• Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

    Updated: 25 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the first lifetime study of 3,000 purebred golden retrievers up and running after signing up the first dogs in 2012. The nonprofit says the review of health conditions and environmental factors facing goldens across the U.S. can help other breeds and even people, because humans carry 95 percent of the same DNA. "Canine cancer has become a dog owner's greatest fear," said Dr.

  • Smartphone video of boxing clash lands blow to copyright

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The boxing match billed as the fight of the century is over, but the battle over smartphone video streaming of the Las Vegas showdown is just beginning. Revelations that dozens of smartphone users streamed the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather weekend fight have raised questions about how new technologies can get around copyright restrictions imposed at live venues such as sporting events and concerts. There are no reliable figures, but thousands of people may have watched the fight via the Twitter-owned app Periscope, which allows any smartphone user to "broadcast" live video, and independent app Meerkat. Similar questions arose last month when HBO sent notices to Periscope over piracy of its "Game of Thrones" series.

  • 'Shawshank' inmate arrested in Melbourne after 1959 escape

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    When Frank Freshwaters escaped from an Ohio prison in 1959, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, and Fidel Castro had taken power in Cuba. By the time deputy sheriffs in West Virginia found Freshwaters in 1975, Gerald Ford was president, Watergate conspirators were headed to prison, and  Bill Gates was co-founding an upstart company called Microsoft. Frank Freshwaters  (Brevard County Sheriff's Office) But the fugitive wasn't in custody for long. He was released after   West Virginia's governor refused to extradite him, and he soon went into hiding. Freshwaters' 56 years of freedom ended at a remote Melbourne trailer Monday when officials with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office showed up with an old mug shot.

  • Author to face critics of new book about city's rape cases

    Updated: 35 min ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Jon Krakauer, the best-selling author of "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town," is headed to the titular town Wednesday to face angry critics who say his decision to focus on the small Montana city is unfair. Krakauer said Tuesday that he wasn't planning a book tour or any other public appearances to promote the book, but he wanted to give those critics in Missoula the chance to confront him. "It took me by surprise that people were so upset by the title," Krakauer told The Associated Press. "It seemed like a perfect example of a problem that exists nationwide." "I never meant to hold Missoula up as the worst case. It's not," he added.

  • SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

    Updated: 36 min ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the brief, first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted barely 1½ minutes. The Dragon capsule shot off a test stand, not a rocket, and flew up and then out over the Atlantic. Rocket engines on the capsule provided the thrust. Red and white parachutes popped open and lowered the capsule into the ocean, just offshore. "This flight test unlike any seen in Florida since the days of Apollo," NASA spokesman Mike Curie, the TV commentator for the test, said after the capsule plopped i

  • Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

    Updated: 36 min ago

    HEIMDAL, N.D. (AP) — A town of about three dozen people in central North Dakota has been evacuated after an oil train derailed and caught fire. Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich says no injuries have been reported from the Wednesday morning accident near Heimdal (HYM'-dahl), about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck. Roehrich says the town's roughly 35 residents have left and are staying with family and friends. State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says 10 tanker cars are on fire, creating thick black smoke. It's unclear how many cars were part of the train, or how many derailed. There's no immediate word on the cause.

  • Baltimore mayor calls for federal investigation into police

    Updated: 47 min ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said even though complaints of excessive force and lawsuits alleging misconduct our down over the last few years, "we all know that Baltimore has a fractured relationship with community." The mayor's request came a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city. The mayor said Lynch understands the urgency of her request. Baltimore saw days of unrest after Freddie Gray, a black man, was taken into custody and suffered critical injuries. He died a week later.

  • Prom photo with students holding Confederate flag, guns causing controversy

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A prom picture from Colorado has triggered a controversy because the students are posing with a Confederate flag and holding guns, WGNTV.com reports. The picture was posted to Facebook. The caption said “the south will rise again.”

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. live from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll answer your questions on the Thunder's staff changes, OU and OSU sports, the NBA playoffs and more.

