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Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on United States Embassy

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

Budget gives DOD funding for 20 Lakotas this year

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Compromise in the nation's capital will lead to more Lakotas being assembled in Columbus than previously forecasted.

Search continues for missing Artesia woman

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

Kenny Peoples sat in the living room of his Artesia home Wednesday afternoon wiping tears from his eyes. He didn't want his children to see him crying. His wife, Shondra Rice, has been missing since Monday morning and Peoples has yet to tell their two children their mother has disappeared.

Bryant: Improve schools, create jobs, end abortion

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers.

Wicker: Long-term changes need for entitlement programs

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roger Wicker is optimistic about cuts approved by the U.S. House and Senate in appropriation spending for 2014. In total, the federal government will appropriate $1.1 trillion this fiscal year.


Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.


Wiseman says GOP out of touch in State of the State response

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman called for bipartisan ideas and creativity to help solve Mississippi's toughest challenges during the state Democratic response to Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State address.


Business brief: Tate named as finalist

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business



Building permits 1-23-14

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business



States weigh labels on genetically altered food

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.


UN chief's bungled Iran invitation hurts his role

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Ban Ki-moon made a rare effort at solo diplomacy when he invited Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, but it backfired, raising questions about the effectiveness of a U.N. secretary-general better known -- and often criticized -- for his reserved and scripted style.


LAX gunfire came while officers were on break

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.



New regulations sought for child car seats

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.



Black media seek part of court-ordered tobacco ads

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Black media outlets want the nation's tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking.


Council tables retail marketing proposal

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted to table a proposal from commercial consulting firm Retail Strategies after Mayor Robert Smith suggested that elected officials discuss the idea with the Golden Triangle Development Link.

Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Columbus

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Buffalo Wild Wings officials say construction on a Columbus location could start as early as next week.

City schools considering two potential start dates

Posted 1/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With state lawmakers considering changing a law that dictates when public schools can begin the school year, the Columbus Municipal School District is considering two calendars for the 2014-2015 school year.


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