• New normal: US police respond to harsh reality of extremism


    NEW YORK (AP) — After the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Mumbai attack in 2008, police departments across the United States adopted a new mindset on how to deal with what they call "active shooter" incidents in which people are trapped in restaurants, theaters or other soft targets. Long gone are the days of establishing a perimeter and waiting for SWAT teams and hostage negotiators to save the day. The new formula for preserving lives calls for ordinary police officers to go on offense and take the attackers' lives, with an emphasis on speed and force. It's an approach reinforced by the recent multipronged attacks in Paris and the hotel siege in Mali.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

  • Taking Stock: Investors should accept new normal while economic growth slows across the globe

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: We seem to be entering an era of stagflation — with low interest rates, low wages and low growth.

  • Futures File: Turkeys smaller but prices are stuffed this Thanksgiving holiday

    By Walt and Alex Breitinger For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: On Friday, prices for natural gas delivered in December dropped to a new low price of $2.17 per million British thermal units, a fact that will warm consumers’ wallets throughout the coming winter.

  • Some governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees

    AP | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris.

  • Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault

    AP | Updated: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned. Iraqi intelligence sent a dispatch saying the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, "through bombings or assassinations or hostage taking in the coming days." The dispatch said the Iraqis had no specific details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official told the AP that French intelligence gets this kind of communication "all the

  • Taking Stock: It's a challenge to remain bullish when we're bombarded by bearish babble

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: If you want to participate in a 23,000 Dow or higher, you should always be fully invested, resist ascribing long-term consequences to short-term events and never make investment decisions based upon an "expert" economist's forecasts.

  • 525 Realty Group in Edmond adds more than a dozen Realtors

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    EDMOND — 525 Realty Group has attracted more than a dozen additional Realtors, according to the  owners, mother and son team Mariana Lloyd and Benjamin Floyd, who started the company in April. The additions were Julie Davis, Karen Finchum, Katy Giles, Carol Grieb, Kori Hall, Jamie Hayes, Kimmi Houston, Melissa Little, Krista Lusey, Devrie Peoples, Mack Stewart, Christen Thomas, Lindsay Turner, Kirstie Wirth, Alesha Wilson and Anne Woody.  Lisa Morrison also came on as marketing coordinator. “My mission is to create an environment that helps women become financially independent,” Lloyd said. “This has been a dream of mine for many years.

  • 8 memorable quotes from Tuesday's GOP Debate

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Eight Republican presidential candidates squared off Tuesday night in Milwaukee during the fourth major GOP debate of the 2016 election cycle. The debate included a number of memorable quotes. If you didn't catch the debate live, here's a look at what you missed.

  • Taking Stock: Bonds can become a costly investment

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Bonds, even well-rated bonds, are a lousy investment for most civilians. But they’re wonderful investments to sell because the huge hidden commission gives brokers a nice payday.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

  • Killing Keystone XL, Obama says pipeline not in US interests

    By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rejected an application to build the Keystone XL pipeline Friday after 7 years of federal review, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The 1,179-mile proposed pipeline wouldn't have lowered U.S. gas prices, Obama said, nor would it have contributed to U.S. jobs long-term or make the U.S. less dependent on foreign energy. Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama also said the proposed project had taken on an "overinflated role" in U.S. political discourse and had been used as a "campaign cudgel" by supporters and opponents alike.

  • Oklahoma, U.S. economies headed in opposite directions, expert says

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    If it wasn't for lower oil prices, the Oklahoma and national economies would be in sync and not heading in different directions, an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Thursday.

  • Satellite detected heat flash at time Russian jetliner went down

    Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Mystery and confusion surrounded the final moments of a Russian jetliner that plummeted suddenly from high altitude to the Egyptian desert, killing all 224 people aboard. The airline Monday ruled out pilot error or a technical fault, but Russian aviation officials dismissed those comments as premature.   CBS News' national security correspondent David Martin reports a U.S. infrared satellite detected a heat flash over the Sinai at the time the Russian plane went down. The data is still being analyzed in an effort to determine what caused the flash. One possibility is a bomb, but an explosion in a fuel tank or engine as the result of a mechanical failure is also possible.

  • Taking Stock: Good investment advice not remembered; bad investment advice will get you blamed

    By Malcolm Berko For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: There’s an old Wall Street axiom: If the advice is good, the customer takes the credit. If the advice is bad, the broker takes the blame.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

    Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Street Smart: How investors unknowingly pay for dividends  

    By Ian Ogilvie For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Ian Ogilvie: When a company makes money, it can do one of three things with its earnings: reinvest in the company, buy back some of its own stock, or pass on the money to its shareholders in the form of dividends.

  • Oklahoma expects to see almost a 36 percent increase next year for Obamacare health plans.

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    A report released this week by the federal Health and Human Services Department says benchmark insurance plans offered next year on healthcare.gov, or Obamacare, are expected to rise by 35.7 percent in Oklahoma.

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

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Who won tonight's Republican presidential debate? Take our poll.

  • Judge orders psychological tests for woman in OSU parade crash

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A judge ordered a psychological evaluation Monday for an Oklahoma woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others. Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas also set bond at $1 million for Adacia Chambers, who is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder as prosecutors consider formal charges. Chambers appeared at Monday's hearing via video. The only time she spoke was to say "yes" when the judge asked if she could hear her. Prosecutors asked for more time to interview the dozens of witnesses who were at the scene and said one of the injured is in a "fragile" state, which could lead to mo