• Tens of billions promised to goose clean energy tech

    Updated: 34 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — Government and business leaders plan to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next five years to develop clean energy technology in efforts to fight global warming, an official and a former official have told The Associated Press. The initiative, which will be announced Monday along with the opening of the U.N. climate summit, involves Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, according to a French official and a former U.S. official who weren't authorized to talk on the record. France, the U.S., India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada and Norway have already decided to participate in the "ambitious" project that will aim at de

  • The Latest: Thousands at UK march urge tough climate action

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday. All times local: 3:35 p.m. Thousands of people are marching through London, urging world leaders not to blow their chance to take strong action on climate change. Actress Emma Thompson, designer Vivienne Westwood and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are among demonstrators urging politicians to strike a binding agreement at climate talks in Paris. Corbyn told the crowd that the talks were "an enormous opportunity" to tackle "pollution, climate change, inequality, environmental refugees, war refugees and resources wars. If we are to make a real difference in Paris, all these issues have got to be thou

  • Austin ad agency LatinWorks entering new era

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Austin ad agency LatinWorks is ready to take the next step. Already one of Central Texas' best-known and most influential ad firms, LatinWorks is ready for new growth as it expands its reach into more digital and social media aspects of advertising, company officials say. Leading the firm into the future will be a revamped leadership team, as longtime LatinWorks executive Christy Kranik will take over as executive vice president and general manager and Gabriel Garcia, previously the agency's group creative director, will take over as executive creative director. The moves come after longtime LatinWorks executive Sergio Alcocer left his post as president and executive director last month. Alcocer was with the agency for

  • Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks. The tanker Nadezhda hit a reef during a storm on Saturday near the port city of Nevelsk on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East. It was carrying 786 tons of fuel oil and diesel fuel. The amount of oil spilled and the extent of any environmental damage was not immediately clear. The emergency services said operations were taking place on Sunday to collect spilled oil and also contaminated soil from along the shore, while oil remaining on the vessel was being pumped onto other tankers. Sakhalin Island, located in the north Pacific just north of Japan, is a major producer of

  • Don’t get Grinched by cybercrime during the holiday season

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. “The Pandora’s box of cyberattacks is about to open,” says Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based data protection firm. “The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative — and at the end of the day, it’s your personal information at risk.” Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your information from online Grinches.

  • Building a more competitive Oklahoma, one (giga)bit at a time

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    In Oklahoma, my administration has focused on diversifying our economy, building our workforce and educating our citizens. We have worked to build an Oklahoma that attracts companies and new industries. I’m happy to say we are succeeding. To continue building on what makes the Sooner State great, we must continue encouraging investments in our technology infrastructure. President Reagan once said, “there are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination and wonder.” I believe access to technology is an essential tool to achieve this vision and help communities expand their economic potential.

  • Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal made

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The world is a different place since the last time there was a binding agreement to fight global warming. That was in 1997, and today the planet is hotter, waterier and wilder. Some differences can be measured: degrees on a thermometer, trillions of tons of melting ice, a rise in sea level of a couple of inches. Earth has been plagued by a string of epic weather disasters, including punishing droughts, killer heat waves and monster storms. As a result, climate change is seen as a more urgent and concrete problem than it was last time. World leaders are gathering in Paris on Monday to try to do more about it.

  • Advances in technology help Oklahoma police, residents catch criminals together

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Through online databases and the ever increasing use of social media, metro-area authorities are relying on tips from the public to help them solve crimes more than ever before. This month, six law enforcement agencies announced their participation in a national database program that allows officers to track crimes, traffic accidents and other emergency calls by accessing an online map. The program, called ATACRAIDS, allows officers to enter such information into the system and share it with other agencies, helping investigators link crimes.

  • Finally under control? New Vance AFB tower is a long time coming

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Rome, as everyone knows, wasn’t built in a day. It took approximately 20 years to construct the Great Wall of China and 10 years to build the Panama Canal. In comparison, constructing the new control tower at Vance Air Force Base has not taken any time at all, though it doesn’t seem that way to those involved. “It has taken longer to build the tower than it did to originally build Vance,” said Mike Cooper, city of Enid military liaison. The $10.7 million appropriation for the Vance tower project was inserted by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., into the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed by Congress in 2009.

  • Area agencies provide holiday wish lists

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Animal services Eagle Valley Raptor Center Inc., 927 N. 343rd St. West, Cheney, KS 67025; 316-393-0710; www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org – Provide food, shelter and veterinarian care for injured and orphaned Kansas birds of prey so they may return back to the wild. Cash; gift cards to Lowes and Home Depot; volunteers. Friends of Felines KS, 8918 W. 21st St. North, Suite 200, #160, Wichita, KS 67205; 316-778-0869; www.fofks.org – Friends of Felines KS mission: Implement the trap, neuter and return method of population control and promote the adoption of long-term, caregiver-based solutions regarding free-roaming community (feral) and stray cats.

  • Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online. Sales at retail stores on Black Friday fell to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.6 billion in 2014, according to preliminary figures from research firm ShopperTrak. And sales on Thanksgiving dropped to $1.8 billion from just over $2 billion. ShopperTrak has 1,200 members, including retailers and malls, in the U.S and overseas. Their figures don't include e-commerce. A big reason for the declines is increased online shopping, as Americans hunt down deals on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Another key factor: Many retailers are offering bargains long before Thanksgiving, limiting the impact of Black Friday sp

  • Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury. Now, with a much changed nuclear power landscape, the company is evaluating whether to meet a tangle of potentially costly state environmental requirements needed to obtain renewed operating licenses. If it doesn't move forward, California's nuclear power age will end.

  • The Latest: More than 80,000 in Oklahoma without power

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on wintry weather and heavy rainfall in Oklahoma (all times local): 5 p.m. More than 80,000 electric customers are without power in Oklahoma as a slow-moving storm brings ice, sleet and wintry precipitation to the state. Oklahoma Gas & Electric — the state's largest electricity provider — reported more than 75,000 outages about 5 p.m. Saturday., with more than 26,000 in Oklahoma City and about 15,000 more outages in suburbs of the metro area. Public Service Company of Oklahoma — the second largest electric utility — had more than 5,000 outages in southwestern Oklahoma. More than 1,500 outages were in Caddo County, more than 1,200 in Washita County and about 1,000 were in G

  • UN: Maurice Strong, climate and development pioneer, dies

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Maurice Strong, whose work helped lead to the landmark climate summit that begins in Paris on Monday, has died at age 86, the head of the U.N.'s environmental agency said Saturday. The Canadian-born Strong, the first U.N. Environment Program chief, organized the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, which led to the launch of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. "Strong will forever be remembered for placing the environment on the international agenda and at the heart of development," Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, said in a statement. The statement did not provide details of Strong's passing. Christiana Figueres, the current head of the U.N.

  • What to know about 'BernieCare,' Sanders' health overhaul

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican. The Vermont independent who's seeking the Democratic nomination has been chastised by front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for espousing an all-inclusive, government-run system. It's called the "single-payer" plan, loosely modeled on how health care is financed in Canada and most of Western Europe. Basically it means putting almost all the $3.2 trillion-a-year U.S. health care system in the hands of the federal government, with states acting as administrative subcontractors. Currently, government at all levels pays about half of the nation's health care bi

  • NYC-area ports stare down sizeable challenge of modernizing

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — From ultra-thin laptops to drones to smartphones, the shelves of big-box retailers overflow with gadgets to help us communicate and conduct business at greater and greater speeds. What's largely unchanged is the way many of those goods arrive on those shelves, as they did in the era of the rotary phone and transistor radio. It's a supply chain fraught with the potential for disruption, particularly in the sprawling ports that hug Newark Bay just east of the New Jersey Turnpike — an aging complex where weather, labor issues and even computer problems have caused significant delays in recent years.

  • Semi rollover leads to oil spill in Provo Canyon

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — A semitruck hauling two tankers of crude oil rolled over Saturday, forcing authorities to shut down Provo Canyon. The Utah Highway Patrol says the rollover happened just after 10 a.m. and when the semi was trying to change lanes. UHP officials tell Salt Lake City's KSL-TV (http://bit.ly/1TjUL8L ) that the driver lost control and crashed into the median barrier. The UHP says the front tanker ruptured, spilling roughly 4,500 gallons of the oil. Some of the substance went into the Provo River. The rear tanker appeared intact. Officials have not said when roads in the canyon will reopen for the public. Crews are working to clean up the spill.

  • Luminant buys 2 East Texas power plants from NextEra

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Luminant, one of the biggest electric power generators in Texas, has agreed to buy two East Texas electric power plants from NextEra for $1.3 billion. The acquisition of the Forney Energy Center east of Dallas and the Lamar Energy Center in Paris would add almost 3,000 megawatts of generating capacity to the Luminant system. Luminant already has more than 13,700 of generating capacity in Texas. The acquisition is expected to close next spring, pending regulatory approvals. Luminant is owned by the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings Corp., which is presently in bankruptcy proceedings. The Luminant statement says the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and company creditors have approved the acquisition.

  • Obama shops at Washington bookstore, popular popsicle shop

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama kept up his holiday tradition of supporting small businesses. Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited Upshur Street Books in Washington's Petworth neighborhood Saturday, where he bought nine books. The Obamas skimmed through books in the fiction section of the dimly lit store with bright green walls. Miniature Christmas lights were hanging on the ceiling and around the front window display. The president emerged from the store with a brown shopping bag full of his purchases, which the White House said included children and young adult novels such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8," ''Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life," ''A Snicker of Magic," ''On F

  • Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real. Scientists point to the global agreement, years in the making, as the last, best hope for averting the worst effects of global warming. Obama has spent months prodding other countries to make ambitious carbon-cutting pledges to the agreement, which he hopes will become the framework for countries to tackle the climate issue long beyond the end of his presidency in early 2017. But Republicans have tried to undermine the president by sowing uncertainty about whether the U.S. will make good on its promises. Sen