• Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau. The military said a "Syrian aircraft infiltrated into Israeli air space" in the morning hours and that the military "intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system." The military would not say what type of aircraft was downed and said the circumstances of the incident were "unclear." A defense official identified the downed aircraft as a Sukhoi Su-24 Russian fighter plane. Perviously, it was reported to have been a MiG aircraft.

  • Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

    BY LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.

  • Job-hoppers warrant second look, experts say

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Yesterday

    Without examining employees’ motives for frequent job changes, companies can miss opportunities to hire motivated, multi-skilled workers, recent research shows.

  • Student debt pushing retirees toward poverty

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Elderly Americans have more student loan debt than ever, and those who can't pay can have their retirement benefits garnished.

  • Support from volunteer 'ally' families pull poor out of poverty

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A program called Circles matches a poor family with three or four middle and upper-income families that form a volunteer support group. The program operates in 23 states.

  • How much can be done on Social Security’s website?

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Q: What can I do at www.socialsecurity.gov ? A: There are myriad things you can do at Social Security’s website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can get an estimate of future benefits, find out if you qualify for benefits now, and even apply for benefits. You can complete a number of other tasks online, too. You can estimate your retirement benefit using our Retirement Estimator. It allows you to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefit based on different retirement ages and scenarios. You can even open your own my Social Security account to plan for and manage your benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

  • Taking Stock: Inflation course outsmarts 'experts'

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: For the past two years, the conspiracy theory folks (I leaned toward a bit of that, too) have oozed like termites from the woodwork and claimed that the economic reports have been a cover-up and the government has been fudging numbers.

  • Teju Ravilochan's Unreasonable Institute offers elite camp to change the world

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Got an idea to save the world? Unreasonable Institute will send you to "camp" with Google execs and world-class thinkers. As long as you can help one million people.

  • Bridenstine opposes plan for Syrian rebel aid

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma’s U.S. House delegation to vote against President Barack Obama’s request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria. U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin all voted in favor of the plan, which passed the House on a 273-156 vote Wednesday. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the proposal Thursday. Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should “eliminate it,” not train and arm rebels. The proposal was added to a must-pass, stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies operating into December. The measure is the last major business on Capitol

  • UPS will hire hundreds in Oklahoma City area for holiday shipping rush

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Nationally, United Parcel Service Inc. said that it will hire up to 95,000 workers for the holidays.

  • Video: Tiny hamster vs. world champ in hot dog eating contest

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    In a battle of food-scarfing capabilities, a tiny hamster takes on competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi in the world's most adorable hot dog eating contest.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 18, 2014

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 18, 2014

  • Child poverty just dropped for the first time since 2000

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Child poverty dropped for the first time in 13 years — but 14 million American kids still live in poverty.

  • Delaying Social Security might make financial sense

    Flint Stephens, KSL | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Many people begin taking Social Security benefits as soon as they qualify. Most are unaware that there can be sound financial reasons for delaying those benefits.

  • President Barack Obama awards Medal of Honor to two Oklahoma men who fought in Vietnam

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    At a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama told the stories of bravery and sacrifice of Oklahoma men Donald P. Sloat and Bennie G. Adkins and awarded the nation’s highest military honor.

  • 'I am Adam Lanza's Mother' author Liza Long says moms of mentally ill children need more help

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Two years ago, after the Sandy Hook shootings, Boise mom Liza Long wrote a blog post that went viral about her struggles with her mentally ill teenager. Today her son is healthy, and her new book is a plea for help for other families.

  • Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught?

    Amy McDonald, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A growing movement in higher education is trying to teach empathy.

  • Bride surprises dying dad with wedding in hospital room

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.

  • 9/11 spawned hundreds of charities. Here are the ones that are left

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Disasters create lots of good intentions — but they can be misplaced. Of the 300 charities created in the aftermath of 9/11, only a few are still around.

  • Courage, detective work led to Medal of Honor for Oklahoman killed in Vietnam

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    A website posting and a call out of the blue led the mother of U.S. Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, of Coweta, Oklahoma, who was killed 40 years earlier in Vietnam, on a long-shot quest to get his selfless act of bravery recognized.