• Billy Sims BBQ opens 44th barbecue restaurant, looks toward 100

    By Robert Evatt, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Retail update Franchising of Billy Sims BBQ picks up speed with 44 locations University of Oklahoma running back and 1978 Heisman trophy winner Billy Sims and business partner Jeff Jackson started small with just a single barbecue restaurant in Tulsa’s The Farm shopping center in 2004. Ten years later, the Billy Sims BBQ chain has grown to 44 locations with the addition of an Ardmore location at 322 N Commerce St. Jackson said Sims, the former University of Oklahoma and Detroit Lions standout, still can’t believe the success. “Each year, it gets bigger and bigger, and at our annual meetings Billy leans over to me and says, ‘I never would have guessed this,’” he said.

  • Tulsa secret Santa pays off Wal-Mart layaways, hands out gift cards

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Just as Wal-Mart was about to put the layaway items for 127 families back on the shelf if a payment wasn’t made Wednesday, a secret Santa stepped in. The mysterious donor, working through The Salvation Army, paid off all of the delinquent layaway bills at the Wal-Mart at 207 S. Memorial Drive. Then he added a $100 gift card for each family. “This gift to others is really my Christmas present to myself,” the secret Santa said through the Salvation Army. “I wanted to help people who work hard to provide Christmas for their family. Those who start layaways months before Christmas are doing so because they want to be able to give to others, their families and friends at Christmas, even if they have to pay it off slowly and work hard to make it happen. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Apple Prevails in Antitrust Suit Over iPod Music

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    A jury has decided that Apple did not use software to block songs sold by competing music stores from playing on the iPod so that it could secure a monopoly over the digital music market, according to The New York Times. The jurors determined Apple had used a version of the iTunes software that it issued eight years ago to deliver genuine improvements for iPods sold between 2006 and 2009. The jury of eight rendered its verdict on Tuesday after about three hours of deliberation, wrapping up a class-action antitrust suit that had kicked around in various courts and in various forms for 10 years before it finally went to trial here in federal court in early December.

  • 8 countries that win and lose big from oil plunge

    Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Oil prices traded near a five-year low Tuesday, as global supply continued to outstrip demand. Since the start of the year, prices have plummeted close to 50 percent, according to USA TODAY. That decline has produced windfalls — or disasters — for a number of countries. Here's a look at four of the biggest winners and four major losers...

  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline." The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

  • Sony warns media not to publish hacked e-mails

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, reeling from hacker attacks, told news organizations Sunday that they may be held liable for damages if they publish the contents of its hacked e-mails and files, USA TODAY reports. The warning, which was sent to publishers in a three-page letter from Sony's lawyer David Boies and published by tech news site Re/code, said leaked e-mails, documents and other files amount to "stolen information" and that Sony "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information."

  • Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large "Christmas Gift"

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Hackers released a seventh cache of files leaked from Sony Pictures Entertainment on Saturday, along with a promise of more to come. Someone claiming to be a member of hacking group Guardians of Peace sent an email to journalists that listed two web addresses where new Sony information could be found.

  • 5 smartphone innovations coming in 2015

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Think that brand-new smartphone in your pocket is pretty cool? In just a few short months it’ll be officially obsolete. In early 2015, the first phones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip will arrive on store shelves, and they’re going to power all kinds of new experiences in the next generation of mobile devices. Qualcomm Snapdragon processors power virtually all of today’s top-tier phones that aren’t iPhones. Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry — if it’s a flagship device (or close), chances are it packs a Snapdragon (although Nvidia’s Tegra line and Samsung’s home-grown chips make rare but notable appearances here and there).

