• A look at Oklahoma's flu season, history

    Today at 12:00 AM

    Join State Epidemiologist Kristy Bradley and reporters Jaclyn Cosgrove and Juliana Keeping to discuss the flu virus, shot and history. Submit your questions now.

  • Guthrie FFA is about more than showing animals

    Today at 12:00 AM

    More than 200 Oklahoma high school students in Guthrie learn a variety of life skills through the Guthrie FFA to help them succeed later in life.

  • Jury selection resuming in Alabama girl's running death

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Potential jurors are reporting for the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death. Dozens of prospective jurors assembled Monday at the Etowah County Courthouse in Gadsden for questioning by attorneys in the trial of 59-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard of Boaz. The process will take days, but it's unclear exactly how long. Snowy weather delayed jury selection last week. Garrard faces a possible death sentence if convicted in the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. Authorities say the woman made her granddaughter run for hours and carry wood as punishment for a lie about eating candy. Defense attorneys say the girl had health problems befor

  • Dearth of jobs a barrier to post-bankruptcy Detroit's growth

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled. What's available to those without cars — about 40 percent of Detroit's population, according to federal figures — often are low-paying retail or sales positions far outside the city.

  • That stinks: Source of bad smell evades Louisville officials

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — There's a bad smell in parts of the Louisville, Kentucky, area but nobody knows where it's coming from. Media reports say city crews have been trying for nearly a week to pin down the odor that smells like mildew, but so far they've had no luck. Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the agency is doing its best to track the odor. Engineering manager Matt King says crews are driving around the city and searching the old-fashion way: with their noses. Nord says dozens of people have called from different areas of the city that aren't normally associated with bad smells. He says the agency doesn't think the smell is toxic.

  • Obama and Netanyahu: A clash of world views, not just personalities

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The disconnect between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about a lot more than bad personal chemistry, CNN reports. Their relationship, which will be played out in all its dysfunctional glory during Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week, founders on a deep ideological divide and a sharply conflicting world view. A long, steadily worsening showdown between the rivals is coming to a head in the tense final stages of talks between world powers and Iran in pursuit of a nuclear deal backed by the U.S. but opposed by Netanyahu.

  • Namibian president wins African leadership prize

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for African leadership, the first African leader deemed worthy of the honor since 2011. While Africa's dictators and long-serving rulers garner much attention and news coverage, the $5 million prize seeks to give public recognition and a monetary reward to leaders who rule well on the continent. The prize, announced Monday in Nairobi, is for democratically elected African leaders who excel in governance and who step down from office at the end of their terms. Pohamba is still serving as Namibia's leader until the newly elected president, Hage Geingob, is inaugurated on March 21.

  • US stocks open slightly higher; Freescale jumps on deal

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors focused on earnings and deal news. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 50 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,185 in early trading Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points to 2,106. The Nasdaq composite edged up 14 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,978. Endo International gained 3 percent after the company reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts' forecasts. Freescale Semiconductor jumped 10 percent after agreeing to be acquired by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors. European markets edged lower as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank. Oil prices fell slightly. U.S. crude

  • Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban and state says it plans to appeal

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal judge blocks Nebraska's gay marriage ban and state says it plans to appeal.

  • 5 California Things to Know for Today

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SKID ROW SHOOTING Authorities say Los Angeles police officers fatally shot Skid Row resident during struggle over officer's gun. 2. STORM Southern California to get more showers and mountain snow after wet weekend. 3. RAIL CROSSING CRASH No one hurt when Amtrak train with 85 people aboard strikes car abandoned on tracks in Ventura County. 4. DOG ATTACK Forty-year-old Pinole woman severely mauled by family pit bull flown to Walnut Creek hospital with serious wounds to arm, face, legs. 5.

  • Next Google Maps adventure: Soaring through Amazon jungle

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic views of cities and neighborhoods photographed by car-mounted cameras, but Google also has found creative ways to depict exotic locations where there are no roads. In its latest foray into the wilderness, Google teamed up with environmental protection group Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, or FAS, to explore a remote part of an Amazon rainforest. Google Inc.

  • Rain possible Monday afternoon with highs in the 30s in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Rain is possible Monday afternoon in Oklahoma. The temperatures will be above freezing in the upper 30s.

  • Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year. More about the survey in Monday's Pediatrics and delaying childhood vaccines: THE STUDY The researchers surveyed 534 doctors by email or regular mail in 2012.

  • Texas oil company: Sahara offshore test well not commercial

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Dallas-based Kosmos Energy said Monday its exploration well off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara territory has not yielded a commercial find and will be plugged, though the search would continue. The discovery postpones the thorny question of what would happen if commercially viable oil-resources were discovered off the coast of one of the longest running international territorial disputes in Africa. The statement said the 22,000 square kilometer (8,500 square mile) Cap Boujdour block still had "substantial exploration potential" and a second well would be drilled after further analysis of the data gathered.

  • Israel says it busted Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said on Monday it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel's stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year's war. Nine people in the ring, among them three Jewish Israelis who own companies that sell the materials, were charged with assisting an enemy in wartime, terror financing and fraud. The remaining ring members were said to be Palestinians from Gaza. Hamas, a bitter enemy of Israel's, suffered heavy losses in the 50-day war, in which Israel carried out some 5,000 airstrikes throughout Gaza. Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel.

  • Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. But hours into the operation, a key test for the embattled Iraqi army, the military said it still hadn't entered the city of Tikrit, indicating a long battle lies ahead. State-run Al-Iraqiya television said that forces were attacking Tikrit from different directions, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city. Several hours into the o

  • US ambassador to Yemen meets country's embattled president

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Yemen visited the country's embattled president Monday in the southern port city of Aden, where Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has set up base after fleeing house arrest at the hands of Shiite rebels in the capital, Sanaa. The visit reflected U.S. support for Hadi in his campaign against the rebels known as the Houthis, who in September overran Sanaa and in January declared they have taken over the country. Ambassador Matthew Tueller was the first Western diplomat to visit Hadi since he fled Sanaa. As they took a walk around the presidential palace on Mt. al-Asheqeen overlooking Aden, Tueller told cameras Hadi is the "legitimate" leader of Yemen.

  • Ice slows business, traffic on Northeast waterways

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Waterways around the Northeast are beset by ice that is more than a foot thick in some places, making life miserable for those who make their living on the water. Scott Werner of Portland said this winter has been "a horror show" for lobster fishermen like himself. The ice has prevented him from getting his boat out to fish in recent weeks, and cut into his ability to make money in the already slow winter lobstering season, he said. "I'm not going to risk it. I don't want to break anything," Werner said.

  • Image of Asia: Student march thwarted outside Yangon

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, a student protester lies on the floor of a monastery in Letpadan, Myanmar, after police stopped protesters from continuing their march toward Yangon, the country's largest city. The students have been rallying for a month in protest of an education law passed in September that puts all decisions about academic policy and curriculum in the hands of a body made up largely of government ministers. It bans students from forming unions and ignores calls for local languages to be used in instruction in ethnic states. Students say the law undermines the autonomy of universities, which were shuttered or rigidly controlled during five decades of military rule because the junta considered them hotbeds of discon

  • Scott Walker is headed for trouble with the GOP establishment

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Scott Walker could be headed for trouble with the establishment, Washington-based wing of his party, says the Washington Examiner. Look for GOP insiders to begin whispering, and then saying out loud, that Walker needs to raise his game if he is going to play on the national stage. On the one hand, they'll have a point — Walker needs to come up with clear, crisply-expressed positions on a variety of national and international issues. On the other hand, Walker's way-outside-the-Beltway method of expressing himself might resonate with voters in primary and caucus states more than Washington thinks.

  • Too much Facebook leads to envy and depression

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A recent study conducted by researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Bradley University and the University of Missouri Columbia found that heavy Facebook users can experience envy, which can lead to depression, reports CNN Money. The researchers surveyed 736 college students and found that, basically, if you quietly stalk your friends on Facebook and then realize that your life doesn't measure up to theirs, you feel bad about yourself.

  • Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus on the Jewish State that could undermine its credibility. His remarks came as the Obama administration attempts to blunt complaints that it has not been strong enough in its support for Israel, criticism now centered on its pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. Even as a bitter U.S.-Israel dispute over a possible Iran deal was expected to heat up in Washington later Monday, Kerry affirmed America's steadfast commitment to its top Mideast ally and called on the council to take a more balanced approach toward Israel