• Cleveland police ask for help in fatal shootings

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in Cleveland are asking for help finding who shot and killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child along with three others. Authorities say they haven't determined a motive or identified a suspect in the killings that happened Friday night. Among the victims are 60-year-old Lemon Bryant, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl. Pregnant homeowner Sherita Johnson and her unborn child also were killed. Investigators say the Johnson's 9-year-old daughter was grazed by a bullet while the woman's toddler son unharmed. Police believe Johnson arrived home with her children and her daughter found some of the people who had been shot. Police say a man in the house fired at the girl then sho

  • Does bad behavior really hurt business?

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business? Last week, Uber sparked controversy after a top executive suggested spending $1 million to dig up dirt on a journalist critical of the driver-on-demand company. It's only the latest time Uber has been called out, either for actions by its drivers or its corporate culture. The company also is investigating one of its New York employees for tracking another journalist's ride, which has raised fears that Uber is misusing customers' private location information.

  • North Dakota lawmaker wants no state income tax

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — With the state treasury flush with billions of dollars in oil money, at least one state lawmaker thinks North Dakotans could better spend the roughly $500 million collected annually from the levy. When the Legislature reconvenes in January, Rep. Scott Louser said he will introduce a bill that would set the state income tax rate at 0 percent, rather than push for an outright repeal. "It will put more money back in the pockets of residents," the Minot Republican said. "A stimulation of the economy is the side effect." If successful, North Dakota would be the first state to eliminate its income tax since Alaska did it in 1980 after oil started flowing there.

  • Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

  • Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, lewd and lascivious conduct and malicious destruction to property. The bizarre behavior began shortly before noon when a woman using a restroom located before the security checkpoint in Terminal C reported that a naked man had fallen through the ceiling and landed in the stall area, state police spokesman David Procopi

  • Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The weekend offered the Buffalo region a chance to dig out of record levels of deep snow before a flood warning took effect because of rising temperatures and rain. With roughly the equivalent of six inches of rain tied up in the snowpack, volunteers moved through the area assisting residents. Beth Bragg's home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. But she still was out first-thing Saturday with her shovel — along with hundreds of other volunteers. "I know that people really need to get shoveled out, especially some of the older folks, so I'm just doing my part to help out," said the bank manager and "shovel brigade" mem

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it. But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder — not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault. And this, say advocates for sexual assault victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago: an evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victim

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another potential witness in the ongoing trial against the politically powerful suspects was gunned down. Here are some questions and answers about this case — the largest criminal trial in the Philippines since World War II and a litmus test for President Benigno Aquino III, a reformist who has vowed to punish the perpetrators.

  • Rhodes scholars named for 2015

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes scholars for 2015, listed by geographical region: District 1: Noam Angrist, Brookline, Mass., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Benjamin D. Sprung-Keyser, Los Angeles, Harvard University District 2: Matthew J. Townsend, Chappaqua, N.Y., Yale University Ruth C. Fong, Somerset, N.J., Harvard District 3: Joseph W. Barrett, Port Washington, N.Y., Princeton Gabriel M. Zucker, Brooklyn, N.Y., Yale District 4: Jordan R. Konell, Philadelphia, Yale Kate I. Nussenbaum, Newton, Mass., Brown District 5: Fang Y. Cao, Silver Spring, Md., University of Maryland Maya I. Krishnan, Rockville, Md., Stanford University <

  • Iraqi premier orders help for fighters battling IS

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is calling for more intensive aerial support and weapons for fighters battling the Islamic State militant group in Anbar province. Al-Abadi has ordered the additional support after a meeting with delegates from the Anbar Provincial Council late Saturday. A statement says the air power and weapons are intended both for Iraq's embattled armed forces and Sunni tribes supporting the anti-Islamic State fight in Anbar. The Islamic State group has seized a number of cities and towns across Anbar province, including Fallujah. The militant group seized another section of the provincial capital, Ramadi, on Friday and intense clashes are ongoing as Iraqi forces, backed by local tribe

  • Out of control: FSU, OSU just win, baby

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State. As usual, the only time the Seminoles were in control against Boston College was when the game was over. After a week in which game control became a thing — too much of a thing, really — a couple of College Football Playoff contenders gave the selection committee something to think about by taking a while to put away big underdogs. The Buckeyes played a sloppy first half, turned the ball over three times and couldn't contain Indiana star Tevin Coleman — though very few have this season. Ohio State, sixth in the latest playoff rankings, finally pulled away with a late barrage and beat t

  • Conservation groups file lawsuit on sea turtles

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Several conservation groups filed lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. They alleged the government's role in allowing the deaths of thousands of imperiled sea turtles and countless other marine animals outside of power plant cooling systems. The Center for Biological Diversity said it filed the lawsuit in federal court on Friday. The groups say thousands of sea turtles get sucked into power plant cooling systems each year, including at the Big Bend, Anclote, Crystal River, Bayside and P.L. Bartow plants in Florida. Sea turtle species are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Pacquiao knocks Algieri down 6 times, dominates

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MACAU (AP) — Manny Pacquiao couldn't resist having a little fun after getting the signature win he desperately needed for the fight boxing fans desperately want to see. No reason not to enjoy himself after sending Chris Algieri to the canvas six times Sunday night in a performance that will once again heat up talk of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. "He's going to fight me? Yes! Yes!," Pacquiao said, jumping up and down in the ring Sunday after tearing apart a reluctant Algieri on his way to a lopsided decision win. "I am ready to fight him next year." Pacquiao was playing off a new commercial where he celebrates after thinking Mayweather has agreed to the match. But he might have boosted his stock enough to entice M

  • Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that the grand jury's decision would be announced on Sunday. That seemed increasingly unlikely by late Saturday, although there was a noticeable uptick in the preparations being made. Downtown STL Inc., a St.

  • Official: Man who killed deputy had made threats

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff's deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said. The man's name and address had been entered into a law enforcement computer system because of previous threats, but the 911 dispatcher who entered the fire call put in the address of a neighbor who reported the blaze, so the alert wasn't activated and the Leon County deputy who responded first had no warning, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

  • D.C. Notes: Oklahoma legislators' influence should grow in Congress

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Rep. Frank Lucas spent several years working his way to the top spot on the House Agriculture Committee. Once he became chairman, in 2011, he fought for three years to get a sweeping farm bill passed; it was arguably the most significant legislation in the past two years that made it through both houses and got signed into law.

  • Oklahoma baby boomers: Even as retirement age approaches, many remain in workforce

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Although they’re moving into retirement age, Oklahoma’s baby boomers are remaining in the workforce in larger numbers than the generations that came before them, labor force data show.

  • Baby girl accidentally shot in New York City home

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 9-month-old girl is hospitalized after she was accidentally shot inside her home in New York City. The incident happened Saturday afternoon in apartment in Brooklyn's East New York section. Police say the father told officers he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged. The bullet hit the child in the hip. She was taken to Woodhull Medical Center and then transferred to Bellevue Hospital. She is in stable condition there. Charges are pending against the father. His name was not immediately released.

  • New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight. There was heartbreak, but now the New Mexico Spaceport Authority is scrambling again. This time, the focus is on drawing more tenants to the nearly quarter-billion-dollar spaceport and maintaining support among state lawmakers. Christine Anderson, the authority's executive director, learned this week she might have to do that one legislator at a time. Anderson was called out by Rep.