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  • At a glance: Oklahoma candidate filings

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    At a glance: Oklahoma candidate filings

  • Police: Pa. student flashed 2 knives, injured 20

    KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

  • Tracking MIAs among areas cited in new report on federal duplication

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Government Accountability Office finds 11 more areas of potential overlap and duplication in the fourth annual report required by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s legislation.

  • Worker shortage concerns construction industry

    By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The construction industry says it’s in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college.

  • American is latest airline to tweak flier program

    By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Dallas-based carrier on Tuesday announced changes that make it tougher to redeem miles for a flight during busy travel periods, and to check a bag without a fee.

  • Oklahoma man sentenced in Joplin man’s death

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    JOPLIN, Mo. — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a shooting death in Joplin. Eighteen-year-old Elijah Taylor, of Tulsa, was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages. He also was sentenced to five years for burglary, to run concurrently. Taylor was one of five young men charged in Wages’ death. He was 16 at the time of the murder but was tried as an adult. Testimony indicated the men broke into Wages’ home because they mistakenly believed he had Ecstasy pills and cash. A local newspaper reports Taylor and two other suspects have accepted pleas in the case, a fourth was convicted of second-degree murder and the fifth is

  • U.S. consumers borrow $16.5 billion during February

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Consumer borrowing climbed to $16.5 billion in February, up from a $13.5 billion gain in January, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

  • Same-sex couples in Oklahoma case argue against state's right to define marriage

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    In last brief before oral arguments, couples tell federal appeals court that states don’t have the right to violate constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection.

  • Taking Stock: Make the best of the way things are

    Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Attempts to change the direction of this downward undertow bought about by abrupt changes in our culture will do more harm than good.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's pending retirement leads to two major federal races

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Politically ambitious jump at the chance to run for an open U.S. Senate seat and the U.S. House seat being vacated by incumbent Rep. James Lankford.

  • Disability could trigger eligibility for Supplemental Security Income

    Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    SSI recipients must report changes in living arrangements.

  • Q&A with President Jimmy Carter

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The 39th president discusses issues related to his latest book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.”

  • AMR investors stand to profit on new American Airlines stock

    By Andrea Ahles, Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The value of the stock, which traded for less than a quarter in the low days of the airline’s bankruptcy, is now estimated to reach as much as $28 a share when American Airlines distributes the final shares of its new “AAL” stock to AMR shareholders Tuesday.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn targets obscure agency that sells reports public can get for free

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Coburn, Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine co-sponsor of legislation called the Let Me Google That For You Act to eliminate agency that loses money selling reports, including ones written by Coburn that are posted for free on the senator’s website.

  • Tulsa County court clerk defends Oklahoma's right to define marriage

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    In new legal filing at federal appeals court, a Tulsa County official says ruling against Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage would federalize “a genderless-marriage institution.”

  • U.S., European Union vow to help wean Ukraine off Russian gas

    By RAF CASERT, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The United States and European Union on Wednesday sought ways to reduce the political clout Russia gets from its vast energy reserves by promising to wean Ukraine and the rest of the continent off those supplies.

  • Lawmakers accuse GM of cover-up over small car recall delay

    By MARCY GORDON and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.

  • Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced Wednesday that Kansas on Tuesday became part of a case filed earlier this month in federal court in Oklahoma. Oklahoma filed the lawsuit before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened. It argues the service is not following the process spelled out by federal law. Kansas officials contend that the listing isn’t necessary because the five states with lesser prairie chicken habitats have developed a conservation plan. They are Kansas,

  • U.S. House passes bill to improve tornado forecasting

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Legislation by Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine is aimed at better coordinating federal weather research efforts and tapping the expertise of universities and private companies.

  • Family Medical Leave Act protects woman on Las Vegas vacation, court rules

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    McAfee’s Josh Cline advises employers to take all FMLA requests seriously, and require medical certification for any leave.