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July 17th, 2014

Democrats seek gains with women in birth control loss

July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.

Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the legislation — dubbed the "Not My Boss' Business Act" by proponents — four short of the 60 necessary to proceed.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 percent of its staff, over the next year as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

The news sent Microsoft's stock up 3 percent in premarket trading.

Although the job cuts had been expected, the extent of them was a surprise. It's the boldest move by CEO Satya Nadella since he took the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. In a public email to employees Thursday, he said the changes were needed for the company to "become more agile and move faster."

Arkansas police chief on trial for excessive force

July 17, 2014

HARRISON — A trial started this week for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.

Police Chief Daniel Sutterfield is charged with depriving Nicholas Dore of his rights and attempting to cover up the incident by ordering fellow Bull Shoals officer David Chatman to write a false report. Prosecutors said Sutterfield, 35, kicked and beat Dore with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace during an arrest last July, according to the Baxter Bulletin.

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