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Nativity scene breaks Guinness record

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene.

 

Lebanon says it has detained wife of IS leader

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

Lebanese authorities detained a woman and young boy believed to be the wife and son of the reclusive Islamic State group leader.

 

 

Security experts doubt North Korea hacked Sony

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

 

 

White House prospects clash on foreign policy

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

The GOP's most ambitious leaders have begun to clash with each other over the nation's role in global affairs.

 

 

GOP-led House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

 

 

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

Posted 12/3/2014 in National

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision.

 

 

Girl Scout cookies available online

Posted 12/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Your next Girl Scout cookie craving could be satisfied at the click of a button.

 

 

Lowndes Co. drops insurance for retirees

Posted 12/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting was a matter of give and take.

 

Reeves wants Miss. to shelve Common Core

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

The lieutenant governor wants Mississippi to stop using the Common Core State Standards to guide its public school curriculum and instead create its own higher standards.

Oktibbeha supes again mulling hauling rules

Posted 12/2/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time this year, Oktibbeha County supervisors appear willing to penalize construction companies whose heavy vehicles continue to damage public roadways.

 

Conservatives work to block Obama on immigration

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

Conservatives circulated draft legislation Monday aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson prepared to offer GOP critics a full-throated defense of the new policies.

 

 

Obama: Avoid 'militarized' police culture

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

 

Hosemann: Check on charities before donating

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

About one-quarter of charities registered in Mississippi are spending more than the recommended amount of money on fundraising and management.

 

 

Business meeting meals cost state $1.3 million

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

State agencies spent more than $1.3 million for meals during business meetings during the last fiscal year, a Mississippi public interest group reports.

 

 

Mennonite working with drug cartel gets 15 months

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border.

 

 

Aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

An aide to a Republican congressman resigned Monday after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama's daughters touched off a backlash.

 

 

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

Bill Cosby stepped down as a trustee of his beloved Temple University following renewed accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women over many years.

 

Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

Lame-duck lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday for a two-week session in which they hope to prevent a government shutdown and renew tax breaks for individuals and businesses.

Court considers Facebook threats case

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

From the violent lyrics of rap music to the crude comments of teenagers in video-game chat rooms, the Supreme Court struggled Monday over where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age.

 

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