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Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

posted: 01/31/2015 5:17 p.m. Discuss

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.

Video purports to show Islamic State beheading Japanese journalist

posted: 01/31/2015 2:55 p.m. Discuss

CAIRO — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.

Late call, free throws sink Hogs

posted: 01/31/2015 2:46 p.m. Comments 3

Michael Frazier II hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining and Florida escaped with a 57-56 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

posted: 01/31/2015 2:24 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants

posted: 01/31/2015 12:40 p.m. Discuss

El-ARISH, Egypt — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US

posted: 01/31/2015 12:37 p.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES — A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States.

Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

posted: 01/31/2015 12:10 p.m. Discuss

ATLANTA — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital.

Attorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case

posted: 01/31/2015 10:56 a.m. Discuss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim.

Automakers recall more than 2M vehicles for faulty air bags

posted: 01/31/2015 10:15 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for faulty air bags that may inflate while the car is running.

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

posted: 01/31/2015 9:56 a.m. Discuss

PARIS — French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies

posted: 01/31/2015 9:47 a.m. Discuss

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.

Man detained over suitcase found stuffed with human remains

posted: 01/31/2015 9:33 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO — A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with human remains, authorities said.

Bump legislators' pay to $39,400, panel says

posted: 01/31/2015 3:02 a.m. Comments 10

Most Independent Citizens Commission members want to more than double state legislators' salaries.

Slacker growth in GDP caps '14

updated: 01/30/2015 11:24 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government spending and a widening trade gap took some of the shine off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years.

Part of I-430/I-630 redo on verge of traffic

updated: 01/30/2015 11:24 p.m. Comment 1

Motorists in all likelihood will drive today on the first completed structures in the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock.

PB mayor: Fired chief to be paid $350,000

posted: 01/31/2015 2:56 a.m. Comment 1

PINE BLUFF -- Pine Bluff has agreed to pay a former police chief $350,000 to settle a federal lawsuit, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said Friday afternoon.

Agency paper: Save if 8 lottery jobs cut

updated: 01/30/2015 11:27 p.m. Discuss

Eight employees at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could have their positions eliminated, reducing salaries by more than $400,000 a year, if the lottery becomes part of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, a department document states. The employees range from the department's spokesman to a postal courier.

Shelling kills 12 Donetsk civilians

updated: 01/31/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops, as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.

Obama rolls out quest for gene-targeted medicine

updated: 01/30/2015 11:44 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Declaring that "the possibilities are boundless," President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on a million Americans so that scientists can develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual patients.

Bombing of Pakistan Shiite mosque kills 56

updated: 01/31/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.

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