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  • In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without climate action

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Anchorage and called on other nations to take swift action as negotiations for a global climate treaty near a close. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display. "On this issue — of all issues —there is such a thing as being too late," Obama said. "And

  • Oklahoma football: Week One depth chart released

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklahoma released its Week One depth chart Monday evening, a few days before the 2015 season kicks off against Akron on Owen Field. Here is a look at the depth chart: QB No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt. 6; Baker Mayfield; Jr.; 6-1; 209 9; Trevor Knight; RJr.; 6-1; 207 14; Cody Thomas; RSo.; 6-4; 211 RB 32; Samaje Perine; So.; 5-10; 230 25; Joe Mixon; RFr.; 6-1; 217 34; Daniel Brooks; RJr.; 5-8; 182 H-BACK 36; Dimitri Flowers; So.; 6-2; 228 45; Carson Meier; RFr.; 6-5; 234 WR 11; Dede Westbrook; Jr.; 6-0; 168 15; Jeffery Mead; So.; 6-5; 188 18; Dahu Green; Fr.; 6-4; 203 WR 1; Jarvis Baxter; Jr.; 5-11; 160 84; Grant Bothun; RJr.; 5-11;

  • Google hit with antitrust complaint in India, report says

    By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Indian antitrust officials have accused Google Inc. of stifling competitors and favoring companies that advertise with it, opening up the latest front in a worldwide battle over whether the California tech company is abusing its power as a top search engine. Dating website Bharat Matrimony and the Consumer Unity and Trust Society filed the initial complaints against Google, which led to a formal accusation last week by the Competition Commission of India, the Economic Times of India reported. Microsoft, Facebook and other companies also criticized Google. Among the complaints are that Google gave preference to its own services. Google has until Sept. 10 to respond.

  • Once-popular emerging markets send investors heading to exits

    By BERNARD CONDON and MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business Writers | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    NEW YORK — If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging-market stocks. The MSCI Emerging Markets index has lost 25 percent in the past year, while the most widely held U.S. fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market index, is down less than 1 percent. After financial crisis, putting money into emerging markets seemed like a sure bet. China was gobbling up raw materials from Brazil, Indonesia and Russia, and its stock markets were soaring. Now, in classic fashion, investors are reversing course: They've yanked $40 billion from emerging-market stocks in 2015, a record pace of withdrawals, with slowdown in China.

  • Oklahoma's life science startup companies take a different route

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    It's not always apparent just how significant Oklahoma's opportunity in life science startup companies is. When we talk about startups, we tend toward information technology or advanced manufacturing deals. Things move faster in those types of businesses. Solutions are easier to understand. There's simply more to talk about from week to week. Milestones in life science never arrive quickly. The pace is slow, and extremely nuanced and difficult. In IT, if something isn't going to work, we can find out cheaply and fast. In life science, there's no such thing as discovering anything cheaply or fast. The life science market is well defined. Outcomes are binary. Either the technology works or it doesn't.

  • Confluence Conference to boost digital, social marketing savvy

    By Paul Monies Business Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The third edition of the Confluence Conference will be less a river of inspiration and more a firehose of information as the organizers focus on social and digital marketing that hits the bottom line. The conference, Sept. 10-11 at Lyric at the Plaza theater in Oklahoma City's Plaza District, will feature more than a dozen speakers on topics ranging from search engine optimization and branding to analytics and user interface. In a change from earlier Confluence presentations that included sometimes inspirational or high-level social media discussions, this year's conference will focus on growing businesses through digital marketing. It also expands to two weekdays, rather than a single Saturday.

  • NLRB decision could hurt small businesses

    By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A National Labor Relations Board ruling that modified the definition of an employer could hurt small businesses including franchises and subcontractors, according to industry groups that advocate for those companies. The NLRB decision Thursday came in a case involving waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries and a staffing company, Leadpoint Business Services, which supplied workers to Browning-Ferris. The NLRB ruled that Browning-Ferris is a joint employer with Leadpoint. The board said it will consider factors such as whether a company exercised control over employees "indirectly through an intermediary, or whether it has reserved the authority to do so" in determining whether companies are joint employers.


    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    This past Christmas Eve, Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons needed his football fix, so he turned on ESPN to watch the Bahamas Bowl between Central Michigan and Western Kentucky. No one could blame Simmons had he decided to change the channel when the game entered the fourth quarter as CMU trailed by five touchdowns, 49-14, and hadn't scored since midway through the second. But Simmons kept watching. He's sure glad he did. What followed was one of the most spectacular comebacks of the 2014 college football season. “It was crazy,” Simmons said. CMU sophomore quarterback Cooper Rush threw four straight touchdown passes while his defense held WKU scoreless, allowing just 67 total

  • Oklahoma attorney general seeks state-level Iran sanctions

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's Republican attorney general, and his GOP counterpart in Michigan, Bill Schuette, sent a letter to all 50 governors Monday urging them to enforce or adopt their own sanctions against Iran.

  • Dallas developer says he has contract for Oklahoma City's First National Center

    BY STEVE LACKMEYERAND BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writers | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Mike Sarimsakci, a developer from Dallas, said he has the purchase contract for the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City. He says he bought the skyscraper from the Neman family.


