• Blue Bell to furlough and layoff more than one-third of its workforce

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The press release does not specifically mention the Broken Arrow plant, which employs close to 300 people and has been closed since April 3. Blue Bell, however, said that employees involved in "ongoing operations and cleaning and repair efforts" will continue to work but have their pay reduced.

  • The drugs to watch in fight against cancer

    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    About 30,000 doctors and scientists will arrive in Chicago in two weeks for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Asco), where they will pore over data from thousands of clinical trials. With many of the largest drugs groups in a race to develop the next wave of cancer treatments, the event offers them a chance to jockey for position with doctors and investors. Exciting clinical data have been held back to make a splash during late-breaking sessions at the conference, but summaries of most of the trials have now been published. They offer a tantalising glimpse of the new drugs — or drug combinations — being tested. Most of them are “immunotherapy” treatments, a new approach that tries to turn the immune system into a weapon against cancer.

  • Tulsa's Greenwood District in the midst of physical, cultural rebirth

    BY KENDRICK MARSHALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    On Halloween night in 2003, Dewey Morrow packed up everything he owned, got in his car and made the long trip from his home in Nebraska to Tulsa to be part of history. The goal was to open a business in the historic Greenwood District where Black Wall Street once was the beacon of African-American wealth and entrepreneurship nearly a century ago. Morrow, 56, has operated D&F Mini-Mart, at 104 N. Greenwood Ave., for 12 years. In that time, he’s seen the Greenwood District slowly transform from a remnant of what it once was to a section of the city surrounded by ONEOK Field, the Brady Arts District and the Blue Dome District. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000--or 37 percent--since employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • WPX Energy moving jobs to Tulsa

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy confirmed Wednesday it is adding jobs in Tulsa. The move, which comes after a layoff of 44 local (83 companywide) employees in March, should result in a net gain for the company at its headquarters. WPX is relocating 53 people to Tulsa from its office in Denver. In addition, it also plans to hire 40 to 50 more workers locally, spokesman Kelly Swan told the Tulsa World in an exclusive interview. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Millennials surpass Gen X as largest share of US workforce

    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Generation X passed the baby boomers as the biggest workforce fraction only three years ago.

  • Domino's to roll out tweet-a-pizza

    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Ordering a pizza is about to get as simple as a tweet, USA TODAY reports. Beginning May 20, Domino's, the pizza delivery behemoth, will roll out a "tweet-to-order" system that lets U.S. customers tweet for pizza. Domino's will become the first major player in the restaurant industry to use Twitter, on an ongoing basis, to place and complete an order. Even wackier: Domino's frequent customers will be able to order by tweeting only the pizza emoji to @Dominos.

  • Too scared to break up with someone? You can now pay someone to do it for you.

    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Breaking up is hard to do. But now you can outsource the job for someone else to take care of. Wipe your hands of emotional goodbyes, messy breakup or awkward moments, because Melbourne businesswoman Kristy Mazins has offered to do the dirty work for you.

  • Cuban-Developed Lung Cancer Vaccine Could Arrive in US

    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    As U.S. relations with Cuba thaw, one unexpected byproduct could be the introduction of a Cuban-developed lung cancer vaccine in the U.S. Called Cimavax, an innovative vaccine that was developed to help treat lung cancer patients in Cuba, where lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death. The immunotherapy treatment could be coming to the U.S. thanks in part to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, which is working with Cuba's Center for Molecular Immunology to bring the treatment to the U.S. ABC News spoke to Dr. Kelvin Lee, the chairman of the Department of Immunology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, to learn more about the new medication.

  • EARTHQUAKES: Hamm says he wasn't pressuring Oklahoma scientist, but seeking information

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Continental Resources Inc. founder, chairman and CEO Harold Hamm says he wasn't trying to bully Oklahoma's state seismologist when he sought a meeting in 2013 but simply trying to learn what proof the scientist had for saying hydraulic fracturing was causing earthquakes.

  • Starbucks not liable for cop's hot coffee spill

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    A jury has found that Starbucks should not be forced to pay for the medical fees and emotional suffering that a police officer claimed he allegedly endured after accidentally spilling a cup of the chain's hot coffee on his lap, Good Morning America reports. The verdict was read in the North Carolina court this morning after both sides agreed that they would be willing to accept the verdict if it were reached by a majority of the jurors and not necessarily all of them, ABC News affiliate WTVD reports.

  • Why Verizon bought AOL

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Perhaps it was inevitable that Verizon would buy AOL, and not just because the giant telco company is looking to push into content, mobile and video, and AOL—a frequently mentioned takeover target—offers just that. Yes, that’s true as far as it goes, but take a step back and look at the $4.4 billion all-cash deal in context and other potent subplots emerge, Yahoo Finance reports. First, Verizon and AOL are both the products, or byproducts really, of two of the biggest conglomerates in the history of business. And with all the deal-making these two firms have gone through over the years, perhaps it's not surprising they've now come together. Verizon is a descendant of the old AT&T of course, Ma Bell, which was broken apart by divestiture in 1982, only to remorph back through Wall Street alchemy and deregulation into two giant communications companies, Verizon and a new version of AT&T. Wags may now have fun considering that Arianna Huffington, the head of the Huffington Post and a charter member of the chattering class, now works for the telephone company. 

