• Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship

    Updated: 52 min ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could that work have caused the loss of power that led to the U.S. container ship's sinking? The vessel's owners say they don't believe so, but the question — along with the captain's decision to plot a course near the storm — will almost certainly be part of an investigation launched Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board into the disaster near the Bahamas that may have claimed 33 lives. "We don't have all the answers, I'm sorry for that. I wish we did," Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO

  • Girl, 17, dies in Kay County crash, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A 17-year-old girl from Braman died Monday in a crash south of Blackwell, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Police investigate homicide in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Police found the body of Michael Shawn Somers, 30, of Oklahoma City, about 4 p.m. Monday at 1445 NW 32. Trauma to his body indicated he was a homicide victim, the 65th of this year in Oklahoma City.

  • Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory. Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players' Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

  • Midwest City police release names in officer-involved shooting

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Midwest City police have released the names of an officer and a man shot by the officer. The shooting happened after a call about a burglary. Police said a man pulled a gun on an officer.

  • Connecticut university student arrested over mac and cheese

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student faces criminal charges over a confrontation with a campus food court manager who wouldn't let him buy macaroni and cheese with bacon and jalapeno peppers. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip posted online shows freshman Luke Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving the manager inside the university's student union in Storrs on Sunday night. Police and the manager said Gatti had been refused service for carrying an open alcohol container. The video shows the apparently intoxicated 19-year-old questioning why in America he can't have beer in the building. He uses a gay slur against the manager and repeatedly demands, "Just give me some (expletive) bacon-jalapeno mac

  • Europe Nuclear Smugglers

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    This Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo shows a statue of Stephen the Great silhouetted against a cloudy sky in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. Multiple Moldovan police and judicial authorities say a breakdown in cooperation between Russia and the West means that it is much harder to know whether smugglers are finding ways to move parts of Russia's vast store of radioactive materials.

  • Edmond board names Heartland Middle School principal

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Edmond School Board has named Jason Galloway as principal of Heartland Middle School, which is set to open next year as the district’s newest campus.

  • Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday that she immediately quit her one-time "nasty, dirty" job and will buy land to build houses for her family. Julie Leach of Three Rivers said she was having a "really bad night" working the third shift when she took her lunch break at McDonald's. She checked the six numbers in the drive-thru line around 1 a.m. Thursday. "I keep going to sleep and waking up with the same beautiful dream," the 50-year-old told reporters during a news conference at the Michigan Lottery headquarters. Her partner of 36 years, Vaughn Avery, and some of their children and grandchildren looked on. "I'm going to take care

  • Oklahoma County Sheriff reports inmate death

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, Antoinne Ellis, 34, died Monday

  • ODOT suggests alternate route after traffic light damaged at NW 164 and Portland

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is advising motorists to seek an alternate route while crews work to repair a traffic signal at NW 164 and Portland Avenue.

  • Correction: Protecting the Ocean story

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — In a story Oct. 5 about the United States and Chile setting up new marine sanctuaries, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Secretary of State John Kerry as saying, "There is literally too much money chasing too much fish." What Kerry said was, "There is literally too much money chasing too few fish.

  • Sapulpa gun store owner loses license for illegal sale

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The owner of a Sapulpa gun store has lost his federal firearms license after being convicted of selling a firearm to a convicted felon. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. announced Tuesday that 45-year-old James Okey also was fined $3,000 and placed on probation for five years after pleading guilty in July to charges he sold a firearm to a prohibited person. Federal prosecutors allege Okey sold the weapon to a person he knew to be a convicted felon, who are prohibited from lawfully possessing a firearm. As a result of the conviction, Williams says Okey lost his federal firearms license and had to liquidate his inventory and close his business. Okey's attorney James Watzke of Sapulpa declined to

  • After weeks of unrest, Palestinian leader appeals for calm

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Tuesday for calm after several weeks of heightened unrest with Israel, saying his people had no interest in any further "escalation" and urging renewed dialogue. The comments marked the Palestinian leader's strongest attempt yet to restore calm after the worst outbreak of fighting in months, and came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take even tougher measures to quell the violence. The clashes erupted three weeks ago at the start of the Jewish new year and have turned more violent in recent days.

  • Utility challenged over charges after coal plant outage

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy wrongly charged customers at least $8.5 million after a 2013 power plant outage forced it to buy electricity on the open market, attorneys for Montana consumers and environmental groups argued Tuesday before state regulators. The case centers on costs incurred by NorthWestern after the huge Colstrip coal plant was partially idled for more than six months for repairs beginning in July 2013. A hearing on the rate dispute began Tuesday before the state Public Service Commission and could last several days. Representatives of the South Dakota-based utility said it followed state regulations by passing along electricity replacement costs to its 350,000 Montana customers.

  • Obama begins selling trade agreement to Congress, public

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations over the complex trade deal took more than five years. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama began what may be a similarly difficult task — selling the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress and the American public. Obama met with business and agricultural leaders at the Department of Agriculture. The site of the meeting reflects the urgency that farm groups have attached to the deal to remove tariffs and other trade barriers that would increase exports ranging from meat and poultry to grains and cotton. Obama emphasized that the deal would eliminate or reduce more than 18,000 tariffs that participating countries impose on U.S. exports. The reduction of those tariffs will lower the price that in

  • US forecast calls for lower heating bills this winter

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some U.S. households can expect to save hundreds of dollars this winter with a drop in heating bills, thanks to a combination of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country, the U.S. Energy Department predicted Tuesday. The department's annual outlook calls for lower heating bills, with the biggest savings for those who use propane or oil to heat their homes. The government predicts a 25 percent drop for homes using heating oil and an 18 percent drop for homes using propane, compared to last winter. The outlook is based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that calls for warmer weather across all regions except the West, which is expected to be slightly c

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court reinstates attorney it had suspended

    AP | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated a prominent Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney it suspended from practice after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer. The court handed down the decision Tuesday in the case of David Ogle, who was suspended in August 2012. Ogle had pleaded guilty to trying to bribe an Edmond police officer to skip a driver's license revocation hearing to keep his client from losing his license for drunken driving. The case against Ogle has since been dismissed. In a statement, Ogle expressed thanks to the court "for seeing my value in the legal community.

  • Car bombers claimed by IS kill 15 in Yemen's Aden

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Suicide car bombings targeting exiled Yemeni officials and the Saudi and Emirati troops backing their efforts to retake the country killed at least 15 people Tuesday in the port city of Aden, authorities said. A new Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the assault, which officials earlier blamed on Yemen's Shiite rebels. The addition of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds a third of Syria and Iraq in its self-declared "caliphate," only would add further chaos to the civil war gripping the Arab world's poorest country. Up until Tuesday, the Sunni extremists largely targeted Shiites in Yemen as a myriad of forces fought over the ouster of internationally recognized President Abed Rabbo M

  • IMF downgrades forecast for world, emerging market economies

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — China's slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday. In a report Tuesday in advance of the IMF-World Bank annual meetings here this week, the fund says the world economy will grow 3.1 percent this year, down from a July forecast of 3.3 percent and from 3.4 percent growth last year. "The risks seem more tilted to the downside than they did just a few months ago," IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld, told reporters. Still, Obstfeld downplayed the risk of a global recession.