• Dozens gather at state Capitol for first Oklahoma Muslim Day

    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Imad Enchassi, a senior imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, along with more than 150 Oklahoma Muslims, were gathering to meet with lawmakers, discuss issues surrounding their Islamic faith and to pray inside the cavernous rotunda beneath the Capitol dome.

  • UPDATE: Snow leads to slick roads and highways across Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 min ago

    Winter weather alerts were issued Saturday morning for all counties in Oklahoma. An advisory for central and western Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday. A winter storm warning was issued for eight counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

  • Youth hockey players escape injury in rink roof collapse

    Updated: 29 min ago

    CANTON, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a Massachusetts skating rink. Police in Canton say everyone is safe and accounted for after Saturday morning's collapse. Police say the rear portion of the roof at the Metropolis Skating Rink began to fail as a Norwood youth team was inside but they were able to get out along with parents and rink workers. Air pressure from the collapse also damaged part of the building's front facade. State and local inspectors are evaluating the building. State officials say roofs on more than 150 structures have collapsed because of snow loads this winter season.

  • Oregon considers bill banning most vaccine exemptions

    Updated: 36 min ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Parents who want to maintain the right to refuse vaccinations for their children are mounting a strong fight against an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state's highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions. The measure would eliminate personal, religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccine requirements. If the bill becomes law, Oregon would follow West Virginia and Mississippi in passing such legislation. Many Oregon parents opt out of or delay all or specific vaccinations. Seven percent of the 2013-2014 kindergarten class filed for non-medical vaccine exemptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the median exemption rate was 1.8 percent nationwide for last year's c

  • NYC ID program starts off with a bang

    Updated: 40 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register. City officials have scrambled to keep up with the demand as residents have made more than 260,000 appointments in just the first month since the city IDs became available. In the first couple of days before the online system was up, people waited hours for their turn. "To see this kind of response ... is remarkable in a positive way and I think has a lot of lessons to teach us," said Nisha Agarwal, the city's commissioner for immigrant affairs.

  • Finding Ohio State band director replacement taking time

    Updated: 44 min ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hiring a replacement for fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters is taking longer than the school anticipated. As of the end of February, the university has overshot the time frame of four to six months that it projected needing when a search committee was convened in August, a spokesman acknowledged Friday. Spokesman Chris Davey said more than 25 people have applied for the job and several others have been recommended. Waters has said he re-applied, continuing to assert he's a perfect fit for the job. Davey said the search is continuing. "The process won't be completed until we've identified a world-class leader for our world-class band," he said.

  • Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts

    Updated: 45 min ago

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations. The club-drug overdoses, which sent a total of 12 people to hospitals, are likely to bring more scrutiny to drug policies on college campuses, including Wesleyan's, which have wrestled with how to approach enforcement and when to involve local police. "I think it will force schools to examine their policies," said state Rep. Matthew Lesser, a member of the Wesleyan class of 2005 whose district includes the Middletown campus.

  • Coetsee takes 2-shot lead into final round of Joburg Open

    Updated: 56 min ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Wallie Coetsee takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Joburg Open after a 2-under 70 on Saturday. Chasing a first European Tour title, Coetsee extended his overnight lead by a shot with five birdies and two bogeys to go 14 under par at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington. There are four players tied for second behind him, with fellow South Africans Tjaart van der Walt and Jacques Blaauw, and Englishmen David Howell and Steve Webster 12 under. Coetsee managed just one birdie in his first nine but recovered to create an advantage for himself heading into Sunday's final round. He is also chasing a place at the British Open. The leading three finishers in the top 10 at the Joburg Open wi

  • Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91

    Updated: 59 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91. Kemal died at Istanbul's Capa Hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 14 and was being treated in its intensive care unit for multiple organ failure, Dr. Mehmet Akif Karan said. Kemal was the author of "Memed, My Hawk" a story about feudal relations in Turkey's traditional southern regions in 1955. Like most of more than 35 other novels, he has written, it was widely translated. The character of Memed was drawn in part from Kemal's memory of his mother's brother, an outlaw named Mayro — "the best-known outlaw in the eastern Anatolia, Iran and Caucasus areas.

