• Cops: Beau who ate holiday meal early gets stabbed

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender. Authorities say Jacklyn Blake confessed to officers who responded to her Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree) home Thursday. Officers found her boyfriend inside holding a towel over his chest. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The 47-year-old Blake is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats. It wasn't clear if she has a lawyer. According to police, Blake's boyfriend says she'd been drunk earlier in the day and attacked him

  • Authorities seek escapee from Oklahoma prison

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    ATOKA — Authorities in southeast Oklahoma are searching for an escape from the Howard McLeod Correctional Center in Atoka. Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head told reporters that inmate Michael Courverler was last seen during a head count at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say Courverler may be with a woman in a black, 2007, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado. Courverler is white, about 5-feet-9-inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. Courverler was in prison for a variety of convictions that include assault and battery, grand larceny and extortion.

  • Spain: Bank shootout kills police officer, suspect

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — A shootout at a bank in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo has left a police officer and the lone suspect dead. Authorities say the unnamed suspect was trying to rob a branch of the Abanca bank when police arrived. The suspect shot two officers Friday while using a bank worker as a human shield. A national police spokeswoman says the wounded officer returned fire, killing the suspect and wounding the worker. The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules preventing her from being named. Bank robberies in Spain by criminals using guns are rare, as are shootouts between authorities and suspects.

  • Loon makes rare landing in Albuquerque pond

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A common loon has been making uncommon visits to an Albuquerque pond. Bernalillo County bird watchers have been eyeing a bosque pond for the loon after it was spotted earlier this month, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1uI49Eu ). "I did a little gasp," bird watcher Nancy Hetrick said of her reaction to seeing the bird Nov. 16 in the pond near Tingley Beach. Christopher Rustay of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society said the common loon is more prevalent on northern lakes and is also Minnesota's official state bird. It is rare but not impossible for the bird to show up at New Mexico's bigger lakes, such as Elephant Butte, but for it to show up in a region where there are no la

  • Traffic stops for texting while driving increase

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The number of people stopped for texting while driving on Utah's highways has increased sharply since lawmakers expanded the law to ban dialing phones or checking email behind the wheel, according to new numbers from the Utah Highway Patrol. Troopers pulled over 692 people during the first six months after the law went into effect in May. That's a fourfold increase over the six-month period from May to October last year, when 166 people were stopped. The change makes the law easier for troopers enforce, said Sgt. Todd Royce. "We would stop someone and they would say, 'I wasn't texting, I was just calling a friend,'" Royce said.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

    JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Updated: 9 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were searching the suspect’s Austin-area residents for possible explosives. Police did not immediately confirm whether the man, whose name was not immediately released, had explosives. The gunfire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Munguia said, and some bullets hit police headquarters. Munguia did not immediately say whether the consulate and the courthouse were damaged. Both were closed at the time

  • Flooding kills at least 4 in French Riviera towns

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — At least four people have died in torrential rains along the French Riviera where flooding transformed roads into waterways. The prefecture of the Var region at the center of the storms said a woman's body was found Friday in La Londe-les-Maures; rescuers were searching for her 8-year-old daughter. Another woman died there on Thursday when the town was hit with flash floods. The statement said the body of a third woman was found on a beach in nearby Hyeres, and the body of a man in Cogolin, futher east. More than 600 rescuers, including divers, were combing the picturesque Mediterranean region for others who may have been trapped by floods that inundated homes. Forecasters saw no letup in rains and

  • Although on-demand options are multiplying, television executives still lean on programming schedules

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Amanda Lotz can recall when she would look forward to the launch of a new TV season. Armed with a marker, she would scrutinize TV scheduling grids and entertainment magazines, highlighting promising new shows and old favorites as she often built her evenings around the network’s schedule. That was almost six years ago. Except for special events, Lotz, 40, the mother of two elementary schoolchildren who is an associate professor of communications studies at the University of Michigan, doesn’t watch live TV anymore. These days she prefers to binge-watch shows, often on Netflix. New technologies like video streaming, DVRs and video on demand have liberated millions of viewers who were once beholden to the intractable T

  • Australia out of step with new climate momentum

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action. Abbott tried and failed to keep the issue off the agenda of the annual G-20 summit of wealthy and emerging countries that was hosted by the Australian city of Brisbane in mid-November. An agreement between Washington and Beijing to curb emissions, announced days before the summit, suggests he had misjudged the international mood on the issue. Next week, attention turns to the next round of international climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru.

  • Multiple trials probable in 'far-reaching' drug case involving Hoover Crips

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The sheer enormity of a criminal case that involves murder, drug dealing, dog fighting and Hoover Crips gang members is beginning to take shape in Tulsa federal court. What started in early 2013 as a conspiracy case to distribute crack cocaine involving three individuals has since mushroomed into 51 defendants who among them face 241 counts. Once centered on drug trafficking in the 61st Street and Peoria Avenue area, the case has gone multi-national. In announcing the results of Operation Battlefield in August, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said what he deemed Tulsa’s “most violent and dangerous gang” brought an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine — more than 600 kilograms — and marijuana through the city over

  • Sarkozy's back _ but can he regain the presidency?

