• Magnitude 3.5 earthquake rattles parts of northern Oklahoma

    Updated: 17 min ago

    FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.5 magnitude quake was recorded at 8:06 a.m. Sunday about 16 miles northwest of Fairview in Major County, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The temblor was recorded at a depth of three miles. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. Geologists say damage is not likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0. The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has risen from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 900 last year. Scientists have linked the increase to underground disposal of wastewater from oil-and-gas production. State regulators are asking oil and gas companies to reduce t

  • How Much It Will Cost You to Buy a Home in Santa Monica?

    Updated: 22 min ago

    What’s not to like about walkable oceanfront living? Fewer than 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a coveted Southern California locale known for its amusement and restaurant pier and homes cut into hills overlooking the Pacific. But with a median home listing price of $1.6 million in March, Santa Monica is not attainable for most homebuyers. NerdWallet analyzed Santa Monica homebuying trends using March 2016 data from real estate site Agent Ace. Here’s what you need to know about the real estate market if you’re considering investing in a home there. How much do buyers pay? As an area with high demand for somewhat limited housing and the majority of homes selling quickly, Santa Monica is a seller’s m

  • 11 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

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    Mother’s Day is on May 8, and if you’re still looking for the perfect inexpensive present for the most important woman in your life, look no further. We’re helping you spoil Mom while minimizing the money you spend on her with our list of 11 creative and affordable Mother’s Day gift ideas under $50. 1. ‘What I Love About Mom’ book: $9.95 The “What I Love About Mom” hardcover book features fill-in-the-blank prompts that you can use to write in heartfelt memories and funny moments from all of your favorite times together. You can buy it for $9.95 from Barnes & Noble. 2. Reed diffuser: $11.86 Decorative-minded moms are sure to appreciate a reed diffuser this Mother’s Day.

  • D60 board advised of PURA service

    Updated: 59 min ago

    During its regular monthly meeting, the board of education of Pueblo City Schools (D60) heard from Jerry Pacheco, executive director of the Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, about service on the authority’s board. Pacheco said that as three of nine local Urban Renewal Authority areas straddle both Pueblo City Schools and Pueblo County School District 70, the requirements of House Bill 1348 mandate that a locally elected member of the school board must be represented on the authority board. Complicating the issue is the fact that the areas served by the authority are in two different school districts. “The state statute is not clear on the process to determine which district has preference,” said Pacheco, noting that

  • Feds seek public input on oil-and-gas leasing in Ohio forest

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment of proposed oil and gas leasing in Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. The Bureau of Land Management opened a comment period this week. Documents will be available for review until May 29. The environmental report analyzes impacts on about 40,000 acres underlying the forest. The agency says it is assessing a broader area than would be opened to drilling to avoid having to do a separate report on each individual lease request. Oil and gas companies told the bureau that they wanted to drill beneath the forest in 2011.

  • Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — An outdoor advertising company that owns thousands of billboards across the country, including in Times Square, and around the world, is using mobile phone data to learn about people who are passing their displays in order to cater ads to specific consumers, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal officials to investigate if the practice is legal. The company, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has more than 675,000 displays in more than 40 countries, insists the information it uses is anonymous.

  • 6 ways to support your family financially after death

    Sam Turner, Deseret News | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    No one wants to think about kicking the bucket, but putting your financial affairs in order can save your family from a lot of extra grief in the event of your death.

  • From new to old, some of the gun safety features over time

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Daytona Beach, Florida-based iGun Technology Corp. has been developing a "smart gun," a firearm that uses a ring with a chip in it to send a signal to a circuit board embedded in the firearm so that only an authorized user can fire the gun. But this isn't the only technology that exists or is being developed. A look at other efforts to build a "smart gun" and earlier efforts at making firearms safer: RFID or RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION Armatix GmbH of Unterfoehring, Germany, has developed a handgun that uses a watch that sends signals to the handgun. The iP1 is a .22-caliber pistol that carries a 10-round magazine. The accompanying watch must be within 10 inches of the handgun for it to fire.

  • James Bond meets Samuel Colt: Seeking to build a safer gun

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Mossberg is among a group of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he already was in the gun business. Mossburg was born into a family known for its line of shotguns — guns treasured by police, hunters and the military. Mossberg has been working to develop — and someday bring to the market — a firearm that can't be fired by the wrong person. It's intended to operate without fail in the hands of its owner. Mossberg's iGun Technology Corporation relies on a simple piece of jewelry — a ring — that "talks" to a circuit board imbedded in a firearm to let it know the user is authorized. The ring must be within centimeters of the gun for the g

  • Albuquerque Journal, N.M., Upfront column

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    It is a source of long-standing disappointment that world-class technological assets such as Sandia National Laboratories and Intel Corp. have spawned so few innovative technology companies in our community. Former Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman struggled for years to get Sandia to spin out technologies and technologists to start new companies, employ local people and become the foundation of new industries. There was always hope that Intel in Rio Rancho would spawn new companies in Albuquerque, just as Fairchild Semiconductor in Silicon Valley spawned Intel, National Semiconductor, Signetics, Four Phase and Advanced Micro Devices, which spawned Zilog, Xilinx, Linear Technology, Sierra Semiconductor, VLSI Technology, Syna

