• Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

    Updated: 10 min ago

    WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Another low snow year in Alaska has organizers worried about where to start the world's most famous sled dog race. The Iditarod always begins with a ceremonial, fan-friendly slow jaunt along the streets and trails of Anchorage a day before the start of the competitive portion of the nearly 1,000-mile race. The ceremonial start is scheduled for March 5. A lack of snow last year north of Anchorage forced the start of the race to be moved to Fairbanks from its traditional starting point in Willow, about 75 miles north of Anchorage. The conditions in Willow are much improved this year, but the problem is in Anchorage, where the snowfall in the city for the past two years has equaled only about two-t

  • The Latest: Kerry calls for genuine negotiation on Syria

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    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 2:28 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a long-term cease-fire in Syria depends on parties to its civil war engaging in "genuine negotiation." Meeting in Munich, diplomats from the U.S., Russia and other powers with interests in Syria's war agreed early Friday to try to secure a "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. Kerry said that "the objective is to achieve a durable long-term cease-fire at some point in time" but that depends on future negotiations. Kerry acknowledged that differences remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad but said "you have

  • Grant County man dies in crash

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Donald Fitch, 79, of Medford, died this week in an ATV accident near Renfrow, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

  • With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

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    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land. Federal authorities in six states also arrested seven other people accused of being involved in the occupation and brought charges against a leader of the movement who organized a 2014 standoff. Two more suspects remained at large. The last occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge gave up without incident a day after federal agents surrounded the site. Nearby residents were relieved.

  • Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million. The high court unanimously decided that the Republican-backed law violates the Kansas Constitution's requirement that the state finance a suitable education for every student. The court gave lawmakers just four months to devise another system for distributing more than $4 billion in state funding to 286 public schools. Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick said the court was holding taxpayers and schoolchildren hostage. A fellow Republican, Sen. Jeff Melcher,

  • Texas to let Baylor keep sex assault records private

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    DALLAS (AP) — Baylor University can keep private campus police records that detail sexual assaults committed by two former football players against students, according to an opinion issued this week by the Texas attorney general's office. Releasing the records would violate the victims' privacy rights, Assistant Attorney General David Wheelus said in the letter to a Baylor official. The Associated Press has requested Baylor police records regarding the department's investigation into sex assaults for which the two players were convicted. However, the AG's office said it was responding to a separate but similar request by ESPN's "Outside The Lines.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow, Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan react to tragic death of Monty Williams' wife

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    It was an understandably somber atmosphere around the Thunder's shootaround this morning in advance of OKC's game against the Pelicans on Thursday night. Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, tragically died on Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The team was still trying to process the news. "Tried to think about what I was gonna say, but I just love Coach Monty so much," Kevin Durant told reporters, fighting back tears, before eventually having to walk away. "I feel for him, man. Somebody we all love, man. I just don’t know what to say, man. I’m sorry.

  • OKC Thunder: Monty Williams’ children ‘expected to be OK,’ according to OKC police

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Two of the children of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams remain in the hospital after an accident Tuesday night that resulted in the death of Williams' wife, Ingrid. In a Thursday press conference, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said one of the three children who was a passenger in Ingrid Williams' sports utility vehicle was released from OU Medical Center. The names and ages of the children were not disclosed. “The other two are banged up but expected to be OK,” Balderrama said. Ingrid Williams, 44, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision in southwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Per Balderrama, Williams was driving north around 1700 S Western Avenue a little

  • Family awarded $53M in Kyle Field deadly demolition accident

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after he fell four stories during renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field. Jurors in Houston on Wednesday decided on damages in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Angel Garcia's mother and two children. Garcia was working for Irving-based Lindamood Demolition Inc. when a section of concrete fell onto equipment he was operating. Manhattan-Vaughn, a joint venture partnership between Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Co. and Houston-based Vaughn Construction Co., provided management services. The demolition company was found 25 percent liable. Manhattan-Vaughn was determined to be 75 percent liable.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the wide-ranging bill, which would also revamp trade laws. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who brokered an agreement with a Democratic leader earlier this week that helped clear the way for passage. "It's important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their In

  • Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again. In what is being hailed as one of the biggest eureka moments in the history of physics, scientists announced Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space and time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The news exhilarated astronomers and physicists. Because the evidence of gravitational waves is captured in audio form, the finding means astronomers will now be able to hear the soundtrack of the universe and listen as violent collisions reshape the cosmos. It will be like going from silent movies

  • Arkansas justice cites Johnny Cash in dissent over cash bail

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash drew objections Thursday from Arkansas' Supreme Court chief justice, who cited a man who had strong opinions about the legal system: Johnny Cash. Interim Chief Justice Howard Brill cited Cash's song "Starkville City Jail" in a dissent, saying the court's majority was wrong to deny a defendant's objection to a $300,000 cash-only bail in an aggravated assault and domestic battery case. "After being arrested for trespassing and picking flowers, Johnny Cash spent the night in the Starkville City Jail," Brill wrote. "His ballad suggests he was not taken before a magistrate or given the opportunity to be released on bail.

  • 3 earthquakes rattle 2 towns in northwest Oklahoma

    AP | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — Three earthquakes have struck near two towns in northwestern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reported three temblors on Thursday. Two of the earthquakes happened near the town of Fairview — a 2.9 magnitude at around 12:30 p.m. and a 2.8 magnitude at around 1:50 p.m. A 2.6 magnitude quake hit near the town of Mooreland at about 7:20 a.m. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. Oklahoma's earthquakes have been linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production and state regulators have recommended reducing the volume or shutting down some of the disposal wells. According to the survey, Oklahoma this year has already had more than 90

  • NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — In a dramatic response to Europe's gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. "This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees and coping with a very demanding situation ... a human tragedy," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Yet even after the ships were told to get underway, NATO officials acknowledged uncertainties about the precise actions they would be performing — including whether they would take part in operations to rescue drowning migrants.

  • Breakthrough: Scientists detect Einstein's gravity ripples

    By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. Astronomers hailed the finding as an achievement of historic proportions, one that opens the door to a new way of observing the universe and the violent collisions that are constantly shaping it. For them, it's like turning a silent movie into a talkie because these waves are the soundtrack of the cosmos in action. "Until this moment, we had our eyes on the sky and we couldn't hear the music," said Columbia University astrophysicist Szabolcs Marka, a member of the discovery team. "The skies

  • Replay officials could have more say in targeting penalties

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Replay officials are likely to have more power when it comes to calling targeting penalties in college football next season. The NCAA football rules committee proposed giving replay officials more authority to overturn incorrect targeting fouls and to call targeting penalties when they are missed on the field. The committee also agreed to allow conferences to experiment with NFL-style centralized video replay review systems in 2016. The rules committee completed four days of meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday and announced several proposals that could be implemented next season if approved by the playing rules oversight panel on March 8. The targeting penalty was adopted in 2013 as a way to reduce helmet-to-helme

  • Cleveland mayor apologizes for billing family of dead boy

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer, for the city having sent the administrator of the boy's estate a "decedent's last dying expense" claim of $500 for ambulance services. Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference that filing the claim was part of a routine but that supervisors should have been alerted and the claim never filed. "It was a mistake in terms of us flagging it, but not a mistake in terms of the legal process," Jackson said. Tamir was shot outside a city recreation center by a then-rookie patrolman, Timothy Loehmann, in November 2014 while playing with a pellet gun.

  • Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy charged in 2014 armed standoff

    By KEN RITTER Associated Press | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The father of the jailed leader of a group that occupied an Oregon federal wildlife refuge was charged Thursday with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, obstruction, weapon and other charges stemming from his role at the center of a tense April 2014 armed standoff with federal officials near his ranch in Nevada. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas also charges Cliven Bundy, 69, with extortion and aiding and abetting. It reopened a festering question of how federal authorities would fulfill promises to "administratively and judicially" resolve the cancellation at gunpoint of a roundup of Bundy cattle from rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

  • LIVE: Democratic Presidential Debate in in Milwaukee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Follow live updates below from Thursday's Democratic presidential debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • Our Neanderthal DNA

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    FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2009 file photo shows reconstructions of a Neanderthal man, left, and woman at the Neanderthal museum in Mettmann, Germany. A new study released by the journal Science on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2016 says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.