• United Airlines extends onboard streaming to Android devices

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CHICAGO — United Airlines customers can now use Android devices to wirelessly stream movies and TV shows from the airline’s free on-demand video entertainment service, the Chicago-based carrier said Friday. The service announced in March was previously available only for laptops and Apple devices, shutting out smartphones and tablets that run Android, the most popular mobile operating system. The latest United app update in the Google Play store lets travelers watch hundreds of TV shows and movies on Android smartphones and tablets. Not all United aircraft are equipped to stream video to devices.

  • Current immigration laws hamstring US economy, tech industry says

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES — The presidential orders on immigration Thursday night offered little relief to the nation’s technology industry, with company executives, venture capitalists and lobbyists expressing frustration that Congress hasn’t moved to improve the processes that would allow more highly skilled foreigners to live and work in the U.S. Tech industry leaders have long complained about a skills gap in the U.S. workforce they say makes it difficult to fill technical positions. Their key concerns include the current cap on the number of H-1B work visas issued each year, the complicated and red tape-wrapped process of obtaining a green card, and the lack of a direct path from a student visa to a green card.

  • Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims. The State Board of Education sanctioned 89 books and classroom software packages that more than 5 million public school students will begin using next fall. But it took hours of sometimes testy discussion and left publishers scrambling to make hundreds of last-minute edits, some to no avail. A proposal to delay the vote to allow the board and general public to better check those chan

  • Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal. In hours of high drama reflecting the delicate stage of the talks, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif first made, then cancelled plans to walk away from the talks — at least temporarily — for additional consultations. Such developments could have meant possible progress, suggesting that the Iranians needed political approval from Tehran to move forward.

  • High school football: Division I football recruit suspended for fighting during playoff game

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    SUSPENSION — Three players from Tulsa Edison have been suspended after an on-field altercation with officials during last week’s playoff game vs. McAlester. Among the suspended is Akylen Mayfield, a Division-I prospect with a scholarship offer from Arkansas State.

  • Sharif asks Obama to play role on Kashmir issue

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday asked the U.S. President Barack Obama to play a role in resolving the issue of Kashmir when he travels to neighboring India, the Pakistani foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said Sharif made this request when Obama called him on Friday. It said Sharif and Obama discussed recent incidents of Indian troops firing across the Line of Control that divides the disputed Kashmir region. The two leaders spoke hours after Pakistan blamed the Indian army for killing a soldier in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

  • AP PHOTOS: A look at Greece's Macedonian legacy

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — They were the ancient world's ultimate social climbers. In one generation, the Macedonians emerged from Greece's rustic northern fringes to rule most of the world they knew, funded by the loot of the Persian Empire. In the process, and particularly in the bloodbath that followed Alexander the Great's death at age 33 in 323 B.C., they set new standards for ambition, bloody intrigue and excess that remained unrivalled until the more colorful periods of Imperial Rome. The recent discovery of a cavernous underground tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece, dating to the twilight of Alexander's reign, has revived interest in the Macedonians.

  • Dish restores Turner channels to lineup

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider's lineup during contract talks. Dish stopped carrying some of the Turner Broadcasting channels in October. The two companies said Friday that they mutually decided on a short-term extension to restore the service but declined further comment. Other Turner channels restored to Dish's programming include Boomerang, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, CNN en Espanol and Turner Classic Movies. They also agreed to extend carrying TBS and TNT. Shares of Englewood, Colorado-based Dish rose $1.48, or 2.1 percent, to $73.70 on Friday while shares of Turner Broadcasting parent

  • NYC man gets prison for role in cybercrime ring

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. Richard Gundersen received a 41-month prison term and was ordered to pay $88 million in restitution. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud and identity theft. The 48-year-old Brooklyn man admitted working as a "casher" for the crew. That involved opening bank accounts in the names of identity theft victims, funded by money stolen as part of the conspiracy.

  • A look at how FDA-approved robotic leg braces work

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several competing products are being used and tested at U.S. rehabilitation hospitals. The following is a look at how the ReWalk system works: _____ THE DEVICE The ReWalk system is a robotic exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use. The person wearing it can command it to stand up, sit down or walk by using a wireless remote control worn on the wrist. Fitted metal braces supp

  • Tool to help track changes in ocean chemistry

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — A new research tool launched this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allowing scientists to better track changes in ocean chemistry along the U.S. West Coast. The tool provides real-time ocean acidification data along the coast and in some protected bays. It captures data from a couple of dozen sensors installed at shellfish farms and hatcheries and other monitoring sites in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska and Hawaii. University of Washington oceanographer Jan Newton, who led the collaborative effort, said the information can help shellfish growers make crucial decisions about when and how to grow shellfish.

  • Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasingly unpopular government, activist reporter Mustafa Nayyem called for a rally on the country's most famous square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti — Independence Square. "As soon as there are more than 1,000 of us, we will start organizing," Nayyem wrote. He got hundreds on that damp evening of Nov. 21, 2013, the start of a protest movement that eventually would draw hundreds of thousands into the square, topple the government and propel the world into a dangerous new diplomatic phase.

  • US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. His visit follows weeks of public bickering between the two NATO allies. The Turkish president insists if the U.S. wants his help, it must focus less on fighting IS militants and more on toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the U.S.-led coalition to set up a security zone in northern Syria to give moderate fighters a place to recoup and launch attacks. The U.S. has no appetite to go to war against Assad and has said a no-fly zone against Syria's air force is a n

  • Asbestos removal adds to MAPS 3 expo center project costs

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Oklahoma City MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board on Thursday agreed to increase the State Fair Park expo center budget to account for removal of asbestos from the Travel & Transportation Building, which is set to be demolished starting next week.

  • Islamic State group's drive for Kobani is blunted

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Helped by more than 270 airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition, the border town's unwavering Kurdish defenders are gaining momentum — a potentially bruising reversal for the extremists who only a few weeks ago appeared to be unstoppable. The setback in Kobani is "a statement of IS group's vulnerability," said David L. Phillips, an expert on Kurdish issues. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen, the U.S. envoy for the international coalition fighting the Islamic State militants, said the group continues to mass ar

  • Space station rarity: 2 women on long-term crew

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the 21st-century spacewoman, gender is a subject often best ignored. After years of training for their first space mission, the last thing Samantha Cristoforetti and Elana Serova want to dwell on is the fact they are women. Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut, is set to rocket into orbit this weekend from Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station. There, she will join Russia's Serova, a rarity in her homeland's male-dominated cosmonaut corps. It will be just the second time in the space station's 16-year history that two women make up the long-term, six-member crew. Just don't ask Cristoforetti or Serova about the gender issue.

  • Proposal would provide high school freshmen with laptops

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    DEMING >> Deming Public Schools high school students may soon have access to electronic devices to help keep them on the cutting edge of technology. DPS Superintendent Dan Lere addressed residents and board members at the DPS board meeting Monday night on the possibility of issuing each high school student an electronic device to use throughout the school year. Recently, Lere sent four DPS high school teachers to Pueblo, Colo., to see how the program is working at its schools. He said the Pueblo schools have used laptops since 2007. "I saw what it did for students and teaching in that district," said Lere. "The teachers came back and thought it was a great idea. The feedback we are getting from students is that they wou

  • More bighorn sheep moved to Tucson-area mountains

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — State wildlife officials are replenishing the bighorn sheep in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. The Game and Fish Department on Thursday released 14 bighorns that were gathered from the Tonto National Forest near Canyon Lake on Wednesday. The department is overseeing an effort to rebuild a bighorn herd that disappeared from the Catalinas in the 1990s. Approximately half of the 31 bighorns originally relocated from near Yuma last November now are dead, mostly as a result of kills by mountain lions. A department spokesman says one bighorn was euthanized after it broke a leg during the roundup and that another died while being transported in a helicopter's sling.

  • South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm's way

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SKUKUZA, South Africa (AP) — The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers. Kruger National Park has conducted about 45 such captures since last month, part of a plan to create a stronghold within the country's flagship reserve where rhinos will get extra protection from poachers, many of whom cross from neighboring Mozambique and are slaughtering the animals in increasing numbers. Some rhinos were moved to other parks, and the relocation "experiment," as rangers describe it, is likely to escalate next year.

  • UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore — all the way down to the color of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he'd long suspected: The police were watching him. "Finally," he thought as he leafed through documents over a strong black coffee, "we've got them." Parkinson's documents, obtained through a public records request, are the basis of a lawsuit being filed by the National Union of Journalists against London's Metropolitan