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Reagan aide James Brady's death ruled homicide

posted: 08/08/2014 5:25 p.m. Discuss

A spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide.

Beebe woman sentenced for sex with student

posted: 08/08/2014 4:07 p.m. Comments 2

An Arkansas woman was sentenced Wednesday to six years of probation after she admitted having sex with a 15-year-old she met while substitute teaching.

State Fair announces main stage entertainment

posted: 08/08/2014 3:18 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Fair announced this year's musical entertainment lineup Friday via social media.

Memphis police looking for robber

posted: 08/08/2014 11:41 a.m. Comments 2

Police need help in identifying a robber who held a man at gunpoint at an ATM on Wednesday morning in east Memphis.

Jacksonville police dog Roby retires

posted: 08/08/2014 11:41 a.m. Comments 4

Members of the Jacksonville Police Department and the community on Friday morning celebrated the retirement of one of the department's three four-legged officers, Roby.

Lizana gets life terms in Arkadelphia triple slaying

updated: 08/08/2014 11:27 a.m. Comments 5

The man arrested in the killing of two young girls and their stepfather will serve the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Friday, officials said.

HomeStyle: Buzz off!

posted: 08/08/2014 11:03 a.m. Discuss

Books, websites, whole organizations are in place to show you how to draw bees and other pollinators to your garden. But what if you don’t want them?

U.S. productivity recovers after steep 1st quarter fall

posted: 08/08/2014 11:01 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.

WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

posted: 08/08/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

Cleveland County highway work to shut lanes

posted: 08/08/2014 10:43 a.m. Discuss

Work on Arkansas 97, Arkansas 189 and Arkansas 35 in Cleveland County will require lane closures this month, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Friday.

LaHarpe fire-hydrant repair to shut lane

posted: 08/08/2014 10:24 a.m. Discuss

Repairs to a Little Rock fire hydrant will require lane closures on LaHarpe Boulevard next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Weekend downtown Little Rock street closures postponed

posted: 08/08/2014 9:26 a.m. Comment 1

Work that was scheduled to close several streets in downtown Little Rock this weekend has been postponed, the city said in a statement.

Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

posted: 08/08/2014 9:15 a.m. Discuss

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

Tropical Storm Iselle weakens on Hawaii approach

posted: 08/08/2014 8:19 a.m. Discuss

HONOLULU — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii was rapidly weakening on its approach to the state, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands.

U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq

updated: 08/08/2014 8:31 a.m. Comments 17

WASHINGTON — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans.

I-630 reopens after wreck clogs both directions

posted: 08/08/2014 8:08 a.m. Discuss

Interstate 630 in Little Rock was backed up in both directions Friday morning as the Arkansas State Police worked an accident on the westbound side.

Human Services renews contract with USDA to administer meals

posted: 08/08/2014 7:59 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Department of Human Services has renewed its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue administering the Special Nutrition Program for students in need.

State agency sets meeting on environment

posted: 08/08/2014 7:57 a.m. Discuss

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has set a meeting to present the results of a recent statewide modeling analysis for air pollutants.

Boozman visiting VA hospital in Little Rock

posted: 08/08/2014 7:56 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman is visiting a Little Rock veterans hospital to talk about recently approved legislation aimed at improving the VA health care system.

3 men plead guilty to meth possession

posted: 08/08/2014 7:54 a.m. Discuss

MOUNTAIN HOME — Three men in north Arkansas have each been sentenced to three years in prison for unrelated methamphetamine charges.

Fire marshal: Elderly Greenland man dies in fire

posted: 08/08/2014 7:51 a.m. Discuss

GREENLAND — An Arkansas fire marshal says an elderly man who lived alone has been found dead after a house fire.

Motorcyclist hits cow, dies from injuries

posted: 08/08/2014 6:50 a.m. Comment 1

A 21-year-old Crossett man was killed Thursday night after his motorcycle hit a cow, authorities said.

