• Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs prescription monitoring bill

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma House Bill 1948, the first piece of legislation signed this year, will go into effect Nov. 1. Physicians who check the database can find out if a patient is “doctor shopping,” or trying to get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors. The initial database check would be required with the first prescription for three classes of drugs. Subsequent checks would need to be made at least once every 180 days.

  • Nigerian civic groups suggest rigging in election

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian civil societies say discrepancies in election tallies suggest the turnout was inflated in defeated President Goodluck Jonathan's southern strongholds. The differences do not invalidate the victory of former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari but should be investigated before April elections for state governors, the Transition Monitoring Group told a news conference Wednesday. The group's count has Buhari winning 59.4 percent of votes, instead of the official 53.9 percent, to 39.2 percent for Jonathan, instead of the official 45 percent. Some 40.6 percent of voters turned out in Nigeria's south-south zone compared to an official 55.

  • AP names Adam Schreck as news director for the Gulf region

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Adam Schreck, who has covered conflict and upheaval in the Middle East as well as sweeping economic changes reshaping the region, has been named Gulf News Director for The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Wednesday by AP's Middle East News Director Ian Phillips. From his base in Dubai, Schreck will lead a team of video journalists, text reporters and photographers in a region comprising of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar. He will also have oversight over AP's news operation in Iran. AP has invested heavily in the Middle East region in the last two years, with particular emphasis on the growing video market.

  • Image of Asia: Pyroclastic flows erupt from Mount Sinabung

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    In this photo by Binsar Bakkara, Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows as seen from Tiga Serangkai in North Sumatra province, Indonesia. Villages within 3 kilometers of the volcano have already been abandoned since Sinabung has erupted regularly since August 2010. Wednesday's activity did not change the volcano's alert status, which remains at the third-highest level, nor did it cause any casualties. More than 18,000 people have evacuated their homes near Sinabung, though most have returned and some resettled outside the danger area. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano is among about 130 that are active in Indonesia. Before 2010, Sinabung was dormant for more than 400 years.

  • AP names Karin Laub as Jordan bureau chief

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Associated Press has named Karin Laub, a veteran Middle East correspondent, as its chief of bureau for Jordan. In her new role, Laub will also take a lead in producing stories of regional interest and remain involved in coverage of the Palestinian territories. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Ian Phillips, AP's Middle East News Director. Laub has written about and helped direct coverage of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza in previous roles as Jerusalem news editor and chief correspondent for the Palestinian territories. She has also covered recent wars and conflicts in the region, reporting from Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

  • Buhari: Nigeria embraces democracy, 1-party state behind us

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday it was time "to heal wounds," a day after Nigeria's president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. Calling for conciliation across the political divide, Buhari said Nigerians have put a one-party state behind them and embraced democracy. "We have voted for a president and a government that will serve and govern but never rule over you," he said. "Change has come. A new day and a new Nigeria are open to us . The victory is yours." Buhari, 72, said Nigerians showed they can bring about peaceful change through the ballot box.

  • African envoy expresses concern over EU migrant center plans

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Africa's envoy to the European Union warned Wednesday that EU plans to process migrants in the countries they leave or transit on their way to Europe are "a dangerous approach." The EU is trying to persuade Niger, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey to pre-screen migrants and has launched a pilot project to send immigration officers abroad to help assess asylum demands. African Union Ambassador Ajay Kumar Bramdeo told EU lawmakers that by outsourcing migrant management, the EU would be "shirking its own responsibility in receiving refugees and migrants, also in footing the bill for managing and controlling migration." More than 280,000 people entered the EU illegally last year, according to figures rele

  • 2 NYC Jewish cultural institutions to form partnership

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene are embarking on a partnership. The two New York City institutions say the hope is that the two-year alliance will lead to a permanent merger. It could give the theater a permanent home at the museum's 375-seat theater. The theater is the last survivor of about a dozen Yiddish theaters that once thrived on Manhattan's East Side. The museum opened in 1997 as a living memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. The aim of the partnership is to create a cultural center for Jewish history and culture and help increase the museum's attendance. A weeklong performing arts festival at the museum is scheduled for June.

  • EEOC worker pilfered $60k in taxpayer funds for Louis Vitton, Disneyland

    Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A federal employee used $60,000 in taxpayer funds to buy Armani, Louis Vitton, and a Disneyland vacation for her personal use, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is supposed to be an advocate for victims of workplace employment discrimination, but the documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that at least one of its employees had been living quite well using money that was supposed to fund the agency's programs. The Philadelphia EEOC office began buying American Express gift cards and paying contractors with them, apparently so the contractors couldn't run up limitless bills. That action was taken following a 2012 incident in which a contractor used a commission credit card to run up a huge bill of unauthorized charges.

