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America's new love: Water

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart.

 

 

FDA head says menu labeling 'thorny' issue

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines.

 

 

Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities.

 

Mississippi Homestead art expo offers spring break diversion

Posted 3/12/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

No spring break plans? No problem. The Mississippi Modern Homestead Center will host a two-day expo featuring local artisans putting not just their artwork on display, but their techniques as well.

Man sought in grandparents' deaths in Wash. state

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

Authorities are searching the Northwest for a man accused of killing his Seattle-area grandparents, who had just picked him up after his release from a Washington state prison, hosted a party in his honor and offered him a room in their home for the night.

China may end long-hated labor re-education camps

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

All it took was a handwritten note from police to send Zhao Meifu to a labor camp for a year in China's arid northwest. The farmer had been seeking redress for decades over a land grab by village officials. Tired of her complaints, police saw the labor camp as a quick way to get rid of her.

 

Drugmakers ramp up fight against fakes

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and other support to Interpol's battle against counterfeit prescription drugs, the international police agency said Tuesday.

 

 

New center offers help for dogs consumed by fear from abuse

Posted 3/12/2013 in National

People want their dog to be a friend, not afraid. But sometimes, fear grips dogs so tightly they shake, cower, bite, growl or pee.

 

Former school board leader discusses merger history, alternatives

Posted 3/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former city school board president joined other stakeholder groups calling for the Oktibbeha-Starkville school merger bill's dismissal.

 

Jeb Bush: Political reporters 'crack addicts'

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

 

 

Miss. hospitals pressing for Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/11/2013 in State

Hospital administrators are pressuring Mississippi lawmakers to expand Medicaid, an option under President Barack Obama's health care law that state Republicans have so far resisted pursuing.

 

Prude makes one last junket on district dime

Posted 3/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At a time when the Columbus Municipal School District was cutting non-essential expenses, Tommy Prude spent close to $1,000 on a conference that was held just two days before his term on the school board ended.

Petty pulls out of Columbus mayor's race

Posted 3/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the four candidates for Columbus mayor said late Sunday night that he intends to withdraw from the race only two days after filing his paperwork to qualify.

Taking a stand against the sex trade

Posted 3/11/2013 in Area

The first time 19-year-old Shamere McKenzie walked into a strip club, she made $300 within five minutes. She didn't even have to take off her clothes. Just like that, any reservations she had quickly fell away.

 

Cardinals count down to conclave

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

 

Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies.

 

AP analysis: Soldiers' combat stress felt far from front lines of battle

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

The gritty combat in Afghanistan is thousands of miles away. But the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking its own special toll on their lives.

 

Last-day qualifiers make it four-way race for mayor

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus mayoral race is heating up, with two more candidates qualifying late Friday afternoon for the June 4 municipal election.

 

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