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Bipartisan compromise will be needed during Congress’ upcoming lame-duck session to avert the “fiscal cliff” in early January. That’s when major tax increases and spending cuts will be triggered unless lawmakers head them off.

MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss integrator troubled by protest

BAY ST. LOUIS — The man who integrated the University of Mississippi says he is troubled and confused by protest there against President Obama’s re-election.

But James Meredith tells WLOX-TV students shouldn’t get sidetracked by what he calls nonsense and foolishness.

A protest late Tuesday grew into a crowd of about 400 people as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Some people shouted racial slurs. Others yelled the school cheer, “Hotty toddy.”

Mr. Meredith’s admission in 1962 sparked riots that had to be quelled by the military and police.

Mr. Meredith said Saturday that he was reviled every day he attended Ole Miss, but he paid it no attention.

He said that if he had an objection, it was with state leaders who created unjust policies.

From wire dispatches and staff reports