  • Iran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after militant attack

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, a senior official at Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, says Iran has written to Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency, and Iraqi officials to say that Iran is ready to host Iraqi ancient artifacts as long as they are at risk. Talebian was quoted Saturday by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying Iran feels obligated to protect the historical relics of Iraq, a neighbor with which it shares a common history. He denounced the Islamic State group's destruct

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military. UNICEF had previously said about 89 boys, some as young as 13, were forcibly recruited by an armed group near the town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, in mid-February. The agency said the boys were taken while doing their exams, in a recruitment operation that appeared to target mostly adults in the area known as Wau Shilluk. UNICEF said in a statement Saturday that it is now "confident that the armed group which took the children ... is aligned with" South Sudan's military.

  • Buffett reflects on his firm's success and strength

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector. Buffett's annual letter to shareholders was posted online Saturday. This year he reflected on 50 years of leading Berkshire and its future. Buffett reiterated that Berkshire's huge size will keep it from achieving gains nearly as strong as in the past. And he defended Berkshire's decentralized structure as the ideal way to combat bureaucracy and maximize gains. "I think Berkshire will outperform the average American company, but our advantage, if any, won't

  • Retired Goodyear blimp gondola joins Cleveland exhibit

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit. The 3,400-pound gondola was built in 1982 and was also used on two earlier blimps, the America and Stars & Stripes. After the Spirit of Goodyear was retired a year ago, Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. donated the gondola to the Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1GAgX8k) the historical society's president calls the gondola an "eyewitness to so much history." The blimps flew crew members and passengers above major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the World Series.

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists. Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria to attack towns in northern Cameroon. About 200 Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in the fighting, according to the demonstration's organizers, Cameroonian journalists who have reported on the fighting. The demonstrators marched through Yaounde's streets, carrying the flags of Cameroon and Chad, two of the African countries that have deployed troops to help the Nigerian army to fight Boko Haram.

  • Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday. The fighting took place near the town of Atarib some 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Aleppo, and pitted the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front against the mainstream Hazm Movement, which has received support from the United States. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Nusra Front fighters seized control of several Hazm bases. At least 29 Hazm fighters and six Nusra Front militants were killed in the clashes, it said.

  • Iran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Saturday that "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world should not allow the hard-line Israeli leader to undermine peace. He was referring to Netanyahu's planned speech at the U.S. Congress next week on the emerging nuclear deal that he considers dangerous. "Through scaremongering, falsification, propaganda and creating a false atmosphere even inside other countries, (Israel) is attempting to prevent peace," Zarif told reporters during a joint news conference Saturday with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni.

  • Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of hundreds of flights

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday left highways slick and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Transportation officials and the National Weather Service warned travelers to stay off the roads, if possible, until temperatures rise and the ice melts. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until Saturday night. Freezing rain coated an area stretching from about 40 miles north of Austin up to the Dallas area, said Anthony Bain, a weather service forecaster based in Fort Worth. "If you don't need to travel, just stay home," Bain said.

  • Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering. The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor America wasn't immediately available for comment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a sensor in the affected cars could detect a discrepancy in the steering input and signals and disable power-assisted steering as a result. Cars would revert to manual steering and require greater effort to steer at low speeds, raising the risk of a crash. The affected cars include model years 2008 to 2010 of Elantras and Elantra Touring vehicles made between Nov. 1, 200

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites. Mugabe's robust performance during a lavish party in the resort town of Victoria Falls seemed designed to dispel any speculation that old age was slowing him down following a recent fall at Harare's main airport. Mugabe's birthday was on Feb. 21. Thousands of people packed the grounds of a hotel to praise the man who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, and youth officials who organized the event encouraged Mugabe to rule until he

  • Uncertainty not unusual in energy industry, incoming CEO of Oklahoma City-based Devon says

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Dave Hager, who will become Devon’s CEO this summer, labels the current oil price slide a “blip.” Currently the chief operating officer of the Oklahoma City company, Hager will succeed John Richels as CEO at the end of July.

  • Upstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — Some towns in New York's Southern Tier are raising the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania. Conklin Supervisor Jim Finch and other local officials talking about redrawing the Keystone State's border don't really expect it to happen. But members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the idea will result in something good for a struggling part of the state. New York's Southern Tier sits atop the same gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has allowed Pennsylvania and other states to ride the fracking boom. In December, the Cuomo administration said it planned to ban hydraulic fracturing based on potential health risks from the drilling practice and overstated economic benefits.