    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    STILLWATER — Devante Averette stood up during a team meeting a few weeks ago. Talk had turned to player ticket allotments for Oklahoma State's opener at Central Michigan, and even though more than a hundred people packed the room, the linebacker wanted everyone who wasn't using their tickets to know something. “Just put my name down,” he said. He flashed a big grin, then sat back down. During a week when you'll hear lots of coaches and players talk about how excited they are — it's finally time to play some games! — no one is more pumped than Averette. He is a Michigan native, born and bred in Detroit, and that means family and friends by the dozens will be making the

  • OSU football notebook

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Gundy details how Cowboys landed Salako Former Alabama-Birmingham starter Victor Salako has settled in quickly with the Cowboys, taking over the left tackle spot almost upon arrival. A veteran of 23 starts in two seasons at UAB, Salako became available as an immediate-eligible transfer when the school made the decision to drop football last winter – a decision that has since been reversed. “Once word got out that their program was going to be canceled, then I went over to our recruiting office and said, ‘We need to find out who's down there that can play,'” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I knew they had players down there, who were from that region of the country, that would stay local.

  • Apple aims to boost mobile device sales

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is leaning on Cisco Systems' Internet networking expertise in its latest attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. The alliance announced Monday calls for Cisco to ensure that corporate Internet connections relying on its gear deliver content quickly and securely to iPhones and iPads. Cisco will also help Apple develop ways for iPhones to interact more smoothly with workers' office phones. Financial terms of the partnership weren't disclosed. This is the second time in two years that Apple has teamed up with a major technology company that focuses on business customers. Apple joined forces with IBM Corp. 13 months ago to build and sell business applications for the iPhone and

  • Google tries to woo iPhone owners

    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists. The move thrusts Google on to Apple's turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the devices running on different operating systems was released Monday in Apple's app store. Until now, Android watches only worked with smartphones powered by Android software, just as the Apple Watch is designed to be tethered exclusively to the iPhone.

  • Blue Bell clears Broken Arrow plant to resume

    BY CASEY SMITH Tulsa World | Updated: 3 hr ago

    BROKEN ARROW — About 70 percent of employees at the Blue Bell plant in Broken Arrow were back at work Monday, and production of the brand's ice cream novelties will resume this week, the president and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber said Monday in a news conference. Chamber CEO Wes Smithwick said the plant's entire workforce of around 200 employees is expected to be back at work by next week. Smithwick says the chamber does not have exact numbers but estimates 220 to 230 employees were working at Blue Bell's Broken Arrow facility in April when production was suspended and employees were furloughed. Smithwick said Blue Bell has cultivated a family-like atmosphere at its company and that the Broken Arrow plant has a

  • Three-day spree drives oil price up, but market may not sustain trend

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oil prices surged for the third straight day Monday as new government data showed domestic production has slowed and OPEC said it wants "fair and reasonable" oil prices. The U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its estimates for domestic production in June to almost 9.3 million barrels per day, down 250,000 barrels per day from earlier estimates and 100,000 barrels per day below its revised estimate for May. Also Monday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it is willing to talk to other producing countries and that it "will continue to do all in its power to create the right enabling environment for the oil market to achieve equilibrium with fair and reasonable prices,” the group said in its

  • Market has not been kind to First National

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    First National Center is not a priority for Oklahoma City. They're busy trying to clean up the mess “given” to them by state lawmakers when they decided to make the unfinished Native American Cultural Center the city's problem. The folks at City Hall also are busy trying to figure out a best site for a new convention center and conference hotel. First National Center sits in the heart of downtown. The property spans about 1 million square feet, is controlled by a convicted felon, and a federal judge has determined its ownership is uncertain. The elevators are broken. The murals in the historic Great Banking Hall are peeling and fading. Windows are cracked. A window on the top of the art deco tower is covered with a tarp.

  • Dallas developer says he has First National contract

    BY STEVE LACKMEYERAND BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writers | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A Dallas real estate developer claims he now has the contract to buy First National Center and will be attending a court hearing Tuesday where his effort to buy the property will be weighed against that of California developer Stephen Goodman. The potential switch to Mike Sarimsakci and Alterra International coincides with rapidly deteriorating conditions at the downtown landmark. The building is facing a shut-off notice from Veolia Energy for chilled water and steam used for air conditioning and heat, and an exodus of its few remaining tenants began last week with an emergency move by four state agencies. Elevators have continuously broken down the past couple months and a broken window covered with tarp can be seen on the

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PostRock Energy to leave Nasdaq PostRock Energy Corp. said Monday its common stock will be suspended from trading on the Nasdaq on Sept. 9, the result of the company's decision not to file a compliance plan following a delisting notice from the exchange. PostRock fell below the exchange's requirement that a listed company have a market value of at least $5 million for 30 consecutive business days. The company said after trading is suspended on the Nasdaq, shares will be available for listing on the OTC Bulletin Board or the OTC Pink Marketplace, but only if a market maker applies successfully to quote the securities. PostRock said it could not be assured of a market maker's willingness to quote the shares on the over-the-counter

  • California burger chain fans are hoping to lure one to Oklahoma

    BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer | Updated: 3 hr ago

    After moving to Southern California in my late 20s, eating at In-N-Out Burger for the first time was a cultural initiation of sorts. The white cups with their red palm tree motif and the secret menu — explained to me by a native Californian in a hushed tone of reverence — seemed exotic to a girl from a fly-over state. Ordering fries “animal style”, that's with melted cheese, grilled onions and a mix of pickle relish and Thousand Island dressing known in In-N-Out jargon as “spread,” was to conjure the spirit of Jeff Spicoli from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” like you just crawled off of the beach, or out of a smoke-filled VW microbus.  From Huntington Beach to Anaheim, each Double-Double I ate