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Student, 9, Escapes Attempted Abduction

Police are searching for the male suspect

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy was walking to Popp's Ferry Elementary School in Biloxi, Miss., around 7am Monday when a man tried to force him into his truck, reports the Clarion-Ledger . Miraculously, the boy was able to escape, run to the school, and tell a teacher what happened; police are now... More »

Biloxi Running 'Debtors Prison From the Dark Ages': ACLU

Class-action lawsuit says Miss. city is shaking down poverty-stricken residents

(Newser) - Debtors prisons are supposedly a thing of the distant past —except in Biloxi, Miss. That's according to a class-action lawsuit filed against the city, its police department, the courts, and a private probation company, alleging these agencies have conspired to threaten poor residents into paying up to avoid... More »

New BP CEO Proposes 'Scaleback' in Cleanup

Surface skimmers less necessary now: Dudley

(Newser) - BP's incoming CEO said today it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but stressed the commitment to make things right is the same as ever. Tens of thousands of people—many of them idled fishermen—have been involved... More »

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