• 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude from a preliminary 6.8 while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

  • DHS worker reported smelling marijuana at home of foster parents, who are now charged with murder

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services failed to remove foster children from a home despite a worker having reported smelling marijuana in the home during a visit, a report states. A 3-year-old boy, Andrew Prior, later died of suspected child abuse. The foster parents, Mallory and Peter Krajian, have been charged with first-degree murder.

  • Oklahoma City school district forfeits more than $3.5 million unused federal funds

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Scott Randall, the Oklahoma City school district’s chief financial officer, says the school board acted responsibly by rejecting initiatives that failed to improve achievement.

  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher said the idea is to attack smells "where the action is." The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin-based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant.

  • Five die in head-on collision in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Five people died Saturday in a two-car, head-on collision on U.S. 169 in Nowata County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

  • Monaco to celebrate birth of its royal twins

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month, and the first one born will be the prince's royal heir. The palace of the Riviera principality advised citizens on Saturday that the big moment, expected in December, will be celebrated with church bells ringing. The palace says there will be 21 cannon shots for each baby and bells tolling for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns. Prince Albert told BFM-TV that the first child born will be heir to the throne — unless a boy and a girl are born, in which case the boy becomes royal heir. Albert, 56, who has two children out of wedlock, married Charlene, a South African swimmer now 36, in 2011.

  • Man arrested Saturday in shooting death of Oklahoma City woman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Officers responded to a reported shooting shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday in the 500 block of N Sweetgum Avenue. When they arrived, they found a woman with several gunshot wounds, said officer Jeff Dutton, an Oklahoma City police spokesman.

  • The Dallas Morning News Jim Rossman column

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    I need a monitor for reading text — lots and lots of text in spreadsheets and documents for many hours each day. I want that text to be big, clear and crisp. On old CRT monitors, the thing I looked for was dot pitch. I could adjust the resolution/size for what I needed. But flat-screen monitors are all that’s available today, and they are best at native resolution. If native resolution is low, I can get big text but not very clear. If native resolution is high, I can get clear text, but it’s too small. What should I do to get a good monitor for my purposes? I have space for up to 25 inches, and the 23-inch ones I have now, supposedly HD, are only fair.

  • The Five: Tips to protect against data breaches

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    With even many large companies dealing with cyberattacks, how can small businesses protect themselves? Daren Boozer offers tips to protect against data breaches. Boozer is CEO and president of NCC Data, an IT consulting firm in Addison. Separate work and personal When employees mix social media, personal email and sensitive work data on one computer, security breaches are a breath away. Assign each employee a password for each system, rather than mixing personal logins with work. Don’t allow employees to take laptops home unless you monitor that only work activities are completed on that device. Run anti-virus software Buy a highly rated business anti-virus program.

  • Fraud fighters offer tips to thwart ever-smarter thieves

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Credit card and identity thieves are getting so believable in their scams that they fooled even Robert Moraca. Briefly. Moraca is a former police detective, an expert on credit card fraud, and vice president for loss prevention for the National Association of Retailers. A few weeks ago he opened snail mail of what looked like a notice from his phone service. “It said I owed money. It fooled me,” he said. Not for long. Moraca called his phone company, which said the letter was a fraud. The good news, Moraca said, is that we can still do simple things to thwart ever-smarter thieves. Moraca and other fraud fighters say we’re all potential victims, especially during the holiday season when we’re more vulnerabl

  • Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle. And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay perfectly still until the 20 Islamic extremists left, and he appears to be the only survivor of those who had been selected for death. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling out and killing 28 passengers who could not recite an Islamic creed and were assumed to be non-Muslims, Kenyan police said.

  • What's hot this Black Friday?

