• Suspect in Planned Parenthood attack makes 1st appearance

    Updated: 35 min ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that he will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people killed in the standoff with police. Speaking in a raspy voice, Robert Lewis Dear appeared via a video hookup from the El Paso County Jail, where he has been held since surrendering after Friday's five-hour siege. The white-bearded suspect wore a padded vest with black straps that authorities described as a standard-issue "safety smock." He gazed downward during most of the hearing. Victims' relatives watched from a courtroom. When asked by Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez if he u

  • GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also indicated that the Republican-run Congress will not risk a government shutdown fight with President Barack Obama over GOP efforts to halt federal funding for the organization, which provides abortions and other health services to women. "I do not see a shutdown happening in this process," he told reporters.

  • Los Angeles deputy describes rescuing newborn buried alive

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette knelt on the asphalt and heard the muffled cries of a baby who had been buried alive. He pried up two large pieces of asphalt, dug out loose dirt and plucked the newborn girl from the hole along a bike path, cradling her in his arms. "I think the baby had a sigh of relief, and so did I," Collette said Monday. "We kind of felt each other like, 'Hey, everything's going to be OK." The girl, estimated to be 24 to 36 hours old when she was found Friday, was healthy and in stable condition at a hospital. "I think the baby definitely had a touch of God that day," Collette said at a news conference.

  • Florida investigators: Planned Parenthood didn't sell organs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — State investigators say there's no evidence Planned Parenthood in Florida purchased or sold human organs or tissue. Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger confirmed in an email Monday that an inquiry into Planned Parenthood has closed and didn't move into a full investigation. State health officials inspected 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in August and reported that three clinics were illegally performing second-trimester abortions. Planned Parenthood representatives have maintained that abortions were performed during the first trimester and that state officials were changing trimester definitions. Executive Director Laura Goodhue said Monday that the organization doesn't o

  • Senate confirms Obama's pick for USAID administrator

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development after months of delay rooted in a separate dispute over the international nuclear deal with Iran. Senators voted 79-7 Monday to confirm Gayle Smith to be administrator of USAID. Smith is the senior director for development and democracy at the White House's National Security Council. Smith's nomination was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July, but has been held up for months by Republicans controlling the chamber. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said over the summer that he would block any nominees for State Department positions to protest the Obama administration's nuclear agreem

  • EPA boosts amount of ethanol in gasoline supply

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is boosting the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a final rule designed to increase production of ethanol to be blended with gasoline through 2016, a decision that could reverberate in Iowa's crucial presidential caucuses. The agency said it will require more than 18 billion gallons of renewable fuels, most of it ethanol, in 2016. The amount is less than was set in a 2007 renewable fuels law, but more than was proposed by the EPA in May.

  • NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. The first-of-its-kind rule, which takes effect Tuesday, will require a salt-shaker emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams — about a teaspoon — of sodium. It's the latest in a series of novel nutritional moves by the nation's biggest city, and it comes as health advocates, federal regulators and some in the food industry are trying to get Americans to cut down on salt. Experts say most Americans consume too much salt, raising their risks of high blood pressure and heart problems.

  • Texas threatens resettlement agency over Syrian refugees

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas wanted assurances Monday from a major resettlement agency that it will not accept Syrian refugees and threatened legal action if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's orders are defied. The International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that's based in New York and runs a program in Dallas, gave no indication that it will change course and relocate Syrian refugees somewhere other than Texas. In a statement, the organization said "it is important not to conflate terrorists with the Syrian refugees who are seeking sanctuary in the United States." Abbott is among nearly two dozen governors, mostly Republicans, who have vowed to block efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in their states following the Nov. 13 terr

  • Hundreds pay respects to slain California police officer

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law enforcement officers from across the nation wiped away tears and saluted a flag-draped coffin Monday at the funeral for a Southern California police officer who was shot and killed outside his department's headquarters. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to remember Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez. The 29-year-old former Marine was shot to death last month as he sat in his car near the suburban Downey Police Department in what authorities believe was a robbery attempt. The crowd at the cathedral included family members, Downey officials and police, as well as officers from agencies in California and as far away as Chicago and New York City.

