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  • Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The...

  • Desaulniers named AP's New England media director

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England. The appointment was announced Friday by Eva Parziale, AP's regional director for the East. "Dwayne brings a great...

  • 2015 stock outlook: Good but not great, and bumpy

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big -- or to come with as little heartburn -- as before. That's what mutual fund managers of all types are forecasting, as they peer...

  • Senate Democrats reject Keystone XL oil pipeline

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    In one of the last big votes of the Democratic majority, a bill to force construction of the tar sands pipeline fails by a single vote. But the issue could come up again early next year when GOP takes over. Both Oklahoma senators voted for the bill.

  • Social Security Q&A: Child's card has name misspelled

    Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Social Security Q&A: A list of acceptable documents to prove identity includes a passport, and several other types of official documents.

  • Taking Stock: Invest safely before getting aggressive with portfolio

    Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: A recent Treasury Department ruling allows you to invest up to 25 percent of your IRA (or $125,000, whichever is less) in a deferred-income annuity without taking the required minimum distribution when you turn 70 1/2.

  • House sends Keystone XL pipeline bill to Senate

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Republican House easily clears bill to force construction of the controversial pipeline, setting up a key vote in the Senate next week. President Barack Obama and Oklahoma City oilman Harold Hamm downplay importance of pipeline.

  • Taking Stock: Water can create growth for portfolio

    Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Aqua America, is a growing water and wastewater utility that sprung from humble beginnings.

  • Oklahoma City's unemployment dips

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The jobless rate is on the decline in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County and Oklahoma, according to state and federal data.

  • Social Security: Are services available for blind?

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Q: Does Social Security provide special services or information for people who are blind or visually impaired? A: Yes. Social Security offers a number of services and products specifically designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. If you are blind or visually impaired, you can...

  • Preparing for expected market dips can be costly

    Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Often better to stay in the market than to try to time its ups and downs, Berko says.

  • Social Security Q&A: How to apply for Supplemental Security Income

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Social Security Q&A: If you are applying for SSI based on a disability, you can start the process by going online to complete the disability report.

  • Workers, retailers prepare for Thursday's 'National Boss' Day'

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Contrary to popular belief, Hallmark did not create National Boss Day, which is celebrated Oct. 16.

  • Taking Stock: Medical device company could be acquisition target

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Globus Medical designs, makes and sells implants for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal disorders.

  • Social Security Q&A: How to protect against identity theft

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Q: How can I protect myself against identity theft? A: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will...

  • Stock futures swings prompt varying forecasts

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Record-sized corn and soybeans crops predicted

  • Oklahoma women executives agree with study showing women workers are twice as likely to be called 'bossy'

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Forty percent of women have been called “bossy” at work, compared with 22 percent of men, according to a recent online survey by an Oregon software company.

  • Taking Stock: A whale of a buy?

    Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Malcolm Berko:

  • 'Tis the giving to charities season — almost

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Statistics show 24 percent of all donations are made during the last two months of the year. Several Oklahoma nonprofits report on how they’re doing so far.

  • Social Security Q&A: Take first steps to retire by filing online application

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Q: I've decided I want to retire. How do I begin? A: The fastest and easiest way to apply for retirement benefits is to go to To use our online application to apply for Social Security retirement or spouse’s benefits, you must: Be at least 61 years and 9...

  • Taking Stock: UTX is quite a buy for dividend divas

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: United Technologies is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average. It’s a Jim dandy diversified conglomerate with a strong cash flow and $62 billion in revenues, derived from five business segments.

  • Lean building advocate describes waste in industry

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    In a presentation titled “My Favorite Train Wrecks,” Scott Sedam’s examples ranged from Dumpsters full of usable air-conditioning duct work, to dozens of wood trusses exposed to weather for long periods of time, to homes overbuilt with features.

  • Economist Dr. James Galbraith to speak at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma regarding economic recession

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    His latest book, “The End of Normal,” argues that the latest recession must be solved differently than all of society’s past recessions.

  • Job-hoppers warrant second look, experts say

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Without examining employees’ motives for frequent job changes, companies can miss opportunities to hire motivated, multi-skilled workers, recent research shows.

  • Taking Stock: Inflation course outsmarts 'experts'

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: For the past two years, the conspiracy theory folks (I leaned toward a bit of that, too) have oozed like termites from the woodwork and claimed that the economic reports have been a cover-up and the government has been fudging numbers.