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Armstrong tells Oprah he doped

updated: 01/14/2013 6:14 p.m. Discuss

A person familiar with the situation says Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

LR Marathon officials unveil 2013 medal designs

posted: 01/14/2013 5:36 p.m. Discuss

Medals that will be awarded to finishers of the 2013 Little Rock Marathon races were unveiled Monday by marathon officials.

Lane closures on I-40 in Lonoke for bridge maintenance

posted: 01/14/2013 4:30 p.m. Discuss

Bridge maintenance on Interstate 40 will mean lane closures in Lonoke this week.

Military suicides hit record 349 in 2012

posted: 01/14/2013 1 p.m. Comments 3

Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will worsen this year.

Ex-President George H.W. Bush leaves the hospital

posted: 01/14/2013 12:58 p.m. Discuss

Former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston hospital where he spent nearly two months recovering from an illness that began with a bronchitis-related cough.

Iraq says it freed hundreds of inmates

posted: 01/14/2013 12:22 p.m. Discuss

Iraq has begun setting free hundreds of inmates, officials said Monday, offering a concession to Sunni protesters demonstrating against the country’s Shiite-led government.

Obama seeks raise in debt limit, gun legislation

posted: 01/14/2013 11:30 a.m. Comments 38

President Barack Obama demanded Monday that Congress raise the federal debt limit quickly, warning that “Social Security benefits and veterans’ checks will be delayed if they don’t,” and cautioning Republicans not to insist on concessions in exchange.

Ex-UCA president pleads guilty to misdemeanor

posted: 01/14/2013 11:23 a.m. Comments 7

Former University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge tied to a mishandled offer from a food contractor to renovate the president's home.

State Legislature back in session

updated: 01/14/2013 1:44 p.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Legislature convenes today at noon at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

Toyota retakes global auto sales crown from GM

posted: 01/14/2013 11:13 a.m. Discuss

Toyota has once again dethroned General Motors as the world’s top-selling automaker.

Obama: Gun control specifics to come within days

posted: 01/14/2013 11:10 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama says he’s reviewing a list of proposals from Vice President Joe Biden about how to reduce gun violence and expects to present specifics later this week.

Too many theaters, too few movies in central Arkansas

posted: 01/14/2013 11:08 a.m. Comment 1

By all accounts, 2012 was a record year for domestic movie ticket sales, which hit or may have even topped $11 billion, depending on your source, Eric H. Harrison writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

Lowell Republican named co-leader of joint budget

posted: 01/14/2013 10:58 a.m. Discuss

Republican Rep. Duncan Baird of Lowell has been named the House co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

Inmate's toilet-paper appeal rejected

posted: 01/14/2013 10:29 a.m. Comments 9

A federal appeals court says the Faulkner County sheriff’s office did not violate the constitutional rights of an inmate by only issuing him one roll of toilet paper per week.

State Sen. Sample proposes tax rise to aid forestry agency

posted: 01/14/2013 10:24 a.m. Comments 3

A Hot Springs senator has proposed an increase in the tax that private timberland owners pay to help the financially troubled Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Dixon, ex-KATV news director, takes Pryor Center helm

posted: 01/14/2013 9:04 a.m. Comments 2

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas has made Randy Dixon its director effective Monday.

Arkansas participates in new horse travel permit

posted: 01/14/2013 8:16 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is among more than a dozen states participating in a new interstate travel permit for horse events.

Coca-Cola to address obesity for first time in ads

posted: 01/14/2013 8:11 a.m. Comment 1

Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.

Activists: 13 killed in airstrike near Damascus

posted: 01/14/2013 7:57 a.m. Discuss

A Syrian airstrike slammed into a house in a rebellious suburb of Damascus early Monday, killing at least 13 people including eight children, activists said, as President Bashar Assad’s regime ramped up its operations against the opposition strongholds ringing the capital.

India’s army chief warns Pakistan of retaliation

posted: 01/14/2013 7:55 a.m. Discuss

India’s army chief Monday accused Pakistan of planning an attack in which two Indian soldiers were killed in the disputed Kashmir region last week, and warned of possible retaliation.

Mali Islamists gain ground despite French fighting

updated: 01/14/2013 12:20 p.m. Discuss

Despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali on Monday, including a strategic military camp, drawing them much closer to the capital, French and Malian military officials said.

Palace: Prince William and Kate’s baby due in July

posted: 01/14/2013 7:48 a.m. Discuss

Palace officials say Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s first baby is due in July and that her condition is improving.

