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Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

May. 12, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media. Liu Xiaoming, who recently stepped down as China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, is one of the party’s most...

The Latest: Utility regulator shares discredited theories

May. 08, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX — An elected Arizona utility regulator has shared discredited conspiracy theories while trying to persuade energy and power providers not to require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Arizona Republic reports that Arizona Corporation Commission...

Group seeks safety improvements to north Mississippi highway

May. 07, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in north Mississippi say they will ask Gov. Tate Reeves and lawmakers for help improving the safety along state Highway 7, which runs through their communities. The Oxford Eagle reported that the Coalition for a Safer Seven is made up of...

Habitat's CEO challenges Ole Miss grads to pursue purpose

May. 01, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International on Saturday challenged University of Mississippi graduates to “pursue purpose, and not just success” as their collegiate careers end and they enter their varied professions. ...

Obama makes virtual visit for Independent Bookstore Day

May. 01, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A former President of the United States visited Square Books – virtually – last week. Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated on April 24, is a one-day national celebration of independent bookstores and the invaluable services they provide to...

Mississippi man pleads guilty to shooting protected eagle

Apr. 29, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of shooting a protected bald eagle. Timothy Lee Childers, 69, of Aberdeen, entered the guilty plea Wednesday in federal court in Oxford, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S....

Mississippi school district's superintendent to retire

Apr. 27, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A school district in Mississippi is looking for a replacement for its superintendent. After nearly 20 years of service, Lafayette County School District Superintendent Dr. Adam Pugh announced his retirement last week. Pugh said he filed his...

Catherine Pierce named new Mississippi poet laureate

Apr. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new poet laureate is a professor and published author. Gov. Tate Reeves and his wife, Elee, named Catherine Pierce of Starkville to the literary post for the next four years. “We are confident Dr. Pierce will...

Oxford police report 7 overdose deaths since new year

Apr. 19, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A county in north Mississippi is reporting an increase in drug activity and overdose deaths that is alarming law enforcement. The Oxford Eagle reports that 10 people have died from drug overdoses in the last six months in the...

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

Apr. 14, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine insisting the 27-nation bloc had to go with companies that had shown their value in the pandemic. ...