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Experts: Trained police needed for school security

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration."

 

 

State Dept. strengthens Haiti travel warning

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The State Department has issued a revised Haiti travel advisory, warning Americans planning to travel to the Caribbean island nation about robbery, lawlessness, infectious disease and poor medical facilities.

 

 

Woman charged in New York firefighter slayings

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

William Spengler raised no alarms in prison for 17 years and for more than a decade afterward. Well-spoken, well-behaved and intelligent, his demeanor was praised by four straight parole boards that nevertheless denied him parole, worried that bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer showed a violent streak that could explode again.

 

Wis. couple says pet chicken alerted them to house blaze

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

 

Woman in custody in NYC subway shoving death

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

A woman is in custody in the death of a man who was shoved in front of a speeding subway train, and she "made statements implicating herself," New York City police said Saturday.

 

 

Power outages reported in area

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A power outage left some local residents in the dark Saturday night.

 

Program helps veterans reintegrate through music

Posted 12/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During stressful times as a combat medic in Afghanistan, Mason Sullivan found solace in Vivaldi. New Jersey native Nairobi Cruz was comforted by country music, a genre she had never heard before joining the Army. For Jose Mercedes, it was an eclectic iPod mix that helped him cope with losing an arm during a tour of duty in Iraq.

 

Supes turn attention to comprehensive plan in 2013

Posted 12/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It has been a fractious year for the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, and 2013 looks to be more of the same.

 

Downtown ready to party on New Year's Eve

Posted 12/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although Columbus and New York's Time Square are more than 1,000 miles apart, you won't have to travel to the Big Apple to watch the ball drop in commemoration of the beginning of the new year.

White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out slim hopes for a limited fiscal deal before the new year. But even as congressional leaders prepared to convene at the White House, there were no signs that legislation palatable to both sides was taking shape.

 

Experts offer advice on end-of-year financial planning

Posted 12/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With only days left before the end of the year and questions surrounding the looming fiscal cliff local financial experts are weighing in on ways to protect your investments and see the best return on 2012 income taxes.

 

Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

 

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.

 

 

Consumers lose confidence as cliff nears

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

U.S. consumers peering over the "fiscal cliff" don't like what they see. Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August.

 

 

Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened -- a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

 

 

Gun group offers training for Utah teachers

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Jessica Fiveash sees nothing wrong with arming teachers. She's one herself, and learned Thursday how to safely use her 9 mm Ruger with a laser sight. "If we have the ability to stop something, we should do it," said the elementary school teacher, who along with nearly 200 other teachers in Utah took six hours of free gun training offered by the state's leading gun lobby.

 

 

Ordinary folks losing faith in stock market

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

Andrew Neitlich is the last person you'd expect to be rattled by the stock market. He once worked as a financial analyst picking stocks for a mutual fund. He has huddled with dozens of CEOs in his current career as an executive coach. During the dot-com crash 12 years ago, he kept his wits and did not sell. But he's selling now.

 

Soda shop rebuked for stocking candy smokes

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

AP Exclusive: Documents raise doubts in Nazi probe

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

The case of an 87-year-old Philadelphia man accused by Germany of serving as an SS guard at Auschwitz has largely centered on whether he was stationed at the part of the death camp used as a killing machine for Jews.

Photos show North Korea nuclear readiness

Posted 12/28/2012 in National

North Korea has repaired flood damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a quick atomic explosion if it chose, though water streaming out of a test tunnel may cause problems, analysis of recent satellite photos indicates.

 

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