• Dozens gather at state Capitol for first Oklahoma Muslim Day

    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Imad Enchassi, a senior imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, along with more than 150 Oklahoma Muslims, were gathering to meet with lawmakers, discuss issues surrounding their Islamic faith and to pray inside the cavernous rotunda beneath the Capitol dome.

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military. UNICEF had previously said about 89 boys, some as young as 13, were forcibly recruited by an armed group near the town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, in mid-February. The agency said the boys were taken while doing their exams, in a recruitment operation that appeared to target mostly adults in the area known as Wau Shilluk. UNICEF said in a statement Saturday that it is now "confident that the armed group which took the children ... is aligned with" South Sudan's military.

  • Retired Goodyear blimp gondola joins Cleveland exhibit

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit. The 3,400-pound gondola was built in 1982 and was also used on two earlier blimps, the America and Stars & Stripes. After the Spirit of Goodyear was retired a year ago, Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. donated the gondola to the Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1GAgX8k) the historical society's president calls the gondola an "eyewitness to so much history." The blimps flew crew members and passengers above major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the World Series.

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists. Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria to attack towns in northern Cameroon. About 200 Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in the fighting, according to the demonstration's organizers, Cameroonian journalists who have reported on the fighting. The demonstrators marched through Yaounde's streets, carrying the flags of Cameroon and Chad, two of the African countries that have deployed troops to help the Nigerian army to fight Boko Haram.

  • Iran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Saturday that "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world should not allow the hard-line Israeli leader to undermine peace. He was referring to Netanyahu's planned speech at the U.S. Congress next week on the emerging nuclear deal that he considers dangerous. "Through scaremongering, falsification, propaganda and creating a false atmosphere even inside other countries, (Israel) is attempting to prevent peace," Zarif told reporters during a joint news conference Saturday with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni.

  • Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering. The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor America wasn't immediately available for comment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a sensor in the affected cars could detect a discrepancy in the steering input and signals and disable power-assisted steering as a result. Cars would revert to manual steering and require greater effort to steer at low speeds, raising the risk of a crash. The affected cars include model years 2008 to 2010 of Elantras and Elantra Touring vehicles made between Nov. 1, 200

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites. Mugabe's robust performance during a lavish party in the resort town of Victoria Falls seemed designed to dispel any speculation that old age was slowing him down following a recent fall at Harare's main airport. Mugabe's birthday was on Feb. 21. Thousands of people packed the grounds of a hotel to praise the man who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, and youth officials who organized the event encouraged Mugabe to rule until he

  • Uncertainty not unusual in energy industry, incoming CEO of Oklahoma City-based Devon says

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Dave Hager, who will become Devon’s CEO this summer, labels the current oil price slide a “blip.” Currently the chief operating officer of the Oklahoma City company, Hager will succeed John Richels as CEO at the end of July.

  • Upstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — Some towns in New York's Southern Tier are raising the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania. Conklin Supervisor Jim Finch and other local officials talking about redrawing the Keystone State's border don't really expect it to happen. But members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the idea will result in something good for a struggling part of the state. New York's Southern Tier sits atop the same gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has allowed Pennsylvania and other states to ride the fracking boom. In December, the Cuomo administration said it planned to ban hydraulic fracturing based on potential health risks from the drilling practice and overstated economic benefits.

  • Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep snow for days. Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, said 186 people have been confirmed dead alone in the hard-hit Panjshir Province, 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Kabul. Machinery has been moved into the Panjshir Valley to help clear roads buried beneath at least 1 meter (3 feet) of snow. Syas said army helicopters on Saturday continued to distribute food and other essentials to villages cut off for days.

  • Oklahoma County, hospital fight over inmates' medical bills

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    An ongoing legal fight between OU Medical Center and Oklahoma County over who should pay for jail inmates’ emergency medical care has reached the zenith of the state’s courts system.

  • Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leaders to life in prison

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced five leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to life in prison on Saturday over violence at their headquarters in 2013 and issued death sentences for four others. The case stems from clashes in a Cairo suburb on June 30, 2013, four days before the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, that killed 11 people and wounded 91. The men faced charges including murder and possessing firearms. The verdict can be appealed. Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater were among those sentenced to life, along with former lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy and party head Saad el-Katatni and his deputy, Essam el-Erian. Nine others also received life in prison.

