• California high-speed rail seeks private investors, input

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California High-Speed Rail Authority has received 35 responses from private companies interested in financing, building and operating the first 300-mile segment of the controversial rail project. Officials say the responses are a positive sign of private interest after lawmakers last year dedicated a long-term funding source. Chief Executive Jeff Morales declined to provide details Friday about what the companies told the agency or make public the responses, saying officials are still reviewing them and plan to meet with the companies over the next two months.

  • The Latest: Joaquin speeds up a bit as it leaves the Bahamas

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The latest on Joaquin and the storm's predicted path. All times local: 11 p.m. Joaquin (wa-KEEN) has sped up a bit as it moves away from the Bahamas, and remains a Category 3 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Joaquin was centered late Friday about 60 miles (95 kms) northeast of San Salvador, Bahamas, and about 765 miles (1,230 kms) southwest of Bermuda. It has maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), and is moving northeast at 10 mph (17 kph). A hurricane warning is still in effect for parts of the Bahamas. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Bermuda. ___ 2:50 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin is battering t

  • Scholars predicting historic Mormon leadership decision

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church could name as many as three new high-ranking leaders at a Utah conference this weekend, and scholars predict that for the first time ever, at least one could be from outside North America and Europe. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs the new leaders to fill vacancies on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a governing body that sets church policy and runs the faith's business operations. Only one of its current members is from outside the U.S. Speculation about someone being named from a new region is ratcheting up anticipation among Latter-day Saints for what already is a rare occurrence: three board openings at once.

  • 3 MLB games postponed as Atlantic faces rain and wind

    Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three major league baseball games were postponed Friday as the East Coast faced steady rain with Hurricane Joaquin swirling in the Atlantic. In New York, the Mets' chase for home-field advantage in their opening playoff series was put on hold when their game against the Washington Nationals was called off. They were scheduled to play a split doubleheader Saturday. The New York Yankees' game in Baltimore and the Marlins-Phillies game in Philadelphia also were rained out and rescheduled as part of doubleheaders Saturday. However, that schedule may be in jeopardy as rain and wind are forecast throughout the weekend. The weather had already postponed racing on tracks and grass Friday. The U.S.

  • A look at active shooter incidents in the U.S.

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Here's a look at a few facts from an FBI study on active shooter incidents in the U.S. and how they appear to be increasing.

  • Businessman aims for clean fun with Crazy Foam revival

    By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Josh Fink, a Boston-based entrepreneur and dad recently relaunched the product Crazy Foam. The foamy soap product has returned as a 3-in-1 bodywash, shampoo and conditioner.

  • Whole Foods to cut about 1,500 jobs over next 8 weeks

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

      NEW YORK (AP) — Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition. The cuts represent about 1.6 percent of its workforce. But Whole Foods Market Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Monday that many of the reductions will come through attrition. It anticipates workers whose jobs are cut will find other jobs from the almost 2,000 open positions across the company or from new jobs that'll be created by more than 100 new stores in development. Whole Foods said it has added more than 9,000 jobs in the past year and created nearly 35,000 jobs over the last five years.

  • Futures File: Platinum prices plunge; cattle costs careen

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Platinum prices fell to a six-year low at $925 per ounce this week, tumbling as news broke of the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s diesel cars.

  • US rig count declines by 4 this week to 838

    Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by four to 838. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 640 rigs were seeking oil, 197 explored for natural gas and one was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices about double the prices now, 1,931 rigs were active. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained one rig. Texas lost two rigs in this week's tally, while Arkansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma each lost one rig. The rig counts for Alaska, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4

  • Q&A with Kitt Letcher

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Insurance policyholders given safety nets when companies fail Q: What happens to a policyholder's coverage if their insurance company goes out of business? A: According to the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds (NCIGF), if an insurance company fails the state property and casualty guaranty fund system steps in and provides an essential safety net for policyholders. An insurance company must be a member of the guaranty association for every state in which it does business. If a company becomes insolvent, the insurance guaranty association ensures continuation of coverage, either by taking on policies directly or by transferring the policies to a financially stable insurer.

  • OKC, Tulsa economic growth outpace national rate

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The economy in Oklahoma's two largest metropolitan areas outpaced national growth last year, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Oklahoma City area's gross domestic product grew 2.6 percent in 2014, while the Tulsa metro GDP grew 3.7 percent, the bureau said. Collectively, the nation's metropolitan areas increased 2.3 percent last year. Growth in the metro areas of Lawton and Fort Smith, Ark. — which includes parts of eastern Oklahoma — was less than the national average. Lawton's economy shrank 1.5 percent, while Fort Smith's grew 1 percent. After accounting for inflation, gross domestic product — the broadest measure of goods and services — increased in 282

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    Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

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  • Taking Stock: General Mills has a dough-y future that's expected to rise

    Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Many on the Street believe that in the coming 10 years, GIS’ performance will exceed that of the previous 10 years.

  • Futures File: Fed's rate decision boosts gold interest, drops dollar

    Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: The Federal Reserve Board disappointed savers Thursday when it announced that interest rates would stay at the record low 0-0.25 percent level for the time being.

  • Updates: Second Republican primary debate

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Read updates from the second Republican primary debate.

  • Business Q&A with Nathan Whatley

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Nathan Whatley, a labor and employment attorney for McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City, discusses the recent settlement between BMW and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • POLL: Who won Wednesday's GOP presidential debate?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Who do you think won tonight's debate? Cast your vote.

  • Everything you need to know about Wednesday's Republican primary debate

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    Are you planning on watching the Republican primary debate Wednesday night? If so, here's a look at the candidates that are participating.

  • Taking Stock: High deductible health care insurance will bring changes in medical industry

    By Malcolm Berko For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: This insurance stuff is terribly complicated. But the tables are turning to patients’ advantage, and medical costs could fall significantly in the coming decade.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Sep 13, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.