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Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

 

Man leads deputies on two-county chase

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man led law enforcement on a chase that spanned two counties Wednesday in an attempt to avoid being taken to Baptist Memorial Behavorial Care.

Fire won't delay opening of antiques store

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday, but not before damaging a number of antiques that had been placed in storage in an outbuilding on the property.

Shands retires from library

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Director Alice Shands is retiring after serving the community for about four years. Shands made her announcement during Wednesday's meeting of the library's board of trustees.

 

Miss. lawmakers brush up on education proposals

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers were doing homework Wednesday before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools.

 

 

Police: Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

 

Starkville home destroyed in Wednesday fire

Posted 12/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A house located at 511 South Jackson Street in Starkville was declared a loss Wednesday after an attic fire destroyed the roof of the structure, causing it to collapse.

 

Supes close to lake lease

Posted 12/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer said Wednesday he thinks the county administrator and board attorney are close to drawing up a workable deal to lease the county's portion of the land at Oktibbeha County Lake.

 

 

US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff'

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day.

 

 

Judge criticizes DHS in child custody case

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

A Lamar County judge has criticized the Department of Human Services related to the custody of a 3-year-old child whose biological father is a registered sex offender.

 

 

Dozens sue pharmacy responsible for meningitis outbreak

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

 

 

Sentence looms in Milwaukee fetal-abduction case

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Annette Morales-Rodriguez, distraught over her inability to give her boyfriend a son, had already pretended to have two miscarriages and was faking a third pregnancy when she settled on a sinister plan to abduct another Hispanic woman, carve the child from her womb and pass it off as her own.

 

 

Nurse in British royal hoax found hanging

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A nurse who took a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge apparently killed herself three days later, with a coroner's officer saying today she was found hanging by the neck and a detective saying she left three notes.

 

 

McAfee in Miami after deportation from Guatemala

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Anti-virus software founder John McAfee is holed up in a Miami hotel after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in a homicide.

 

 

Leading conservative says Obama will win tax fight

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A leading conservative who's resigning from the Senate is predicting that President Barack Obama will win the battle over raising taxes.

 

 

Senate legislation targets cyberstalking software

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

For around $50, a jealous wife or husband can download software that can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse better than any private detective. It's frighteningly easy and effective in an age when nearly everyone carries a cellphone that can record every moment of a person's physical movements. But it soon might be illegal.

 

 

Building permits 12-13-12

Posted 12/13/2012 in Business

 

Mailing presents? UPS design lab puts boxes to the smash test

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap. At a lab in suburban Chicago, UPS Inc. tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment. The point is to see what type of packaging can withstand the trip from supplier to customer, protecting the delicate products inside.

 

Fed sends clearer signal on keeping rates low

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

The Federal Reserve sent its clearest signal to date Wednesday that it will keep interest rates super-low to support the U.S. economy even after the job market has improved significantly.

 

Multiple bomb threats prompt evacuations

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Bomb threats prompted the evacuation of courthouses across the state Wednesday, including those in Lowndes and Clay counties. No explosives were found and no injuries were reported.

 

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