  • Injection wells in faults could trigger earthquakes, Devon executive chairman says

    By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Although Devon Energy’s Larry Nichols said Wednesday that he doesn’t think fracking causes earthquakes, he said he believes that injecting the resulting wastewater into existing faults could trigger them. Speaking to the Tulsa Rotary Club, the co-founder and executive chairman of Devon Energy Corp. was asked whether fracking, or hydraulic fracturing during drilling, causes earthquakes. The $32 billion company is one of the largest natural gas and oil producers and independent processors of natural gas in North America. Nichols, who has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University, responded that “there’s no logical way” fracking could cause an earthquake. Read the full story at

  • QuikTrip ranked 21st nationally among best places to work by employees

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    QuikTrip's reputation for taking care of its employees keeps growing stronger. The Tulsa-based convenience store chain made yet another list of best places to work for Wednesday. Glassdoor's 7th annual Employee Choice Awards ranked QuikTrip 21st nationally among best places to work, according to those who work at these firms. The company already has made Fortune magazine's annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work for" 12 years in a row. This time is different, spokesman Michael Thornbrugh said. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • McDonald's to eliminate eight menu items

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    McDonald's is sending eight items to the chopping block and maybe even getting rid of some ingredients, as the fast-food chain tries to revamp it's supersize-me reputation, USA TODAY reports. The chain announced plans to speed up service time by simplifying the menu and reducing the number of Extra Value Meals from 16 to 11 during an investor meeting Wednesday. The chain plans on reducing choices of various items, meaning instead of four quarter-pound options, consumers will have one.

  • Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The meat industry has always needed women, but for generations, women have worked for low pay in slaughterhouses, or in other support positions, NPR reports. Now, a small but growing number of American women are taking ownership in the meat business.

  • McDonald's expands custom sandwich option

    Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The future of McDonald's fast food may be slowing it down. Responding to declining same-store sales, falling stock prices and a shrinking base of younger customers, the world's largest fast-food chain will announce plans to vastly expand its "Create Your Taste" test platform, USA TODAY reports. Create Your Taste lets customers skip the counter and head to tablet-like kiosks where they can customize everything about their burger, from the type of bun to the variety of cheese to the many, gloppy toppings and sauces that can go on it.

  • Oklahoma: First U.S. Gas Station Drops Below $2 a Gallon

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    $2 gasoline is back in the U.S. An Oncue Express station in Oklahoma City was selling the motor fuel for $1.99 a gallon today, becoming the first one to drop below $2 in the U.S. since July 30, 2010, Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy Organization Inc., said by e-mail from Chicago.

  • A Ban On Carry-On Bags? Travelers Say ‘No Way’

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Could there ever really be a ban on carry-on bags when you fly? According to a report by National Public Radio, a ban on carry-on luggage was discussed by U.S. counter-terrorism officials. A TSA spokesperson told CBS 11 News it’s “not anticipating any further changes in the carry-on bag policies.”

  • As oil prices plunge, wide-ranging effects for consumers and the global economy

    Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season. The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to further rejuvenate the U.S. economy.

  • Burger King brings back sandwich after 40 years

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Burger King Worldwide Inc. is putting its Yumbo ham-and-cheese sandwich back on the menu after a 40-year hiatus, aiming to entice customers with a taste from its past, according to Bloomberg. The Yumbo, which debuted in 1968 and was officially retired in 1974, will cost $3.69 and be available for a limited time, the Miami-based company said today in a statement. It also will be part of Burger King's two-for-$5 menu.

  • Pizza Hut is testing a technology that lets people order using only their eyes

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Ordering pizza by thinking and speaking words is so last century. Pizza Hut is now testing technology that allows diners to order within seconds, using only their eyes. The future! Calling it "the world's first subconscious menu," the pizza giant has since October been testing a special eye-tracking tablet with some of the diners of its 300 locations across the U.K. The digital menu shows diners a canvas of 20 toppings and builds their pizza, from one of 4,896 combinations, based on which toppings they looked at longest. To try again, a diner can glance at a "restart" button, The Washington Post reports. "Finally the indecisive orderer and the prolonged menu peruser can cut time and always get it right," a Pizza Hut spokesperson said in a statement, "so that the focus of dining can be on the most important part - the enjoyment of eating!"

  • FBI warns US businesses of 'destructive' malware

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    The FBI warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyberattack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The five-page, confidential "flash" warning issued to businesses late on Monday provided some technical details about the malicious software that was used in the attack, though it did not name the victim.

  • As oil prices plunge, wide-ranging effects for consumers and the global economy

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season. The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to further rejuvenate the U.S. economy.