• Court won't restore Oracle's $1.3B verdict vs. SAP

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing Oracle Corp.'s request to reinstate a $1.3 billion verdict it won against German rival SAP SE in a long-running copyright dispute. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Friday that the jury's award was excessive. A trial judge in 2011 reached the same conclusion and slashed the verdict from $1.3 billion to $272 million. The appeals court gave Oracle a choice between an award of $356.7 million or a new trial. An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment. The legal battle revolves around SAP's $10 million acquisition of the small software services firm TomorrowNow, which helped service Oracle applications.

  • Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas. Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that it is still early to tell "if the new reality" would allow a political process to resume but said he is examining the possibility. The remarks by the leaders come a few days after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after 50 bitter days of fighting. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians.

  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Cameron's remarks came just moments after authorities raised Britain's terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent. "What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before," Cameron said, using an abbreviation for a longer name the Islamic State previously used: the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

  • US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon's military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists. The Lebanese government requested the weapons after militants from Syria attacked the Lebanese border town of Arsal earlier this month, killing and kidnapping soldiers and police in the most serious spillover of violence into the tiny country from the neighboring civil war. Photographs surfaced online Friday purporting to show the beheading of a Lebanese soldier who was seized during the Arsal incursion.

  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about one of every eight Syrians has fled across the borders, and 6.5 million others have been displaced within Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, the Geneva-based agency said. More than half of all those uprooted are children, it said. Syria had a prewar population of 23 million. "The Syria crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countri

  • Mass demonstrations in Yemen against Shiite rebels

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied on Friday in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies. Protesters supporting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi packed Change Square in the capital Sanaa, carrying banners reading "For the sake of Yemen unity." Nearly 10 kilometers (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road. Extra security forces and army units were deployed in the capital to separate the rival demonstrators.

  • Professor awarded supercomputer grant

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    EDMOND — A University of Central Oklahoma professor of engineering and physics has been awarded a $304,745 research grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a cluster supercomputer. Professor Evan Lemley and the Edmond university’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation received the grant. A cluster supercomputer allows multiple users to work on problems much larger than any one computer or user could handle alone. The computer will support research and education for students, faculty and staff at the university, as well as researchers across the state. The computer is to be named Buddy — a nod to the school’s mascot, Buddy Broncho.

  • Dutch government clamps down on radicalization

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The proposals include beefing up the government's powers to strip people of their Dutch nationality if they join terrorist organizations overseas or play a role — as teacher or student — in foreign terror training camps. They also are aimed at countering the spread of extremism online and via social media by tackling Internet providers that knowingly allow terror organizations to spread jihadi propaganda.

  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash." The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said that personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot on Tuesday when they saw the crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training a .50-caliber machine gun on them and preparing to fire. No one was hurt in the encounter, which came as the two countries work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program. The shot from the U.S. patrol boat was fired "in the air about three miles awa

  • Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo." Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the "Pokemon" and "Legend of Zelda" leading men, the starting line-up will include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Marth, the "Wii Fit" Trainer and the Villager from "Animal Crossing." The figures in the "amiibo" toy-game line will each cost $12.99 and work in tandem with several of the Japanese gaming giant's upcoming titles, beginning with "Super Smash Bros.

  • 44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria on Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations. Both nations remained hopeful the impasse could be resolved without bloodshed. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said he's been informed his soldiers are unharmed, although he hasn't been able to contact them directly. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III said that while the situation was tense, there was no reason to believe his troops faced immediate danger. The events began Thursday morning on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, an area divided between Israel and Sy

  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the body was confirmed early on Friday morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer. "There is no suspicion of foul play," Samri said by telephone, giving no further details on how he died. Israeli media speculated that he had fallen or died of dehydration. He was buried in the town of Beit Shemesh. Sofer's body was found Thursday night in the same area where he disappeared last week.

  • Libyan interim government submits resignation

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a U.N. call for a cease-fire. Meanwhile, Islamist militias in eastern Libya claimed to have shot down a fighter jet that had been flying over the eastern city of Bayda, broadcaster Al-Nabaa reported. It said the aircraft was under the command of renegade General Khalifa Hifter, who for months has been fighting Islamist militias in the country's east. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, said that it had submitted its resignation on Wednesday.

  • 4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers. The hour-long clashes took place in Latifiyah, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad. At least 14 militants were also killed in the clashes, and the rest were forced to retreat, the official said. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to brief the media. Militants with the Islamic State group have waged a fierce offensive this year across large swaths of northern and western Iraq. The U.S. military launched airstrikes in northern Iraq on Aug. 8 to help Iraqi and Kurdish

  • Turkey's Davutoglu announces new government

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday reappointed all key ministers who served under the new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, setting a course of continuity for the new government. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for over a decade, was sworn in as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday. He has picked former foreign minister and loyal ally Davutoglu to succeed him as prime minister and immediately asked him to form a new government. Erdogan has indicated he wants to transform the presidency from a largely ceremonial post into a more powerful position.

  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 percent of its current workforce of 20,000. A search for a new CEO is underway but there is no move to change the airline's name, which some branding experts had said was necessary for a successful makeover. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of the airline, said the overhaul includes the establishment of a new company that will take over the existing Malaysia Airlines business and its reduced staff. The revamp and new investment in the carrier wi

  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    Yesterday

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst. But this isn't a Taliban attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital — it's just a friendly game of paintball. The arrival of recreational paintball to Afghanistan may seem peculiar to outsiders, especially in a country that's known decades of war, faces constant bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents and is preparing its own security forces for the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.

  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    Yesterday

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The two countries have complementary economies, given Japan's wealth and technological prowess and India's natural resources and drive to modernize its economy. So far, though, they have failed to capitalize much on those mutual interests. The two countries signed an economic cooperation agreement in 2011 that is gradually dismantling tariffs, but trade between the two — despite gains — remains a tiny fraction of their overall import and export flows.

  • Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest property developer has launched an e-commerce venture with Internet giants Baidu and Tencent, adding to competition for industry leader Alibaba Group. The companies said Friday they will invest 5 billion yuan ($814 million) in the venture to start. Wanda Group will own 70 percent of the company and Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. 15 percent each. The companies said they will integrate online and offline selling, with e-commerce services planned at Wanda's shopping malls, hotels and other properties. The venture adds to competition for Alibaba Group, whose Taobao, Tmall and other platforms account for some 80 percent of China's online commerce. Tencent also owns a stake in JD.c

  • Tesla, Chinese firm to build 400 charging stations

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier have announced plans to build 400 charging stations for electric cars. The plan announced Friday calls for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while California-based Tesla operates the charging stations. Promoters of electric cars see China as a promising market due to Beijing's support for the technology and eagerness to reduce smog. But the lack of charging infrastructure in this vast country is seen as a major hurdle to winning general acceptance.