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  • Obama's antigay discrimination order revives a familar religious freedom fight

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    After five years of hedging and rebuffing, the White House announced this week it would make good on a campaign promise with an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team to change their name, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday cancelled six federal trademarks of the team name because it's “disparaging” to Native Americans, reports the Washington Examiner. “Petitioners have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging,” said the decision. Fans, however, won’t see any immediate change — even if Daniel Snyder’s team eventually loses in court. That’s because all the order will do is eliminate the trademark the team has on merchandise. The Redskins are expected to appeal.

  • Gasoline at U.S. Pumps Set to Hit Six-Year Seasonal High

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Gasoline in the U.S. climbed this week, boosted by a surge in oil, and is expected to reach the highest level for this time of year since 2008. The pump price averaged $3.686 a gallon yesterday, up 1.2 cents from a week earlier, data posted on the Energy Information Administration’s website late yesterday show. Oil, which accounts for two-thirds of the retail price of gasoline, gained $2.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange in the same period and $4.88 in the month ended yesterday.

  • Crude oil edges toward $107 after Iraq refinery attacked Futures Movers

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery, underlining worries about potential threats to export facilities in the south. Nymex WTI crude oil for July delivery CLN4 -0.38% picked up 34 cents, or 0.4%, to $106.73 a barrel, partly recovering from a 54-cent loss on Tuesday. WTI crude is also taking a cue from expectations for tighter domestic supplies in the U.S.

  • In landmark decision, U.S. Patent Office cancels trademark for Redskins football team

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language, ThinkProgress reports. The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning. “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion.

  • Toby Keith's bar in Syracuse owes $250K in taxes

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The tax debt of Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill at Destiny USA has continued to mount, according to The Post-Standard of Syracuse. The Post-Standard reports the state filed a new tax warrant against the restaurant earlier this month for more than $107,000. The debt is related to sales taxes the business owes the state from the fourth quarter of 2013. The new debt comes on top of more than $145,000 in sales taxes Toby Keith's owes from the second and third quarter of 2013. The business previously owed $189,000 from that period, but paid some of that debt after the state filed a warrant earlier this year.

  • Oklahoma City Listed In Top 10 U.S. Cities With the Most Satisfied Employees

    Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    If you're looking to relocate or launch your career, you may want to pack your bags and head over to San Jose, Salt Lake City or Oklahoma City, according to Mashable.com. A new report reveals how the largest U.S. metros compare in terms of employee satisfaction, number of employees hiring and business outlook over the past 12 months, according to local employee feedback. The study graded cities on a five-point scale, with a score of 1.0 indicating very dissatisfied and 5.0 indicating very satisfied. Oklahoma City came in at No. 8 with a 3.3 overall satisfaction rating. According to the report, employees were the most satisfied working for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Chesapeake Energy.

  • Old friends face off in Oklahoma wind farm debate

    By CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Blue Mound is the highest point on Frank Robson’s Craig County cattle ranch and was once, he says, one of the highest points in the Cherokee Nation, Tulsa World reports.

  • Canada gold mine on sale for $2 million in bitcoin

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    (Reuters) - Gold, the hard asset long seen as the ultimate hedge against risk, has fallen so much out of favor in recent years that the owner of a mine in Canada's historic Yukon gold belt wants to sell the property for $2 million in bitcoin, a virtual currency.

  • Bits and Bytes: Apple FINALLY realizes Bell's Amusement Park is gone

    By ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    In all my continuing coverage of Apple Maps, I've given them a hard time about the app continuing to insist Bell's Amusement Park still exists.

  • Revealed: Asian slave labor producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal. A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.

  • Uber snags $1.2 billion in new funding; seen valued at $18 billion

    Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Uber Inc has raised $1.2 billion from mutual funds and other investors in a funding round valuing the fast-growing rides-on-demand service at $18.2 billion, one of the highest valuations ever for a Silicon Valley startup.

