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Gov. Bryant Gets GOP Foe as Filing Deadline Nears

First-term Gov. Phil Bryant picked up a Republican primary challenger Thursday, the day before candidates' deadline to qualify for statewide, regional and legislative races.


Ukraine Government Forces, Rebels Withdraw Heavy Weapons

Ukrainian and Russian-backed separatist forces drew back some heavy weapons from the front line in the east Friday in compliance with a cease-fire deal, although officials in Kiev accused rebels ...


Cash-Strapped Ukraine Struggles to Keep Russia Gas Supplies

Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue ...


McDaniel Seeking 3rd Term in Mississippi Senate

Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he's seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature.


DC Legalizes Pot in Capital, Despite Threats from Congress

The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative.


Homeland Security Bill Moves in Senate While House in Limbo

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily ...


Ukraine, Rebels Start Pulling Back Heavy Weapons in the East

In a long-awaited development, Ukrainian forces and separatist fighters both announced Thursday they are pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine.


Cyber Threats Expanding, New US Intelligence Assessment Says

The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top ...


Lawsuit Settled Over Allegation Bullying of Gay Students

The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district.


Epps, Ex-Prison Boss, Pleads Guilty to 2 Federal Corruption Counts

In a change of course, Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts in a federal corruption case.

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Gunn to Seek Phaseout of Personal Income Tax

In a game of escalating tax-cut proposals, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, will propose the biggest so far: a $1.7 billion phaseout of Mississippi's state personal income tax over more ...


Ukraine Disputes Rebel Claim that Weapons Pullback Begins

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels' claim that a real pullback had begun.


Alaska Becomes 3rd State with Legal Marijuana

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don't expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in ...


IS Militants Abduct Dozens of Christians in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday.

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Declining Federal Highway Funds Hurt Mississippi

As Mississippi leaders study ways to deal with the state's crumbling highways and bridges, declining federal funds aren't helping the situation.