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Searcy teen charged in infant's death

posted: 06/30/2014 6:08 p.m. Discuss

A 19-year-old Searcy man was charged Monday in the death of his infant daughter, police said.

Road work set on Arkansas highways over holiday

posted: 06/30/2014 5:26 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas highway officials say 48 miles of major state roads will be under construction and have lane closures during the Fourth of July weekend.

Barrett giving up baseball broadcasts

posted: 06/30/2014 3:26 p.m. Discuss

Chuck Barrett, who helped build the Arkansas baseball network from the ground up, will no longer serve as play-by-play voice of the Diamond Hogs.

Motorcycle, tractor-trailer accident kills 1 in Little Rock

updated: 06/30/2014 3:16 p.m. Comments 10

A Monday afternoon vehicle accident has left one person dead in Little Rock.

Arkansas Bites: New pizza concept coming to SoMa

posted: 06/30/2014 2:28 p.m. Discuss

A new Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant is slated to open at 1318 S. Main Street later this summer. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant is being opened by chef Jason Neidhardt (formerly of The Packet House Grill) along with partners Bart Barlogie (co-owner of The Fold), Eric Nelson and Jamie Moses.

Suspect identified in Saturday shooting

posted: 06/30/2014 2:27 p.m. Discuss

Authorities are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man on Saturday, the Little Rock Police Department said in a statement.

Two arrested after body found in Crawford County

posted: 06/30/2014 2:20 p.m. Discuss

Two men were arrested Sunday after deputies found a body buried in a shallow grave behind the house of one of the men in rural Crawford County, Sheriff Ron Brown said Monday.

Arkansas Bites: Diamond Bear Brewing to release canned beer

posted: 06/30/2014 2 p.m. Discuss

North Little Rock-based brewery Diamond Bear is moving into the world of craft cans this summer.

Jindal endorses Cotton for Senate

posted: 06/30/2014 1:22 p.m. Comments 6

Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal endorsed the U.S. Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Monday.

Israel finds bodies of kidnapped teens, officials say

posted: 06/30/2014 12:53 p.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — Security officials say the Israeli military has discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month.

Police: 4 robbed at gunpoint Sunday in LR

posted: 06/30/2014 12:18 p.m. Comments 4

Four people were robbed at gunpoint Sunday night while they were repairing a home in Little Rock.

Pulaski County jail to close again Tuesday

posted: 06/30/2014 11:36 a.m. Comments 2

The Pulaski County jail will close at noon Tuesday because of overcrowding, officials say.

Alarm, ridicule for declaration of Islamic state

posted: 06/30/2014 11:07 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — A militant group’s declaration of an Islamic state in territory it controls in Syria and Iraq touched off celebrations among its followers but drew condemnation and even ridicule from rivals and officials in Baghdad and Damascus.

Buckner: Little Rock police moving in new direction

posted: 06/30/2014 11:06 a.m. Comments 2

New Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said at his installation ceremony Monday morning that he wants to learn the culture of the Little Rock Police Department before making too many changes, but he sees room for improvement.

GM won’t limit ignition switch crash compensation

posted: 06/30/2014 11:05 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors’ money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars’ ignition switches caused the crash.

Style: Fireworks, fireflies, festivals

posted: 06/30/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

July is one big pop-up ad for summer, Ron Wolfe writes in his monthly calendar in Tuesday’s Style section.

Little Rock shooting injures man; gunman flees, police say

posted: 06/30/2014 10:16 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock police are investigating a Sunday shooting at a Reservoir Road apartment complex that left a man injured.

Little Rock extends hours for fireworks calls

posted: 06/30/2014 10:13 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The city of Little Rock says it's extending the hours of its non-emergency line so residents can report the illegal use of fireworks.

Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

posted: 06/30/2014 9:38 a.m. Comments 29

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining.

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

posted: 06/30/2014 9:33 a.m. Comments 91

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

10 things to know for Monday

posted: 06/30/2014 9:23 a.m. Discuss

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

Challenge to California ban on gay-conversion therapy rejected

posted: 06/30/2014 9:19 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

Human skull discovered on Tulsa casino property

posted: 06/30/2014 9:10 a.m. Discuss

TULSA — The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office is investigating after a human skull was discovered on the grounds of a Tulsa casino.

