Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Best of 2014: Future Islands, Jenny Lewis, Makonnen & Drake

Future Islands

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look back at some of our favorite tracks of 2014 from Future Islands, Jenny Lewis, Makonnen & Drake.

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US News
3:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

'Torture Report': Did Harsh Interrogations Help Find Osama Bin Laden?

The CIA has long maintained that its advanced interrogation techniques led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Rahimullah Yousafzai AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:52 pm

One of the big arguments the Central Intelligence Agency has used to defend its enhanced interrogation techniques is that information stemming from those interrogations led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

More specifically, officials have argued that those types of questionings led to important information about Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, the courier that led the U.S. to bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Sen. Coburn Releases Report Criticizing Tax Expenditures

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

Read the full report here.

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Health
1:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wellness At Work Often Comes With Strings Attached

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:05 pm

If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there's no real evidence as to whether these plans actually improve the health of employees.

One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs to requiring comprehensive health screenings.

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Local News
8:53 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Headlines: Pruitt Reaction, Federal Spending & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Tuesday, December 9. 2014:

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is denying a secretive alliance with energy firms. (NewsOK)

  • A new study shows Oklahoma is dependent on federal spending almost as much as the rest of the nation. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill High School is changing its Redskins mascot after 88 years. (NewsOK)

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue December 9, 2014

A Child's Imagination at Christmas

Children’s wishes for Christmas can sometimes be larger than life and not always easy for Santa to fulfill.

Jennifer Dennis-Smith talks about the far-out experiences with her son in this week’s JenX.


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Business
5:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

While people can often estimate how much they might need for 10 or 15 years of retirement, that calculation becomes more difficult for retirement that could last 20 years or more.
Gary Waters Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

Retirement for baby boomers will look different than it did for their parents — Americans are living longer, health care costs more, fewer people have pensions today, and many people facing retirement haven't saved much.

All of that makes managing the nest egg you do have even more vital. But many people need and want guidance on what they should do to make sure their retirement savings last.

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The Two-Way
8:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Justice Department Vows To Fight States That Violate Indian Child Welfare Law

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:23 pm

In the middle of a lengthy speech to Native American tribes last week, Attorney General Eric Holder planted the Justice Department firmly on the side of tribes against states, as the tribes struggle to keep their families together.

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Around the Nation
6:15 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Alexandra Starr

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries.

More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey.

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Business
4:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:57 pm

Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring.

So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads.

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