Bicyclist fatally struck on U.S. 167 in Batesville

posted: 08/08/2014 6:44 a.m. Comments 5

A 44-year-old Batesville man was killed Thursday when the bicycle he was riding was hit by two vehicles on U.S. 167, authorities said.

Obama clears airstrikes in Iraq

posted: 08/08/2014 3:26 a.m. Comments 6

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday night that he authorized the U.S. military to launch targeted airstrikes if Islamic militants advance toward American personnel in northern Iraq.

Russia follows through, shuts out West's food

posted: 08/08/2014 3:25 a.m. Comments 3

MOSCOW -- Russia struck back at U.S. and European Union sanctions with a ban on a range of food Thursday as Ukrainian troops pressed the attack on pro-Russia rebels in a bid to drive them out of their last strongholds in eastern Ukraine.

Rain, wind start as Hawaii feels 1st hurricane since '92

posted: 08/08/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

HONOLULU -- Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years as another hurricane closely followed.

Consumer credit grows in June, but pace slows

posted: 08/08/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Consumer borrowing rose in June as American households took out auto and student loans.

Pair heads bid to turn Little Italy into a city

posted: 08/08/2014 3:19 a.m. Comment 1

A sign along Arkansas 300 in the rural northwest corner of Pulaski County between the Perry County border and Lake Maumelle showcases the Italian flag -- vertical stripes of green, then white, then red -- and a movement, reading "It will take 'The Village' to make Little Italy a Township."

Afghans pressed to end vote feud

posted: 08/08/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday stepped up efforts to press Afghanistan's two feuding presidential candidates to end their dispute over June elections, accept the results of an ongoing audit of all ballots and form a national unity government by early next month.

Homeowner found guilty in porch killing

posted: 08/08/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

DETROIT -- A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter Thursday in the killing of an unarmed woman on his porch last year, rejecting his claim that he was afraid for his life and acted in self- defense after he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night.

Russia grants NSA leaker 3-year residency

posted: 08/08/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden, the U.S. intelligence contractor who leaked several secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday.

Unclaimed remains of 9 from Jonestown found

posted: 08/08/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

DOVER, Del. -- More than 35 years after the murders and suicides of some 900 people -- many of whom were forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch -- in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.

Foes join in bid on marriage ban

posted: 08/08/2014 3:12 a.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for three couples challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that they would join with their opponents to urge the United States Supreme Court to hear their case, even though they recently won an appeals court ruling striking down the law.

Obama signs $16 billion VA overhaul

posted: 08/08/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

2 rockets launch from Gaza Strip

posted: 08/08/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip early today, landing in empty fields in southern Israel just hours before the expiration of the 72-hour cease-fire that ended a month of violence, the Israeli army said.

Drug for Ebola out of Africa's reach

posted: 08/08/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Africans seeking a drug to help contain the Ebola virus will have to wait months before a potentially lifesaving experimental treatment used on two infected Americans is produced in even small amounts, officials said.

Iranian officer to serve 3 years for killing blogger

posted: 08/08/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

TEHRAN, Iran -- A policeman convicted over the death of a detained blogger in 2012 has been sentenced to three years in jail and another two in internal exile, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported Thursday.

For Cambodians, sentences for 2 too little, too late

posted: 08/08/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed the Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state -- a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

The World in Brief

posted: 08/08/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Lebanese free 7 as Syria militants exit

The nation in brief

posted: 08/08/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Tennessee voting on 3 justices' futures

Names and faces

posted: 08/08/2014 3:01 a.m. Discuss

After some very successful years writing for the stage, Harvey Fierstein says he would like to be on one again.

In the news

posted: 08/08/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

• Prince William has his sights on a new job as an air ambulance pilot and will start training next month with East Anglian Air Ambulance with the intent of joining the charity group next spring.

Officials look into death of newborn

posted: 08/08/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

About a week after the death of a 10-month-old who was abandoned in the Ouachita Mountains, Yell County officials are investigating the death of another baby.

