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Talk of GOP primaries follows 'fiscal cliff' vote

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.



2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.



Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.


Obama urges action on debt ceiling

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff but says it's just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits.


Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil.



Electoral College count affirms Obama's win

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Congress made the obvious official on Friday. President Barack Obama has been re-elected.



SC woman, oldest living US citizen, dies at 114

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen has died.


Incarcerated veterans train dogs for other vets

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Hazard Wilson's new cellmate is a hairy bundle of energy whose playful zeal can't be contained by steel doors: a five-month-old golden retriever. Yardley is one of three canines assigned since September to inmates at a maximum-security prison in western Maryland for training as service dogs for disabled military veterans.


Utah school recasts musical with sexy Elvis songs

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A parent who was "All Shook Up" about Elvis Presley songs in a high-school drama prompted educators to cancel the musical, deeming it too sexual. But the decision was reversed Thursday by administrators at the high school south of Salt Lake City.


Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco. San Francisco's newest star -- the first river otter seen in the city in decades -- surfaced its whiskery head furtively, a mouth full of sea grass. The crowd oohed as large waves pounded rocks just offshore, a briny smell and chill in the air.

Business owners have personal role in deterring embezzlement

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do desperate times call for desperate measures? At least one area accountant suggests there may be a link between tough economic conditions and a recent rash of embezzlement cases in the Golden Triangle.

Races shaping up in Columbus municipal elections

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Election season is in full swing in Columbus as incumbents and challengers began qualifying Wednesday for this year's municipal elections.

One arrested in New Year's shooting

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged in connection with an early morning shooting on New Year's Day that injured three people with gunshot wounds.

Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.


Starkville man arrested in shooting

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the Dec. 28 shooting that sent one Oktibbeha County man to the hospital with a gunshot wound.



Grant helps restore funding for sanitation dept.

When the Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the 2013 fiscal budget in September, some cuts were made in sanitation and environmental services. Now, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Emma Gandy. director of the city's department of sanitation and environmental services, will get a little relief from those cutbacks over the next two years.



Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.



Blues Marathon expected to draw 3,000

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Runners from 47 states and 10 countries will take to the streets of Jackson to compete in the sixth annual Mississippi Blues Marathon.



Find this dog: Become a character in a Lehane novel

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

There's a new mystery on Dennis Lehane's mind, but the story isn't something the best-selling author can control from behind a keyboard. The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist's rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn't lock all the way.



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