• NY educators to develop school curriculum on organ donation

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education officials say they're working with lawmakers and organizations that promote organ donation to develop a model curriculum that will be made available for free to school districts statewide in September. The Education Department says it will include exemplar lesson plans and best practice instructional resources on the importance and value of organ and tissue donation. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says thousands of New Yorkers are waiting for donations. New Yorkers can register and indicate on drivers' licenses that they will donate their organs and tissue after they die to others for transplant. Regent James Cottrell, a physician, says education is the key to incre

  • 5 indicted in Phoenix for marijuana growing scheme

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Five people are accused of falsely gaining medical marijuana grower status to illegally sell cannabis in Phoenix. The Attorney General's Office says a state grand jury indicted the five men in Phoenix on Thursday. Perry Hester, Brandon Hester, James Donaldson, and Christopher Rafferty are charged with giving fraudulent information to to gain status as medical marijuana caregivers. A fifth, Christopher Martin, is charged with allegedly transporting money and marijuana for sale. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys. According to the indictment, the defendants are accused of giving false patient addresses in remote areas in the state. They then cultivated plans and sold them

  • Attorney general's office participating in Drug Take-Back

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday with a dropoff site at the state Capitol. The attorney general's office is participating in coordination with Capitol Police. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the East Rotunda on the California Street side of the Capitol. It is one of almost 120 collection locations in the state. Other locations can be found at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html . The event involves local and state law enforcement agencies collecting unused medication and properly disposing of it.

  • ABA team owner and envied dealmaker Ozzie Silna dies

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83. Silna's younger brother and Spirits of St. Louis co-owner Daniel Silna told The Associated Press that his brother's funeral was held Thursday. Ozzie Silna died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital after a brief illness, his brother said. The two brothers made their millions without having to pay players, build arenas or hire coaches. They only had to sit back and cash the checks. Banking on an eventual ABA-NBA merger, they bought the failing Carolina Cougars of the ABA in 1974 for abo

  • Doubts about honesty led to university chancellor's removal

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano felt compelled to remove the chancellor of UC Davis after documents contradicted the campus leader's contention that she did not have any dealings with contractors that were hired to bolster the school's image online, a university spokeswoman said. Napolitano put Chancellor Linda Katehi on paid leave Wednesday pending the outcome of an investigation of her role in the decision to retain image consultants to counter bad publicity from the pepper-spraying of demonstrators by campus police in 2011.

  • California utility casts doubt on blame for deadly wildfire

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state of California is seeking more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line, but the utility says it's not clear that it was to blame for the tree. The amount is the largest recovery sought by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which released a report Thursday detailing the cause of the fire that scorched remote Calaveras and Amador counties, about 125 miles east of San Francisco. But PG&E said in a statement later Thursday that based on its own review "we do not believe it is clear what caused the tree to fail or that vegetation management pract

  • Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs. Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against "Mashrou Leila," or Leila's Project, said in a new statement that "we don't mind if this concert takes place." He didn't elaborate. The indie band, known for songs about controversial subjects, says the reversal comes too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on Friday. The initial ban sparked criticism of Jordan, which presents itself as an island of relative tolerance in a turbulent region where relig

  • Islamic State group claims bomb attack on Saudi police

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in eastern Saudi Arabia that officials say wounded an officer on patrol. Police said early Friday that the attack caused a "minor injury" to the police officer. It took place on Thursday night in the country's predominantly Shiite east. Five vehicles were damaged. A post on a website known to be used by Islamic State sympathizers claimed the attack and said militants carried out other assaults in the area. The police's statement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, did not mention any other attack. An Islamic State affiliate in Saudi Arabia has claimed a series of attacks and suicide bombings.

  • Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box. The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Residents began moving in since January. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home. A second container development is already planned for downtown. Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as developers and cities try to cater to millennials and baby boomers seeking downtown living.

  • Germany worries migrants will try to reach Europe from Libya

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has told reporters the government is concerned that an increasing number of migrants will try to reach Europe this summer by crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. De Maiziere and his Austrian counterpart, Walter Sobotka, met Friday, and both ministers said that Italy needs to do more to protect its southern sea border. With the flow of people across the eastern Mediterranean slowing sharply due to the NATO patrols and an EU agreement to return illegal migrants to Turkey, officials say it is likely that those trying to reach Europe will increasingly try to set off from Libya again. The route has seen a number of mass drownings over the past year of migrants

  • Residents of Iraq's IS-held Fallujah suffer under siege

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family — usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a small portion of flat bread. "We are experiencing the agony of starvation for the first time in our life," said Abu Jassim, a 52-year-old grocer and resident of the besieged Islamic State-held city of Fallujah. In reality, nobody seems to be starving in Fallujah just yet. But medical officials say malnutrition is on the rise and vital medical supplies are running out. Since August, Iraqi government troops have tightened their grip around Fallujah — under IS control since the early days of 2014 — and have prevented the entry of food and medici

