• Fire at Saudi oil company residential complex kills 6

    Updated: 18 min ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi civil defense officials say the casualty toll from a fire at a sprawling residential complex in the kingdom's oil-rich east has risen to six people killed and more than 200 injured. The Interior Ministry's General Directorate of Civil Defense provided the update on its official Twitter feed Sunday. The fire started early Sunday at a residential complex used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco in the eastern city of Khobar. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Nepal's sexual minorities parade to demand rights

    Updated: 19 min ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized. The colorful rally in downtown Kathmandu — an annual affair — drew about 500 participants. "Our main demand is that the rights of the sexual minorities should be guaranteed in the new constitution," said Pinky Gurung of the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal. They are also demanding same-sex marriage be guaranteed in the new constitution, permitting gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt, buy joint property, open joint bank accounts and inherit from one another.

  • New Orleans, Gulf coast mark Katrina milestone

    Updated: 26 min ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in American history, in ways both devout and festive. Church bells rang and brass bands played as people across the storm-ravaged coast remembered the past and looked to the future. "Some people said that we shouldn't come back. Some people said that we couldn't come back," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Yet 10 years later here we are. Still standing." The storm killed more than 1,800 people and caused $151 billion in damage, in one of the country's deadliest and most costly natural disasters. Many of the dead came in New Orleans when levees protecting the city burst, submerging 80 perce

  • Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

    Updated: 28 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made in court after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news." The ministry said Sunday it objected to John Casson's comments, calling them "unacceptable interference" in the country's judiciary. The court sentenced the three journalists on Saturday, sparking international outcry in the latest attack on free speech in the country. Speaking to television cameras in Arabic after the verdict, Casson said he was concerned it could "undermine confidence in the basis of Egypt's stability, both in Egypt and abroad.

  • Letter from Hungary: Migrants seek EU's field of dreams

    Updated: 33 min ago

    ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — On the edge of a Hungarian cornfield, the beam from a car's headlights reflects in their eyes: Europe's newest residents, catching their breath, fresh from evading border police. Emotions sway from forlorn to triumphant and back again on this migrant-besieged frontier, as thousands of exhausted trekkers achieve one goal only to face another daunting challenge. Many already have slipped through Syria's border into Turkey lugging children or elderly parents, crossed the choppy seas to Greece and navigated the Balkan nations of Macedonia and Serbia by foot, bus or train.

  • Missing hiker found alive after 9 days lost in Sierra Nevada

    Updated: 37 min ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was stranded in the rugged Sierra Nevada for nine days while suffering from some broken bones survived by using a water filter to drink from a creek, authorities said. Miyuki Harwood, 62, was found Saturday morning in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest after she used a whistle to get the attention of a search and rescue team who were looking for her, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a news conference. Harwood was airlifted to a hospital to treat an unspecified injury sustained on Aug. 20 when she got separated from a group of hikers near Horsehead Lake, about 100 miles northwest of Fresno. She was listed in stable condition, the sheriff said after meeting Harwood a

  • Driver arrested, charged with negligence in Swaziland crash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A newspaper in Swaziland is reporting that one of the drivers involved in the crash that killed a reported 38 young women and girls has been arrested. The Times of Swaziland reported on Sunday that the man appeared in court on Saturday was charged with negligent driving. He remains in police custody. The newspaper said the 46-year-old man is a driver employed by the government of Swaziland. The girls and young women were killed while on their way to join thousands of others at Swaziland's most famous traditional festival, the annual reed dance. A rights group, the Swaziland Solidarity Network, claims that the death toll has risen to 65. Swazi police dispute this, saying that only 13 people di

  • US businessman arrested in Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A legal aid organization says Spanish authorities have arrested a businessman with dual American-Belgian citizenship who is accused of enslavement and pillaging "blood diamonds" during Sierra Leone's civil war. Civitas Maxima, a Geneva-based organization that provides legal representation for victims of war crimes, said in a statement late Saturday that Michael Desaedeleer was arrested last week. It said a complaint filed by several Sierra Leone citizens in 2011 in Belgium details his crimes in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono district between 1999 and 2001. Tens of thousands of people died during the West African nation's civil war from 1991 to 2002, during which fighters forced civilians to mine so-

  • Why we should stop thinking all single people are sad and lonely

    Shelby Slade, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Being single isn’t as depressing as everyone has been making it out to be.

