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Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Chuck Hagel -- Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator -- faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination.

 

 

Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost info

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away -- if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found.

 

 

Del. police continue probe of courthouse shooting

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Nearly a day later, authorities had yet to release any names as they investigated a shooting at a Delaware courthouse that left three people dead.

 

 

Military weighs cuts in drone programs

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down.

 

 

What heals traumatized kids? Answers are lacking

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there's a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found.

 

 

Pope's bombshell sends troubled church scrambling

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

 

 

Latin America would like a Latin pope, odds slim

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday.

 

 

Life imitates film in story of vengeful LA ex-cop

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

It sounds like the plot line to a movie: He's a former LA cop on a violent, rage-filled rampage who will stop at nothing for revenge.

 

 

Congressman seeks to overturn Citizens United

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

A Democratic Minnesota congressman is introducing a constitutional amendment designed to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case that lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in political elections.

 

 

State of the Union to stress jobs

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, a speech that offers a heavy dose on the economy even as it plays out against a visual backdrop dominated by the current national debate over guns.

 

 

North Korea apparently conducts third atomic test

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

North Korea apparently conducted a widely anticipated nuclear test Tuesday, strongly indicated by an "explosion-like" earthquake that monitoring agencies around the globe said appeared to be unnatural.

 

 

Study: 1 in 4 consumers had error in credit report

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

One in four consumers found an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday.

 

Crawfish season means big business for Crissey

Posted 2/11/2013 in Area

In the South, there are few aromas more inviting than the rich smell of perfectly seasoned crawfish coming to a boil. People wait all year for the few short months when they can pop a succulent piece of the flavorful crustacean into their mouth.

Homes wrecked, dozens hurt in Mississippi tornado

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Heavy clouds blanket the skies in Hattiesburg today following a Sunday night tornado, but a steady rain has not dampened cleanup efforts on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, which took a direct hit. Residents have already started the long process of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.

 

Six have qualified for House District 36

Posted 2/11/2013 in Area

Today is the last day to qualify for the 36th District seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The seat has been vacant since the Jan. 13 death of Rep. David Gibbs, D-West Point.

 

Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on -- the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

 

AP: Hundreds of bills die during Legislature session

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Hundreds of bills don't survive a session of the Mississippi Legislature. Some are filed by multiple lawmakers when only one bill is needed. Some Senate bills are duplicates of House bills and vice versa. Some are silly. Some need more study. Some make no sense. Others originated in coffee shop discussions as something the Legislature should do -- but really shouldn't.

 

Sistrunk to run for reelection

Posted 2/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk has officially qualified to seek her second term in the 2013 municipal elections. Sistrunk announced her intent late last week. The Democrat also serves as the city's vice-mayor and on the budget and audit committee.

 

Anxiety settles on LA area in fugitive ex-cop hunt

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

The search for a fugitive ex-police officer wanted in the slayings of three people took police to a San Fernando Valley home improvement store and to the home of a possible target in a quiet Southern California suburb.

 

 

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