America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.
As officials this week laid out the most detailed portrait yet of last year's Aurora movie theater massacre, they also mapped sometimes paradoxical behavior by the man accused of the rampage, James Holmes.
Planners of President Barack Obama's second inauguration are soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access.
It has been almost a month since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the ripple effect is evident in schools across the country. In its first response after the shooting, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association called for armed officers at every school and some schools seem inclined to follow that advice
In a "thanks but no thanks" statement released by Silicor Materials on Monday, CEO Terry Jester said the company plans to build a silicon metals production plant and silicon purification plant elsewhere in the state.
Aurora Flight Sciences unveiled the fruits of a more-than $15 million investment Monday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility that attracted some of the state's leading dignitaries.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.
Spoiler alert: This newspaper will probably be thrown away. According to a report from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, about 10 million tons of newsprint is thrown away each year in the United States. There is no way to be sure exactly how many of those tons come from this state, but without question it's more than a few.
In February, city engineer Edward Kemp will present the Starkville Board of Aldermen a capital improvement plan intended to take the city through the next two to three years.
After a request for more security at the Lowndes County Courthouse, which was the subject of two bomb threats in less than a week, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to hire an additional sheriff's deputy as a full-time security officer.
An Alabama teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building small homemade explosives, a sheriff said Monday.
A Maben furniture manufacturer is hoping the promise of 62 jobs will induce the county to provide some tax breaks. Bob Klimek of Main Street Forest Products said he hopes to be back in front of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 21 meeting with the legal documents required to request a tax abatement.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.
For Judy Whitcomb, the idea of public service extends far beyond her part-time job as town and court clerk in Caledonia. Ask any resident of the small town and you will be quickly informed that if Whitcomb isn't at her official job, she's either visiting someone in the hospital, sending a card to a friend who's down and out, or taking care of someone in need.
President Barack Obama today will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
A year ago, even some opponents of charter schools expected a bill to pass. But some majority Republicans balked, killing the bill in the House. So proponents redoubled their efforts, trying to build support for widening the rules that allow alternative public schools run by outside groups. Now they will try again.
A special election to fill the 16th District Senate seat left open by the Nov. 27 death of Sen. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Two of the seven members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen have announced that they will not seek another term in the 2013 municipal elections.
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says he voted against funding to pay the Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims because of the deficit, but as the chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority in 2005, Palazzo asked for federal relief despite the nation's debt.
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