• West Nile cases rise 40 percent in 1 week

    West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday. So far this year, 1,590 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control …

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  • Webcams in newborn ICUs proves to be growing business

    Corey Harrington spent the first month of his life in intensive care 150 miles from home, but his parents could see him any time thanks to a webcam in the premature baby’s incubator in Little Rock. They couldn’t be there because they had another young …

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  • Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step onto the moon. He commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions and …

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  • NASA’s pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

    As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration. Some examples: • Buzz Aldrin: Lunar module pilot for Apollo …

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  • Ranch in running for thousands

    NEW YORK — Nearly 30,000 charities have been nominated for the chance to share $5 million in grant money by participating in a nationwide program and among them is the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches headquartered in Batesville, but it needs the public’s vote if it …

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  • Newport man set to die gets last-hour reprieve

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court again halted the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate convicted of a triple murder less than an hour before he could have been taken to the death chamber Wednesday. Justices decided to stop the punishment of John …

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  • Listen to radios? Watch TVs? Not for Class of ’16

    MILWAUKEE — Remember when suitcases had to be carried instead of rolled? Or when an airline ticket was a booklet of pages separated by carbon paper? Maybe you remember when Lou Gehrig held the Major League record for consecutive baseball games played. This year’s college …

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  • Phyllis Diller blazed trail for female comedians

    LOS ANGELES — Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing one-liners about her husband, Fang. “I should have suspected …

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  • ‘Top Gun’ director plummets to death

    LOS ANGELES — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles …

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  • With caution, crop residues can be fed during drought

    The ongoing drought has diminished feed supplies to critical levels. In response, livestock producers are looking for any affordable and available feed source to save at least a portion of their existing herds. One potential source of feed is crop residue. Residue includes stalks, leaves …

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  • Foreclosure rates rose in July

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages gone unpaid even as they pulled back on home repossessions. The number of homes that received an initial notice of default — the first …

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  • Smokey Bear celebrates 68th birthday

    HOT SPRINGS — A beloved American icon, Smokey Bear, turned 68 on Thursday. Smokey Bear has been rated one of the most recognizable figures in America, ranking alongside Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus. Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and …

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