Beer, wine sales can start in Benton County this week

posted: 01/14/2013 7:28 a.m. Discuss

Beer and wine can be sold in retail stores in Benton County starting this week for the first time since World War II.

Search continues for missing Wynne police officer

posted: 01/14/2013 7:25 a.m. Discuss

The search continues Monday for a Wynne police officer who is missing after falling into the St. Francis River.

Fayetteville man killed after vehicle rolls

posted: 01/14/2013 6:30 a.m. Discuss

A 20-year-old Fayetteville man was killed early Sunday when the vehicle he was riding in veered off the road and rolled multiple times, authorities said.

Light wintry mix moves through state

updated: 01/14/2013 9:52 a.m. Discuss

A light wintry mix is possible for parts of Arkansas on Monday, but forecasters say accumulations are expected to be minimal.

Syrian warplanes strike near capital

posted: 01/14/2013 5:01 a.m. Discuss

Syrian fighter jets on Sunday bombed Damascus suburbs in a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas around the capital, activists said, as clashes raged around army bases and airfields in the country’s north.

Mubarak’s life term tossed

posted: 01/14/2013 4:56 a.m. Discuss

An Egyptian court Sunday ordered a retrial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, granting an appeal of the former autocrat’s life sentence for failing to prevent the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule.

Blast after raid kills 7 Afghans

posted: 01/14/2013 4:54 a.m. Discuss

An explosion in a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday left at least seven civilians dead just after a joint U.S. and Afghan military raid killed four Taliban fighters there, Afghan officials said.

Combat dog on special mission

posted: 01/14/2013 4:52 a.m. Comment 1

Arnold des Contes D’Hoffmann, who joined the Department of Defense in 2008, has never been to Afghanistan or Iraq. But many of his progeny have deployed to the war zones and are credited with saving American lives.

Affleck, Argo win Globes

posted: 01/14/2013 4:51 a.m. Discuss

The Iran hostage thriller Argo was a surprise best-drama winner at Sunday’s Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epic Lincoln, which had emerged as an awards-season favorite.

Oklahoma City sees 99 slayings in 2012

posted: 01/14/2013 4:45 a.m. Discuss

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said drugs and gangs are the reason for a spike in homicides in the city during 2012.

Credit-card cut surprises Vatican

posted: 01/14/2013 4:45 a.m. Discuss

A senior Vatican official says he is “truly surprised” that the Bank of Italy ordered credit card payments suspended in the tiny city-state and insists the Vatican has taken adequate measures to fight money laundering.

Police shoot gunman in theater

posted: 01/14/2013 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Moviegoers at a San Diego theater ducked for cover as police stormed in during a movie and shot and wounded an armed domestic violence suspect pretending to be a moviegoer.

Witnesses describe failed Somalia raid

posted: 01/14/2013 4:41 a.m. Discuss

The night of mayhem and death started with the sound of helicopters above pitch black fields.

Sandy Hook’s fate weighs on Newtown

posted: 01/14/2013 4:40 a.m. Discuss

Talk about Sandy Hook Elementary School is turning from last month’s massacre to the future, with differing opinions on whether students and staff members should ever return to the building where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Georgia frees 190 political prisoners

posted: 01/14/2013 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Georgia freed 190 political prisoners who were incarcerated under the previous government after a law pushed through by the country’s new parliament went into effect.

Memorials honor cruise-ship victims

posted: 01/14/2013 4:37 a.m. Discuss

Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck and relatives of the 32 people who died marked the first anniversary of the grounding Sunday with the unveiling of memorials to the victims, a tearful Mass in their honor and a minute of silence to recall the exact moment that the cruise ship rammed into a reef off Tuscany.

India arrests 6 more in 2nd rape

posted: 01/14/2013 4:34 a.m. Discuss

Police said Sunday that they arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a brutal attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital enraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.

The world in brief

posted: 01/14/2013 4:32 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Raids are continuing right now.There were raids last night; there will be more this afternoon and tomorrow.” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on the French-led effort to take back Mali’s north from Islamist rebels Article, 1A

The nation in brief

posted: 01/14/2013 4:31 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “To tear it down completely would be like saying to evil, ‘You’ve won.’” Fran Bresson, who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School in the 1950s, on the suggestion of some Newtown, Conn., residents to destroy the school where 26 people were killed Article, this page

Names and faces

posted: 01/14/2013 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are getting married. Wilde’s spokesman, Joy Fehily, confirmed the engagement this weekend.

