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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Angels pick killed in argument over candy

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - A former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Bolden, was killed in an argument that started over candy.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Whales returning to Georgia to give birth

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The first right whale sighting of the season was a twofer.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Dalton police officer faces child molestation charge

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - A Dalton police officer hired earlier this year is facing a child molestation charge after a girl accused him of fondling her while he was off-duty.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-Cub Scout leader sent to prison in child molestation case

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former Cub Scout leader in suburban Atlanta has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child molestation in a case authorities say involved more than a dozen children.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA paid more than $40,000 for Gurley's legal help

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia paid an attorney more than $40,000 to represent Todd Gurley while he sought reinstatement from the NCAA after he was suspended for accepting money for autographs.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Country artist headlines Gov. Deal inaugural gala

ATLANTA (AP) - Country music artist Alan Jackson will headline the Jan. 15 Inaugural Gala as part of the kickoff to Gov. Nathan Deal's second term in office.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT restricting lane closures during holidays

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials say they're restricting lane closures on interstates and major state routes to accommodate for increased traffic during upcoming holidays.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2 percent.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

ATLANTA (AP) - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official is warning of the dangers of powdered pure caffeine after the deaths of a Georgia man and an Ohio teenager.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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Woman makes history by joining confederate group

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The weather may have been gloomy in Savannah on Dec. 14, but Georgia Benton was all smiles as she was inducted into the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. Sen. Balfour acquitted of ethics charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury on Thursday acquitted a state lawmaker accused of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement from the state and will return to his Senate duties.

December 20, 2013 | KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | STATE


Ga. among 6 states getting early learning grants

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state is expecting to receive more than $50 million in federal education grants over the next four years.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US Rep. Kingston defending school lunch idea

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Long term jobless benefits to expire

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say extended federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed in Georgia will expire soon without congressional intervention.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Governor to review digital learning proposals

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says his office is going to review a task force's recommendations to use digitally-based programs to improve student achievement.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

TLANTA (AP) - On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. jobless rate drops to lowest mark in 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest mark since November 2008.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Semi overturns, spilling holiday hams on I-85 ramp

ATLANTA (AP) - The latest wreck on a metro Atlanta freeway system that features names such as Spaghetti Junction, Peach Passes and HOT lanes involved a ham jam.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


GBI investigates nude photos of Georgia teens

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - State agents are investigating social media accounts where nude photos of metro Atlanta teenagers are being shared.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. school district approves rifles for officers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A north Georgia school board has approved a measure allowing some resource officers to carry long-range rifles.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


South Georgia girl left on school bus for 6 hours

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia bus driver has been placed on administrative leave after a 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus for six hours.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police probe claim about odd calendar crime

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say they're investigating a claim of responsibility for an unusual heist of $2,000 worth of 2014 calendars -- including many that featured scantily clad women -- from a Mall of Georgia kiosk.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Teacher knocked unconscious at Atlanta high school

ATLANTA (AP) - Three students are facing criminal charges after a teacher was knocked unconscious during a classroom disturbance at an Atlanta high school.

December 17, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Jury selection begins in trial of Georgia lawmaker

ATLANTA (AP) - Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of a Georgia state lawmaker.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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