• Killing of 5 Egyptians deepens mystery over Italian's death

    Updated: 38 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — It was a brutal killing that became an international incident: An Italian graduate student disappeared from the streets of the Egyptian capital in January, his body discovered days later dumped by a roadside, tortured to death. The death of Guilio Regeni quickly poisoned ties between Egypt and Italy, where suspicions were high that Egyptian police — who have long been accused of using torture and secret detentions — snatched the 28-year-old and killed him. Egyptian officials — as high up as the president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a national address — have denied any police role, but in the months since the slayings, the Italian government has hiked the pressure for answers. Then last month came a surpr

  • Questionable hits turning up heat between Penguins, Capitals

    Updated: 42 min ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The number of hits the Washington Capitals have tried to level on the Pittsburgh Penguins through two contentious games in the Eastern Conference semifinals is not a surprise. The nature of those hits? Well, that's another matter. Tom Wilson's run-in with Conor Sheary's knee in Game 1 cost the Washington forward a couple grand in fines. Brooks Orpik's elbow to Olli Maatta's chin early in Game 2 ended with Maatta skating woozily off the ice, the young defenseman's status for the rest of the best-of-seven series uncertain and Orpik out three games after being suspended by the NHL on Sunday night.

  • Raptors reach second round for first time 15 years

    Updated: 48 min ago

    TORONTO (AP) — After a decade and a half of playoff disappointment, the Toronto Raptors finally got to enjoy a celebratory night of hugs, kisses and happy families. Next up, a second-round date with the Miami Heat. Toronto advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Raptors beat the Pacers 89-84. The Raptors will host the Heat in Game 1 of the second round Tuesday night. "It's going to be another hard-fought series," DeRozan said. "We don't expect anything less." Coach Dwane Casey expects a big challenge trying to contain Miami star Dwyane Wade. "We've kind of been watching them out of

  • Back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs

    Updated: 55 min ago

    There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk. The whole play took about 3 seconds. And the ball never touched the floor. Not everything came that easily for San Antonio in the opener of the Spurs' Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City. It only seemed that way, as they rolled to a 124-92 win and will now look to take a 2-0 lead when the series resumes in San Antonio on Monday night. "Now we've got to get back to the drawing board and see what we've got to do better to get ready for Game 2," Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook said. "Come out and play with a different

  • Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

    Updated: 56 min ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants have given their final performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ends a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but has become caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views. Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others' backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson called them "true American icons." Elephants have performed in American circuses for more than 200 years. But animal rights activists object to their use and dozens of cities have banned the use of bullhooks, used to train elephants Elephant history author

  • The Latest: Kansas House approves budget-balancing plan

    Updated: 58 min ago

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Monday The Kansas House has approved a plan for balancing the state budget that gives Republican Gov. Sam Brownback broad discretion to cut spending across state government. The House's 63-59 vote early Monday morning sent the measure to the Senate, where a debate was expected to start soon after. The state faces projected shortfalls totaling more than $290 million in the current budget and the one for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. It assumes Brownback would follow through on plans to cut higher education spending and delay major highway projects.

  • LEADING OFF: Texas visits Toronto, site of wild playoff game

    Updated: 59 min ago

    A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FLIPPY Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays welcome Texas to town for the first time since their raucous Game 5 of the AL Division Series. That decisive matchup at Rogers Centre last October included Bautista's high-flying bat flip, a couple of angry confrontations and fans throwing debris. FAMILIAR FACE Giants newcomer Johnny Cueto returns to Great American Ball Park to face the Reds. The All-Star made the first 213 starts of his career for Cincinnati before being traded last July to Kansas City in a package that included pitcher Brandon Finnegan. Cueto signed with San Francisco in the offseason and has done well so far, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ER

  • Heat off to the second round, and Deng a big reason why

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Luol Deng's role with the Miami Heat changed out of necessity in February, when the team lost Chris Bosh for the second consecutive season to a blood clot at the All-Star break. It initially seemed like desperation. It's looking more like brilliance now. Deng was one of many heroes for the Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It could be argued that he was the team's most consistent — or maybe even best — player in the seven games it took for Miami to oust Charlotte and move on to a second-round matchup that starts on Tuesday against Toronto. "Losing Chris was a big blow for this team," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said after Sunday's 106-73 win to eliminate Charlotte in Game 7.

