• Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sudan's government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south's civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting South Sudan's government, according to the minutes of a high-level meeting of security and military officials in Khartoum, that a top American expert on Sudan has concluded are real. South Sudan — which broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a peaceful vote for independence — has had an internal conflict since last December between supporters of the government and former Vice President Riek Machar. Thousands have been kille

  • Iraq lawmakers approve nominees for interior, defense ministers amid Islamic State group fight

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq lawmakers approve nominees for interior, defense ministers amid Islamic State group fight.

  • Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria. The U.S.

  • University of Oklahoma to offer writing workshops for tornado survivors

    By Sarah Lobban, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma will offer workshops in November at the Moore Library for tornado survivors.

  • Activists: Islamic State group may have warplanes

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State militant group has captured some MiG fighter jets and is test-flying the warplanes in Syria with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots. Friday's account by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not be independently confirmed, and U.S. officials said they had no reports of the militants flying jets in support of their fighters in Iraq and Syria. The Observatory said the planes, seen flying over the Jarrah air base in the eastern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province this week, are believed to be of the MiG-21 and MiG-23 variety.

  • Syrian Kurdish fighter's long battle in Syrian war

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — At the age of 22, Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad has become a battle-hardened father of two, fighting against an ever increasing array of groups embroiled in Syria's multi-faceted civil. A conscript serving his military service in Syrian President Bashar Assad's army when the Syrian revolution broke out in 2011, the Syrian Kurdish teenager at the time was seriously wounded in Daraa — where the revolution began — while fighting the rebels in July that year. The bullet that hit him narrowly missed his heart, and he was sent to his home village of Metina to recover.

  • Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated — which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel's closest ally the United States and others — the Palestinians have other options. "This is not going to be an open-ended exercise," he said. "The main option is to go with a vote." Palestinian officials said Thursday they have seven "yes" votes in the 15-member Security Council and are seeking additional support.

  • Do cases FBI cites support encryption worries?

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The text messages captured a cover-up of unimaginable abuse: Parents had struck their toddler so often that they ultimately killed her. The child shook badly because we beat her, the father wrote, and the mother complained that their 2-year-old was the devil. FBI Director James Comey says encrypting data stored on smartphones and computers could hurt criminal investigations, and evidence reviewed by The Associated Press shows that the child abuse case in Los Angeles from summer 2011 is a powerful, compelling argument. Prosecutors said the texts recovered by investigators prompted the parents to practically beg for a plea deal. But at least three other examples the FBI director has cited are not so cut and

  • Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations. Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, said in a letter Friday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart that law enforcement agencies need to follow the same rules about being truthful on Facebook as civilian users. Those rules include a ban on lying about who you are. Sullivan's letter was in response to a New York woman's federal lawsuit claiming that a DEA agent created a fake online persona using her name and photographs stored on her cellphone.

  • Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing militants

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi on Friday amid fears that the Islamic State group was looking to advance on the strategically important city as attacks in Baghdad killed 28 people, officials said. The curfew, which began before dawn, is part of an effort to limit movement in and out of the city as government forces prepared to combat pockets of resistance there, said Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council. Ramadi, the capital of the vast Sunni-dominated province of Anbar, is located 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad. The Islamic State group has in recent weeks been making gains against the embattled Iraqi military around Ramadi despite ongoing, U.S.-led coaliti

  • Nigeria, Boko Haram agree to immediate cease-fire

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa's most populous nation. The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago still is being negotiated, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade told The Associated Press. But French President Francois Hollande welcomed the "good news" and told a news conference in Paris that the girls' release "could happen in the coming hours and days.

  • In Libya's Benghazi, mood of resignation over war

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — As fighting raged Friday between Islamist militias and forces loyal to Libya's elected government, the mood was of resigned indifference in this embattled city that once took pride in being the first to rise up against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Residents ignored the crack of gunfire and blasts from artillery and airstrikes that at times nearly drowned out the mosques' call to prayers and went about their daily routines. At a mosque in the upscale district of Hadayk, a wedding party gathered just a few hundred yards from heavy battles. Young men smoked water pipes in a cafe only blocks away from other clashes. "It has become very normal to pass by a corpse in the street and not stop.

  • The Big Password Mistake That Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    You're smart. You don't use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right? Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there's a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think.

  • Man sentenced for part in global cybercrime ring

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison. Lamar Taylor, 38, of Salem, Massachusetts, was also ordered to pay restitution of $338,649. He will be on supervised release for up to three years after his prison term. Prosecutors said the ring targeted electronic payment systems of leading financial institutions in a bid to steal at least $15 million from U.S. customers and that Taylor was asked by others in the conspiracy to cash out bank accounts and prepaid debit cards opened in other people's names.

  • Yemeni Shiite rebels overrun al-Qaida stronghold

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Friday overran an al-Qaida stronghold after days of battling the militants for the city in the country's central heartland, a Yemeni official and a tribal leader said. The capture of the city of Radda, in the in the province of Bayda, came with the help of a Yemeni army commander, the two said. The Shiite rebels known as Houthis have been fighting both al-Qaida militants and Sunni tribes over the past few days. The rebels, who in September gained control of the capital, Sanaa, earlier this week overran a key Yemeni port city on the Red Sea. The Houthis entered Radda on Friday, after the commander of Yemeni army's Battalion 193 gave up his troops positions, a security offici

  • Former Iraqi pilots train IS fighters on MiG jets

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is test flying, with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots, several fighter jets captured earlier from air bases belonging to the Syrian military, a Syrian activist group said Friday. The report by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not be independently confirmed, and U.S. official said they had no reports of IS militants flying jets in support of their forces on the ground. The new development came as the Islamic State group in Iraq pressed its offensive on the strategic city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The militants appeared to be taking advantage of the focus of U.S.-led airstrikes on the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, along the border with Turkey, to con

  • Abbas suggests ban on Jews at Jerusalem holy site

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested on Friday that Jews should be banned from a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims. Abbas made the comments following recent clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli forces over what Palestinians see as Jewish encroachment on the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. In a speech quoted by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abbas said Jewish "settlers" should be prevented from entering the site "by any means." "This is our Noble Sanctuary ... they have no right to enter and desecrate it," Abbas added. Palestinians also say Israel is unfairly restricting access at the site.

  • Iran border guards kill 1 from Pakistani patrol

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says Iranian border guards opened fire at a Pakistan patrol van, killing a member of the paramilitary Frontier Corps and wounding three other troops. A spokesman for the Frontier Corps, Abdul Wasay, says the shooting took place on Friday when about 30 Iranian guards in six vehicles started shooting at the Pakistani van in the Chaukab area, 2 kilometers (1 mile) inside Pakistani territory. There was no immediate comment from Tehran. The shooting comes a day after Iranian Brig. Gen. Hussein Salami issued a stark warning to Pakistan, saying that Iranian forces may enter Pakistani territory to "prevent terrorists" from entering Iran.

  • Obama announces plan to tighten card security

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips to reduce the potential for fraud. Concern is growing over the security of Americans' financial data, with an estimated 100 million people having been affected by breaches in the past year, including at big retailers like Target and Home Depot.

  • Microsoft CEO launches diversity training effort

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture. Microsoft's female employees in the United States earn 99.7 percent of what men earned in similar positions last year, Nadella said in a new memo to workers this week. He suggested that such slight variations are not unusual for "any particular group," but he added that he wants to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the company's workforce.