• Katie Couric exclusive: Muslim woman talks about Supreme Court victory

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s busy month is underway, with major rulings expected on same-sex marriage, lethal injection and the Affordable Care Act, says Yahoo News. The justices have already stated their opinions in a case involving Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman from Oklahoma who was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store in 2008 after wearing a hijab during her interview. She brought suit against the company with the aid of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and on Monday, the Supreme Court sided with her by a vote of 8 to 1.

  • Southwest fares drop below $100 round trip in 72-hour sale

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Southwest rolled out a 72-hour, nationwide fare sale Tuesday (June 2) in which the price of its flights are roughly based to distance, USA Today reports. Dozens of the carrier's shortest routes are available for fares of less than $100 round trip. The sale covers travel from Aug. 25 through Dec. 16, though some holiday periods are blacked out. And bargain hunters must act quick; the sale concludes at the end of the day Thursday (June 4).

  • John Stancavage: Energy layoffs worrisome, but there may be a silver lining

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World columnist | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Monday’s announcement that Tulsa will lose its Apache Corp. office and 160 jobs marks about the 12th major energy-sector layoff in the area this year. Not all of those other consolidations involved companies leaving the market. Samson Resources and Helmerich & Payne, for instance, are staying but trimming employment. Yet, the continuing downturn in the industry is unsettling. Economist Mark Snead of Oklahoma City-based RegionTrack says there’s bad and good to the situation we’re now in. Read the rest of this column at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Apache Corp. closing Tulsa regional office

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Houston-based oil and gas producer Apache Corp., which has maintained a robust presence in Tulsa for six decades, announced Monday morning that it is closing that office which employs 160 people. The Tulsa regional office is shutting down permanently as part of a company-wide restructuring. New CEO John Christmann, who came in earlier this  year, has completed a full review of operations and decided that the firm needed to consolidate from seven regional offices to three. The Tulsa office oversaw Apache drilling in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. The site, which employed over 200 people at one point before the downturn in crude oil prices, has been in place since the mid-1950s. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Supreme Court gives Facebook 'rapper' second chance in threat case

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Supreme Court struck another blow for free speech Monday, ruling that Internet communications may be considered criminal threats only if they include a measure of intent, USA TODAY reports. The decision was a temporary victory for Anthony Elonis and those like him whose threatening words on Facebook or similar social media sites may instill fear in their targets. It was a defeat for the government and groups that defend victims of domestic violence. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 8-1 decision for a near-unanimous court. It was based only on the court's interpretation of a federal criminal statute, rather than more broadly under the First Amendment.

  • Your email typos reveal more about you than you realize

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Like mortality, typos are part of the human condition. Someday we'll all die, and someday we'll all send an email with scrambled letters. We are born alone, we die alone, and we misplace the occasional vowel alone. But according to Andrew Brodsky, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School, those unintentional errors may be expressing more than we think.

  • Here's what new grads often forget to negotiate when they accept a job

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    When new grads accept their first job, they're often advised to negotiate salary so they don't end up leaving money on the table. But there's another thing they should consider negotiating to ensure financial stability in the future: what one expert refers to as "conditions for success."

  • Google and Levi's are teaming up to make computerized pants

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    There have been words — so, so many words ! — written about all of the Amazing Mind-Blowing Futuristic Stuff being announced by Google at its annual I/O developer conference, says Fusion. And, frankly, lots of it feels fairly small-ball — the kind of technological catch-up and incremental innovation that gets tech bloggers excited, but doesn’t really mean much to normal people. But today, we got some true futurism: computerized pants. This morning, Google announced that it is teaming up with Levi’s to make jeans with conductive fabric — which could eventually allow wearers to use their legs as touchscreens — swiping their thigh, say, to accept a phone call.

  • Denver's first openly weed-friendly hotel opens for business

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Rest easy, globe-trotting cannabis connoisseurs: Denver now has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel, Mashable reports. Nativ, which opened for business on Thursday in the LoDo District, has no lava lamps or Bob Marley posters, or whatever people generally associate with stoner culture. Colorado has been trying to ditch that image long before Amendment 64 passed, which allowed recreational marijuana to be purchased and consumed in private residences starting Jan. 1, 2014.

  • Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross. "Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

  • Cab fare jumper sentenced to walk instead

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — You may want to reconsider not paying your cab fare in one Ohio community, you may get a difficult and unusual punishment. WOIO reported that Victoria Bascom didn't pay her fare for a ride between Cleveland and Painesville.  Instead of just paying what she owed, a judge gave her a choice either serve 60 days in county jail or walk 30 miles within 48 hours starting Friday, according to WOIO.

  • New drugs from Bristol, Merck at forefront of cancer meeting

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    New data to be released this weekend should help deepen the understanding of how broadly new drugs that unleash the body's immune system to fight cancer can be used. Results from key clinical trials will be presented starting Friday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. These will include studies aimed at defining ahead of time which patients are likely to benefit from the costly drugs. At the forefront will be rival drugs from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Merck and Co designed to block a protein known as Programmed Death receptor (PD-1) that is used by tumors to evade the body's natural defenses.

  • WPX Energy completes $200 million sale of Marcellus Shale assets

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Tulsa-based WPX Energy Inc. divested another property by completing the $200 million-plus sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and the release of pipeline transportation capacity to an undisclosed buyer. The sales are part of WPX's long-term plan to focus on core properties and cut debt. The company received more than $200 million in cash on the natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations connected to 135 million British thermal units per day of firm transportation capacity commitment on Williams' Transco Northeast Supply link project. The company's third divestiture of the year was originally announced earlier this month. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • 24 of the best pieces of advice ever given to graduates

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    As new graduates prepare to enter the "real world," colleges and universities gather them into auditoriums to absorb wisdom from great leaders. Most of that wisdom is forgettable. A lot of it is clichéd. (Dream big! Follow your passion!) But some of it resonates — even years later, even if you're not graduating, even if you haven't graduated in years. We've collected some of the best advice from some of the best speeches in recent (and not-so-recent) memory, worth reading and listening to for any grad — or anyone looking for a little guidance.

  • Here's who you should (and should not) accept on LinkedIn

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Sorting through LinkedIn requests can be overwhelming. Do you connect with that person who shares your blog posts via Twitter all the time? The hiring manager of a company you're interested in? Or what about that seemingly credible stranger who could be a valuable business contact? We posed this question to LinkedIn's career expert Catherine Fisher, who recommends only accepting people you know and trust — people you've worked with, had conversations with, or met at an industry event.

  • The 25 best cities for job seekers right now

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country. But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living. To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now.

  • Why now may be a great time to buy a new car

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    There is a perfect storm of sorts at work in the automotive market, says CBS News. Interest rates are at record lows (down 18 percent for buyers with good credit in the past year), oil and gas prices are still cheap and the average U.S.-owned vehicle is more than 11 years old, according to WalletHub's 2015 Auto Financing Report . In its survey of 150 auto financers nationwide, WalletHub reports that the "good places to start" are carmakers (where rates are 49 percent below average) and credit unions (23 percent below average).

  • I Want This Screen Protector That Magically Gives iPhones a Back Button

    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Why doesn’t it have a back button? I ask no one in particular. Why do I have to reach all the way up there to go back where I came from? Soon, there may be an answer for my iPhone frustration—a screen protector with a virtual back button.

  • Coke wants to tap into start-up mojo

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    When you think of Coca-Cola, your mind doesn't go to tech start-ups and venture funding. But Coke wants entrepreneurs to think again. USA TODAY reports the Atlanta-based soft-drink behemoth is now in the business of seeding small companies whose tech-based ideas could help improve its bottom line. So far, 11 start-ups in 10 countries have made the cut, including this city's Wonolo, which stands for work now locally. Think of it as an Uber for labor, providing just-in-time bodies to – in Coke's case – restock empty shelves at a moment's notice. In fact, Uber is now one of Wonolo's many customers. But the labor start-up exists thanks largely to Coke.

  • Report: Apple working on 12-inch iPad

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Apple appears ready to go big with the iPad as sales of the company's tablet continue to suffer, USA TODAY reports. According to 9to5Mac, citing sources briefed on plans, the company is working on a 12-inch model of the iPad, including multiple key features such as the ability to view two apps simultaneously and support for multiple logins. The larger iPads would reportedly arrive later this year, while support for dual apps could be revealed as early as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.