• Family of missing Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong headed to California with money, weapons

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    The parents of formerly missing Texas Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong are currently en route to California in the hopes of rescuing the 19-year-old from what they fear is a cult. Hon Wong, Fang-Wong’s father, contacted local media Sunday evening to report he and his wife were traveling to the West Coast after receiving several confusing phone calls and messages from his son. Wong said he is bringing guns and money with him to protect himself and aid his son’s return. “If you disappeared, and someone put you in that situation, wouldn’t you want your parents or loved ones to get you out?” Wong said. On Monday, officials with the Dallas division of the FBI said they were planning to investigate Wong’s situation f

  • Aer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support

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    DUBLIN (AP) — Aer Lingus said Tuesday it supports a takeover bid by British Airways parent IAG, putting the Irish national airline with its trademark shamrock tailfins on course for foreign acquisition nine years after its privatization. The 11-member Aer Lingus board said it could recommend IAG's latest bid of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, valuing the airline at 1.36 billion euros ($1.52 billion). It emphasized that the proposal required backing from the two biggest shareholders: rival Irish carrier Ryanair and the Irish government. Ryanair, which acquired a 29.8 percent shareholding as part of three failed hostile takeover bids, declined to comment. The government, which retained a 25.

  • Australian Open at a glance

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Tuesday: Weather: Party sunny, cool. High of 19 Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Attendance: Day: 19,509; Night: 16,091; Total: 35,600. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Winners: No. 6 Andy Murray, No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Men's Singles Quarterfinal Losers: No. 3 Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios. Women's Singles Quarterfinal Winners: No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova. Women's Singles Quarterfinal Losers: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard. Stat of the Day: 17: number of consecutive matches Berdych had lost to Nadal before the Czech player's quarterfinal win Tuesday.

  • Murray beats local hope Kyrgios in 3 sets at Australian Open

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray ensured there would be no five-set comeback for local hope Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday night, beating the 19-year-old Australian 6-3 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point in the fourth round Sunday before beating Italian Andreas Seppi, the player who had eliminated Roger Federer. But on Tuesday at Rod Laver Arena, the excitable Kyrgios was undone by the sixth-seeded Murray's steady all-court game and his own string of unforced errors, silencing the parochial crowd. Murray, who didn't face his first break point until the seventh game of the final set, will next play Tomas Berdych, who upset Nadal in s

  • ‘Orthopedic Capital Of The World’ Is Still Hiring Despite Health Law Tax  

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    WARSAW, Ind. – Tom Till eyes the morning’s email to see who’s angling to hire his students: A local employer, which had already hired 23 people in less than a year, says it needs three more to help make the artificial hips, knees and other devices manufactured here in the self-proclaimed “Orthopedic Capital of the World.” “Everyone is going gangbusters,” said Till, who oversees an advanced manufacturing program at Ivy Tech Community College in this lake-dotted region two hours north of Indianapolis. Till’s bullish view of the medical device industry – he says he can’t crank out graduates fast enough — contrasts sharply with what industry lobbyists are telling lawmakers in the nation’s capital. They say

  • Moscow court refuses to lift Navalny's house arrest

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    MOSCOW (AP) — The Moscow City Court has refused to lift the house arrest of anti-corruption campaigner and leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Navalny was convicted in late December of fraud and given a 3 1/2 -year suspended sentence, but was ordered to remain under house arrest until his appeals were exhausted. Navalny claimed this was illegal and cut off his monitoring bracelet three weeks ago. He has been allowed to leave his home, but has been followed by law enforcement officers posted outside his apartment building. His appeal of his house arrest was rejected Tuesday by the City Court. Navalny responded by posting a call on Twitter for an anti-crisis march on March 1.

  • Belgium detains 3 more people that could have terror links

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities in Belgium say three individuals that could have possible links to terror networks have been detained. A judicial official said Tuesday that authorities from western Kortijk were looking into the background of the three but refused to comment further. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Belgium security officials say they averted a major terror attack with a preventive raid earlier this month. Two suspects were killed during the operation and seven men linked to the case are detained. It wasn't immediately clear whether Tuesday's detentions were linked to that case.