  • High school legging, yoga pant restrictions angering students

    Jessica Ivins, KSL.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The superintendent over a Massachusetts high school is defending a new controversial dress code, saying the goal is to prepare students for the workforce.

  • Watch Taylor Swift, Phoebe Buffay perform ‘Smelly Cat’ live

    Martha Ostergar, KSL.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    In an unexpected duet for the ages, Taylor Swift performed “Friends”-famous “Smelly Cat” with Lisa Kudrow.

  • Do Americans support standardized testing? It depends on how you ask the question

    Eric Schulzke, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Opponents of current testing requirements see opportunities and challenges in how the questions are phrased and how much information is offere with the questions.

  • Gunmen attack southwest Pakistan airport, kill 1, abduct 1

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing one official there and kidnapping another. Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George says armed men on motorcycles stormed Baluchistan province's Jewni airport early Sunday and destroyed navigational equipment there after killing the official on duty and wounding his supervisor. Local police official Abdul Qadeer says the gunmen, who numbered between 10 to 12, abducted a third engineer. George says the airport, while not in service, provides navigation aid to aircraft flying in the area. He says another system now is providing that navigational support. No group immediately claimed responsibili

  • Man held in toddler's July disappearance faces new charges

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say the man being held in connection with the disappearance of a Jacksonville toddler has attempted to escape from jail. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old William Ruben Ebron Jr. is facing four new charges related to his escape attempt. Ebron already faces two counts of child neglect for the July disappearance of Lonzie Barton, his girlfriend's son. The child is still missing, and authorities are investigating it as a homicide. Authorities say Ebron planned to use a plastic handcuff key to escape during transport to court in a jail van. He also was trying to coordinate another getaway vehicle. Authorities say another inmate recorded their conversations.

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. The protesters camped overnight wearing yellow shirts of the Bersih movement — the coalition for clean and fair elections — even after authorities blocked the organizer's website and banned yellow attire and the group's logo in a bid to deter the rallies, which were also held in other Malaysian cities.

  • Afghan official says forces retake district from Taliban

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said Sunday that Afghan forces launched an operation on Friday to retake the district of Musa Qala. Zwak says the fighting killed six soldiers and wounded 14. Taliban insurgents overran Musa Qala on Wednesday after a week of attacks targeting security forces there. NATO said it conducted at least 13 airstrikes on Taliban positions in the district last week to aid Afghan forces.

  • Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators were trying to determine Sunday what may have motivated a 30-year-old man accused of ambushing a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy filling his patrol car with gas in what authorities believe was a targeted killing. Shannon J. Miles was charged Saturday with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, was pumping gas at a Chevron station on Friday night when the gunman approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, continuing to fire after the deputy had fallen to the ground.

  • Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed the death hours after the fall in the seventh inning. Hampton said the man was in his early 60s and was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin. The fall immediately followed the introduction of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez as a pinch hitter. The game wasn't delayed while medical personnel treated the man for about 10 minutes, applying CPR before putting him on a backboard

  • 1940 crash that killed Oklahoma man remains a mystery

    By Marsha Mueller For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Guy Arthur Holloway and the other 24 passengers and crew on Flight 19 were killed when their Pennsylvania Central Airlines’ DC-3 crashed into an alfalfa field in Virginia, just 36 miles west of the nation’s capital.

  • Oklahoma City's 'Video Vigilante' now using drones to catch hookers, johns in action

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Brian Bates, Oklahoma City's 'Video Vigilante', said he is using a drone that cost about $2,000 and had to spend the equivalent of several 24-hour days learning how to fly it.