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Knox's murder conviction reinstated

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28 years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

 

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

 

 

U.S. seeks death for marathon suspect

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The announcement by federal prosecutors that they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing came as no surprise to people who lost limbs or suffered other injuries in last year's attack.

 

 

Wash., Colo., have few ways to stop weed leaving

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

 

 

N.J. university offers course studying Beyonce

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

 

 

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico.

 

 

Vatican bank admits widows victims of crackdown

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Dozens and perhaps hundreds of widows and Vatican pensioners recently came in for a rude surprise: The Vatican bank told them they had to close their accounts or risk losing access to their money -- all in the name of Pope Francis' reform efforts, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

 

Island group likely unaffected by LINK split with city

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In November, officials from the Golden Triangle Development LINK agreed to partner with a committee of city and county officials to explore economic development opportunities for city-owned property on the Island.

Columbus couple charged with identity theft

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus couple arrested and charged with fraudulent use of ID Tuesday includes a city employee.

Unemployment rates up for most area counties in 2013

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A significant decrease in unemployment rates in December 2013 compared to December 2012 were not enough to push 2013's overall jobless rate below 2012's in many area counties.

 

Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm -- but transportation and rescue officials said that didn't mean it was safe yet to drive, especially after the sun goes down.

 

 

Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

 

 

CAC's 'Arts for All' kicks off Saturday with line dancing

Posted 1/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beginning Saturday, the Columbus Arts Council will offer a fun primer on a different artistic topic the first Saturday of each month, through May.

 

 

Study: 4 of 5 fourth graders are not proficient readers

Posted 1/30/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A recently released Kids Count study shows 4 out of 5 Mississippi school children are not proficient readers by the time they enter the fourth grade.

 

Monarch butterfly numbers drop, migration may disappear

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

 

Miss. reports its 5th death tied to winter storm

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week's winter storm. The latest came Wednesday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of the passengers in the moving vehicle.

 

 

German auto parts maker to hire 650 near Tupelo

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

A German auto parts maker will move its U.S. headquarters from Wisconsin to the Mississippi community of Shannon, opening a factory in this state expected to create up to 650 jobs.

 

 

Lawmakers considering shorter school year

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

House Education Committee members are lukewarm about a proposal to shorten Mississippi's public school year from 180 to 175 days.

 

 

Lawyer: Defendant also had buttocks injections

Posted 1/30/2014 in State

A woman charged with depraved-heart murder in the illegal cosmetic injection death of another woman had received the same kind of shots in her buttocks more than 10 times and didn't know they could be deadly, her lawyer said Wednesday during opening statements.

 

 

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