The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.
Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter.
Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither. Many of the threats could come true.
Angry over civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai announced plans Saturday to ban Afghan security forces from requesting international airstrikes on residential areas.
When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.
The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.
Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.
As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.
Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were checking into hotels early today for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep or boarding buses for a long haul home after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship.
A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.
Investigators determined fairly quickly that the burned human remains found after a shootout in Southern California mountains are those of Christopher Dorner, the ex-police officer suspected in a rampage that left four people dead. But the answer to a second question will likely prove more elusive -- how did he die?
A small Indiana community best known for its parks and corn festival has become the center of a national discussion about intolerance over a group's plans to host a "traditional" prom that bans gay students.
A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.
The figure of Oscar Pistorius racing around the Olympic track with his carbon-fiber blades whipping through the air was one of the enduring images of the London Games. That was only six months ago, when the double-amputee from South Africa emerged as an example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity.
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to "stand and fight" for the Second Amendment.
A new barbecue cooking championship could bring both national exposure and tourism dollars to the Friendly City. The Memphis BBQ Network will be hosting the MBN Invitational March 8-9 at the Columbus Fairgrounds. The event is being sponsored by Roast-n-Boast of Columbus.
A Starkville High School student has been charged in the shooting death of an Oktibbeha County resident. Ronagal Lamar Outlaw, 17, allegedly shot Trumaine Macon, 23, just after midnight Thursday at the Crossroads Lounge on the Oktibbeha-Lowndes County line.
Before every Oktibbeha County board meeting convenes, supervisors open each gathering with a word of prayer. Board President and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer says that moment of reflection provides him with the guidance needed to tackle all county business with confidence.
Organizers canceled this year's Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally after failed negotiations between event planners and city aldermen, rally board president Donny Hanson confirmed Thursday.
2. Columbus drops $16K on complaint defenses COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Stricklin hire will impact SOCSD board of trustees STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. MSU coaches prepare to say goodbye to Stricklin STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY