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Palestinians say they don't want Kerry to fail

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

The Palestinians don't want to see U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's troubled Mideast peace mission fail, but will no longer feel bound by his ground rules if Israel fails to live up to its commitments, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Friday.

 

 

Lawsuit dismissed over drone strikes

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

 

Health law's success not guaranteed yet

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama's health care law, but that doesn't guarantee success for the country's newest social program.

 

U.S. finally regains the jobs lost in the recession

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

 

 

China ship hears 'signal'; unclear if jet-related

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal" Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.

 

 

Starkville High accompanist dies during choral trip

Starkville School District officials reacted with grief Saturday upon learning of the death of Keyone Docher, accompanist for the SHS Singers.

 

A parent's plea: Help identify my son's shooter

The mother of 18-year-old Zacharias Blanchard, one of five victims in Sunday's Club Rock shooting, gave a simple plea to the public Thursday: Help investigators find the person or persons responsible for her son's injury.

 

Woman faces up to 76 years in meth case

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Warren County prosecutors say a Bolton woman faces up to 76 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday on methamphetamine charges.

 

 

Texting-while-driving ban rejected by Miss. House

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

The state House says it's OK, so Mississippi drivers can text away. House members killed a texting-while-driving ban Wednesday night on a voice vote in the closing minutes of the 2014 Legislature.

 

 

Miss. governor signs religious practices bill

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

 

Purdue police captain taking over MSU's operations

Mississippi State University named Tim A. Potts, a law enforcement agent with a 23-year career, as the university's next police chief. His appointment is pending approval by the State College Board. Potts is expected to begin serving MSU May 15.

Questions arise over vendors used in Pilgrimage events

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 600 pounds of crawfish and 200 pounds of shrimp were sold at the Pilgrimage kick-off party Monday and Nancy Carpenter, the executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the event a success.

 

Columbus site gets $67M in Kerr-McGee settlement

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The site of a defunct plant in Columbus is part of a $5.15 billion dollar settlement from the company that acquired Kerr-McGee. Of that, $67 million for prospective environmental work will go to the environmental trust created to clean up the 14th Avenue North site.

 

Letterman's departure will reshape late-night

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Jimmy Fallon's fast start replacing Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old.

 

Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

 

 

Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

 

 

Fort Hood gunman had 'unstable' condition

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Unstable mental health may be the "fundamental, underlying cause" of a soldier's shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left four people dead, though an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack, according to investigators.

 

 

Wife: Miss. man among victims

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Renee Powell Westbrook had just returned home from her job at the state Department of Human Services when she heard the news from a friend: There had been a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, where her husband, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook was stationed between tours in Afghanistan.

 

Judge dismisses Rennie Gibbs' depraved heart murder case

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has dismissed murder charges against a Columbus resident who was charged with depraved heart murder after the 2006 stillborn death of her child. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens issued his ruling Wednesday in the case against 24-year-old Rennie Gibbs.

 

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