  • North Korea accuses US soldiers of provoking border troops

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is accusing U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A North Korean military statement Friday warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at an inter-Korean border village or they'll meet a dog's death any time and any place." The statement said U.S. troops pointed their fingers at North Korean soldiers and made strange noises and unspecified "disgusting" facial expressions. North Korea occasionally accuses South Korean and U.S. troops of trying to provoke its border troops. The U.S. and South Korean militaries had no immediate response. The latest

  • Giant Chinese zodiac sculptures are turning heads in Boston

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac in downtown Boston are stopping people in their tracks and sparking conversations. And that's exactly what they are intended to do. The project by contemporary Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei (eye way-way) is the latest in a series of outdoor public art projects on the Rose Kennedy Greenway meant to delight, awe and educate. Lucas Cowan, the public art curator of the Greenway Conservancy, says they are replicas of smaller sculptures stolen from an imperial Chinese palace in 1860. Even as workers put the finishing touches on the exhibit earlier this week, dozens of people stopped to take pictures or jus

  • Dodgers fall behind early, lose at Omaha

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    PAPILLION, Neb. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers fell behind Omaha early on Thursday and never recovered, losing 10-2 in the first of a four-game Pacific Coast League series. Zach Lee was optioned to Oklahoma City from Los Angeles as the Dodgers took Wednesday off. Lee got the start Thursday, but did not fair favorably. Lee was tagged for nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed 10 runs, nine of them earned, and only struck out two batters. Lee also had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and was called for a balk. The lack of run support didn't help Lee any. The Dodgers scattered seven hits. Alex Hassan scored Elian Herrera in the third and James Ramsey knocked an RBI triple in the sixth, scoring Jose Tabata for the

  • Arrieta wins 16th straight decision

    By MIKE CRANSTON Associated Press | Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta's bid for a second straight no-hitter was dashed on his fifth pitch. His Wrigley Field scoreless streak ended at 52 2/3 innings. Oh, and he won his 16th consecutive decision, the longest streak in the major leagues in a decade. "I was a little flat today," the NL Cy Young Award winner said Thursday after leading the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2. Chicago improved to 16-5, its best 21-game start since opening 1907 at 17-4. "Our most important ballgames are still ahead of us," Arrieta said. "We're still lined up pretty well." Arrieta (5-0) gave up one run, three hits and four walks in five innings — the first run he allowed at home since July 25.

  • MLB Notebook

    From Wire Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Cubs' Bryant hurts ankle Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs hurt his right ankle while running the bases. The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year was replaced in left field by Javier Baez to start the fifth inning Thursday against Milwaukee. Chicago said Bryant rolled his ankle running the bases in the third. He singled and scored from first on Anthony Rizzo's double. Bryant was hit by a pitch for a second time an inning later and stranded at second before exiting the game. Bryant is hitting .289 with four home runs. Angels closer placed on DL Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique muscle. The Angels announced the move

  • The world according to Trump

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish. Two world wars, nuclear missiles and international terrorism have disabused us of the illusion of safety-by-isolation. You wouldn't know it, though, from the Democratic presidential race where foreign policy has been treated as a nuisance, a distraction from such fundamental questions as whether $12 or

  • Race between Clinton, Trump could take rancor to new levels

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    DONALD Trump's sweep this week of primaries in five Northeastern states, and Hillary Clinton's near sweep, increase the likelihood that these two will face off this fall for the presidency. If that's indeed the case, then voters should brace themselves for a campaign that could be unrivaled for its nastiness. Trump has shown while moving quickly to the front of a crowded Republican field last year, and staying there as various challengers have bailed out, that he has no reservations about lobbing grenades. Whether it's criticizing Carly Fiorina's looks or routinely referring to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as “Lyin' Ted,” Trump is comfortable with a no-holds-barred approach. Certainly Clinton is as well.

  • Wind industry proving it’s valuable to schools

    By Melva Little | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    As superintendent of Fort Supply Public Schools, I am concerned to see education used as a platform for anti-wind energy activists to criticize an industry that has been nothing but positive to us and, I suspect, many other rural districts across Oklahoma. To disparage an industry providing tremendous economic benefit to not only local schools, but county governments and Oklahoma landowners, is unfair. I know the benefits of the wind industry because I live it every day in my school district. Since 2003, the wind industry has invested well over $7 billion in Oklahoma and established itself as a vital contributor to education funding in numerous rural school districts.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City for April 29.