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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor $376,300, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that Hildale-based Reliance Electric Inc. used five workers under age 14, including a 13-year-old who operated a forklift, in the city on the Utah-Arizona border.

Hildale, Utah and its sister town of Colorado City, Arizona, are home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a polygamous sect.

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 664 rigs were seeking oil and 209 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,889 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one.

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NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and layoffs.

Low oil and gas prices are good for the overall economy because they reduce costs for consumers and business. U.S. economic growth was higher in the second quarter, and economists say that was partly fueled by consumers spending some of their savings on gasoline at stores and restaurants.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — First-degree murder charges have been formally filed against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler's office filed the charges Friday against 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever. Court records did not show whether the brothers are represented by an attorney.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pair of earthquakes has rattled parts of northern Oklahoma previously shaken by a swarm of earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblors were recorded Friday in Logan County, the first at 5:38 a.m. about 14 miles northeast of Crescent, located about 35 miles north of Oklahoma City. The magnitude 2.6 quake occurred at a depth of less than two miles.

Geologists say the second quake was recorded about eight miles north of Langston at about 8:30 a.m. The 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at a depth of about two miles.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Experts are citing higher costs behind a decrease in the number of test takers in Oklahoma for the GED high school equivalency test.

The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/1IutVDi ) reports that data provided by the state show that the number of test takers fell by 60 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.

In January 2014, Pearson VUE began administering the GED, and once Pearson took over the test doubled in price to around $130. The new GED eliminated paper tests and only can be administered online.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Researchers at the University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing are using a $300,000 federal grant to focus on improving health and eliminating urban health disparities in the state.

The proposed study couples community outreach with an enhanced web-based health risk assessment that will be used by participants to manage their health. It's designed to give participants additional tools for improving health, including individualized health coaching, goal-setting skills and immediate feedback on their health status.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — FBI Director James Comey has named Scott Cruse as special agent in charge of the FBI's Oklahoma Division, which covers all 77 counties in the state.

Cruse comes to Oklahoma City from London, where he served as legal attaché as part of the FBI's International Operations Division. Cruse replaces former Special Agent in Charge James Finch, who has retired.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old boy who has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl in north Tulsa.

The suspect was charged with first-degree murder, as well as assault and battery with a deadly weapon on Thursday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials in Oklahoma and voting rights advocates have announced an agreement to provide more voter registration access to Oklahoma citizens and stave off a potential lawsuit over the state's compliance with federal voting laws.

Details of the settlement agreement were released on Thursday by the Oklahoma State Election Board and a group that had voiced concerns about Oklahoma's compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

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