• ‘Sailing stones’ move by themselves

    Death Valley National Park in eastern California is home to Racetrack Playa, a dried-up lake bed where rocks move by themselves, and the geological phenomenon has stumped scientists for decades. Stones, sometimes weighing as much as 700 pounds, fall from the surrounding mountains onto the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Weapons disposal Dear editor: Isn’t it funny, what goes around comes around? First, Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (probably made in Russia), then he didn’t have any. Then Assad’s Syria had chemical weapons of mass destruction; he used them on his own people. …

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  • Well-meaning, ostentatious baby names

    What’s in a name? Way too much these days where babies are concerned. According to The Wall Street Journal, parents are obsessing over what to name their kids. They’re hiring consultants, applying mathematical formulas and software programs and even bringing in nutty spiritualist types. One …

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  • Meet Your Local Firefighter

    Mark Owens Batesville Fire Department 3 months of service   Family members: son Michael; daughter Monica Church affiliation: Church of Christ Favorite things to do on days off: Hunt, camp, shoot Why and how long I wanted to be firefighter: I saw the movie “Backdraft” — …

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  • New mom charged in abduction

    KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — A northern Arkansas mother faces a felony child endangerment charge after taking her newborn from a southeast Missouri hospital without permission. Twenty-eight-year-old Amber Trammel of Paragould was arrested Wednesday in Dunklin County along with her stepmother and aunt. Each remains jailed …

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  • Jury convicts man in girlfriend’s death

    POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A jury in eastern Oklahoma has convicted a Spiro man of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. The jury deliberated almost seven hours Thursday before convicting 27-year-old Christopher Kenyon Simpson in the death …

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  • Woman convicted of animal abuse eaten by own dogs in western Ky.

    FORDSVILLE, Ky. — A human skull and jawbone were found on the property of a missing Kentucky woman who authorities said Monday may have been eaten by some of the dozens of hybrid wolf-dogs she kept in her yard. Ohio County sheriff’s deputies found the …

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  • Lawyer asks judge to block sex offender-Medicaid law

    LITTLE ROCK — An attorney for an Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago told a federal judge Thursday that a new state law prohibiting registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds is more about politics than serving the public good. Attorneys …

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  • Farmers arrested in listeria outbreak

    DENVER (AP) — The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm were arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people in one of the nation’s deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness. Federal prosecutors said brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested …

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  • Ex-teacher freed after 30 days for teen’s rape

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana high school teacher registered as a sex offender and checked in with his probation officer during his first day of freedom after completing a 30-day sentence for raping a 14-year-old girl. Stacey Rambold, 54, was picked up at …

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  • Dale Townsend

    CALICO ROCK — Dale M. Townsend, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Calico Rock. Born Dec. 17, 1917, in Forty Four, he was the son of Homer and Almer Rodman Townsend. In 1946 he was united in marriage to Ramona Jones. He served in …

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  • Pete Smith

    MELBOURNE — James Farris “Pete” Smith, 78, of Melbourne died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home. Born May 9, 1935, in Cave City, he was the son of William Henry Smith and Della May Brittnal Smith. He was united in marriage to Eula Jean …

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