• Vinita police chief: Extreme sunburn case still under investigation, drawing international media attention

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    VINITA — Police are now investigating the possibility that two young boys who suffered extreme sunburns last week could have received the burns over the course of three separate visits to a splash pad, and that lotion applied to their skin could have worsened their condition, Vinita Police Chief Bobby Floyd Jr. told the Tulsa World on Friday. The mother of the two Vinita boys, ages 5 and 7, called police Sunday to report that her children had suffered the burns Friday while at a local day-care center, Happiness Is a Learning Center, 409 W. Canadian Ave. Photographs of the boys’ blistered shoulders and backs that their aunt posted to Facebook took their story worldwide on the Internet.

  • Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdistan Workers Party to 'withdraw'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group. A statement from the office of Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, "should withdraw its fighters from the Kurdish region so to ensure the civilians of Kurdistan don't become victim of that fighting and conflict." The statement also condemned Turkey for bombing civilians, following reports that civilian homes were damaged in airstrikes in northwestern Iraq. The statement calls on both sides to resume peace talks.

  • Dodge Chargers recalled; door slam can make air bags inflate

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Last week, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company says the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall. Fiat Chrysler says the air bag control modules may be too sensitive and need to be recalibrated. The company says it knows of three minor injuries from the problem. Owners will be notified when they can bring cars in for repairs. In the meantime, the company says people sh

  • Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Correia at UFC 190

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to her next acting job or book tour stop or red-carpet appearance. Rousey decided to fight Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia in a raucous arena at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Challenges don't scare Rousey. They're what keep her rocketing along this wild path. "When I don't have the home-court advantage, that's another thing that really keeps me motivated," said Rousey, who hasn't fought outside Las Vegas or her native Southern California in three years.

  • Tourists flock to gawk at massive highway bridge projects

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment — all elements of one of the biggest, most expensive bridge projects the Upper Midwest has seen. Construction of the mile-long span linking Minnesota and Wisconsin has given rise to an unexpected tourist market: Guided 90-minute tours to watch crews assemble the bridge a segment at a time, like a Lego set. Three times a month, 350 or more people cruise the river; adults pay $10 apiece. From the $3.

  • The Latest: Memorial service for Bobbi Kristina Brown ends

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    2 p.m. (EDT) A memorial service in suburban Atlanta for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late superstar Whitney Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown, has ended. The service for Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, lasted about two hours and was attended by her father and other members of the Houston and Brown families. Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager was also there. Mayor Kasim Reed and Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica also attended the Saturday service at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta. Brown died July 26, months after being found unconscious in a bathtub at her home. ___ 1:40 p.m.

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Trump can't win the White House

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, sat down for an interview in his Capitol Hill office on Thursday and answered questions about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Planned Parenthood and whether Congress is in town enough to get its work done. Cole, who has decades of experience in politics _ he was chief of staff at the Republican National Committee for the 2000 election _ also addressed Donald Trump's run for the GOP presidential nomination. The interview will appear in The Oklahoman on Sunday, Aug. 2. Here is an excerpt regarding Trump: The Oklahoman: But the fact that Trump is polling so well suggests that there’s some part of the Republican electorate that wants him to be president.

  • Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. Kerry arrived in the Egyptian capital on Saturday and on Sunday will resume a U.S.-Egypt strategic dialogue that was suspended in 2009 due to political unrest. Despite continuing human rights concerns, the Obama administration is increasing military assistance to Egypt as it confronts growing threats from extremists, particularly on the Sinai peninsula. On Friday, the U.S. delivered eight F-16 warplanes to Egypt, part of a military support package.

  • Palestinian shot by Israeli troops during protest dies

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said. Ahmad Betawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital, said Laith al-Khaldi died after being shot in the chest Friday during a demonstration over the burning death of a Palestinian toddler in a fire set by suspected Jewish extremists. The Israeli military says it shot al-Khaldi near Ramallah after he hurled a fire bomb at them. Al-Khaldi was buried Saturday and small skirmishes ensued. Tensions remain high after suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home and burned the sleeping Palestinian toddler to death

  • Syrian rebel group leaves their HQ after clash with al-Qaida

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria and a rebel faction in the country's north believed to have been trained by the U.S. government have stopped after the rebels abandoned their headquarters, activists said Saturday. The Nusra Front meanwhile released a video showing one of the captured rebels saying that the men in the faction known as Division 30 were trained in Turkey by U.S. officers and sent back to Syria with money and weapons. The fighting came a few days after the U.S. and Turkey announced the outlines of a deal to help rebels push the Islamic State group back from a strip of territory it controls along the Syrian-Turkish border, replacing it with more moderate rebels backed by Washin

  • Program urges commuters to drive first, pedal later

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Commuters choosing between driving a car or riding a bicycle to work are being encouraged to try a little of both. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has unveiled what it calls a first-in-the-nation commuting network known as Park&Pedal. Aimed largely at commuters who may live a little too far from work to cycle all the way in, the program offers parking hubs near large employment centers where motorists can park for free and then bike the remaining distance. State officials say if the idea catches on, it could relieve some traffic congestion, free up downtown parking spaces and make people healthier.

