• Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive

    Polish justice minister revives Polanski...

    Updated: 9 min ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister on Tuesday revived an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's office said he asked Poland's Supreme Court to annul a ruling in October by a court in Krakow which found that Polish law forbids Polanski's extradition. In November, prosecutors said they found no grounds to challenge the decision. Ziobro took office late last year, after the ruling, as part of a new conservative government. The minister, who is also the country's chief prosecutor, argues that celebrity status is shielding Oscar-winning director Polanski in Poland, where he grew up

  • Airstrikes kills 23 in Syrian city; Russia says not involved

    Updated: 26 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A wave of late night airstrikes pummeled the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, killing at least 23 people, wounding dozens and trapping several under the rubble of their homes as the intense bombardment struck near two hospitals and a mosque, opposition activists said Tuesday. At least seven children were among those killed, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claiming that Russian aircraft carried out the strikes. Moscow, however, insisted it was not involved in the strikes on Idlib, a city held by several militant groups, including al-Qaida's branch in Syria known as the Nusra Front.

  • Man with BB gun shot in northeast Oklahoma City early Tuesday, police report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    A man with a BB gun was shot early Tuesday when he aimed it at another man with a gun, police report. The shooting happened in northeast Oklahoma City.

  • Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court on Tuesday convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and sentenced her to a 14-month suspended sentence, amid deepening concerns that the country is swaying toward an increasingly authoritarian form of rule. The court in Istanbul found 27-year-old model Merve Buyuksarac guilty of insulting a public official but immediately suspended the sentence on condition that she does not reoffend within the next five years. Her lawyer, Emre Telci, said he would file a formal objection to the verdict and appeal her case at the Strasbourg, France-based European Court of Justice.

  • Gaza's Hamas rulers execute 3 men convicted of murder

    Updated: 58 min ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers executed three Palestinians convicted of murder on Tuesday, sparking criticism from human rights groups and defying an agreement with the rival Palestinian Fatah faction. The executions, which were carried out without the required approval of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, marked the first time the Islamic militant group applied the death penalty since a Hamas-Fatah unity government was formed in 2014. Hamas violently routed Abbas' Fatah forces from Gaza in 2007 and the factions have since unsuccessfully tried to reconcile. Fatah spokesman Osama Qawasmi said the executions without Abbas' approval were "a crime, a clear violation of the law and a deepening of the s

  • Afghan officials: Taliban attack buses, kill 9, abduct 35

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked several buses on a road in the country's north, killing nine people and abducting at least 35. Mahmood Danish, the provincial governor's spokesman, says the assault took place in northern Kunduz province early Tuesday. He says the Taliban forced passengers off the buses in the Aliabad district, then killed or abducted them. Danish says the buses were travelling from the capital, Kabul, northeast to Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. It wasn't immediately clear where the nine were killed. Hayatullah Quareshi, Aliabad district chief, says the attackers were wearing Afghan army uniforms.

  • Kuwait sentences 3 royal family members for insulting judges

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwait criminal court has sentenced three members of the royal family to five-year prison terms each for insulting judges. The royals and four other co-defendants were sentenced Monday. They were initially accused of insulting Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah and fabricating videos incriminating high-ranking judges. The former head of Kuwait's National Security Office Athbi al-Fahad Al Sabah, who is the ruler's nephew, is among those convicted. The 122-page ruling, obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, references phone logs from the WhatsApp messaging service of the defendants planning to publish anonymous Twitter posts sharing fabricated videos of judges receiving brib

  • Man who drowned in Lincoln County identified by Oklahoma Highway Patrol

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    A man who drowned in Lincoln County last week has been identified.

  • TSA scrambling resources to deal with long lines of travelers

    TSA scrambling resources to deal with long...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    The threatened summer of discontent for American travelers got underway Memorial Day weekend as the understaffed Transportation Security Administration struggled to keep its security lines moving in the nation’s airports.   The backups happened at most big airports and some smaller ones, particularly at the choice hours when passengers prefer to fly, and they seemed to occur most often when a particular flight was drawing hundreds of passengers to a single checkpoint.   At Chicago’s O’Hare International that was Terminal 3, surprisingly, at 7 a.m. Sunday. At Boston’s Logan International the crush at B1 came at 4:40 p.m. Saturday. The checkpoint at 4B in New York’s John F. Kennedy International was moving with painful slowness at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Crunch time came at Atlanta’s north checkpoint at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • NBA star Pau Gasol considers skipping Olympics due to Zika virus concerns

    NBA star Pau Gasol considers skipping Olympics...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    One of Spain’s most famous athletes, the basketball player Pau Gasol, has said he is considering skipping this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fears over the Zika virus.   Gasol said he has spoken to other athletes who were considering whether to compete at the Games. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, said. “I’m thinking about [whether to go]. Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”   Gasol has won the NBA title twice and is a six-time All-Star. He also enrolled in medical school before pursuing a basketball career, and his mother is a doctor. Zika virus can cause birth defects if mothers are infected, and he said the illness is a worry for many athletes.

