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Motorcyclist, 19, killed in collision

posted: 05/26/2015 6:24 a.m. Discuss

A 19-year-old Jonesboro man was killed Monday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Jonesboro, authorities said.

Russia to stage air combat drills

posted: 05/26/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered four days of air combat readiness testing, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months.

12 lost in Texas river; Mexico twister kills 13

updated: 05/26/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

Intense storms lash, soak state, spawn tornado

posted: 05/26/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Severe storms that originated in north Texas and southern Oklahoma pushed into Arkansas on Monday afternoon with heavy rains and winds clocking in at up to 80 mph.

Legislature starts short session today

posted: 05/26/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Military vehicles, agency mergers, the state's DWI laws and a Southern bloc primary are on the agenda for a special legislative session that starts today and officials hope will wrap up by week's end.

Biden reassures Iraqi leader of U.S. support

posted: 05/26/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.

Panel on exams takes next step

posted: 05/26/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review concluded five days and 40 hours of testimony last week on the education standards and standardized tests used in the state's 237 public school districts and 18 charter school systems.

Obama pays tribute at Arlington

updated: 05/26/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and thanking American soldiers and their families for sacrifices made from World War II through the war in Afghanistan.

Meara, half of famed comedy duo, dies at 85

updated: 05/26/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Anne Meara, who became famous as half of one of the most successful male-female comedy teams of all time and went on to enjoy a long and diverse career as an actress and, late in life, a playwright, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85.

Report cites big gaps in state, U.S. test scores

posted: 05/26/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A report on student testing released Thursday finds big gaps in most states between the percentage of students shown to be proficient in reading and math on state tests and the much lower number found to be proficient on a national benchmark test.

Charter said near Time Warner Cable buy

updated: 05/26/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $55.1 billion in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

56 Cleveland protesters in court

updated: 05/26/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Dozens of protesters appeared in court Monday in Cleveland on misdemeanor charges, some still wearing T-shirts with messages like "I Can't Breathe" or "Black Lives Matter." The 56 defendants had been jailed since a demonstration Saturday that followed a Cleveland police officer's acquittal on manslaughter charges.

U.S., Cleveland reach police-abuse deal

updated: 05/26/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.

Afghan police station under siege

updated: 05/26/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said Monday from inside the compound.

No executions at shootout, Mexico says

updated: 05/26/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll.

Turkmen leader calls own statue serving people

posted: 05/26/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse -- a move aimed at burnishing the leader's burgeoning personality cult.

U.K. voter list won't include EU citizens

posted: 05/26/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

With the Labor Party accepting that a referendum on British membership in the European Union is inevitable, the Conservative government announced Monday that the list of eligible voters would be similar to that of the recent general election -- meaning that most EU citizens living in Britain will not be able to vote.

Australian coroner inquest probes hostage-taker’s life

posted: 05/26/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.

Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert gets 8 months in 2nd bribery term

updated: 05/26/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with Palestinians.

The World in Brief

updated: 05/26/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Tunisian soldier kills 7 at barracks TUNIS, Tunisia -- A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in the capital Monday, killing seven people before he was killed, a spokesman for Tunisia's Defense Ministry said.

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