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Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

posted: 08/22/2014 9:50 a.m. Comments 4

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders.

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

posted: 08/22/2014 9:40 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

Man accused of opening fire after trying to start 'physical confrontation'

posted: 08/22/2014 9:30 a.m. Discuss

A 21-year-old North Little Rock man is accused of trying to start a "physical confrontation" and then opening fire when it didn't develop.

Woman found mentally fit for trial in slaying

posted: 08/22/2014 9:29 a.m. Discuss

MOUNTAIN HOME — Doctors say a Mountain Home woman accused in the death of a 24-year-old man is mentally fit to proceed to trial.

Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a 'direct invasion'

posted: 08/22/2014 8:18 a.m. Discuss

DAVYDO-MYKILSKE, Ukraine — Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion."

Medical college plans shown to Fort Chaffee panel

posted: 08/22/2014 8:11 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — An official with a planned Arkansas medical college has shown early concepts of the school to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority board of trustees.

Texarkana airport officials accept federal grant

posted: 08/22/2014 8:03 a.m. Discuss

TEXARKANA — Texarkana airport officials have accepted more than $400,000 in federal funding to rehabilitate the airport's runway and allow an airline to keep operating.

ASU official: No charges in golf-club accident

posted: 08/22/2014 7:46 a.m. Comment 1

JONESBORO — An Arkansas State University vice chancellor says he doesn't expect charges to be filed in the freak injury of a student who was impaled in the neck by a broken golf club.

Ruling finalizes desegregation pact

posted: 08/22/2014 4:34 a.m. Comments 3

A federal judge on Thursday issued a consent judgment that incorporates the Jan. 13 settlement agreement, dismisses some of the parties and describes the court's role going forward in the long-running Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.

Public workers' pension lode up by $1.1 billion

posted: 08/22/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments increased in value by $1.1 billion in fiscal 2014 to $7.8 billion as the system reaped gains from robust stock markets, the system's investment consultant reported this week.

Journalist's killing spurs U.S. launch of criminal inquiry

posted: 08/22/2014 4:31 a.m. Comments 9

WASHINGTON -- The FBI and federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the beheading of American journalist James Foley by militants from the Islamic State extremist group, with Attorney General Eric Holder vowing Thursday that those responsible for the videotaped slaying will be held responsible.

2 well in U.S., but in Africa aid pleas rise

posted: 08/22/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The two U.S. health workers who were infected with Ebola in Liberia and treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have been released after having fought off the deadly virus.

Missouri Guard ordered to exit after calmer night in Ferguson

posted: 08/22/2014 4:29 a.m. Discuss

FERGUSON, Mo. -- As tensions on the streets seemed to ease Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that had been rocked by protests after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager.

Foes explore ways to block anti-bias law

posted: 08/22/2014 4 a.m. Comments 5

Opponents of Fayetteville's newly adopted anti-discrimination ordinance are considering their options to overturn the measure, including a petition drive to put it before the city's voters.

Research spending drops 1.47% at UA

posted: 08/22/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Spending on research dipped slightly for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the most recent fiscal year as the university works to boost one measure of research output used in national rankings of colleges and universities.

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