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Forecasters downplay 3rd-day dire predictions

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

Ruth Bennett died clutching the last child left at her day care center as a tornado wiped the building off its foundation. A firefighter who came upon the body gently pulled the toddler from her arms.


Former Mississippi police chief sentenced

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

A former police chief in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiring to demand money and property from people in exchange for dropping criminal charges.



Kemper power plant will cost more

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

The Southern Companies says the expected startup date of its coal gas-fired power plant in Kemper County is being pushed back to the first half of 2015.



2 more to plead guilty to dog fighting in Ala.

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

An Auburn man accused of organizing high-stakes dog fights in Alabama is scheduled in federal court to enter a guilty plea.



3 killed in Alabama storms, many without power

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency reported three deaths from strong storms and possible tornadoes that swept through the state Monday night and early Tuesday.


Italy court: Knox struck mortal blow in killing

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to "overpower and humiliate" the victim.


Woman admits tossing dog into traffic over dispute

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A New Jersey woman has admitted killing her neighbor's small dog by throwing it into traffic during an argument over a parking space.


Oklahoma inmate dies after botched execution

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.


Employee opens fire at FedEx center

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.



Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.


East Columbus, Lowndes sustain damage but no serious injuries reported

Posted 4/29/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The total number of tornadoes will not be confirmed until the National Weather Service conducts a statewide survey, but there were at least five tornadoes that caused significant damage in the state.

8 killed, unknown number of injured, missing as tornado rips into Louisville

Posted 4/29/2014 in Area

During an early-morning news conference today, Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory said there were eight confirmed deaths in Louisville, with victims ranging in age from 25-to-75-years old. Search and rescue operations continued this morning.


Education a new defining issue for 2016 GOP class

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be successors in the GOP are calling for just the opposite of government-set rules, and it's splitting the party as the GOP class of 2016 presidential hopefuls takes shape.



Minimum wage approaches likely rejection

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but -- the party hopes -- propels voters to the polls this November.



450-pound gator caught on Pass Christian beach

Posted 4/29/2014 in State

An alligator drew quite a crowd to the beach in Pass Christian on Monday before being trapped and hauled off by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.



Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

A doctor says three victims are in critical condition -- and two of them with life-threatening wounds -- after they were shot multiple times at a FedEx station outside Atlanta.



Campus rape addressed by White House task force

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities -- "No more turning a blind eye" -- as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims.



Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.



Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' comment

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.



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