• Oklahoma lawyer says fiduciaries must continually monitor retirement fund performance

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 4 min ago

    McAfee’s Barbara Klepper discusses the Supreme Court’s take on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary duty to monitor plan investments.

  • Next up for Wal-Mart pay raises: department managers

    Updated: 4 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers. The wage hikes are part of a $1 billion program at Wal-Mart that also includes improving training and offering employees more control of their schedules.

  • Sepp Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from soccer’s governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. The 79-year-old Blatter was re-elected to a fifth term on Friday, two days after a corruption crisis erupted and seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich ahead of the FIFA congress. Speaking at a hastily arranged news conference on Tuesday, Blatter says “this mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football.” Blatter says that despite his re-election victory “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.” Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March.

  • 2016 announcements create unique Facebook maps

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    When South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham launched his campaign for the presidency at a Monday event in his tiny hometown of Central, S.C., the biggest burst of Facebook activity about him came from — you guessed it — South Carolina, USA TODAY reports. Other top locales for Facebook chatter about Graham on Monday were North Carolina, D.C., New Hampshire and, for some reason, Maine. As the aspirants for the 2016 presidential nominations announce their candidacies, they have left a unique digital footprint on the nation's Facebook conversation, according to data assembled by the giant social media platform.

  • Hound styles itself as Siri or Cortana with a PhD

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Tired of talking to your smartphone's personal assistant like Tarzan? You know the drill: "Find coffee." Soon you won't have to. SoundHound, the free app with 260 million downloads that listens to music or humming and tells you what's playing, debuts a new app Tuesday inprivate Android-only beta called Hound. A full consumer launch comes this summer, and an iOS version will follow as well, USA TODAY reports.

  • Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips sends terrifying letters from prison

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The handwritten letters have arrived with the same return address: Lawrence Phillips G-31982, Kern Valley State Prison, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216. Yes, that Lawrence Phillips. USA TODAY reports the star running back on University of Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. A first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1996 NFL draft. A convicted felon — sentenced to 31 years for driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend — under suspicion for the recent death of his cellmate in a maximum-security prison 140 miles north of Los Angeles.

  • Iggy Azalea engaged to NBA player boyfriend

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Iggy Azalea's boyfriend Nick Young celebrated his birthday by proposing, USA TODAY reports. The Los Angeles Lakers player asked Azalea to marry him during his 30th birthday party in California on Monday night. And we have to say, it's quite the engagement ring.

  • Has Adam Sandler’s contempt for his audience sunk his box-office draw?

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Though he technically made his starring debut in the ill-fated, little-seen 1989 comedy Going Overboard, Adam Sandler’s film career really began with 1995’s Billy Madison, his first solo vehicle after rocketing to stardom as a lovable, giggle-prone, guitar-strumming man-child on Saturday Night Live. In keeping with the persona he developed on SNL and in his stand-up, Billy Madison—which Sandler co-wrote—cast him as an insanely wealthy, belligerent child of privilege who would rather drink and goof around than make a meaningful contribution to society. Billy lives only for his own pleasure until his father, a self-made man, tells his 27-year-old son that he must go through all of grade school and high school again in order to take over his dad’s company. Billy Madison must be close to Sandler’s heart, because he named his production company Happy Madison after his breakthrough hit and Happy Gilmore, its follow-up. From the perspective of 2015, it almost feels like Happy Madison’s name was a defiant statement by Sandler that he would refuse to evolve beyond the comedy he made at the very beginning of his film career. To be fair to Sandler, he has intermittently shown an interest in venturing outside his comfort zone, most notably in his riveting dramatic performances in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love and Judd Apatow’s Funny People, but Sandler cannot make a step forward as an actor without following it up by five steps back into his comfy world of adolescent juvenilia.

  • Polls reflect troubles for Clinton and Bush

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    A pair of new polls reflect potential long-term challenges for the best-known presidential candidates in each party: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, USA TODAY reports. A CNN/ORC poll shows that Clinton — dogged by questions about missing emails and big-money contributions to Bill Clinton’s foundation — has seen her numbers drop on such issues as trustworthiness. “A growing number of people say she is not honest and trustworthy (57%, up from 49% in March), less than half feel she cares about people like them (47%, down from 53% last July) and more now feel she does not inspire confidence (50%, up from 42% last March),” CNN reports.

  • Facebook opens artificial intelligence lab in Paris

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Facebook is opening an artificial intelligence lab in Paris, strengthening its foothold in Europe as scrutiny of the giant social network intensifies there, USA TODAY reports. "We chose Paris for this expansion because France is home to some of the best researchers in the world," the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company said in a statement. Not only will Facebook work with a team of researchers in Paris, it says it plans to "work openly with and invest in the AI research community in France, the EU, and beyond as we strive to make meaningful progress in these fields."

