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John Williams to debut new version of U.S. anthem

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.


Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaida group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement.


U.S. seeks more security at some overseas airports

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.



Supreme Court ruling impact on birth-control coverage mixed

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

Business owners who don't want to pay for their employees' birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.



Vacationers leave as Arthur nears North Carolina

Posted 7/4/2014 in National



Convictions overturned thanks to Death Saint

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

Firearms and drug-trafficking convictions for two Oklahoma residents were overturned Wednesday thanks to a skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte.


Guatemalan boy left for better life, died alone

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

Gilberto Ramos wanted to leave his chilly mountain village for the United States to earn money to treat his mother's epilepsy.


Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust

Posted 7/4/2014 in Business

Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles.



U.S. condemns 'heinous murder' of Palestinian teen

Posted 7/4/2014 in National

The Obama administration is condemning the killing of a Palestinian teenager as a "despicable act" and is calling on the perpetrators to be brought to justice.



Authorities capture escaped inmate

Posted 7/4/2014 in State

An inmate who escaped the blueberry farm at South Mississippi Correctional Institution is back in custody.


Browning on Business: New tenant on Main Street in Columbus

Posted 7/3/2014 in Business

Main Street in Columbus has a new tenant. The law firm of Crowell Gillis & Cooper is now located at 322 Main St.

Port authority director Hardy retires

Posted 7/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority Board is searching for a new leader after John Hardy retired as director Monday.

No decision yet on schools supe

Posted 7/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The board members of the Columbus Municipal School District emerged from a five-and-a-half-hour executive session Wednesday without making a decision on who to hire as the district's schools superintendent.

For U.S. immigrants, Independence Day has special meaning

Posted 7/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some residents of Columbus, a question about Independence Day prompts a question of their own: Which one?

Motel robbery suspect turns himself in

Posted 7/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged with robbing two Columbus hotels.


Fourth of July fireworks less fun for our furry friends

Posted 7/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Independence Day is awesome. It's summertime, there are BBQ's to attend, friends to catch up with, good food and drink and, of course, fireworks.


Wiseman, Perkins differ on excess school tax money

A battle is brewing over how Starkville should use almost $500,000 in over-collected school district taxes after Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins opined that the city should take legal avenues to keep the money for itself during Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.

Artesia house declared loss after blaze

Posted 7/3/2014 in Area

No injuries were reported after a blaze destroyed a house in downtown Artesia on Wednesday morning.


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