  • First Hour: Overcoming challenges Matthew McCue

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    BUHLER – A stroke, coma and loss of eyesight are usually health crises that hit older people. For Matthew McCue, 17, they struck when he was a young schoolboy. Cancer has been in remission for 12 years, and though he once started to learn Braille, four different eye surgeries have given him low, limited vision in one eye. The Buhler High School senior was nominated by algebra teacher Shane Hecox to The News’ First Hour as a student who has overcome challenges. Indeed, he has. Reset At the age of 5, McCue was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He suffered a stroke from the treatment that involved chemotherapy and radiation. Twice, doctors placed him in an induced coma. “I kind

  • Iraq says oil exports, revenues increase in April

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq says April crude oil exports have increased by 2.3 percent from the previous month, filling cash-strapped coffers amid an acute economic crisis. Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad, said Sunday that daily oil exports averaged 3.364 million barrels last month, worth $3.343 billion. March exports stood at 3.286 million barrels per day, bringing that month's revenues to $2.9 billion. Jihad added that last month's average price was $33.257 per barrel. Iraq's 2016 budget is based on an expected price of $45 per barrel. Iraq holds the world's fourth largest oil reserves, and oil revenues make up nearly 95 percent of its budget. Its economy was badly hit by the plunge in oil prices at a time when Baghdad i

  • As chemical weapons stockpiles shrink, OPCW eyes new threats

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With about 92 percent of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed, the watchdog agency overseeing the elimination of poison gas and nerve agents is looking now to counter emerging threats from extremist groups while still dealing with unfinished business in Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is marking the April 29, 1997, entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention https://www.opcw.org/fileadmin/OPCW/CWC/CWC_en.pdf with a three-day conference starting Monday focusing on chemical safety and security. It appears, in the future, extremists and criminals seem more likely than nations to launch chemical attacks.

  • Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm unique

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway's idiosyncrasies were on display this weekend, as tens of thousands of people filled an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for several hours Saturday at the conglomerate's annual meeting. No other company can match the crowds who attend Berkshire's meeting, the 51-year-tenure of its top two executives or its eclectic mix of businesses. Though attendance was down from last year's 50th anniversary meeting when more than 40,000 attended, it still dwarfs any other corporate meeting. In an adjoining 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, Berkshire subsidiaries such as See's Candy, Fruit of the Loom and Geico insurance sell their products as executives chat with sha

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Along for the Ride column

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Outside the Urban Land Institute in the Central West End, a Tesla SP90D electric car started, drove about 15 feet, stopped and turned off with no one in the driver’s seat. It then restarted and backed up to its original spot, all controlled by a key fob held by Cam Sneathen, manager of the Tesla dealership in University City. Such a maneuver is known as “summoning” the car, a move closer toward fully driverless vehicles that could change the way we get around in the coming decades. That was Thursday, the same day a survey by J.D. Power came out stating that when “making the leap to fully automated cars, trust in the technology is directly linked to the age of the consumer.

  • Uber, blind riders reach settlement over service animals

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber and advocates for the blind have reached a lawsuit settlement in which the ride-hailing company agrees to require that existing and new drivers confirm they understand their legal obligations to transport riders with guide dogs or other service animals, an advocacy group announced Saturday. The National Federation of the Blind said Saturday that Uber will also remove a driver from the platform after a single complaint if it determines the driver knowingly denied a person with a disability a ride because the person was traveling with a service animal. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in 2014 in federal court that alleges Uber discriminates against passengers with service dogs.

  • The Latest: Berkshire investors reject climate change report

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting, where tens of thousands of people have listened to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for several hours (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Berkshire Hathaway shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected a resolution calling for the company to write a report about the risks climate change creates for its insurance companies. CEO Warren Buffett says he agrees that dealing with climate change is important for society, but he doesn't think climate change creates serious risks for Berkshire's insurance businesses.

  • Pipelines drained; feds investigating cause of explosion

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas pipelines were being drained Saturday as authorities try to determine the cause of an explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed one home, damaged at least three others and burned a fleeing homeowner. Officials in Westmoreland County said the 30-inch Texas Eastern transmission line burst open around 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, shooting flames into the sky. Spectra Energy said in a statement Saturday that it is cooperating with an investigation by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and taking steps to reduce harmful effects on the environment.

  • Berkshire Hathaway's 1Q profit up 8 percent on paper gain

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway's first-quarter profit grew 8 percent largely because of the way it had to account for its Duracell acquisition on paper, but profits fell at its BNSF railroad and at its insurance units. CEO Warren Buffett offered a preview of the first-quarter results at the company's annual meeting Saturday although Berkshire won't release its full report until next Friday. Berkshire earned $5.589 billion, or about $3,400.89 per Class A share. That's up from $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per Class A share, last year. During the first quarter, Berkshire traded roughly $3.8 billion worth of Procter & Gamble stock for Duracell and about $1.7 billion cash. That boosted the paper value of Berkshire's inv

  • LA rooftop solar array could power 5,000 homes

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles developer wants to build one of the nation's largest rooftop solar arrays, supplying enough electricity for 5,000 homes. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1SEt20M ) says the plans announced Friday call for installing solar panels on 2 million square feet of space on Westmont Drive buildings. The system will provide 16.4 megawatts of power for the Department of Water and Power's energy grid. The developer, PermaCity, expects to complete the work by year's end.