• Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia. The social media giant's Instagram service was also briefly inaccessible. Instagram said on its Twitter account that it was aware of an outage and was working on a fix. There was no immediate statement from Facebook. Facebook has about 1.25 billion users and Instagram has about 300 million. News of the Facebook outage set rival social network Twitter alight.

  • After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions.

  • Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two rounds after Roger Federer's exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines. Nadal's lack of match fitness from nearly six months of injuries and illness finally caught up with the 14-time major champion in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday. He was never much of a factor in the match and lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5). The third-seeded Nadal said before the tournament that his inactivity over the last half of 2014 made him unlikely to win more than a few rounds. Coming into the Australian Open, Nadal had played only eight matches since last June because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November.

  • Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who created the innocuous character the 'Common Man' who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94. Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman died Monday evening, said Sameer Jog of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in the western Indian city of Pune. Laxman's almost daily Common Man cartoon was a commentary on Indian society and politics that ran in the Times of India newspaper for more than five decades. He began his career at a number of small newspapers in Mumbai, India's financial hub, before joining the Times in 1950.

  • Study gauges states on preparation for innovation economy, and finds Oklahoma lacking

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    Earlier this month, I wrote about Oklahoma’s overall ranking in the 2014 State New Economy Index, a study based on 25 key indicators produced by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. A quick refresh: In the report, Oklahoma was ranked 48th. The report is a data-driven view of the problem that many of us who live and breathe innovation as the path to expanded jobs and wealth in Oklahoma battle every day. But frankly, it was disconcerting surprise that only two states — Mississippi and West Virginia, homes to coal mines and those annoying kudzu plants — ranked lower than Oklahoma. Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation and author of the report,

  • Technology briefs for Jan. 27

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    Oklahoma briefs Back40 Design garners honors Edmond-based Back40 Design has been named the 2014 Small Business of the Year at the Edmond Chamber’s annual awards banquet. Back40 Design provides web marketing services and publishes Outlook magazine, both of which emphasize promoting nonprofit and community efforts. “It’s such an honor to even be nominated for the award, but really it’s not just about us — it’s for all the small businesses in Edmond because we are the backbone of our economy,” Back40 Owner Dave Miller said. IMWell Health set to build clinic Fort Smith, Ark.-based IMWell Health said Monday it will build a new clinic at 6912 E Reno in Midwest City.

  • Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix.

  • Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia.

  • Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

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    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis. In the Jordanian capital, Amman, Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama seemed determined, saying he believed there were "firm ties" between Japan and Jordan. "I hope we can all firmly work hard and join hands to cooperate, and for the two countries (Japan and Jordan) to cooperate, in order for us to see the day when the Jordanian pilot and our Japanese national Mr.

  • Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, "there were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian. "There have been times where my faith has at times been questioned by people who don't know me, or they've said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad

  • NET SMARTS: Lamar students learn online safety

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    Lamar Elementary students recently learned how to use their net smarts. They participated in an interactive program presented by Rebecca Lake, outreach coordinator for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about staying safe online and in the real world. The center, which works with law enforcement, families and professionals on issues related to missing or exploited children, notes 80 percent of children age 5 and under go online at least once per week, and during the program, the show of hands from the kindergarten and first grade students at Lamar, seemed to show they were fairly active online. During the presentation, the students told Lake they liked to play games, read jokes, watch videos and lis

  • Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

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    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington. The comments were the first by the 88-year-old revolutionary leader on the talks with the U.S. since the historic Dec. 17 declaration that the countries would move to restore ties broken more than a half century ago. "I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts," he wrote in a letter to a student federation read at the University of Havana. It also appeared in Communist Party n

  • Arab lawmakers shake up Israeli politics with historic union

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    HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Israel's Arab political parties are banding together under one ticket for the first time ever ahead of national elections in March, hoping to boost turnout and help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The result is an awkward political marriage of communists, Palestinian nationalists, religious Muslims, feminists and even one Jew. But Arab politicians say it will improve chronically low Arab voter turnout and help block Netanyahu from forming the next government. "We will be a central player in politics like never before," said Ayman Odeh, a first-time parliamentary candidate and the leader of the combined Arab list.

  • 4 rockets launched into northern lights to study turbulence

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    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Four NASA soundings rockets were launched within a half hour into the northern lights in an effort to better understand and visualize turbulent air currents in the upper atmosphere. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/NTxf0H) the rockets appeared to have produced data in the early Monday morning launches near Fairbanks. The launches into the active aurora in minus 40 degree weather came after 13 straight nights of unsuitable weather for a launch. Two rockets were led by University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute's Rich Collins to measure turbulence.

  • Nadal loses in quarterfinals to Berdych at Australian Open

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals by seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych on Tuesday. The third-seeded Nadal , a 14-time Grand Slam singles champion, said before the tournament began that his lack of match fitness due to injuries and illness in the last half of 2014 made him unlikely to win more than a few rounds at Melbourne Park. Nadal saved two match points in the 12th game of the final set, sending it to a tiebreaker. Berdych led 5-2 and finally ended the match on his fourth match point when Nadal netted a return of serve. Coming into the Australian Open, Nadal had played only eight matches since last June because of a right wrist injury a

  • Family of missing Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong headed to California with money, weapons

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    The parents of formerly missing Texas Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong are currently en route to California in the hopes of rescuing the 19-year-old from what they fear is a cult. Hon Wong, Fang-Wong’s father, contacted local media Sunday evening to report he and his wife were traveling to the West Coast after receiving several confusing phone calls and messages from his son. Wong said he is bringing guns and money with him to protect himself and aid his son’s return. “If you disappeared, and someone put you in that situation, wouldn’t you want your parents or loved ones to get you out?” Wong said. On Monday, officials with the Dallas division of the FBI said they were planning to investigate Wong’s situation f

  • Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency's Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives. The helicopters and X-ray machines are from Tucson and Nogales, some of the busiest spots in the nation for the smuggling of drugs and immigrants. Kerlikowske said Arizona's border with Mexico still has adequate security while some eq

  • McMillan named chairman of new House Health Committee

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    LAS CRUCES >> As the only medical doctor in the state Legislature, Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, was a likely choice as chairman of the new Health Committee in the House of Representatives. McMillan, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, was the only local representative selected to chair a committee under the revamped system announced last week by new Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro, who was elected following Republican takeover of the House in the November election. Tripp changed the makeup of a number of the committees, including Health. It had previously been the Health, Government Relations and Indian Affairs Committee. "It was a waste basket, and we got a lot of stuff besides those," McMillan said.

  • Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. In a nationally televised address late Monday, her first since the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman hours before he was to give potentially explosive testimony on the alleged cover up, Fernandez said her proposal to create a new spy agency would be presented to lawmakers by the end of the week.

  • Argentine president seeks overhaul of intelligence services

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusation that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. In a nationally televised address late Monday, her first since the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman hours before he was to give potentially explosive testimony on the alleged cover up, Fernandez said her proposal to create a new spy agency would be presented to lawmakers by the end of the week.




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