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Gov't hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability -- but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

 

 

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska.

 

 

Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes at the heart of the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their strategic aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

 

Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible -- with a circle drawn around the White House.

 

Tensions high as police ambush suspect evades capture

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.

 

 

State investigated man who killed grandkids

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Two weeks before a Florida man fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren, someone called the state child abuse hotline, worried that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released Monday.

 

 

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.

 

Free GED practice test period begins today

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today marks the beginning of two weeks of free GED practice tests nationwide.

Local woman's cowbells hit Walmart shelves

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Golden Triangle woman is selling cowbells in Walmarts across the Southeast. Her name is Lisa Ulmer and it began via a fundraiser for her daughter.

Town Hall meeting to be held tonight at Sim Scott

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A meeting designed to provide a forum for African-American males to discuss issues affecting quality of life in their neighborhoods and the community at large will be held at 6 p.m. today at Sim Scott Park.

Did McDaniel win by losing Senate race?

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

It's been nearly three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, and he still hasn't conceded. Now, it's worth considering whether McDaniel, a state senator tea party favorite from Jones County, is pursuing a long-term political strategy of winning by losing.

 

Miss. man held in La. after Amber Alert

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

Louisiana authorities say a 17-year-old male from south Mississippi has been arrested in northwest Louisiana and faces kidnapping charges in Mississippi.

 

 

Blair says airstrikes not enough to beat militants

Posted 9/22/2014 in State

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says airstrikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State group militants.

 

 

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing ISIS

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

 

 

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

 

'Maze Runner' surpasses 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The young-adult adaptation "The Maze Runner" raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

 

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama. He turned them down.

 

 

Columbus ends fiscal year with strong sales tax finish

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus ended its sales tax collection year on a strong note. The city reported that it received a check from t`he Mississippi Department of Revenue this month for $701,283.48, which is a $15,906.70 improvement from September 2013.

 

Judge approves Columbus annexation

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official: Columbus is getting bigger. A judge on Friday approved the city's annexation plan, which will bring 1,462 more residents, three square miles and five more miles of road into Columbus, according to Tim Youngblood of Bridge and Watson, the firm that assisted the city with the annexation.

 

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