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Government: Cut out school junk food ads

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds -- part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls "a new norm" for today's schoolchildren and future generations.

 

 

Obama threatens Karzai with full withdrawal

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

 

Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

tanding just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch.

 

Congress signals tough fight for Pentagon overhaul plan

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration's plan to dramatically overhaul the nation's military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America.

 

 

National drop in obese toddlers, study suggests

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.

 

Brooks no longer leading Juneteenth, will still be involved

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks started the Afro-American Culture Organization, which has coordinated Columbus' annual Juneteenth festival, 32 years ago and had been its president since then. He announced Monday the dissolution of the group and the formation of another -- Juneteenth-Columbus, Inc.

Man facing robbery charge after hitchhiker incident

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for strong-armed robbery after he allegedly robbed a female hitchhiker.

Weather a factor in utility bill delivery delays

Posted 2/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this month, some Columbus Light and Water customers, primarily in East Columbus, didn't receive their February bill in time to pay it in time. Some customers received two bills.

Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military.

 

Man sentenced for defrauding DIRECTV

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

A Jackson man has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

 

 

Motions to set 2 execution dates filed

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

The attorney general's office is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to set execution dates for two death row inmates.

 

 

Miss. Board of Education OKs Common Core courses

Posted 2/25/2014 in State

Mississippi's Board of Education approved new Common Core-aligned English and math courses Friday, but not before some board members objected, saying they believe teachers and students need another year to prepare.

 

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Website for Bitcoin virtual currency exchange offline

Posted 2/25/2014 in Business

The website of major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.

 

U.S. prosecutors jockeying to try 'El Chapo'

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.

 

Graceland exhibit gives glimpse into young Elvis Presley

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer's priorities and his optimism, as he begins what will become a career as a rock 'n' roll icon and cultural phenomenon.

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

 

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