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Play nice this Black Friday. There's no need to push in line, cut ahead or even remove items from another shopper's cart as the timeframe to reap the rewards of Black Friday has stretched to include that beloved rest time when the tryptophan has taken its toll. Black Friday shopping begins early this year, as it did last year, on Thursday. Stores, such as Kohl's, Target, Bealls and Best Buy, open their doors Thanksgiving afternoon. Some of the biggest deals* of the year include:• Sears: 6 p.m. Thursday Kenmore French-door bottom freezer refrigerator Price: $999.99 Savings $840 or Craftsman three-drawer project center Price: $99.99 Savings: $50 • JCPenney: 5 p.m. Thursd

  • City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    READING, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading's (REH'-dingz) spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit. Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries. The puny pine was a last-minute stand-in taken from a city park. The city had planned to get its tree from a farm, but the owner wouldn't let the crews drive on the wet ground when they went to pick it up.

  • An app is available for everything in agriculture

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Even across the most remote landscapes, technology is spiraling. And in a world of information technology, there is no need to leave the field when muddled by a unfamiliar disease or insect infestation. Nor do you, these days, need a tablet and pencil to figure things like estimating corn yields or even calculating fertilizer rates. Yes, there is an app for just about anything – even on the farm. “We have seen a growing sector of farmers who are using apps,” said Ignacio Ciampitti, associate professor of agronomy at Kansas State University. Maybe it is a weed or disease problem they want to identify, he said. Apps are being made by universities, commercial companies and organizations, giving farmers detailed

  • Seismologists seek to better track quake swarm

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Seismologists have taken steps to better track an earthquake swarm in the sparsely populated northwest corner of Nevada near Oregon and California. The placement of seismographs closer to the activity will improve experts' ability to locate temblors and gain more information about them, said officials at the University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Seismological Laboratory. No major damage has been reported since the swarm began in July around the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, about 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon, and 250 miles north of Reno. The area is home to scattered ranches and farms.

  • Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America. They did it again this year. Average voter turnout across the country was horrible during this year's midterms: about a third of those eligible to cast ballots did so, according to an Associated Press tabulation of preliminary data from local officials and state election authorities. That's the lowest turnout in at least five decades. But turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon. During each election over the past 10 years, these states have often been among the to

  • Mexico confirms US agent wounded in north in July

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy confirmed on Saturday that a U.S. marshal was wounded in Mexico while working with naval personnel in the northwestern state of Sinaloa during the summer. But the navy denied a report in the Wall Street Journal that the marshal and other U.S. officers were dressed as Mexican marines while participating in an operation against organized crime. It said the marshal was only training Mexican naval personnel and wasn't wearing a Mexican uniform. The navy's statement confirmed the American was wounded on July 11, as reported in the Journal, but the navy gave no information on how the officer was wounded. According to the Journal story, agents from several U.S.

  • High school football: Tulsa Union dominates Mustang, guarantees 19th straight east-side Class 6A champion

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    TULSA UNION 52, MUSTANG 7 — Once again, the champion for the state’s largest class will come from the Tulsa area. After Union’s dismantling of Mustang on Saturday, the Redskins will face off against two-time defending champion Jenks on Dec. 5 for the Class 6A-I title.

  • NJ online gambling underwhelms in first year

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Internet gambling in New Jersey has been underwhelming in the year since it began, and it is now under attack by opponents looking to shut it down, even as it provides a small bit of help to Atlantic City's struggling casinos. When Internet gambling was launched, it was hailed by many as a potential game-changer that would help reverse years of declining revenues at what were then Atlantic City's 12 casinos. Gov. Chris Christie's administration expected online betting to bring in $1 billion in its first year. But only one-tenth of that — just over $111 million — has materialized. Four casinos have closed and a fifth is poised to do so next month.

  • Rebounding bobcats showing up in central Indiana

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sightings of one of Indiana's most secretive inhabitants — the bobcat — are on the rise in the state's central counties as the largely nocturnal animals venture south from a northeastern Indiana stronghold into areas with favorable habitat, state wildlife experts say. Conservation Officer John Gano said he's received a growing number of reports this fall of sightings of the animals in northern Hamilton County, the county just north of Indianapolis. But he said central Indiana has seen in uptick for years of both bobcat sightings and "road-kill" cases. The public shouldn't be alarmed by the wildcats' growing presence, Gano said, because they avoid human contact and are not a threat to either pets or l