• 2 car bombings kill 68 near Syria town

    BEIRUT -- At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60, mostly civilians and two Turkish soldiers, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.

  • Chiefs ink veteran Spiller to have additional depth

    In recent years, the Kansas City Chiefs have had some success taking low-risk fliers on versatile running backs.

  • For keyed-up group, Trump targets media

    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

  • White House backs aide over request for FBI help

    WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday defended Chief of Staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

  • U.S. 70 work stirs tourism concerns

    HOT SPRINGS -- A $78.5 million project to widen a section of U.S. 70 between Interstate 30 and Hot Springs will make it much easier and safer to navigate, but it has Spa City boosters worried about the effect of the project's nearly two-year construction schedule on a city heavily dependent on tourism.

  • Analysts: Visit ban baseless

    WASHINGTON -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

  • Hutchinson names state VA director

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday appointed a veteran with extensive health care management experience to lead the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • In mix at front, U.S. aids gains

    SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq -- U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army's 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State extremist group as they moved on a power station.

  • Iraqi forces advance in Mosul

    MOSUL AIRPORT, Iraq -- As Iraqi ground troops pushed into western Mosul on Friday, the country's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time in response to recent bombings in Baghdad claimed by the militants.

  • Reversal of Obama-era pastime stance stirs pot industry

    NEW YORK -- The cannabis industry was rattled after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal.

  • Democrats in Trump-turf states avoid public forums

    NEW YORK -- From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding public meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early agenda.

  • Cambodia: $400M needed to rid mines

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia needs more than $400 million in aid to remove by 2025 all of the land mines that are a legacy of years of civil war, the country’s prime minister said Friday.

  • Bergdahl trial survives Trump's rhetoric

    President Donald Trump's campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while "problematic," hasn't prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday.

  • In states, curbs on protests pursued

    Since the election of Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 17 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil-liberties experts are calling "an attack on protest rights throughout the states."

  • Cosby judge puts limit on accusers

    PHILADELPHIA — A judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian Bill Cosby’s other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago.

  • Health act redo in GOP draft

    WASHINGTON -- A draft Republican bill replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

  • 'Get out' of U.S. called shooter's yell

    OLATHE, Kan. -- In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

  • Police: Sick woman a clue in death

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to throw up, Malaysian police said Friday. It was an early indication of the chemical warfare agent VX, identified as the cause of the killing.

  • Mexico draws the line on deportations

    MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government made clear to visiting U.S. emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said Friday.

  • Democrats pick Kentuckian for Trump address response

    WASHINGTON -- Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace.

  • Path of Destruction: A look back on the February 2007 supercell that spawned the Dumas tornado

      Introduction: On Saturday, February 24, 2007, a series of tornadoes from one parent supercell ripped across Southeast Arkansas. One of the largest, categorized as an EF-3, carried winds exceeding 140 miles per hour. It cut through the heart of Dumas, injuring  28 people and leaving many residents homeless and jobless. It destroyed 25 businesses and 19 homes and damaged 65 others. A community building sustained major damage, as well as a 20-unit assisted living center. … Continued

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  • Fred Leslie Tutt

    Fred Leslie Tutt, 64, of Crossett passed away on February 23, 2017, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was born on July 18, 1952, in Camden and was the son of the late Fred and Vera Gills Tutt. Mr. Tutt  was a 1972 graduate of Stephens High School and a 1974 graduate of SAU Tech. Soon after graduation, he began his 44-year career with Georgia Pacific as an electrician. His passion for helping others, … Continued

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  • Peggy Hill Kilcrease

    Peggy Hill Kilcrease, 76, of Hamburg, died on February 23, 2017 at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She graduated from Portland High School in 1958 and worked for the Department of Human Services for 36 years. She was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, a loving mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kilcrease was preceded in death by her parents, E. A. … Continued

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  • Gloria Jean McDougald Bowden

    Gloria Jean McDougald Bowden, 72, of the Long Prairie community, passed away on February 23, 2017 at the Woods Nursing and Rehab Facility in Monticello. She was born August 3, 1944 in Ashley County and was the daughter of the late Doyle McDougald and Lucille Harville McDougald. She was the widow of Robert Downey Bowden, Sr., a homemaker and a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she … Continued

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  • Police: Son says he killed father

    A Bradley County man is being held on a $250,000 bond in connection with the death of his father. Alfonzo Hampton, 35, of Johnsville, reportedly drove to the Warren Police Department Tuesday carrying his father’s body in the trunk of a vehicle. Hampton told police he had killed his father, 58-year-old Fred Hampton, also of Johnsville. Alfonzo Hampton was taken into custody without incident, and is being held in the Dallas County jail on suspicion … Continued

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  • UAM secures road win over Oklahoma Baptist

    The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team notched a road victory over Great American Conference opponent Oklahoma Baptist by a final score of 79-69. The victory tonight for the Weevils secured itself at least a guaranteed share of the GAC regular season title with UAM now in sole possession of first place after a loss on the night by Arkansas Tech with one season game remaining for each. UAM (21-4, 17-4 GAC) despite … Continued

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  • MGSA registration deadline is March 10

    There are no boundary lines this year so girls outside of Monticello and Drew County can play in the Monticello league. For more information, call or text 870-224-6600.

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  • Ray’s serving ribs Friday

      Ray’s in Monticello will be serving smoked baby back ribs for lunch and dinner on Friday, February 24. A half rack of ribs with two side dishes is $9.99 and a full rack with two sides is $18.99. Side dishes include baked beans, coleslaw, baked potato salad and mustard potato salad. Read more about Ray’s great ribs in this restaurant review. Drop by Ray’s for lunch or dinner at the intersection of U.S. 425 & 278 in … Continued

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