  • Real-life Hulk nearly forced to have arms amputated

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    This, folks, is why you should only model yourself after a moderately muscular Avenger. Like Hawkeye or Iron Man, Mashable reports. Romario Dos Santos Alves, a 25-year-old amateur body builder from Brazil, is facing a string of health problems after becoming "addicted" to a muscle enhancement injection known as synthol — a mixture of oil, alcohol and lidocaine — in an attempt to get enormous, Hulk-like biceps.

  • Scientific study: Beatles, Stones eclipsed by hip-hop impact

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The impact of hip-hop's arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found. The unusual study found three revolutions on the charts: the 1991 emergence of rap and hip-hop on mainstream charts; the synth-led new wave movement of 1983, and the advent of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other British rockers in the early 1960s. Although the Beatles — paced by the songwriting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney — enjoy perhaps the highest place in critics' esteem, the researchers found the hip-hop movement — from pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa to megastars like Jay-Z — more profound.

  • 5 paintings missing since WWII returning to Germany

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. The paintings, including three won by an American GI in a poker game, were turned over to the German government Tuesday. Their return was organized by the State Department and the Monuments Men Foundation, which promotes the work of those who protected cultural works during the war and seeks to track down and repatriate objects that went missing. The three paintings won by the GI in the poker game, stored in a potassium mine for safekeeping during the war and then mailed home to his wife, are from an art gallery in the central German city of Dessau.

  • EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms. The plan will mean making e-commerce easier across borders among the EU's 28 states. It will also entail a new look at where industry giants may be stifling competition in online trade. That means reassessing the way companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook or e-Bay handle online trade. The EU touted the plan as an ambitious effort to foster new companies and create jobs in a region still struggling with the after-effects of the financial crisis.

  • Injured Oklahoma City police officer released from hospital

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A rookie officer who was beaten Tuesday afternoon during a chase with a burglary suspect has been released from the hospital, police reported Wednesday.

  • The Cancer Drug Market Just Hit $100 Billion And Could Jump 50% In Four Years

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The global market for cancer drugs has hit $100 billion in annual sales, and could reach $147 billion by 2018, according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a unit of drug data provider IMS Health. This figure does not include discounts or rebates paid to insurers and government programs; IMS says that in the case of cancer drugs, this should not make a big difference the overall figure.

  • Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors. Among the hashtags used by the account was "#texasattack." Federal authorities confirm the Twitter account belonged to 31-year-old Elton Simpson, a Phoenix man who, along with another gunman, opened fire Sunday in the Dallas suburb of Garland, said Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The Texas congressman was briefed on the investigation by federal law enforcement officials.

  • It's a car! It's a plane! Nope, it's a Carplane!

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Talk about traveling in style - on the road or in the air. It's time to replace your boring car with the soaring promise of sky-high adventures of the Carplane! Well, not just yet, but maybe later this year.

  • Woman held hostage asks for help in online pizza order

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    A quick-thinking Highlands County woman saved herself and her children from possible harm when she ordered an online pizza with a secret message saying she was being held hostage. Highlands County Sheriff's Office investigators say at 3:40 p.m. on Monday, May 4, an online pizza order, for a small hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni, was received by the Pizza Hut in Avon Park. Under the comments section there was a message asking them to send help and call 911 as the customer was being held hostage.

  • Top 7 cruise planning myths busted

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Sometimes you aren’t crazy if you cruise against the crowd. Frequent cruisers and travel agents mean well when they give you advice about when, where, and how to cruise. Everybody and their Uncle Larry has an opinion about cabin choices, itineraries, and ship choice.  But how much of that advice do you need to follow and what can you take with a grain of salt?

  • Edmond mayor and two councilwomen take oath of office

    By Diana Baldwin - Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and councilwomen Elizabeth Waner and Victoria Caldwell were sworn into office this week by Municipal Judge Diane Slayton.