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Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

 

 

Danish cinnamon rolls too spicy for EU rules

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Easy on the cinnamon! That advice from Denmark's food authority has rankled pastry chefs whose cinnamon rolls were found to violate the European Union's spice rules.

 

 

'Octomom' pleads not guilty to charges of welfare fraud

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of failing to report $30,000 that authorities say she was earning when she applied for public assistance benefits.

 

Councilmen want railroad crossings addressed

Posted 1/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In August, officials from Kansas City Southern Railway and the Mississippi Department of Transportation fielded a number of responses from concerned citizens at a public hearing regarding the condition of 12 railroad crossings in south Columbus.

Area sales tax returns staying up

Posted 1/17/2014 in Area

Sales tax up. Restaurant tax up. Motel tax up. Everything Columbus collects tax for showed higher numbers this January than in January 2013.

Deer runs all the way through Palmer Home Thrift Store

Posted 1/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A deer entered Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus on Thursday. It did not use the door. It jumped through one of the 10-foot wide windowpanes that make up the Main Street business' storefront.

Starkville anticipating future changeover

Posted 1/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen created a new city position last week, a move that reflects the city's anticipation of high turnover associated with numerous employees reaching state retirement-eligible statuses through 2017.

Buildings vulnerable 20 years after LA earthquake

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The earth lurched without warning before dawn, jolting Los Angeles from its sleep. In a flash, freeway overpasses collapsed. Buildings were leveled or ruined. Fires spread.

 

Israeli bill to outlaw the word Nazi sparks ire

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

 

 

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

 

 

Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

 

California motorist cleared in Google Glass traffic ticket case

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

 

Newtown gunman apparently called radio in 2011

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre apparently called a radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

 

Ohio executions face obstacles after unusual inmate death

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Ohio's capital punishment system likely faces new challenges following an unusually long execution in which the condemned man appeared to gasp several times.

 

Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Four states -- Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. approving new Common Core materials

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization.

 

 

Medical group: Teach children good health habits

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

The president of the Mississippi State Medical Association said Thursday that teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could be a long-term way to help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.

 

Senate easily passes $1.1T spending bill

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

 

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