• Dangerous men, careful plans and a bold escape for the ages

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was dawn in the cellblocks of Dannemora, time for a round of bed checks on the convicted killers, rapists and other criminals held behind the stark 19th-century walls. Guards went along the lattice of light-green bars in A Block, where well-behaved prisoners are held. At first glance, it seemed David Sweat and Richard Matt were where they were supposed to be: asleep in their adjoining cells. But the lumps in their bunks were just sweatshirts. The convicted cop killer and the career criminal doing time for dismembering his boss had squeezed through holes neatly cut in the steel wall behind their beds, penetrated a brick wall and a steam pipe, and emerged from a manhole outside the Clinton Correctional Faci

  • Are city rents climbing out of reach for working and middle-class families?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Residents need to make $33 an hour, or over $68,000 a year, to afford the average apartment in Los Angeles County.

  • Taking Stock: High-income stocks too risky for retired investors

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Getting a safe 12 to 18 percent dependable income would be purrfect but impossible, even with highly regarded speculative issues such as Mesabi Trust, Portugal Telecom, TICC Capital, LinnCo, Northern Tier Energy, Calumet Specialty Products Partners or Dominion Resources.

  • Low-income housing is in short supply in every U.S county

    Omar Etman, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The message of the Urban Institute's recent report is clear: We're in a housing crisis, and it's going to take support from all levels of government to get us out.

  • Cop feeds baby after mom has seizure; photo goes viral

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A picture of a cop feeding a baby after her mom had gone into a seizure has captured the hearts of people around the world.

  • A message about the family and faith is getting lost in the pope's climate message

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Catholic leaders say that at the center of Pope Francis' encyclical is a message about caring for "human ecosystems," especially our communities and families.

  • PHOTOS: Aurora borealis lights up skies across the U.S.

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    A solar storm reportedly brought the Northern Lights as far south as Texas early Tuesday.

  • How Arizona's immigration policies have fared in the past decade

    Omar Etman, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The southwestern state has a record of implementing laws that, when taken collectively, make life inhospitable for undocumented immigrants.

  • The detention centers that treat immigrant families like prisoners

    Omar Etman, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Recent investigations have found that these centers — created to temporarily contain undocumented women and children seeking asylum — are too prison-like for comfort.

  • It's tough to find brokers to handle small-potato portfolio

    By Malcolm Berko For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Since the Federal Reserve, in its limited wisdom, initiated quantitative easing (proof that money does indeed grow on trees), many brokerages have increased their minimum account size, while many good private money managers have closed their practices to new business and increased their account size to $1 million.

  • Builders gain confidence in new projects, home sales

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed to 59 this month, up five points from 54 in the May reading.

  • Housing and heav'n on Twitter

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Looking online for real estate information in Oklahoma.

  • Friend says suspect in church shooting ranted about race

    Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate — not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arrested in the shooting deaths of nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston. The Wednesday night attack was decried by stunned community leaders and politicians as a hate crime. In the hours after the bloodbath, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate organizations and extremists, said it was not aware of Roof before the

  • Why are American paychecks still stuck?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The economy is in recovery. So why don't workers see that in their paychecks?

  • PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Bill moves across Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    View photos and video below of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Bill as it moves across Texas and into Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma’s U.S. senators oppose anti-torture amendment

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau   | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma’s U.S. senators opposed an amendment approved Tuesday to bar the U.S. government from using “enhanced interrogation” techniques on suspects.

  • Half of Americans close to retirement haven't saved for it

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Baby boomers are facing fewer pensions than previous generations. In 1975, most workers with pensions had a guaranteed lifetime benefit, but today, most retirement plans, like 401(k)s, are based on a worker's contributions.

  • Head of Spokane NAACP quits amid furor over racial identity

    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The president of the NAACP's Spokane, Washington, has resigned as furor mounted over her racial identity after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years though she is actually white. The announcement that Rachel Dolezal was stepping down was posted Monday on the civil rights group's Facebook page. Dolezal has been a longtime figure in Spokane's human-rights community and teaches African studies to college students. The city of Spokane is investigating whether she lied about her ethnicity when she applied to be on the police board. Her mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said the family's ancestry is Czech, Swedish and German, with a trace of

  • The graduation gap: Why poor kids aren't getting through college

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Poor kids have a hard time getting into college. They have an even harder time graduating.

  • Taylor Swift quietly donates $15K to firefighter who saved family in crash

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    A firefighter in Texas, who was shocked to realize his wife and son were involved in a crash he was called to, woke up to another surprise — Taylor Swift had donated $15,000 to their medical funds.