• Euro inflation creeps up, ECB still under pressure

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation crept higher in the 18 countries that use the euro in October — but the rise to an annual 0.4 percent offered little relief to the European Central Bank as it tries to boost a weak economy. Inflation was up from 0.3 percent the month before. The figure announced Friday by EU statistics agency Eurostat was in line with market expectations but remains way below the bank's goal of keeping inflation just below 2 percent. The chronic weak inflation figures underline the pressure on the ECB to enact more stimulus measures, especially after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with its decision to extend its bond-purchase program as it tries to boost inflation and promote growth.

  • Video shows black bears fighting in neighborhood

    Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL | Yesterday

    Two black bears decided to take their quarrel to a New Jersey neighborhood and a passing motorist filmed all the action.

  • Zambia's acting president appeals for calm

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambian security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who died after a long illness, Zambia's temporary leader said Friday. Acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, also told journalists Friday that it is "unacceptable" for Zambians to campaign for a presidential election during the mourning period for Sata, who is scheduled to be buried on Nov. 11. Under the constitution, a presidential election must be held within 90 days of the death of a president. Scott had been Sata's vice president and is not eligible to run for president because his parents were not Zambian by birth or descent.

  • Remains recovered from Ukraine plane disaster site

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch prime minister says investigators have recovered an unspecified number of human remains from the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down. Speaking at his weekly press conference in The Hague, Mark Rutte said a team of Dutch, Ukrainian and OSCE rescue workers gained a rare chance Friday to safely reach the spot where the plane's wreckage is scattered. Access to the site has been hampered by ongoing fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. The plane went down above a rebel-held area on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew — most of them Dutch. To date, 284 victims have been identified. Rutte said the remains will be flown back to

  • Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday released the asset declarations of the 33 Cabinet ministers, 25 of whom are millionaires in dollar terms. Allegations of corruption and inappropriately gained wealth have played a major role in the country's fractious politics in the last decade. The current government has made fighting corruption a priority, though its critics believe the policy is being wielded mainly as a weapon against its political rivals, particularly those connected to the elected government it ousted.

  • Turkish president questions focus on Kobani

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the international community is focusing too much on the battle over Kobani and is calling for strikes in other parts of Syria. Speaking at a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Erdogan said, "We're only talking about Kobani, a city on the Turkish border where there is almost no one left besides 2,000 fighters." "It's difficult to understand this approach: why are coalition forces continually bombarding Kobani. Why don't the coalition forces want to act in other zones?" Erdogan said. Hollande said he considers Aleppo to be the most important city in the Syrian war, but Kobani remains important "even emptied of its population.

  • Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule. Former officers have been gunned down in their homes, rounded up and shot in groups or killed in public squares as an example to others in recent weeks, particularly in the northern city of Mosul, the largest city in the swath of territory bridging Iraq and neighboring Syria that the militant group controls. The campaign appears aimed at shoring up the extremists' hold at a time when theu are being hit by the U.S.-led international air campaign and have lost some ground to Kurdish fighters

  • UPDATE: Officials say Tulsa hospital patient with fever has malaria, not Ebola

    By KENDRICK MARSHALL - Tulsa World | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A person who was admitted to a Tulsa hospital with a fever after recently traveling to West Africa has tested positive for malaria, according the Tulsa City-County Health Department. The person, who hasn’t been identified, was at OSU Medical Center as of Thursday night for evaluation and was being monitored for possible Ebola, Marketing Coordinator Jamie Calkins said. "The individual was being monitored daily by public health personnel because the person had traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days," the Tulsa Health Department said in a statement. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Cooler temperatures arrive in Oklahoma Friday, freeze warning early Saturday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A freeze warning is in effect for early Saturday. Temperatures will dip to 31 degrees overnight.

  • Name of man fatally shot by police in southwest Oklahoma City released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Police have released the name of a man shot by officers in southwest Oklahoma City Thursday. Police say the man had a firearm.

