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Obama: Religious freedom a U.S. diplomatic priority

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders Thursday that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

 

 

U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Two senior American diplomats, thinking their conversation about the Ukraine was secure and private, were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, and U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking the conversation.

 

 

Speaker Boehner: 'We're not going to default' on debt

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.

 

 

A scramble to sign up the young by health deadline

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

"Do you guys have health insurance?" David Bransfield asks each time a group of backpack-toting college students passes by. Some nod yes. A few promise to stop back after class. Others don't bother removing their headphones.

 

After 22 years, Leno gives 'Tonight' farewell

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Make way for Jimmy Fallon. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed "the greatest 22 years of my life."

 

Washington D.C. gridlock approaches a crossroads

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction.

 

 

DUI charge against mayor's son dismissed

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The DUI case against Robert Earl Smith Jr. has been dismissed.

 

MUW begins dorm improvements

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women residence halls are getting a facelift. The enhancements will begin at Callaway Hall this summer and hopefully be completed by fall, school officials said.

Request for full smoking ban tabled

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' partial smoking ban is officially under review after councilmen tabled a request to make it a comprehensive ban.

Miss. House members vote for teacher pay raise

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

Arguing that their option is the only politically viable route to a teacher pay raise this year, Republicans on Wednesday pushed through the Mississippi House their proposal to increase salaries by about $4,250 over four years.

Partnership turning attention toward lobbying

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is primed to take a more hands-on approach to public policy as the organization will develop a taskforce to compile local issues and lobby pro-business ideals that the organization will promote and advocate to city, county and state lawmakers.

Browning on Business: New burger option opens in Columbus

Posted 2/6/2014 in Business

JT's Burgers, Fries & Shakes opened Wednesday. The restaurant -- which specializes in burgers with never-frozen meat -- is located on Highway 45 North in the building that once housed Krystal.

Bear bile-extracting farms near collapse in South Korea

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They've been kept in these dirty pens since birth, bred for a single purpose: to be killed for their bile.

 

K-9 dog being sent back to company

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

The Gulfport Police Department has pink-slipped K-9 Fred.

 

Mysterious noises traced to rare 'frost quakes'

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home.

 

Parents of teen found in gym mat sue funeral home

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year at school inside a rolled-up gym mat have sued the funeral home that handled his body, saying its owner and his employees wrongfully disposed of their son's internal organs and replaced them with wadded newspaper.

 

Fact check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight.

 

Friends testify at Fla. theater shooting hearing

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Family and friends of a retired Tampa police captain accused of fatally shooting a man at a movie theater told a judge Wednesday that the former officer is an honorable, even-tempered man who should be released on bail.

 

 

Officials: N.Y. suspect had Hoffman's cell number

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

At least one of four people arrested during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

 

 

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