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Bezos tweets! Twitter feud with Warren Buffett next?

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:34
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Janet Yellen just told off Ralph Nader

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:25
Janet Yellen just told Ralph Nader to back off.

Jeff Bezos' rocket lands safely after space flight

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:12
Jeff Bezos' rocket ship achieved a breakthrough Monday by traveling 329,839 feet into outer space and then landing upright upon its return to earth.

Adele's '25' breaks single week sales record

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:00
Adele is breaking hearts and records.

MSU announces first James Patterson Teacher Education Scholars

MSU News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:51

Contact: Paige Watson

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Eight freshmen from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee make up the first class of James Patterson Teacher Education Scholars at Mississippi State.

All majoring in elementary education at the university, they are receiving $6,000 academic awards made possible by a gift earlier this year from New York Times bestselling author and his wife.

The inaugural Patterson Scholars include Hannah Duke of Birmingham, Alabama; Amanda R. Hayes of Madison, Alabama; Brooke D. Leggett of Centerville, Alabama; Caitlin N. McFarland of Franklin, Tennessee; Jodie L. Newsom of Laurel; Mary Hannah Swan of Madison; Caroline G. Thomas of Cumming, Georgia; and Abigail K. Yann of Franklin, Tennessee.

“This very generous gift for teacher education scholarships exemplifies the values and commitment of James Patterson and his wife, Susan Solie Patterson, to quality education,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “The Pattersons have become a tremendous force for good in higher education, and we are very pleased to have Mississippi State affiliated with the work of their foundation.”

James Patterson is best-known for the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett crime novels series, as well as several popular book series for young adults. In addition to holding the Guinness record for most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers of any author, he was the first to achieve 10 million ebook sales.

To be honored with a Patterson Scholarship, students applying must have demonstrated that they “understand the importance of promoting literacy and have the motivation and intent to instill in their students an enduring and lasting love of reading,” according to the selection criteria.  

The MSU awards also are limited to full-time, first-time freshmen and graduate students in the College of Education. Additionally, those eligible must be elementary and secondary education majors with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale) and an expressed interest in English language arts.

The scholarships are awarded without regard to age, gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, physical handicap or other protected class.

For information about this and other MSU College of Education scholastic awards, visit

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at

What Europe needs to solve the refugee crisis

CNN World - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:46
Hours after the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the blame game began. Populist, conservative and Eurosceptic parties and movements across Europe pointed fingers at the refugees. They argued that the uncontrolled influx of so many refugees fleeing the wars in Syria and Iraq creates opportunity for ISIS followers to enter Europe.

Categories: International News

U.S. economy grew at a better pace than expected

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:32
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Racism without racists?

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:26
A new CNN and KFF poll reveals 49% of Americans think racism is a big problem. Research shows we all see the world through a racially biased lens.

Categories: National News

El Faro's captain lived and died with the sea

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:58
His career began and ended at sea.

Categories: National News

Spiders cause a North Memphis freakout

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 09:58
If you're scared of spiders, one's enough. Two? That's cause for a squishing party. Thousands? Millions? Time to really freak out.

Categories: National News

Security vs. liberty a false choice

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:43
The Paris attacks were tragic, but we should take a deep breath before making hasty policy decisions and changing our surveillance laws.

Categories: National News

ISIS threat: How to keep U.S. safe

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:43
It is clear we must be more aggressive in taking action to screen all those who enter the U.S., writes Sen. Dan Coats.

Categories: National News

11 things you'll fight over this Thanksgiving

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:41
As we all know, Thanksgiving isn't always the harmonious holiday it's sometimes made out to be.

Categories: National News

Help! How to lower Thanksgiving stress

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:40
Writing a story about Thanksgiving stress is ironic, because I don't personally feel stressed at all as the holiday fast approaches. I keep waiting for the stress to hit me like a sledgehammer, especially since we are hosting for the first time in more than five years and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, whom I adore, keep asking if I'm sure I really want to host.

Categories: National News

'Dancing With the Stars' finale: Bindi Irwin's tearful tribute to dad

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:39
"Dancing With the Stars" contestant Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her famous father before, but on Monday night's finale, she had the audience in tears.

Categories: National News

State Department issues worldwide travel alert

CNN - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:37
The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres.

Categories: National News

Iran sentences journalist Jason Rezaian to prison

CNN World - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:36
An Iranian court has sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to prison for spying, the semiofficial news agency Tasnim reported Sunday.

Categories: International News

Brighten Your Holidays With LED Lights

Lifestyles - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:36
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(NewsUSA) - Driving through neighborhoods this holiday season, you may have noticed that some holiday lights are brighter and more vividly colored than others. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the reason for the added brilliance is that more and more homeowners are opting to decorate with LED lights instead of the traditional incandescent type.

"Incandescent bulbs have been used for decorating holiday trees since 1882, shortly after (Thomas)Edison invented and demonstrated his first practical incandescent bulbs on New Year's Eve in 1879," says Terry McGowan, ALA director of technology. "Now, more than a century later, incandescent holiday lights are being phased out as LED bulbs appear in a multitude of types, colors, sizes and string configurations."

Compared to strings of incandescent bulbs, LEDs offer:

* Longer bulb life (3-year warranties; average life up to 100,000 hours)

* Energy savings (16-17 watts of savings for a 25-foot light string) -- a reduction of more than 75 percent

* Bright colors -- LEDs generate only the desired color; incandescent bulbs use color filters which waste light

* Cool operation -- LEDs have no hot filament inside; bulbs remain cool

What's New This Year?

* Miniature Light Strings. LEDs are small and can be fabricated into tiny dots of light. American Lighting Inc. ( calls these "dew drop" lights. Strings of these tiny cool-operating lights can be used to decorate foliage, live plants or a floral centerpiece. The light strings are made in various colors and operate at low voltage, and some strings are designed for battery operation so that no power cords are required.

* Tree wrapping. Strings of lights closely wrapped around the base of deciduous trees and then up into the branches give a festive look to even small trees or shrubs. The secret is to use strings of lights with 6 inches or less between bulbs, which can be wrapped around the trunk and limbs with no more than 3inches between the layers of wrapped wiring.

* Magnetic sockets. Sockets designed to be used with standard screw-in incandescent or LED bulbs are available with built-in magnets that hold tightly to any ferrous metal. A narrow metal backing strip can be used to quickly mount lights in a straight line, making installation, take-down or spacing adjustments easy. The magnets keep the lights in line and hold tightly in all weather conditions.

For more LED lighting tips, visit

Is the Syrian conflict linked to climate change?

CNN World - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:36
Could terrorism and conflict be directly linked to climate change? "Absolutely," says Britain's Prince Charles in an interview with Sky News that aired on Monday. Referencing the Syrian conflict directly, Prince Charles said it was a "classic case of not dealing with the problem."

Categories: International News


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