December 20, 2014
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Local news stories
     The Mountain Home City Council made it official Thursday night by passing the city's $24.1 million budget for 2015, but tabled a request for water and sewer rate increases until more study can be given to the financials ...Read More
    A Washington-based group that threatened a lawsuit over the nativity scene that is on the courthhouse lawn recently submitted a Freedom of Information request to Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass. The county has not ...Read More
     Three Mountain Home men charged with a long list of drug-related crimes were among those who went before District Judge Van Gearhart Thursday to make first appearances.      Because there was no ...Read More
     The Baxter County Collector's Office invites everyone to a retirement celebration in honor of Willa Mae Tilley. Tilley has served Baxter County as County Collector for 30 years. The reception will be held on Monday from 2 ...Read More
     A one vehicle accident in Izard County Thursday morning has claimed the life of Horseshoe Bend man.   Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says 54 year old Randy Johnston was transported by ambulance to a ...Read More
    The Mountain Home School Board has called a special meeting for Thursday at 5 p.m.. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to meet with a representative of Ray and Associates, the search firm that has been chosen by the ...Read More
    A recent transfer of prisoners from the Baxter County Detention Center to the Department of Correction eased the census at the jail temporarily, but jail officials say it didn't have any long-term impact at the facility. The ...Read More
    BRANSON, Mo. – Authorities identify the body of a Branson woman who was found dead in a stretch of property between Fox Pointe Condominiums and the Wal-Mart Supercenter near Branson Hills ...Read More
    A number of public body meetings are scheduled in the Twin Lakes Area Thursday night.     A resolution to adopt a proposed $24.1 million budget is on the agenda for the regular meeting of the Mountain ...Read More
     Three Izard County residents were arrested recently on felony drug charges.   Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says 22 year old Cody Allen Curtis of Mt. Pleasant is being held in the Izard County jail on ...Read More
    No permits for construction of residences--either single family homes, condos or multi-unit apartments--were issued by the city of Mountain Home in November. Total permits issued during the month were for $105,310 worth of ...Read More
ABC national news
Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Same-sex couples in Florida could get married as soon as next month after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to issue a stay.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had filed for a stay while awaiting an appeal hearing before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court, however, decided by a 7-2 margin not to grant the stay. Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented, saying that they would have granted the application for a stay.In a sta
Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- The patient admitted to the National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland on Dec. 11 was discharged on Friday without having shown evidence of the Ebola virus.The patient, who was not publicly identified, had been flown to the NIH facility from an overseas location by private medevac. The hospital said at the time that the patient's admission and isolation was done "out of an abundance of caution."The patient will complete
Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors on Friday held a meeting to discuss the school's reaction to the Rolling Stone article, which has come under criticism, describing a sexual assault case on campus.The school's President Teresa Sullivan said on Friday that the concerns about sexual assault didn't start because of the article, noting the 2010 death of women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love at the hands of men's lacrosse player
dan_alto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sony Pictures said Friday that while it has cancelled the theatrical release of The Interview following the hack that the FBI has attributed to North Korea, the idea of an alternate means of releasing the film is not out of the question."Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment," the statement read. "For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees' persona
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Staples says that more than one million customers' credit and debit cards may have been affected by a September data breach at a number of its stores.In a press release, the company provided an update on the breach, saying that malware had been deployed to point-of-sale systems at 115 of Staples' 1,400-plus U.S. stores. Two stores were impacted between July 20 and Sept. 16, while 113 were believed to be affected from Aug. 10 through Sept. 16.In total, the
Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Turns out there’s even more surveillance video Ray Rice doesn’t want you to see.ABC News on Friday exclusively obtained a copy of the security-camera video that shows the ugly aftermath of the assault earlier this year when Ray Rice punched his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino and knocked her unconscious.The nearly 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage shows a clearly distraught Janay Palmer, Rice’s then-fianc&
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Fire Department determined on Thursday that the Dec. 8 apartment complex fire was an act of arson.The fire destroyed a seven-story apartment complex that had been under construction, and also damaged at least one nearby structure and the 110 Freeway.Investigators from the LAFD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Response Team say they have sufficient evidence to determine that the blaze was set on
NASA(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- After a trip to space, a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean and a cross-country road trip, the Orion spacecraft is finally back home in Florida.Nicknamed "America's spacecraft," Orion completed the final installment of its epic maiden voyage when it arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.The capsule could one day ferry as many as four astronauts to deep space, however, engineers are currently focused on conducting a thorough post-mission analysis to refine
iStock/Thinksto(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government has taken the bold step of publicly branding the North Korean regime as the driving force behind the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has paralyzed the film company and raised fears of terrorist attacks inside the United States.In a rare, official statement issued Friday, the FBI said it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.”“North Korea’s actio
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government is about to take the bold step of publicly branding the North Korean regime as the driving force behind the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has paralyzed the film company and raised fears of terrorist attacks inside the United States, sources tell ABC News.An official statement from within the Justice Department is expected to be released Friday, just hours before President Obama takes questions at a year-end press conference.
Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LARGO, Fla.) — A spat over a Facebook friend request resulted in a 72-year-old woman being slapped and another woman being arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Authorities say Rachel Anne Hayes, 27, became upset when the alleged victim refused to accept her friend request on Facebook because she felt the name Hayes was using was "inappropriate.""The victim told Hayes she would be willing to accept the request if she
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) — The parents of James Holmes, the man accused in a 2012 movie theater rampage in Colorado, said their son “is not a monster” and expressed hopes that he gets institutionalized in their first public statement since the attack.“We love our son, we have always loved him and we do not want him to be executed. We also decry the need for a trial,” said Robert and Arlene Holmes in a statement released Friday through a lawyer, Lis
Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Death Penalty Information Center on Thursday released its annual report, which found that America conducted the fewest executions in 20 years in 2014.The report says that just 35 executions took place in 2014 in seven states, the smallest number of people put to death since 1994. Also in 2014, only 72 people received death sentences, the smallest number in the 40 years of the modern death penalty.Three states -- Texas, Missouri and Florida -- accounted for 8
Timothy Epp/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Supreme Court of Ohio on Thursday upheld the city of Toledo's automated traffic camera system used to catch drivers who run red lights or commit speeding violations.According to the court documents, the court heard arguments from an Ohio man who claimed that the policy "usurps the jurisdiction of the municipal court, is unconstitutionally vague and violates due process." The crux of the complaint is that the appeal process through which a moto
Evgueni Sinigalia/Hemera/Thinkstock(HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.) -- A driver in Holly Springs, North Carolina, was hit by two cars in domino accidents both caught on his car cameras.Rear- and front-view cameras captured the first hit from behind on a two-lane road."I was rear-ended by this guy on my way home from school," the YouTube user wrote in the video description. "He claimed that his window was fogged up, so he did not see me. It doesn't show in the video, but I saw him coming in my rear view mir