Mom on reality show admits to sex with boy

posted: 08/08/2014 2:58 a.m. Comments 6

The 34-year-old Sherwood woman once featured on a reality TV show about competitive cheerleading accepted a 10-year prison sentence Thursday for having sex with a boy in an arrangement that requires her to keep away from the 13-year-old for at least 20 years.

Ross puts priority on senior citizens

posted: 08/08/2014 2:56 a.m. Comments 9

HOT SPRINGS -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross on Thursday proposed a series of priorities that he'll pursue for Arkansas senior citizens, including protecting Medicaid and working to reduce hunger among the elderly.

Bauxite council appoints treasurer

posted: 08/08/2014 2:56 a.m. Comment 1

BAUXITE -- After nearly an hour, the Bauxite City Council appointed a receptionist to be the town's recorder/treasurer, a position that's been vacant for several months.

Program seeks to cut veterans' jobless rate

posted: 08/08/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Jordan McGee, a 26-year-old Air Force reservist, clutched his resume in both hands as he introduced himself Thursday to a representative from Nucor Steel at a booth squashed in the middle of 45 others.

Volunteers near goal to rebuild Vilonia veterans museum after tornado

posted: 08/08/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

After midnight on April 28, Linda and Paul Hicks braved a lull between storms and drove the 5 miles from their home near Conway to Vilonia, which had just been wrecked by a EF4 tornado. They couldn't wait until dawn to see if the museum they founded had survived.

PB seeks an end to joint ZIP code

posted: 08/08/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- Several Pine Bluff officials are concerned that a shared ZIP code with White Hall is creating confusion about where some residents live and is affecting the amount of sales tax money that's funneled into their city.

Careening off road, car hits 2 helicopters; driver injured

posted: 08/08/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A man driving in Mountain Home lost control of his car Thursday and struck two helicopters parked at the Baxter County sheriff's office.

Education Notebook : NLR to let kids use phones on campus

posted: 08/08/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

NLR to let kids use phones on campus

LR board tables Murphy USA proposal

posted: 08/08/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock Planning Commission tabled a Murphy USA application Thursday to build a 24-hour convenience store and gas station at the southeast corner of Cantrell and Taylor Loop roads.

NLR schools hire transport director

posted: 08/08/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock School Board on Thursday hired Tameula Smith to succeed John Haynie as district transportation director when Haynie retires at the end of this calendar year.

City's rail station draws Amtrak

posted: 08/08/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

TEXARKANA -- In an effort to boost ridership, Amtrak officials are looking at helping refurbish historic train stations nationwide, and Texarkana's Union Station is on their radar.

One-vehicle crash on I-49 kills driver

posted: 08/08/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Washington County, state police reported.

Snags throwing jail construction behind schedule

posted: 08/08/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- Construction of the Garland County jail is posing some challenges for masons that are jeopardizing the lockup's anticipated Sept. 30 completion date.

8 sites nominated as historic

posted: 08/08/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

A state review board nominated eight Arkansas properties to the National Register of Historic Places, officials announced Thursday.

Daily Record

posted: 08/08/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper's website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings/.

Getting it straight

posted: 08/08/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

An information box was left off the Bonnie Montgomery concert preview story in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section. Her show is 9:30 p.m. today at White Water Tavern at West Seventh and Thayer streets in Little Rock. Admission is $7. Call (501) 375-8400 or visit whitewatertavern.com.

Other Days

posted: 08/08/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

100 years ago

Police beat

posted: 08/08/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

LR teen is charged in fatal collision

Letters

posted: 08/08/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Introduce objectivity

Playing to the crowd

posted: 08/08/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Every time and everywhere human society has congregated to the point sufficient to produce currency, grifters have emerged to skim and scam the citizenry.

Here in our nation

posted: 08/08/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

I suppose by now that I have sung the national anthem for naturalization ceremonies in federal court at least 14-15 times.

Columnists: Watergate, and the good liberal

posted: 08/08/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Nixon without Watergate--it's like Beethoven without music or The Godfather without violence.

