• Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial

    Updated: 12 min ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A key witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Thursday that he made a mistake when he bought a Rolex watch for the governor at the first lady's request. Businessman Jonnie Williams said he thought it was wrong to buy the watch while he was seeking government support for his dietary supplements company's signature product, and he didn't want people to know. "It was a bad decision on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it," Williams said. "I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed." The watch was passed to the jury, where each juror briefly inspected it. Williams said he bought the watch at a California jewelry store for be

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it

    Updated: 12 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Douglas Hunter and millions like him, happy days aren't quite here again. Hunter earned $14 an hour cleaning oil drums before the Great Recession seized the economy and his job was axed. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in Chicago. "If the economy is getting better, I'm not sure for whom," he said. "It certainly hasn't trickled down to me.

  • Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it named PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to the top spot, replacing Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan, who had been keeping the seat warm since May. The announcement comes roughly three months after Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned following a large data breach in the runup to the holiday shopping season last year. Steinhafel had been dealing with problems on a number of other fronts too, including persistent perceptions that Target charges higher prices than its rivals and concerns that it had lost its magic touch for c

  • Water bottle company moves production to Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: 26 min ago

    The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company’s entire inventory in Oklahoma. A local business newspaper reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka’s entire stock will be bottled in-house. Ozarka Water had previously outsourced some of its production to another company. The new equipment in Oklahoma will create four employee positions, bringing the company’s total worker count to 100. Raupe says the production line will help the company save money, but didn’t disclose exact figures.

  • CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    Updated: 31 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be. The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of an investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.

  • Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

    Updated: 38 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking broad political support, including from rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press possible war crimes charges against Israel. Abbas is under pressure to turn the International Criminal Court on the issue, as the death toll in Gaza rises. Independent legislator Mustafa Barghouti revealed Thursday that Abbas asked for and received written support for such a move from the heads of PLO factions this week. Participants in the meeting say Abbas also wants written support from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups. They are vulnerable to war crimes charges because of their indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel. Earlier, the t

  • UPDATE: Oklahoma wind gust tops 100 mph Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 40 min ago

    Heavy rain is reported in eastern Oklahoma as storms move east, southeast. A flash flood warning has been issued for Latimer and Pushmataha counties.

  • Arkansas, Oklahoma host youth soccer games in ‘15

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    TULSA — Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals. The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25. The national tournament includes 10,000 teams that start in state competition. Championships are awarded in age groups from under-13 to under-19.

  • Man gets 2 life terms in Love County slayings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    MARIETTA — A 66-year-old man has been formally sentenced to two life terms without parole for the deaths of his father-in-law and father-in-law’s sister in rural Love County. A local newspaper reports reports Aaron Eugene Carlile was sentenced Tuesday in Love County District Court. He was found guilty in June of first-degree murder in the deaths of 78-year-old Thomas Monroe Culwell and 80-year-old Marion Almenia Culwell. Almenia Culwell’s son found the two shot to death one-and-a-half miles from their rural home in May 2013. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a longstanding feud between Carlile and Sonny Culwell. A notice of intent to appeal has been filed on Carlile’s behalf.

  • Hearing delayed in Duncan baseball player slaying

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    DUNCAN — A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a southern Oklahoma man charged with helping two people hide the gun used to shoot a baseball player from Australia. A local newspaper reports that a hearing set for Wednesday for 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes has been moved to Nov. 18. Chris Lane was shot last summer while jogging along a tree-lined road in Duncan while visiting his girlfriend’s parents. Investigators say the 22-year-old from Melbourne was randomly targeted by bored teenagers. He had been preparing to enter his senior baseball season at East Central University in Ada. Barnes was charged in April with accessory after murder. He has pleaded not guilty. A message seeking comment was left with

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • New Mexico city OKs funds to lure 'The Bachelor'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council has voted to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure "The Bachelor" to the northern New Mexico city. Councilors approved by a 5-4 vote on Wednesday a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe. Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city's attractions. But Councilor Bill Dimas says the show is awful and having it set in a city wouldn't encourage him to visit. "The Bachelor," which debuted in 2002, features an eligible bachelor who goes on a series of dates to choose a potential bride from a pool of 25 women.

  • Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had kept the delegation from reaching the area to retrieve bodies that have been lying in open fields where midsummer temperatures have hovered around 90 degrees (32 degrees Celsius) for the last several weeks.

  • UPDATE: Fatal crash reported in northwest Oklahoma City early Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police are investigating a traffic fatality early Thursday. A pickup crashed near Memorial Road and N Portland Avenue.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence. The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, who is seeking re-election this year. The ruling also marks the end of the three-year legal fight over the union rights law, which prohibits public worker unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation. A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutio

  • NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world, to everyone, here's my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out." Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be officiated by "Basketball Wives LA" star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to refer

  • Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu's vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8. "We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu said.

  • What problem? Ariana Grande is new princess of pop

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande is the new princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single "Problem," impressing critics with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image that her young Nickelodeon fans can vibe with, signature ponytail and all. The 21-year-old is having the best time of her life. But it's also the worst. Her grandfather, with whom she had a very close relationship, died last week. "I personally felt like I've been not as appreciative as I could be of the music success I wanted all my life because I've been distracted by my grandfather and his health and this being such a dark time," she said in an interview.

  • Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf. Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack (SKOH'-dak), near Albany. Because he lives in Florida, prosecutors agreed to let his lawyer appear in court for him Wednesday. But a tweet by the New York Racing Association said Cassidy was at Saratoga Race Course, 40 miles north of Schodack. A prosecutor told The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that officials were "disturbed" to learn Cassidy was nearby but apparently unable to appear. Cassidy's lawyer said his client may not have kn

  • Workers Comp Commission spending includes $1,600 chairs, PR contract

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER -- Tulsa World | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Since it began operations in February, the Workers Compensation Commission has spent $30,000 furnishing its commissioners’ offices and signed a $4,500 contract with a consultant for a “communications strategy” at the same time it employed a full-time public information officer, a Tulsa World analysis shows. Also, the commission has hired more administrators than counselors to assist injured workers, records show. Executive Director Rick Farmer said that because the commission is a new agency, it is expected to have one-time costs such as furniture. Changes the commission plans, such as an electronic-filing system, will ultimately save the state money, he said.