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Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.



Marriages and divorces 12-27-12

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business



Ex-President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering "a series of setbacks," including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.



NY newspaper's handgun permit map draws criticism

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions -- and a healthy dose of outrage.



Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.



China's new leaders tightening grip on internet

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

China's new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses.



New Israeli right-wing leader worries Netanyahu

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The charismatic new leader of Israel's Jewish religious right is siphoning a large chunk of votes from the prime minister's party, according to polls ahead of Jan. 22 elections, and if the trend continues, the high-tech millionaire and former commando could emerge as a powerful voice opposing Palestinian statehood.



Nelson Mandela close to medical care at home

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

The doctors treating former South African leader Nelson Mandela believe he should remain in Johannesburg for now to be close to medical facilities that can provide care to the 94-year-old, the government said today.



New laws address gays, children, immigration

Posted 12/27/2012 in National

Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration.



MEMA: More than 25 injured in storms in Miss.

Posted 12/27/2012 in State

More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday.


Four arrested in Broken Spoke robbery

Posted 12/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four Monroe County men were arrested last week and charged with the robbery of a Lowndes County bar patron.

Profile: EMCC puts Labensky back in the kitchen

Posted 12/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For chef and restaurateur Sarah Labensky, the culinary world isn't just a profession: It is a lifestyle. Labensky is known to many throughout Columbus for her role as the founding director at the Mississippi University for Women Culinary Institute and, most recently, as the owner of the Front Door Back Door restaurant, which she sold in September.

GOP willing to bend on issues after election

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file alike are signaling a willingness to bend on all three issues.

Snowstorm heads east after South twisters; 3 dead

Posted 12/26/2012 in Area

An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast today, slowing holiday travel.


MSU to add parking, classrooms behind YMCA

Posted 12/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Officials at Mississippi State University are looking to alleviate parking issues and add some classroom space with a new building in the center of campus.



Gov. Bryant declares Miss. emergency over storms

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties after severe storms moved through the state.



Home-brewed beer faces Catch-22 in Mississippi

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Catch-22 would be a good name for beer brewed at home in Mississippi. The attorney general says home-brewing is legal in the state with a permit from the Department of Revenue. But here's the catch: State tax officials say the law doesn't allow permits specifically for home-brewers.



Russian parliament endorses anti-US adoption bill

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

The upper chamber of Russia's parliament on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.


Nigeria: Warehouse said to hold fireworks explodes

Posted 12/26/2012 in National

A massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in Nigeria's largest city on Wednesday, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky.


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