Fort Smith airport traffic up in first part of '14

posted: 06/30/2014 9:01 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — Officials say passenger traffic at Fort Smith Regional Airport is up by more than 7 percent in the first five months of this year.

Mena man killed after truck hits tree

posted: 06/30/2014 8:12 a.m. Discuss

A Mena man was killed Sunday after the truck he was driving ran off the road in Montgomery County, the Arkansas State Police said.

New Little Rock police chief to be installed

posted: 06/30/2014 7:51 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An installation ceremony is scheduled for new Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner.

Lane closures set for Mississippi River bridge

posted: 06/30/2014 7:49 a.m. Discuss

WEST MEMPHIS — Arkansas highway officials say lanes will be closed on the Mississippi River bridge in West Memphis as crews perform work on the bridge.

Lawmakers meet in Old State House for first day of special session

updated: 06/30/2014 6:43 p.m. Discuss

Lawmakers convened Monday at the Old State House building and state Capitol for the first day of the second special session of the 89th General Assembly.

Buffalo River program seeks participants

posted: 06/30/2014 6 a.m. Comment 1

Administrators at the National Park Service and the Buffalo National River say they’re not sure what’s causing a lack of interest in a teacher education program at the Buffalo National River this year.

Fighters in Iraq, Syria declare Islamic state

posted: 06/30/2014 4:10 a.m. Comment 1

BAGHDAD -- The militant group that has seized much of northeastern Syria and huge tracts of neighboring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

Lawmakers return to old Capitol

posted: 06/30/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The House of Representatives will return to the Old State House today to tackle substantial legislation there for the first time in more than 100 years.

Ex-P&G chief said to be pick for VA job

posted: 06/30/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama intends today to nominate Bob McDonald, a former chief of Procter & Gamble, to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, administration officials said Sunday afternoon.

Railway trail to get 14.7-mile extension

posted: 06/30/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

An agreement has been reached on a 14.7-mile extension of a trail that is being developed on an abandoned railway line in east Arkansas.

Leaders hold 4-way call on Ukraine's conflict with separatists

posted: 06/30/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russia separatists on track in a four-way phone call Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany.

IRS email claim riles panel chief

posted: 06/30/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives panel probing alleged bias by the Internal Revenue Service against conservative groups said former agency official Lois Lerner must have known she was required to keep paper copies of emails that vanished when her computer crashed.

Border patrol acts via video

posted: 06/30/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

SAN DIEGO -- The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

China jails 113 on terrorism charges

posted: 06/30/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- Chinese courts in the far west, ethnic region of Xinjiang have imprisoned 113 people on terrorism or other charges, according to a government-run news portal.

Egypt to limit Ramadan sermons

posted: 06/30/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Egypt will restrict sermons during the holy month of Ramadan to topics of faith and morality, the state's top official in charge of religious affairs said Sunday, in the latest measure by the government to control mosques and limit access of opponents to them.

Actions to save mothers questioned

posted: 06/30/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies -- usually inexpensive drugs -- deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.

Marine fugitive back in custody

posted: 06/30/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday.

9 wounded in Bourbon Street shooting

posted: 06/30/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

NEW ORLEANS -- Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

Death of toddler at store probed

posted: 06/30/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities on Sunday were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl in front of dozens of people who tried to rescue her.

Gunmen torch 4 Nigeria churches

posted: 06/30/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

BAUCHI, Nigeria -- Suspected Islamic extremists sprayed gunfire at worshippers and torched four churches Sunday in a village just miles from the town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped, witnesses said.

India police detain 5 in deadly collapse

posted: 06/30/2014 3:49 a.m. Discuss

NEW DELHI -- Police in southern India detained five construction company officials Sunday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 26 people.

Afghan candidate's demands rejected

posted: 06/30/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- After a potential opening last week to ease Afghanistan's political crisis, the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah signaled Sunday that more deadlock was ahead, promising again that he would not accept any decisions made by the country's election commission after the panel rejected a list of his demands.

