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Holiday shopping season capped off with busy weekend With just days until the holiday shopping season comes to an end, shoppers looking for last-minute gifts took to stores all over the Ozarks. "Our grandson, he likes trains, so we're looking at trains to get him a train set,"Connie Schwartz said. "Anything in camouflage, or hunting or fishing, that will work," Joe Foss said. "Since Friday until today the store has been just wall-to-wall people looking for ...

Circuit courts in Arkansas are owed millions in fines Millions of dollars in fines, costs and restitution from felony criminal cases are owed to circuit courts throughout Arkansas. The amounts include $10 million in Craighead County, $6 million in Washington County, $5.4 million in Benton County and $2.8 million in Carroll County. Those numbers include debts dating back to the 1980s. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1GK31sP ) that much of that debt can't be collected because ...

Slideshow: Hour-by-hour look at Monday morning's rain chances for the Ozarks Grab an umbrella as you leave the door.  KY3's High-Resolution Radar shows where to expect a rainy commute across the Ozarks Monday morning. ...

Schools rethink gifts to Arkansas lawmakers A lobbyist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville urges state lawmakers who received free parking permits in October for football games to consult their attorneys following voter approval of a constitutional amendment barring state elected officials from accepting certain gifts from lobbyists. The state's colleges and universities and their lobbyists have been grappling with the issue since voters passed the restrictions last month. Spokesmen for the ...

Someone in passing vehicle shoots passenger in car Springfield police say a woman riding in a car was shot in the leg by someone in a passing vehicle.  Lt. Chad Eutsler says the shooting happened late Saturday night near Atlantic Street at Fairway Avenue. Eutsler says the woman was in a car when a truck pulled up and someone inside shot her.   Officers were called to Mercy Hospital to investigate the shooting.  Eutsler says the ...

Manning leads Giants over Rams Odell Beckham Jr. caught two touchdown passes and rolled up 148 yards receiving against a defense that hadn't allowed a TD in three straight games, leading the New York Giants to a 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Beckham set a franchise rookie record with his 10th and 11th TD catches, shattered another rookie mark for receptions and topped 1,000 yards while shrugging ...

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China promises medical care for HIV-positive boy: state media
An 8-year-old boy - who suffers from HIV and was given the pseudonym Kunkun by Chinese media - sits on the doorstep of his home in a village in Xichong county, southwest Sichuan province, on December 18, 2014China's health ministry has promised to provide medical care and a living allowance for an eight-year-old HIV-positive boy targeted by villagers for expulsion, state media reported Monday, in a case that has drawn widespread condemnation. The health ministry has also pledged to conduct spot checks around China to uncover any other violations of anti-discrimination policies, the state-run paper reported. The provincial Communist Party committee is investigating reports of the petition to expel the boy, the Global Times newspaper, with close ties to the party, quoted an unnamed propaganda official as saying. The boy was left with his grandfather when both his parents quit the impoverished village to seek work and remains in his grandfather's care in the village for the present, the Beijing News indicated.

Asian markets gain as oil rebounds
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.

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Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests
Supporters of the Nidaa Tounes secular party movement wave flags and shout slogans in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until Monday and his rival, the incumbent president, Moncef Marzouki, refused to concede defeat. ...

NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2013 file photo, North Koreans ride on an amusement park ride while watching a 3D movie at the Rungna People's Pleasure Park in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling.