• Hot days ahead through Labor Day weekend in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The weather is heating up in Oklahoma. Hot days will continue through the Labor Day weekend.

  • Thai police: Suspect's prints match those on bomb material

    Updated: 31 min ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police investigating last month's Bangkok bombing said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material, and that they were seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to the blast. The new suspect, identified as Emrah Davutoglu, is the husband of a Thai woman for whom an arrest warrant has already been issued because she had rented an apartment where bomb-making materials were found this past weekend. The woman professes innocence and says she is in Turkey. Of the eight people for whom arrest warrants have now been issued, at least two others are also believed to be Turkish.

  • Toby Keith performs hometown show for upcoming 'Neighborhood Sessions' TV special

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 44 min ago

    NORMAN - Toby Keith took the stage at his new place in his old neighborhood and played new songs and old hits for an invitation-only crowd of about 500 people Tuesday night. The country music superstar and his band put on the private show on a newly built stage behind Hollywood Corners, a 1920s-era roadhouse and service station in north Norman that he recently bought and revamped into a roadside delicatessen. The intimate outdoor concert was filmed for the second installment in the State Farm "Neighborhood Sessions." An hourlong television special, "Neighborhood Sessions Featuring Toby Keith," is due to air on TBS in October, the same month the Oklahoma native will release his new album "35 MPH Town.

  • Africa's Deadwood: The gold rush is on in Uganda

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MUBENDE, Uganda (AP) —     The hunt for gold takes the men 100 meters (yards) underground, past contraptions of wood and rope rigged to function like pulleys, past hard rock that they attack day and night with demolition hammers. When they emerge at the end of a shift, the miners carry stone samples that will be examined for the dark veins that suggest presence of gold.                    The gold rush is on in a big way in this central Ugandan district of Mubende. So big that tens of thousands of people make their livelihood from it. Makeshift tents of blue tarps dot the green hills that are pockmarked by pools of muddy water where ore is washed, separating the gold. Four mining camps have sprung up in

  • Correction: Australia-Obit-Great Escape story

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about a World War II Australian pilot who took part in a mass escape from a German prison camp, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one of the three prisoners who successfully made it home was Danish. He was, in fact, Dutch. A corrected version of the story is below: Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101 Australian survivor of 'Great Escape' from German POW camp during WWII dies aged 101 By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his home

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Pitcher drives from Tulsa to OKC during game, gets win to finish double-header sweep

    By Trent Shadid | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Deck McGuire was promoted from Tulsa to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with the Dodgers in the middle of a double header.

  • Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse. Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea's airline has earned a singular distinction: It's been ranked the world's worst airline for four straight years. Air Koryo is the only carrier to have been awarded just one star in rankings released recently by the UK-based SkyTrax consultancy agency. More than 180 airlines are included in the five-star ranking system, which is widely considered the global benchmark of airline

  • A bold move to save a man's hand: Tucking it into his tummy

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Casey Reyes struggled for a way to explain the "sci-fi" surgery doctors were proposing to save her 87-year-old grandfather's badly burned hand. "They're gonna put your hand inside your stomach, kind of like a hoodie," she told him. Frank Reyes agreed to the strange operation at Houston Methodist Hospital, and spent three weeks with his left hand surgically tucked under a pocket of tissue in his belly to give it time to heal and form a new blood supply. On Thursday, doctors cut his hand free of its temporary home and shaped some of the abdominal tissue and skin to cover it. Reyes hopes for near-full use of the hand he almost lost after a freak accident earlier this summer while he was changing a tire.

  • Blaze in Paris apartment building leaves 8 dead

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — French officials say eight people died in an apartment fire early Wednesday in Paris and police are investigating whether the fire was started intentionally. Speaking on French TV BFM, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the dead included two children. Four survivors are hospitalized. Brandet said the firefighters extinguished a small paper fire around 0023 GMT in the building, located at the foot of Paris' famed Montmartre hill. They were called back two hours later for a new fire that began in a ground floor stairwell and quickly engulfed the building's upper stories. More than 100 firefighters were required to extinguish the blaze.

  • US regulatory agency seeks to expand mining safety feature

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mine regulators are moving to expand a safety feature in coal operations aimed at preventing crushing of miners. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it wants to broaden the requirement for mine operators to install so-called proximity detection devices. It says it will publish a proposed rule Wednesday calling for the detection systems on underground coal-hauling systems. The proximity detection units would be equipped on scoops and shuttle cars, among other equipment used in mining. The systems warn miners when they get too close to equipment. MSHA estimates that only a fraction of underground coal-hauling machines are equipped with proximity detection.

  • Hong Kong Student Leader Trial

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Hong Kong teenage student leader Joshua Wong, left, shouts slogans with supporters outside a magistrates' court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Wong is set to face trial on charges relating to his role in storming government headquarters nearly a year ago in a protest that sparked monthslong pro-democracy street occupations.

