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Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession. It's also the most disappointing for stores.

 

U.S. attorney: Diplomat treated very well

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A federal prosecutor ventured into the tense relationship between the U.S. and India on Wednesday, defending the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat held on visa charges and saying she was treated very well, even given coffee and offered food while detained.

 

 

Hero guide dog assured good home after subway rescue

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

 

Tooth Fairy a walk in park over Elf on the Shelf

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn't have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf.

 

FedEx CEO says drones unlikely to make big impact

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The CEO of FedEx doesn't see drones taking over the package delivery business anytime soon.

 

 

'Mary Poppins' among 25 films to be preserved

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.

 

Vernon Council sells firetruck, adjusts recycling pick-up

Posted 12/18/2013 in Area

The Vernon City Council sold a firetruck and adjusted city recycling pickup times for the holidays during its meeting Monday.

 

Megabus.com adds daily runs to Mississippi, Memphis

Posted 12/18/2013 in Area

Megabus.com, the express bus company with fares from $1, has expanded into Mississippi and created three additional routes to and from New Orleans.

 

 

Mississippi hospital joins UAB cancer network

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Singing River Health System's Regional Center has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network.

 

 

Jail contract awarded to Montgomery company

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Jackson County has awarded a $27.6 million contract to Montgomery, Ala.-based Caddell Construction to build a new jail in Pascagoula.

 

 

Group recommends changes in Miss. criminal justice

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi can improve its criminal justice system, and potentially save millions of dollars, by setting clearer sentencing laws, giving judges more discretion to order alternatives to prison and taking steps to ensure former inmates don't mess up, a study group says.

 

 

Lawsuit: Gay students bullied in Miss. district

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

A lawsuit filed Tuesday says gay students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls.

 

 

Man pleads guilty to distributing painkillers

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Former Lee County pharmacist Jim Bain has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the pain killer hydrocodone.

 

 

U.S. sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region.

 

 

As food labels get closer inspection, ingredients vanish

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.

 

 

Poll: Obama international ratings top domestic ones

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

AP survey: Income gap holding back economy

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy.

 

Jury 'at a standstill' in ex-BP engineer's trial

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

A deadlocked jury will return for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct a probe of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

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