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Woman arrested in series of arsons at LR apartment complex

posted: 02/10/2014 5:14 p.m. Discuss

A 43-year-old Little Rock woman has been arrested in a series of arsons at a Little Rock apartment complex, including one that displaced more than 100 people and caused several million dollars in damage.

Shoffner seeks separate trial on new charges

posted: 02/10/2014 4:14 p.m. Comments 2

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking for a separate trial on new charges accusing her of improper spending from her campaign account.

UAFS professor charged with child pornography possession

posted: 02/10/2014 2:51 p.m. Discuss

A University of Arkansas-Fort Smith professor appeared in federal court today for an arraignment on child pornography charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

Private-option funding will pass, Carter vows

updated: 02/10/2014 1:23 p.m. Comments 43

House Speaker Davy Carter says funding will be approved for the state's private option Medicaid expansion passed last year.

Westerman files insurance penalty bill

posted: 02/10/2014 12:36 p.m. Comment 1

Two Arkansas legislators say they want to shield businesses from federal penalties if their operations don't fully comply with the nation's health-care law.

Better weather, mapping software aid missing-pilot search

posted: 02/10/2014 12:35 p.m. Discuss

Forestry officials remained positive Monday as they entered their 11th day of searching for one of their pilots who disappeared in western Arkansas while checking for wildfires.

Memphis shooting kills man, critically wounds another

posted: 02/10/2014 12:23 p.m. Comments 2

Memphis police are investigating after a Sunday night shooting left a man dead and another critically injured.

Parolee shot by police investigating suspicious activity in Benton

posted: 02/10/2014 11:06 a.m. Discuss

A parolee was shot by police early Monday when officers went to investigate suspicious activity at a construction site in Benton.

Georgia governor declares state of emergency as storm looms

posted: 02/10/2014 11:06 a.m. Discuss

ATLANTA — With memories of gridlock on icy Atlanta highways still fresh, Georgia officials got a second chance Monday to prove the state could prepare for winter weather. The governor declared a state of emergency hours ahead of the storm, something he didn’t do two weeks ago.

Style: Full-throttle bottle

posted: 02/10/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

Bottled adult beverages are part of most parties.

Fort Smith woman dies after contracting flu

posted: 02/10/2014 10:50 a.m. Discuss

Leslie Creekmore, 29, died this morning in a St. Louis hospital after battling for her life for more than a month, Chris Creekmore, her husband said.

Meeting set on Sherrill Road work in Little Rock

posted: 02/10/2014 10:12 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock officials plan to hold a public meeting Monday about street improvements planned for Sherrill Road.

'SNL' alum Chris Kattan arrested on suspicion of DUI

posted: 02/10/2014 10:05 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say former "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Kattan has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Mercedes struck a Department of Transportation vehicle on a Southern California freeway.

Body found underneath Interstate 440 bridge

updated: 02/10/2014 11:10 a.m. Discuss

Authorities are investigating after a man's body was found underneath an Interstate 440 bridge in Little Rock.

Shooting at club leaves one dead, one critical

posted: 02/10/2014 9:44 a.m. Comment 1

One man was killed and another critically wounded after shots rang out at a club in Little Rock early Monday morning.

Ex-girlfriend's pet snake killed; jail cash the motive, police say

posted: 02/10/2014 9:11 a.m. Comments 9

A man upset over his ex-girlfriend not posting money to his account during a recent stay behind bars illegally entered her North Little Rock apartment and killed her pet snake, authorities said.

River Thames breaches its banks near London

posted: 02/10/2014 8:37 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London.

Under-construction home in LR's Heights beset by fire

updated: 02/10/2014 10:18 a.m. Discuss

Crews are battling a fire at a home under construction in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock on Monday morning.

Arkansas lawmakers gavel in fiscal session

updated: 02/10/2014 12:32 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have opened a legislative session that's expected to focus on the future of the state's compromise plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law.

Hearing this week on execution-drug issue

posted: 02/10/2014 7:14 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A hearing is set this week on a lawsuit by nine prisoners on Arkansas' death row who object to the way the state chooses the mix of drugs that are to be used in lethal injections.

