• Colorado girls make possible bid to join militants

    Updated: 40 min ago

    DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver being investigated for possibly trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria aren't radicalized jihadis but rather victims of an online predator, a school official said Wednesday. At least one of the girls was communicating with someone online who encouraged the three to travel to Syria, said Tustin Amole, a spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District where the girls attend high school. The three were detained at an airport in Germany before being sent home over the weekend and returned to their parents. "There's no indication they had been radicalized in a way that they wanted to fight for ISIS," Amole said, adding that the students had no prior problems aside

  • Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

    Updated: 53 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week stopped paying for television ads in Kentucky. McConnell's campaign said it was a sign that Grimes was faltering. A Democratic committee official said Wednesday that new internal polling shows that undecided voters are breaking Grimes' way. The Democratic group now says it will ask stations in Kentucky to set aside $650,000 in ad time. The committee official shared the plan with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to d

  • Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Lighting up already is prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centers. The no-smoking policy will go into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, spokesman David Howard said.

  • US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day. The measure applies not only to visitors from those countries but also returning American aid workers, federal health employees and journalists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new step Wednesday.

  • Canadian official IDs Ottawa gunman

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Authorities and witnesses say a man with a scarf over his face shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial on Wednesday, then headed into Parliament, where he was fatally shot by the sergeant-at-arms. Two other people were wounded and in stable conditions, hospital officials said. Wednesday's shooting came two days after a deadly hit-and-run against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor. One of the soldiers was killed.

  • University defends response to threat to speaker

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facing faculty concerns about guns on the campus of Utah State University, the school's president is responding to accusations that the institution acted irresponsibly after a threat against feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian. President Stan Albrecht said USU immediately started working with police and communicating with Sarkeesian's staff after receiving the email threatening a mass shooting. In a letter to faculty and students, Albrecht said USU had to follow a state law prohibiting universities from taking away concealed weapons from valid permit holders, but he expressed concern about a new push from state lawmakers to allow open carrying of weapons on campus.

  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that they had shown "a grave indifference" to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail. Their lawyers are likely to file appeals; one said quickly that he would. If those and other motions should fail, the judge would then set a sentencing date. The federal jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, the most serious charge i

  • Alan Hruby's social media activity since 2012

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Alan J. Hruby’s social media activity has been a hot topic ever since he was charged with three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his mother, father and sister on Oct. 8.

  • Oh, Internet. Why you gotta be so rude?

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Despite the high amount of negativity on the Internet, it seems website users are uniting through social media.

  • North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children. A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle, who was released with help from a retired diplomat and former Ohio congressman, landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, where he was reunited with his family. Moments after Fowle stepped off the plane, his three children and wife ran from a nearby airplane hangar and shared hugs. Base Col. John Devillier said Fowle had a tearful reunion, and that Fowle seemed thrilled. "We had a great reunion for an American citizen coming

  • Missing Oklahoma City woman found

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Tilesha Marie Thompson, 23, was located in Oklahoma City. Foul play was not involved in her disappearance, police said.

  • Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the poor. Year after year of tiny increases are weighing on many older Americans. "What is it going to cover? Not even the cost of one medicine," said Louis Grosso, a 66-year-old retired doctor who lives in Philadelphia. "Do you know how much my cholesterol medicine is?" The government announced the benefit increase Wednesday when it released the lates

  • Gun thought used in Hruby family triple slaying found

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    A search warrant executed late Tuesday at a storage unit has turned up the gun thought to be used in the Oct. 9 triple slaying of the Hruby family.

  • Police: Soldier, gunman dead in Ottawa shootings

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police say a Canadian soldier who was shot as he stood guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital has died. Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit says a suspected gunman also is dead. Benoit said authorities believe there were three gunmen involved in three shootings Wednesday morning, all within less than a mile from each other in downtown Ottawa. “Two others were being sought for on land,” Benoit said. The shootings happened at the war memorial, on Parliament Hill and at a nearby shopping mall.

  • Drought planning is best done before drought begins, Oklahoma water officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The best time to plan for a multi-year drought is when the state isn’t in the middle of one, Oklahoma water managers agreed Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma State sues NMSU over Pistol Pete mascot use

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU’s mascot is “confusingly similar” to OSU’s Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as “Classic Aggie.” OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930. In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement. Pistol Pete is based on a real cowboy from the 1800s named Frank Eaton.

  • ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Over the past three months, Oklahomans have searched Google for Ebola-related terms more frequently than residents in any other state.   The Oklahoma City metro region has had some of the highest amount of Ebola search activity in the state. Oddly enough, Goldsy, a town of about 2,000 people in McClain County, has a particularly […]

  • Oklahoma judge to let most of new abortion law take effect

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge plans to let a new law take effect next month to restrict the use of certain abortion-inducing drugs, but is temporarily suspending any portion that subjects abortion providers to legal liability. District Judge Robert Stuart issued his ruling Wednesday following a hearing on the law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and takes effect Nov. 1. An Oklahoma women’s rights group and a Tulsa medical clinic that provides abortion services filed a lawsuit last month contending the law is an unconstitutional violation of a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy and should be declared void. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they

  • Police looking for man who robbed northwest Oklahoma City business

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    A surveillance video shows the man, who walked into Approved Cash Advance, pointed a gun at a worker and demanded cash.

  • Man dies after being hit by car in Midwest City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Michael Hicks, 63, died Tuesday night after he was hit by a car while walking across the SE 19 street in Midwest City.