• Drive-by shooting kills 4 Egyptian police near Cairo

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A drive-by shooting killed four Egyptian police near a famed historic site on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday and a military helicopter crashed due to a "sudden technical failure" northeast of the capital, officials said. Masked gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a security checkpoint near Saqqara, said police Maj. Gen. Khaled Shalaby. The tourist site is home to the 4,600-year-old Step Pyramid. No one immediately claimed the attack. The helicopter was on a reconnaissance mission northeast of Cairo in the Ismailia province, the military said in a statement. It said crew members were injured, without specifying the number hurt or the severity.

  • Burkina Faso to hold elections to replace transitional gov't

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso is holding presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, the first since a popular uprising last year toppled the West African nation's longtime leader and started a turbulent transition. With no incumbent on the ballot and the presidential guard now dissolved, candidates and analysts say the vote will be the most open and democratic in Burkina Faso's history. "We have a real chance for democracy here," said Tahirou Barry, one of 14 presidential candidates. "For the first time, the incumbent president is not a candidate. This leaves the voters free of pressure, and there is fair play in the process.

  • Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man who went to Florida to have knee surgery returned home about six months later to find his house had been demolished. Philip Williams says he went to Fort Lauderdale for a knee replacement in December. When he returned to his West Hempstead neighborhood in August, his home was gone. After neighbors complained, the Town of Hempstead tore down the two-story, cream colored cottage. Officials claim they made attempts to reach him and held a public hearing. They say the home violated the town's code and was dilapidated. The 69-year-old Williams says all of his belongings, including his late wife's engagement ring, are gone. The U.S.

  • Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem. Pope Tawadros II broke a ban on pilgrimages to take part in Saturday's funeral at a church at the Holy Sepulcher compound, where the Coptic church has maintained a presence since early Christianity. The travel ban to Israel was imposed by Tawadros's predecessor, the late Shenouda III, who opposed the normalization of ties between Egypt and Israel. A 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty ended hostilities between the two neighbors. But anti-Israel sentiments still run high in Egypt and many there have accused Tawadros of betrayal.

  • Schwartzel leads by 3 shots at Alfred Dunhill Championship

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13 under par on Saturday. Schwartzel has returned to form at one of his favorite tournaments, which he's won three times before. The South African is ahead of French pair Benjamin Hebert and Sebastien Gros at Leopard Creek Country Club. The 2011 U.S. Masters champion had opened a five-shot lead after two rounds. He was pegged back by a bogey on his opening hole on Saturday, but that was the only dropped shot of his round. Having just avoided the cut, defending champion Branden Grace carded a 6-under 66 to surge up to a ti

  • Maldives police break up opposition protest for a 2nd day

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in the Maldives dispersed opposition protesters for a second straight day Saturday, using tear gas and pepper spray and arresting more than a dozen demonstrators demanding the release of a former president and other jailed political leaders. After Friday's protest was shut down, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party vowed to regroup Saturday, saying it was within its legal rights to continue the protests because police had unilaterally withdrawn from agreed-upon terms for a 72-hour demonstration. The party is demanding the release from jail of former President Mohamed Nasheed, ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim and opposition leader Sheik Imran Abdulla, as well as the end of court actions

  • Appliances still bring great comfort

    By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Ol' farm and olfactory memories always come barreling in like a norther this time of year. One stirs up with every mound of meringue that sneaks in among the pumpkin and pecan pies: that smell — equal parts egg white, sugar, vanilla, heat and machine oil. And Mama. My upbringing seems punctuated by Mama's frequent use and fast acquisition of kitchen appliances: The electric stand mixer with its stainless steel bowl and lickable spatula. The electric carving knife, a mystery that appeared and disappeared so fast I never was sure it actually existed. The gas stove in the old house I was born to in 1964 and the electric range in the new house in 1979.

  • Oklahoma trooper, firefighters rescue five from submerged vehicle

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    Three children and two women were rescued Friday from a sinking vehicle in an Ottawa County creek by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and firefighters.

  • London protesters oppose UK airstrikes on IS in Syria

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators in London are urging British lawmakers not to back airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria. Protesters chanting "Don't bomb Syria" gathered outside Prime Minister David Cameron's 10 Downing St. office. Protests were also being held Saturday in other British cities. Britain's Royal Air Force is already part of a U.S.-led campaign against the militants in Iraq, and on Thursday Cameron argued that the strikes should be expanded to Syria. He said, "we have to hit these terrorists in their heartlands." The government is trying to build support among lawmakers for military action before calling a vote in Parliament, which could come next week. The main opposition Labour P

  • The Latest: Pope hears Ugandan woman tell of living with HIV

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.) __4 p.m. Testifying before Pope Francis, a 24-year-old Ugandan woman who has the virus that causes AIDS is urging young Ugandans to live responsibly. Winnie Nansumba, who was born with HIV and lost both her parents before she turned seven, says she has been able to get treatment thanks to the kindness of others. Nansumba is one of thousands of young people who are attending a huge rally at an airstrip in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Francis will address the youths. She says: "A word is enough for a wise person. HIV is real but it can be prevented and managed.