Dick Gregory to appear at Mosaic Templars center

posted: 02/10/2014 7:13 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Activist and comedian Dick Gregory is to speak at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas panel solicits votes for state song

posted: 02/10/2014 7:09 a.m. Comments 4

LITTLE ROCK —The Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department is opening voting for selection of the state song.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 02/10/2014 6:50 a.m. Discuss

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Winter weather advisory extends south as storm draws nearer

updated: 02/10/2014 3:40 p.m. Gallery Comments 2

While a winter weather advisory issued for Monday evening has been expanded to include most of central and southern Arkansas, forecasters say less snowfall is expected to occur than what was initially predicted.

In the news

posted: 02/10/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Nik Wallenda, an aerialist, completed a 600-foot tightrope walk more than 100 feet above the Georgia Dome field at a Christian music gathering, saying afterward that he imagined what it must be like to score a touchdown as the crowd of 30,000 cheered him on in the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Snow days: Slippery topic for districts

posted: 02/10/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Some Arkansas school districts have already set records this school year for the number of days missed because of slick roads, with weeks of winter left and forecasters predicting more bouts of snow and ice.

More clinics signing up to be paid by Medicaid

posted: 02/10/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

More than 100 additional Arkansas clinics have signed up to be paid by the state’s Medicaid program to better coordinate patient care, raising the total number of clinics receiving such payments to 179, according to the state Department of Human Services.

Military files show erratic sex rulings

posted: 02/10/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO — After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service member awoke in her barracks room as a man was raping her, she reported. She tried repeatedly to push him off. But wavering in and out of consciousness, she couldn’t fight back.

Pryor, Cotton choose two different plans

posted: 02/10/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

For U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and his likely Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t just shaping the political debate, it’s forcing them and most of their congressional colleagues to find new health insurance.

Officials: Faster to send out Broadway Bridge with a bang

posted: 02/10/2014 2:44 a.m. Comments 3

State highway engineers have one idea on how to limit the time traffic will be affected during construction of the new Broadway Bridge — blow the old one up.

Early deadlines

posted: 02/10/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Because of slick roads in areas of the state, deadlines were earlier than usual for today’s editions, and some late news and sports scores may not be included.

Names and faces

posted: 02/10/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Those who go to fashion shows purely for the celebrity factor would not have been disappointed Sunday at Victoria Beckham’s runway show, where they got to see soccer great David Beckham, accompanied by their four impeccably groomed children, snap selfies of himself and his toddler daughter while waiting for Mom’s big moment.

Chinese exhibit strikes at Japan

posted: 02/10/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

HARBIN, China — Gao Yuxai, 26 – bundled up in turquoise down and brown fur against the subzero temperatures of China’s northeast – darted around a display of sepia photographs on the walls of an old waiting room at the railway station here.

Western U.S. storm fatal to 3

posted: 02/10/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

SEATTLE — A weekend storm disrupted plans across the Northwest U.S., blanketing parts of Washington state with snow, socking Oregon and California with rain and contributing to the deaths of three people.

Medical ‘pot’ gains ground in South

posted: 02/10/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

ATLANTA — Medical marijuana has been a nonstarter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.

N. Korea rescinds U.S. envoy invite

posted: 02/10/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The State Department says it is “deeply disappointed” in North Korea’s decision to withdraw for a second time an invitation to a U.S. envoy to discuss the release of a jailed American businessman.

Getting it straight

posted: 02/10/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Ukraine escalates alert for terrorism

posted: 02/10/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s security agency Sunday warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from nearly three months of anti-government protests. The warning raised the pressure on the opposition as parliament tries to find a way out of the crisis.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/10/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “When we are teenagers, we have different mindsets. I thought, I’m doing my country a favor.” Morteza Assadi, a real-estate agent whose green-card application was stalled for distributing fliers for a mujahedeen group in Iran in the 1980s

Rules eased for asylum-seekers

posted: 02/10/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United States or stay here and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups.

Coal-ash spill raises questions in N.C.

posted: 02/10/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

RALEIGH, N.C. — During the past year, environmental groups have tried three times to use the federal Clean Water Act to force Duke Energy to clear leaky coal-ash dumps like the one that ruptured last week, spewing enough toxic sludge into a North Carolina river to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Zoo kills giraffe, serves it to lions

posted: 02/10/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.

The world in brief

posted: 02/10/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The shutdown is called for pressing our demand for return of the mortal remains of our martyrs.” Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, about a three-day strike in Indian-controlled Kashmir marking the execution anniversaries of two separatists

Evacuees flee Homs during truce

posted: 02/10/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells to flee as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade. Dozens were wounded as they fled.

