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Scientists: After further review, giant sequoia tops neighbor

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world's No. 2 biggest tree has been supplanted thanks to the most comprehensive measurements taken of the largest living things on Earth.



Cosmic waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts -- and they mimic the chirping of birds.



Suspect in NYC subway push implicates self

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Authorities said a suspect has implicated himself in the death of a New York man who was pushed onto the tracks and photographed just before a train struck him -- an image that set off an ethical debate after it appeared on the front page of the New York Post.


Personnel dispute means end of Metro Narcotics Unit

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local drug task force known as the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit has been disbanded. The decision to disband the unit was finalized last week after an exchange of letters between Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge.


Study: Miss. job rate low for 20- to 24-year-olds

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Young adults in Mississippi were less likely to be employed in 2011 than their peers in other states, according to a national study released Monday.



Bryant says Miss. should avoid aid to startups

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he's steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies.


Higgins to supes: Silicor must put up or shut up

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins didn't mince words Monday when discussing the future of Mississippi Silicon with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

CDC says flu season starts early, could be bad

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade -- and it could be a bad one.


Fort Hood shooting judge removed for showing bias

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality.



Supes want to lease county's share of lake

Posted 12/4/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors has asked the county administrator and board attorney to work on hammering out a deal that would lease the remainder of Oktibbeha County Lake.



GOP issues a new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue -- but not raising rates for the wealthy.



Navy: No US drones missing after Iran claims capture

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Iran claimed Tuesday it had captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf-- even showing an image of a purportedly downed craft on state TV -- but the U.S. Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the region were "fully accounted for."



California sea smuggling claims Coast Guard life

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

he killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs appears to be the latest example of how smugglers are venturing farther north in a game of cat-and-mouse along the California coast.



Alaska suspect linked to multiple murders

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Israel Keyes, in jail for the killing of an Alaska barista, gradually began confessing to investigators that he had killed others: a couple in Vermont, four people in Washington state, someone in New York.



Digital publication 'The Daily' bites the dust

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

It was too expensive. It lacked editorial focus. And for a digital publication, it was strangely cut off from the Internet. That's the obituary being written in real time through posts, tweets and online chats about The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper that is being shut down this month.


Turner leaves legacy of integrity and courage

Posted 12/3/2012 in Area

WCBI news personality Aundrea Self didn't hesitate when asked to describe her former employer and friend, the late Sen. Bennie Turner. "He always exuded a quiet confidence," Self said Sunday. "He had a strong presence when he walked into the room."

Supes give Silicor Materials an ultimatum

Posted 12/3/2012 in Area

Company has until Dec. 31 to escrow $150,000

Foreclosure help coming to Columbus

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Owning a home is part of the American dream. But for some, the dream can quickly become a nightmare of delayed mortgage payments and eventual foreclosure. To help those facing the reality of losing their home, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is bringing the Mississippi Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Consortium to Columbus Dec. 5 from 10-1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 14th Avenue North.

Monday profile: New Main Street director brings 'big city ideas'

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new director of Main Street Columbus said she enjoyed the 2011 Wassail Fest so much she decided to move here.


Aldermen to discuss ditch project

Posted 12/3/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will kick off December with several items to consider Tuesday night.



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