• 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.

  • FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

    By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The Memphis, Tenn.-based delivery company FedEx is accused of shipping the powerful sleeping aid Ambien, anti-anxiety medications Valium and Xanax, and other controlled drugs to customers who had no legitimate medical need and lacked valid prescriptions.

  • Senate panel OKs funding for AWACS planes at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The Senate Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of AWACS funding virtually assures that the current complement of command-and-control aircraft at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base will survive another year.

  • Internet responds to father's heartbreaking request to edit only photos of daughter

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A grieving father asked a forum on Reddit to edit out the tubes and wires that were constantly attached to his daughter during her short six weeks of life, and Redditors overwhelmingly responded to his heartbreaking request.

  • Senate Republicans block effort to reverse Hobby Lobby decision

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Democrats fall just short of necessary votes to advance legislation aimed at requiring for-profit companies to comply with birth control mandate in Affordable Care Act.

  • Nordstrom ads feature models with disabilities

    By BETH J. HARPAZ, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    It’s not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry — unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog.