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Trying to spread cheer, Santa in N.H. scares instead

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.



Brain dead California girl to be kept on life support

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy should be kept on life support for the time being, a judge has ruled.



Three military aircraft hit in Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said.



Obama orders military to review sexual assault

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military a one-year deadline to better prevent and respond to a wave of sexual assault in the ranks and warned that if progress isn't made, he will consider tougher reforms than those approved by Congress.


Crawford man killed in shooting

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning shooting left one man dead and the Columbus Police Department searching for the shooter. Randle Carl Cooper Jr., 20, is wanted in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Virgil Harris of Crawford. Cooper is considered armed and dangerous, Chief of Police Selvain McQueen said.

Eutaw low bidder for Yokohama Boulevard

Posted 12/20/2013 in Area

Eutaw Construction Company already had the dirt contract for the Yokohama tire plant slated to open in West Point in two years. Barring a setback, the company will also build the road that leads to the plant.

Holiday stress: How to cope

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local psychologist is offering advice to ease some of the pressures of holiday stress. "The first thing you have to do is define stress," Carrie White, clinical coordinator of Baptist Golden Triangle Behavioral Health Center, said. "What is stress? If you think about it, stress itself does not exists. There is no such thing." However, White said there are "stressors."


Post office extends weekend hours on Bluecutt Road

Posted 12/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus post office on Bluecutt Road will have its retail windows open for two extra hours on Saturday for the holidays.


In U.S., Santa Claus has many faces, races

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

In Atlanta, children of many races share their Christmas wish lists with a black Santa Claus. In Houston, Santa dons a red zoot suit and dances to jazz as he hands out gifts in Mexican-American neighborhoods.

Figure skating champ Boitano says he's gay

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.

Rodman holds tryouts for Pyongyang game

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong Un's birthday next month -- though he hasn't convinced all the players on the American team that it's safe to come to Pyongyang.


Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.



Options set for those lacking new health coverage

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law.



Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over gay wedding

Posted 12/20/2013 in National

A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage.



Corinth woman enters guilty plea to passing phony money

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

A Booneville woman faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to passing a counterfeit bill at a supermarket in Corinth.



Alcorn State's president resigns amid probe

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II has resigned amid an investigation into university purchasing practices.



Three men charged in Ole Miss student killing

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

Sheriff's deputies have arrested three men in the killing of a University of Mississippi graduate student.



Miss. soldier killed in helicopter crash

Posted 12/20/2013 in State

The Department of Defense says a Mississippi soldier is among six soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.



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