Give Kurdistan independence, Netanyahu says

posted: 06/30/2014 3:47 a.m. Discuss

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel's prime minister Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region and asserted that Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Old U.S.-made weapons aid Islamic State

posted: 06/30/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

IRBIL, Iraq -- Six months ago, Sunni Arab militants faced a steep firepower imbalance in their uprising against the U.S.-equipped Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

The Nation in Brief

posted: 06/30/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Parades revel in gay-marriage victories

The World in Brief

posted: 06/30/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Man sets himself on fire in Tokyo protest

Lewis' 65 turns up hog calls

posted: 06/30/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Stacy Lewis was the hunter a week ago at the U.S. Open, shooting a 4-under 66 on the final day but falling two strokes short of eventual champion Michelle Wie.

Big Bass Bonanza: Scherrey nets 2nd Bonanza

posted: 06/30/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Steve Scherrey of Conway became the first two-time winner of the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza on Sunday, thanks to a 6.98-pound bass worth $50,000 that he caught Saturday in Post Lake near Tichnor.

World Cup: Netherlands, Costa Rica cheer

posted: 06/30/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

RECIFE, Brazil — Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.

World Cup: Netherlands, Costa Rica cheer

posted: 06/30/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

FORTALEZA, Brazil -- The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left Sunday with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Second Thoughts: Giant picks good time to belt one

posted: 06/30/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Brandon Belt would like to be swinging a bat in San Francisco rather than San Jose sometime soon, but the Giants first baseman on a rehab assignment in the minor leagues made his last game in Class AA one to remember.

Commentary: U.S. should leave flopping to rest of world

posted: 06/30/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

The president of Uruguay doesn't usually get quoted in sports pages, but Jose Mujica said something illuminating the other day.

'Big 4' make another major push at Wimbledon

posted: 06/30/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of the past 37 men's Grand Slam singles titles -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer -- are all around for the second week at Wimbledon and will be joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

Growing support buoys Americans

updated: 06/29/2014 2:22 p.m. Discuss

SAO PAULO -- Only one American reporter was on hand the last time the United States played in a World Cup in Brazil, and he used vacation time and paid his own way.

Reds starter baffles Giants through seven innings

posted: 06/30/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Homer Bailey made a strong bid for another no-hitter for Cincinnati, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey's two-out single in the seventh inning.

Golf roundup: Rose escapes thorny situation, wins in playoff

posted: 06/30/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

BETHESDA, Md. -- Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.

Roth sharp as Travs win 4th in a row

posted: 06/30/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Mike Bianucci hit a home run and Michael Roth pitched six solid innings Sunday as the Arkansas Travelers earned their fourth consecutive victory, 3-1, against the Midland RockHounds in Midland.

Wie falls flat with 2-over 73 as whirlwind week takes toll

posted: 06/30/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- Michelle Wie mentioned often while she was in town for the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship that she was tired from the hoopla surrounding her U.S. Open championship victory in Pinehurst, N.C.

Expect cuts, NLR nonprofits told

posted: 06/30/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Citing "major budgetary changes" for North Little Rock in 2015, Mayor Joe Smith has put nonprofits on notice to expect their annual city funding to be reduced or even cut out completely.

Flash floods force families out of homes

posted: 06/30/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Heavy rainfall early Sunday caused flash flooding that forced more than 30 families in eastern Arkansas to evacuate their homes.

Delayed mosquito season hits Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 2

The combination of warmer weather and almost daily rains across most of the state is providing the perfect conditions for breeding mosquitoes.

LR student nabs perfect ACT score

posted: 06/30/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Chandler Smith has done a lot for a person who just turned 17. He built his own computer. He taught himself Java computer programming. And this spring, he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.

UAPB program helps high school grads transition to college

posted: 06/30/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- The Walton Family Foundation has provided a two-year, $200,000 matching grant to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to help fund the school's Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students, or LIONS, program.


posted: 06/30/2014 2:58 a.m. Comments 2

Standard comes with cost

Editorials: First principals

posted: 06/30/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

If all happy families are alike, then there's a common bond among all good schools, too: good principals.

Editorials : A half-baked idea

posted: 06/30/2014 2:51 a.m. Comments 4

A moment, please, on the latest from the Wild, Wild, ever Wilder West:

Columnists: Government by fiat

posted: 06/30/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court last week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases.

Dream or nightmare?

posted: 06/30/2014 2:49 a.m. Comments 18

At the heart of the debate over immigration reform is the idea that demography is destiny; more precisely, that it is the destiny of the Democratic Party to dominate American politics because the electoral demographic that tilts its way (non-whites) is increasing while that which tilts Republican (whites) is decreasing.

