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Jury acquits ex-cop in fatal post-Katrina shooting

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

A former New Orleans police officer whose 2010 manslaughter conviction was touted as a milestone in the city's healing after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted Wednesday by a different jury of charges he fatally shot a man without justification during the storm's chaotic aftermath.

 

Pope Francis is Person of the Year

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Tenn. Senator: Staffer's home searched

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.

 

NSA: No better way to protect than surveillance

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.

 

 

Poll: Strong opposition to in-flight calls

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

 

Link-sponsored Lowndes Youth Leadership program still going strong after 14 years

Posted 12/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last summer, the Yokohama Tire Company announced that it had selected Kajima Building & Design Group to design and build the first phase of its manufacturing plant in Clay County. The design firm is located in Atlanta, and in November, 18 members of the Lowndes County Youth Leadership program visited the headquarters.

E-911 hires from within, picks McCoy

Posted 12/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Emergency 911 communications board hired Melanie McCoy on Tuesday as the department's director. McCoy was an internal hire. She has served with E-911 in Lowndes County for more than 20 years.

West Point plans to renovate McClure building

Posted 12/11/2013 in Area

Nearly four years ago, a Mississippi Main Street charrette team suggested a use for a vacant downtown West Point building donated to the city: Convert it into an artist studio and gallery.

Millport reports increase in sale tax revenue

Posted 12/11/2013 in Area

Millport's sales tax revenues for the last fiscal year bucked a trend shared by as many as five municipalities in the area, according to an audit report presented to the Millport Town Council on Monday night.

Reverse referendum could become merger funding mechanism

Posted 12/11/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure could ask state representatives to add legislative language to HB 716, the Oktibbeha County school merger bill, which would allow for a reverse bond referendum to fund physical upgrades.

 

Miss. starting to plan 2017 bicentennial events

Posted 12/11/2013 in State

Mississippi on Tuesday marked its 196th anniversary of statehood, and officials said they're starting to plan a bicentennial celebration for 2017.

 

 

Poll: Low approval of Washington

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Heading into a congressional election year, Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced, a new poll finds.

 

Kerry, Congress spar over Iran nuclear deal

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a U.S. pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium.

 

DiGiorno, supplier drop dairy farm over abuse

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm Tuesday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.

 

 

Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

 

 

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake'

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.

 

Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

Behind eulogies, United States deeply conflicted on Mandela

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century" seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career.

 

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