• U.S. households' finances are improving but many aren't prepared for emergencies

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Most American households say their finances have strengthened slightly, but nearly half report that they would struggle to meet $400 in expenses from an unexpected emergency, according to the Federal Reserve's annual survey on economic well-being. The latest Fed survey, conducted in October and November, found that 69 percent of those responding reported that they were either "living comfortably" or "doing ok." That's up from 65 percent in the 2014 survey and 62 percent in 2013. However, 31 percent, or approximately 76 million adults, said they were either "struggling to get by" or were "just getting by." And 46 percent said they would have difficulty covering an emergency bill of $400.


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    OIL AND GAS PRICES Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $46 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $34 Oklahoma oil and gas drilling activity posted May 13: COMPLETION Ellis: Jones Energy LLC; Raiders 27 No. 6HR Well; NW1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 27-20N-23W; 120 barrels oil per day, 387,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 12,999. Hughes: PetroQuest Energy LLC; Ethel No. 4-7H Well; SW1/4 NE1/4 NW1/4 NW1/4 (SL) of 07-07N-11E; 1,058,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 10,385. INTENT TO DRILL Canadian: Citizen Energy II LLC; Kanon No. 1H-15-22 Well; NE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 (SL) of 10-11N-06W; TD 19,700. Kingfisher: Oklahoma Energy Acquisitions LP;

  • Q&A with Troy E. Jones

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Many financial documents are best stored in their digital form Q: One of the hardest things about spring cleaning is knowing what to keep and what to throw to away. When it comes to documents, which should be retained in their original forms? A: Documents that should be kept in their original forms include marriage, birth, adoption, citizenship and death certificates. Other important documents include veterans papers, health records, passports and legal contracts. It's best to keep these records in a secure place, preferably in some type of cabinet or safe that is fireproof and fitted with a lock.   Q: What types of documents can be stored digitally? A: Some documents you need to retain for a period of

  • Oklahoma, other states sue over restroom guidelines

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Oklahoma joined 10 other states on Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration's recent guidance on transgender restroom policy violates the law and the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. attorney general and other Cabinet secretaries and federal officials “have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit states.

  • House votes to lessen job requirements of corrections director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The state House of Representatives reversed course Wednesday and voted to reduce professional requirements for becoming director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs. If the governor signs the measure, it would clear the way for the Oklahoma Board of Corrections to potentially select interim Director Joe Allbaugh as its permanent director. The House voted 56-43 to pass Senate Bill 1602, just two days after it had rejected the same measure by a vote of 44-48. The bill would remove a requirement that the director have a master's degree and five years of professional level work experience in corrections, or a bachelor's degree and six years of professional level

  • Takata taps asset management firm Lazard for recall aid

    Takata taps asset management firm Lazard for...

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    TOKYO — Money-losing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is hiring financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard to help tackle financial problems and massive recalls. Takata air bags can deploy with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Authorities in Malaysia have begun investigating two more recent deaths. Takata said Thursday that Lazard will help with restructuring in partnership with auto customers. The recalls have been growing and may reach more than 100 million inflators. Tokyo-based Takata has sunk into red ink for the last two fiscal years and faces lawsuits worldwide.

  • TSA's chief says new screeners soon will help at busiest airports

    TSA\'s chief says new screeners soon will help...

    By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other hubs, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a House committee. The TSA also has increased the use of overtime in Chicago and other major airports, converted some part-time workers to full-time status and increased the use of bomb-sniffing dogs to help with security lines, Neffenger said.

  • Meet Pam Bryan, a one-person welcome wagon for the Thunder

    Meet Pam Bryan, a one-person  welcome wagon for...

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Pam Bryan will be at the airport in the wee hours of Friday morning to welcome home the Thunder. She won't be alone. Most of the time, she is. On a night when hundreds, if not thousands, of Thunder fans will flock to Will Rogers World Airport, there will be either a celebration or a pep rally. A celebration of a Western Conference title if Oklahoma City wins game Game 5 at Golden State. A pep rally if the home team falls short and needs a win Saturday at home. But regardless, Bryan will be doing what she always does — standing near the gate where players and coaches exit the General Aviation Terminal grounds in their cars, holding up her massive blue Thunder flag, smiling and waving.

  • Williams gets SEC approval for mailing ballots for merger vote

    BY CASEY SMITH Tulsa World casey.smith@tulsaworld.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TULSA — Williams Cos. announced Wednesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a document required for shareholders of the Tulsa-based company to vote on a proposed acquisition by Energy Transfer Equity. The SEC declared Wednesday that the Form S-4 related to the Williams-ETE deal is “effective.” Form S-4 filings are documents that publicly traded companies use to register any material information related to a merger or acquisition. The approval was a necessary step for the proposed deal between Williams and Energy Transfer Equity to move forward. Now that the filing that provides exhaustive information on the deal has been declared effective, Williams Cos.