In the news

posted: 01/14/2013 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Clifford Boyson, 66, of Davenport, Iowa, was reunited with his 70-year-old sister, Betty Billadeau, 65 years after foster care separated the siblings, thanks to 7-year-old Eddie Hanzelin, the son of Boyson’s landlord, who found Billadeau by searching Facebook and was presented with a $125 check in appreciation.

District’s assessment fee up in air

posted: 01/14/2013 4:22 a.m. Discuss

The 2013 assessment rate for a southwest Little Rock improvement district remains unsettled after its board improperly increased fees in 2012 to build an events center.

In Jefferson County, school built in ’30s to close in May

posted: 01/14/2013 4:19 a.m. Discuss

For decades, children approaching their early teenage years in the Jefferson County town of Redfield have gone to classes in a small, local school building.

Hospital addition subject of lecture

posted: 01/14/2013 4 a.m. Discuss

The design and construction of the $121 million South Wing addition to Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be the focus of a Tuesday lecture at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service held in partnership with the Architecture and Design Network.

Other days

posted: 01/14/2013 3:56 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO Jan. 14, 1913 NEW YORK — “Women of Arkansas will win the ballot in 1914,” declare the officers of the National Woman Suffrage Association, who have prepared a chart showing the date when, they are determined, the states that have not already fallen will capitulate in the fight for equal rights.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 01/14/2013 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations.

Obituaries

posted: 01/14/2013 3:55 a.m. Discuss

OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

EDITORIALS: Who you gonna believe?

posted: 01/14/2013 3:54 a.m. Discuss

TODAY we come to praise Arkansas schools. They are among the tops in the nation! Our kids are learning, teachers are succeeding, and education is happening.

Why my house is gun-less

posted: 01/14/2013 3:53 a.m. Comments 84

After the Newtown massacre, a friend asked me if I kept a gun in my house. No, I do not, for several reasons. The first is personal experience.

COLUMNISTS: Call it goon control

posted: 01/14/2013 3:51 a.m. Discuss

A task force set up by President Barack Obama after the Sandy Hook massacre will soon produce its proposals to reduce gun violence. The deliberation involves some big strategic decisions.

Why spending continues

posted: 01/14/2013 3:50 a.m. Discuss

The most distinctive part of the last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” wasn’t that it made our debt problem worse (although it did). No, it was that hardly anyone seemed to care that it made our debt problem worse.

LETTERS

posted: 01/14/2013 3:49 a.m. Comments 5

At last, wisdom emerges Finally, a comment from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education that makes sense.

AFC: Patriots beat Texans, get Ravens rematch

posted: 01/14/2013 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Tom Brady is so good at this playoff thing he seems to be going for a championship every year.

SEC WOMEN: Vandy women hard to disrupt

posted: 01/14/2013 3:39 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas couldn’t slow down one of the SEC’s best offenses Sunday.

PGA TOUR SONY OPEN: Henley wins rookie face-off

posted: 01/14/2013 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Russell Henley made a lasting impression in his rookie debut on the PGA Tour with a record-setting performance Sunday in the Sony Open.

COMMENTARY: Gonzalez, Falcons not done just yet

posted: 01/14/2013 3:35 a.m. Discuss

The old pro was on the sideline, resigned to the fact that this would turn out like so many games of the past. In the 16 years Tony Gonzalez has played tight end in the NFL, so many seasons ended early that he couldn’t expect this one to be any different.

NBA: Johnson, Nets rally

posted: 01/14/2013 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-86 Sunday night.

TOP 25 MEN: Ohio State hands Michigan 1st loss

posted: 01/14/2013 3:32 a.m. Discuss

A ball that rattled around the rim and bounced out separated Michigan from its first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years. Point guard Trey Burke’s step back jumper with 17 seconds went down, then came out, leaving No. 2 Michigan on the wrong side of a 56-53 loss to rival and 15th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.

Three teams back in NFL’s final four

posted: 01/14/2013 3:30 a.m. Discuss

One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one — at least to one of the teams.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 01/14/2013 3:26 a.m. Discuss

UAPB men at Alcorn State WHEN 7:30 p.m. WHERE David L. Whitney Gymnasium, Lorman, Miss.

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 01/14/2013 3:25 a.m. Discuss

NETS 97, PACERS 86 INDIANA (86) George 6-18 0-0 15, West 11-19 5-6 27, Hibbert 3-5 0-0 6, Hill 6-13 0-0 13, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0, Green 5-13 4-4 15, T.Hansbrough 1-4 0-0 2, Mahinmi 2-2 1-2 5, Augustin 1-4 0-0 3, O.Johnson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 35-83 10-12 86.

