• Mostly sunny skies, 70s Tuesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for Tuesday in central Oklahoma. Temperatures should be in the low 70s.

  • Google offers $250,000 for Flint research, local nonprofit

    Updated: 40 min ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Google is offering $250,000 to help with the ongoing response efforts in Flint as the Michigan city reels from the effects of a lead-contaminated water supply. Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan announced the two grants to reporters. He says the first $150,000 grant will help researchers from the University of Michigan predict which homes are likely to have water with high lead levels without physically testing it. University researchers will also build a mobile app and online tools that can help Flint residents visualize data, report concerns and request testing kits. The second $100,000 Google grant goes to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

  • Gaza sewage poisons coastline, threatens Israel

    Updated: 46 min ago

    SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone. The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution. "It's certain that Gaza Strip's beaches are completely polluted and unsuitable for swimming and entertainment, especially in the summer," said Ahmed Yaqoubi of the Palestinian Water Authority.

  • Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham. Prince, who died last month at 57, became a Jehovah's Witness later in life, and that helped shape his music as well as his lifestyle, according to Graham, who first met the star decades ago and became a confidante and tour mate.

  • Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed near Irbil in Iraq. "It is a combat death," Carter said at the outset of a news in Stuttgart, Germany where he has been consulting with European allies this week. The defense secretary provided no other details, other than to tell reporters that the serviceman lost his life "in the neighborhood of Irbil." "A Coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire," the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. "Further information will be released as appropriate." The CENTCOM statement noted it is the policy of the military "to defer casualty identification procedures t

  • Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year. In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That's happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.

  • N.Y. college students accused of fabricating racially motivated attack

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.   A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said. Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

  • 'Active shooter' at Target was just 'disturbance' about transgender restrooms: Cops

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A call of an “active shooter” Monday afternoon at a Target store in Bradley, Ill., turned out to be a Bradley man causing a disturbance inside the store protesting the company’s policy on transgender people’s use of restrooms, police said Monday. Michael L. Merichko, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct after the incident just before 1 p.m. at the Target, 1650 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, according to a release from Bradley police. Police determined there was “no reason to believe he threatened anyone,” and are now trying to figure out why the emergency call came over as an active shooter, said Lt. Mike Johnston, a police spokesman.

  • Brazil judge orders WhatsApp blocked, affecting 100 million users

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's (FB.O) WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America's largest country on Monday, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months.   The decision by the judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe applies to the five main wireless operators in Brazil and affects WhatsApp's more than 100 million users in the country. The reason for the order is not known due to legal secrecy in an ongoing case in the Sergipe state court.  In a statement, WhatsApp said the company is "disappointed at the decision" after doing the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian tribunals.

  • French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for six months

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Paris (AFP) - A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP.   The journalist, a Muslim using the pseudonym Said Ramzi, carried out the investigation for a documentary entitled "Allah's Soldiers" which gives an insight into the minds of young jihadists, and will be shown in France on Monday night.   Ramzi describes himself as a Muslim "of the same generation as the killers" who carried out the November 13 terror attacks which left 130 people dead in Paris.

  • Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Overfishing is jeopardising a global tuna industry worth more than $42bn (£29bn), according to the first assessment of its kind. A report produced by the Pew Charitable Trusts has highlighted the significant revenues that fishermen, processors and retailers are generating from severely depleted species of tuna.  Taken together, the seven most commercially important tuna species – skipjack, albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin and southern bluefin – generated $12bn (£8bn) for fishermen in 2014, while the full value, including the total amount paid by the final consumer at supermarkets and restaurants around the world, was estimated to be $42bn (£29bn).   “It’s no secret that tuna are big business,” said Amanda Nickson, Pew’s director of global tuna conservation. “Now, for the first time, we’re able to put an actual price on what’s at stake in the fight for the conservation and sustainable management of these commercially and ecologically important fish.”

  • Airport worker charged with stealing from a blind woman

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI) – A betrayal of trust:  a St. Louis man hired to help disabled passengers get around Lambert Airport is accused of ripping off a blind woman.  Justin Gillespie, 23, is charged with felony stealing.  He worked for a company called AirServ.  Airlines contract with AirServ to help disabled passengers.  Being trustworthy is the biggest part of the job.