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy tried to quit politics after losing the French presidency, and instead followed his wife's international singing tours and traveled the speakers' circuit. He couldn't stay away. "I miss it so much," he said recently of the political scene he once dominated. Sarkozy is almost certain to win leadership of his troubled conservative party in an election starting Friday, a crucial step in a bid to win his old presidential job back. It may be a tough slog. While the dynamic, hard-edged Sarkozy presented the world an image of strength as president in 2007-2012, at home he has shown vulnerabilities, facing legal troubles and challenges from the resurgent far right. And he has always been a divisiv

  • Researcher produces tornado model based on storm that struck Oklahoma City metro May 24, 2011

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    An EF5 tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area on May 24, 2011, cost the metro several lives and left many residents without homes. But now, researchers hope the storm can offer clues about what makes certain tornadoes so powerful and, eventually, help save lives when they arise.

  • Islamists hold small protests in Egypt, 5 killed

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests Friday as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy officers killed in separate incidents. The call for nationwide rallies to topple the government marked the first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of a massive crackdown since the military's ouster last year of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Several mosques listed as gathering points by organizers remained largely empty. Small, scattered demonstrations by a few hundred protesters were quickly quashed by security forces. The three military officers were killed in separate

  • CDC: 18% of all pregnancies end in abortion; 730,322 is a new 'low'

    Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Exactly 18 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion, for a total of 730,322, with most to unmarried women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Washington Examiner reports. But that is good news, the agency added, because it was an "historic low." The latest figures are from 2011 and show a downward overall trend in abortions since 2002, especially among younger women. But the numbers are up among women 25 and older, with a big jump among women over 40, said CDC. What’s more, 10 women died as a result of having "legal induced abortions," said the CDC.

  • Animals sacrificed in Nepal to bring good luck

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world began Friday in southern Nepal, where devotees believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes. In the fields outside a temple before dawn, a priest dropped five drops of his own blood and sacrificed a rat, chicken, pigeon, goat, and pig to start the festival. More than 5,000 buffaloes were ritually killed during the day. Many other animals will be killed during the two-day festival at Gadhimai temple in the jungles of Bara district about 160 miles (100 miles) south of Katmandu. Organizers and the authorities defend the festival held every five years as a generations-old tradition, thoug

  • UN panel raps US record on torture

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Police brutality, military interrogations and prisons were among the top concerns of a U.N. panel's report Friday that found the United States to be falling short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty. The report by the U.N. Committee Against Torture, its first such review of the U.S. record since 2006, expressed concerns about allegations of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, particularly the Chicago Police Department's treatment of blacks and Latinos. It also called for restricting the use of taser weapons by police to life-threatening situations.

  • In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) — The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said. The man, 42, was made to empty his pockets, shed his shoes, drop to the floor and do pushups. A look of terror etched his face well before the whip stung his backside. He shrieked, jumped to his feet and begged for mercy, claiming he was innocent. The assembled men and women, all wearing citizen patrol vests and wielding whips fashioned from the twisted sinew of bull penises, didn't believe him. A dozen lashes later, he confessed, and paid $60 to a woman whose cellphone he'd allegedly stolen. He got a shower, and was let go.

  • Brazil's GDP grows slightly in third quarter

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's economy has pulled out of recession, but by the narrowest of margins, the government statistics bureau reported Friday. The agency said gross domestic product grew by 0.1 percent in the third quarter, ending the technical recession of two consecutive quarters of contraction in the first half of the year. In the first quarter of 2014, the economy contracted 0.2 percent while in the second quarter it dropped 0.6 percent. The bureau said that industrial output in the third quarter expanded by 1.7 percent, while the service sector grew 0.5 percent. Agricultural output contracted 1.9 percent and family consumption fell 1.3 percent.

  • Aztec approves texting-while-driving fine

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Motorists caught sending a text while driving in one northwestern New Mexico community can now avoid a court date. Aztec commissioners this week approved a texting-while-driving fine. The Daily Times reports ( http://bit.ly/1FB1a96 ) the new $90 penalty has been added to the city's code book under mandatory penalties and fees. It amounts to a $61 fine plus $29 in court costs. Municipal Judge Carlton Gray had asked Aztec commissioners to approve the new penalty assessment. He says the way the law was written required everyone to appear in court. Gray and Aztec Police Chief Mike Heal say drivers should have the option of pleading guilty at the time of the stop and paying a fine. ___

  • Horse Cave mayor's email hacked in scam

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HORSE CAVE, Ky. (AP) — Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry got an odd holiday surprise in his email — someone had hacked into it and was trying to scam people for money. Curry told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/1xR9co8 ) that his account had been used to ask for a quick loan of $2,850 to settle a hotel bill in Turkey and allow him to leave. Curry got word of the scam Wednesday morning and says he's not left Horse Cave for a foreign land. The letter contains two phone numbers that appear to be Horse Cave numbers belonging to Curry, but they vary slightly from his real telephone numbers. The Internet scam is fairly common and has been used for the last several years with different variables. ___ Informati