  • Prosecutors charge 4 in shooting of Minneapolis protesters

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four men were charged Monday in last week's shooting of demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by Minneapolis police, while the city's mayor separately asked the protesters to end their weekslong encampment at a police precinct. Protesters have been at the 4th Precinct since Jamar Clark, 24, was shot Nov. 15 during what authorities said was a struggle with police. Clark died the next day. Some who said they saw the shooting allege he was handcuffed, which police dispute. State and federal investigations are underway. Protesters have erected about two dozen tents and canopy shelters at the police station, and they have barricaded the street with lumber and pallets.

  • The Latest: Protesters vow to stay outside police station

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the reaction to the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than two weeks of demonstrations (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Protesters are rejecting a call from the mayor of Minneapolis that they end their demonstration outside a police station near where a black man was fatally shot by a police officer more than two weeks ago. Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said Monday that her organization continues to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other protesters in demanding justice for Jamar Clark and all victims of police violence.

  • 51,300 power outages remain, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. reports Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Power outages continue to affect Oklahomans due to a three-day ice storm. Temperatures are expected to warm into the 40s on Monday.

  • Feds say U of Chicago threat a response to police shooting

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — An online threat against the University of Chicago that led the school to cancel all activities Monday appears to have been motivated by the shooting of a black teenager by a Chicago officer in 2014, federal authorities said. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened online to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago, according to the criminal complaint released Monday afternoon by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago. Dean is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce and scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court at 3 p.m. Monday. The threat came days after a video was released showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 time

  • Flight attendant charged with attacking crew, US marshals

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    An American Airlines flight attendant who described herself as "crazy" and a "train wreck" attacked fellow crew members and U.S. marshals during a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Frankfurt, Germany, last week, according to documents filed in federal court. The complaint, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, says Joanne Snow is charged with interference with flight crews and attendants, and with assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer or employee of the United States. Snow was scheduled to appear in court Monday, but the appearance was canceled. American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said the airline is cooperating with federal law enforcement in an investigation and is working directly with em

  • Officials say influential health survey needs to slim down

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — When the government launched what would become most influential survey to monitor the nation's public health, there were just 75 questions — and 95 percent of those asked agreed to sit for it. But that was nearly 60 years ago, and the National Health Interview Survey has mushroomed along with the government and its interests. There are now 1,200 potential questions, and the average family takes more than 90 minutes to complete the survey. Not surprisingly, the refusal rate has gone up, as well: Thirty percent are refusing to take part. And that has raised concerns that the survey — conducted in people's homes — has gotten too big. "If you tell them it's going to take an hour and it could be longe

  • Consumer advocates on health reform: Don't forget about us

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With Vermont looking toward big changes in the way health care is paid for, consumer advocates are saying they want strong patient protections built into a newly designed system. The House Health Care Committee, meeting Monday, was to hear from a top official with Vermont Health Connect and state Auditor Doug Hoffer about what Hoffer says are continuing problems with the insurance exchange's operations. But first up was an update from Al Gobeille, chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, about trying to move Vermont from a fee-for-service payment model in health care toward payments for keeping a set population of patients healthy.

  • Arson suspect held on murder complaint

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    NORMAN — A woman whose body was found inside a burned mobile home has been identified and her death ruled a homicide. Brandi Fish, 38, died of blunt force trauma, according to the state Medical Examiner's office. The woman's husband, Cody Wayne Fish, 31, is being held in the Cleveland County jail on complaints of first-degree arson and first-degree murder. Formal charges are expected to be filed this week, said Meghan McCormick, spokeswoman for the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. Firefighters found Brandi Fish's body Nov. 23 while extinguishing a fire at 16400 Carnegie Circle in rural northeast Cleveland County. A short time later, deputies found Cody Fish walking near the intersection of 156th Ave. NE and Indian

  • Fort Gibson man killed in Muskogee County crash

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A man driving at a high rate of speed crashed and died in Muskogee County on Sunday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the fatal crash.

  • Cloudy with drizzle Monday, temperatures in 40s in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Skies will be cloudy with morning drizzle Monday in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. High afternoon temperatures will be in the 40s.

  • Power outage relocates Oklahoma City fire marshal office Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City fire marshal offices have been relocated Monday due to a power outage. The outage has affected the office at 2300 General Pershing Boulevard.