U.N.’s nuke probe expanded in Iran

posted: 02/10/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

VIENNA — Iran agreed Sunday to open its nuclear activities to greater purview for United Nations experts seeking to revive their probe into suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons.

Indian troops quell execution reminders

posted: 02/10/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

SRINAGAR, India — Thousands of Indian troops fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday, detaining about 200 separatist activists to prevent protests during a three-day strike to mark the execution anniversaries of two separatists in New Delhi, officials said.

At least 4 dead in Bolivian mudslide

posted: 02/10/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Heavy rains caused a mudslide that buried a small Bolivian settlement, killing at least four people, local officials said Sunday. Nine more people are listed as missing.

New policing cited in drop of PB crimes

posted: 02/10/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF — New policing methods are likely behind Pine Bluff’s recent downturn in crime, the city’s police chief said.

Break short-lived; snow forecast

posted: 02/10/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Another round of winter weather will strike the state today, forecasters said, and it could be the last for the week.

Park to add touch of bronze

posted: 02/10/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The Family Sculpture Trail at Two Rivers Park is nearing completion after bids for the project’s construction were opened, and the foundry that cast the sculpture finished the job about a month earlier than expected.

Maumelle City Council seeks input on $23.2 million ‘wish list’

posted: 02/10/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Maumelle City Council members want more input from residents and more precise dollar figures from city staff members before moving ahead with any or all proposed capital projects from a $23.2 million wish list presented last week by a bond task force.

Hospitals expect drop in unpaid inpatient care

posted: 02/10/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Andy Ramos of Springdale was hospitalized late last year because of a laceration on his leg. Without insurance, he said he was stuck with the more than $1,000 bill.

Obituaries

posted: 02/10/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

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

Weight-loss clinic to host open house

posted: 02/10/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Weight Loss Clinic will host an open house and offer free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, weight-loss program food samples and door prizes at its new on-campus location Friday.

Other days

posted: 02/10/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO Feb. 10, 1914 FORT SMITH — A threefoot snake was found in a water filter in the home of J. C. Robinson today. A plumber accidentally broke the filter while repairing a frozen water pipe and while at work the snake began crawling from the filter.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 02/10/2014 2:17 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.

5 historic Arkansas properties added to national roster

posted: 02/10/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

The National Register of Historic Places is including five Arkansas properties on its list of historically significant sites in the country, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain said.

New Miller County tax collector named

posted: 02/10/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

TEXARKANA — Miller County Deputy Tax Collector Mary Kay Hicks was appointed Thursday to fill the unexpired term of former Miller County Tax Collector Melissa Barnes, who resigned.

EDITORIALS: A better suggestion

posted: 02/10/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

IN THE last few years, according to those who keep count of these things, three people in Arkansas have died during or after “professional” wrestling events. That is, not real wrestling. The real kind of wrestling you can find on high school and college campuses, where young people take to the mat and try to pin each other—with a referee or coach keeping things in line.

COLUMNISTS: The myths we live by

posted: 02/10/2014 2:13 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON—Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It’s already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you’d expect given the extravagant—and incessant claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants.

OTHERS SAY: Obamacare and jobs

posted: 02/10/2014 2:06 a.m. Comments 8

The Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report that projected how many people will choose to work less because of the effects of the Affordable Care Act. CBO predicts that the health-care law will shrink the number of hours worked by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs. That’s about twice the impact that CBO predicted in 2010, when the law was signed.

Rising Stars in the GOP

posted: 02/10/2014 2:06 a.m. Comment 1

I’m often asked, “When did you become a Republican?” And my answer is the same every time: “I’ve always been one!”

Guest writer: To preserve planet

posted: 02/10/2014 2:05 a.m. Comments 27

Sen. John Boozman recently signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to halt Environmental Protection Agency regulations on power plants. During the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing, Boozman expressed concern about the impact of regulations on energy prices, affecting the poor.

Our clueless conservatives

posted: 02/10/2014 2:04 a.m. Comments 14

The release of Gallup’s annual ideological survey means it is time to once again ponder the central mystery of American politics—why an essentially conservative (or at least center-right ) nation elects so many left-wing Democrats.

