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Covington woman shoplifts with children

A Covington woman was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a retail store with the assistance of her two juvenile sons.

March 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

: Ex-superintendent charged in cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time in 15 years

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, with a White House task force recommending independent outside investigations when police use deadly force.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

L.A. police kill man in struggle captured on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

March 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man dead, woman critically injured in shootings near Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a man is dead and a woman is being treated for critical injuries after a double shooting at a home inside a gated community.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

America's first war on terror

Ecclesiastes 3 - "To everything there is a season….and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:8 – "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

March 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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30 years later, Cabbage Patch Kids still have fans

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Standing in a loose circle with one hand raised, a group of about five dozen adults recited an oath to be the best adoptive parent in the world. Then, when the word was given, they scrambled around the room to find the perfect baby.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Severe storms possible just before Christmas across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say the potential for severe thunderstorms will be greatest Tuesday in parts of western and south Georgia -- an area south and west of Macon that includes the Columbus area.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

NEW YORK (AP) - If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

New York police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the final act in a rampage that began when he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore, then made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

OWSON, Md. (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Strong storms possible on Christmas Eve across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a suspect who at times during a standoff in southern DeKalb County fired on officers and civilians has been killed.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Police departments on alert after cop killings

NEW YORK (AP) - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL

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