• Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude, said Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the accident. One pilot was found dead inside the spacecraft and another parachuted out and was flown by helicopter to a hospital, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. The crash area was about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and 20 miles from the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the mid-morning flight

  • Time to turn back the clocks

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma City clock shop owner Dick Michael has been in business since 1978. After decades of collecting, selling, buying, trading and repairing new and antique clocks, his passion is still ticking away. Michael’s Antique Clocks has more than a thousand clocks in its northwest Oklahoma City shop.

  • Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing. Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded Marching 100 band had performed. The case brought into focus the culture of hazing in the band, which was suspended for more than a year while officials tried to clean up the program.

  • Dallas woman dies in Oklahoma automobile accident

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Julissa Rodriguez, 42, was driving on Interstate 35 in Carter County Friday afternoon when her vehicle left the roadway, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The vehicle overturned twice and she died at the scene.

  • Man charged with murder, 8 other felonies in Oklahoma City shoot-out

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Shane Leon Rhea, 40, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder, four counts of shooting with intent to kill, two counts of pointing a firearm at another, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

  • One woman dies after shooting in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    One woman died Friday after a shooting at a northwest Oklahoma City home.

  • Stillwater police release 911 calls from near-beheading

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Police released the 911 call made by Isaiah Zoar Marin, the suspect in Wednesday’s murder, and three calls from witnesses.

  • Halloween saved in town after fugitive's capture

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — State police gave out candy Friday night to children trick-or-treating in a northeast Pennsylvania community that had been under siege for nearly seven weeks until a man suspected of killing a state trooper was captured. The arrest Thursday evening of Eric Frein led to a quick decision to lift a ban on trick-or-treating, and children took to the streets after nightfall to enjoy a day without real fear, only the Halloween kind. "We're glad that they got this night back," Lt. Col. George Bivens said as he and other members of the state police manned three large buckets of candy set up on a narrow street.

  • Police release name of man fatally shot by police in southwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The man shot by officers in southwest Oklahoma City Thursday was identified Friday as Steven Keith Watters, 54, of Oklahoma City.

  • 2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow. Hawaii County police said officers saw a man and a woman on county property Thursday taking photos within 5 feet of the lava in the small town of Pahoa. The 65-year-old woman and 59-year-old man had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs, police said. They crossed private property to get to the spot where they watched the lava. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said the county is restricting the public's access to the lava flow to keep people safe. "It's unfortunate.

  • Woman in Oregon hospitalized with fever

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say a woman who visited West Africa has been hospitalized in isolation after reporting a fever and is undergoing Ebola tests as a precaution. Officials said Friday that the woman had no known contact with anyone affected with the virus and is considered a low risk for contracting the disease. Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis says the woman has been checking her temperature twice a day and developed a "persistent fever" on Friday morning. Medics wearing protective gear evaluated her and determined she should visit a hospital. Officials have released very little information about the woman, other than to say she had recently been in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone an

  • Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigns

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Dave Brandon took over Michigan's athletic department four years ago with so many of the right qualifications: success as a businessman, experience as a university regent — and he'd played football for Bo Schembechler, too. That football program is the barometer of sporting success at Michigan, but the Wolverines have fallen on hard times recently. Those struggles — and the handful of other problems they helped magnify — led to the end of Brandon's tenure as athletic director.

  • OSBI arrests Hollis man on child abuse complaint

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Ricky Garcia, 21, was arrested Friday on a child abuse complaint. His bail was set at $500,000. His 5-month-old daughter had multiple bruises on her head and body, a fractured right arm and left leg and retinal hemorrhages, OSBI reported.

  • Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled that Hickox must continue daily monitoring of her health but said there is no need to isolate her or restrict her movements because she has no symptoms and is therefore not contagious. The judge also decried the "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science and bad information" circulating about the lethal disease in the U.S. After the ruling, a state police cruiser that had been posted outside Hickox's home left, and she and her boyfriend step

  • Medicare weighs paying for end-of-life counseling

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Friday it will consider paying doctors to counsel patients about their options for end-of-life care, the same idea that spurred accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama's health care law five years ago. The announcement came in a voluminous regulation on physician payment. It will "give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the topic," said Medicare spokesman Aaron Albright. Medicare will consider a change for 2016. Such counseling would be voluntary, aiming to make patients aware of their options so they can determine the type of care they want at the end of life.

  • Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index rally to record highs

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index rally to record highs.

  • Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city. Small groups of Palestinian worshippers made their way through a series of Israeli checkpoints to the site — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary — under leaden gray skies and heavy pouring rain. No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day.

  • Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal." Obama said his grandmother, a bank vice president, got passed over for promotions by people she had trained, and his mother raised him and his sister "without a lot of support." "The idea that my daughters wouldn't have the same opportunities as somebody's sons, well that's unacceptable," he said.

  • Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert .

  • California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after SpaceShipTwo accident

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after SpaceShipTwo accident.