LETTERS

posted: 02/10/2014 2:04 a.m. Comment 1

Climate stand skewed If you are looking for answers to increasingly disruptive weather patterns, it seems you won’t find them in this newspaper. Paul Greenberg may be a Pulitzer Prize winner, but editorials in this paper are going to lean toward its conservative base.

Crystal Bridges, Coca-Cola open pavilion on trail

posted: 02/10/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE — Officials with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Coca-Cola North America gathered in the museum’s Great Hall on Thursday to dedicate a covered pavilion where trail walkers can quench their thirst and visitors can take shelter while waiting for the museum’s shuttle.

Smart gets 3-game ban; fan denies making slur

posted: 02/10/2014 2 a.m. Comments 18

STILLWATER, Okla. — Marcus Smart was quiet and subdued as he apologized at a podium Sunday, a demeanor in stark contrast to the one that resulted in suspension hours earlier.

SEC WOMEN: Arkansas no match for power

posted: 02/10/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Arkansas star freshman Jessica Jackson endured a humbling lesson about basketball life on the road in the Southeastern Conference.

SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS: Gold-getters

posted: 02/10/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Big day in Russia Austrian Matthias Mayer won the gold in men’s downhill skiing. Mayer covered the Rosa Khutor course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds, beating Italy’s Christof Innerhofer by 0.06 seconds. American Bode Miller finished eighth.

Will Take Charge 2nd-best in Donn

posted: 02/10/2014 1:56 a.m. Comment 1

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Will Take Charge did not win his 4-year-old debut Sunday at Gulfstream Park, but last year’s 3-year-old champion did nothing to disgrace himself in the $500,000 Donn Handicap.

AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM: Walker’s runaway becomes squeaker

posted: 02/10/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The finish wasn’t what Jimmy Walker wanted. The result is what he’s come to expect.

Second thoughts

posted: 02/10/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Bobsledder breakout big news Maybe he pushed when he should have pulled.

Off the wire

posted: 02/10/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

BASKETBALL Pistons fire Cheeks A person with knowledge of Detroit’s plans said assistant John Loyer will take over as interim coach after Maurice Cheeks was fired Sunday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced an interim coach yet. Detroit fired Cheeks after less than a year as coach, with the Pistons sitting at 21-29 despite offseason moves aimed at putting the struggling franchise back in contention. The Pistons, who host the San Antonio Spurs tonight, are a halfgame out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

COMMENTARY: No excuse players going into stands

posted: 02/10/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

The college basketball world was filled with great stories Saturday night — SMU blasting the No. 7 team in the nation and bringing new meaning to Moody Madness; Texas Tech’s upset of a ranked Oklahoma State team; even Memphis’ 6-1 Joe Jackson blocking a shot by Gonzaga’s 7-1 Przemek Karnowski.

State sports briefs

posted: 02/10/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

BASEBALL Van Horn to speak at Tip-Off Club Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn will be the guest speaker at today’s Downtown Tip-Off Club meeting at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 02/10/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

UAPB men vs. Alabama State WHEN 4 p.m. WHERE H.O. Clemmons Arena, Pine Bluff RECORDS UAPB 7-15, 5-5 SWAC;

NBA standings and summaries

posted: 02/10/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

BULLS 92, LAKERS 86 CHICAGO (92) Dunleavy 4-7 0-0 9, Gibson 7-18 4-4 18, Noah 6-10 8-8 20, Hinrich 7-13 0-0 17, Butler 4-13 0-0 9, Augustin 4-13 5-5 15, Snell 2-6 0-0 4, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-80 17-17 92. LA LAKERS (86) Johnson 3-8 0-0 6, Kelly 0-5 0-0 0,

TOP 25 MEN: Jackson’s jumper sinks Spartans

posted: 02/10/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

MADISON, Wis. — Traevon Jackson hit a pullup jumper with 2.1 seconds left for Wisconsin, seconds after Michigan State’s Adreian Payne tied it with a three-pointer, and Wisconsin beat the ninth-ranked Spartans 60-58 on Sunday.

No. 3 Cardinal upset by unranked Huskies

posted: 02/10/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

SEATTLE — Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Mercedes Wetmore added 18 and Washington held off a late charge by No. 3 Stanford for an 87-82 upset victory Sunday. It was the highest-ranked opponent Washington has beaten since winning against No. 2 Stanford in 1990.