Police beat

posted: 06/30/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Medic tries to helpman, is attacked

Other Days

posted: 06/30/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

100 years ago

Noteworthy Deaths: Lovable ex-convict on Designing Women

posted: 06/30/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

The Associated Press

Firecracker run blazes through the Fourth

posted: 06/30/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The nation's birthday is coming. There will be singing. There will be flags. There will be fireworks. And there will be cookouts overflowing with food. But indulging at cookouts can lead to guilt, and guilt just has no place at a party.

Dive from a plane gives land lover new perspective

posted: 06/30/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

SILOAM SPRINGS -- All my life I have had a deep love of nature. I cherish memories from childhood of playing in the woods with my eyes turned skyward.

Forest Service opens Upper Buffalo trail

posted: 06/30/2014 2:32 a.m. Comment 1

NEWTON COUNTY -- After a short, gravelly climb, we peeled off the forest road onto Fire Tower Trail, a single-track path that would lead to my first experience on the just-opened 34-mile Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail.

Practically Active: Helping others takes sting out of our own troubles

posted: 06/30/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

In late 2012 I wrote about problems I was having with my right foot, which turned out to be a broken fifth metatarsal. In February 2013 I had surgery, but after three months of waiting, the bone had not healed properly.

U.S. Census map counts commutes

posted: 06/30/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Census Bureau's website has a new tool for estimating how Americans get to work, and it shows walking, cycling and taking the bus have increased slightly in Arkansas.

Losses nil in fat fight worldwide

posted: 06/30/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 30 percent of the world's population is overweight or obese, and not one country has reduced its obesity rate in 33 years, according to a new analysis combining three decades of data from 188 countries, published in the medical journal The Lancet in May.

MASTER CLASS: Wall Ball Roll builds shoulder muscle stability

posted: 06/30/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

As we age, shoulder strength is often overlooked as a key fitness component in activities of daily living. Physical therapists and other medical professionals tend to focus on maintaining strength in their patients' lower bodies, and for good reason.


posted: 06/30/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

WHAT: Fiber One Soft Baked Cookies

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/30/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. There's no returning to the old you. Those ways and methods are now a husk that you leave behind as you spread your wings and fly. You'll negotiate a special deal in July.

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/30/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Here is this week's Sound Off, about the big size of towels:

On Christianity

posted: 06/30/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My husband struggled with cancer for almost five years, and when he died a few months ago I thought I was prepared for it. But I guess I wasn't, because it's really been painful. I know he's in heaven, but why am I having such a hard time? Is something wrong with me?

Tech Spotlight : SwannEye security camera works, but setup's not easy

posted: 06/30/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Summer is upon us, and for many, that means some time away from home.

Water-testing device measures up

posted: 06/30/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

LOWELL -- A new water-testing device that was put through its paces by the Beaver Water District recently gained the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tyranny of passwords stymies Internet users, but security is evolving

posted: 06/30/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO -- Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts.

App takes doctors to patient's door

posted: 06/30/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

If Marcus Welby, the fictional Santa Monica doctor from the early 1970s, were still plying his trade today, patients would be able to find him at the touch of a smartphone application.

Google Plus alive and well, company says

posted: 06/30/2014 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Three years ago this month, Google Inc. launched a new social network with high hopes of countering the rising tide of Internet users who were flocking to Facebook.

ON COMPUTERS: Internet growing with help of website builders

posted: 06/30/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

While a "Number's Report" is a frequent topic for us, we've never before started a column with one.

Gear that gets paraplegics on feet OK'd

posted: 06/30/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

A device designed by a quadriplegic Israeli entrepreneur to increase his mobility, and in use already to get wounded U.S. military personnel up and walking again, has won clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for broad marketing in the United States.

New tech puts video games in user's head

posted: 06/30/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

For a glimpse of an evolving technology that promises to shake video gaming to its foundation, check out Throw Trucks With Your Mind.

Technology news in brief

posted: 06/30/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

Facebook discloses workforce diversity


posted: 06/30/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

ALEXANDER Allan K. and Stacy A. Norwood, 13916 Carrington Cove, June 24, 2014, Chapter 13.






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