• Oklahoma County jail to stop holding extra state prisoners

    Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma County commissioners voted to cancel the contract with the Oklahoma Corrections Department that paid the county more than $2 million to house extra inmates in the county jail they say is already overcrowded.

  • CORRECTION Cuba Tourism

    Updated: 16 min ago

    CORRECTS BYLINE - Drivers and vintage American cars stand ready to bring in the fashion models that will take part in the upcoming Chanel fashion show, at the parking lot of the Hotel Nacional, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

  • From lab to sanctuary: 220 research chimps being relocated

    Updated: 17 min ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — All 220 chimpanzees at a Louisiana university's research lab in New Iberia will be moving to a new sanctuary in north Georgia, the university said Monday, in what appears to be a first for a non-federal lab. The great apes owned by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be moved monthly in social groups of about 10 animals to the sanctuary in Blue Ridge, Georgia, starting in June, said Sarah Baeckler Davis, co-founder of the nonprofit Project Chimps. A joint announcement Tuesday by the university and Project Chimps said it was the first time a non-federal research program has arranged to release all of its research chimps. The Humane Society of the United States confirmed it.

  • Carbon monoxide likely killed boy, seriously injured sister

    Updated: 19 min ago

    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Carbon monoxide poisoning apparently caused the death of a 9-year-old boy and seriously injured his 10-year-old sister who were both found unresponsive Tuesday morning, authorities in New Jersey said. The children's mother found them around 7:25 a.m. in their bedroom, where high levels of carbon monoxide were found, and she attempted CPR, Linden police said. Authorities said there was a carbon monoxide detector in the house, but it didn't appear to be working due to either corroded or old batteries. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. His sister is hospitalized in critical condition. Their names have not been released.

  • FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games

    Updated: 19 min ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Student representatives at Florida State University have passed a resolution discouraging the wearing of Native American headdresses at Seminoles games. The Student Government Association resolution, which passed April 20 by a 27-4 vote, is a nonbinding, formal opinion. It asks the university administration to consider adding the wearing of headdresses as a violation of the student code of conduct. Student government passed the resolution because many of the headdresses worn at athletic events are representative of other tribes, in particular Plains tribes like the Sioux, and not the Seminoles. Part of the resolution reads that the Senate "does not condone the wearing of headdresses because it inacc

  • The Latest: Woman in drive-by pronounced brain-dead

    Updated: 21 min ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an apparently random shooting along an interstate in Wisconsin that killed an Illinois woman (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Officials say an Illinois woman shot in a drive-by shooting on a Wisconsin interstate has been declared brain dead and is only being kept on life support to preserve her organs for donation. Sauk County Coroner Greg Hahn says Tracy Czaczkowski was pronounced brain dead early Monday morning. Hahn said Tuesday her condition is not reversible and that she is dead. Hahn said it usually takes a couple days to line up organ donations. Czaczkowski was shot while driving with her family Sunday back to their home in Illinois after a weekend in Wisconsin Dells.

  • Brazil Olympic Torch Relay

    Updated: 24 min ago

    Brazil's Jose Batista holds the Olympic torch aloft as he rides his horse over the obstacle course, during the torch relay in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The three-month torch relay across Brazil will end at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 at Maracana stadium in Rio.

  • For Tilda Swinton, acting remains a mysterious 'habit'

    Updated: 24 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a sleek, luxurious Manhattan hotel room, Tilda Swinton stands and announces that she's bound to break something. "If not you then me," she says cheerfully. That the stark interiors would, in even a brief stay, be in jeopardy from Swinton shouldn't be surprising. Few confines have ever been able to hold the shape-shifting, convention-bursting actress. But to say she's a chameleon doesn't quite do justice to Swinton's myriad transformations: flickers of flesh that bend with the light or mood, alternatively illuminating her and retreating behind masks. She plays people perpetually in flux. Even "Tilda Swinton" is illusory. "I simply do not buy that identity isn't fluid," she says. "I'm not sure that id

  • Fix for California trailer park reflects uranium problem

    Updated: 24 min ago

    California regulators approved a $3.2 million grant Tuesday to bring safe water to a California trailer park where three dozen households for years have been provided with tap water containing dangerous levels of uranium. The grant from the California Water Resources Control Board will pay to install lines from a new well in a nearby town to the Double L Mobile Ranch Park outside Fresno, in the agriculturally rich Central Valley. One in 10 public water systems and up to one in four private wells in some areas of the Central Valley now have raw water with unsafe levels of uranium, officials say. "Uranium contamination is a fact and is a challenge, a gigantic challenge. There is no question about that," said Frances Spive

  • AP source: Games in PR likely to be moved because of Zika

    Updated: 24 min ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says there's a very good chance the Miami Marlins' two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Puerto Rico will not be held there because of concerns about the Zika virus. The person spoke about the situation to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the teams say no decision has been made. Marlins players attended a seminar on Zika that heightened concerns about playing the games in San Juan on May 30-31, team player representative Tom Koehler said. An announcement is expected by the end of the week regarding whether the games will be played as scheduled or moved, Koehler said. Koehler said there's a lot of concern within the Marlins club

  • Panama’s president defends his country’s financial institutions

    Updated: 25 min ago

    WASHINGTON — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela defended his country’s financial reputation and reiterated Panama’s commitment to greater transparency Tuesday in the wake of the leak of millions of documents that show ties between world leaders and a Panamanian law firm that specializes in setting up shell corporations. Speaking at the 46th annual Washington Conference on the Americas, an event hosted by the Council for the Americas at the U.S. State Department, Varela said the leaks, known as the Panama Papers, revealed a global problem, and he called on world leaders to work together to increase transparency and share more tax information.