Sochi scene

posted: 02/10/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

‘Selfie’ hotspot The Olympic flame in Sochi has become a selfie hotspot. Taking a self-portrait with a cellphone camera has become wildly popular, and the opportunity do it with one of the most iconic Olympic symbols in the background is proving to be one of the biggest attractions at the Sochi Games. In fact, so many people are doing it upon entering Olympic Park that a bit of a competition has broken out, with fans going for unique poses to set themselves apart from the flood of flame selfies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Russians team up for first gold

posted: 02/10/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

SOCHI, Russia — Julia Lipnitskaia found the perfect way to cap what her singles performance meant Sunday.

On the podium

posted: 02/10/2014 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Sunday’s medalists in Sochi, Russia: Men’s Downhill GOLD Matthias Mayer, Austria SILVER Christof Innerhofer, Italy BRONZE Kjetil Jansrud, Norway BIATHLON Women’s 7.5km Sprint GOLD Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia SILVER Olga Vilukhina, Russia BRONZE Vita Semerenko, Ukraine CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Men’s Skiathlon GOLD Dario Cologna,

COMMENTARY: Miller short in last shot at downhill gold

posted: 02/10/2014 1:39 a.m. Discuss

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — In a couple of days, after a few more races, Bode Miller will make it official.

U.S. scoreboard

posted: 02/10/2014 1:38 a.m. Discuss

How Americans fared Sunday in Sochi, Russia: ALPINE SKIING Men’s Downhill (Start position in parentheses) 5. (7) Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, Calif., 2:06.64. 8. (15) Bode Miller, Easton, N.H., 2:06.75. 27. (1) Steven Nyman, Sundance, Utah, 2:09.15. 30. (25) Marco Sullivan, Truckee, Calif., 2:10.10.

OLYMPIC TV SCHEDULE

posted: 02/10/2014 1:35 a.m. Discuss

TODAY NBC 2-4 p.m. Men’s Speedskating - 500 Gold Medal Final; Men’s Biathlon - 12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal Final 7-10 :30 p.m. Women’s Alpine Skiing - Super Combined Gold Medal Final; Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final; Men’s Short Track - 1500 Gold Medal Final 11:05 p.m.-12 :05 a.m. Women’s Short Track - Competition;

Retail chains gear up for chip-based cards

posted: 02/10/2014 1:34 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — VeriFone Systems, EMC’s RSA and Ingenico are poised for a gain in sales as U.S. retailers turn to makers of payment terminals and security software for help shoring up their anti-hacking defenses.

Next smart-tech hurdle: Building a smarter battery

posted: 02/10/2014 1:32 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO — The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.

Sochi to show off speedy wireless

posted: 02/10/2014 1:30 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — The Sochi Olympics will be the first to feature slopestyle snowboarding, team figure skating — and hundreds of thousands of visitors trying out an ultrafast network on their smartphones and tablets.

Technology changes self-serve laundry

posted: 02/10/2014 1:28 a.m. Discuss

Sean O’Byrne runs an executive search firm and a selfservice laundry.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: iHome speaker a welcome distraction for those snowed in

posted: 02/10/2014 1:26 a.m. Discuss

I am not going to lie — I am not a fan of winter weather anymore.

ON COMPUTERS: Everybody gets 6 seconds of fame with free app

posted: 02/10/2014 1:25 a.m. Discuss

And now for a brief journey to whacko-land. It has to be brief, because it’s on the Vine, and lasts only six seconds.

Apple faces suit over processor design

posted: 02/10/2014 1:22 a.m. Discuss

A thin piece of silicon lodged in the latest iPhone and iPad is at the heart of a lawsuit the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has filed against Apple Inc.

Google reaches deal in antitrust case

posted: 02/10/2014 1:20 a.m. Discuss

Google Inc. has reached a tentative settlement with European antitrust regulators to end an investigation into allegations it abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of rivals.

Technology news in brief

posted: 02/10/2014 1:18 a.m. Discuss

California pushes for phone ‘kill switch’ SAN FRANCISCO — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a “kill switch” to render them inoperable if lost or stolen.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 02/10/2014 1:17 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Andrew Carrion and Karmel A.Ancel, 9770 Springhill Farms Drive, Jan. 31, 2014, Chapter 7. Toquota S. McGee, 13492 Alexis Drive, Feb. 5, 2014, Chapter 13. ALPENA Mary A. Eads (aka Mary Ann Hankins-Eads ), 2276 County Road 912, Jan. 31, 2014, Chapter 7.

