• Iraq: Car bombing kills at least 13 pilgrims in Baghdad

    Updated: 24 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An explosives-laden car detonated Monday in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 13 Shiite pilgrims commemorating the death anniversary of a revered Imam, officials said. There was no immediate claim for responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State extremist group which sees Shiite Muslims as apostates. The militants frequently target commercial areas and public spaces in mainly Shiite towns and neighborhoods. The parked car bomb exploded shortly after midday in Baghdad's southwestern Saydiyah neighborhood, a police officer said, adding that at least 28 others were wounded. A medical official confirmed the causality figures.

  • Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life

    Updated: 31 min ago

    NICKERSON, Neb. (AP) — Half-ton pickup trucks crowd the curb outside the One Horse Saloon, a neon Coors Light sign in the window and rib-eye steaks on the menu, but otherwise Nickerson, Nebraska, is nearly silent on a spring evening, with only rumbling freight trains interrupting bird songs. Regional economic development officials thought it was the perfect spot for a chicken processing plant that would liven up the 400-person town with 1,100 jobs, more than it had ever seen.

  • Iran urges nuclear weapon-free Korean peninsula

    Updated: 38 min ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday pushed for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rouhani met with visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye and said Iran seeks a world free of weapons of mass destruction, "especially nuclear" weapons. "Our demand is a world free of weapons of mass destruction, especially freeing the Korean peninsula and the Middle East from destructive weapons," he said. Park said she has asked for Iran's help in implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for the nuclear disarmament of the Korean peninsula. The remarks were aimed at North Korea, which has been hit with tough U.N. sanctions over its nuclea

  • Kerry seeks path to calm in Syria, holds talks in Geneva

    Updated: 43 min ago

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has opened a second day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria amid continuing attacks in Aleppo. Kerry met on Monday with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and with the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. Kerry said progress was being made toward an understanding on how to reduce the violence in Aleppo but that more work was needed. Al-Jubeir called the situation in Aleppo with continued airstrikes an "outrage" and a criminal violation of humanitarian law. He said that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be held accountable for the attacks and would be removed from power either through a political process or by force.

  • Sunny Monday in central Oklahoma with temperatures in 60s

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Monday will be sunny in central Oklahoma. Temperatures will be in the 60s.

  • Iraqi officials: Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least 13 Shiite pilgrims commemorating death anniversary of revered Shiite imam

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials: Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least 13 Shiite pilgrims commemorating death anniversary of revered Shiite imam.

  • LGBT inclusion in films static, diversity drops, study says

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood films remained static in their inclusiveness of LGBT characters in 2015, but the racial diversity of those characters fell dramatically, according to the findings of GLAAD's annual study. In a survey released Monday by the advocacy group, 17.5 percent of last year's films from the seven major studios contained characters who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Though unchanged in total percentage from last year, the racial diversity of the LGBT characters has plummeted. Last year, 32.1 percent of the LGBT characters portrayed in the 126 films were people of color. This year, it's down to 25.5 percent.

  • 1st cruise from a US port in decades leaves Miami for Cuba

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Passengers have set sail from Miami on a historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. seaport for the communist island nation. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port Sunday at 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival's Cuba cruises, operating under its Fathom brand, will also visit the ports of Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba on the seven-day outing. Several Cuba-born passengers, among hundreds of others, were aboard, it said. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea, a rule that threatened to stop the cruises from happening.

  • Puerto Rico says it will default on Monday

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Puerto Rico is going to default.   In a television address made Sunday, Puerto Rico's governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's Government Development Bank (GDB) will not make a $422 million payment due to its creditors by the end of business on Monday, according to Bloomberg.   A Reuters report ahead of Padilla's address released on Sunday evening said the GDB was, "expected to skip at least the principal portion of its payment to hedge funds, credit unions and other bondholders."

  • Priest who preyed on kids was 'protected'

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    A depraved former priest was able to carry out a decade-long reign of abuse against three girls and nine boys because he was protected by the Catholic Church, a Sydney judge says.  Loud applause broke out in court on Monday as John Joseph Farrell was led from the dock after being sentenced to 29 years behind bars for his crimes in Moree and Tamworth, in country NSW.   Victims and their loved ones packed into the courtroom at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court to watch the 62-year-old face sentencing for dozens of historical sexual crimes committed against children between 1979 and 1988.

