• Catholic bishops conflicted over gays, immigration

    The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are in a difficult position as the debate over immigration reform gets underway: The immigrant-built American church, known for advocating a broad welcome for migrants and refugees, could end up opposing reform because it would recognize same-sex partners. Proposals by …

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  • Boy Scouts delay decision until May on admitting gays

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Faced with intense pressure from two flanks, the Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it needed more time for consultations before deciding whether to move away from its policy of excluding gays as Scouts or adult leaders. Possible changes in the …

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  • Woman in Timbuktu punished for forbidden love

    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The love story in this fabled desert outpost began over the phone, when he dialed the wrong number. It nearly ended with the couple’s death at the hands of Islamic extremists who considered their romance “haram” — forbidden. What happened in …

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  • Inspiration for ‘A League of Their Own’ character dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the central character in the movie “A League of Their Own,” has died, her son said Sunday. Paire-Davis died of natural …

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  • Student receives diploma

    ABILENE, Texas — Sara Brooke Montgomery of Searcy recently graduated from Hardin-Simmons University during commencement ceremonies held in December in HSU’s Behrens Auditorium, according to a news release. Montgomery graduated with a doctor of physical therapy during one of two commencement ceremonies. She was one …

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  • Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies at 88

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Koch’s favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge to encourage commuters who …

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  • Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dies at 94

    LOS ANGELES — Patty Andrews never served in the military, but she and her singing sisters certainly supported the troops. During World War II, they hawked war bonds, entertained soldiers overseas and boosted morale on the home-front with tunes like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of …

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  • Storms down trees, cause outages

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible tornadoes tore across several states in the South and central U.S. during the night, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes. One death was reported when a …

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  • Entergy endows fund to honor retiring chairman

    New Orleans — Entergy Corporation has announced the creation of a $5 million endowment to honor retiring chairman and CEO J. Wayne Leonard. “Wayne has been a passionate advocate on each of these issues during his years at Entergy, so we could think of no …

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  • Graduates, honor rolls named

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University has released its Dean’s List for the fall semester. For undergraduate students, criteria include enrollment in at least 12 credit hours and at least a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.00 scale. Area students making the list include …

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  • Dean’s List released

    FORT SMITH — The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester, according to Dr. Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor. Area students include: Batesville — Tina Dodson, Margaret McDougal Cave City — Leroy Maupin Evening …

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  • ABF driver comes to aid of elderly couple – Ronnie Milner is named TCA’s latest Highway Angel

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Ronnie Milner of Valparaiso, Ind., a professional truck driver for Arkansas Best Freight System Inc. of Fort Smith, has been named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel. Milner is being recognized for helping an elderly couple in trouble on the highway. On …

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