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Ga. Senate Majority Caucus elects leaders for 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate Majority Caucus has selected six Republican lawmakers to serve as the group's leaders for the 2015 legislative session.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama is firm but vague on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he plans to help immigrants living illegally in the United States "get legal" without any action from Congress. And he promises to curb a system that he describes as deporting immigrants improperly. But the White House is vague about the changes the president is expected to announce soon.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

S&P 500 ekes out record; DreamWorks sinks

Despite a day of mostly listless trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to notch another all-time high.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Cooking with Melanie: Bacon and Beans

"Who doesn't love bacon? This is a great way to get your teens to eat their greens. These green beans wrapped in bacon will be a nice addition to your family feast. Thanksgiving guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve these fancy looking green beans instead of plain old boring green beans. I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. It is one of my family's favorites and hopefully your family will love it too!"

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie

Elections should not be decided by campaign spending

The AJC reported in a Nov. 3 article that Michelle Nunn spent over $13.1 million on her campaign while David Perdue spent $11.4 million. Outside interests spent $28.4 million on the senate race. In the governor's race Nathan Deal spent $14.2 million and Jason Carter spent $7.8 million.

November 17, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIVING

Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Our dreams may come true in ways we never expected

I was born and grew up in Athens, Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Cosby clarifies statement on rape accusations

NEW YORK (AP) - A blanket denial from Bill Cosby's lawyer dismissing allegations of sexual abuse by the comedian against several women has been clarified with a subsequent statement.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders - known for his work on education and as a prominent member of the state's legal community - has died at age 89.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Braves trade Jason Heyward

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Mary Catchings Crudup

Mary Catchings Crudup, 82, of Covington, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born September 16, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest child of Elise Browne Catchings and Thomas Franklin Catchings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Franklin Catchings, and sister, Elise Catchings Rouprich, and is survived by her husband, Edward A. Crudup, Jr., of Covington and two daughters, Anne Bristowe Crudup, of Covington, and Emily Crudup Cameron (Allen), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grandchildren, Seth McDougald Cameron and Harold Phillips Cameron.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Georgia lawmaker files early medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

CHICAGO (AP) - Drugmaker Merck & Co. says its cholesterol-lowering medicine ezetimibe met its main goal in a study testing whether adding it to an older type of cholesterol medicine could reduce heart risks. The drug is sold as Zetia and in combination with the statin drug Zocor as Vytorin.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Cov parents cited for Conyers curfew

More citations had to be given to parents and guardians from Newton County for their children violating Conyers' underage curfew law over the weekend.

September 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NutraSweet to stop making aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame and instead concentrate on more profitable sweeteners.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Algerian extremists behead French hostage

RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained Wednesday by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama to address UN amid new strikes

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Governor's race drives spending in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A new national report has found that political spending on television ads for Georgia state offices is down from four years ago.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Wal-Mart launching mobile checking account

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart is launching a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate some of the fees charged by banks.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

3 and out

Midway through the season, Eastside football sits at a comfortable 2-2. One fumble in overtime might have propelled them to 3-1, but that's something we'll never know. What we do know is, the Eagles have five games left, all against region opponents with a combined record of 12-7.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Alcovy remains undefeated in region

In softball and baseball in the box score 'K' stands for strikeout, in the Alcovy vs. Rockdale game it stood for Kalia Johnson. Standing strong at 13-2, and an undefeated 7-0 in region play, the Alcovy softball team showed no mercy against Rockdale (4-11, 1-5 Region 2-AAAAAA) run-ruling them 9-0 after five innings as Johnson threw seven K's.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Ciara Bryan: Newton Athlete of the week

The Covington News has chosen Ciara Bryan as Newton High School's athlete of the week. Bryan plays shortstop for the Lady Rams. For the week of September 15, the Lady Rams went 2-0 in the region and Bryan helped by accumulating seven hits and two home runs.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

It's fall (pumpkin) season

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to break out the costumes and spider webs and rake up those colorful leaves. But what is any season without its annual themed drinks and desserts?

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

National Farm week applies to you too

The weather is changing… finally.

September 23, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

Porterdale PD adds new officer

A small-town police department just got a little bigger.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

Flying with Laughter

Arranging an interview quickly turns into something even more exciting when the veteran suggests, "Let's just fire up the old Stearman and fly down to Peach State Aerodrome for lunch at Barnstormer's Grill. Then we can fly back for an interview at my house." Needless to say, nobody had to twist my arm.

September 23, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Thinning out the alternatives for Jekyll Islander

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

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