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Sad day for Rienzi: Fire destroys historic block

Posted 12/5/2014 in State

More than 100 years of Rienzi history and an entire downtown block went up in flames Wednesday morning in the edge of southern Alcorn County.



White ex-cop charged in killing of black man in SC

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

A white former police chief here was indicted on murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man after an argument.



Police cases stir national protests, much debate

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

Thousands and thousands of diverse people united by anger took to the streets from New York City to San Francisco for a second straight night to protest a grand jury clearing a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.


Abused women face lonely struggle in Pakistan

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

When Ruqayya Parveen's husband dumped a jug of acid on her and her children as they slept, she awoke to a life of pain and disfigurement.


House rebukes Obama on immigration

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

Emboldened House Republicans issued a stern but symbolic rebuke to President Barack Obama over immigration Thursday.



Pentagon confirms failed effort to rescue Somers

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Luke Somers.


White cast of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' reflects cinema tradition

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

Put "ancient Egyptian people" into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings."


Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.


NASA launches new Orion spacecraft and new era

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

NASA's new Orion spacecraft streaked into orbit Friday on a high-stakes test flight meant to usher in a new era of human exploration leading ultimately to Mars.


Cameras worn by police are no panacea, experts say

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

Police body cameras have become a rallying cry in the wake of racially charged decisions by grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, but experts caution that increased use of the devices may raise more questions than answers.



Bill Cosby seeks to dismiss new sex abuse lawsuit

Posted 12/5/2014 in National

A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby's attorney said in a court filing Thursday.


Browning on Business: Golden Triangle restaurants changing things up

Posted 12/4/2014 in Business

This week we have Columbus restaurant news involving Italian, Thailand and southern seafood fare.


Rocker Jack White to play at MSU

Posted 12/4/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Veteran rocker Jack White, known for fronting such bands as The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, will perform at Mississippi State University's Humphrey Coliseum Jan. 27.


Lowndes schools earn national accreditation

Posted 12/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District has been ranked above average and received accreditation for the next five years by a national organization.

West Point native sharing his story on facing Sickle Cell

Posted 12/4/2014 in Area

Although he has suffered from Sickle Cell Disease for all of his 45 years, West Point native James Gates is hard-pressed to describe a typical day for someone with the disease.

Protests erupt as New York cop cleared; feds to investigate

Posted 12/4/2014 in National

A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers.

Michael Brown's stepfather apologizes for comments

Posted 12/4/2014 in National

The stepfather of Michael Brown has apologized for angry comments he made after the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed his stepson.


Medicare Advantage deadline looms

Posted 12/4/2014 in Business

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.


AP sources: Military sexual assault reports up 8 percent

Posted 12/4/2014 in National

The number of sexual assaults reported by military service members rose again this year, with an increase of 8 percent, officials told The Associated Press.


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