• China, Iran defense officials pledge closer ties

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister met Thursday with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries following their first joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf last month. Chang Wanquan told visiting Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that China hopes for "further pragmatic cooperation and the uninterrupted development of ties between the two militaries," China's Defense Ministry said. It quoted Sayyari as saying that Iran attached great importance to its relations with China and also hoped for stronger military-to-military ties. China has been building closer ties with the militaries of U.S. rivals such as Russia to help counter American naval dominance in the Asia-Pa

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    More than 140 ballot measures will be decided by voters in 42 states in the Nov. 4 general election. Among the noteworthy subjects being addressed: ___ ABORTION In Colorado, a "personhood" amendment would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. Opponents say it would ban abortions. In North Dakota, Measure 1 would provide "the inalienable right to life" for humans at "any stage of development." Supporters and opponents differ on what impact it might have on abortion regulations. ___ MARIJUANA In Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, voters will have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, a step approved two years by voters in Colo

  • Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. Where cosmopolitan Beirut was once the region's best known city for going under the knife, turmoil in Syria and violence often spilling into Lebanon is driving away wealthy Arab tourists. After splashing out on medical infrastructure over the past years, Dubai already ranks globally and aims to move up the list of top international destinations for medical tourism. It plans to attract 20 million tourists by 2020 — with half a million medical tourists bringing in revenues of

  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press. He said he is waiting for a new Palestinian unity government to establish a foothold in Gaza before moving ahead. Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control.

  • Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip. The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah for control in Gaza and what officials say has been a trickle of promised aid. Hardest hit by delays are tens of thousands of Gazans living in communal shelters or the ruins of their homes since the summer war between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas destroyed or damaged some 100,000 homes.

  • Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. Mayer staunchly defended her strategy during a Tuesday presentation that addressed recent criticism leveled by activist investor Starboard Value LP, a New York hedge fund with a history of leading shareholder mutinies. Starboard contends that since Mayer became CEO in July 2012, Yahoo has been wasting money on ill-advised acquisitions and a bloated payroll while mismanaging its lucrative stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group. In her rebuttal, Mayer described the $1.

  • Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates say their employers beat them with sticks or cables, punched and slapped them, and there's little they can do because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday. The abuse complaints are rampant throughout the wealthy Persian Gulf region that relies on foreign labor. The Human Rights Watch says the problem is that the migrant workers' residency is tied to their employers through a sponsorship system that prevents them easily changing jobs. It cited passport confiscation, non-payment of wages, excessive work, forced confinement, food deprivation and psychological, physic

  • Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Canada's prime minister called it the country's second terrorist attack in three days. "We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in an address to the nation. Unfolding just before 10 a.m., while lawmakers were meeting in caucus rooms, the assault rocked Parliament over and over with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack beg

  • Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website. The government's auto safety agency says that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. The inflators are made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem, which they claim could affect more than 20 million cars nationwide. On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added 3.1 million vehicles to an initial

  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year. Bonhams auction house said Wednesday's winning bid, which includes its premium, came from The Henry Ford museum. The computer, which had been estimated to sell for $300,000 to $500,000, has an intact motherboard and a vintage keyboard and monitor. It also has a power supply contained in a wooden box and two tape decks, Bonhams said.

  • Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The violence came after months of tensions between Jews and Palestinians in east Jerusalem — the section of the city the Palestinians demand as their future capital. The area has experienced unrest and near-daily attacks on the city's light rail by Palestinian youths since a wave of violence over the summer, capped by a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas mi

  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. Johnson believes his own Beverly Hills, California-based company could connect major technology employers with more African-American and Hispanic engineers if they call upon him. Magic Johnson Enterprises provides financing and consulting for businesses seeking to operate in cities with large minority populations.

  • Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains_not phones

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone. The company's third-quarter earnings and revenue slightly missed expectations, and it cut its revenue outlook for the full year on Wednesday. It didn't lose many customers — its turnover rate, or churn, for postpaid accounts was less than 1 percent, AT&T's best for a third quarter. Postpaid customers are the ones with better credit and stay with carriers lo

  • Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves. The types of harassment Pew asked about range from name-calling to physical threats, sexual harassment and stalking. Half of those who were harassed said they didn't know the person who had most recently attacked them. Young adults — people 18 to 29 — were the most likely age group to see and undergo online harassment. Women ages 18 to 24 were disproportionately the victims of stalking

  • Norman resident puts focus on mobile market

    BY LACEY LETT | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Tweet enough to your childhood hero, and you could earn a face-to-face encounter. At least it worked for Appable Founder Kelly Tran when she met her icon at a tech event. “Growing up, my childhood tech hero was Bill Gates,” she said. “I tweeted enough to earn a spot to meet him and his wife Melinda Gates. Then two days later, I had the opportunity to meet the United States' Chief Technology Officer and took a selfie with her.” Tran has had her fair share of unique opportunities. She’ll be headed to Belgium in November for a creativity forum representing Oklahoma. While in college she was given a scholarship to work with one of the largest technology conferences in the world called Dreamforce.

  • BofA to refund Apple Pay customers charged twice

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) — Bank of America apologized Wednesday for a double-billing glitch that affected some customers who made purchases with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service that Apple launched this week. Some customers have reported they were charged twice for the same purchase when they used Bank of America debit cards with Apple Pay. The glitch involved about 1,000 transactions, and all duplicate charges will be refunded, said Bank of America spokeswoman Tara Burke. Apple said "a very small number of Apple Pay users" were affected. The Cupertino, California-based computer maker has not disclosed how many customers have used Apple Pay since it became available on Monday.

  • 26 Percent Of Young Women Report That They Have Been Stalked Online

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    If you look at mild forms of online harassment these days (like name-calling), you'll find that young men and women actually suffer at roughly similar rates. But don't for a second let that fool you into thinking the Internet is an equal playing field for men and women alike. Yes, in a survey released Wednesday, the Pew Research Center did find 50 percent of young men and 51 percent of young women -- "young" being defined here as aged 18 to 24 -- say they have been called offensive names online. And men were more likely to report being "harassed" online than women, by 44 percent to 37 percent.

  • Correction: Air Bag Recall story

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about an auto industry air bag recall, The Associated Press reported an incorrect age for Hien Thi Tran, who died after being severely injured in a Florida crash. She was 51 years old, not 46. A corrected version of the story is below: US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed due to potentially deadly inflator problem By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.

  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach." In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa Monica south to Venice and Playa del Rey. They are joined by hundreds of startups including Hulu, Demand Media and Snapchat, which nixed a $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook. Major Hollywood players like The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. have launched startup accelerators to help local tech entrepreneurs.

  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes

    Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes. The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched. This method is similar to the way that Gmail currently separates promotional emails from other communications sent to its users. Inbox can also figure out the key points of an email, such as travel itineraries, event times and photos, and highlight the information, according to Google. In some instances, the app will automatically retrieve other helpful content, such as updated flight times, from the Web. Inbox can