• D.C. Notes: Oklahoma's share of federal spending below national average

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Chris Casteel: D.C. Notes for Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

  • It’s official: America is now No. 2

    Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    There’s no easy way to say this, so Brett Arends, MarketWatch columnist, just says it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet. It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.

  • U.S. House sends on defense bill protecting AWACS at Tinker Air Force Base

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Legislation negotiated by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe would also boost the amount of money for aircraft maintenance, the main activity at the sprawling base. Bill now goes to Senate, where Sen. Tom Coburn could stall progress.

  • Woman arrested in UAE mall restroom stabbing of American teacher

    Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- A woman in the United Arab Emirates has been arrested in connection with Monday's fatal stabbing of an American woman at an Abu Dhabi mall, CNN reports UAE Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Thursday. Details about the arrest weren't immediately available. UAE police had said U.S. citizen Ibolya Ryan, 47, died after an unknown attacker stabbed her Monday during a fight in a restroom at the high-end Boutik Mall on Reem Island. Reem Island is a newly developed area of Abu Dhabi where many Western expatriates live.

  • Netflix, 'Frozen' and great-grandmas: 2014 baby name trends

    Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    All those late nights binge-watching shows on Netflix has influenced some of the most popular names of 2014, according to a report from BabyCenter. Can you guess the most popular names of this year?

  • Obama unveils plan to help young American Indians

    By BLAKE NICHOLSON, AP | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. — President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty. Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative calls for programs focused on better preparing young American Indians for college and careers, and developing leadership skills through the Department of Education and the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. Members of the president’s staff also plan to visit reservations next year. The announcement, made as part of the White House Tribal Nations Conference that Obama is hosting on Wednesday, comes five months after the president and his wife visited the impoverished

  • Tinker Air Force Base's entire fleet of AWACS planes would survive another year under defense bill

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe protects planes against Air Force proposal to cut seven of the 27. Rep. Tom Cole already has secured funding for all 27 of the command-and-control planes.

  • #GivingTuesday set to break records in holiday generosity

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    In just two years, Giving Tuesday, charity's answer to Black Friday, has raised $40 million for causes in the U.S. Numbers this year are predicted to double.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Tulsa police captain's lawsuit over Islamic event

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    A Tulsa police officer was punished for not requiring attendance at an Islamic group’s law enforcement appreciation event, and his religion-based lawsuit failed at every level of federal court.

  • ISIS Threat: US Military Warned About Social Media Use

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The FBI on Sunday issued the strongest warning to date about possible attacks by the ISIS terrorist group against the U.S. military inside the homeland, officials tell ABC News. In a joint intelligence bulletin issued overnight by the FBI with the Department of Homeland Security, officials strongly urged those who serve in uniform to scrub their social media accounts of anything that might bring unwanted attention from "violent extremists" or would help the extremists learn individual service members' identities.

  • Mobile banking reaches out to the world's poor

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Over 5 billion people in the world now have mobile access, and most of them have never had access to a bank account. That won't be true for long.

  • Egypt militant group says it killed U.S. oil worker

    By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, AP | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    CAIRO — An Egyptian militant organization allied with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which now refers to itself as the Sinai Province, said on its official Twitter account late Sunday that it killed William Henderson. It published pictures of his passport and two identification cards. It did not say when or how it killed him. The passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co., a joint venture with Egypt. Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt’s Western Desert.

  • Papa Murphy's stock provides investors a piece of the pie

    Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Dear Mr. Berko: I'm 42 and a conservative, long-term investor. Since 2002, I have carefully built up a portfolio of 22 growth stocks, worth $140,000. I am thinking of taking a risk and buying 200 shares of Papa Murphy's, a take-and-bake pizza company. What do you think of this stock as an investment? DP, Detroit Dear DP: I once thought that the greatest invention in the world was the wheel, until I had my first pizza. Then I realized the world's greatest invention was beer. A wheel just doesn't go so well with pizza as beer, and pizza is almost as good as sex. There are about 80,000 pizza joints in the U.S. — including Domino’s, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut and Papa John's — that deliver to your home, your office or

  • David Boren, Jim Inhofe still shaping Oklahoma's future

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Forty years ago, David Boren beat Jim Inhofe in the Oklahoma governor’s race. Inhofe, now a U.S. senator, vowed to leave politics, but he stuck around. And he and Boren, the University of Oklahoma’s longtime president, are still major influences in the state.

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired

    JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning, and a bomb squad was called in to search his vehicle. The man also targeted a U.S. courthouse and the Mexican Consulate, Assistant Poice Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference. Officers were searching the suspect’s Austin-area residents for possible explosives. Police did not immediately confirm whether the man, whose name was not immediately released, had explosives. The gunfire was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Munguia said, and some bullets hit police headquarters. Munguia did not immediately say whether the consulate and the courthouse were damaged. Both were closed at the time

  • Homeless tell their own stories with personal cameras

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Few people know about the lives of the homeless. One project gives them cameras to record their daily activities and their histories — and dispel some of the myths about America's 3.5 homeless people.

  • Latinos are 'very optimistic' about America's future

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    A new survey indicates that Latinos —from undocumented immigrants to fourth-generation citizens — may be more optimistic about America than anyone else.

  • Faith and social justice are helping California's oldest college wipe out poverty

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Founded by Jesuits and located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California's oldest college is uniquely situated to use start-up culture to wipe out poverty.

  • The UN, child rights, parents and sexuality education

    Susan Roylance, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    As the U.N. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the treaty on the Rights of the Child, many countries spoke out on the rights of the parents to determine the sex education of their children, and a recognition of religious and cultural values.

  • Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

    By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB, AP | Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.