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Syria comes under scathing international criticism

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt's leader calling on President Bashar Assad to "learn from recent history" and step down.

Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- a voyage that will take nearly three years.


Chance encounter leads to torture suspect's arrest

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department of Homeland Security official Tuesday.



Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades.


First lady's message: Obama is just like you

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.


Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a fundraising prowess that has let him outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer.


UMass students nosh on 6,700-pound seafood stew

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The University of Massachusetts has again welcomed students back to campus with a world record-breaking culinary treat.


Pentagon says book contains secrets

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.


Colombia's 'Queen of Cocaine' shot to death

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Griselda Blanco, a convicted drug trafficker who was once known as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," has been shot to death by an unidentified gunman, police in Colombia said Tuesday.


Miss. budget hearings set for mid-September

Posted 9/5/2012 in State

Mississippi money minders will meet later this month to start planning a state budget for fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.



County continues work on budget

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County Administrator Ralph Billingsley told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors that the budget process is continuing as it approaches its Sept. 15 deadline.



Food-stamp use climbs to record

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million people in June, the government said Tuesday, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.



Officials still assessing Isaac damage

Posted 9/5/2012 in State


Smith indicted on weapons charge

Posted 9/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Terrel Smith was last week indicted by a federal grand jury on one count possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


Triplett guilty, gets 40 years

Posted 9/4/2012 in Area

Robert Triplett found guilty of child pornography, receives 40-year sentence


Triplett faces child porn charges

Posted 9/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Triplett is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court today on charges of child pornography. Triplett, 58, of 181 Golding Rd., pleaded guilty to one count possession of child pornography in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi in August 2010.


Firefighter resigns after Facebook post

Posted 9/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Firefighter has resigned after making a controversial post on his Facebook page. Veteran firefighter Brad Alexander has resigned, and two other firefighters and a police department officer face disciplinary action after "liking'' Alexander's post.


Democrats open convention

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence as the opening gavel is struck at the Democratic National Convention.


C Spire targets MSU, Ole Miss in unique partnership

Ticket sales for SEC football games may not be floundering, but with mattress-sized, high-definition television screens becoming the norm in American households, and an extensive television contract with ESPN still in its honeymoon stage, two SEC West schools are turning to social media in order to get fans off the couch and into the stadium.



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