• Update: Flooding causes highway closures Monday afternoon in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 21 min ago

    Several highways across Oklahoma were closed Monday afternoon due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported.

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

    Updated: 39 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby. Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke reports that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. Police say he assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested. Police did not disclose if the woman or the baby were injured. The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday afternoon about the decision to let McDonald go.

  • The Latest on weather: 12 missing people from 2 families

    Updated: 45 min ago

    4 p.m. CDT Authorities say the 12 people reported missing after flash-flooding in Central Texas were staying together in a home swept away by the rushing water in a small town popular with tourists. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb says witnesses reported seeing the house pushed off its foundation by the swollen Blanco River and smash into a bridge. Cobb says only pieces of the home have been found so far. He says main flooding activity happened around 4 a.m. Monday. Cobb says one person rescued from the home told workers about the other people inside, saying the 12 were all connected to two families. The house was in Wimberley Valley, an area known for its bed-and-breakfast inns and rental weekend cottages.

  • 2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

    Updated: 51 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Las Vegas police homicide detectives are investigating, Lt. Ray Steiber said Monday. He declined to provide details. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father's death. "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances," Patty King and Williams say in identically worded sections of affidavits provided to The Associated Press by their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer

  • Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest on domestic violence, child endangerment charges

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Defensive end Ray McDonald, released Monday by the Chicago Bears, has had two other brushes with the law in the past year but not been charged.

  • The 6 most scientifically valid methods to quit smoking

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    (CNN) For more than 50 years we've known that smoking can kill you. It is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and yet 42.1 million people light up and new smokers start every day. "Smoking is my best friend," Atlantan Barry Blackwell said. "It's always with me long after friends have left and people have gone, they are always here." To help people who do want to quit, scientists have looked with great interest into what works. Especially since studies have shown that 90% of those who try to quit, will start smoking again despite their best efforts.

  • Russia plans to use prison labor for 2018 World Cup

    Updated: 59 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup. The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects. "It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than there is currently on the market," Khinshtein told The Associated Press. "And apart from that it'll make it possible to get prisoners into work, which is very positive.

  • Sandra Lee released from hospital

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has been discharged from hospital following her double mastectomy last week.

  • Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California.

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California.

  • Alabama PacSun store removes T-shirt with upside-down American flag design after picture goes viral

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    A controversial T-shirt design featuring an upside-down American flag was removed from an Alabama store after a complaint from a customer went viral on Facebook. An employee with the Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. location at the Tanger Outlets in Foley, Ala., told the Daily News Monday a black A$AP Rocky-designed shirt was removed from the business after they received a complaint from a customer. The employee declined further comment and referred questions to the company's corporate office, which was unavailable for comment Monday.

  • Rough weather hits southwest Kansas, at least 1 tornado

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a super cell storm swept across western Kansas, spawning at least one tornado. Michael Scott, meteorologist with the weather service in Dodge City, said Monday that heavy storms hit southwest Kansas late Sunday night, producing a tornado that reportedly touched down in Ford County. No injuries have been reported. Scott says damage has been reported to a wind turbine, power lines and at least one home. He says crew are assessing the damage to determine whether the damage was from a tornado. He says a trained spotter also reported a wedge tornado in the area late Sunday, but that had not been confirmed. The Emporia Gazette also reports (http://bit.

  • Tornado reported Monday afternoon east of Caddo

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    A tornado was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. about four miles east of Caddo, the National Weather Service reported. Forecasters described the tornado as “a particularly dangerous situation” and warned residents they were in a life-threatening situation.

  • Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare on Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on three of the jets as a precaution. In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft, the FBI said. "Out of an abundance of caution, Air France flight number 22 was escorted to John F. Kennedy airport by U.S. Air Force fighter jets following a phone threat," the FBI said in a statement.

  • Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. Speaking under sunny skies to some 5,000 people in an amphitheater on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said the graveyard is "more than a final resting place of heroes." "It is a reflection of America itself," he said, citing racial and religious diversity in the backgrounds of the men and woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve "the ideals that bind us as one nation.

  • Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, sending it flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic, police said. All three children were injured but were alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said. Additional information about the children or their conditions was not immediately known. Video on local television stations showed the waterspout — a whirling column of air and water mist — moving from the ocean onto the sand of Fort Lauderdale beach, tossing a canopy and rolling the bounce house before lifting it into the air.

  • Crescent residents allowed back in homes after being evacuated

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    About 40 residents near the Cimarron River in Crescent were evacuated early Monday morning after the river rose, threatening to flood the area, said Twin Lakes Fire Chief Mike Gilliam. On Monday afternoon, those residents were allowed back into their homes with a warning to be ready to evacuate again.

  • Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing in flash flooding from a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. The baby was also missing after the twister that hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, sent its infant carrier flying. Rescue workers began digging through the rubble of damaged homes in a race to find victims. The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila,

  • Oklahoma man dies in crash in national park in South Dakota

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    WALL, S.D. — An Oklahoma man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in a national park in South Dakota over the weekend. The Highway Patrol says the pickup truck driven by the 51-year-old man from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, went off state Highway 240 in Badlands National Park and down a steep embankment, rolling twice. The driver was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene late Saturday afternoon. The patrol did not immediately identify him.

  • Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on Monday from inside the compound. Napas Khan, the police chief in the Naw Zad district, told The Associated Press by telephone that the insurgents had advanced to within 20 meters (65 feet) of the compound after seizing police vehicles and weapons and blocking all roads out of Naw Zad. "We need an immediate response from the government," Khan said. He said the attack started at before dawn on Monday when the insurgents overran multiple police checkpoints across the district.