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Janice Northcross died in February after falling from a bridge
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A female skeleton found on a sandbar in the Red River has been positively identified as Janice Northcross, 42, of Ashdown, Ark., according to a statement released Thursday from Caddo Parish, La., Sher...
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Judge dismisses suit against ordinance
A federal judge ruled this week that a Texarkana, Ark., city ordinance concerning the removal of abandoned vehicles from private property does not violate the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge S...
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Arkansas-side man celebrates his 105th birthday
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Having been born Sept. 18, 1909, Texarkana, Ark., resident Ray Carter’s life has touched 12 decades, experienced 18 presidential administrations and served in the military during one of seven wa...
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AUSTIN—The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas’ highest criminal court t...
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Militants capture more than 20 villages
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BEIRUT—Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that...
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Staff photo by Jerry Habraken  Gannon Ivy of Hampton, Ark., gets thrown off of Union Pacific on Wednesday evening, the opening night of the RAM PRCA Rodeo at the Four States Fairgrounds. The rod...
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BELL, Fla.—A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small North Florida town Thursda...
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BEIJING—Vietnam has nearly doubled its military spending, Japan is requesting its biggest-ever defense budget and the Philippines is rushing to piece together a viable navy. Several Asian natio...
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CASA event aims to encourage, enlighten public about child abuse
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CASA of Northeast Texas encouraged local women to get involved with its mission of helping children during the Women of Courage Luncheon on Thursday at Special Events on the Boulevard. “You are...
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MAGNOLIA, Ark.—Robert Cochran will deliver the annual Robert B. Walz Lecture in Arkansas and Regional Studies at 7 p.m. Thursday in Foundation Hall of Southern Arkansas University’s Reynol...
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GEORGETOWN, Texas— Federal authorities say a former Texas choir teacher has been arrested for allegedly texting nude photos of himself to a middle school student. U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte sa...
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Texarkana Animal League will have a pet adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 117 Richmond Ranch Road, Texarkana, Texas. Passion for Pooches, Little Paws Rescue and Boxer Rescue...
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A free hunter education class will be offered at 8 a.m. Saturday at Winthrop Baptist Church in Winthrop, Ark. The class will last about 10 hours, said Mike Cranford, president of the Southern Sportsm...
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EMORY, Texas—An animal cruelty charge has been dropped against an ex-Texas sheriff’s deputy who was fired after shooting a farm dog and the pet was later euthanized. Former Rains County D...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis  Nicholas Ray dips a brush in a can of paint Thursday while working on a window sign at Bodine’s All American Diner. Jeff and Joyce Dennington, the original owner...
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The city of Texarkana, Ark., and City Beautiful Commission are teaming up to host a semiannual neighborhood improvement project beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 4. The event is part of the Great Arkansas Cle...
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• Mandeville Community Cemetery Association will have an old-fashioned weiner roast fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the pavilion across from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Mandeville...
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Today is Friday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during t...
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Texarkana Regional Airport Authority Board members received an update Thursday about plans to finance a runway rehabilitation measure. Last month, board members accepted a $434,700 Federal Aviation A...
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Staff photo by Jerry Habraken  Retiring Texarkana Gazette Sports Editor Louie Avery confesses to Editor Les Minor about the time an umpire ejected him from a Liberty-Eylau softball game years ag...
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The panty race for the Provo, Ark., Volunteer Fire Department is not for panty-waists. To raise money for firefighting equipment, the Provo Volunteer Fire Department will offer a giant-panty race for...
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Liberty-Eylau Independent School District trustees are asking experts to come assess some of their schools’ needs in October, and it won’t cost the district a dime, thanks to a program off...
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AUSTIN—Inclement weather made rescue crews in Central Texas suspend the search for a sheriff’s deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodw...
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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas—Four fishermen from Mexico have been rescued after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 22 miles from South Padre Island, Texas. U.S. Coast Guard officials in C...
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A 41-year-old Texas man admits traveling to Missouri to have sex with two minor sisters whose supposed father — an undercover detective — he met online. The U.S. At...
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IRVING, Texas— Retail gasoline prices in Texas fell 6 cents this week in a decline that matched the nationwide drop in prices at the pump. AAA Texas on Thursday reported gasoline prices statewi...
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NEW YORK—UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl’s plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000. One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation compa...
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 MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas — An elderly East Texas man has been charged with felonies for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled person at an assisted living facility. Mount Pleasant Police...
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LITTLE ROCK— Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton defended his vote against the farm bill in a new television ad Thursday, pushing back on an issue where Democrats are trying to cast him...
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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ two U.S. senators have voted in support of President Barack Obama’s request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria. U.S. Sens. Joh...
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DALLAS—A Texas city is considering spending up to $1 million to host the nation's first video game museum. The Frisco Community Development Corp. will vote Thursday evening on whether to enter...
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EL PASO, Texas—Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion. Federal officials in El P...
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AUSTIN—Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday he will quit his statewide-elected office early to become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, one of the state’...
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BASTROP, Texas— Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials to evacuate the building. Police Cpl. Vicky S...
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BOONEVILLE, Ark. — A convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison turned himself into authorities Thursday after about three months on the run. Timothy Buffington escaped June 21 from the Pi...
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group’s No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unl...
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WASHINGTON—In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctan...
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VATICAN CITY—The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis&r...
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SYDNEY—Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of...
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PLACERVILLE, Calif.—A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 peopl...
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A guide to Scotland as the nation votes on its independence and the U.K.’s future
GLASGOW, Scotland—The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland a...
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EDINBURGH, Scotland—Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England th...
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SCRANTON, Pa.—Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper's funeral, hours before his suspected...
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SAN DIEGO—The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing the use of body cameras by agents on Oct. 1 at its training academy in Artesia, New Mexico. The White House has said requiring law enforcement...
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ARCELIA, Mexico—A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the g...
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WASHINGTON—Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as poss...
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The 2014 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine: PHYSICS: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai for studying t...
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OKLAHOMA CITY—A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executions before three inmates are scheduled to die this fall....
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WASHINGTON—James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, denied Thursday that he lied to Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence s...
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ALBANY, N.Y.—The couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York were charged Thursday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child por...
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The legal system doesn't work on the NFL's schedule. The players facing child abuse or domestic violence allegations might wait a long time for their cases to play out in the courtroom. A look at what...
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BEIJING—More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disa...
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SUNBURY, Penn.—A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from soc...
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PHILADELPHIA—An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a do...
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday whil...
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MARATHON, N.Y. —While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the ho...
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WASHINGTON—When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul. Republicans still want to repeal "Obamacare," t...
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