• OSBI investigating Oklahoma state senator over BBB funds

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Oklahoma state Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, is cooperating with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation but denies wrongdoing, his attorney said Monday.

  • Mother of American hostage released in Yemen says he's ok

    Updated: 30 min ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The mother of an American hostage released by Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen says her son suffered a back injury and is still in shock, but that he's doing well considering the ordeal. Freelance journalist Casey Coombs, 33, is stable in a hospital in Oman and is expected to return to Seattle in the coming days, said his mother, Jill Hammill. She found out Sunday that her son was freed after being taken by rebels on May 17. She's shocked and overjoyed, Hammill said. "It was a miracle," she said by phone from her home in Seattle. "We didn't know if we would see him again." Coombs was one of several Americans being held by Shiite Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels in Yemen.

  • Woman behind Silicon Valley sex bias suit appealing verdict

    Updated: 32 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday of a jury verdict against her. Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice of appeal in San Francisco Superior Court. There were no accompanying documents explaining grounds for the appeal, and Heather Wilson, a spokeswoman for Pao, said neither Pao nor Axelrod would have additional comment. A jury in March found that defendant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao in the case that became a flashpoint in an ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital f

  • Bruce Jenner completes transition to Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

    Updated: 33 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jenner's transition is complete. "Call me Caitlyn," declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool. The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Inside, more images show Caitlyn in gold lame, a black bustier and a cleavage-baring, off-the-shoulder gown. Caitlyn Jenner also debuted a new Twitter account with: "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.

  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with Tulsa woman in Muslim headscarf case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    In an 8 to 1 decision, the high court says employers can’t make a job applicant’s religious practices a factor in employment decisions. An Abercrombie & Fitch store declined to hire an Oklahoma teen wearing a headscarf in 2008.

  • May marks wettest month on record in Oklahoma's history

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    May marked the wettest month on record in Oklahoma’s history, with a statewide average of 14.40 inches. The previous rainiest month was October 1941, when the state saw an average of 10.75 inches of rain.

  • How one church is uplifting the homeless through the power of karaoke

    Shelby Slade, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    In an area of Los Angeles known for its violence and the homelessness its residents face, laughter and joy is hard to come by.

  • South Korea reports 2 deaths from MERS

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported 24 cases of the disease since diagnosing the country's first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. South Korea's cases have largely connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him, or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated and their family members.

  • Sheriff: College student killed mom in argument over grades

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama college student killed his mother during an argument over his bad grades, law enforcement officials said, and he was being held without bond in a county jail Monday. Tyler Ryan Blansit, 22, confessed to killing Sherry Ann Blansit, 45, in Mentone — about 75 miles east of Huntsville, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a statement. Multiple news outlets have reported that she was found dead in her backyard Friday. Blansit told investigators that he and his mother argued over his grades and that he struck the woman in her head, Harris said. The woman appears to have died of blunt-force trauma, he said.

  • California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. It is currently $9 an hour and will rise to $10 an hour in 2016. But Leno said that rate does not reflect the cost of living in California. He says his plan would bring workers to the federal poverty level while stimulating the economy. The measure would boost the minimum wage by an additional $1 in 2016, then to $13 an hour starting in 2017.

  • Solar Impulse plane lands in Japan to wait out bad weather

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel made an unscheduled landing in Japan to wait out bad weather. Swiss pilot André Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, on Sunday on what was to be the longest leg of the journey, a six-day, 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) flight to Hawaii. Instead, the Solar Impulse 2 made an unscheduled visit late Monday in central Japan, and landed safely at the Nagoya Airport. Japanese Transport Ministry and Nagoya airport officials said earlier that they were arranging for the landing to occur after the airport's usual closing hours to accommodate the plane with a wide wingspan.

  • Hawaii giant telescope protests lead to stewardship plan

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii announced a plan Monday that will lead to the removal of several large telescopes on Mauna Kea. School officials will meet with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources this week to discuss the decommissioning process. The plan comes nearly a week after Gov. David Ige said school officials need to do a better job caring for the mountain and asked that they carry out 10 actions. The discussions were sparked by protests against the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope. Construction has been halted on the $1.4 billion project for nearly two months, after the arrests of people blocking access to the site.

  • California farmers submit plans to save water under deal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. The farmers — with the strongest water rights in the state — devised the plans as part of a deal struck last month that would spare them deeper mandatory cuts by the state in the future. Under the agreement, they must submit plans for using 25 percent less water, fallowing 25 percent of their land, or other strategies to achieve the necessary water savings. Officials hope the deal can become a model for other farmers around the

  • Transportation officials scramble to repair biggest flooding and road damage in Oklahoma history

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Record rains bring unprecedented flooding and damage to Oklahoma highways and bridges. Twenty-nine state and federal highways and bridges remain closed, with southeastern Oklahoma the hardest hit area by far.

  • UN official says Ebola will end in Sierra Leone in weeks

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Ebola chief said Monday he believes "it's only a matter of weeks" before the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone ends, but stopping the deadly disease in Guinea will take more time because in some areas unsafe traditions still hold sway over what's good for people's health. Dr. David Nabarro stressed in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that the Ebola epidemic "absolutely isn't over" though Liberia has been Ebola free since May 9. "We have cases occurring, not in huge numbers but enough to be very disturbing, in Sierra Leone and in Guinea," he said, and the situation in Guinea is especially troubling because surprise cases have been popping up that are not part of known chains of tra

  • Whataburger changes breakfast times, citing egg shortages

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Whataburger says it is limiting its breakfast-serving hours, citing egg shortages due to the Midwest bird flu crisis. The fast-food chain will serve breakfast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. It previously was available 12 hours a day. Whataburger says in a statement that the changes will allow it to supply all of its locations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says confirmed outbreaks in the Midwest have cost chicken and turkey producers more than 44 million birds. Egg prices have soared. Major chains such as Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts and IHOP say they're monitoring the situation but haven't yet been affected.

  • New Mexico couple gets back wedding rings lost since 1960s

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It's been decades since Ofelia Kirker lost her wedding rings, but she'll be wearing the treasured jewelry for her 64th wedding anniversary. "It feels like we're getting married again," said her 83-year-old husband Robert Kirker. It's "unbelievable to be wearing them again," said Ofelia Kirker, 82. "They had been gone for so long. It's wonderful to have them back." She believes the rings tumbled out of her pocket in the 1960s while she was living in the Grant County village of Santa Clara, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1AIw68Q). They were unearthed in a yard there years ago and have finally made their way back to her thanks to an observant yard worker, one woman's sharp me

  • Phoenix suing FAA over noisy flight path changes in city

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix is suing the Federal Aviation Administration over flight path changes that have led to aircraft noise that's plaguing some historic neighborhoods. Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday the city has tried to resolve the issue numerous times, but the FAA hasn't proposed any meaningful changes. Stanton said Phoenix is "left with no choice but to sue." Residents have sent thousands of complaints to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport since the FAA implemented the new flight paths last September. A Phoenix spokeswoman said the city plans on filing the suit within the next 24 hours.

  • California school district sued over graduation dress code

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Native American student sued his California school district on Monday over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, claiming his rights to freedom of expression and religion in the state constitution are being violated. Christian Titman, 18, a member of the Pit River Tribe, said he wants to attach the 5-inch feather he received from his father to the tassel on his cap at the Clovis High School ceremony set for Thursday. He wants to mark his achievement and honor his Native American heritage, according to the lawsuit filed in state court in Fresno County. The tribe considers eagle feathers sacred and symbolic of a significant accomplishment.

  • Oklahoma City man drowns in Flint Creek in state's northeast

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Updated: 2 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City man was swept away while wading Sunday in Delaware County. His body was recovered Monday afternoon, authorities said.