Articles by Jon Gambrell

United Arab Emirates Ends Boycott, Opening Commerce With Israel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates —The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country’s boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries. The announcement now allows trade and commerce …

French Oil Tanker Likely Hijacked off Ivory Coast

A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to …

West Africa Waters Among Riskiest Routes for Shippers

The waters off West Africa’s coast are now a constant danger for those shipping goods and crude oil in the region, analysts said the day after pirates killed two sailors near Nigeria’s coast. Despite pledges by nations to patrol the …

Tank in Blast That Killed 3 Not Inspected for More Than 10 Years

Three men killed when an empty gasoline storage tank exploded in north Arkansas likely died from the impact of the blast, a coroner said. Federal safety officials have begun an investigation into the blast at the TEPPCO Partners LP facility …

Arkansas High Court Denies Class-Action For Union Pacific Lawsuit

A lawsuit claiming Union Pacific pressured grieving families into settlements after train crashes shouldn’t be a class-action matter, as those suing failed to show any strong link between themselves, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled. Justice Elana Cunningham Wills wrote …

Arkansas Supreme Court Sides With Newspaper in Lawsuit

A legal principle covering journalists who base their reports on police records protects a newspaper sued over stories it published about an alleged rape, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled. In an unanimous decision, the court found that the “fair …

Arkansas Court: New Hospital Liability Law Is Retroactive

Charitable hospitals with self-insurance plans can be sued for incidents that occurred before their pooled liability funds were established, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled. The decision comes as a blow to not-for-profit hospitals like St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center …

Scientist: Fault Puts East Arkansas at Earthquake Risk

A previously unknown fault in eastern Arkansas could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake in the cotton fields of the upper South with an epicenter near a natural gas pipeline, a scientist said. Haydar Al-Shukri, the director of the Arkansas Earthquake …

Ark. Bank Files Insurance Claim After Employee Allegedly Steals $2.1M

On July 8, Conway-based Home BancShares filed a notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that said a senior officer at one of its banks embezzled $2.1 million. John Allison, Home BancShares’ chairman and CEO, later declined to name …

Wal-Mart: Tests Show Traces of Melamine in Dog Treats

Tests of two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to another massive pet food recall in March, a spokeswoman said Aug. 21. Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky …