• Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million. Other top prices at the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction on Saturday included $1.7 million for a Frederic Remington painting featuring a group of Indians and $1.5 million for a Thomas Moran painting depicting an Arizona gulch. Russell artwork is highly sought after, auction organizer Mike Overby said, and commanded from about $25,000 for small sketches to the $1.9 million for his 1924 water color "Trail of the Iron Horse.

  • Police: 1 man charged in Chicago train robbery

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, pulling out a gun and robbing passengers of wallets, phones and jewelry. Chicago police said Sunday that Michael A. Taylor of Chicago is charged with four felony counts of robbery with a firearm and two felony counts of aggravated assault in the July 16 incident. The afternoon robbery had occurred on the Orange Line coming from Midway International Airport toward downtown. Police say they believe two men boarded the train, brandished their weapons and loudly announced that they were robbing passengers, before going from person to person. Police said Taylor was arrested in Rockford late Saturday.

  • Taking Stock: Seven cheap stocks purely a speculative buy

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: I know bupkis about cheap stocks. But Big Jack, an on-again, off-again acquaintance of mine who was a low-level big shot at Merrill Lynch when John “The Pain” Thain was chosen as CEO, is a recognized certifiable cheap stock genius, or CCSG.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • “Ace” Greenberg, Oklahoma City native and former head of Bear Stearns, dies at 86

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Wall Street legend led Bear Stearns as it grew into one of the most profitable investment banks in history.

  • Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Employers have added 200,000-plus jobs for five straight months, and the unemployment rate has reached 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008.

  • Sen. Tom Coburn announces plans for town hall meetings

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term. The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them. Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004. The meetings are planned for Oklahoma City, Altus, Lawton, Enid, Bartlesville and Tulsa.

  • More than $5 million made way into Republican race to replace Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The U.S. Senate primary race to replace Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn was short, intense and expensive, as two Republican lawmakers and dark money groups invested millions in winning Coburn’s seat.

  • Regulators consider acting against S&P over ratings

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Standard & Poor’s said Wednesday the Securities and Exchange Commission has told the rating agency they are considering taking civil enforcement action over ratings S&P gave to six deals in 2011 involving securities tied to commercial mortgages.

  • Study says bachelor's not needed for medical careers

    By Catherine Sweeney, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Bachelor’s degrees aren’t necessarily vital to successful medical careers, according to a national study by the Brookings Institute.

  • Customer protection ideas against identity theft

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    People aren’t likely to stop using their credit and debit cards any time soon, and as data breaches become increasingly common, consumers don’t often know what to do when a company they’ve done business with experiences a breach.

  • Courts issue conflicting decisions on key challenges to Obamacare

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Issue over tax subsidies may ultimately be decided by U.S. Supreme Court. White House says there is no immediate impact on millions of Americans — including an estimated 55,000 Oklahomans — who will receive subsidies to purchase health insurance.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to using Fort Sill as shelter for unaccompanied minors

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Most members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Army artillery post should not house children past the October deadline.

  • Want to join the Peace Corps? The application process just got a little easier

    Amy McDonald, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Want to join the Peace Corps? Good news. The application process just got a little easier.

  • Health care industry investments can create healthy portfolio

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Berko says Obamacare will boost issues in the health care sector.

  • World events prompt buying in commodities markets

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    The death of nearly 300 people on a Malaysia Airlines flight caused a sell-off in stocks and sent buyers to commodities that could be affected by the incident.

  • Smart Moves: Horizontal vs. vertical living

    by Ellen James Martin | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Homebuyers should carefully evaluate their current and future needs when deciding how many floors they need in a home, as what works for a young couple may prove troublesome for older people.

  • Appeals court rules Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals puts same-sex marriages on hold in Oklahoma until U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear appeal in Utah or Oklahoma cases.

  • Social Security's death reduction for married couples

    Flint Stephens, KSL | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Even after they are retired and collecting Social Security, most married couples never plan for the loss of income that occurs when one of them dies and one of the two Social Security benefits they have been receiving disappears.

  • Average U.S. mortgage rates dip slightly

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer, AP Economics Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Mortgage company Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan dropped to 4.13 percent, down from 4.15 percent last week.