  • Melbourne Victory joins Shanghai in 2nd round; Suwon exits

    Updated: 28 min ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne Victory scored twice in the first 17 minutes and held off Japan's Gamba Osaka 2-1 to secure a place in the second round of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Melbourne finished second in Group G behind Shanghai SIPG, which was already assured of first place ahead of its 3-0 loss to two-time continental champion Suwon in South Korea. Suwon's hopes of progression depended on a win at home and a loss for Melbourne. Kim Gun-hee opened with an early penalty for Suwon, and scored again in the 55th, three minutes after Min Sang-gi. In Melbourne, Besart Berisha's 13th-minute penalty and Archie Thompson's well-time finished from Kosta Barbarouses' cross gave the Victory a buffer.

  • Mexico: 3 kidnapped Americans freed in northern border state

    Updated: 33 min ago

    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have rescued three American citizens who were kidnapped in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas. The Tamaulipas state government says the victims were freed from captivity Monday from a criminal band's camp along the highway between Ciudad Victoria and Zaragoza. It says the alleged leader of the band was killed in the operation and two suspects were detained. The Tamaulipas government said Tuesday that the Americans are members of the same family and are of Mexican descent. The three adults are said to be from Dallas and are described as in good condition. They were abducted April 13 while driving to a relative's funeral in the central state

  • AP Sources: Takata recall could more than double in size

    Updated: 33 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Three people briefed on the matter say that U.S. auto safety regulators are in talks with Takata Corp. to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what already is the biggest auto recall in American history. The people say the government wants the Japanese company to issue a recall that could more than double the 28.8 million Takata inflators that already must be replaced. They requested anonymity because talks are still under way. An announcement could come as soon as Wednesday. Neither the government nor Takata would say if more recalls are coming. Takata's inflators can explode with too much force and send shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people have died worldwide and over 100 h

  • Williams, ETE agree to change timeline in merger

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Williams Cos. and Energy Transfer Equity have agreed to shorten the amount of time that will pass between the deadline for Williams shareholders to vote on the proposed merger and the anticipated closing date for the transaction. According to forms filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Williams and ETE have agreed to amend the merger agreement to remove the requirement that the Election Deadline must come at least 30 days before the merger's anticipated closing date.

  • New federal programs bring deportation relief for some undocumented Oklahoma residents

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Updated: 35 min ago

    Jair Pacheco, 20, has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program after an executive order by President Barack Obama gave undocumented residents protections if they had entered the country before turning 18, were not yet 30, and were able to pass a background check.

  • Navy reinstates nurse who refused to force-feed at Guantanamo

    Updated: 35 min ago

    MIAMI — A Navy lieutenant nurse who refused to force-feed protesting prisoners at Guantanamo in the summer of 2014 has been restored to full duty and is serving at a Navy medical facility in New England, his attorney said Tuesday. The case became a cause celebre in certain circles that both honored the nurse’s defiance and defended the duty of a medical professional to let his ethics trump his chain of command if he disapproves of U.S. military medical decisions. But it took nearly two years to resolve after the Miami Herald disclosed the crisis of conscience, as overheard by a Syrian hunger striker, and the prison confirmed it happened. In the interim, the Pentagon has released some of Guantanamo’s most determine

  • Lawsuit: Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology

    Updated: 37 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs. Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit April 26 against Las Vegas-based AffinityLifestyles.com, also known as Real Alkalized Water. Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. His son, Blain Jones, is executive vice president of the company and is running for a Nevada Assembly seat. "I have not seen the legal documents at this time, so I cannot comment on the alleged claims," Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

  • Former NY top political powerbroker gets 12 years in prison

    Updated: 38 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars. Silver, a 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat, lowered his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as a stern U.S. Judge Valerie Caproni announced his fate. "I hope the sentence I impose upon you will make other politicians think twice until their better angels take over — or, if there are no better angels, perhaps the fear of living out his golden years in an orange jumpsuit," said Caproni, who also ordered Silver to forfeit $5.3 million

  • Mutua Madrid Open Results

    Updated: 39 min ago

    Roberto Bautista Agut (15), Spain, def. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 6-3, 7-5. Gael Monfils (13), France, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-4, 6-1. Nick Kyrgios, Australia, def. Guido Pella, Argentina, 7-6 (7), 6-4. Jack Sock, United States, def. Benoit Paire, France, 6-2, 6-4. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, def. Dominic Thiem (14), Austria, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Fabio Fognini, Italy, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 6-2, 6-4. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Denis Kudla, United States, def. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-3, 6-4. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain, def. Grigo

  • Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal

    Updated: 40 min ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs. In a 32-page opinion filed Monday, a three-judge 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans unanimously upheld a lower-court ruling that David Rasheed Ali should be allowed to grow a 4-inch beard and wear a knit skullcap, called a kufi, as his faith demands. Ali is a Muslim inmate at the state's Michael Unit in East Texas near Palestine, where he is serving four concurrent 20-year prison sentences for arson, criminal mischief and aggravated robbery.