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Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.



Teen missed Africa, had no clue he was in Maui

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials said Wednesday.



Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.



Is the Taliban ready to deal on captive U.S. soldier?

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release.



FDA proposes first regulations for electronic cigarettes

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.



Afghan hospital guard kills three American doctors

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital this morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.



Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" -- even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.


One sibling dead, alert issued for another

Posted 4/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 7-month-old Caledonia infant is dead and Lowndes County authorities continued to search for her sibling Wednesday.

Kenyan orphanage director speaks to Columbus Rotary Club

Posted 4/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kenyan orphanage director Patrick Mungai spoke to members of the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday and told them about his work with the homeless children of Africa.

Columbus kid makes his pitch

Posted 4/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dean Sasser, an 8-year-old who suffered severe head trauma in a February car accident, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Heritage Academy's baseball game Tuesday evening.

City of Vernon clarifies fundraiser policy

Posted 4/23/2014 in Area

City property cannot be used for fundraisers or parties, unless the city is a sponsor, according to a city policy ironed out Monday.

Noxubee Alliance holds annual awards banquet

Posted 4/23/2014 in Area

The Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance honored several of its own Tuesday during its annual awards banquet at the Noxubee Civic Center.

Clay County woman indicted on capital murder charge

Posted 4/23/2014 in Area

A Clay County woman has been indicted on capital murder charges for allegedly giving her infant son an overdose of cough syrup.


Aldermen promote Sanders to community developer

Posted 4/23/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen unanimously promoted Buddy Sanders, Starkville's former city planner, to community developer and began the process to fill his now-vacant position Tuesday.


Arrest report: 4-23-14

Posted 4/23/2014 in Area

Pay increases, merit raises for Miss. teachers

Posted 4/23/2014 in State

Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill Tuesday that he says he hopes will aid performance.

Electronic cigarette industry awaits looming FDA regulation

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.


Job market for college graduates brightening but still weak

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads -- a bit.



Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving.



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