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Clergy speak out on 'religious freedom' bill proposed in GA

ATLANTA (AP) - Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

cRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Stars of Bigfoot show search for Savannah-area Sasquatches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The stars of the TV reality show "Finding Bigfoot" are hunting for the beast in woods and swamps near Savannah.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution on three previous occasions is set to die once again.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ice possible in higher elevations of Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say light snow and black ice will be possible in higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains as a winter storm system moves toward the east coast.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Couple is missing after long drive to meet Craigslist seller

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia couple is missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have resolved one of two legal disputes dividing them.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia inmates to wear hot-pink uniforms

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates.

January 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man shot at Sonic drive-in dies; teen charged with murder

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say an attempted robbery suspect shot by a customer at a Sonic drive-in near Atlanta has died, prompting authorities to charge a teenager with murder.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

March 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


US citing security to censor more public records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored or withheld for reasons of national security the files that the public requested last year under the Freedom of Information Act more often than at any time since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press.

March 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Hot chicks: At 60, Peeps more popular than ever

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with - what else? - Peeps.

March 08, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. lawmakers back expanded gun carrying rights

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have backed legislation that would allow Georgia residents to carry guns in more places and arm school employees.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Facebook adds more personal touches to News Feed

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook is trying to breathe new life into its social network with a redesign of its News Feed.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


400-plus candidates apply for DeKalb school board

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 400 people have applied for positions on the beleaguered DeKalb County school board after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal removed two-thirds of its members.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


More gun laws = fewer deaths, 50-state study says

CHICAGO (AP) - States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


$7,000 in lost cash recovered at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - An Alabama foot doctor said he is grateful for the honesty of a part-time parking cashier at Atlanta's airport, who found $7,000 in cash on the curb outside the international terminal and promptly turned it in.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) - Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Dukes of Hazzard reunion could be big draw

BYRON, Ga. (AP) - The upcoming "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion in Byron is beginning to have the makings of a countrified Woodstock.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Judge won't halt school board members' removal

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge on Monday allowed the Georgia governor's removal of two-thirds of the school board members in a suburban Atlanta school district to move forward, although legal questions remain.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Casey Anthony speaks at bankruptcy hearing

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony says she doesn't pay rent or utilities and is living off the kindness of others.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

WASHINGTON (AP) - A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

March 04, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bill seeks to protect Ga. youth from concussions

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly approved legislation would require that young athletes in Georgia who show the symptoms of a concussion be pulled from games and reviewed by medical professionals.

March 01, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former postal employees guilty of stealing millions in U.S. Treasury checks

ATLANTA – Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to stealing over 1,300 U.S. Treasury checks worth more than $2.8 million, while employed as a supervisor at an Atlanta mail distribution facility. He also admitted to conspiring with another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville, Georgia, at the same facility to steal and cash additional checks.

March 01, 2013 | Staff Report | STATE


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