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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.

Storm whips into Northeast, bringing snow, rain and cold

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast today, a day after it swept through the nation's middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruining holiday travel plans for thousands.

 

All quiet as Silicor deadline approaches

Posted 12/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the eleventh hour approaches, Lowndes County officials are still in the dark when it comes to Mississippi Silicon (Silicor Materials) and the company's intentions to build a facility in the area.

 

 

Rigged fireworks caused death of Clay County man

Posted 12/27/2012 in Area

A Clay County man died Christmas night after sustaining injuries from a fireworks explosion. Ralph "Bubba" Elliott, 60, died Tuesday night around 10 p.m. at his home off Highway 46 West in Clay County.

 

MSU officials pleased with response to expanded bus services

Posted 12/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mike Harris, director of Parking Services at Mississippi State University, said he thinks the university's first full semester with a circular bus route to the Starkville Sportsplex has been a success. "As the first route added, I think it's a good sign," Harris said. "I don't think it's going to do anything but grow."

 

Health care tax hikes for 2013 may be just a start

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

 

 

$1 billion for Toyota legal trouble

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

With a proposed payout of more than $1 billion, one major chapter of a nearly four-year legal saga that left Toyota Motor Corp. fighting hundreds of lawsuits and struggling with a tarnished image has ended, though another remains.

 

 

Business brief: Teacher of the year

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Melanie Ford, health sciences and medical professions teacher at McKellar Technology Center, was named the 2012-2013 Columbus Municipal School District Teacher of the Year.

 

 

Gloomy retail sales drag stock market down

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

For the stock market, this week hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year. U.S. stocks fell Wednesday for the third trading day in a row. Disappointing holiday sales weighed heavy on retail companies, and the unwelcome "fiscal cliff" package of higher taxes and lower government spending loomed nearer.

 

 

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