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FedEx gunman wasn't enthusiastic about job

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

A gunman who wounded six colleagues in an Atlanta-area rampage didn't seem enthusiastic about his job loading boxes but never mentioned problems with co-workers or supervisors, his father said Wednesday.


Gov. calls for review after botched execution

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin named a member of her Cabinet on Wednesday to lead a review of how the state conducts executions after a botched procedure that the White House said fell short of the humane standards required.



Military sex assault claims up 50 percent

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies.



Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.



City working to reach out to storm victims

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

First responders are going door to door in Columbus to provide assistance, while firemen and police are checking on residents.


Columbus City Council names Carleton as Interim Chief

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote, the Columbus City Council put Tony Carleton into the position during a specially called meeting Wednesday morning.


Storm damage limited in Lamar Co.

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

One home was damaged and 12 roads are currently impassable after heavy rain and strong winds pounded Lamar County Monday and Tuesday nights.


Columbus Speedway suffers major damage

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The races will go on at Columbus Speedway. Just not this weekend.

Louisville doctor clings to patient in terrifying tug-of-war

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

As a last-second pivot positioned Winston Medical Center directly in the path of an EF-4 tornado Monday, long-time emergency room physician Mike Henry began running through his unit and warning patients to immediately hunker down and take cover.

Search continues for missing Louisville boy

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

A bright, cloudless sky Tuesday morning provided a stark contrast to the debris-littered streets of Louisville.

Tornado levels Lowndes Co. church

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A tornado completely destroyed Springfield M.B. Church on Monday. It had stood for nearly 150 years in a field on the east side of Highway 45 South, down toward Macon.

Neighbors help neighbors in storm's aftermath

Posted 4/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beverly Smith lives with her 86-year-old mother, Alice Nickoles, at the corner of Lacy and Hutcherson roads in east Lowndes County. On Tuesday afternoon, they were approaching 24 hours without power, but were in good spirits.

Time is running short to save Rosie's plant

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Loraine Osborne is a Rosie. She isn't THE Rosie, but she worked as a riveter at the Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan alongside Rose Will Monroe, the inspiration for a character that came to symbolize female empowerment and the we're-all-in-this-together spirit of the American homefront during World War II.


Former Mississippi police chief sentenced

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

A former police chief in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiring to demand money and property from people in exchange for dropping criminal charges.



Kemper power plant will cost more

Posted 4/30/2014 in State

The Southern Companies says the expected startup date of its coal gas-fired power plant in Kemper County is being pushed back to the first half of 2015.



Right mix of conditions brewed tornado outbreak

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

Weather from nearly all parts of the country combined to brew this week's killer tornadoes.


Forecasters downplay 3rd-day dire predictions

Posted 4/30/2014 in Area

Ruth Bennett died clutching the last child left at her day care center as a tornado wiped the building off its foundation. A firefighter who came upon the body gently pulled the toddler from her arms.

Italy court: Knox struck mortal blow in killing

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to "overpower and humiliate" the victim.


Woman admits tossing dog into traffic over dispute

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A New Jersey woman has admitted killing her neighbor's small dog by throwing it into traffic during an argument over a parking space.


Oklahoma inmate dies after botched execution

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.


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