  • Interstate 35 in Edmond to be studied

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Council members have agreed to join the Oklahoma Department of Transporation to study the Interstate 35 corridor from the Kilpatrick Turnpike north to Waterloo Road. The study is expected to cost $1.5 million. Edmond will pay up to $350,000 of the bill, said City Engineer Steve

  • Feds: Action taken to fix mistakenly awarded work permits

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold, the Justice Department said in newly filed court documents. Federal officials had been ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to offer a detailed explanation of how the permits were wrongly given out in May after Hanen put Obama's immigration plan on hold Feb. 16 at the request of a coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, that sued to stop the proposed action. Hanen, based in Brownsville, had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in conte

  • NY's medical pot distributors reflect industry's evolution

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense the medication when the program begins next year. They include three organizations with experience in other states. Each one will operate one greenhouse facility and four dispensaries located throughout the state. The marijuana itself will be required to be in non-smokable form, such as oils that can be ingested or v

  • CDC's top modeler courts controversy with disease estimate

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention. This was, he said, a worst-case scenario. But Meltzer is the most famous disease modeler for the nation's pre-eminent public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His estimate was promoted at high-level international meetings. It rallied nations to step up their efforts to fight the disease. But the estimate proved to be off. Way, way off. Like, 65 times worse than what ended up happening. Some were not surprised.

  • 21 feared dead in mudslide in India's remote northeast

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Twenty-one people were feared dead Saturday in a mudslide triggered by torrential monsoon rains in India's remote mountainous northeast region, police said. The mudslide occurred in Joumol, a village in Manipur state close to India's border with Myanmar, said police officer Herojit Singh. Police reinforcements were finding it difficult to reach the area which has been cut off by road because of heavy rains over the past three days, Singh said. He said that the rescuers would use helicopters to land in the area on Sunday after day-break. T.S.

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday — starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute. That had the crowd roaring early at Ellis Park Arena in downtown Johannesburg. It got even louder when African NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo stripped off their business suits to don their old team uniforms again and play for a little while in the second quarter. The 52-year-old Olajuwon, in a Houston No. 34 jersey, pulled off a turn-around jumper — the "Dream Shake" — that had the current NBA stars leaping off the benches with their arms in the air. "That's one of the most memorable experiences ever," said Chris Paul, one of the team

  • Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase. Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months, according to state records. The suicide rate at the facility is more than eight times the national rate for female inmates and more than five times the rate for the entire California prison system.

  • Putin puts Crimean site under federal control after scandal

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Saturday placed a major archaeological site in Crimea, which he has hailed as the country's most sacred spiritual symbol, under federal control following turmoil over the appointment of its director. The Kremlin said that Putin ordered the area of the ancient Greek city of Chersonesus to be placed under federal oversight. The site is located just outside Sevastopol, the main port city in Crimea, the Black Sea Peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. Putin's order followed the Sevastopol governor's decision last month to appoint a Russian Orthodox priest as director of the Chersonesus museum, a move that has angered its keepers and fueled strong public criticism t

  • Doctors in South Africa assess infection of Desmond Tutu

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has undergone a "small investigative procedure" in a hospital to assess an infection, a foundation said Saturday. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate will remain in the hospital in Cape Town for several more days, according to the foundation, which is named after Tutu and his wife Leah. Tutu, 83, has been treated for prostate cancer for many years. The foundation quoted Tutu's daughter, Mpho, as saying the cancer is under control but the infection is the result of past treatment for the disease. Desmond Tutu "underwent a small investigative procedure last night to determine the status of an infection he has battled to shake off for several weeks," the founda

  • Luxury Home Auctions Glance

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Sales of luxury homes through auctions have steadily climbed since the economy started recovering, giving sellers an option outside of the traditional list-and-wait method. A few things to know about selling or buying a luxury home via auction: THE PROCESS: Setting up an auction for a luxury home takes about 60 days from the time the seller signs with a brokerage firm. Most luxury home auctions require potential buyers to provide proof that they can afford the house and possibly pay a reserve to be able to participate. The auctions are often held at the property for sale, though potential buyers can put in bids over the phone or through an intermediary.