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Pen is put to paper on filling Cabinet, repealing health law

posted: 01/21/2017 4:05 a.m. Gallery Comments 5

President Donald Trump began setting up his new administration Friday, signing a bill that allowed retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his other Cabinet choices.

10 pulled out of crushed hotel

updated: 01/21/2017 4:02 a.m. Discuss

With cheers of "Bravo! Bravo!" rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after the snowslide buried some 30 people. Four children were among the 10 people found alive -- and one asked for cookies when she got out.

Palmyra's ruins again subjected to wrath of ISIS

updated: 01/21/2017 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and a revered monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

Mexican kingpin pleads innocent

updated: 01/21/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into a U.S. courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.

Just feet from swearing-in sit Clintons

posted: 01/21/2017 3:51 a.m. Gallery Comments 5

Hillary Clinton looked on from fewer than 10 seats away as Donald Trump took the oath of office. She was fulfilling the role of a former first lady instead of becoming the first woman to be inaugurated as president.

Protests include vandalism, fires; 217 arrested

updated: 01/21/2017 3:38 a.m. Gallery Comments 7

WASHINGTON -- Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump's formal procession and evening balls.

Arkansas manure pond isn't leaking, analysis says

posted: 01/21/2017 3:25 a.m. Discuss

A study conducted at C&H Hog Farms found no evidence of a hog manure leak at the farm 6 miles from the Buffalo River, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality concluded this week.

2 companies bid to do study of War Memorial Stadium

posted: 01/21/2017 3:24 a.m. Comment 1

Companies based in Texas and Utah have submitted proposals to conduct a feasibility study on the future of War Memorial Stadium for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

State: No hunt for execution drug

posted: 01/21/2017 3:24 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas' prison spokesman said Friday that he is "unaware of any efforts" to find a new supply of an execution drug that expired at the start of the new year.

After brawl at Arkansas high school, 9 are charged

posted: 01/21/2017 3:23 a.m. Comments 6

Nine Hope High School students face rioting, battery and disorderly conduct charges after a fight in the school office Tuesday, police said.

Despite rains, 3 Arkansas counties bone dry

posted: 01/21/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Although rains have soaked much of the state this month, three western Arkansas counties are considered to be in "extreme drought" and farmers are nervous that dry conditions will hinder spring planting.

2 on NLR board explain inaction

posted: 01/21/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock School Board members elaborated Friday on their relationship with Superintendent Kelly Rodgers after a board member's motion to extend Rodgers' contract by a year died for lack of a second the night before.

Hearing delayed on teens' request to transfer cases

posted: 01/21/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A judge on Friday delayed until next month a hearing on three teenagers' request to transfer their murder cases from adult to juvenile court after their lawyers said they would need a week or more to present arguments.

Theater review: Stone Soup aims to spark imaginations

posted: 01/21/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre ladled out the yummy first of three performances of Stone Soup on Friday night in Little Rock.

Two men shot dead in NLR

posted: 01/21/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Two people were killed in a shooting Friday night in North Little Rock, police reported.

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