• Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway ad exec about Fogle

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former franchisee alerted an executive in charge of Subway's advertising in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer. Cindy Mills exchanged phone numbers with Fogle after they met at an event, said Robert Beasley, a lawyer in Florida who represents Mills. After Fogle began talking about paying for sex with minors, the lawyer said Mills alerted a regional Subway contact in Florida where her stores were based. Later, he said Mills alerted Jeff Moody, who was in charge of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, which handles the company's marketing. At the time, Subway's franchise advertising fund was controlled by franchisees, said Don Sniegowski, editor of Blue MauMa

  • TS Erika kills 4 in Dominica; takes aim at Puerto Rico

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    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Rescue crews fanned across Dominica late Thursday to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people. The storm, which forecasters said could reach Florida as a hurricane on Monday, dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on the small island as it spun west toward Puerto Rico. An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide crashed into their home in the southeast of the island, said Police Chief Daniel Carbon. Another man was found dead near his home in the capital of Roseau after a mudslide, but the cause of death could not be immediately determined, Carbon told The Ass

  • Katrina Then And Now Photo Gallery

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    This combination of Sept. 1, 2005 and July 29, 2015 photos show Harry and Silvia Pulizzano walking across debris from Hurricane Katrina in search of Silvia's brother's home in Waveland, Miss., and the same site a decade later. The storm caused major damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida.

  • Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court

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    DENVER (AP) — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry. At issue is a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses. The nation's largest contact lens companies — Alcon Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb — asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to strike down the measure. They said the law was crafted to help a homegrown discounter, 1-800 Contacts, but has the effect of changing lens pricing nationwide. "It says to 1-800 Contacts, you can sell to a consumer in Florida, and you can utterly disregard what the manufacturer says the price should be," said David Marriot

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent. The AP reviewed a decade of financial records for 29 funds that collected a total of $35 million since 2005. The money was donated by Californians when they filed their tax returns and was supposed to go for causes such as cancer research and to help sea otters. Beyond the $10 million that was unspent, some donations ended up back in state coffers.

  • Name of man arrested in Oklahoma City church burglary released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Police released the name of a man arrested in a northeast Oklahoma City church burglary. The man had walked away from a corrections facility in Lawton.

  • Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

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    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will now ask the United States Supreme Court, which two months ago legalized gay marriage across the nation, to delay the mandate to issue licenses until her appeal is complete, a process that could drag out for several more months. "It's getting tedious. We get torn down, built back up, torn down, built back up," said David Ermold. He and his partner, David Moore, have been rejected by Davis' office twice. "It's emotionally dra

  • Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists. The report supports the organization's claims that the secretly recorded videos were distorted to misrepresent conversations employees had with anti-abortion activists posing as biomedical company employees interested in buying fetal tissue, Planned Parenthood said.

  • Stretch of eastbound Interstate 44 closed in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 have been closed near SW 59 due to a rollover collision involving a tractor-trailer rig, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  Traffic is being diverted to Interstate 240 as crews work to clear the roadway. Check NewsOK.com for updates.

  • Lankford criticizes Iran deal, EPA during chamber luncheon

    AP | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is criticizing the Obama administration for the Iran nuclear deal and the Environmental Protection Agency for its interpretation of federal law. The Republican from Edmond spoke to about 150 members of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and fielded questions Thursday during a luncheon at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. Most of the discussion and questions centered on the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran and five world powers that's aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Lankford described the agreement as a "bad deal for America" and urged negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

  • County sheriff apologizes for name flub in condolence letter

    Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has come under sharp criticism by the Sapulpa police chief for a condolence letter that misidentified a Sapulpa officer who was killed in an off-duty incident with the name of a suspect arrested in the slaying. Glanz told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1NCAISM ) that the name gaffe was a "very regrettable mistake." He said a secretary who typed the letter made the error, but that he signed the letter without carefully reviewing it like he should have. "We made an error — it's a regrettable error — and I'm very sorry it happened," Glanz said.

  • VIDEO: Integris hosts Wacky Hospital Bed Races fundraiser for United Way

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Spoiler: It looks real fun.

  • Pope US Never Visited

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    FILE - In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, reacts as he meets with Pope Francis, center, during their exchange of gifts at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. In September 2015, the pope's introduction to the U.S. will begin in Washington, where he will address a joint meeting of Congress, followed by an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, and outdoor Mass at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. At right is Msgr. Mark Miles, who was the English translator for the Pontiff.

  • Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited "divine inspiration" with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter, or the accuser, who couldn't recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, faces six sexual assault charges, three of them felonies, over his encounter last year with the 15-year-old girl in the attic of a near-deserted building at St. Paul's School.

  • Documents: Workers had no way to issue warning after spill

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million gallons eventually poured out of the remote Gold King Mine near Silverton, fouling downstream rivers in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The federal Environmental Protection Agency released the documents after coming under increasing political pressure to explain how the Aug. 5 accident occurred and why it took so long to issue the warning.

  • Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row

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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years. "I've prayed so much for that young man from Cordoba," she says Francis told her, referring to the hometown of Victor Hugo Saldano. The short meeting in February 2014 left Guerrero with more hope than she has felt in years about the future of her son, who she says is guilty of murder but has been driven to insanity on death row. Francis is a staunch critic of the death penalty, and like most countries in Latin America, his homeland of Argentina does not have capital punishment.

  • Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet. Medicare spending for those items soared in the last 10 years, even as the number of amputees declined because of improved diabetes care. That prompted scrutiny from government investigators. Recently, Medicare's billing contractors proposed closer medical supervision of the independent technicians who sell and fit artificial limbs, as well as tighter rules for patients to qualify for high-tech devices that can cost as much as a car.

  • Sharks, skateboards, survival debut on Discovery VR network

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery is unleashing the first videos for its virtual reality network, Discovery VR, a fledgling service that is testing the limits and capabilities of the immersive format. The videos debuting Thursday on DiscoveryVR.com, YouTube and on Android and iPhone apps, reveal some of the promise of the medium, which covers every angle you could possibly look and is navigable by moving a smartphone around you or even clicking and dragging the viewing angle around with a mouse. In the short video, "Shark Shipwreck," sharks swim around and above you — one even bumps the camera rig — as a narrator explains that the scent of food is being released by a diver nearby.

  • FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. The issue over the claims is that they may lead consumers to believe the products pose a lower risk. That claim has to be scientifically proven. In a statement, the FDA said it has determined that the products under the warning letter need what is called a "modified risk tobacco product order" before they can be marketed in that way.

  • US average rate on 30-year home loans drops to 3.84 percent

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May.