  • Don't get Grinched by cybercrime during the holiday season

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. "The Pandora's box of cyberattacks is about to open," says Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based data protection firm. "The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative — and at the end of the day, it's your personal information at risk." Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your information from online Grinches.

  • Syria insurgents recapture town in Aleppo province from army

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Insurgents say they have seized a town in Syria's northern Aleppo province from troops and allied Shiite forces amid intense fighting. A coalition of rebel groups and insurgents that includes the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front announced Saturday that it took back control of Tal Bajer in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo after losing it to Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen and Iranian forces two weeks ago. The Nusra Front released drone footage that purports to show Iranian fighters fleeing from rebels advancing on the town with tanks. Opposition forces have inflicted painful losses on Syrian troops and their allies in the area, successfully repelling their advances despite Russi

  • Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air. At noon, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous, tiny articles of PM2.5 at 391 micrograms per cubic meter. The World Health Organization considers the safe level at 25 micrograms per cubic meter of the particulates. The city has been shroud in gray smog since Friday, reducing visibility to a few hundred meters (yards). The Ministry of Environmental Protection has forecast severe pollution for the greater Beijing region, the western part of Shandong province and the northern part of Henan province until Tuesday, when strong winds from the n

  • AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery features Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert watching a basket by the Los Angeles Clippers; New Delhi's India Gate war memorial illuminated in orange to raise domestic violence awareness; and Justin Bieber performing at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. ___ This gallery contains photos published Nov. 21-Nov. 27, 2015. See the latest AP photo galleries: http://apne.ws/TXeCBN The Archive: Top photo highlights from previous weeks: http://apne.ws/13QUFKJ ___ Follow AP photographers on Twitter: ht

  • Tropical Storm Sandra weakens in Pacific

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Mexico has cancelled tropical storm warnings as Tropical Storm Sandra is weakening rapidly. The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased early Saturday to 40 mph (65 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandra is forecast to become a remnant low later Saturday or early Sunday. Sandra is about 115 miles (180 kms) south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is moving north at 2 mph (4 kph). The storm is still expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain in parts of Mexico, and strong winds are expected in Las Islas Marias.

  • Super Bowl of shopping is more like a scrimmage

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over. Gone are the throngs of frenzied shoppers camping out for days ahead of the big sales bonanza on the day after Thanksgiving. And forget the fisticuffs over flat-screen TVs. Instead, stores around the country had sparse parking lots, calm, orderly lines, and modest traffic. Black Friday, which traditionally is the biggest shopping day of the year, almost looked like a normal shopping day. And not every shopper was happy about that. In Denver, for instance, Susan Montoya had nearly an entire Kmart to herself Friday morning. Montoya half-heartedly flipped through a rack of girls' holiday party dresses and looked down the store's empty aisles. <

  • As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him. To King-Baker, Carson's "up-by-your-bootstraps" life story makes him a genuine celebrity worth emulating in the African-American community. But she's also a Pompano Beach Democrat watching Carson rise in the Republican presidential polls.

  • Qatar bans contractors leaving country in rain-damage probe

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways. An article late Friday on the state-run Qatar News Agency announced the travel ban. It said "owners of companies, contractors and consulting engineers" would be banned from traveling abroad until the end of the probe. A year's worth of rain on Wednesday deluged Doha's Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Airways, pouring through at least one part of the roof. The airport cost at least $15 billion to build. Rainwater also flooded streets and shut down some stores in Doha.

  • Kangaroo found hopping on Ohio road is returned to owners

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The owners of a kangaroo found hopping down a northeast Ohio street say they can't figure out how it got away from its home at a retreat for rescued animals. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1Ph88YR ) reports the 3-year-old male kangaroo, named Foster, was quietly standing with police when his owner arrived to retrieve him early Friday. Someone had spotted the kangaroo in North Ridgeville and called police. An officer knew the animal had come from Joe and Candice Hanna's 10-acre property nearby, and they were called to pick him up. Candice Hanna says Foster stays in a heated barn at the property. She says they haven't determined how he escaped, but they're certain he couldn't

  • Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday received the delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China. Amid applause from Philippine defense officials, the FA-50 jets touched down at Clark Freeport, a former U.S. Air Force base north of Manila, where fire trucks sprayed water as a traditional welcome salute for the still-unarmed aircraft. The Philippines bought 12 FA-50s, which are primarily trainer jets that the military converted to also serve as multi-role combat aircraft, from Korea Aerospace Industries at a cost of 18.9 billion pesos ($402 million).