Women’s standings

posted: 01/14/2013 3:24 a.m. Discuss

SUN BELT SATURDAY’S RESULTS Arkansas State 48, La.-Lafayette 39 Fla. International 55, UALR 53 Middle Tennessee 66, La.-Monroe 48 W. Kentucky 86, Florida Atlantic 68 North Texas 67, South Alabama 47

Men’s standings

posted: 01/14/2013 3:22 a.m. Discuss

SUN BELT SATURDAY’S RESULTS UALR 88, Fla. International 76 La.-Lafayette 61, Arkansas State 56 Middle Tennessee 66, La.-Monroe 57 North Texas 66, South Alabama 56 Florida Atlantic 65, W. Kentucky 62

Second thoughts

posted: 01/14/2013 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Aw, guys, don’t lose pig snouts The Hogettes will oink no more.

Off the wire

posted: 01/14/2013 3:16 a.m. Discuss

BASKETBALL Clarke sprain ‘significant’ Butler guard Rotnei Clarke went through a light workout Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, one day after he crashed into a basket support and injured his neck, the school said.

State sports briefs

posted: 01/14/2013 3:15 a.m. Discuss

BASKETBALL Richardson to speak at Tip-Off Club Former Arkansas men’s basketball coach Nolan Richardson will be the guest speaker at the Downtown Tip-Off Club. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce with the program beginning at noon.

Plane fire shows battery risk

posted: 01/14/2013 3:11 a.m. Discuss

When firefighters at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened a hatch of a burning Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner, they encountered a hazard from something almost ubiquitous in modern life: lithium-based batteries.

Microsoft missed chance at Vegas show, analysts say

posted: 01/14/2013 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America’s gaudiest gadget show a year too early.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Together Nokia, Microsoft cook up a serviceable little smart phone

posted: 01/14/2013 3 a.m. Discuss

A new year means new beginnings for some, and two companies are taking that to heart with a new gadget.

Retransmitter of broadcast TV plans to cast wider net in 2013

posted: 01/14/2013 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Armed with almost $40 million in new financing and feeling optimistic about legal battles, Aereo, a new television-distribution service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, is planning a major expansion.

EHarmony CEO aims to rekindle site

posted: 01/14/2013 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Neil Clark Warren thinks he’s the best match for EHarmony Inc.

ON COMPUTERS: Speech-to-text programs something to talk about

posted: 01/14/2013 2:49 a.m. Discuss

People love to talk. Just look at all the television shows that are about nothing else.

French firm’s ad blocking spurs Web battle

posted: 01/14/2013 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Xavier Niel, the French technology entrepreneur, has made a career of disrupting the status quo.

Netflix gets unfair postal advantage, court decides

posted: 01/14/2013 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Netflix Inc., the largest U.S. mail-order movie-rental service, got special treatment from the U.S. Postal Service, which improperly discriminated against other mail-order companies, a federal appeals court ruled.

Dish’s Hopper hops to new heights

posted: 01/14/2013 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Dish Network Corp. revealed a set-top box called “Hopper” last year, named for its ability to send the TV signal “hopping” from room to room, covering all the TVs in the house. This year, it’s upgrading the Hopper so that it follows a user wherever he goes — even outside the house.

Technology news in brief

posted: 01/14/2013 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Judge OKs deal for Kodak patents Technology companies including Apple Inc. and Google Inc. won court approval of a $527 million deal for Eastman Kodak Co. patents that are being sold as part of Kodak’s bid to exit bankruptcy protection.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 01/14/2013 2:35 a.m. Discuss

ARKADELPHIA Rufus David Tallent, No. 34 Lower Lake Road, Jan. 3, 2013, Chapter 7. ATKINS Tony L. Anthony, 325 Davis Road, Jan. 8, 2013, Chapter 13.

Canines hit the treadmill for a workout

posted: 01/14/2013 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Heather Larkin and her dog Rosie regularly include brisk walks around their Little Rock neighborhood as part of a fitness regimen. When weather and other situations interfere with their outings, Larkin heads to the gym. Rosie, a well-behaved boxer mix, has a backup plan too — she trots on a treadmill.

Happy trails: Emerald Park Switchbacks

posted: 01/14/2013 2:25 a.m. Comments 4

EMERALD PARK SWITCHBACKS Location: Begin at the boat launch parking lot near Burns Park Golf Course.

ASK THE TRAINER: Stretching builds balance, strength

posted: 01/14/2013 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Q: I’m a male in my mid-50 s and I lead a physically active lifestyle. I alternate my workouts with strength-training and cardiovascular exercise days, and in addition I participate in vigorous athletic events like 50-mile bike rides and 6-mile running races.