Others say: At least support the Kurds

posted: 08/08/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

A new humanitarian and security crisis has erupted in northern Iraq, where the al-Qaida-derived Islamic State borders territories controlled by Iraqi and Syrian Kurds.

Columnists: Memorial uproar not new

posted: 08/08/2014 2:42 a.m. Comment 1

For the millions eagerly waiting to visit the long-planned Eisenhower memorial on a four-acre site on the National Mall, there's bad news.

Editorials: Geaux, Your 'Honor,' Geaux!

posted: 08/08/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

It's certainly taken long enough, as any thorough reaming-out does, and that's what the state's Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission did in the outrageous case of The "Hon." Michael Maggio of the 20th Judicial Circuit at Conway, who should have been kicked off the bench as soon as the encyclopedia of vulgarities he posted on an LSU website came to glaring light.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Induction cements Richardson among game’s greats

posted: 08/08/2014 2:39 a.m. Comments 2

Nolan Richardson can't help but think of his grandmother when he is inducted tonight into what the former Arkansas basketball coach calls "the grandfather" of all Halls of Fame.

Sophomores’ eyes on spot opposite Flowers

posted: 08/08/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Defensive ends Deatrich Wise, Brandon Lewis and JaMichael Winston arrived on the Arkansas campus together as freshmen in the summer of 2012 and redshirted together.

Big 5 conferences given more power

posted: 08/08/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

INDIANAPOLIS -- The biggest schools in college sports are about to get a chance to make their own rules.

McIlroy, Westwood carry recent strong play to Valhalla

posted: 08/08/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started. Momentum was a big theme Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship, and it even applied to Tiger Woods.

Second Thoughts: NBA owners should stop being babies

posted: 08/08/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

The gruesome leg injury suffered by Indiana Pacers guard Paul George last week during a USA Basketball team scrimmage in Las Vegas has NBA owners and executives arguing whether or not their players should play in international events.

Off the wire

posted: 08/08/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

BASKETBALL

Commentary: Rory continues rise as Tiger fades

posted: 08/08/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's been 18 years since a skinny Tiger Woods stepped up to a podium before a modest media gathering at the Greater Milwaukee Open and said, "Hello, world," launching a career that would soar to stratospheric heights.

State sports briefs

posted: 08/08/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

GOLF

The Recruiting Guy: Texas safety doesn't want to make rush decision

posted: 08/08/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Highly recruited safety Kahlil Haughton of Waco (Texas) Midway had planned to announce his college decision today through Twitter, but he has decided to delay his decision.

Razorback Report: Chaney's concerns addressed

posted: 08/08/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was not happy leaving the practice field Wednesday, but after letting the Arkansas offense hear about it that night, the Razorbacks came back much sharper Thursday in their second day in light shoulder pads.

Chiefs slip past Bengals

posted: 08/08/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs managed two offensive touchdowns against Cincinnati on Thursday night.

NFL notes

posted: 08/08/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

BILLS

Harper strikes back with 13th-inning home run

posted: 08/08/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

NATIONAL LEAGUE

MLB notes

posted: 08/08/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

DODGERS

Reliever headed in right direction

posted: 08/08/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

R.J. Alvarez has had to stop himself from turning down the wrong hallway this week at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Rutherford carries load for Bryant

posted: 08/08/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Nate Rutherford may not have needed much support Thursday afternoon, but the Bryant Blacksox pitcher received plenty in the opening round of the American Legion Mid-South Regional.

PGA Championship report: Mickelson starts bad, ends good

posted: 08/08/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Phil Mickelson shot a 62 on Sunday at Firestone. He had three sharp days of practice at Valhalla. He was ready.

A hollow shell

posted: 08/08/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Welcome to the latest edition of stuff of up with which I must put.

