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Diamond, one of nation's oldest giraffes, euthanized at Jackson Zoo

16588118-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Officials say Jackson Zoo's reticulated giraffe Diamond has been euthanized after advanced age complications, pain and severe and worsening arthritis rendered her unable to stand or eat. Zoo officials tell The Clarion-Ledger the 28-year-old Diamond had been among the country's oldest living giraffes, Read More...

Body found, identified as war vet suspected of killing 6 in Philadelphia suburb

home-shootings-pennsylvania-b8137468e4f0d058 PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in the woods near his suburban Philadelphia home Tuesday after a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. Montgomery County District Attorney Read More...

4 charged with murder in Hattiesburg street gang shooting

13420408-smallHATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Three more Hattiesburg men have been charged with murder in the Nov. 29 shooting death of Nathan Alexander, bringing to four the number of suspects charged with murder in his death. The Hattiesburg American reports police have arrested 22-year-old Jawan Rivera Davis and Read More...

Sports

Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson of Pascagoula named first-team AP All-American

16009298-smallThe Associated Press The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O'Leary, guard Tre Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Oregon and Alabama Read More...

Brees throws 3 TDs and Saints grab NFC South lead in 31-15 win over Chicago Bears

kenny-vaccaro-new-orleans-saints-at-chicago-bears-december-15-2014-948dbd78b7c35e8f CHICAGO (AP) -- Drew Brees and the Saints found a cure for their problems -- playing the Bears. Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and New Orleans beat Chicago 31-15 on Monday night to grab the NFC South lead. The Saints (6-8) moved into Read More...

NFL owners approve new league personal conduct policy

roger-goodell-1768bf0ff116cacb IRVING, Texas (AP) -- NFL owners approved changes to the personal conduct policy Wednesday, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals. A special counsel for investigations and conduct will oversee initial discipline, Goodell said. The commissioner also may appoint a panel Read More...

Entertainment

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

sony-hack-6c8d561f9f278557 NEW YORK (AP) -- Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files: what they called the Read More...

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley Collins remembered: 'She loved Mississippi the best,' daughter s...

lynda-lee-mead-mary-ann-mobley-91acb941bc0887ce JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mary Ann Mobley Collins lived in California for decades while starring in movies with Elvis Presley and others, but her daughter said the former Miss America always felt most at home in her native Mississippi. "She may have traveled the world Read More...

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers weekend box office

box-office-b2f9e9a97a099679LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After three weeks of box office dominance, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" ceded its reign to "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Read More...

Business

Why has the price of oil plummeted and what does it mean for you?

oil-collapse-what-to-know-3029b6619a106739 NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of Read More...

Phil Bryant touts Mississippi's economic growth during Mississippi Works tour

phil-bryant-648d80fedd4bdd48 SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bryant brought his statewide pep talk on jobs and growth to Southaven, offering a group of local business and elected leaders statistics that show the state is making steady and verifiable progress in growing its economy and its Read More...

Oil prices take another dive on basis of OPEC projections, increase in domestic production

oil-prices-aeb140901878881fThe Associated Press The price of oil took another dive Wednesday, plunging to five-year lows amid mounting evidence that global supplies are far outstripping demand. The U.S. Energy Department reported a surprise increase in domestic oil inventories and OPEC projected that next year, demand for its Read More...

Health

Services for Dr. Aaron Shirley Saturday at Medical Mall

downloadBy Stephanie R. Jones Dr. Aaron Shirley will make a final visit to the Jackson Medical Mall, the landmark facility he founded to provide healthcare to underserved populations. Funeral services for the healthcare pioneer, civil rights veteran and McArthur “Genius Grant” winner will be at 11 Read More...

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

University of Mississippi Medical Center preparing Ebola isolation facility, renovating vacant build...

thomas-dobbs-mary-currier-ea4a05f34edb5681 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center is renovating a vacant building to serve as an isolation and treatment unit in the event of a confirmed or probable Ebola case in Mississippi. UMMC officials said in a news release Monday that the Read More...