  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wall Street analyst says FairPoint shareholders are pressing for a sale of the company now that it has negotiated a new labor pact with workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Barry Sine from New York-based brokerage Drexel Hamilton says "shareholders are beating the drums." Union workers said during the four-month strike that North Carolina-based FairPoint was positioning itself to be sold. But the company disputes that, saying it's focused on trying to become profitable. More than 1,700 workers began returning to their jobs last week after ratifying a tentative agreement reached during negotiations overseen by federal mediators.

  • Singapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday. Lee, who is being treated for severe pneumonia, remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation in the ICU at Singapore General Hospital, and is continuing with his antibiotics, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. It said his "condition has improved slightly." Lee was admitted to Singapore General on Feb. 5. Singapore's first prime minister, Lee ruled for 31 years until 1990, and has been credited with transforming the city-state from a sleepy tropical port to a wealthy, bustling financial hub with one of the highest ave

  • Spanish claim leg 4 in Ocean Race by just 4 minutes

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Spanish team MAPFRE, skippered by stand-in Xabi Fernandez, claimed an epic victory in the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race with just over four minutes to spare after 20 days sailing. Fernandez's crew pipped Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in Auckland, after a 5,264-nautical mile (nm) stage from Sanya, China, to snatch their first leg victory since the race started on Oct. 11. There was consolation, however, for Abu Dhabi, which is skippered by Briton Walker. They now lead the overall standings from China's Dongfeng Race Team, which finished third in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Fernandez was savoring a memorable victory, witnessed by tens of thousands of locals, who earlier enjoyed a Cricke

  • Police: NASCAR's Team XTREME race car found near Atlanta; too late to make the weekend's race

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Police: NASCAR's Team XTREME race car found near Atlanta; too late to make the weekend's race.

  • A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    The best golfer in India played before an enormous gallery with the kind of buzz that is rare for his country. Anirban Lahiri wound up the winner, a day he won't forget. Except that he wasn't the star that day. Tiger Woods was in town. Lahiri and Shiv Kapur, who played college golf at Purdue, were asked to play a three-hole skins game at the end of an exhibition at Delhi Golf Club. Lahiri started playing golf about the time Woods won his first Masters, and Woods became a golfing hero. "Meeting him in person, he had a strong, positive aura about him," Lahiri said in a telephone interview from his home in Bangladore. "It was nice to interact with him and pick his brain and get some perspective how he goes about his

  • India's new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on the fiscal deficit. It was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's first full budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a huge majority in national elections in May on the back of promises to turn around the economy and boost job creation. There were few sweeping reforms that the government has been promising, but economists and business leaders reacted to Saturday's announcement with cautious optimism, a far cry from Jaitley's first interim budget in July, which was wide

  • Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said in a 2-1 ruling Friday that a U.S. district judge correctly denied Tsarnaev's requests on three occasions to move the trial, especially given the "particularly unusual" timing with jury selection already underway. "The process has been thorough and appropriately calibrated to expose bias, ignorance and prevarication," the majority said of Judge George O'Toole Jr. almost daily sessions with potential

  • Man sentenced in death of boy made to hold paint buckets

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a suburban Atlanta man who forced a boy to hold paint buckets outdoors for hours as punishment on a hot June day has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 50 years. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Omar Pitts of College Park pleaded guilty Friday to murder and other charges in the death of his girlfriend's 12-year-old brother, Jay'tavious Mahone. District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said paramedics tried to revive Mahone outside a College Park home on June 17, 2010, but he later died. Howard's statement says investigators determined the boy also was forced to wear a dress and makeup, punished for taking his shoes off after being told not to.

  • Sydney FC continues Wanderers' woes in A-League

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Marc Janko scored twice and Terry Antonis netted the winner in the 74th minute as Sydney FC extended the Western Sydney Wanderers' woes in the A-League with a 4-3 win Saturday. Kerem Bulut scored twice for the Asian-champion Wanderers who have only one win in 17 matches this season with five draws. Earlier Saturday, the Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners played to a scoreless draw. On Friday, Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy scored his first goal for Melbourne City since returning from playing in Japan to lead his side to a 3-1 win over Adelaide United. First-place Perth played Brisbane and the Melbourne Victory, who trail the Glory by two points, played Wellington in later weekend matches to