PREVIEWS

posted: 08/08/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Beneath

Zach Braff has 47,000 bosses

updated: 08/07/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Like many actors, especially those of his generation, Zach Braff has his fans and his detractors. In his case, however, the detractors are more vociferous and scathing (Slate once published a piece titled, "Why I hate Zach Braff"), and his fans more fanatical and supportive, than most -- hence his ability to have his newest film, Wish I Was Here (according to Braff, the grammar mistake is intentional), a dramedy about a father in his mid-30s whose career and marriage are on the rocks and whose own father is dying of cancer, successfully use crowdsource funding for a significant amount of the budget.

Home Movies

posted: 08/08/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Divergent,

Review: Into The Storm

posted: 08/08/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

While Into the Storm deals with tornadoes that flatten whole towns in seconds, it generates all the excitement of a mild breeze.

Box Office: Guardians zaps August record

posted: 08/08/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- A raccoon in space and a talking tree with a limited vocabulary may not seem the stuff of box-office magic, but Guardians of the Galaxy exceeded expectations with an estimated $94.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters last weekend.

FILM CLIPS

posted: 08/08/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

At area theaters

Food is memory, Helen Mirren says

posted: 08/08/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Chocolate," purrs Dame Helen Mirren. "I have an incredible memory of the first time I had chocolate.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 08/08/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: Americana

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 08/08/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Let's Be Cops, R Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations, but they'll have to put their fake badges on the line when they become entangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives. With Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia; directed by Luke Greenfield. Opens Wednesday

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/08/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Dare to put many new items on your agenda this solar year because you're entering a cycle of firsts. First times are memorable times, and cosmic alignments will lace your early experiences with luck. This month brings a business deal. Next month brings a romantic commitment. November's material reward will satisfy. Cancer and Libra adore you.

Arkansas postcard past

posted: 08/08/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Oak Grove, circa 1910 Five men and a dog pose in front of the Carroll County rural community's W.A. Bailey & Son General Store. At least 10 Arkansas towns or populated places are named Oak Grove.

On Christianity

posted: 08/08/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've always assumed I'd go to heaven when I died, but I had some serious heart problems recently and now I'm wondering if I'm right. I've always gone to church and tried to be a good person, but now I'm not sure if I've been good enough. How can I know?

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/08/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: How many fire extinguishers are in your home? If you live in a house, you should have several: at least one in the living areas, one in the kitchen and one in the garage. If you live in an apartment or condo, you should have a fire extinguisher, maybe even two.

Jobless claims' fall beats forecast

posted: 08/08/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, sending the average over the past month to an eight-year low, a sign the labor market continues to gain momentum.

Fed survey: 40% stressed by finances

posted: 08/08/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

Almost four in 10 Americans were suffering financial stress in September 2013 and more than a third said they were worse off than they were five years earlier, a new Federal Reserve report on U.S. household finances showed Thursday.

At USA Truck, exec set to resign

posted: 08/08/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

USA Truck Chief Financial Officer Cliff Beckham is resigning after 20 years with the trucking and transportation company.

Windstream shares drop 3.4%

posted: 08/08/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Shares of Windstream Holdings Inc. dipped 3.4 percent Thursday after the company reported a 65 percent drop in second-quarter profit.

Wal-Mart makes bid on health

posted: 08/08/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering a simple menu of medical services. Now, the store is in the throes of its most aggressive push yet to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.

U.S.-controlled mortgage firms post quarterly profits

posted: 08/08/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the April-June period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains in recent years have enabled them to fully repay their government aid after being rescued during the financial crisis in 2008.

Market Report: Global tensions push stocks down

posted: 08/08/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Concerns about slowing global growth and rising tension between Russia and the West pushed stocks lower Thursday.

Airlines struggling to keep schedules

posted: 08/08/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

Business news in brief

posted: 08/08/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.14%

Apex Tool to shutter plant in Springdale

posted: 08/08/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Apex Tool Group is shuttering its Springdale plant, according to a release Thursday from the city's Chamber of Commerce.

News in brief

posted: 08/08/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Bale Honda sold; it'll be Landers-McLarty

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