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Philander Smith locks down Sunday after chase, police say

posted: 09/01/2014 1:06 p.m. Discuss

Philander Smith College on Sunday locked down its dormitories for an hour and a half after three students led police on a chase through campus, Little Rock police said Monday.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

posted: 09/01/2014 10:21 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken

posted: 09/01/2014 10:20 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Iraq's outgoing prime minister travelled to a small northern Shiite town Monday, praising its residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier.

China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

posted: 09/01/2014 10:16 a.m. Discuss

HONG KONG — China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

posted: 09/01/2014 10:10 a.m. Discuss

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Protesters briefly storm Pakistan state TV station

posted: 09/01/2014 10:08 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD — Anti-government protesters stormed Pakistan's state television building Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed closer to the prime minister's residence.

Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

posted: 09/01/2014 10:06 a.m. Discuss

HRABSKE, Ukraine — Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere.

Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy

posted: 09/01/2014 10:05 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.

Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

posted: 09/01/2014 10 a.m. Discuss

ERIE, Colo. — All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

posted: 09/01/2014 9:59 a.m. Discuss

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

posted: 09/01/2014 9:50 a.m. Discuss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Shootings reported by NYC West Indian parade route

posted: 09/01/2014 9:48 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Hours before the West Indian Day Parade stepped off Monday, police reported multiple shootings — one of them deadly — near the route for the political see-and-be-seen event, which has been scarred by violence in recent years.

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

posted: 09/01/2014 9:43 a.m. Discuss

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

U.S. air power aids retaking of Iraqi town

posted: 09/01/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- A coalition of Shiite militias, regular Iraqi army units and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, on Sunday broke a long siege of Amirli, a town in northern Iraq that for weeks had been surrounded by Sunni extremists who threatened to slaughter thousands of Shiite residents.

Putin calls on Ukraine to start 'statehood' talks

posted: 09/01/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Sunday called on Ukraine to begin talks on "the statehood" of that country's rebellious southeast, a vague and provocative turn of phrase used by Putin as he demanded that the Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russia separatists.

Groups ask state high court to strike voter-ID law

posted: 09/01/2014 3:22 a.m. Comments 21

With the question of the legality of Arkansas' voter-identification requirement pending before the state Supreme Court, college professors, black lawyers and civil-rights groups are asking the high court to strike down the law.

LR schools seeking facilities-plan input

posted: 09/01/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School Board's unanimous vote last week to accept the results of a year-long facilities study from its consultants is the first step in what will be a lengthy process to upgrade the campuses in the state's largest school district.

Pakistani military urges clashes' end

posted: 09/01/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD -- Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis that has triggered the biggest challenge yet to his authority.

No open Hong Kong nominations

posted: 09/01/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."

Senegal's Ebola said WHO's 'top priority'

posted: 09/01/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

DAKAR, Senegal -- The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

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