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Domestic violence in U.S.: Data tells complex story

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

For weeks, amid allegations involving several NFL players, domestic violence has been the focus of intense national attention. Does the turmoil reflect a worsening epidemic of domestic violence, or has the U.S. in fact made great strides to curtail it? The answer is complicated.

 

 

Algerian Islamic militants behead French hostage

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France's airstrikes on the Islamic State group, in a sign of the possible widening of the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the rest of the region.

 

 

Obama at UN: Dismantle the IS 'network of death'

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Confronted by the growing threat of Middle East militants, President Barack Obama implored world leaders at the United Nations Wednesday to rally behind his expanding military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic State group and its "network of death."

 

 

No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

A Georgia man accused of leaving his toddler son to die inside a hot car will not face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

 

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.

Suspect captured in case of missing UVa student

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition -- but there is still no sign of the student, authorities said.

 

Confederate group seeks to stop Ole Miss changes

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

A Confederate history group is asking a court to block the University of Mississippi from changing Old South symbols on campus.

 

 

ACLU sues county over failure to indict inmates

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

A Mississippi county has illegally held inmates in jail for as long as a year without appointing counsel or presenting cases to a grand jury, the American Civil Liberties Union argues in a lawsuit, and a law professor said Wednesday that something similar could be happening elsewhere in the state.

 

 

2 Mississippi girls found in Louisiana

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

Two girls who were subject of an Amber Alert in Mississippi have been found safe in Slidell, Louisiana.

 

 

Cochran team preps arguments to Miss. high court

Posted 9/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's attorneys were preparing legal arguments trying to block a rival's attempt to overturn the senator's Republican primary victory.

 

 

Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA top official

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

 

 

Rape joke on Fox cartoons draws attention

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

The Fox network isn't responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" to remove a joke where the punch line is "your sister's being raped."

 

New photos show toll of age, prison on pop legend

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Two newly released photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend.

 

Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

BP wanted its money back -- hundreds of millions of dollars of it -- but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stick by its agreement with the companies it compensated for business losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

 

Third Columbus man arrested in connection with murder

Posted 9/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A third Columbus man has been charged with murder in connection with a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another injured this month.

CL&W looking at acquiring water customers

Posted 9/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water board members are looking into options for generating more revenue, one of which includes acquiring new customers for water services.

Crowd celebrates beloved educator

Posted 9/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There wasn't much space in the reception room at the Education and Human Sciences Building on the campus of Mississippi University for Women on Tuesday afternoon. They were there to honor Dr. Alma Turner, a woman whose impact on local education has been felt by many throughout the Golden Triangle.

West Point mayor touts city accomplishments

Posted 9/24/2014 in Area

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson opened his address to the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday with a question: "What can little bitty West Point tell Columbus, Mississippi, what we're doing?"

Recusal saves plus-one insurance expansion

Posted 9/24/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will again allow its employees to place same-sex partners on the city's insurance plan after the board of aldermen fell one vote shy of overturning Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of their action to limit the expansion to only legally married couples Tuesday.

 

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