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Strong quake jolts China, killing 156

Posted 4/20/2013 in National

YA'AN, China -- Residents huddled outdoors Saturday night in a town near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured.



Small businesses: Rule-breakers get an edge

Posted 4/19/2013 in Business

She could save money, and there's a good chance she wouldn't get caught, but Consuelo Gomez says she won't hire people who aren't authorized to work in the U.S. to work for Marty K, her cleaning and landscaping business.


Two killed in Thursday night crash

Posted 4/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two women were killed on Highway 82 in Columbus Thursday night after their stalled vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler.

Faithful turn to prayer in wake of tragedies

Posted 4/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terrie Young was watching television Monday when the words scrolled across the screen. Two bombs had exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. At least three people were dead. Dozens were injured. "Lord have mercy," she whispered. And she fell to her knees.

A father's mission: Son's suicide prompts Halligan to warn parents of dangers of bullying

Posted 4/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The words remain fresh and painful in John Halligan's mind: "I hate that school, I hate that school. I never want to go back there again. Can you home-school me? Can we move?"

Man charged in letters case described as troubled

Posted 4/19/2013 in State

Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials was described Thursday as a good father, a quiet neighbor and an entertainer who impersonated Elvis at parties.

Navistar celebrates milestone

Posted 4/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Navistar Defense armored cab testing representative Wesley Jenkins knows he has an important job -- keeping soldiers safe.

1 of 2 Mass. bomb suspects dead

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said today as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.


Hoaxes, scams abound after disasters like Boston attack

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

A blond, bespectacled girl with a serious expression and a red T-shirt chugs along a street in runner's togs and bib in a photo shared thousands of times on social media soon after the Boston Marathon explosions.



Air search finds no trace of missing man

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

A short break in windy weather on Thursday allowed a rancher with a helicopter to search a rugged mountainside in southeastern Oregon for a young Oklahoma man who set out to test himself against the wilderness.



Dick Van Dyke tweets for help with health issue

Posted 4/19/2013 in National



Poll: Public pessimism on economy grows

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot.



Obama, victims' families overcome by gun owners

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

Four months ago, President Barack Obama promised a grieving nation he would do everything in his power to change gun laws after 26 students and staff were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School.



New app helps Icelanders avoid accidental incest

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

ou meet someone, there's chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What's your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin?


12 bodies recovered after Texas blast, 200 injured

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

The bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said today.


Sheriff: Storage unit led to arrests in DA deaths

Posted 4/19/2013 in National

Investigators in the slayings of two North Texas prosecutors got their big break from a tip that pointed them to a cache of guns and a Crown Victoria hidden in a storage unit, a sheriff said.



Cotton District Arts Festival showcases area's creativity, culture

Posted 4/19/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

2013 Cotton District Arts Festival artisan vendors Carl Carbonell and Kate Thomas say the annual festival not only provides them with a great way to showcase their talents to a large, supportive crowd but also allows the two Mississippi State University graduates a sort of homecoming back to the art scene in which they thrived while in college.


Police: 5 to 15 people killed in Texas explosion

Posted 4/18/2013 in National

Rescue workers searched rubble early today for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

February tax revenues down nearly $40K

Posted 4/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the sixth consecutive month, sales tax receipts are down for Columbus. The city's sales tax check for the month of April is $698,385.72 -- a $37,403.25 decrease from April 2012, it is the sharpest decrease from a previous year's monthly total since September 2010.


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