Religion

Gay rights attorney asks appeals court to allow Mississippi same-sex marriages to start next week

16494913-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- An attorney is again asking a federal appeals court to let same-sex marriages start next week in Mississippi. Roberta Kaplan represents a gay-rights group and two lesbian couples challenging Mississippi's legal definition of marriage as only between a man and a Read More...

U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves Strikes Down Mississippi’s Marriage Ban, Paving the Wa...

gay-marriageThe Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson, Miss. – U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued a ruling this evening in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, striking down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Reeves placed a 14-day stay on the order. The order can be Read More...

Mississippi pastor again seeks to not be required to register as sex offender

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth is again arguing to the Mississippi Supreme Court that he couldn't have to register as a sex offender after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Supreme Court threw out similar arguments in 2008. The Read More...

Obituaries

Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley Collins remembered: 'She loved Mississippi the best,' daughter s...

lynda-lee-mead-mary-ann-mobley-91acb941bc0887ce JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mary Ann Mobley Collins lived in California for decades while starring in movies with Elvis Presley and others, but her daughter said the former Miss America always felt most at home in her native Mississippi. "She may have traveled the world Read More...

Hundreds attend funeral for Panola County woman burned alive

c0084b8201472931680f6a706700e7cejpg-6752ec9005937991BATESVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday to say goodbye to a 19-year-old woman who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin. "Fly high, Jessica," said Read More...

Services for Dr. Aaron Shirley Saturday at Medical Mall

downloadBy Stephanie R. Jones Dr. Aaron Shirley will make a final visit to the Jackson Medical Mall, the landmark facility he founded to provide healthcare to underserved populations. Funeral services for the healthcare pioneer, civil rights veteran and McArthur “Genius Grant” winner will be at 11 Read More...

Education

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Kagan highlight common ground in Ole Miss appearance

antonin-scalia-elena-kagan-c4c6e5a356e979b4 OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) -- One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written. The other is a diplomatic former Harvard Law School dean who believes there must be "flexibility" in interpreting Read More...

Mississippi legislators ignore law and underfund education by $1.5 billion

16566921-mmmain DURANT, Miss. (AP) -- In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their Read More...

Democrats offer budget proposal they say would pump more money into Mississippi education

cecil-brown-hob-bryan-417eef528443bc50 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are offering their own budget proposal that they say would pump more money into education. Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory and Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson released the plan on behalf of their colleagues Thursday. It came Read More...

Opinion

My thoughts about Ferguson

Bishop-CrudupBy Bishop Ronnie Crudup No doubt the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri will go down as one of the top stories of 2014. It is a story which has captured the attention of U.S. citizens, and I dare say the world. As citizens, Read More...

Can space industry survive 2 explosions in 4 days?

aptopix-spaceshiptwo-591ba899a9a31076 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has Read More...

5 reasons the United States is not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola outbreak

us-health-care-preparedness-ebc49cccd5ee482aThe Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and Read More...

The Buzz

Body found, identified as war vet suspected of killing 6 in Philadelphia suburb

home-shootings-pennsylvania-b8137468e4f0d058 PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead in the woods near his suburban Philadelphia home Tuesday after a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. Montgomery County District Attorney Read More...

4 charged with murder in Hattiesburg street gang shooting

13420408-smallHATTIESBURG, Mississippi (AP) -- Three more Hattiesburg men have been charged with murder in the Nov. 29 shooting death of Nathan Alexander, bringing to four the number of suspects charged with murder in his death. The Hattiesburg American reports police have arrested 22-year-old Jawan Rivera Davis and Read More...

Investigators working string of clues in burning death of Mississippi woman

460x (3) COURTLAND, Mississippi (AP) -- Jessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. On Saturday, she came by in a dark-colored sweater and pajama pants that looked like sweatpants. She bought $14 worth Read More...