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Ridgeland pharmacy tech stabbed with syringe

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

Ridgeland police say a pharmacy technician was stabbed with a syringe at a Ridgeland Walmart on Thursday.



Man pleads guilty to sending ricin-tainted letters

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

A former martial arts instructor pleaded guilty Friday to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials in a bizarre case in which authorities say he tried to frame a longtime enemy and Elvis impersonator who was briefly jailed in the case.


First female Miss. National Guard general dies

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

Maj. Gen. Catherine S. Lutz, the first female general officer in the history of the Mississippi National Guard, has died. She was 58.


Michelle Obama turns 50, shows off AARP card

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Michelle Obama turned 50 on Friday and promptly showed off her AARP card.



Pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.


Forecasters adding new layers of storm warnings

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

The Storm Prediction Center intends to broaden its advance warning system for severe weather after finding that days it labeled with a "slight risk" turned out to be pretty nasty.

W. Va. spill latest case of coal tainting waters

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands in West Virginia was only the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation's waters.


Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in two years

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained Friday by The Associated Press and an analysis of Vatican statistics.


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday -- even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.


Shoppers fret over new Target emails

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again.



When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country's nuclear security in jeopardy?



Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.



Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.



Danish cinnamon rolls too spicy for EU rules

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Easy on the cinnamon! That advice from Denmark's food authority has rankled pastry chefs whose cinnamon rolls were found to violate the European Union's spice rules.



'Octomom' pleads not guilty to charges of welfare fraud

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of failing to report $30,000 that authorities say she was earning when she applied for public assistance benefits.


Councilmen want railroad crossings addressed

Posted 1/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In August, officials from Kansas City Southern Railway and the Mississippi Department of Transportation fielded a number of responses from concerned citizens at a public hearing regarding the condition of 12 railroad crossings in south Columbus.

Area sales tax returns staying up

Posted 1/17/2014 in Area

Sales tax up. Restaurant tax up. Motel tax up. Everything Columbus collects tax for showed higher numbers this January than in January 2013.

Deer runs all the way through Palmer Home Thrift Store

Posted 1/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A deer entered Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus on Thursday. It did not use the door. It jumped through one of the 10-foot wide windowpanes that make up the Main Street business' storefront.

Starkville anticipating future changeover

Posted 1/17/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen created a new city position last week, a move that reflects the city's anticipation of high turnover associated with numerous employees reaching state retirement-eligible statuses through 2017.


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