  • Missing Arizona woman Angela Russo, who vanished after online date, found slain

    Missing Arizona woman Angela Russo, who...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    TONOPAH, Ariz. -- A missing Arizona woman was found slain in a shallow grave last week, and authorities have arrested a man with whom she went on an online date, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.   25-year-old Angela Russo had been missing since April 19, after reportedly meeting her suspected killer for a date in West Phoenix. Lashawn Johnson, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, was charged with her murder on Sunday, the station reports.  Russo's body was found buried in the desert in Tonopah, about 50 miles west of Phoenix. Her car was reportedly found burned nearby.

  • Mom of 4-Year-Old Who Climbed into Zoo Pen Defends Herself from Backlash After Zookeepers Killed Gorilla

    Mom of 4-Year-Old Who Climbed into Zoo Pen...

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    The mother of the 4-year-old boy who slipped into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday – which led to the animal being shot dead – has hit back against online critics who are criticizing her parenting.   Michelle Gregg defended herself in a now-deleted Facebook post, writing: "God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him. My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes... no broken bones or internal injuries."   Gregg continued, "As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen..."

  • France bans work emails outside office hours

    France bans work emails outside office hours

    Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    If you’ve ever felt like you can’t escape the shackles of work because of your email, it turns out France is now the country for you, Digital Spy said.   Authorities are so worried about the suggested levels of stress linked to being constantly on-call that the ‘right to disconnect’ amendment – or, ‘le droit de la déconnexion’, if you’re feeling French – now makes it illegal for companies with 50 or more employees to sending emails outside regular work hours, Digital Spy said.

  • Director: Zoo safe despite shooting of gorilla to save boy

    Director: Zoo safe despite shooting of gorilla...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The director of the Cincinnati Zoo says it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. Thane Maynard, however, said a review is underway to determine any improvements that can make the zoo safer. The male western lowland gorilla named Harambe was killed Saturday by a special zoo response team that feared for the boy's safety. Video taken by zoo visitors showed the gorilla at times appeared to be protective of the boy but also violently dragged him through the shallow moat. Maynard said the decision to kill the gorilla was the right one.

  • Showers and thunderstorms Tuesday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    Showers and thunderstorms are ahead Tuesday in central Oklahoma.

  • Roadside bombs kills 6 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security and hospital officials say a roadside bomb has struck a military armored vehicle in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers. The officials say the attack on Tuesday also wounded six other soldiers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which is fighting army and security forces in northern Sinai.

  • After decades, 32 Australians' remains return from Malaysia

    After decades, 32 Australians\' remains return...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SUBANG AIR BASE, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies of 32 Australian service personnel and their dependents, many of them killed during the Vietnam War, were handed over by Malaysian soldiers to their Australian counterparts Tuesday. Australian officials say it's among the biggest single repatriations in the nation's history. The remains handed over at Subang military air base had been interred for decades at Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia. Malaysia soldiers carried coffins draped with Australia flags to the tarmac, where Australian troops carried them aboard two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

  • Big CAT scan: LSU mascot Mike the Tiger in cancer treatment

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Call it a big CAT scan. Louisiana State University's live tiger mascot was sedated this past weekend and brought to a human cancer center near campus where he'll be treated for a rare cancer. At the hospital, Mike VI received a CT scan and a radiation simulation. During the simulation, doctors set up devices that will keep the 420-pound tiger in position for precisely targeted radiotherapy to treat a tumor on his face. The LSU veterinary school says in a statement that doctors haven't yet decided whether to treat Mike on one day or over two or three days. They say that without treatment Mike could live one or two months, but treatment could extend that to one or two years.

  • Three people killed in Cherokee County collision between van and pickup Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 31, 2016

    A collision between a van and a pickup claimed the lives of three people in Cherokee County Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports

  • After San Bernardino, counselor faces other side of crisis

    After San Bernardino, counselor faces other...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Pifer drove to the Los Angeles Police Department last week and prepared to face a fresh wave of grief. Pifer, a crisis counselor, has spent the last six years comforting people in the aftermath of death. The woman whose sister killed herself with an electric chainsaw. The 8-year-old girl who found her mother shot to death on their couch. The grief she was preparing to encounter was her own. Nearly six months ago, her boyfriend Shannon Johnson was among the 14 killed in the San Bernardino attack. Grappling with the anguish, she left counseling to mourn, retreating into her Koreatown apartment filled with their photographs.