  • Image of Asia: Watching the iPhone line in Seoul

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a phone store worker dressed as Santa Claus keeps customers in line as they wait to buy Apple's iPhone 6, in Seoul, South Korea. The device went on sale Friday in South Korea, one of the world's most wired societies, with 85 percent of its 50 million people online and 40 million smartphones. South Korea is also home to the world's top-selling smartphone maker Samsung, which is seeing more competition by cheaper local brands in China and India and by Apple in developed nations.

  • UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I. As Europe marks the centenary of the war, Treasury chief George Osborne said Friday the government plans to redeem some National War Bonds issued in 1917 when it refinances 218 million pounds of debt issued as far back as the 18th century. The debts were consolidated in 1927 into a single bond paying 4 percent annual interest. The bond has no maturity date, so Treasury wasn't required to repay the principal as long as it made regular interest payments. Britain has paid 1.26 billion pounds in interest since the bonds were first issued by then-Chancellor Winston Churchill.

  • Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmaker Nolan on his robots

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride — and they're just not on board to sweep the floors. "The idea was that they'd been designed to put humans at ease during extended periods of time," said "Interstellar" screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. "They were originally conceived as Marines and programmed to engender the kind of comradery that a Marine would, so they've been programmed with a sense of humor and variable levels of honesty.

  • Spain seeks to halt informal Catalan breakup vote

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is asking the country's Constitutional Court to block plans by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9. Catalan authorities called off an official referendum on the issue for the same date after the government challenged its legality before the court, which tentatively suspended the vote. Catalonia then opted to hold the informal ballot. Deputy Prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday that the alternative poll was also unconstitutional. If the court agrees to study the challenge, the alternative poll will also be suspended. Catalan authorities have said the vote will be held regardless of what the court decides.

  • Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old Dane were found guilty a day earlier of breaking into the servers of the Danish branch of CSC in 2012 and accessing more than 91,000 social security numbers, driver's license numbers and police records of sought-after people in Europe. Svartholm Warg, who is known by his Internet alias "Anakata," didn't dispute his computer had been used in the hacking. However, the Copenhagen court rejected his claims that it must have been used b

  • Russia central bank in surprisingly big rate hike

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank on Friday raised its main interest rate more than anticipated in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency. The bank lifted its main rate by 1.5 percentage points to 9.5 percent — a sharp increase that far surpassed market expectations. The move comes in the wake of the ruble's fall earlier this week to an all-time low of 43.4 rubles per dollar. Since then, the currency has recovered somewhat to 42 rubles but it remains volatile. The ruble strengthened after the bank's move, but soon sank again reflecting the fundamental factors that have driven it down over the past few months — falling oil prices and continuing tensions over Ukraine. U.S.

  • Oklahoma man gets 10 years for rape of fast-food restaurant co-worker

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A Broken Arrow man who pleaded guilty to raping a co-worker has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged that Jose Artamio Aguayo, now 26, raped the woman in his pickup on April 20, 2011, according to court documents. Aguayo and the woman worked together at a Carl's Jr. restaurant. The victim told police that on the evening she was raped, Aguayo made inappropriate comments and gestures to her during their shift. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday. The Iraqi citizens were arrested in late March and have been held in pre-trial detention since then, Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement. They didn't give the names or any other details of the suspects. The arrests weren't previously confirmed "so as not to jeopardize the outcome of enquiries still ongoing in Switzerland and abroad" to identify possible accomplices and support networks, they said.

  • Tulsa man gets 12-year prison term in child pornography case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A man charged with five counts of aggravated possession of child pornography was sentenced to concurrent 12-year prison terms on Wednesday. Howard David Shelton, 52, was arrested by Tulsa police in May after a sting operation led to his employer's business in the 2500 block of East Admiral Place. An investigator located a video of an unknown-age man fondling and raping a girl between 9 and 12 years old on a file-sharing service from the business' Internet protocol address in late October 2013 and a file containing 97 sexual images of a girl between 11 and 13 six days later. Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bombs at marketplaces near Baghdad kill 15 people

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of a strategic Sunni oil town north of the capital from Islamic State militants. Iraq is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops in the wake of a blitz this year by the Sunni militant Islamic State group, which has seized a third of the country's territory. After heavy fighting overnight, Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite volunteers managed to push into the strategic oil town of Beiji on Friday, taking control of some of the town's southern districts, according to officials.