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Big donations rolling in fast for 2016 race

updated: 08/02/2015 5:20 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 60 donors have given at least $1 million to independent political committees supporting Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls, accounting for about one-third of the more than $380 million brought in so far for the 2016 presidential election.

State on sidelines in fray over fetal-tissue program

updated: 08/02/2015 5:19 a.m. Discuss

Planned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas do not participate in the fetal-tissue program that has drawn national attention in recent weeks, a spokesman for the organization said.

Of 12 interested, 5 put in applications for charter schools

updated: 08/02/2015 5:18 a.m. Discuss

The five organizations now applying to establish open-enrollment charter schools in Arkansas for the 2016-17 school year include one of the oldest charter-school operators in the state and two others with ties to school-choice programs in Washington, D.C.

State booting up computer-science courses

updated: 08/02/2015 5:16 a.m. Discuss

This fall, the Natural State will be the first in which every high school and charter school offers at least one computer-science course.

Taliban's new chief appeals for unity

updated: 08/02/2015 5:15 a.m. Discuss

In his first public remarks as leader of the Taliban, newly elected chief Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor urged those within the organization to settle their differences while continuing the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Tweets dish up how states eat, exercise

posted: 08/02/2015 5:14 a.m. Discuss

What does Twitter say about your diet? According to an analysis of 50 million tweets, Mississippi loves cake, Virginia can’t get enough bacon, and Colorado likes chocolate bars. And how do we burn off those calories? Judging by those same tweets, Colorado runs a lot, Virginia swims a bit and Mississippi likes to dance.

Kim Il Sung cuts new figure

posted: 08/02/2015 5:12 a.m. Discuss

In North Korea, there’s no escaping the Kim family.

Tribe in S.D. going into ‘pot’ business

posted: 08/02/2015 5:10 a.m. Discuss

If the tribe gets its way, tourists will soon be able to go to a South Dakota Indian reservation, buy a cigarette-size marijuana joint for $10 to $15 and try their luck at the nearby casino.

In Iraq, summer camps teach kids combat

posted: 08/02/2015 5:08 a.m. Discuss

In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.

U.S. seeks to satisfy Texas judge

posted: 08/02/2015 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked a federal judge not to find him and other Obama administration officials in contempt after his agency recovered work permits mistakenly issued after the court halted President Barack Obama's contentious immigration initiative.

Texas trooper's file flags conduct in '14

posted: 08/02/2015 5:05 a.m. Discuss

The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file.

Fires in California rage; 1 fireman dies

posted: 08/02/2015 5:04 a.m. Discuss

Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground.

No deal as Hawaii trade talks end

posted: 08/02/2015 5:03 a.m. Discuss

Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.

Unions to work without Verizon deal

posted: 08/02/2015 5:02 a.m. Discuss

Unions representing Verizon workers in nine states say their members will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled with the wireless carrier.

Kerry in Egypt for security talks

posted: 08/02/2015 5:01 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.

Threat in Syria targets U.S.-allied rebels

posted: 08/02/2015 5 a.m. Discuss

Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate threatened to attack all U.S.-backed rebels entering the country, after the U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes on the jihadists' positions in Syria in retaliation for the abduction of members of a rebel brigade trained by the Pentagon.

Peruvian security unit frees 54 from captivity

updated: 08/02/2015 4:59 a.m. Discuss

Peruvian security forces rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, being held captive by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region, an official said Saturday.

3 bin Laden kin among 4 dead in U.K. plane crash

posted: 08/02/2015 4:58 a.m. Discuss

Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed when a private jet crashed on landing in southern England, British police confirmed Saturday.

Plane debris arrives in France for testing

posted: 08/02/2015 4:57 a.m. Discuss

A wing flap suspected to be from a Boeing 777, the same model as the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.

Ukrainian urges Russia to negotiate

posted: 08/02/2015 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Ukraine's foreign minister called on Russia to take part in "real negotiations" about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine's war-torn east, which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored.

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