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The season's wackiest tech gifts

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

It's tough to shop for techies. They already own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of unique technology gifts have hit the market just in time for Christmas.

Venezuela car owners unfazed by planned fuel hike

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Owners of the 1970s-era gas guzzling trucks and sedans that have long reigned over Caracas' smog-filled roadways will soon have to pay a bit more to keep flaunting their energy-inefficient monsters.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

 

Apple lands elusive iPhone deal with China Mobile

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

A long-sought deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile should enable Apple to boost its profits and build customer loyalty in an important, growing market.

 

Family celebrates 3 heart transplants

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

 

Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

 

Bolivian city hires 'cholita' traffic policewomen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

This city in Bolivia's highlands has hired Aymara women dressed in traditional multilayered Andean skirts and brightly embroidered vests to work as traffic cops and bring order to its road chaos.

Newborn found dead in closet of Columbus home

Posted 12/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A newborn baby was found dead in a closet early this morning. The baby was approximately six to seven months into gestation, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. A cause of death has not yet been determined, Merchant said.

Salvation Army confident lagging kettle donations will improve

Posted 12/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local chapter of the Salvation Army received an abundance of gifts for children for the holidays but is still in dire need of financial donations. Major Eric Roberts, executive director of the local chapter, said the organization received more toy donations this year than they did last year, but they are behind in red kettle donations.

 

2 killed in state as storm system passes

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

A severe storm system swept across Mississippi on Saturday, dumping more than an inch of rain and blowing down trees and power lines. Two deaths were blamed on the weather.

 

County school group wants name inclusion, equal opportunities

Posted 12/23/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A list of concerns aired Thursday by county school constituents, including adding "Oktibbeha County" to the name of the upcoming consolidated school system and addressing how to provide equal opportunities to all students, are expected to be addressed today by the Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure.

 

Military pension cuts now unsure; changes likely

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

The Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the nation's powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.

 

To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

 

Recycling doesn't need to be difficult, expensive

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective.

 

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

 

Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said.

 

Loyalty prevails in 'Duck Dynasty' hometown

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

"Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.

MSU police chief resigns after DUI arrest

Posted 12/21/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University announced its police chief, Georgia Lindley, resigned from her post effective Dec. 31 after she was charged with driving under the influence Thursday.

Man arrested in Friday homicide

Posted 12/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Crawford man has been charged with murder for his role in the Friday morning shooting death of a Columbus man.

 

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