  • ACLU wants Hollywood gender bias inquiry

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The ACLU in shining a light on women in Hollywood, or the lack thereof, USA TODAY reports. The organization said Tuesday that they are asking federal and California civil rights agencies to investigate the "systemic failure" to hire female directors in the film and television industry. If the agencies agree to investigate and then find bias, they could take actions that might include filing legal charges. "Women directors aren't working on an even playing field and aren't getting a fair opportunity to succeed," Melissa Goodman, of the ACLU of Southern California, told the New York Times. "Gender discrimination is illegal. And really Hollywood doesn't get this free pass when it comes to civil rights and gender discrimination."

  • ​Family: GM payment not enough for decade long cover-up

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The death toll linked to General Motor's defective ignition switches has reached a 100. The revised figure was released Monday by Kenneth Feinberg, the man in charge of GM's compensation fund, CBS News reports. Feinberg has said each validated claim would begin at $1 million and increase based on the circumstances of the crash. But one of the families to receive an offer says the payment isn't enough punishment for the automaker's long cover-up of their loved one's death. In December of 2003, 81-year-old Jean Averill was driving a 2004 Saturn Ion on a Connecticut street when her car left the road, striking a tree. The air bag did not deploy; she was knocked unconscious and died hours later at the hospital. For her sons, Mark and Sam Averill, the cause of her death had been a mystery.

  • King of CrossFit

    Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Sharyn Alfonsi of '60 Minutes'profiles Greg Glassman, a brash, former gymnast who created the CrossFit workout, now the basis for a chain of gyms that has become the largest in history: There are more gyms in America than ever before but we're more overweight than we've ever been. Lots of people have theories as to why, but we're about to introduce you to a man who says he's figured it out. Greg Glassman is the unlikely creator of the biggest fitness phenomenon in the world right now called "CrossFit." It's a workout program that's unpredictable, uncompromising, and raw...a lot like the man who created it.

  • Uber Is Looking For Another $1.5 Billion In Funding At A $50 Billion Valuation

    Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    Always. Be. Raising.   On-demand transportation an logistics company Uber could raise another $1.5 billion to $2 billion in funding, adding to an already massive war chest as the company expands into new markets and new verticals around the world.   As reported by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, the latest fundraising effort could value the company above $50 billion, which would put it in the same league as Facebook in its last private funding round before going public. The new valuation would also once again make it the most highly valued private company in the world by topping consumer electronics manufacturer Xiaomi, which was valued at $45 billion in its most recent round of funding.

  • Armed Drones Seen as Dogfight-Ready in (Not-Too-Distant) Future

    Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    As the fighter jet of the future rolls and climbs to outmaneuver an enemy plane and bore in for the kill, one thing will be missing: a pilot. That’s the vision of Northrop Grumman Corp., which is working on an autonomous fighter programmed for aerial combat without human control. Northrop has already refueled its experimental X-47B unmanned combat jet in flight and made takeoffs and landings from an aircraft carrier.

  • Tesla Buys A Company In A State Where It’s Barred From Selling Cars

    Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Tesla Motors has acquired Michigan-based Riviera Tool, Tesla confirms. This purchase marks Tesla’s first presence in Michigan, a state where the auto maker is not allowed to sell its vehicles.  “We are excited to have reached a deal with Riviera and have a presence in the state of Michigan and bring additional tool building capabilities in-house,” a Tesla spokesperson said in an email. “This acquisition will help us to build new stamping and plastic parts in a cost-effective manner, support new metal forming technology development, and allow us to increase production as we introduce more models.”

  • Waffle House Tweets Juan Pun On Cinco De Mayo Then Retreats In Fear

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Waffle House tweeted a “Juan” pun on Tuesday for Cinco de Mayo, then promptly deleted it after prodding from Twitter users who viewed the tweet as offensive. Posted at 9:12 a.m., according to a screengrab captured by Adweek, the Waffle House tweet said “Oh bacon, you are the Juan for me #CincoDeMayo.” By 10:27 a.m., Waffle House had scrubbed the tweet and replaced it with “Oh bacon, you are the one for me! #CincoDeMayo.” By the afternoon, the second tweet had been deleted as well.

  • The Cancer Drug Market Just Hit $100 Billion And Could Jump 50% In Four Years

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    The global market for cancer drugs has hit $100 billion in annual sales, and could reach $147 billion by 2018, according to a new report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a unit of drug data provider IMS Health. This figure does not include discounts or rebates paid to insurers and government programs; IMS says that in the case of cancer drugs, this should not make a big difference the overall figure.