HTC to pay Nokia royalties for patent

posted: 02/10/2014 1:17 a.m. Discuss

HTC Corp., Taiwan’s largest smartphone maker, has agreed to pay royalties to Nokia Oyj to end a patent-infringement dispute that could have resulted in its devices being kept out of the U.S. market.

Birds make nests, don’t lie in them

posted: 02/10/2014 1:15 a.m. Discuss

Birds don’t sleep in their nests. They don’t.

New Workouts: Power Yoga and Kriya Yoga

posted: 02/10/2014 1:12 a.m. Discuss

Title: Power Yoga and Kriya Yoga (for Anti-Aging ) What’s the goal? Yogi Ashokananda states he has created a series of sequences rooted in authentic traditions yet adapted to suit 21st-century life. The sequences are designed to build strength, slow down the aging process, build physical stamina, unite mind and body, and release physical tension.

Rare-in-these-parts sandhill cranes winter by the river

posted: 02/10/2014 1:11 a.m. Discuss

Sandhill crane Grus canadensis Eats plants, insects, fish. Nests on the ground. Bugling call can be heard for miles. Adults of both sexes are of similar size: 47.2 inches long with a 6.6-foot wingspan. Adults typically weigh 7.5 to 10.8 pounds. About the same size but bulkier than a great blue heron.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Living with either type of diabetes takes work

posted: 02/10/2014 1:07 a.m. Discuss

I have high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes is not going to kill me. But I just have to eat right, and exercise, and lose weight, and watch what I eat, and I will be fine for the rest of my life.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 02/10/2014 1:07 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Did God put something inside us that’s supposed to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong? If He did, then why do some people not even seem to have a conscience? They go out and do terrible things without even thinking. — A.M.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 02/10/2014 1:06 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You have a style all your own, and people will understand and praise it. A relationship gets stronger and sweeter in March. Your goal will be realized in May. April and July bring financial bonuses. Aries and Scorpio people adore you.

Study: Diabetics get no benefit from obesity

posted: 02/10/2014 1:05 a.m. Discuss

A number of credible but controversial studies in recent years have found that people with certain chronic illnesses live longer if they’re carrying excess pounds than if they’re of normal weight.

Spider-Man Pushups leave one crawling

posted: 02/10/2014 1:04 a.m. Discuss

Here’s something to aspire to: superhero status.

SLIM PICKINGS

posted: 02/10/2014 1:03 a.m. Discuss

Some cereal brands are serial changers, always introducing different flavors.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 02/10/2014 1:02 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READER: Here is this week’s Sound Off: DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I make a contribution to a charitable cause, I get a thank-you letter, plus a bunch of return-address labels.

Super Quiz: Authors

posted: 02/10/2014 1:01 a.m. Discuss

1. The Great Gatsby 2. The Grapes of Wrath 3. Gone With the Wind 4. The Catcher in the Rye

MASTER CLASS: TRX straps add flexibility to standard pushup

posted: 02/10/2014 1 a.m. Discuss

The pushup is among my favorite strength training exercises for the upper body, especially given the many variations that are available. This week, I’ll discuss a few techniques for spicing up your pushup routine and I’ll introduce an innovative variation using TRX straps.

‘Bat wing’ move relaxes shoulders

posted: 02/10/2014 12:58 a.m. Discuss

Trainer Cori Lefkowith of Innovative Results in Costa Mesa, Calif., makes a funny motion when she approximates how desk barnacles look in their offices, crouched over a computer keyboard. The neck is hunched, the fingers curled into claws. It’s uncomfortable.

Halting knee pain centers on source

posted: 02/10/2014 12:56 a.m. Discuss

Q: How do I prevent my knees from hurting when I descend stairs?

Hot spot for birds along Frazier Pike

posted: 02/10/2014 12:50 a.m. Discuss

A section of Frazier Pike near the Arkansas River and the Port of Little Rock has been a birding hot spot this winter.

On bird-watching list: Binoculars, a friend

posted: 02/10/2014 12:50 a.m. Discuss

Tips for seeing Frazier Pike sandhill cranes: If you plan to go, go soon.

HOG CALLS: Bielema understanding state better

posted: 02/10/2014 12:47 a.m. Discuss

The accents contrast North and South but the message echoed like they were one.

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