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School apologizes for black history lunch menu

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.



Police: Art thief among two held in violin heist

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back.


Arrest report: 2-7-14

Posted 2/7/2014 in Area


Local Mississippi officials could get to set two holidays

Posted 2/7/2014 in State

City and county governments in Mississippi might get more flexibility to declare local holidays.



Food industry seeks voluntary GMO labeling

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing.


Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics today, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

Rotary Classic Rodeo action begins today at Horse Park

The annual Rotary Classic Rodeo, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, is coming to the Mississippi Horse Park today and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.


U.S. Jewish leader criticizes Israel boycott drive

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

A top American Jewish leader on Thursday called on Western governments to combat the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities, saying the phenomenon is one of the greatest challenges facing Israel.



Inspiration for 'Philomena' doesn't blame Catholic church

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," about an Irish mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says she doesn't blame the Vatican for her ordeal, despite a damning U.N. report essentially holding the Holy See responsible for such practices.



Obama: Religious freedom a U.S. diplomatic priority

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders Thursday that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.



U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Two senior American diplomats, thinking their conversation about the Ukraine was secure and private, were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, and U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking the conversation.



Speaker Boehner: 'We're not going to default' on debt

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.



A scramble to sign up the young by health deadline

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

"Do you guys have health insurance?" David Bransfield asks each time a group of backpack-toting college students passes by. Some nod yes. A few promise to stop back after class. Others don't bother removing their headphones.


After 22 years, Leno gives 'Tonight' farewell

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Make way for Jimmy Fallon. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed "the greatest 22 years of my life."


Washington D.C. gridlock approaches a crossroads

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction.



DUI charge against mayor's son dismissed

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The DUI case against Robert Earl Smith Jr. has been dismissed.


MUW begins dorm improvements

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women residence halls are getting a facelift. The enhancements will begin at Callaway Hall this summer and hopefully be completed by fall, school officials said.

Request for full smoking ban tabled

Posted 2/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' partial smoking ban is officially under review after councilmen tabled a request to make it a comprehensive ban.

Miss. House members vote for teacher pay raise

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

Arguing that their option is the only politically viable route to a teacher pay raise this year, Republicans on Wednesday pushed through the Mississippi House their proposal to increase salaries by about $4,250 over four years.


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