  • Russia announces anti-crisis plan after rating downgrade

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    MOSCOW (AP) — After a top ratings agency cut Russia's credit grade to "junk" status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017. Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia's rating to BB-plus late on Monday, a non-investment grade, for the first time since 2004, citing a slide in the ruble and weakening revenue from oil exports. The agency said Russia's financial system is weakening, limiting room for maneuver for Russia's Central Bank. Russia's economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker energy prices and Western sanctions over its role in Ukraine. It is expected to contract by 4 to 5 percent this year for the first time since President Vladimir P

  • Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94. Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman died Monday evening, said Sameer Jog of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in the western Indian city of Pune. Laxman's almost daily Common Man cartoon was a commentary on Indian society and politics that ran in the Times of India newspaper for more than five decades. He began his career at a number of small newspapers in Mumbai, India's financial hub, before joining the Times in 1950. Millions of Indians looked forward to his daily "You Said It" ca

  • ATK Iuka a player in NASA's plan for deep space exploration

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    IUKA, Miss. (AP) — ATK Iuka played a significant role in the recent historic NASA Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 to deep space. The Tishomingo County manufacturer produced four large composite ogive panels for the crew capsule and 14 other large composite structures for the Delta IV Heavy rocket for the mission. The ogive panels are the exterior skin of the crew module that provides protection from the extreme temperatures of space. "The mission marked a major milestone toward America's new exploration journey to deep space," said Bryan Warren, Sr. Communications Manager for ATK. "We're quite proud to be a part of the journey.

  • Philippine police commander fired after 44 commandos die

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels. The government's biggest single-day combat loss in recent memory shocked many and led to fears it could harm a recent peace deal with the biggest Muslim rebel group. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Tuesday that police Director Getulio Napenas did not clear Sunday's assault on a top terror suspect with him or the national police chief. Roxas said the commandos may have killed one of their terror targets, but also became entangled in separate firefights with hard-line Muslim insurgents and members of the main Muslim rebel group, t

  • What to Watch at the Australian Open semifinals

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    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Once upon a time, the story of women's tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams. But over the years, Serena surged ahead to win 18 majors titles, a few new stars emerged and Venus was left behind. Venus has won an impressive seven Grand Slam titles, but hasn't been considered a top contender for years due to injuries and other health problems. Now at the age of 34, Venus is enjoying a late-career resurgence that has been on full display at the Australian Open where both sisters have reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal for

  • US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

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    BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) — A failed U.S. government-backed plan to produce environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa's poorest countries was marred by insider connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. The federal agency at the center of the deal is one of the government's biggest secrets and routinely escapes public scrutiny. That agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, approved three loans totaling $217 million to help a company, Buchanan Renewables, convert nonproducing rubber trees into biomass chips that would help power Liberia.

  • University of Arkansas offers culinary training program

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A new multidisciplinary program at the University of Arkansas will offer students a unique learning experience in France. The Experiential Learning in Culinary Sciences program has two options. They include a full semester during the spring, which is already under way, and a 10-week summer program, which is now accepting student applications. Both programs feature an intensive one-week French language course, and three weeks of culinary and food innovation workshops followed by an internship with a restaurant or in the food industry, depending on the students' major. Classes include areas related to food science, food supply and food services. The program is open to all students.

  • Lawrence Tech to use $5M bequest to fund scholarships

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    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A donation of more than $5 million will be used to provide scholarships to engineering students at a private university in Southfield. George Mink, a former Lawrence Technological University student, and his wife gifted the money to the school through a trust when they died in 2013. Mink had several patents for material-handling equipment. According to the university's interim vice president of advancement, the George and Dorothea G. Mink Endowed Scholarship in Engineering is one of the largest for students within the College of Engineering. The scholarships will mostly be awarded based on academic merit, though financial need and other factors will be considered. The school plans to begin awa

  • After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After roughly 40 minute outage, Facebook again accessible in US, Asia, other regions.

  • Study gauges states on preparation for innovation economy, and finds Oklahoma lacking

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    Earlier this month, I wrote about Oklahoma’s overall ranking in the 2014 State New Economy Index, a study based on 25 key indicators produced by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. A quick refresh: In the report, Oklahoma was ranked 48th. The report is a data-driven view of the problem that many of us who live and breathe innovation as the path to expanded jobs and wealth in Oklahoma battle every day. But frankly, it was disconcerting surprise that only two states — Mississippi and West Virginia, homes to coal mines and those annoying kudzu plants — ranked lower than Oklahoma. Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation and author of the report,

  • Technology briefs for Jan. 27

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    Oklahoma briefs Back40 Design garners honors Edmond-based Back40 Design has been named the 2014 Small Business of the Year at the Edmond Chamber’s annual awards banquet. Back40 Design provides web marketing services and publishes Outlook magazine, both of which emphasize promoting nonprofit and community efforts. “It’s such an honor to even be nominated for the award, but really it’s not just about us — it’s for all the small businesses in Edmond because we are the backbone of our economy,” Back40 Owner Dave Miller said. IMWell Health set to build clinic Fort Smith, Ark.-based IMWell Health said Monday it will build a new clinic at 6912 E Reno in Midwest City.

  • Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook's Instagram service says it is aware of outage and is working on a fix.

  • Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffers widespread outage affecting users in United States, Asia.




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