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UAMS Northwest vice chancellor pledges $250,000

The vice chancellor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville has pledged a quarter million dollars to support a new physical therapy program on the UAMS Northwest campus in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Bentonville cleanup scheduled after storm

Subscriber onlyA city-wide cleanup of storm debris from Wednesday’s wind storm will start Tuesday, according to a news release. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart names new CEO of U.S. discount division

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says U.S. discount-store chief Bill Simon is stepping down. Continue reading...

Car Shuttle Part Of Ozark Canoeing Adventure

Subscriber onlyRiver floating may be the only pastime where you turn your trusty car or truck over to a total stranger then pay them good money to drive it. Continue reading...

UA master’s students teach writing project

Subscriber onlyAntha Johnson held up two brown paper sacks, one labeled “characters” and another labeled “theme.” She instructed her students, who worked in groups, to draw a slip of paper out of each bag to use in developing a story accompanied with comiclike drawings. Continue reading...

State creating own exchange gets price tag

Federal grant as proposed runs $133 million at top end

Subscriber onlyThe director of a state-created nonprofit exploring a possible state-run health insurance exchange said she will recommend next month that the board request $91 million to $133 million in federal grant money to pay for the exchange's setup costs. Continue reading...

Gaza ground fight rages

Pushing cease-fire, Kerry cites progress

Subscriber onlyGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip city as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end the fighting that has so far killed more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Continue reading...

Tolls on I-40 seen in study as a way to add more lanes

Subscriber onlyTolls could generate enough money to build an additional lane in each direction on the 110-mile section of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis, according to a study ordered by the Arkansas Highway Commission. Continue reading...

House GOP cuts Obama border-funds bid, urges law change

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders Wednesday proposed giving President Barack Obama less than half of his $3.7 billion emergency request to address an influx of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading...

Coin designs honoring U.S. marshals unveiled

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A nod to Fort Smith's history with the U.S. Marshals Service is included in the design for three commemorative coins unveiled Wednesday. Continue reading...

Arizona execution takes two hours

Subscriber onlyPHOENIX -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode that is likely to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Continue reading...

U.S. seeks faster upgrade of oil-train tankers

Subscriber onlyFederal regulators said Wednesday that they would require railroads and oil shippers to use stronger tank cars to transport crude oil across the nation within two years, offering a speedier timetable than initially expected in response to a spate of derailments and spills involving oil trains over the past year. Continue reading...

Legislators knock U.S. Iraq response

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the commitment of President Barack Obama's administration to holding the fractured country together. Continue reading...

India school official arrested after outcry over girl's rape

Subscriber onlyNEW DELHI -- Three weeks after a skating instructor was accused of raping a 6-year-old student in southern India, police arrested the chairman of her school Wednesday. Continue reading...

Indonesian vote loser to appeal, cites fraud

Subscriber onlyJAKARTA, Indonesia -- Prabowo Subianto, the retired army general who was declared the loser in Indonesia's presidential election, will appeal the results to the country's Constitutional Court, claiming there were widespread irregularities in the voting, senior advisers to his campaign said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Taiwanese airplane crashes into village; 48 killed

Subscriber onlyTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. Continue reading...

40 bodies from crash back on Dutch soil

Rebels down 2 Ukrainian fighter jets 20 miles from Malaysian plane wreckage

Subscriber onlyEINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned to the Netherlands on Wednesday in 40 wooden coffins, carried to 40 identical hearses, as flags at half-staff flapped in the wind. Continue reading...

AP photographer's killer sentenced to die

Subscriber onlyKABUL, Afghanistan -- A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was convicted and sentenced to death. Continue reading...

New interim charter empowers Thai junta

Critics: Army aims to weaken parties

Subscriber onlyBANGKOK -- Thailand's temporary constitution, which gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime minister, a senior army official said Wednesday. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only• Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, who was pulled over July 16 and given a $154 ticket for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit in her hometown of Wasilla, joked with TMZ that she wasn't speeding, she was "qualifying." Continue reading...

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