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FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv airport

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

July 24, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, the plane's owner and a French government official said.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Arkansas university to cut 16 jobs in 2 years

July 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE — Sixteen jobs will be cut in two years after the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville phases out a printing unit, school officials said.

Offset printing will stop on July 1, 2016, in the university's Print-Mail-Copy Solutions business unit, which provides graphic design services, on-campus mail delivery and a full-service post office. Offset printing involves transferring ink from a plate to a rubber cylinder and then onto paper.

The planned cuts are about 40 percent of the business unit, which has 39 jobs, according to reports.

Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

July 24, 2014

Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was "no longer credible."

During the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or leave the base. Gates were closed and a line of vehicles stretched for a quarter-mile outside of the base, which takes up just a bit more than 9 square miles.

Proposed fire stations doused

July 24, 2014

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs has announced that the city will not be receiving enough money to build two proposed fire stations at the present time.

In November voters approved a bond issue to build two fire stations to replace older stations. Based on estimated revenue, the city's former finance director, Cindy West, had predicted that the city would have $4.4 million available for the project. However, based on revenue from 2013, the city now anticipates having less to spend on the project.

Place In History: State review board to consider Palace for historic register

July 24, 2014

The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is considering listing an historic Benton structure on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places.

This will be a matter to be addressed in the board's next meeting, which is set for 10 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Room 170 at 323 Center St. in Little Rock, according to the program director, Frances McSwain.

The Palace Theater at 224 W. South St. is a two-story brick structure built in 1919. Extensive alterations to the building preclude its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

BREAKING NEWS: Little Rock Air Force Base on lockdown

July 23, 2014

The Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville was placed on lockdown at 11:45 a.m.

An official statement was released by the base:

"The base is on lockdown as of 11:45 a.m. this morning in the interest of protecting all base members and resources from a suspicious individual. Emergency personnel are responding to the scene. For safety purposes, bases gates are closed at this time. Further details will be provided as they become available."

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

July 23, 2014

JERUSALEM — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.

"We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he met for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done."

2 men charged in western Arkansas shooting death

July 23, 2014

RUDY — Two men face capital murder charges in the shooting death of a 19-year-old in western Arkansas.

Jonathan Bridgewater, 27, and Nicholas Barrows, 19, half-brothers from Rudy, are accused of fatally shooting Jamison Lee Plum, 19, the Southwest Times Record reported. Barrows also faces a charge of criminal use of a prohibited weapon, after police said they found pipe bombs during a search of his home.

Plum's body was discovered last month with multiple gunshot wounds in a shallow grave on property owned by the suspects' grandmother. Both men lived on the property in separate homes.

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

July 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

The security breach at one of the city's most secured landmarks didn't appear to be the work of terrorists or even a political statement, said the police department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence, but was likely done by people familiar with climbing or bridgework who may even have scaled the bridge before.

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