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Army GI says he leaked secrets to spark war debate

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

After almost three years in custody, the Army private accused in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history said he did it because he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.

 

 

In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories -- as she did.

 

 

Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109.

 

 

Now a 'simple pilgrim,' Benedict resigns papacy

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI's papacy and the start of his final journey as a "simple pilgrim."

 

Voting rights law gets Supreme Court challenge

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote.

 

Lone Miss. abortion clinic set for license hearing

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later.

 

 

Budget cuts, government shutdown; Americans yawn

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.

 

 

Local officials fear trickle down effect from sequestration

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

Local officials are taking a wait-and-see approach on the looming sequestration, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts slated to begin tomorrow barring an 11th hour compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

 

Clarksdale stunned by slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

Higgins: Tax legislation could help area development

Posted 2/28/2013 in Area

With a possible $50 million worth of tax cuts on the line, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins is hoping some of those proposed cuts will positively affect the Golden Triangle. The Mississippi House has passed multiple bills with millions of dollars worth of tax cuts. Those bills are now being presented to the Senate, with some speculation the cuts won't make it off the Senate floor.

Talks continue over Columbus bus service

Posted 2/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although there has been little public discussion on the matter over the past couple of months, negotiations to allow a private bus company to operate in Columbus are still being discussed, city attorney Jeff Turnage said.

Officials: Proposed Starkville-MSU transit system will benefit residents

Posted 2/28/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A proposed public transportation system linking the entire community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, city and university officials said Wednesday.

 

No ruckus about Medicare cuts in sequester

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers are on the hook for a 2 percent cut under looming government spending reductions. But they're not raising a ruckus. Why?

 

 

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to be buried at West Point

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," will be buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

 

 

Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

 

Tweets, pics give real-time peek into North Korea

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

"Hello world from comms center in (hash)Pyongyang." That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink's main service center in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: It was believed to be the first tweet sent from a cellphone using the country's new 3G mobile data service.

 

Lawmakers, vet groups panning Pentagon's new medal

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

The military's new medal for cyber warriors should get a demotion, according to veterans groups and lawmakers who say it shouldn't outrank such revered honors as the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

 

 

Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father.

 

Lions, bears removed from gangster's property

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

Public defender accused of double-dipping

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said she will file a complaint with the Mississippi Bar Association after she paid thousands of dollars to her son's court-appointed attorney.

 

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