• Pauls Valley to name Matt Weber coach

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    It didn’t take long for former Ada football coach Matt Weber to land on his feet. Weber has been named the new coach at Pauls Valley pending board approval next month, KTEN-TV in Denison, Texas, reports. Weber resigned in December from the Cougars following a seven-year stint that resulted in a 50-29 record. While with […]

  • Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares), the smallest area since record-keeping began in 1993. This year, the butterflies rebounded, to cover 2.79 acres (1.13 hectares), according to a formal census by Mexican environmental authorities and scientists released Tuesday. The orange-and-black butterflies are suffering from loss of milkweed habitat in the United States, illegal logging in Mexico and climate change.

  • Kraft takes the offensive, defends team, seeks NFL apology

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl. Not star quarterback Tom Brady or All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Not coach Bill Belichick, either. Robert Kraft. The team owner on Monday night demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled statement, Kraft strongly defended his team's actions and integrity, growing more fiery with each sentence.

  • Native American students reportedly harassed at hockey game

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota-based beer distributor has released a statement of apology after Native American grade-school students reported being harassed at a Rapid City Rush hockey game. Chaperone Justin Poor Bear says students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen were subjected to racial slurs and had beer sprayed on them at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday. The Rapid City Journal reports the president of Rapid City distributor Eagle Sales, Tom Helland, says guests in the company's suite were responsible for the poor behavior. The company and the hockey team say they're looking into the incident. Police say they haven't been notified.

  • Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, "there were moments in my life where I've been treated differently because of the color of my skin." As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian. "There have been times where my faith has at times been questioned by people who don't know me, or they've said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad

  • Travel bans lifted in New Jersey, New York City

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists can get back on the roads in New Jersey and New York City, and subways and buses are restarting. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a snowstorm-related New York City area travel ban is lifted, except for Suffolk County on Long Island. He says drivers should still use extreme caution. He also says subway, bus and rail service will start phasing in service at 9 a.m. and expects to be back on a Sunday schedule by noon. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lifted the ban on travel statewide at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The restrictions were put in place on Monday night to aid plowing. NJ Transit train service remains suspended. Buses are running in southern New Jersey, and should resume this morning in the

  • Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji." The video, posted online last week, showing Goto and another Japanese hostage, has dominated mainstream media here, a relatively crime-free nation unaccustomed to such violence. But as government officials made stately pronouncements on TV news, regular people were taking action of their own — online, with some rallying to Goto's support and others mocking the terrorists with images — in a quiet but massive show of defiance.

  • 3,000 child soldiers to be freed in war-torn South Sudan

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — About 3,000 child soldiers will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the United Nations children's agency said after 280 children were freed on Tuesday. More phased releases will happen in the coming weeks, said UNICEF, which helped negotiate the freedom of the children, aged from 11 to 17. "These children have been forced to do and see things no child should ever experience," UNICEF South Sudan Representative Jonathan Veitch said in a statement. "The release of thousands of children requires a massive response to provide the support and protection these children need to begin rebuilding their lives.

  • Millennials urged to stay at jobs for new challenges

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH — Millennials typically are restless workers, generally only content to stick with an employer for about two years before moving on, studies show. One recent survey found that about a quarter of millennials (workers in their 20s to early 30s) think they should only be expected to stay in a job for a year or less. Tell that to Darah Kirstein, 29, who’s spent the last seven years — her entire working career — with Bank of New York Mellon, in downtown Pittsburgh, most recently as head of digital workplace employee engagement. Her advice for millennials itching to switch jobs is to fully explore opportunities with a current employer before jumping ship.

  • Teen killed in snow-tubing accident on Long Island

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy was killed while snow-tubing on Long Island. Suffolk County police say it happened around 10 p.m. Monday in Huntington. The boy was one of three teens taking turns snow-tubing down Chester Court. Police say he apparently lost control of the tube and struck a light pole. Police identified the victim as Sean Urda of East Northport. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  • The latest on the Northeast snowstorm


    MIDNIGHT Rhode Island implemented a travel ban on all roads and closed its bridges. ___ 11 P.M. Authorities banned travel on city streets and highways in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey except for first responders and essential personnel. Philadelphia, which had expected to receive up to 14 inches of snow, could now get much less. Mayor Michael Nutter says forecasters are projecting 6 to 10 inches of snow but strong winds are still anticipated. ___ 10 P.M. EST The Massachusetts Department of Transportation waived tolls along the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Tobin Bridge and the Harbor Tunnels until further notice. ___ 9 P.M.