New workouts: Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter

posted: 01/14/2013 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Title: Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter: Everything You Need to Know to Begin Practicing Yoga.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: New year brings planning for recovery

posted: 01/14/2013 2:21 a.m. Discuss

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start. Mine is getting there, but it’s slow. I am looking ahead and planning so I’ll get the most bang for my fitness buck.

Yo-yo dieters use Google

posted: 01/14/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

How common is the “new year, new you” weight-loss resolution?

Cold goes up nose, touches nerve, signals brain: Sneeze!

posted: 01/14/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Q: Why do I sneeze when I feel cold?

Mixing baby time with working out

posted: 01/14/2013 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Once you have a baby, it’s easy to let exercising fall to the wayside. After all, if you can barely fit in time to shower, then making time to work out may seem as extravagant as taking a quick trip to the moon.

Youth sports: Budget cost priorities

posted: 01/14/2013 2:17 a.m. Discuss

For parents, the costs of youth sports can add up. There are fees for leagues and competitions, plus expenses for equipment, training and uniforms. How can you keep the spending under control?

MASTER CLASS: Isometrics add strength, spare joints

posted: 01/14/2013 2:16 a.m. Discuss

It’s unfortunate that more trainers don’t use isometric exercise in today’s fitness programs. It’s a unique form of training that is particularly suited for those interested in reducing joint discomfort while building strength work into their routine.

‘Sports hernia’ not your average injury

posted: 01/14/2013 2:14 a.m. Discuss

That chronic groin pain sometimes felt by athletes may be called a sports hernia, but it’s not a hernia at all, says Dr. Katherine G. Lamond, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

REALLY?

posted: 01/14/2013 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Does sugar-free gum prevent cavities ?

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 01/14/2013 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You’re only getting better, and this year brings hard proof. A blazing desire throws you into action right from the start of this new era.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 01/14/2013 2:10 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t feel any need for God. I live by my own set of rules — things like respect for others, selflessness, concern for the environment, honesty, and so forth — and that’s all I need. Why should I bother with God? — J.E.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 01/14/2013 2:09 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about assistance bars in public restrooms : “Why don’t public restrooms, restaurants, theaters, etc., put assistance bars in all facilities, not just those for the handicapped?

Super Quiz: Potpourri

posted: 01/14/2013 2:07 a.m. Discuss

1. Who wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident” ? 2. In what country is the Bay of Pigs? 3. What important new regulation resulted from the sinking of the Titanic? 4. Adolf Hitler united the offices of president and chancellor into this title.

Program Coaches Districts’ Teachers

posted: 01/14/2013 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Teachers, especially those in small districts and charter schools, continue to grapple with ensuring their lessons challenge students to the level expected of new state curriculum standards for math and literacy.

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Falcons win after losing 27-7 lead in 4th quarter

posted: 01/14/2013 12:47 a.m. Discuss

Matt Bryant pumped his fist and celebrated atop the Falcons logo in the middle of the field. Tony Gonzalez broke down in tears.

It’s crunch time for debt ceiling, analysts warn

posted: 01/14/2013 12:25 a.m. Comments 3

The federal government will limp to a near halt in one month if Congress doesn’t agree to a plan to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, policy experts warn.

Partnership seeks remedy to LR truancy

posted: 01/14/2013 12:21 a.m. Discuss

Youths caught on the street skipping school will now be ferried to one by an officer.

Hear-all-about-it app hits road

posted: 01/14/2013 12:13 a.m. Discuss

Tirrell Payton doesn’t think consumers’ stepping over the newspaper delivered to their doorstep is a sign they’re not interested in the latest news — they simply don’t have time to read it.

Rebel camps in Mali target of French jets

posted: 01/14/2013 12:07 a.m. Discuss

French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali’s north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said.

Nephew: King’s legacy is work

posted: 01/14/2013 12:04 a.m. Discuss

Barely a week away from the 26th annual celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., King’s nephew told an audience in North Little Rock that the holiday is not a time for barbecues or parties, but for service.

Harrison public schools see surge in bomb threats

posted: 01/14/2013 12:04 a.m. Comments 5

There have been eight bomb threats at Harrison public schools since Nov. 6.

Congress unlikely to pass weapons ban, NRA chief says

posted: 01/14/2013 12:03 a.m. Comments 7

The president of the National Rifle Association expressed confidence Sunday that the powerful gun lobby has enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.

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