• Fallin to tour immigrant facilities at Fort Sill

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin is planning to tour Army barracks at Fort Sill where hundreds of immigrant children are being housed by the federal government. Fallin said she will tour the shelter on Friday at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is overseeing the children’s care. Federal officials said Thursday that 599 children already had arrived at Fort Sill, mostly teenagers from Central America who were detained after trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz (wentz) says the information the governor has received from the federal government has been vague and that the governor is going to Fort Sill “to get answers.

  • Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

    By JIM SALTER, AP | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    ST. LOUIS — With Florida carrying out the nation’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some death penalty states — particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma amplified a national debate about the secretive ways many states obtain lethal injection drugs from loosely regulated compounding pharmacies. Before Tuesday, nine executions were stayed or delayed — albeit some for reasons not related to the drug question. Amid the court battles, many pro-death penalty states kept pushing to resume executions, including the three carried out during the quick burst this week.

  • Trademark board rules against Redskins name

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, but there has been growing pressure including statements in recent months from President Barack Obama, lawmakers of both parties and civil rights groups.

  • Oregon school shooting suspect dead

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a shooter is dead at a high school in the Portland, Oregon, area, and the situation is stabilized. The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. Tuesday at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Students were evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, to be reunited with their parents in a supermarket parking lot.

  • GM: incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

    By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    WARREN, Mich. — GM CEO Mary Barra said 15 employees have been fired and five others have been disciplined over the company’s failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is now linked to at least 13 deaths. The company also will form a compensation program for families of victims and those who suffered serious injuries in accidents related to the switches. The program is expected to begin taking claims Aug. 1. Barra made the announcement Thursday as she released an internal investigation into the recall of 2.6 million older small cars for defective ignition switches. She didn’t immediately name the employees who were dismissed. She called the investigation “brutally tough and deeply troubling.

  • NRA rolls back ‘open carry’ criticism

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing “open carry” rallies in Texas in which gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into public places. Chris Cox, the executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, said in an interview Tuesday on an NRA-hosted radio show that the statement was “a mistake” and that it was written by a staffer who was expressing his personal opinion. “The truth is, an alert went out that referred to this type of behavior as `weird’ or somehow not normal, and that was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened,” said Cox, who added that the group “unequivocally” supports open carry laws.

  • Taliban video shows handover of U.S. soldier

    By RAHIM FAIEZ, AP | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. The 17-minute video, emailed to media, shows the moment of Bergdahl’s handover. He was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap. Since his release, the 28-year-old from Hailey, Idaho, was reported to be in stable condition at a military hospital in Germany.

  • Town upset police official used ‘N’ word for Obama

    By LYNNE TUOHY | Published: Thu, May 15, 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some residents of a predominantly white New Hampshire town are upset with racist remarks they say a police commissioner has made about President Barack Obama. Resident Jane O’Toole said she overheard Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland use a racial slur in describing Obama. And in an email to her obtained by The Associated Press, Copeland acknowledged using the “N” word in referring to the president and said he will not apologize. Copeland is one of three members of the police commission, which hires, fires and disciplines officers and sets their salaries.

  • Fed report: Warming disrupting Americans’ lives

    By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says. Climate change’s assorted harms “are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond,” the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase “climate disruption” as another way of saying global warming.

  • Florida jail explosion kills 2, injures 100

    By JOHN RAOUX, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, May 1, 2014

    PENSACOLA, Fla. — An explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle late Wednesday, killing two inmates, injuring more than 100 other people, and causing the building to partially collapse, according to a county spokeswoman. The blast happened about 11 p.m. CDT at a booking facility at the Escambia County Jail, and as many as 150 inmate and corrections officers were injured, said Kathleen Castro, the county’s public information manager. About 600 inmates were in the Pensacola building at the time, and the uninjured were taken to jails in neighboring counties, she said. The Pensacola area was drenched by rains and severely flooded Wednesday as part of a large storm system making its way across the U.S.

  • Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

    KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | Updated: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    KENNESAW, Ga. — A package handler with an assault rifle and bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx station outside Atlanta, wounding at least six people before police found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, police and witnesses said.

  • Tornadoes tear through South, add to U.S. death toll

    By ADRIAN SAINZ and JEFF AMY, AP | Updated: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. As the storm hopscotched across a large swatch of the U.S., the overall death toll was at least 28, with 11 killed in the South on Monday and 17 in the central U.S. on Sunday. Forecasts showed Georgia as the next likely target, with residents waking to sirens, howling wind and pounding rain. Others found their loved ones missing and their homes pulverized early Tuesday.

  • 292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

    By HYUNG-JIN KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one of South Korea’s biggest ferry disasters since 1993, when 292 people died. One student, Lim Hyung-min, told broadcaster YTN after being rescued that he and other students jumped into the ocean wearing life jackets

  • 10 killed as truck, bus carrying students collide

    By FENIT NIRAPPIL and CHANNING JOSEPH | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio. Steven Clavijo, 18, a senior at West Ranch High in Santa Clarita, was looking forward to his visit to Humboldt, where he planned to enroll. Just as Clavijo was trying to catch a nap Thursday afternoon, he said he felt the big vehicle begin to shake from left to right and then he heard a loud boom. “We knew we were in major trouble,” he said. A FedEx tractor-trailer had crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus.

  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    JULIE PACE, AP | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday. Her resignation comes just one week after the end of the first enrollment period for the Obamacare law. While the opening weeks of the rollout were marred by website woes, the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in the new insurance marketplaces. Sebelius' resignation following her five-year tenure in Obama's Cabinet comes as the White House seeks to rebound from the politically damaging launch of the health care law.

  • Prosecutor: Pistorius is untruthful, an egotist

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius’ credibility was consistently questioned at his murder trial Thursday as the chief prosecutor argued that the star athlete had a string of unlikely excuses why he wasn’t to blame in the three gun charges he faces on top of murder for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, in cross-examining Pistorius for a second day, questioned Pistorius’ honesty, which goes to the heart of the case, asserting that the double-amputee Olympian wouldn’t “accept responsibility for anything” and reacted incredulously to Pistorius’ explanation of why a gun he was handling fired under a table in a packed restaurant.