  • Failed Iraqi bomber named in Islamic State hostage crisis


    BEIRUT (AP) — In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt. The 2005 assault on three hotels in Amman, the worst terror attack in Jordan's history, killed 60 people. Al-Rishawi, an Iraqi, was sentenced to death. But now, almost a decade later, she has emerged as a potential bargaining chip in negotiations over Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group, a breakaway group from al-Qaida in Iraq that orchestrated the Jordan attack. The Islamic State group last week threatened to kill Kenji Goto, a 47-year-old journalist, and Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer fascinated by w

  • About 175 flights canceled at Chicago airports


    CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to the East Coast has contributed to more than 200 flight cancellations at Chicago's two major airports The Chicago Department of Aviation said late Monday 190 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport. The department reports airlines were also reporting delays of about 15 minutes because de-icing issues. The Aviation Department reports around 30 cancelled flights at Midway International Airport, where there were also delays of about 20 minutes. The National Weather Service said a major storm moving up the East Coast would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday.

  • People across the Northeast US prepare for fierce snowstorm


    The monster snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast sent people scrambling Monday to gas up their cars, stock their refrigerators and charge their phones. Travelers rushed to get to their destinations before airports closed, rail service was suspended and roads were declared off-limits. Here are some of their stories: ___ Thanks to the impending blizzard, Monday was slow at the Children's Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, New York. Just four kids showed up for therapy — there are usually as many as 30 — and the clinic closed early as snow intensified. Staffers then called to cancel all of Tuesday's appointments, leaving Dr. Jaishree Capoor, a physiatrist, with an unexpected day off.

  • Mid-Atlantic to expect snow, sleet through Tuesday


    WASHINGTON (AP) — As a winter storm moves through the region, making its way northeast, meteorologists say Mid-Atlantic residents should brace for more scattered snow showers, sleet and icy conditions Monday night. Commuters saw mostly slick roads with patches of ice in Maryland, northern Virginia and Delaware Monday evening. Bob Sager, spokesman for the Maryland Highway Safety Authority, said the roads were wet early in the evening, but overnight as temperatures drop, icy patches were expected to form. Sager said crews were going to be deployed to salt roads across the state. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Murphy said significant portions of major highways and roads in Loudoun County were covere

  • Closing arguments begin in ex-Vandy players' rape trial


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges. Beyond the video footage and photographs, testimony from several athletes shows the players are guilty, Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman told jurors during closing arguments. The proceedings capped off a day of dramatic testimony during which one of the former players took the stand and testified that he was so drunk he could not remember what happened. Former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are standing trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two count

  • Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East


    Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. By early Monday evening, more than 6,700 U.S. flights through Tuesday had already been scrubbed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. Most were to or from cities in the storm's path, from Washington through New York to Boston. And 2,000 flights had been delayed. Cancelations and delays will spill over into Wednesday, if not longer. Airlines cancel flights before storms arrive to prevent passengers from driving to the airport and getting stranded in the terminal. Airlines also want to avoid having their planes stuck at snowed-in airports. Most major U.S.

  • Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections. The stunning sum from Freedom Partners would dwarf expected spending from official GOP committees and many of the hopefuls expected to seek the party's presidential nomination in 2016. The $889 million budget is almost twice what 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney spent from his campaign accounts. The hefty budget also suggests that the Koch-backed groups are prepared to spend heavily and early to weaken the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Cl

  • Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple


    McRAE, Ga. (AP) — The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday. Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns, 28, the man who last had telephone contact with Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, turned himself in Monday to face charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. He hasn't been formally accused of harming the couple, however. The Runions' car was found submerged in a lake near McRae in southern Georgia's Telfair County, county Sheriff Chris Steverson told a news conference.

  • Egypt: Release of Mubarak's sons caps weekend of violence


    CAIRO (AP) — In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak's two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly heavy-handed police force. Criticism is mounting over the shooting death of a young mother, which was captured on video and has sparked unflattering comparisons between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Mubarak, the authoritarian ruler ousted by a popular uprising in 2011.