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Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks recover most of an early loss, oil gains on Yemen

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were slightly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, having recovered most of their losses from earlier in the day. Investors continued to watch the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia has launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. The price of oil rose.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


The Latest: Experts say crash raises need for 3rd pilot

6:45 p.m. (1745GMT, 1:45 p.m. EDT)

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


US market open lower, pushing losing streak to a 4th day

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are opening modestly lower as the market extends a losing streak to a fourth day.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Payday lenders to face new federal regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bergdahl charges revive questions over prisoner swap

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


From parking lot to cathedral, Richard III is comeback king

LEICESTER, England (AP) - Richard III is England's comeback king.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Latest: Prosecutor says work underway to ID remains

1:19 p.m. (1219 GMT 8:19 EDT)

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House approves Gov. Deal's 'failing schools' amendment

TLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of schools dubbed "chronically failing" on Wednesday, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House committee chair says no vote on autism bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Estimate: Higher tobacco tax could raise $585M

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could raise an extra $585 million by increasing its tobacco taxes, according an analysis by Georgia State University that comes as state leaders seek ways to pay for transportation projects.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


1 dead in 'likely' terror attack in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - At least one gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cafe, killing one man in what authorities called a likely terror attack during a free speech event organized by an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks at record as oil rebound lifts energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks traded at record levels on Friday as the price of oil jumped again, giving a lift to energy stocks.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man charged with having sex with corpse in Georgia mortuary

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a homeless man with performing a sex act on a woman's body at a funeral home in Columbus.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Auburn replacing oaks killed by Alabama fan

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is replacing the Toomer's Corner oak trees that were poisoned by a University of Alabama fan.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


House votes to make expired business tax breaks permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US indexes open slightly higher, hold near record highs

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are inching higher in early trading as traders pore over the latest batch of company earnings reports.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The key players in the Bobbi Kristina Brown saga

ATLANTA (AP) - Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and the only child between Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown, has been hospitalized since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home on Jan. 31.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta police: 785 pairs of panties stolen from store

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a person they believe stole almost 800 pairs of panties from a Victoria's Secret store.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks approach record as technology, energy stocks gain

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose Thursday, climbing close to an all-time high, as technology, materials and energy companies notched big gains.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Whitney Houston's daughter was in traffic wreck

ATLANTA (AP) - Whitney Houston's daughter was involved in a traffic accident that injured two people days before she was hospitalized, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House OKs easier path to diploma despite failing test

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


State Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the House two proposals aimed at cracking down on pimps and others engaged in what lawmakers say is an increasing problem of sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Expedia buying rival Orbitz for about $1.33 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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