  • Morocco: Militant cell recruiting IS fighters is dismantled

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Interior Ministry has announced the dismantling of a cell that recruited young Moroccans to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The statement Wednesday credited the new Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation for discovering the cell based in the northern city of Fez. No details were given on the number of people arrested. Last week the bureau announced the dismantling of a network spread over several cities that planned assassinations against top civilian and military figures. Morocco doesn't suffer from strong, organized extremist groups like its neighbors but frequently reports dismantling networks recruiting volunteers to fight in Syria and Iraq.

  • A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain. Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, told reporters that if the sides make progress on the text of a joint statement, then that could be issued by the end of the day. But he suggested the statement would contain no specifics.

  • By The Numbers: The New York International Auto Show

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The New York International Auto Show is open to the public April 3-12. Here are some facts about the show, by the numbers: 1900: First year that the New York Auto Show was held. It was the first auto show ever held in North America. 1,000: Number of vehicles that will be displayed over 950,000 square feet at the Javits Center. 63: Number of new vehicles that will have their world and U.S. debuts at the show, including the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Tucson, Lexus RX, Kia Optima, Jaguar XF and Cadillac CT6. 1 million: Number of visitors expected to attend the show. Last year, that included nearly 5,000 members of the media. $263 million: Estimated economic impact of the show in 2014. Tickets cost $16 for adults

  • Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. It takes words invested with meaning in the language of the international jet set: Porsche. Giorgio Armani. Fendi. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels.

  • SUNO professor gets Presidential Award for Excellence

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Barack Obama has named Southern University at New Orleans Professor Murty S. Kambhampati and 13 other people and one organization as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The honorees will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year. In addition, recipients get $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. The mentors and organizations represent the 2012 and 2013 winners. The recognition announced last week is awarded to recognize the role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering, particularly those who belong to groups that are underre

  • Drumright woman dies in Creek County, Oklahoma crash Tuesday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A woman died in a crash in Creek County, Oklahoma Tuesday night. The woman was dead at the scene.

  • UN rights chief: Boko Haram fighters murdered captive women

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief said Wednesday his office has received reports that Boko Haram fighters retreating from advancing military forces in Nigeria murdered women and girls they had taken as "wives," along with other captives. The recapture of parts of northeastern Nigeria in recent weeks "has brought to light gruesome scenes of mass graves and further evident signs of slaughter by Boko Haram," Zeid Raad al-Hussein told a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Zeid gave no further details of what he said were multiple reports of fighters killing "their so-called 'wives' — in fact, women and girls held in slavery — and other captives.

  • Why puppetry is so much more than entertainment

    Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Yesterday

    It’s been 60 years since Jim Henson made his first Kermit the Frog puppet and added a new chapter to a centuries-old art form and helping generations of kids learn everything from their ABCs to emotional intelligence.

  • International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters marking the high-stakes move. Joining the court is part of a broader effort by the Palestinians to put international pressure on Israel and comes at a time when the chances of resuming negotiations on Palestinian statehood are seen as slim following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent election victory and tough campaign rhetoric. Palestinians signed the court's founding treaty in January and Palestinian membership came into force Wednesday. International justice activists hailed the occasion as an opportunity to bring accountability to ye

  • Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt. The escape by Wossen Assaye, 42, of Arlington, from Inova Fairfax Hospital prompted questions as to why two guards assigned to him were insufficient to prevent his escape, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Bobby Mathieson said Tuesday. "Two people should be able to guard a prisoner securely," Mathieson said at a news conference Tuesday after Assaye was apprehended. Assaye was charged earlier this month as the "Bicycle Bandit" — accused of robbing a dozen banks in northern V

  • Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. Beyond seeking war crimes charges against Israel at the court, the Palestinians want the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline for an Israeli troop withdrawal and hope for new momentum of a Palestinian-led international movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions. The atmosphere seems ripe for international intervention after recently re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu startled the world with a pledge to voters, since withdrawn, that he would not

  • Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in coming years, following the OK given to apples that don't brown and potatoes that don't bruise. The companies behind these foods are hoping customers will be attracted to health benefits and overlook concerns about genetic engineering. What could be next? Del Monte has engineered a pink pineapple with lycopene, an antioxidant that may have a role in preventing cancer.