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Buildings vulnerable 20 years after LA earthquake

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The earth lurched without warning before dawn, jolting Los Angeles from its sleep. In a flash, freeway overpasses collapsed. Buildings were leveled or ruined. Fires spread.

 

Israeli bill to outlaw the word Nazi sparks ire

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

 

 

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

 

 

Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

 

California motorist cleared in Google Glass traffic ticket case

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

 

Newtown gunman apparently called radio in 2011

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre apparently called a radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

 

Ohio executions face obstacles after unusual inmate death

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Ohio's capital punishment system likely faces new challenges following an unusually long execution in which the condemned man appeared to gasp several times.

 

Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Four states -- Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. approving new Common Core materials

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization.

 

 

Medical group: Teach children good health habits

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

The president of the Mississippi State Medical Association said Thursday that teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could be a long-term way to help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.

 

Senate easily passes $1.1T spending bill

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

 

Public Records Act changes sought

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state's Public Records Act.

 

 

Suspect's family 'heartbroken' over New Mexico school shooting

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday.

 

County to pursue eminent domain claim near CalStar site

Posted 1/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A landowner's refusal to grant an easement to the Golden Triangle Development Link required for water and sewer expansion for the CalStar project has forced county leaders to pursue an eminent domain claim on the property.

 

Supes sign off on 2014 road plan

Posted 1/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County supervisors passed their Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget in September, they set aside an extra $500,000 for road repairs.

 

 

Mississippi State lauded for recycling program

Posted 1/16/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials from the Mississippi Recycling Coalition were at Mississippi State Tuesday to present the university with the "Educational Institution Recycler of the Year" award.

 

 

J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Struggling department-store operator J.C. Penney announced it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to get back on the path to profitability.

 

 

House passes welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The Mississippi House engaged in a contentious four-hour debate Wednesday before voting largely along party lines to pass a bill that would require drug testing for some people applying for welfare.

 

 

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