• Latest on Boston trial: Tsarnaev called wunderkind, goofy

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    4:15 p.m. Friends and family who testified in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) say as a little boy, he was a "wunderkind," an unusual child who was "a little shy." The testimony came Monday afternoon in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial. Now 21, Tsarnaev faces life in prison without parole or execution for the 2013 bombings. Cousin Nabisat Suleimanova said Tsarnaev was loved by the entire family. She says he had a softening effect on an aunt who was very strict with her own children. A high school friend says Tsarnaev "had a sweetness about him." Rosa Booth described him as goofy and said she doesn't remember him talking about politics or religion.

  • Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files." WHO IS PAMELA GELLER? Geller, 56, is head of an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Through websites, books, ad campaigns and public events, Geller has been warning for years that Islam threatens to destroy the U.S. She famously led the campaign in 2010 — under a different group, called Stop the Islamization of America — to prevent the opening of an Islamic community center blocks from the World Trade Center site. Sh

  • US stocks gain, pushing market back near record levels

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing slightly higher, putting the U.S. market close to record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose six points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,114 Monday. That's three points short of the record high it closed at on April 24. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,070. The Nasdaq composite rose 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,016. Cognizant Technology Solutions jumped 6 percent, the most in the S&P 500, after the consulting company reported earnings that beat analysts' forecasts. Cognizant also raised its earnings and sales outlook for the year. Crude oil fell 22 cents to close at $58.93 a barrel in New York. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Trea

  • Book review: 'Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office'

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Brian Abram’s “Party Like a President” exposes the vices of past U.S. Presidents.

  • Social Security Q&A: Can I return to work and keep disability benefits?

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: There’s a program to help beneficiaries find work and become financially independent.

  • Tax experts, others dispel myths, share economic growth at McGladrey summit

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    McGladrey national experts and local development execs share podium at Thursday tax and economics summit.

  • Oklahoma House bill includes $155 million for construction at Tinker Air Force Base, other state military bases

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Tinker, which has received $120 million in the past two years to prepare for maintaining a new refueling plane, would get another $37 million under the bill approved by the House. Fort Sill, the state’s Army post, would get money to renovate barracks.

  • Bill to award Purple Heart to Oklahoma City bombing victims clears hurdle

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell pushed through an amendment to the annual defense bill on Wednesday that would award the Purple Heart to six military personnel killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.

  • U.S. Supreme Court sharply divided in Oklahoma lethal injection case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    In arguments Wednesday, liberal justices question whether Oklahoma is using a sedative that allows condemned inmates to feel pain from other drugs. Court conservatives accuse death penalty opponents of waging a guerrilla war.

  • Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell seeks Purple Hearts for six Oklahoma City bombing victims

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, a retired Army officer, says the Marine, Army and Air Force personnel killed 20 years ago were killed at their duty stations by an act of terror and should qualify for Purple Hearts.

  • U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in historic same-sex marriage case

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    With demonstrators inside and outside the courtroom, justices engage in arguments encompassing the broad sweep of issues at stake. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision before July.

  • Tulsa County couple are confident U.S. Supreme Court will support right to same-sex marriage

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin, who successfully challenged Oklahoma’s ban, plan to be on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when justices hear landmark cases.

  • Can mobile homes save home ownership?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Home prices have gone up, and wages have stagnated. Home ownership — the cornerstone of the American dream — is flagging. Enter the manufactured home. It's half the cost, and it may be the new ticket to the American Dream.

  • How to help victims of Nepal quake

    Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    A magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region, leveling buildings and killing more than 2,500 with the death toll continuing to rise, USA TODAY reports. Such a powerful quake would result in destruction anywhere, but in a nation as poverty-stricken as Nepal, its citizens are particularly vulnerable. Aid groups worldwide have mobilized to help. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts underway and links on how to donate online...

  • Financial skills of The Blackstone Group are no illusion

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Blackstone is the world’s largest global alternative asset manager, with $300 billion under management.

  • Futures File: Spread of bird flu in Midwest could affect numerous agricultural commodities

    Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Also, corn and silver prices are dropping.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says lethal injection still most humane form of execution

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    As Supreme Court justices prepare to hear oral arguments in the Oklahoma case about lethal injection drugs, Pruitt says the drug used in the “botched execution” is constitutional. An attorney for state death row inmates strongly disagrees.

  • Blue Bell will close all creameries for training, cleaning in response to listeria

    By The Associated Press | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Blue Bell Creameries is closing all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream.

  • Is the World Bank really helping to end poverty?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The World Bank's mission is to end poverty. A new investigative report shows its projects might leave the impoverished worse off.

  • Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US

    By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found. The man-made quakes jolted once stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey. Experts said the spike in seismic activity is mainly caused by the oil and gas industry injecting wastewater deep underground, which can activate dormant faults. A few instances stem from hydraulic fracturing, in which large volumes of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into rock formations to free oil or gas.