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Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.

 

 

Boston could prove sympathetic to bombing suspect

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Given the powerful grief and anger over the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston would seem to be a particularly hostile place for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial. But it might just be his best hope of escaping a death sentence.

 

 

Obama asks for help hiring long-term jobless

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Confronting the persistent joblessness that has marred the economic recovery, President Barack Obama won commitments Friday from more than 300 companies to reach out in their hiring to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for half a year or more.

 

 

Knox says she will not willingly return to Italy

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Amanda Knox said Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to "never go willingly" to face her fate in that country's judicial system.

 

 

Legislation would make Holloway OCSD conservator July 1

Posted 1/31/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

House Bill 833, as filed by Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, would place Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway in charge of Oktibbeha County School District July 1 if approved this term by state lawmakers. The bill was introduced to the House Education Committee today and now moves to Ways and Means, Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, said.

 

 

Toronto's mayor defends Justin Bieber

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

 

Lewis, Turner apply for school board appointment

Posted 1/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aubra Turner's term on the Columbus Municipal School Board comes to an end in February. So far, only two candidates -- Turner and Columbus Lowndes Recreation Authority Programs Director Greg Lewis -- have applied for the position.

Pair from Columbus among SPD chief finalists

Posted 1/31/2014 in Area

Four candidates with Mississippi law enforcement ties have emerged as finalists for Starkville's vacant police chief position.

With treatments behind him, Brown focuses on duties

Posted 1/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terry Brown said his battle with cancer isn't affecting his job as Mississippi Senate Pro Tempore. "I feel real good and I'm staying at it," Brown said. "I'm coming back and forth some, getting some rest."

Corps set to transfer Port Access Road easement

Posted 1/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pending city approval, a bid process on work to remove a sharp curve on Port Access Road is about to begin.

 

Study: Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers advance criminal justice changes

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with bills designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

 

 

Bill would force insurers to use providers

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House.

 

 

Proposal would ban destruction of guns in buy-back programs

Posted 1/31/2014 in State

Mississippi cities and counties would be banned from buying and destroying guns, under a proposal lawmakers are considering.

 

From Muppets to puppies, Super Bowl ads get cute

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Call it Cute Bowl. Adorable is the name of the game this year as Super Bowl advertisers try to grab your attention. That means lots of "cute" story lines, including a family that's expecting a new baby and a horse that forms a long-lasting bond with a puppy.

Knox's murder conviction reinstated

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28 years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

 

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

 

 

U.S. seeks death for marathon suspect

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The announcement by federal prosecutors that they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing came as no surprise to people who lost limbs or suffered other injuries in last year's attack.

 

 

Wash., Colo., have few ways to stop weed leaving

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

 

 

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