  • An inside look at the other draft, as free agents find spots

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gary Shipman was at his desk at noon Saturday, thumbing through depth charts and occasionally looking across the room at the wall-mounted TV trumpeting the start of the NFL draft's final day. Shipman, who represents four college football players eligible to play in the NFL this season, didn't expect to hear any of their names called, even when teams are willing to take chances in the sixth or seventh round. Shipman and his staff were busily studying NFL rosters, trying to find the right fit for their players, keeping tabs on how franchises are using picks and trying to sell teams on his list of undrafted free agents well before the 253rd and final selection was made in Chicago. This is the draft TV v

  • Feud over artistic independence threatens Asian film fest

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The future of Asia's largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as local filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference. Officials of the Busan International Film Festival say the feud between organizers and the host city Busan, its largest financial sponsor, started two years ago when the festival's program displeased government officials. Their biggest objection was over the film, "Truth Shall Not Sink With The Sewol," which excoriated South Korean authorities for botching rescue operations during a ferry disaster that left 304 people, mostly high-school students, dead or missing.

  • DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers in Game 7

    By IAN HARRISON Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round — finally. DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to face Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Raptors won a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history. “We got the monkey off our back, more than anything, from these past couple of years,” DeRozan said. “It just feels good to get that off.” The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA's longest active drought between series victories.

  • South Korea Buddha Birthday

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A boy whose Buddhist name is Won Hyu reacts as a monk shaves his head during a service to celebrate Buddha's upcoming 2,560th birthday on May 14, at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea Monday, May 2, 2016. Won Hyu is one of the ten children who entered the temple to have an experience of monks' life for two weeks.

  • Reckitt Benckiser Korea apologizes for deadly sterilizers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser has apologized and accepted responsibility for selling deadly disinfectants that killed or injured about 180 people. Ata Safdar, head of the company's Korean division, made the apology Monday. South Korea is investigating the deaths from mysterious lung ailments, which were discovered in 2011. Earlier the company had refused to take responsibility. Angry and tearful victims and their relatives interrupted Safdar's news conference, cursing and hitting him. Authorities blamed chemicals in the disinfectants that many South Korean households used to cleanse humidifiers. Reckitt Benckiser was found to have made products that caused the most injuries

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Will China build on disputed shoal?

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. China's recent construction of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago, complete with airstrips and radar stations, and U.S. patrols challenging Beijing's vast territorial claims, have caused concern that the strategically important waters could become a flashpoint. A look at some recent key developments: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest key developments in the South China Sea, home to several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.

  • 1st probate hearing set for Prince's estate

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys are tackling the complicated job of dividing up Prince's estate. The first hearing is scheduled Monday in probate court in Carver County in suburban Minneapolis. Prince's full sister, Tyka (TY'-kuh) Nelson, filed papers last week saying Prince had no known will. That means under Minnesota law his estate would be divided among his surviving siblings. Prince made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others, and he owned about $27 million in property in Minnesota. The "Purple Rain" star was found dead at his home on April 21.

  • Superintendent turnover, in long run, shorts students, experts say

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    When it comes to the superintendent position at Oklahoma City Public Schools, the only constant has been change. From 1985 to 2000, three superintendents oversaw the state's largest school district. But since 2000, the number of superintendents has totaled 11, which includes Aurora Lora, who was appointed last week to acting superintendent. “It's a tough job,” Henry Duvall, a spokesperson with the Council of the Great City Schools, said about the superintendent of a large urban school system. “But when a superintendent comes in and just spends a few years, it's hard to gain any traction. Turnover is not good for our children.

  • False statements earn reprimand for OKC police sergeant

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City police sergeant, Keith Medley, has been disciplined for making false statements in a request to search for drugs at an apartment. A federal judge in December threw out the evidence found in the apartment because of the police detective's false statements in requesting permission for a search.  Medley was suspended from work without pay for two days, put on disciplinary probation for a year and given a Class III reprimand after admitting in March to making the incorrect statements, records show. “The public demands that the integrity of its law enforcement personnel be above reproach, and the dishonesty of a single department member may impair public confidence and cast suspicion upon the entire

  • School superintendent turnover, in long run, shorts students, experts say

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    From 1985 to 2000, three superintendents oversaw Oklahoma City Public Schools. But since 2000, the number of superintendents has totaled 11, which includes Aurora Lora, who was appointed last week to acting superintendent.

  • Dave Says: Will benefits, cost of private college merit investment?

    By Dave Ramsey For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Dave Ramsey: One of the great jokes in America today is that “where” you go to school matters. Your income will not be based on where you went to school, and it won’t necessarily even be based on your grade-point average.

  • 8-year-old helps Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy speak for kids

    BY ALEX STROHM For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is meeting the needs of Oklahoma’s kids through educational resources, programs and advocacy. Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy recently appointed 8-year-old Justin Evers as Oklahoma’s first Kid Governor.