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From: PB Main Street shut by bu...

The top floor ...

John WorthenThe top floor at the rear of the vacant, three-story building at 602 Main St. in Pine Bluff collapsed Friday prompting authorities to close off the street between Sixth and Eighth avenues as a safety precaution.

Death penalty statute backed

High court asked to reinstate law

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Dustin McDaniel's office Friday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that struck down the state's death penalty statute as unconstitutional. Continue reading...

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A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)

Net path upsurge thwarts wiretaps

Online tools lack backdoor entries

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities said they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant-messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted. Continue reading...

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Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian man during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz near Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, July 25, 2014. In Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians protested in the traditionally Arab-populated east of the city after Muslim noon prayers, and a dozen protesters threw rocks and fireworks at Israeli police, who fired stun grenades and water cannons. Thousands of Israeli security forces had been deployed for possible Palestinian protests. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Humanitarian lull brokered for Gaza war

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip will start this morning, the Israeli military said Friday night, hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce. Continue reading...