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  • News from Europe, Syria drag down global markets

    By KEN SWEET
    AP Business Writer |
    Updated: 45 min ago

    NEW YORK — Grim economic news from Europe and air strikes in Syria rattled global stocks Tuesday. Most of the damage was felt in European markets, which fell sharply after a closely watched gauge of business activity for the region fell to a nine-month low. The disappointing news about Europe's economy also weighed down Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average opened lower and finished the day with its second triple-digit loss in a row. European economy Investors have been dealing with meager economic growth in Europe for months.

  • Wind from Wyoming could turn on Los Angeles' lights

    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and MEAD GRUVER
    Associated Press |
    Updated: 45 min ago

    LOS ANGELES — An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California. If approved and financed, the sprawling venture would produce clean power equivalent to the output of a large nuclear power plant by creating one of the country's largest wind farms near Cheyenne, a huge energy storage site inside Utah caverns and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting them. “This would certainly be one of the most ambitious and expensive energy infrastructure projects we have seen,” said Travis Miller, an industry analyst for

  • How to join the 9,000 U.S. taxpayers who have Romney-sized IRA savings

    By Margaret Collins and Richard Rubin
    Bloomberg News |
    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON — If it seems impossible to amass a fortune in an IRA during your lifetime, think again. The Government Accountability Office reported last week that about 9,000 U.S. taxpayers have each accumulated at least $5 million in individual retirement accounts. While the GAO didn't say how they managed to do so, Mitt Romney and some other successful executives offer a road map. Outsized, tax-advantaged returns in such accounts drew attention during the 2012 presidential campaign, when Republican presidential nominee Romney reported he had an IRA worth $20 million to $102 million.

  • Mexico sees signs of hope for Monarch butterflies

    By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Updated: 33 min ago

    MEXICO Mexico City — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. The head of Mexico's nature reserves, Luis Fueyo, said the first butterflies have been seen entering Mexico earlier than usual this year. Fueyo said it is too early to say whether butterfly numbers will rebound this year from a series of sharp drops, but noted “this premature presence could be the prelude to an increase in the migration.” He said the first butterflies have been sighted in the northern border state of Coahuila.

  • Wash. state highway reopens six months after landslide

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON Oso — Traffic was for the most part flowing freely in two directions on a state highway that was blocked by a huge landslide six months ago in Washington state that killed 43 people. State Highway 530 reopened to two-way, 50-mph traffic Monday night. On Tuesday, vehicles were traveling mostly without problems. At times, portions of the road were limited to one-way traffic to accommodate heavy machinery and workers who still were installing guardrails and doing other work. The highway was realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. As part of a $28 million project funded by federal emergency money, crews also installed six new culverts.

  • U.S., California release roadmap for solar projects

    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated press | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California’s boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals. “We have amazingly special places here,” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a news conference at a desert wind farm near Palm Springs with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and other officials releasing the multi-agency draft plan. By taking a look at the desert as a whole, Jewell said, the plan’s designers are ensuring “the areas that should be protected are

  • Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

    By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. In 2012, the Labor Department withdrew a proposed rule that would have banned children under 16 from several kinds of agriculture work, including tobacco farms. In their letter, the lawmakers, all Democrats, urged a narrower ban that would deal solely with children on tobacco farms.

  • Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

    By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    DETROIT — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors’ 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city’s founder, is moving its headquarters to New York. Cadillac, which has been steadily losing sales to its German rivals, wants to get closer to its ideal buyers. Executives and marketing staffers will set up shop in a loft office in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood starting next year. “There is no city in the world where the inhabitants are more immersed in a premium lifestyle than in New York,” Johann de Nysschen, the brand’s new president, said in a statement issued Tuesday announcing the move.

  • Crews battling wildfire get reinforcements

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    CALIFORNIA Placerville — Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nev., which was blanketed by smoke. The King Fire east of Sacramento has scorched about 139 square miles. Fire crews increased containment to 35 percent after several days of more favorable weather but with dryer air and increasing winds in the forecast, reinforcements were brought in — pushing the number of firefighters on the scene to 7,400. Wind gusts up to 35 mph, combined with low humidity, could stoke the flames and send embers flying ahead of the

  • Fisher getting ready for first training camp as a coach

    By Al Iannazzone
    Newsday |
    Updated: 20 min ago

    Derek Fisher is about a week away from another training camp, but he's preparing much differently from the previous 16 years. It's his first time opening camp as an NBA head coach. Now he has to use the experience and knowledge he gained from winning five championships as a player and try to get the most out of the Knicks. “It's different,” Fisher said Monday at a playground and basketball court dedication in Staten Island. “I won't be out there on the court playing but a lot of the things that factor into the NBA season, they still have to be managed. “So now just being in a position to make a lot of the decisions that go into managing the season properly,

