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June economic report affirms slow growth ahead in Midwest

posted: 07/01/2015 9:52 a.m. Discuss

OMAHA, Neb. — A report on a June survey underscores previous survey signs that slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

U.S. 71 reopens after floodwaters recede

posted: 07/01/2015 8:40 a.m. Discuss

A section of U.S. 71 near the Red River in Little River County that had closed because of high water is back open, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Wednesday.

Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 50

posted: 07/01/2015 7:43 a.m. Discuss

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Islamic militants Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

U.S., Cuba to resurrect embassies

updated: 07/01/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement today to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, administration officials said.

Greece fails to pay IMF

posted: 07/01/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Greece slipped deeper into a financial abyss Tuesday after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund.

Christie in; GOP field swells to 14

updated: 07/01/2015 3:53 a.m. Comments 2

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially announced his bid for president Tuesday, entering the crowded Republican field as the 14th declared candidate.

Youth lockup guard accused of sex abuse

posted: 07/01/2015 3:50 a.m. Discuss

A guard at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy in the lockup's employee bathroom, Independence County officials confirmed Tuesday.

Pay rising for county district's teachers

posted: 07/01/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Teachers in the Pulaski County Special School District are getting on average a 3.2 percent, across-the-board pay increase for the coming school year, the first increase to the district's salary schedule since the 2010-11 school year.

C-130 crashes in Indonesian city

updated: 07/01/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in Indonesia jumped to more than 140 today, indicating multiple people were killed in the neighborhood where the plane went down.

U.S. report faults Ferguson police's tactics

updated: 07/01/2015 3:45 a.m. Comment 1

Police antagonized crowds that gathered to protest in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown's death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report.

Justices accept union-fee appeal

updated: 07/01/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider letting public-sector employees nationwide refuse to pay union fees, agreeing to take up a major labor-law case that could affect more than 5 million government workers.

Obama overtime plan hurts workers, businesses say

posted: 07/01/2015 3:41 a.m. Comment 1

Retailers and manufacturers blasted a plan to make more Americans eligible for overtime pay, saying the move would stunt workers’ careers and cost companies billions, while President Barack Obama touted it as a move to aid middle-class workers.

Iran nuke talks extended by week

updated: 07/01/2015 3:39 a.m. Discuss

World powers and Iran on Tuesday extended negotiations for a nuclear agreement by a week as the United Nations nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition for a deal -- significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons.

Father, son, 8, found dead

posted: 07/01/2015 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

Authorities are investigating what caused the deaths of a father and son found Tuesday morning inside a vehicle that was partially submerged in the North Fork of the Saline River south of Lake Norrell.

UA reserves to cover eVersity tab

posted: 07/01/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Rather than spread costs to academic and other units at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, campus administrators plan to use financial reserves to cover the university's approximately $1.5 million share of a $5 million loan supporting the UA System's new online-only eVersity.

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