  • Massive oil theft by pirates costs Nigeria $1.5 billion every month

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Depressed oil prices, rampant corruption, and pipeline vandalism are only parts of Nigeria’s oil problem. It’s now losing a massive 400,000 barrels of crude daily to pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, an amount equal to the entire daily export capacity of its Forcados terminal.   Overall damage from piracy, theft and fraud for Africa’s largest oil exporter is estimated at some $1.5 billion a month, according to U.S. deputy ambassador to the UN, Michele Sison, citing a Chatham House report. Attempts by local governments and the UN to put a stop to piracy have met with some success, but the practice continues — shifting location and adapting to new security measures, so now the UN Security Council is calling for a comprehensive framework of measures aimed at eradicating it.

  • Zika virus: Risk higher than first thought, say doctors

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. They told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better information about preventing the disease.

  • Ore. man accused of raping 11-year-old girl gets lighter sentence after lead investigator killed

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) – A Seaside man accused of sexual assault and sodomy was able to plead to a lesser offense because the lead investigator on his case, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, was killed.  The change is the latest in a string of legal repercussions following the death Goodding. Goodding was shot and killed in the line of duty in February.   Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown says if someone is unavailable to appear in court their testimony and reports become hearsay, which cannot be used in court. In the sodomy case, Goodding’s death renders most of the investigation unusable.

  • Freddie Mac may need another taxpayer bailout next week

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Freddie Mac FMCC, -1.21%  is expected to report a loss when it announces first-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. That’s bad news for any public company, but especially critical for the mortgage provider because of its tangled history with the federal government.   Freddie and its counterpart, Fannie Mae FNMA, -0.58% were put into conservatorship in 2008 as the mortgage meltdown ensnared the financial system. They have lingered as wards of the state ever since. The Treasury Department modified the deal in 2012, requiring Fannie and Freddie to send all quarterly profits to the government — and shrink their reserves to zero by 2018.

  • Detroit schools can't meet payroll after June 30

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools will run out of money to pay employees after the fiscal year wraps up on June 30, the schools' emergency manager said on Saturday.   Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge, said that $48.7 million in supplemental funding approved by the Michigan legislature last month would allow paychecks for all employees only through the end of June.  He urged state lawmakers to approve a $715 million rescue plan that would create a new Detroit Education Commission, with broad authority to control new school openings for the next five years.

  • Looting On the Rise As Venezuela Runs Out of Food, Electricity

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Despair and violence is taking over Venezuela. The economic crisis sweeping the nation means people have to withstand widespread shortages of staple products, medicine, and food. So when the Maduro administration began rationing electricity this week, leaving entire cities in the dark for up to 4 hours every day, discontent gave way to social unrest. On April 26, people took to the streets in three Venezuelan states, looting stores to find food.

  • Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts.  The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection.  President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very different picture.

  • Outside North Carolina bathrooms? Gender Monitors

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    North Carolina’s new law aimed at controlling transgender access to public restrooms might seem stupid and unenforceable, but actually that’s only half true.   The law can definitely be enforced. All you need are thousands of paid Gender Monitors, stationed diligently at the doors of every public restroom in the state.   North Carolina lawmakers have declared that the gender of a bathroom user must match the gender listed on his or her birth certificate. Most people don’t usually bring their birth certificates to the toilet, but perhaps reminders could be posted on highway billboards, social media and in airport terminals.

  • Gaza militants say 1 killed in training accident

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic Jihad militant group says one of its members has been killed in an explosion. The group says Monday's explosion took place at a training site in the northern Gaza Strip. It identified the dead man as Mazen Lulu, 30, saying he was killed in a "Jihadi mission," a term typically used to describe work accidents. Local media reported that two other fighters were also wounded. No other information was provided. Since the beginning of this year, 14 members of Hamas, the militant Islamic group that rules Gaza, have been killed in tunnel collapses that have also been referred to as work accidents. Hamas is trying to rebuild a vast underground tunnel network that was damaged by Israel in

  • Reckitt Benckiser Korea apologizes for deadly sterilizers

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser apologized Monday for selling deadly disinfectants that killed or injured hundreds of people, five years after the government ordered the company to remove the products from shelves for health risks. Ataur Safdar, head of the company's Korean division, said the company accepted responsibility and wanted to make amends. He spoke at a news conference, where he was interrupted by angry and tearful victims and family members who cursed and hit him. A teenager with a big, green oxygen tank, and four other people who were apparently victims or their families, walked to the stage to confront Safdar.