  • OKC Energy FC: How Chris Brannick voted in all-league balloting

    By Chris Brannick
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 20 min ago

    The United Soccer League Pro Division first and second all-league teams was announced on Tuesday. This year, USLPRO included members of the media as voters to go along with coaches and general managers. Each coach and general manager selected two players from ther respective teams, two goalkeepers with their team excluded and also three defenders, midfielders and forwards, again with their team excluded. Media voters followed the same guidelines with “their team” being the team they covered on a regular basis. All voters selected a league Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year. Those awards will be announced Friday ahead of the USL PRO Championship Saturday.

  • Oklahoma Christian School football: Thomas Qualls a steady leader

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Quarterback hasn’t been asked to do too much, and has led the Saints to a 3-0 start heading into this week’s game against Millwood.

  • Spieth of U.S. back on familiar ground at Ryder Cup

    By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    GLENEAGLES, Scotland — When Jordan Spieth helped the United States win the Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2010, he knew he’d have little chance to play in the real thing on the same course four years later. “I would say, at that time, I thought it would be a million to one,” he said Tuesday. Those odds appeared just as long at the start of 2013. Spieth had dropped out of the University of Texas in the hope of turning pro, but had no status on any tour. However, within a year, Spieth had assured himself a PGA Tour card, won the John Deere Classic, played as a captain’s pick in the Presidents Cup and was heralded as one of golf’s next superstars. Securing a place in Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup team was a

  • Oklahoma football: Mom is happy Charles Tapper wound up at OU

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Sooner defensive lineman has sickle cell trait, but is at a school that leads the way in monitoring the condition.

  • Oklahoma State football: Kevin Peterson patrols OSUs' 'No Fly Zone'

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Junior cornerback has been a big influence on a young defense that features 16 freshmen and sophomores.

  • Another Thursday night game set in 2015 for OSU

    | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    OSU plays Texas Tech on Thursday night, a night determined by television, much to the chagrin of Cowboy fans and Stillwater merchants. The Cowboys apparently will play a Thursday night game next season, too, but never fear. It's on the road. OSU's game at Central Michigan is scheduled for Sept. 3, a Thursday night. Scheduled at least by CMU. OSU has not announced that date, and an OSU source said this week that it's still going through channels. But Central Michigan historically likes to open at home on a Thursday night. The Chippewas, located in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

  • Niners lead NFL in penalties

    By RICK EYMER, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After three games the San Francisco 49ers lead the NFL with 36 penalties, a pace that would break the league record set by the Oakland Raiders three years ago. The 49ers (1-2) are not making any excuses, though they say part of the problem is in the ambiguity of certain “points of emphasis” for NFL officials this year, rules already on the books that will draw more attention from officials. “It does make you second-guess things,” San Francisco linebacker Michael Wilhoite said. “One thing I second-guessed was when the quarterback was running. Do I hit him or not? The hard part is knowing whether he’s going down feet first or putting his head down and running.

  • Schedules

    | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Thursday's Games Class 6A Mustang at Edmond North Norman at Westmoore Class 5A Northwest at Lawton MacArthur Tahlequah JV at Colcord Tulsa Kelley at Tulsa Memorial Independent Kansas Deaf at OSD SeeWorth Aca. at Capitol Hill Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville at Sand Springs Claremore at Bixby

  • High school notebook: John Marshall building momentum with strong start

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    John Marshall building momentum with strong start Standing at 3-0 for the first time since 2009, John Marshall heads into district play with the offense and defense both playing at a high level. The offense is averaging 53.3 points per game, and the first-team defense has allowed only 12 points all season. Quarterback Leonard Levinston has managed the offense efficiently, with running back Devonte Lee and do-it-all threat Keyshawn Shells helping to move the ball. “We've turned the ball over once in three games, which is a lot better than last year at this time,” second-year coach Rashaun Woods

  • Jones' Hughes wins Player of the Week poll

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The race for The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week tightened for the second straight week as Jones' Ty Hughes edged Edmond Santa Fe's Darran Williams by just five votes onTuesday. Hughes gathered 528 votes from the fans, while Williams finished with 523. A total of 2,292 votes were cast at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Hughes, a defensive lineman, led Jones with four forced fumbles in the Longhorns' upset of Class 2A power Hennessey last week. The Oklahoman's staff pick for player of the week, Bryson Lee of Westmoore, finished with 301 votes. Last week's poll was decided by eight votes, with Heritage Hall's Terrell