Republican Party leaders gathered in Washington this week for their annual winter meetings. They approved new rules for the 2016 presidential primaries designed to create a more orderly path to the GOP nomination — and, the party hopes, to the White House.
But this week's meeting also provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort begun a year ago to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.
The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. And in an unprecedented move, the NTSB made its recommendations jointly with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
With the huge increase in oil shipped by train across North America, the agencies warn another major disaster could be looming.
Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahomans should implement water conservation practices as drought and dry conditions continue in the state.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 64 percent of Oklahoma remains in a drought. Those conditions will affect water availability throughout the state, particularly in southwestern Oklahoma where sustained, exceptionally dry conditions have led to record low lake levels along the Red River.
A spokesman for the American Bankers Association says former Okla. Gov. Frank Keating is "exploring all options" with respect to a possible run at Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.
Spokesman John Hall released a statement Friday indicating Keating will "make a decision soon." Keating is the president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Bankers Association. Hall said Keating was not available for comment.
The 69-year-old Republican served two terms as Oklahoma's governor from 1994 to 2002.
Regulators have closed a small lender in Oklahoma, the second U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over The Bank of Union. BancFirst, based in Oklahoma City, has agreed to assume Bank of Union's deposits and to buy $225.5 million of the failed bank's assets.
Bank of Union has one branch in Oklahoma City and another one about 30 miles away in El Reno, Okla. It had $331.4 million in assets and $328.8 million in deposits as of Sept. 30.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, gavels open the Geneva II conference in Montreux, Switzerland, on January 22, 2014.
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Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:10 am
Windows XP may have been largely developed in a different millennium, but it's not going into retirement without a fight.
Even as Microsoft promotes Windows 8, its latest operating system, Windows XP is still the second-most used OS on nonmobile computers, according to Net Applications web analytics. Debuting in 2001, XP lasted through three new Microsoft operating systems and the growth of mobile technology.
Authorities respond to protesters at Independence Square in December 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Mass protest actions started after the president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych refused the association agreement with the European Union.
At least two protesters were killed this week in clashes with police, and protesters seized government offices in scores of cities in the pro-Western part of Ukraine. The two-month-long crisis turned violent after the passage of anti-dissent legislation.
“That obviously did not sit well with those that have been spending many cold nights out protesting,” says Rebecca Cruise, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies and an expert on international security and political participation. “These things often feed upon themselves. We hear stories of old men handing rocks to protesters that are then throwing them.”
Ken Rudin, the "Political Junkie" formerly of NPR, writes in his weekly column Oklahoma's upcoming Senate race has all the makings of, once again, another Republican family feud between the conservative and the very conservative wing of the party.
Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who wasn’t up until 2016, announced last week he would resign his seat at the end of this year. That immediately brought two-term Rep. James Lankford into the race … and hours later, hints from freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine that he’s going to run as well.