  • Boston Marathon bomber's college pal gets 6 years in prison

    Updated: 16 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison after he apologized to the victims and their families for not calling police when he recognized photos of Tsarnaev as a suspect. Dias Kadyrbayev, 21, pleaded guilty last year to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges for removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room after recognizing his friend in photos released by the FBI days after the bombing. Prosecutors say Kadyrbayev knew Tsarnaev was a suspect soon after the FBI released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing. At about 8:45 p.m.

  • Oklahoma jailbreak: Two Love County jail escapees recaptured Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Deputies captured two jail escapees Tuesday morning about three hours after they knocked a hole in the jail wall.

  • Audit finds nearly $420,000 missing from Oklahoma City parking fees

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 39 min ago

    Oklahoma City auditors recommended the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority seek $430,241 from Republic Parking System for the stolen parking receipts, “duplicate and unreasonable” mileage claims, unallowable and undocumented expenses and improper claims for vehicle damages.

  • NSA phone collection bill clears Senate hurdle

    Updated: 42 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. But House leaders warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader, said amendments contemplated by the Senate "would bring real challenges" in getting the House to go along. "The best way to make sure America is protected is for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act," he said, referring to the House version. The Senate version of that bill cleared a procedural hurdle Tuesday by a vote of 83-14, and it was expected to pass the

  • Alaska governor issues 10,000 layoff notices amid budget wrangling

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued layoff notes on Monday to more than 10,000 state employees, serving notice of a partial government shutdown that would begin on July 1 unless state lawmakers can agree on a budget for the forthcoming fiscal year. Alaska is facing a $3 billion budget shortfall, worsened by a global oil price plunge, and lawmakers have been fighting for more than four months over how to fund day-to-day operations. "The amount of difference right now being argued in the legislature is really about 1 percent of the problem," said Walker, an Independent who last year defeated incumbent Republican Sean Parnell. "We want to focus on the 99 percent opportunity we have to solve this." The state House and Senate have differed on how much they can cut without hurting services to the 750,000 residents.

  • Two years after May 31 tornado, some Canadian Valley Technology Center programs return to El Reno campus

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Two years after a deadly tornado leveled the campus, some staff members at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno location began moving back to campus last week. The CareerTech center opened its new health building last week.

  • Jenner's change a high-profile step for transgender movement

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The handsome, muscular Bruce Jenner, whose picture appeared on the Wheaties cereal box the year after he won the Olympic gold medal, is on the cover of Vanity Fair this week, only now as Caitlyn Jenner, an attractive woman in a strapless, white corset. Although not the first celebrity (think Chaz Bono) to transition from one gender to another in the public eye, Jenner lit up online media Monday when she tweeted a photo of the magazine cover along with the declaration that, at age 65, she's finally "living my true self." Twitter accounts, ranging from the one held by the White House to those of transgender advocates, sociologists and regular folks, quickly retweeted the cover photo, most often with positiv

  • In-home euthanasia becomes popular option for pet owners

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When veterinarian Meg McNabb arrived at our front door, I knew where I would find Echo, our dying tabby cat: upstairs in her favorite bedroom, beneath the chaise lounge. I climbed the stairs first while McNabb and my wife waited downstairs. I peeked beneath the chaise. Echo peeked back. I carefully pulled her out, sat on a bed and put her on my lap. She lay there, spent. She looked me in the eyes. I assured her everything was OK. I told Echo that her humans were going to miss her. My wife, Christina, brought Meg McNabb upstairs. The veterinarian let the events unfold as naturally as they could. Echo stayed on my lap. "What a sweet little peanut," McNabb said before injecting Echo first with a sedative

  • House GOP cuts State Dept. budget to protest Benghazi delays

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following through on a threat, House Republicans have proposed cutting the State Department's budget to protest its slow response in producing documents related to the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The House Appropriations Committee said a budget plan unveiled Tuesday "withholds 15 percent of State Department's operational funds until requirements related to proper management of Freedom of Information Act and electronic communications are met." The chairman of the Benghazi panel, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, has complained that the State Department has delayed providing emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • Police: Oklahoma mother mailed drugs to jail inside of Bible

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    An Oklahoma mother has joined her adult son in county jail after authorities say she tried to mail him marijuana hidden in a Bible while he was incarcerated. Sixty-two-year-old Ilona McChesney was being held at the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday morning on a $100,000 bond. She was arrested Friday by the Oklahoma City Police Department and faces a drug distribution charge. Authorities say the marijuana was hidden in the Bible’s binding and was intercepted before reaching the inmate. McChesney’s other son, Jacob Baker, tells a local television station his incarcerated brother wanted to trade the drugs inside of the jail in order to get better food. He says his mother simply wanted to help her son.