  • WWII vet transmitted news of Japanese surrender 70 years ago

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Stephen Dennis enlisted in the Navy soon after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Less than a year later, the raw 19-year-old recruit was thrust into fighting off the Solomon Islands and survived one of the fiercest naval battles in the South Pacific. By the end of the war, the young sailor from upstate New York was a shipboard radioman helping news organizations get the word out to the world that the Japanese had officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945. As Wednesday's 70th anniversary of the surrender approached, Dennis reminisced recently about his military service, which began aboard the ill-fated USS Atlanta.

  • Hong Kong teen faces trial over pro-democracy protest

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong teenage student leader Joshua Wong is set to face trial on charges relating to his role in storming government headquarters nearly a year ago in a protest that sparked monthslong pro-democracy street occupations. Wong pleaded not guilty to charges of inciting and participating in an illegal assembly at a magistrate court on Wednesday. Two other student leaders, Alex Chow and Nathan Law, also pleaded not guilty at the same hearing to similar charges. After posting bail, Wong told reporters he didn't regret entering a fenced-off courtyard outside government headquarters during an evening rally on Sept. 26, saying it was the "best decision" he'd ever made.

  • AP Exclusive: Records show university's response to Holmes

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — More than a month before James Holmes' rampage on a Colorado movie theater, the head of his neuroscience graduate program called a campus police officer with alarming information: Holmes had told his psychiatrist that he wanted to kill people to make up for his failure in science. The call, never previously disclosed, came just after the psychiatrist expressed similar concerns to the same University of Colorado campus police officer. But newly released documents show the officer did little other than check to see whether Holmes had a criminal record and deactivate his campus access cards. And his psychiatrist declined to detain Holmes, who had revealed no specific targets or threats, because she thought it would onl

  • China slowdown weighs on Australian growth in second quarter

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's economy grew a slower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the three months through June, dragged down by waning Chinese demand for resources including iron ore and coal, government figures showed Wednesday. Economists had forecast 0.4 percent growth in the April-June quarter. Australia's resource-based economy grew by 0.9 percent in the January-March quarter. But latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the slowest quarterly growth since the first quarter of 2013. Annual growth for the year through June was 2.0 percent, well below Australia's long-term average of 3.2 percent.

  • Los Angeles back from dead as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games — a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running. But with a late surge of life brought on by Boston's dropout from the process, the city found itself on Tuesday as the U.S. candidate, and its leaders were left feeling inspired and destined. "This is a quest that Los Angeles was made for," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "This city is the world's greatest stage." Garcetti said Los Angeles, home to the Olympics in 1932 and 1984, would stage games that are both spectacular and profitable. He was given unanimous approval from his City Council to strike agreements for a 2024 bid, a move that was

  • Advocates hope California's solitary settlement spreads

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Reform groups are hoping a landmark settlement to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California state prisons will soon spread. "There is still much work to be done to end solitary confinement both in California and around the nation," Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the lead attorney representing inmates, said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. "This settlement represents an important step in that direction and in the growing movement against solitary." As the state that keeps inmates segregated for longer than any other, at times up to a decade or more, California's acceptance of the changes represents a significant victory in the broad

  • In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a river of white and blue flowing down through the mountains toward lower terrain. In fact, it's just the opposite. The 2-mile-long chock of solid ice has been retreating at a faster and faster pace in recent years — more than 800 feet since 2008, satellite tracking shows. "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," Obama said with the iconic glacier at his back.

  • To protect killer whales, patrols keep boaters in check

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. (AP) — Against the backdrop of rocky bluffs, a pod of orcas repeatedly jumped out of the emerald waters of the Puget Sound one recent sunny afternoon before splashing their massive black-and-white bodies back into the water. Shadowing the whales were several recreational and commercial whale watching vessels that ferry people out to watch the orcas breach, which is one of nature's most impressive spectacles. But the combination of boats and whales has state and federal authorities worried, especially this summer, now that the Southern Resident pod of killer whales has four new calves. So authorities are sending out orca patrols, asking the boats to give the sea mammals enough space.

  • Trial set for couple accused of trying to join Islamic State

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A young Mississippi couple accused of attempting to join the Islamic State are scheduled for trial Oct. 26 after a grand jury indicted them on charges that they tried to aid the terrorist organization. U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander set the trial date Tuesday following the Aug. 26 indictment of 20-year-old Jaelyn Delshaun Young of Vicksburg and 22-year-old Muhammad "Mo" Dakhlalla of Starkville, each on two counts of aiding terrorists. Court records show both waived a court appearance on the indictment and pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers couldn't immediately be reached. They were arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight with tickets bound for Istanbul.