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No cease-fire; Hamas chief vows to fight on

posted: 07/22/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary" -- raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.

Insurgents yield stricken plane's bodies, 2 boxes

posted: 07/22/2014 4:39 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Russia separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Workers get U.S. gay-bias protection

posted: 07/22/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

Arkansas slips a notch in 2014 Kids Count study

posted: 07/22/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas dropped one spot nationally -- from 40 to 41 -- in this year's Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count study on children's well-being, though the state improved from last year's statistics in more categories than it declined in.

Baker tied to group seeking to limit suits

posted: 07/22/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was the contact person for a corporation that works to limit lawsuit litigation in Arkansas since at least January 2013, shortly before he began working as a top administrator at the University of Central Arkansas, and he retained that position until Monday, records show.

State seeks cut in fee request for school suit

posted: 07/22/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys for the state are asking a federal judge to dramatically discount the $3.3 million in fees requested by a legal team that represents black students in the 31-year-old Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.

ASU linebacker heads up SBC's preseason defense

posted: 07/22/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas State has been led to the top of the Sun Belt Conference the past three seasons by offensive-minded head coaches, but it was the Red Wolves' defense that headlined the league's preseason awards announced Monday.

SEC Preview Vanderbilt: Nine fine, but coach eyes more

posted: 07/22/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

The previous eight coaches who took over Vanderbilt's football program prior to Derek Mason inherited teams coming off losing seasons , including six seasons with two or fewer victories.

Firms report rising sales, hiring

posted: 07/22/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Rising sales helped improve hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

U.S. craft brewers setting up in Europe

posted: 07/22/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.

Mason jars pack a variety of uses today

posted: 07/22/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to the classic Mason jar, there's just no putting a lid on the endless ways this vintage vessel is being put to use lately.

Shakespeare Folio tours U.S. in 2016

posted: 07/22/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

In the canon of Western literature, William Shakespeare's First Folio is "the jewel of our house." Published by the playwright's colleagues in 1623, just a few years after his death, this extraordinary book contains 36 plays and is the sole source for such immortal works as Macbeth, The Tempest and As You Like It. Without First Folio, our theater, our culture, our very language would be incalculably impoverished.

Group asks state to block alcohol measure

posted: 07/21/2014 5:55 p.m. Comment 1

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

McDaniel rejects wording of medical marijuana measure

posted: 07/21/2014 5:53 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

LR gas station robbed Monday

posted: 07/21/2014 5:50 p.m. Discuss

Little Rock police are searching for three people who robbed a gas station Monday afternoon.

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