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Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas -- a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

 

Hagel vows to get to bottom of nuclear ills

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

It began with his brief mention last fall of "troubling lapses" in the nuclear force.

 

Texas woman's family asks to end life support

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed from life support, despite hospital opposition.

 

Obama targets college sexual assaults

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

 

 

Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 heist

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

More than 30 years after hooded gunmen pulled a $6 million airport heist dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas," an elderly reputed mobster was arrested at his New York City home on Thursday and charged in the robbery and a 1969 murder.

 

 

Link, city of Columbus cut retail development ties

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Development Link will no longer pursue retail development opportunities for the City of Columbus after a pair of Thursday meetings with council members and Link CEO Joe Max Higgins.

 

 

TVA asks users to voluntarily reduce power consumption ahead of cold weather

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

Tennessee Valley Authority officials are asking customers throughout the Southeast to voluntarily reduce power consumption beginning 4 p.m. today.

 

Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Quirky bunny on Mandela statue causes stir

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A new, 29.5-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

 

NOAA: 2013 was fourth hottest on record

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.

 

Explosion caused fire at biodiesel plant

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

A voluntary evacuation of about 50 homes near a burning biodiesel facility in north Mississippi was ordered late Wednesday, officials said.

Browning on Business: Golden Triangle getting another Starbucks

Posted 1/23/2014 in Business

A Starbucks is being built at University Crossing Shopping Center in Starkville. Ann Hooven, director of operations with RMR Investment Company, said the coffee shop will likely open this summer.

Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on United States Embassy

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

Budget gives DOD funding for 20 Lakotas this year

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Compromise in the nation's capital will lead to more Lakotas being assembled in Columbus than previously forecasted.

Search continues for missing Artesia woman

Posted 1/23/2014 in Area

Kenny Peoples sat in the living room of his Artesia home Wednesday afternoon wiping tears from his eyes. He didn't want his children to see him crying. His wife, Shondra Rice, has been missing since Monday morning and Peoples has yet to tell their two children their mother has disappeared.

Bryant: Improve schools, create jobs, end abortion

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers.

Wicker: Long-term changes need for entitlement programs

Posted 1/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roger Wicker is optimistic about cuts approved by the U.S. House and Senate in appropriation spending for 2014. In total, the federal government will appropriate $1.1 trillion this fiscal year.

 

Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

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