  • Thunder small-ball has Warriors on tilt

    Thunder small-ball has Warriors on tilt

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Over 82 regular season games, Billy Donovan trotted out 250 different lineup combinations. Some were heavily used, others were short-lived experiments. Thirteen of the 250 lineup combos played at least 45 minutes together. The 12th most used — a long-armed small but not really small-ball combo of Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters, Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka — appeared for 46 minutes spread over 25 games. It didn't go well. That crew was outscored by 31 points in those 46 minutes, giving up a preposterous 119.1 points per 100 possessions and gathering only 47.5 percent of available rebounds — the rare OKC lineup which was beat on the glass. The Thunder was 15-10 during games in which

  • Window shopping

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Taco Bueno comes to Mustang MUSTANG — Taco Bueno opened its 20th Oklahoma City area location here on Tuesday. The new restaurant is at the intersection of E State Highway 152 and Sara Road in front of the Walmart Supercenter. “For years we've had folks from Mustang asking us to open a restaurant in town” CEO Mike Roper said. “We heard you loud and clear. With this new restaurant and drive thru, we are very excited and proud to be able to serve the Mustang community for years to come.” Taco Bueno has been rapidly expanding this year in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Founded in 1967 in Abilene, Texas, Taco Bueno operates 178 restaurants in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and

  • Miranda Lambert closes doors of Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomingo

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoma.com  | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TISHOMINGO — Singer Miranda Lambert abruptly closed the Pink Pistol boutique in Tishomingo on Wednesday. In a news release, Lambert, who split from Oklahoma native Blake Shelton last year, said she made the decision to close the Tishomingo boutique in order to expand The Pink Pistol location in her hometown of Lindale, Texas.  The newly expanded Pink Pistol will reopen in August at The Cannery, on 120 E North St. in Lindale.  “It feels full circle to have everything under one ‘roof' basically where it all began in my hometown of Lindale,” Lambert said in the release.

  • OKC’s dominance has Oakland anxious, but optimistic

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Si Majola is navigating the creep-along traffic of Oakland, Interstate 880 commanding his full attention until the car stops and the conversation detours to Golden State basketball. Majola, 34, has lived in the Bay Area since 2004, which seems like centuries ago when you're talking about these Warriors. Today, the Warriors' slogan of “Strength in Numbers” is splattered on billboards, lamppost banners and the walls of the team's practice facility on the fifth floor of a downtown Oakland Marriott. Nine years ago, the credo was “We Believe,” an optimistic pitch as Golden State was in a basketball mega-slump of 12 consecutive sub-.500 seasons. Back then, playoff success was only a dream.

  • 6 road-trip apps to make the miles fly by

    6 road-trip apps to make the miles fly by

    By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TEXARKANA, Ark. — Hitting the road this summer? Forget Yelp and those hotel booking apps, they're useful, but boring. Instead, pack along these apps to liven things up along the way. You might even learn something. Discover the quirky Consult Roadside America's database of offbeat tourist sites, and you could marvel at a giant map of Chicago painted on a skyscraper or visit the post office that straddles Texarkana, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas. A companion iPhone app, Roadside Presidents, focuses on birthplaces, graves and other sites related to the nation's commanders-in-chief.  The iPhone app costs $3 and lets you unlock one geographic “region” out of seven across the U.S. and Canada.


    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The glossy gold paint added to the Gold Dome in Uptown two years ago by previous owner David Box and tenant TEEMCO will be stripped off as part of redevelopment of the landmark into a Natural Grocers. On Wednesday, architect David Grooms told the Urban Design Commission the previous work done by the now-defunct TEEMCO was not the appropriate shade and was applied without fixing existing issues with the geodesic roof structure. “We will strip it down and repaint,” Grooms said. “We think the sealant between the panels is original, and we're finding evidence between the panels of substantial leaking. We want to clean it, apply new sealant and repaint it.


    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The future looks brighter for ice cream of the future maker Dippin' Dots LLC since Oklahoma City-based private equity firm Fischer Enterprises LLC purchased the company.  Dippin' Dots sales have jumped 60 percent from 2013 to 2015, and the company said it projects an additional 25 percent growth in 2016.   Fischer Enterprises LLC, led by Oklahoma City businessman Scott Fischer, bought Dippin' Dots out of bankruptcy in late 2012. The flash-frozen ice cream maker's production headquarters is in Paducah, Ky.  Under new ownership, Dippin' Dots has focused on selling new franchises, as well as co-branding with other companies owned by Fischer Enterprises. Fischer Enterprises also purchased the Colorado-based

  • Three die in vehicular accidents

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    A person drowned early Wednesday in Lincoln County when a vehicle was swept off a flooded roadway just south of Davenport. Two other people who were in the vehicle survived.

  • Man dies, teen hurt in attack, police say

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Police are investigating after a man died in southwest Oklahoma City on Tuesday and a 14-year-old was critically injured.

  • For Thunder, Donovan buy-in paying off big

    For Thunder, Donovan buy-in paying off big

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — After Scotty Brooks was fired, but before Billy Donovan was hired, some Thunder players gathered and talked about the coaching change. No matter who took the job, it was going to be different. It was going to be new. It might even be hard. This was a team that had produced a ton of success. A team that had done things a certain way for a long time. But the Thunder veterans made a decision. They were going to buy in to whoever was hired. There was no advantage in doing otherwise. “Didn't do us any good wasting time, fighting a new guy because things are different than what we did before,” said Nick Collison. “I think we're pretty good with that. We came in with an open mind.

  • U.S. investigates e-commerce giant Alibaba's accounting

    U.S. investigates e-commerce giant Alibaba\'s...

    By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba wowed investors when it went public in the U.S. in September 2014, and its profits have bucked Wall Street expectations amid the Chinese economy's slowdown. Yet its unorthodox business structure has raised eyebrows, it's been suspended from an anti-counterfeiting group, and now U.S. regulators are investigating its accounting practices. Alibaba disclosed in a regulatory filing that the Securities and Exchange Commission has requested information related to the way it adds together earnings from its various divisions, and how it reports transactions with other companies it has a stake in, among other things.