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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville aldermen are rolling back a decision that would have allowed city employees to buy health insurance coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner.

Aldermen Tuesday voted 4-2, with one abstention, to limit that benefit to people whom Mississippi considers legally married.

Mayor Parker Wiseman is telling council members that he intends to veto the decision.

The world economy is going through a rough patch, yet the world's billionaire population is at an all-time high. A new survey shows that 155 billionaires were minted this year, pushing the total population to a record 2,325 – a 7 percent increase from 2013. Credit goes to the United States – home to the most billionaires globally – where 57 new billionaires were recorded this year, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 released on Wednesday.

Trending: A hunter's call and a human balloon
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:30

While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped. Here's what's trending today.

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A hunter's call receives chilling response

Deep in the woods, a hunter unleashes a piercing coyote call. He receives a blood-chilling response.

His call lights up the wilderness, receiving dozens of howling and yapping responders.

A human balloon?

It's a video so bizarre, we had to share.

A new viral YouTube video has already received thousands of views as a British man living in Japan documents his encounters on YouTube.

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes lost further ground to cheaper store-branded foods amid rising demand for alternative breakfast options.

The company's shares fell as much as 5 percent to $50.50 before the bell on Wednesday.

General Mills said sales at its U.S. retail business, which sells brands such as Green Giant canned and frozen vegetables and Progresso soup, fell 5 percent in the first quarter ended Aug.

Wall St to open flat, eyes on Fed statement
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:30

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

* The S&P posted its best performance in a month Tuesday and the Dow industrials set a record intraday high amid wavering expectations regarding the Fed's stance.

* The Fed is expected to offer fresh indications on how soon it plans to begin lifting interest rates as it prepares for a shift in stance after years of easy monetary policy.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.

Known as "red tide," this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly every year off Florida, but large blooms can be particularly devastating. Right now, the algae is collecting in an area about 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, about 5 to 15 miles off St.

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    Soul singer Patti LaBelle arrives at the federal courthouse for jury selection Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Houston. A former West Point cadet is suing LaBelle saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal in 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) (The Associated Press)

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    Soul singer Patti LaBelle arrives at the federal courthouse for jury selection Tuesday, Sept.

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Cast members Will Patton, Drew Roy, Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle from the television series "Falling Skies" pose during the Turner Broadcasting Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 6, 2011. REUTERS

A Teamsters security guard was killed Monday night outside of Vancouver on TNTs sci-fi drama "Falling Skies" when he was struck by an unattended truck that rolled down a hill and pinned him against a tree.

The FBI said Tuesday that it would join the search for the University of Virginia student who vanished early Sunday morning walking home from a party.

Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, a second-year student, was reportedly last seen inside an off-campus apartment complex in Charlottesville, just before midnight. About an hour after she left the party, she sent the message, WTKR.com reported. She was not heard from again.

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