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Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.

 

 

Supreme Court ruling confuses religious workers

Posted 1/21/2012 in National

DETROIT -- Aleeza Adelman teaches Jewish studies at a Jewish school, yet she considers herself a teacher whose subject is religion, not a religious teacher. She's rethinking how to define her job after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling left her wondering what could happen if she ever needed to defend her right to keep it.

 

 

Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11

Posted 1/19/2012 in National

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Kodak's moment has come and gone. The glory days when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn't capitalize on. Now comes a wistful worry that this icon of American business is edging toward extinction.

 

 

Police chiefs meet at WH to discuss terror fight

Posted 1/18/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists.

 

 

Prekindergarten programs drop during recession

Posted 1/17/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.

 

 

Judge declares Holloway dead as parents look on

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge declared their teenage daughter long missing in Aruba to be dead.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Only 1 shows to comment on offshore lease sales

Posted 1/12/2012 in National

JEFFERSON, La. -- Only a petroleum industry representative showed up at a public hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Romney boasts big money lead as race shifts south

Posted 1/11/2012 in National

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rivals anxious to end Mitt Romney's two-state winning streak doubled down their criticism of him as unfeeling toward laid-off workers and out of step with conservative Christians as the presidential race headed to South Carolina Wednesday. Romney made a show of dominance by touting his campaign's $56 million in fundraising.

 

 

Study: Mississippi River channel woes huge for economy

Posted 1/11/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river.

 

 

New NOAA study mirrors spill rate from BP well

Posted 1/10/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.

 

 

Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game -- BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered.

 

 

Civil War museums changing as view on war changes

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.

 

 

Dodge Dart to join compact car race

Posted 1/9/2012 in National

 

 

Bush education law offered great promise, but after 10 years, wide agreement on need to fix it

Posted 1/8/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The No Child Left Behind education law was cast as a symbol of possibility, offering the promise of improved schools for the nation's poor and minority children and better prepared students in a competitive world.

 

 

Sheen donates $25K to Alabama tornado relief

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Actor Charlie Sheen has donated $25,000 to help tornado relief in Alabama, making good on a promise to help survivors of the deadly twisters.

 

 

Nomination for Katrina breach sites sparks debate

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- A push to place levee breach sites from Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places is cause for consternation at the federal agency that built the floodwalls that failed during the 2005 storm.

 

 

The 'CES curse?' Gadget show has poor record

Posted 1/6/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

 

 

Obama vows US will stay world's top military power

Posted 1/5/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the United States will remain the world's pre-eminent military power even as the Pentagon scales back spending, shrinks the Army and Marine Corps and pulls back from Europe.

 

 

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