• Midwest City hosts Primes Requirements Symposium

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    The Tinker and the Primes Requirements Symposium drew more than 40 presenters to Midwest City.

  • Edmond Exchange

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.

  • Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account? That's what Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine. Detectives on Wednesday released photos of a man and woman that mysteriously appeared on a Santa Clarita woman's online account days after thieves broke into her home through a window and ransacked the place. The crooks stole cash and either her cellphone or tablet, Deputy Joshua Dubin said. The photos, apparently taken with the stolen device, were uploaded to the woman's account after the July 30 break-in, he said.

  • Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy. The Park Service says drones could affect resources and visitors in ways it has yet to analyze so more study is needed. The Appalachian Trail goes through parts of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

  • UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11. United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a Department of Homeland Security bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified by current anti-virus software. The company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack, spokeswoman Chelsea Lee said. Atlanta-based UPS said it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at about 1 pe

  • UN agency: Iran abiding with terms of nuke deal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons. The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Under the agreement reached late last year, Iran agreed not to increase the scope or capacity of its uranium enrichment program. Iran says it needs the program to make reactor fuel, but uranium can also be used for the fissile component of nuclear warheads if enriched to high levels. Iran also agreed to eliminate its enriched uranium stock

  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of pushback — both from companies swiftly censoring objectionable content and users determined not to let it go viral. Public disgust with the group's callous propaganda tactics was evident following the group's posting of the beheading video of American journalist James Foley — chilling footage that spread rapidly when it appeared online late Tuesday.

  • Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012. After hitting $101.09 Wednesday afternoon, shares closed up 4 cents at $100.57. That gave Apple a market value of $602 billion — by far more than any other publicly held company. Apple's stock had fallen to a split-adjusted $55.01 in April 2013 to wipe out about $300 billion in shareholder wealth amid worries that the Cupertino, California, company had

  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. The advance of the Ukrainian army against pro-Russian separatists comes as the civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster. At least 52 deaths were reported Wednesday, along with 64 wounded — and due to the dangers of the war zone in eastern Ukraine, no deaths were reported from Luhansk, meaning the actual toll could be even higher.

  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. The airstrike on a home where Mohammed Deif's family members were staying — and the tough talk from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — came after the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo on Tuesday. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu showed little willingness to return to the negotiating table after six weeks of war with Hamas.

  • WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of the slum's residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets of Liberia's capital. One 15-year-old boy was injured trying to cross the barbed wire as security forces fired into the air to disperse the crowd. The World Health Organization said the death toll is rising most quickly in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the fat

  • French protesters urge end to Israeli airstrikes

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Leftist and pro-Palestinian activists have rallied in Paris to urge Israel to end its airstrikes in Gaza, after talks toward a lasting truce collapsed. About 300 protesters gathered Wednesday near Napoleon's tomb in central Paris, waving Palestinian flags, photos of people killed in airstrikes. Some banners read "No to the massacre in Gaza." Police watched carefully and the protest wound down peacefully, unlike several demonstrations last month in France that unleashed the worst tensions between France's Muslim and Jewish communities in years. France has more Muslim and Jewish citizens than any other country in western Europe. France's government has urged a truce.

  • Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought. Television channels pay a lot for rights to cover games, and they don't want to lose audiences to computers or mobile apps. As a result, fans who pay $20 or more a month for baseball's online video package, MLB.TV, are blocked from games involving hometown teams. Until that changes — and that might come soon — MLB.TV is likely to appeal mostly to die-hard fans who care about more than just their hometown teams.

  • MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of baseball's online business says an easing of blackout restrictions on games online could come as early as next season. In an interview this week, Bob Bowman says he's optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. The catch is that even with an MLB.TV subscription, which starts at $20 a month, fans will also need a cable or satellite TV subscription. Currently, games involving hometown teams are blocked online. That's because television channels pay millions of dollars for rights and don't want to lose audiences to online and mobile services such as MLB.TV. Bowman says parties still need to work out "the look and the feel of it, the market

  • Dubai's Nakheel to pay $2.1 billion in debt early

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month — nearly four years before the last installment is due. The indebted state developer was scheduled to repay the credit over three installments between September 2015 and March 2018. Nakheel said in a statement that it made early repayments of 2.35 billion dirhams ($640 million) in February. The remaining 5.54 billion dirhams ($1.51 billion) is being paid and cleared this month, it said. Nakheel will pay the $1.51 billion to 31 banks, of which almost $940 million will go to UAE banks and $570 million to overseas banks.

  • UAE ruler approves lengthy counter-terrorism law

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates approved a new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million, state media reported Wednesday. The law, according to the state-backed The National newspaper, calls for establishing Saudi-style counseling and rehabilitation centers for people found "to be terrorism prone." Impersonating a public figure could lead to life imprisonment, the paper said. The official Emirates News Agency reported that Abu Dhabi ruler and UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan endorsed the law, but provided no further details.

  • Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana was a sharp rebuke of Rouhani, who was elected last year on promises of greater openness and diplomatic engagement with the West. The vote was also the first time a minister in Rouhani's Cabinet was impeached. Out of 270 lawmakers who were present at the session, 145 voted to oust Dana, 110 voted to keep him on and 15 abstained. The chamber has 290 seats.

  • Vine update to let users import videos

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Developers at Vine rolled out a new version of the video app for iOS that will allow users to import footage from their camera roll and create their six-second clips, according to USA TODAY. When users are ready to capture a video, they'll see an option on screen to import a video. Users can also mix together several videos instead of importing a single clip. The app is also adding several fresh editing features, including duplicate and mute buttons, as well as the ability to preview clips and undo changes, USA TODAY reports.

  • Chip maker Infineon to buy California firm for $3B

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites. Infineon said in Wednesday's announcement that it's paying $40 per share for El Segundo-based International Rectifier. The deal has been approved by both boards, but must win regulatory permission and meet the approval of International Rectifier shareholders. The deal is expected to close late this year or early in 2015. Infineon, based in Munich, has 26,700 employees and makes chips for a wide variety of products including cars, medical equipment and mobile dev

  • Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in last year's election. Gen. Rasheel Sharif made the request during a meeting with Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani officials said. The premier earlier ended up sneaking into parliament through a back exit after the protesters torn down barricades late Tuesday and entered the so-called "Red Zone" housing key government buildings and diplomatic posts.