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Iran at talks: No scrapping any nuclear facility

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.



Loud music killing suspect compared self to rape victim in jailhouse call

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

The Florida software designer accused of killing a black teenager during an argument over loud music compared himself to a rape victim, telling his fiancee in a recorded jailhouse phone call that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself.



Police can't verify Craigslist killer's claims

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

Police have yet to substantiate a 19-year-old woman's claim that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the Pennsylvania murder she is now charged with committing.


Mugging around empty casket sparks furor

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

The Wisconsin National Guard announced Tuesday that it had suspended a member from honor guard duties after she apparently posted to social media a photograph of soldiers mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket.

Relay for Life still far short of team goal

Posted 2/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Relay for Life is just a few months away and it's not too late to sign up, event organizers said. So far, 30 teams have signed up for the April 25 event but organizers are hoping for 50 teams.


No charges to be filed in Monday stabbing

Posted 2/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local man walked away from an early morning stabbing Monday with only minor injuries.


Murder trial set to begin in Columbus today

Posted 2/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teenager is scheduled to stand trial today in Lowndes County Circuit Court for his alleged role in a 2013 murder.


Reward for suspects who defaced Ole Miss statue

Posted 2/18/2014 in State

A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of two men involved in defacing the James Meredith statue at the University of Mississippi.



Starkville neighborhood qualifies for new C Spire service

Posted 2/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's South Montgomery neighborhood became one of three Mississippi communities to qualify for C Spire's high-speed, residential Internet program Monday.


Johnson pulls out of county administrator pool

Posted 2/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The candidate pool for Oktibbeha County's vacant county administrator position narrowed Monday but not by supervisors' doing.


Ole Miss' Ward pleads guilty to DUI

Posted 2/18/2014 in Area

Ole Miss football player Channing Ward has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge.



Computer whizzes brainstorm for cash at hackathons

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing -- and perfectly legal -- mainstay of the tech sector.



First night a hit for new 'Tonight' host Jimmy Fallon

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC's "Late Night," he left no doubt Monday that "The Tonight Show" now fits him like a glove.



Intellectually disabled struggling to find work

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage.


A western wrinkle on eminent domain

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

The view from the deck of the small, century-old cabin was a dream come true for Andy and Ceil Barrie -- a sweeping panorama of 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks towering above the forest of centuries-old bristlecone pines.

City council to make 2 CVB appointments

Posted 2/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The dynamics of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors could change a lot -- or not at all -- depending on how Columbus councilmen vote on two vacant board seats Tuesday.

Front Door/Back Door closes for second time in a year

Posted 2/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local downtown eatery has closed. Again.


Lawmakers choose small increase in financial aid

Posted 2/17/2014 in State

The leaders of Mississippi's universities and community colleges had plans for a major overhaul of state-funded financial aid programs before the current legislative session. But lawmakers appear likely to adopt only a portion of the plan.



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