• Oklahoma state Senate District 44 race is a study in contrasts

    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Incumbent Sen. Ralph Shortey identifies illegal immigration as his No.1 issue, while his challenger Michael Brooks-Jimenez says education and infrastructure are the main state-level issues facing the south Oklahoma City district.


  • Craft brewer buys up all the Count Chocula

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The case of the missing Count Chocula cereal boxes was solved Friday, when a craft brewer admitted to buying them to brew in a small-batch beer, according to USA TODAY. Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins bought two Albertsons stores' inventories of the iconic chocolate and marshmallow-bit cereal, puzzling at least one shopper in the process. "Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey (sic) goodness," Kristen Clark wrote in a letter to The Coloradoan.

  • Lorde's 'Royals' song banned in San Francisco (for now)

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    No Royals allowed! Even though Lorde sings, “We’ll never be royals….” in the chorus of her hit Royals song, two San Francisco radio stations have banned the song from their airwaves – at least while their town’s beloved San Francisco Giants are taking on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, according to USA TODAY. KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT say they’re pulling Lorde’s song for now.

  • Apple Pay is now live: How to get started

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Looking to get started paying for goods with your new iPhone? Apple Pay is now live. Apple Pay is the new mobile payments system that lets consumers pay at retail with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus phones (sorry, old iPhones don't work) or via online with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which will be released Friday, according to USA TODAY.

  • Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August. NASA, which measures temperatures slightly differently, had already determined that September was record-warm. The first nine months of 2014 have a global average temperature of 58.72 degrees (14.

  • Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa. In the end, Nigeria — the most populous country in Africa, with 160 million people — had just 20 cases, including eight deaths, a lower death rate than the 70 percent seen elsewhere across the stricken region. Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, dia

  • Moore High School student taken to hospital after auto-pedestrian accident

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    The student had minor injuries, police said.

  • Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and calling on Palestinians to defend a contested Jerusalem holy site "by any means." The heightened rhetoric is a departure for the normally staid Mahmoud Abbas — and an apparent sign of desperation as he tries to halt a slide in his own popularity following this summer's war between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas in Gaza. Abbas has staked his decade-long presidency on the pursuit of an independent Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel.

  • Government OKs Czech troops to stay in Afghanistan

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech defense ministry says the government has approved its plan to keep troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years. The ministry said in a statement Monday that up to 350 soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 as part of a NATO-led force. Monday's approval comes three months after five Czechs were killed by a suicide bomber in the eastern province of Parwan in what was largest number of Czechs killed in a single attack in a mission abroad. The deployment is part of a plan of foreign missions for the next two years. The Czechs also pledge to stay in various international forces in the Balkans, Africa and the Sinai Peninsula. The current center-left government has a maj

  • WHO chief promises transparency on Ebola failures

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the agency will be upfront about its handling of the Ebola outbreak, following an internal report that details failures in containing the virus. In the draft document obtained by the Associated Press, the WHO says "nearly everyone" involved in the Ebola response failed to notice factors that turned the outbreak into the biggest on record. It blames incompetent staff, bureaucracy and a lack of reliable information. WHO Director Margaret Chan said Monday that the report was a "work in progress." Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Tunisia, she said "I have promised WHO will be fully transparent and accountable.

  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.

  • UN says worker dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says another of its staffers has died in the Ebola outbreak. A statement by UN Women on Monday said Edmund Bangura-Sesay, a local driver for their office in Sierra Leone, died Saturday. This is the third reported death of a U.N. worker from Ebola. The UN Women statement says Bangura-Sesay was quarantined last Tuesday after his wife showed symptoms. It says his wife remains under treatment, and that the U.N. is working to make sure that everyone who came into contact with Bangura-Sesay while he had symptoms is assessed and quarantined.

  • Serena beats Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams' winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday's tournament opener, shaking off the injuries that forced her out of her previous two tournaments and the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from Russian tennis official Shamil Tarpischev. Williams is now five wins behind Martina Navratilova's all-time record of 21 in a row at the tournament, although she won't have enough matches to catch up this year.

  • AP PHOTOS: New gloss on Cuba's classic cars

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — When Martin Viera's Chevrolet rolled out of the dealer's lot, Harry Truman was president of the United States, gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon and a 24-year-old lefty named Tommy Lasorda was pitching for Almendares in the Cuban winter baseball league. That world is long gone, but the Chevy's still running on the streets of Havana — part of a fleet of classic cars that have become an icon of tourism in the socialist nation. For decades, the cars slowly decayed. But officials in recent years have eased state control over the economy by allowing limited self-employment. So those lucky enough to have a pre-revolutionary car can earn money legally by ferrying tourists — or Cubans celebrating weddings — along

  • Jury rules against Oklahoma City ballet dancer in arrest lawsuit

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A jury has ruled against a ballet dancer with a bad hip who sued Oklahoma City over his arrest in a park, where he was exercising in high heels with his cane. The woman who saw Allen Galbreath and called police testified she was concerned for the safety of her grandchildren. Galbreath’s attorney, Spencer Bryan, […]

  • UN urges Venezuela to release jailed activist

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official is calling for the immediate release of Leopoldo Lopez and dozens of other jailed opponents of Venezuela's socialist government. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein met with Lopez's wife Friday in Geneva to discuss the situation of 69 people still detained following deadly unrest that rocked Venezuela earlier this year. Zeid said in a statement Monday that "the prolonged and arbitrary detention of political opponents and protestors in Venezuela is causing more and more concern internationally." The veteran Jordanian diplomat said he's "extremely concerned about the current situation." Lopez was arrested in February after speaking at a r

  • Moody's raises Egypt's outlook to stable

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Moody's Investor Services said Egypt's political and security situation has stabilized, raising the country's outlook from negative to stable. The influential international ratings agency credits, "the launch of government initiatives toward fiscal consolidation, signs of a growth recovery and an improvement in macroeconomic stability" for its revised assessment, which was announced on Monday. However, Moody's kept Egypt's government bond rating at "Caa1"_essentially junk bond level. Moody's said the continued low rating "reflects the very weak and challenging state of Egypt's government finances.

  • Chile arrests former Pinochet aide in killings

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A retired colonel who served as a cabinet minister under Gen. Augusto Pinochet was arrested on Monday in connection with the forced disappearance and killing of 13 people during Chile's 1973-1990 military dictatorship. Col. Cristian Labbe was questioned by a judge and arrested in Santiago on charges of criminal association in relation to the crimes. The judge said there's evidence that Labbe was part of a "hierarchical organization" that later turned into Chile's feared secret police and that operated at the Tejas Verdes torture center. He denies any wrongdoing. Labbe at one point served as a spokesman in Pinochet's cabinet. After the return of democracy, he was mayor of a district of Chile's capital,

  • Yemen: Suicide bomber kills 10 Houthi rebels

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide car bomb on Monday targeted a house used by Shiite Houthi rebels in a town south of Sanaa, killing at least 10 and injuring 15, security officials said, in an attack that bore all the hallmarks of al-Qaida. The officials said the bombing in the Radaa area in Baydah province hit the house of Abdullah Idris, a top local official with the party of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. All victims were members of the Houthi movement, whose fighters overran the capital of Sanaa last month. The Houthis have since made significant military advances widely suspected to have been made with the help of Saleh's loyalists among tribes and in the military.

  • Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

  • Ebola worries end for dozens on U.S. watch lists

    Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    DALLAS (Reuters) - Weeks of worries about a possible Ebola infection ended for dozens of people on watch lists in the United States on Monday but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said. Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after 21 days of showing no symptoms, the state health department said, while another 120 were still on watch lists.