball is really in Moscow's court in terms of whether they're going to take this diplomatic off-ramp." The United States has threatened additional sanctions against Russia if the agreement is not heeded.

  • Chris Brown's trial on assault charge delayed

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until Wednesday. A judge delayed it while attorneys work out issues over testimony from Brown's bodyguard, who was convicted of assault in a separate trial. Both Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police that he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. But the man says Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women. Judge Patricia Wynn set Hollosy's sentencing for June 25. Brown's attorneys now want Hol

  • Lohan says on reality show she had miscarriage

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday's final episode of "Lindsay," the OWN cable channel series. Lohan said the miscarriage was the reason that she was unable to appear on the program at one point. She said she was sick and unable to move. She didn't offer any further details on the program about her ill-fated pregnancy. Lohan began taping the OWN reality show shortly after leaving her sixth stint in rehab last summer.

  • Tom Petty reflects on 40 years of songwriting

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more carefree or distracted by other things and you have to really police yourself — I do — into sitting down and doing something that pleases me," the 63-year-old rocker said. "Plus, I'm trying to do things that I haven't done before and not go over the same ground." The writer behind such hits as "American Girl," ''Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "I Need to Know" will accept the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Billy Joel. "It's very nice to get an a

  • Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The battle has moved out of viewers' living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop a cassette into a recorder and capture their favorite programs or the sporting event they wouldn't be home to see. Now the entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs

  • Inmate in U.S. jail starves to death

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein. The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses. An internal investigation done by the Corrections Department concluded that the doctors missed multiple signs that Embry was slowly committing suicide by refusing food and that Hiland signed off on nurses' notes withou

  • John Paul's legacy stained by sex abuse scandal

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the sexual abuse scandal that festered under his watch remains a stain on his legacy. John Paul and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the abuse problem until very late in his 26-year papacy, even though U.S. bishops had been petitioning the Holy See since the late-1980s for a faster way to defrock pedophile priests.

  • Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House's Truman Balcony, flanked by the president and an Easter bunny. Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" to a group of youngsters, growling and gnashing his teeth and at one point challenging them to a staring contest.

  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. Nepal's government said late Monday it would consider the Sherpa's demands for more insurance money, more financial aid for the families of the victims, the formation of a relief fund and regulations that would ensure climbers' rights. A committee formed with guides, rescuers and others will make its recommendations Tuesday, said Maddhu Sudan Burlakoti, head of the mountaineering department. A total Sherpa boycott could critically disrupt the Everest climbing season, which is key to the liveli

  • Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on. From the beginning, the story has bubbled with enough drama to rival a good Hollywood whodunit. And even though it unfolded on the other side of the world with only three Americans on board, many were sucked in anyway.

  • Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday. The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234. The discrepancy in the figures could not immediately be resolved. Security officials had warned Gov.

  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. A Sherpa boycott could critically disrupt the Everest climbing season, which is key to the livelihood of thousands of Nepali guides and porters. Everest climbers have long relied on Sherpas for everything from hauling gear to cooking food to high-altitude guiding. At least 13 Sherpas were killed when a block of ice tore loose from the mountain and triggered a cascade that ripped through teams of guides hauling gear. Three Sherpas missing in Friday's avalanche are presumed dead.

  • Twitter often a tough opponent for athletes to handle

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The moment a kick is missed, a pass is dropped, a tackle is whiffed is only the beginning. A football stadium is a safe haven. Players don’t hear F-bombs from the student section. They can mute wrath from afar. No, in 2014, blood boils when 21-, 22-year old athletes turn on their cell phone in the locker room. After sifting through all “keep your chin up” text messages from Moms and girlfriends, many inevitably tap open their Twitter accounts. “Coaches say, don’t go on Twitter, don’t read it,” Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins said at the NFL scouting combine, “but it’s like touching a hot stove when you’re little. You’re going to touch it.” Again, social media and sports have collided.