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Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton owns Heritage in season opener

If cheering was the contest that counted then Heritage was easily the victor, but it didn't. Neither did the many entertaining dance-offs between the fans of the two schools, but what did count was the Ws for both the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams.

November 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

How the Dow Jones industrials did on Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower on Wednesday, declining for the first time this week and edging below record highs set the day before. Investors found little new to trade on in the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lady Rams practice at Philips Arena

On Tuesday, the Newton Lady Rams held a practice at Philips Arena. The players got to practice on the Atlanta Hawks' homecourt and also attended the Hawks/Lakers game that night. The team was able to be on the court at halftime and rebound for the players.

November 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

NBC scraps Cosby television project

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama signs bill to revamp federal child care aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Health system reveals hospital gown to cover rears

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-based health system is rolling out a new patient gown that aims to offer a little more style, comfort and rear coverage.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC Live Stream November 18th, 2014

November 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

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TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A television reporter revealed during a live on-air segment that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug ahead of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of pot in Alaska.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Man gets 5 years for restroom recordings in Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The Cobb County district attorney says a man is going to prison for secretly videotaping women in restrooms at two of his salons.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Braves fire GM Frank Wren

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves fired general manager Frank Wren on Monday, less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the NL playoff race.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

White House security changes weighed

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is "obviously concerned" about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks open lower as China weighs on markets

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower on Monday amid concerns over China's economy. Silver fell again, dropping to its lowest level in over four years.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. agency says photo IDs will cost $7.7 million

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials expect adding photos to food stamp cards will cost Georgia more than $7.7 million next year.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Developer seeks rezoning for Norcross move studio

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) - A developer is seeking permission to build an estimated $1 billion move studio campus in Norcross.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Queen for a day: Eastside's homecoming

Eastside senior Shanila White was named the Eagles' Homecoming Queen at Friday night's game against Jonesboro.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

An improved Sunday edition

We are excited about our new Sunday package, which will be delivered early Sunday morning by our experienced carrier force.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle annexes Newton land

Newton County and Social Circle have always been close next-door neighbors, but now they are in each other's front yards. That's right, Newton County now has a little bit of a sixth city within its boundaries.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Jailer arrested for sexual assault

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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