  • Warrant: Slain Pregnant Texas Teen Found With Uterus Removed

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her uterus removed when authorities discovered her body in her family's partially burned home, according to an arrest warrant.   The mother of the 18-year-old who was found dead in Idalou, northeast of Lubbock, in February remained jailed Monday after being arrested last week on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person. The teenager's stepfather is being held on three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. No one has been charged in the death, but the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has said more charges are coming.  The arrest warrant for the mother alleges the woman knew her husband was abusing her two daughters. The mother doesn't yet face charges related to the younger daughter, who is 15.

  • Sports Authority closing all stores nationwide

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, CO (WCMH) — Sports Authority announced that it will be closing the doors of all its retail stores nationwide.   The sporting goods retail chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, originally saying it would close 140 stores and two distribution centers. Two central Ohio stores were on that list of closures.   But now, a Sports Authority officials said in US bankruptcy court that the company will not be able to reorganize and will pursue a sale instead. The retail chain is carrying just over $1 billion in debt.

  • Rouhani rallies for more freedom of speech in Iran

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has rallied for more freedom of speech in his country, saying government critics should not be imprisoned. Rouhani says that "critics should not be detained, critics should not be sent to jail." He spoke at the annual Tehran International Book Fair on Tuesday. The remarks, which underscored Rouhani's 2013 election promises of reform in Iran, came after weekend parliamentary runoff elections in which a moderate-reformist bloc supporting the president secured the biggest faction of seats in the 290-seat chamber. But Rouhani also assailed those whose texts involve "lying, blaming and weakening the power of the nation.

  • Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service. The poll by Transparency International also found that courts have the worst bribery rate out of six services that were surveyed. The watchdog interviewed nearly 11,000 people — or about 1,200 people in each of the nine countries — and found that bribery was especially rampant in Yemen. In the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country, 77 percent of respondents said they had to pay a bribe to access public services.

  • More violence kills 9 in contested Syrian city of Aleppo

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and government forces on Tuesday shelled each other's neighborhoods in Aleppo, leaving at least nine dead and scores wounded on both sides as the diplomatic focus moved to Moscow where the U.N. envoy for Syria was to hold talks in efforts to restore a piecemeal cease-fire that would also include the contested northern city. Aleppo, Syria's largest city and once commercial center, has been the center of violence in recent weeks but was not part of the latest partial truce. Syrian state TV said shells hit a government-held area during morning during rush hour, killing seven people and wounding at least 35, while activists reported two dead in a rebel neighborhood.

  • Mideast Israel Palestinians

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Palestinians inspect the damaged house of Zaid Amer, after it was demolished by the Israeli army, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Israeli army demolished the house of Amer, an arrested member of a Hamas cell who carried out an attack and shot dead a U.S. couple, residents of the West Bank Israeli settlement of Neria, while driving home last October, the army said.

  • France: US-EU trade deal blocked, probably doomed

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — France's trade minister says a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe is probably doomed, and France would reject the current version because it's too friendly to U.S. business. Matthias Fekl told Europe-1 radio Tuesday that negotiations "are totally blocked" and a halt to talks "is the most probable option." He insisted on better farming and environmental protections, and said "in its current state, France cannot sign it." He spoke amid signs of trouble over the creation of a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a U.S.-EU free trade zone encompassing half the world economy. Major disagreements remain after a 13th round of talks last week, and the U.S. election campaign is complicating neg

  • Synthetic drugs send states scrambling

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — It’s been four months since anyone in Broward County, Fla., has died from an overdose of alpha-PVP, known as flakka, a crystal-like synthetic drug meant to imitate cocaine or methamphetamine. But the drug has already taken a deadly toll, and left health and law enforcement officials scrambling to stem a new public health crisis. In small doses, flakka elicits euphoria. But just a little too much sends body temperatures rocketing to 105 degrees, causing a sense of delirium that often leads users to strip down and flee from paranoid hallucinations as their innards, quite literally, melt. If someone survives an overdose, they are often left with kidney failure and a life of dialysis.