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FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.

 

 

Injury dashed Oregon mall shooter's hope of being Marine

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

His mother died before he was 3 years old, and he was estranged from the aunt who raised him. His dream of becoming a Marine was dashed by a broken foot, he hadn't yet settled on a career path, and a new plan, to move to Hawaii, ended when he apparently missed his flight.

 

 

Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

 

 

Russia backtracks on statement about Syria

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Russia issued a clumsy denial today of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashad Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.

 

 

AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

 

 

Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

 

Man leads deputies on two-county chase

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man led law enforcement on a chase that spanned two counties Wednesday in an attempt to avoid being taken to Baptist Memorial Behavorial Care.

Fire won't delay opening of antiques store

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday, but not before damaging a number of antiques that had been placed in storage in an outbuilding on the property.

Shands retires from library

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Director Alice Shands is retiring after serving the community for about four years. Shands made her announcement during Wednesday's meeting of the library's board of trustees.

 

Miss. lawmakers brush up on education proposals

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers were doing homework Wednesday before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools.

 

 

Police: Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

 

Starkville home destroyed in Wednesday fire

Posted 12/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A house located at 511 South Jackson Street in Starkville was declared a loss Wednesday after an attic fire destroyed the roof of the structure, causing it to collapse.

 

Supes close to lake lease

Posted 12/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer said Wednesday he thinks the county administrator and board attorney are close to drawing up a workable deal to lease the county's portion of the land at Oktibbeha County Lake.

 

 

US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff'

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day.

 

 

Judge criticizes DHS in child custody case

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

A Lamar County judge has criticized the Department of Human Services related to the custody of a 3-year-old child whose biological father is a registered sex offender.

 

 

Dozens sue pharmacy responsible for meningitis outbreak

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

 

 

Sentence looms in Milwaukee fetal-abduction case

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Annette Morales-Rodriguez, distraught over her inability to give her boyfriend a son, had already pretended to have two miscarriages and was faking a third pregnancy when she settled on a sinister plan to abduct another Hispanic woman, carve the child from her womb and pass it off as her own.

 

 

Nurse in British royal hoax found hanging

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A nurse who took a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge apparently killed herself three days later, with a coroner's officer saying today she was found hanging by the neck and a detective saying she left three notes.

 

 

McAfee in Miami after deportation from Guatemala

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Anti-virus software founder John McAfee is holed up in a Miami hotel after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in a homicide.

 

 

Leading conservative says Obama will win tax fight

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A leading conservative who's resigning from the Senate is predicting that President Barack Obama will win the battle over raising taxes.

 

 

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