• June 8 deadline set for BP settlement claims

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People and businesses who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have until June 8 to file claims. The deadline doesn't apply to seafood-related businesses. BP PLC made separate settlements for medical claims and for seafood-related business claims A notice last week on the claims center's website says the deadline for other economic loss claims is six months from Dec. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear BP's appeal. The London-based oil giant argued that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms, putting BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus business claims. According to the claims office website, more than 203,000 claims had been submitted by Friday.

  • President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 1


    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the first day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday: — QUIET TIME AT HOME: Obama and the first family spent the morning at their vacation home in the breezy seaside town of Kailua and were greeted by sunny, blue skies. A handful of protesters stood outside the home's entrance holding signs that read "Close Guantanamo Now!" and "No more drone killings." Bicyclists and joggers swooshed by taking little notice of the heavy security around the neighborhood. Obama's Hawaii vacations have become part of the holiday experience on Oahu. — GOLFING: Obama headed out before noon to play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kaneohe Bay, an emerald-hued bay flanked by ja

  • Michael Brown's family condemns shootings of NYC officers


    The family of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has released a statement condemning the shooting deaths of two New York City officers. The statement released Saturday by the Parks & Crump law firm says Brown's family rejects "any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated." It calls on citizens to "work together to bring peace to our communities." The brief statement concludes saying, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time." A Missouri grand jury refused to indict the white officer who shot Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

  • Futures File: Russia's economic woes affect currency, grain prices

    Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: The ruble has collapsed, and the ensuing currency crisis has made it difficult for Russia to sell its wheat on the global market.

  • For Oklahoma's most well-known same-sex couple, work continues on marriage equality

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    After fighting Oklahoma’s marriage ban for more than a decade, Sharon Baldwin and Mary Bishop are now a legally-recognized couple in their home state. Now they want to be recognized as married in every state.

  • Numbers that tell story of 2004 tsunami disaster

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Facts and figures from the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Sources include the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition and UNESCO: ___ — 9.1: Magnitude of the earthquake that set off the tsunami. Centered off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, it was the world's third-largest earthquake since 1900. — 20 meters (65 feet): Height of the biggest waves to hit land, in Indonesia's Aceh region. — 23,000: Number of Hiroshima-type atomic bombs it would take to equal the amount of energy released by the earthquake. — About 230,000: Number of people killed. — 3: Number of natural disasters in the last century that killed even more people.

  • Tsunami: Scenes of grief, viewed from van of death

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the fifth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26. ___ Jim Gomez, the AP's chief correspondent in the Philippines, was deployed to the worst-hit area, Banda Aceh, Indonesia: I accompanied a body-collecting team as it plumbed wrecked villages in Banda Aceh. The body collectors followed swarms of flies, and the stench,

  • AP sources: Cops' killer angry at chokehold death

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.

  • Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York. Obama says there's no justification for the slayings. He says police offers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public's respect and gratitude. Authorities say that before shooting the officers, the gunman announced online he planned to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. The gunman later killed himself. Obama is asking Americans to reject violence and harmful words. He's encouraging people instead to embrace words that heal, and to seek out prayer and sympathy for the victi

  • Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Senators, 4-1

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — Brendan Gallagher helped the Montreal Canadiens cap a great homestand with another win. Gallagher scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Carey Price stopped 24 shots, and the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night. Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk also scored and Max Pacioretty had two assists for Montreal, which completed a 4-1-0 homestand after losing six of their previous seven (1-5-1). "That was big for us," Gallagher said. "When we started that home stretch things weren't going great for us, so it was good to be able to turn it around here, get some wins and get our confidence back. "Now we go on the road and we know what style of hockey we have

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell. "He went into the hospital this morning," Gunnell said in a phone interview. "He has a mild case of pneumonia and the prognosis is good." Gunnell declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized. He indicated that Ali's bout of pneumonia was caught quickly. "This all came about this morning," Gunnell said.

  • 3 killed in car crash on way to Mexico funeral

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three people were killed in a rollover crash in northern San Diego County while they were on their way to a funeral service in Mexico, authorities said. The driver Jerson Duron, 25, his wife Edith Duron, 22, both of South El Monte, California and Ivette Garcia, 21, of Los Angeles were killed in Friday's crash in Bonsall, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office said Saturday. A sheriff's deputy driving behind the Ford Explorer saw the tire tread come off a rear wheel, causing the SUV to spin out of control and roll onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 15. Six people were inside the vehicle.

  • Spokesman: Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'mild' pneumonia; prognosis good, short stay expected

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spokesman: Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'mild' pneumonia; prognosis good, short stay expected.

  • Police brutality protesters rally at Mall of America

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official crowd estimates weren't immediately available, but pictures posted to social media by local news organizations showed the rotunda was full. Organizer Mica Grimm estimated about 3,000 people participated. The rally is part of protests happening nationwide after officers weren't charged in the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.

  • Police commissioner: Killer of 2 NYC cops shot his ex-girlfriend early Saturday in Baltimore

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police commissioner: Killer of 2 NYC cops shot his ex-girlfriend early Saturday in Baltimore.

  • Police commissioner: 2 NYC officers killed in cruiser 'were, quite simply, assassinated'

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police commissioner: 2 NYC officers killed in cruiser 'were, quite simply, assassinated'

  • State approves controversial drilling permit in St. Tammany

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources has approved a drilling permit for Helis Oil & Gas Co., which plans a fracking project that many St. Tammany Parish residents vehemently oppose. The department posted a notice on its website late Friday saying it had approved the permit for a vertical well about 2 ½ miles deep. The permit is for an exploration well. New state approval and an Army Corps of Engineers wetlands permit would be needed if the company decides to proceed with hydraulic fracturing.

  • 2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early Saturday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road at around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, State Police Trooper Clifton Elston said. The most serious injury was a broken collarbone, and most of the others were treated for minor cuts, Trooper Tommy Walker said. Two of the 26 passengers brought to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour refused treatment.

  • GOP to back 'The Interview' if it gets to theaters

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the movie "The Interview" if theater owners reverse their decision not to show the film amid threats of retaliation for its comedic take on assassinating North Korea's leader. The Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), says in a letter to theater chain executives that he's concerned that a foreign regime would be allowed to dictate the movies Americans can and cannot watch. Noting that Hollywood and the GOP have had their differences, Priebus says the situation with "The Interview" is about freedom and free enterprise.

  • Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide. "The opposition will continue fighting, with or without Barack Obama," Cuban activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, known by his nickname "Antunez," said to cheers. The gathering at a Little Havana park drew more than 200 people, largely older Cuban exiles who chanted "Obama, traitor!" and waved U.S. and Cuban flags. Some expressed disappointment that the protest was not larger; the demonstrators filled about half the park.