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General demoted for lavish travel and spending

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

 

 

Punishment phase of day care fire trial to resume

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

A Texas woman convicted of murder in a child's fire death at a home day care has a troubled past, say prosecutors trying to secure a stiff prison sentence for her.

 

 

Liberal group outlines $385B in Medicare cuts

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Hoping to head off wider health care cuts in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House is unveiling a plan for how to save $385 billion, mostly from Medicare.

 

Lawmakers probe Petraeus scandal

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending David Petraeus' CIA career and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.

 

Waffle House CEO: Sex charges are 'blackmail'

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

The CEO of Waffle House said Tuesday that a former employee who claims he tried to force her to have sex actually was a participant in consensual sex and has been trying to blackmail him.

 

 

Ryan, shocked by loss, says Obama won fair and square

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

The polling and other data and all the smart people watching the election gave Rep. Paul Ryan an optimistic view on the night of last week's election.

 

Beating tax cheats key to Italy's recovery

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Good plumbers may be worth their weight in gold, but when one was spotted zipping around in a bright red Ferrari, Italian tax police were fast on his trail.

Improved fire rating should reduce insurance premiums

Posted 11/13/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Now that the Oktibbeha County District 5 Fire Department has finished its final test, Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the department only lacks a few minor details to complete their report to the Mississippi Ratings Bureau.

Columbus man to enter plea on murder charge

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man charged with capital murder is scheduled to enter a plea today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

Modest rise in revenues won't solve state's budget challenges

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and state lawmakers begin their second day of preliminary budget talks today in Jackson.

Mayor salutes seniors with Thanksgiving luncheon

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the seventh consecutive year, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith hopes to brighten the holidays for an often overlooked segment of the community -- its senior citizens.

Hospital staff makes wreaths to benefit charity

Posted 11/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Surgeons traded scalpels for glue guns. Paramedics traded bandages for bows. And Wednesday, the public will get the chance to see the results as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle hosts a brand-new fundraiser designed to foster Christmas spirit for a good cause.

 

Most in US won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Everyone who pays income tax -- and some who don't --will feel it.

 

 

West Point to crack down on unlicensed vendors

Posted 11/13/2012 in Area

The West Point Police Department plans to crack down on unauthorized vendors.

 

 

Charter schools opponent moved off House Education committee

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports.

 

 

Israel considers resumption of Gaza assassinations

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Israel is considering resuming its contentious practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in an effort to halt intensified rocket attacks on Israel's south, according to defense officials.

 

Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Superstorm Sandy drove New York and New Jersey residents from their homes, destroyed belongings and forced them to find shelter for themselves -- and for their pets, said owners, who recounted tales of a dog swimming through flooded streets and extra food left behind for a tarantula no one was willing to take in.

 

More women have driver's licenses than men in US

Posted 11/13/2012 in National

Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.

 

Search for cause of deadly Indianapolis explosion continues

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

The blast was so loud it woke people as far as three miles away, triggering thoughts of a plane crash or earthquake.

Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

Posted 11/12/2012 in National

One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality -- fewer dollars.

 

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