• Anti-Semitic graffiti appears in Rome amid turmoil

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across Rome and ordered them removed. Some of the graffiti referred to the escalating violence in Gaza and included taunts such as "Jews, the end is near." Mayor Ignazio Marino offered his solidarity with Rome's Jewish community and said the graffiti, which appeared near Jewish-owned businesses, was an "offense to all Romans." Jewish leaders, meanwhile, urged Rome police to find those responsible and punish them. The head of Rome's Jewish Community, Riccardo Pacifici, said "Rome cannot become like Paris where Jews are assaulted, synagogues are surrounded and where wearing the yarmulke is a concrete danger.

  • Correction: Libya story

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — In a story July 27 about violence in Libya, The Associated Press erroneously reported a death toll figure released by the Libyan Health Ministry over fighting at Tripoli's international airport. The ministry said at least 97 people had been killed in the ongoing battle for the airport, not 79.

  • OKCupid Publishes Findings of User Experiments

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKCupid on Monday published results of three experiments it recently conducted on users. In one test, it obscured profile pictures. In another, the site hid profile text to see how it affected personality ratings. And in a third, it told some hopeful daters that they were a better or worse potential match with someone than the company’s software actually determined. “If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site,” Christian Rudder, president of OKCupid, wrote on the company's blog. “That’s how websites work.” The research found that if an OKCupid user was told that another user had a high compatibility score instead of a low one — the numbers are based on a mathematical formula created by the company — the user was slightly more likely to reach out with a message. Those who believed they were corresponding with a good match were almost twice as likely to send at least four messages compared with people who were told they were a low match.

  • Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza. Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, wrote to Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan's behalf. Kilic said Erdogan would be glad to return the award because of Israel's actions in Gaza and "the regrettable stance adopted by the present leadership of the American Jewish Congress vis-a-vis the recent attacks on the innocent civilians in Gaza." The letter, dated July 27, was made available Tuesday.

  • Waste Management 2Q results mixed

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — Waste Management Inc. on Tuesday reported that its second-quarter profit fell 14 percent. Its adjusted profit topped analysts' expectations, but revenue fell short of Wall Street's view. The Houston-based garbage and recycling hauler also announced that it is selling Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. to Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion. Wheelabrator owns or runs 17 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power-producing plants in the U.S. as well as four landfills, three transfer stations and an ongoing development and construction project in the U.K. President and CEO David Steiner said that Waste Management had suspended its stock buybacks in the first half of the year while talks to sell Whee

  • Gaza official: At least 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza official: At least 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday.

  • Egypt military kills 7 militants in volatile Sinai

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said. The troops killed three militants in an exchange of fire while four others died when a group tried to attack a house of in the border town of Rafah, according to a statement posted on Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir's official Facebook page late Monday. Five militants were arrested and five were wounded, the posting said. It was unclear if the five were the same people.

  • Senior Palestinian official offers 24 hour truce in Gaza, says he's also speaking for Hamas

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Senior Palestinian official offers 24 hour truce in Gaza, says he's also speaking for Hamas.

  • Teen burns himself copying online stunt

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington teen is recovering after he set himself on fire while performing a dangerous online stunt, WKYT reports.   The 15-year-old boy told WKYT he was attempting to take part in something known as a fire challenge, where a person pours alcohol on their skin and lights it on fire. Videos of people doing the challenge have shown up online.   Lexington firefighters responded to the home of the boy's aunt on Appian Way around noon. They treated him for burns and took him to UK Hospital.   The teenager said one thing the videos never showed was the ending, once the person was no longer on fire.

  • Australia plans to arrest 2 Middle East fighters

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with severed heads of Syrian soldiers. Australian Federal Police said in a statement Tuesday that they obtained arrest warrants for Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar for "terrorism-related activity." Police say the former Sydney residents will be arrested if they return to Australia. Photographs posted last week on a Twitter account linked to Sharrouf showed Elomar smiling and holding the severed heads of two Syrian soldiers. The pair traveled to Syria late last year and then Iraq to join the fighters.

  • Iran leader calls for arming Gaza to fight Israel

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says Muslims from all over the world should help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel. Tuesday's call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel. Khamenei claims that while Israel and America seek to disarm Hamas, Iran says "the opposite ... the Muslim World has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation by all means." Iran, a staunch Hamas ally, does not recognize Israel and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group. Khamenei spoke at a prayer ceremony in Tehran as Shiite Iranians marked the beginning of Eid al-Fitr holiday tha

  • Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

    By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Internet lures people who are browsing for their next homes.

  • Science, technology investments paid off in a big way for Oklahoma

    By Scott Meacham | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Funding cuts have kept science, technology program from boosting Oklahoma’s economy even more, i2E Inc. CEO Scott Meacham says.

  • Samsung postpones launch of Tizen-run smartphone

    By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in Russia this quarter. But Samsung indicated that more time is needed to expand Tizen’s following of app developers and apps.

  • Asia stocks rise modestly ahead of US, China data

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets posted modest gains Tuesday as investors treaded cautiously ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 added 0.5 percent to 15,604.80 and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.6 percent to 2,061.95. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.2 percent to 24,483.85 while China's benchmark Shanghai Composite gained 0.1 percent to 2,180.52. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.1 percent to 5,570.90. Markets in India, Indonesia and Malaysia were closed for holidays. EARNINGS: Companies are in the middle of corporate earnings season. Later Tuesday, Japanese carmaker Honda will report its quarterly financial results after the market close. Asian tech heavy

  • Journalism, opinion, and the Web

    Jim Willis | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Does the online world of social media and citizen journalism make it easier to intentionally parade opinion as fact?

  • OU fan buys TexsaSports.com to troll Texas fans after spelling error

    Richard Hall | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    If there’s one thing the Texas Longhorns learned today, it’s to never give Sooner fans an opening to mess with you — because they will. Earlier today it was revealed the University of Texas misspelled Texas in the footer of every page of their Player Profile Media Guide. The link should say TexasSports. Instead, it […]

  • Women's aviation organization calls pilots to air rally and scholarship fundraiser in Oklahoma

    By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma Chapter of the Ninety-Nines will host the 36th Annual Okie Derby Proficiency Air Rally challenging pilots skills and raising money for scholarships.

  • Perry couple share ranch, buffalo herd and history with friends

    By Jimmie Cook, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    A family enjoys a visit to a ranch near Perry to see the buffalo herd.

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

    By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer, AP Technology Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    The law, which President Obama said he will sign, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier’s permission.