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New gender options available for Facebook users

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral.

 

 

Kerry faces tough sell in China on North Korea tension

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed today for China's help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks.

 

 

More delay likely on Afghan security pact

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration has quietly stopped demanding that Afghan President Hamid Karzai finalize a stalled security pact within weeks, opening up the possibility that a decision on keeping U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan after this year might not be made until after Karzai's successor is elected this spring.

 

Debt limit saves GOP from political showdown

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

 

NSA: Leaker Snowden copied co-worker's password

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress.

 

Browning on Business: Columbus farm equipment dealer sold

Posted 2/13/2014 in Business

Martin Truck & Tractor, in operation since 1933, has been sold. H&R Agri-Power announced Tuesday that it acquired the Columbus farm equipment dealer located on Hwy. 182 East.

Amended West Point school merger bill clears House hurdle

Posted 2/13/2014 in Area

State House members overwhelmingly passed a West Point-Clay County school consolidation bill Tuesday that makes slight changes to previously approved Mississippi Code.

Lowndes closer to buying property for tech center

Posted 2/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board is in the final stages of approving the purchase of a 12-acre-plus piece of land where the proposed career tech center will be built.

Study disputes the value of routine mammograms

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

Planning commissioner: Redevelopment authority needed

Posted 2/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The possible creation of a redevelopment authority that would work to renew blighted commercial and residential properties into tax-generating parcels will likely be put on hold until the city resolves its plans to secure a retail developer.

 

West Point will have to replace parts at electric substation

Posted 2/13/2014 in Area

West Point Water and Light has been authorized to advertise to replace three new circuit breakers at its Bryan electric substation, an expense which could cost the city approximately $100,000.

 

Starkville's food, beverage tax renewal not expected this term

Posted 2/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A bill authorizing Starkville's 2 percent food and beverage tax renewal is not expected this legislative term, local and state representatives confirmed this week.

Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

 

La. company, 3 men charged in deer smuggling case

Posted 2/13/2014 in Area

A Louisiana business and three men have been indicted on federal charges alleging they conspired to import white-tail deer from other states into wildlife enclosures in Pearl River and Lamar counties.

 

Jurors deliberate in loud music killing trial

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

A 47-year-old Florida man reacted viciously to an argument over loud music with teenagers in a store parking lot and fired multiple shots into their vehicle, killing one of them, and then drove away as if nothing happened, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments at the man's trial.

Medical marijuana gains traction in the South

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.

 

Deaths, power outages in South

Posted 2/13/2014 in Area

Small armies of utility workers labored to turn the lights -- and the heat -- back on for hundreds of thousands of Southerners as a winter storm that left them without power threatened major cities further up the East Coast.

 

 

Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm.

 

 

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