  • Google Unveils Tablet With 3-D Tools for Project Tango - Businessweek

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Google Inc. (GOOG:US) introduced a tablet computer designed to help developers build three-dimensional applications, as the company works to push the technology onto mobile devices, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The 7-inch device is part of an effort dubbed Project Tango, which Google rolled out in February to advance 3-D technology. The tablet, which will let developers create and test new programs, is loaded with cameras and other gear to help capture 3-D images of its surroundings, be that at home or in a business, opening up potential uses for game players, shoppers or the disabled. The tablet, which isn’t aimed at consumers, will go on sale later this year for $1,024 and will be available only in limited quantities. Google, which makes the Android software that is the No. 1 smartphone operating system, wants to expand features on mobile gadgets as rivals step up efforts to build 3-D devices. Facebook Inc. agreed to spend about $2 billion earlier this year to acquire virtual-reality goggles maker Oculus VR Inc., with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg calling the technology a “platform of tomorrow," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

  • Americans' wealth hits new record in 1st quarter - WSJ

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Americans' wealth hit a fresh record in the first quarter of the year due to a rise in home values and stocks, defying the headwinds of an economy weakened by harsh winter weather.

  • Amazon to launch mystery product with public spectacle - CNET

    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Amazon is unveiling a new device that it thinks will wow customers, and it's inviting the public to apply for a spot at its launch event in Seattle later this month, CNET reports. The e-commerce giant tweeted a link to its online invite form Wednesday, telling customers to "Join Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos for our launch event" on June 18. People have to submit a request for access, and customers are required to write why they want to attend. (They can additionally submit video to make their cases.) Amazon is also taking submissions from developers and journalists. Hints from Amazon's Twitter account indicate that the device could be the long-rumored Amazon smartphone, according to CNET A video posted in one of the tweets depicts people looking down at an off-screen device in their hands, exclaiming things like, "awesome," "it moved with me, " and "I don't think I've ever seen anything like this." Previous reports about the phone indicated that it would have 3D technology that would make objects appear to leap off the screen.

  • How much is the Thunder worth? Here's how much every NBA team is worth based on Clippers' price tag

    Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Business Insider recently took a look at how the sale of Los Angeles Clippers is going to change how pro teams' valuations are calculated based on how out-of-whack the $2 billion price tag was compared to the previously perceived value. Prior to the proposed Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer, the New York Knicks were considered the most valuable team in the NBA at $1.4 billion, according to Forbes. Meanwhile, the Clippers were considered just the 13th most valuable team with a valuation of $575 million. The overriding implication is that NBA teams in general are worth a lot more than most people think, according to Business Insider.

  • A Third Of America's 18-34 Years Olds Live With Their Parents

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Increasing numbers of young Americans are heading to college, where they're racking up debt to pay for rapidly increasing tuition costs. Those graduating are being confronted by a challenging jobs market, which eventually leads many to just drop out of the labor force altogether. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/18-34-years-olds-living-with-parents-2014-6#ixzz33W8HpgkN

  • Bakery Will Stop Making Wedding Cakes After Losing Discrimination Case - CBS Denver

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to the shop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. They planned to marry in Massachusetts and have a reception in Colorado.

  • Hachette Chief Leads Book Publishers in Amazon Fight

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    As a young book editor at Little, Brown & Company in 1992, Michael Pietsch paid $80,000 — $45,000 more than the next-highest bidder — for a postmodern novel by a little-known writer named David Foster Wallace. He spent years urging Mr. Wallace to cut hundreds of pages from the sprawling manuscript and impose at least some structure on the disparate plot strands. The book, “Infinite Jest,” was finally published in 1996 and became an instant literary sensation.

  • Google to launch 180 satellites to bring web access to ENTIRE planet

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The world wide web may seem like a global community, but two-thirds of the planet still remain without access. Now, Google is planning to change this by launching a fleet of 180 satellites to provide web access for the 4.8 billion people not yet online, according to sources close to the company. The California-based giant will spend more than $1 billion (£600 million) on the technology, which will rival Facebook’s efforts to connect remote regions of the world.