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Gov. Deal signs bill making fireworks sales legal in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday legalizing the sale of fireworks in Georgia.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff calls woman's shooting tragic accident

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta sheriff who shot and critically injured a woman says that the victim is a dear friend and that he's been focused on her family since the shooting.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs child welfare reform into law

ATLANTA (AP) - A bill streamlining Georgia's child welfare system has been signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs bills cracking down on child sex trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation aimed at cracking down on the sexual exploitation of children.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Man receives probation for sending nudes to 12-year-old girl

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - A Monroe man won't receive jail time for sending nude pictures to an underage girl, but will see probation.

May 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons sign former Titans fullback Collin Mooney

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia city to remove Christian flag flying over city hall

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over city hall.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal signs $900 million transportation package into law

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a new $900 million transportation bill into law, including changes to the state's gas taxes and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia sheriff accused of shooting woman in Atlanta suburb

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area sheriff who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville.

May 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzling money

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Emory University employee has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after she was accused of embezzling more than $317,000 in student fees and tuition over a two-year period.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police kill woman who fired at them from inside patrol car

ATLANTA (AP) - Police officers in Atlanta fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car Thursday, authorities said.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Falcons may look for running back on 2nd day of NFL draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons may try to address a glaring need at running back in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs duel enrollment bills to boost workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills into law Thursday that remove barriers to dual enrollment participation both for students with dim hopes or plans of attending college and also for high school youngsters who want to earn college credits before being handed their diplomas.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Police charge woman hit by train with public intoxication

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman is facing three charges after being hit by a freight train in southwest Atlanta.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sentences cut for 3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the city's standardized test cheating trial.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Man charged with raping toddler is sex offender

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man who has been charged with killing an elderly Alaska couple and raping their 2-year-old great-granddaughter is a registered sex offender convicted of breaking into a home and assaulting an 11-year-old girl four years ago.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Passengers returning to US after cruise ship fire

BALTIMORE (AP) - For the second time this year, a fire at sea has aborted a cruise ship's voyage. This time, aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and the ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on Tuesday after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Much of Red Cross fund for Sandy aid still unspent

NEW YORK (AP) - Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, the Red Cross still hasn't spent more than a third of the $303 million it raised to assist victims of the storm, a strategy the organization says will help address needs that weren't immediately apparent in the disaster's wake.

May 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


DeKalb moves commencements from religious settings

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - None of the DeKalb County school system's commencement ceremonies will take place in places of worship this year in response to parent complaints.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Legal woes piling up for GA Democratic Party chair

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.

May 24, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Man who killed wife, self also raped teen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A felon who police say shot himself to death after fatally beating his pregnant wife also raped a 15-year-old girl the same day.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Death of Ga. infant under investigation

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a couple has been arrested after a 4-month-old girl in their care was found unresponsive.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds investigate after plane parts land on GA home

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747 on approach to Atlanta's airport lost parts from its right wing that landed on a woman's house in Clayton County.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

DENVER (AP) - In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

May 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

May 14, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Film crews transform Atlanta into vintage New York

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of downtown Atlanta has been transformed into a movie set designed to look like New York City as it appeared more than three decades ago.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Man charged in case of missing Ga. college student

COCHRAN, Ga. (AP) - A teenager has been apprehended and charged with murder in the case of a MiddleGeorgia State College student missing for more than two weeks, authorities said.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Accused serial rapist apprehended outside Atlanta

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - A man accused of raping at least five women inside a vacant apartment outside Atlanta is facing several charges.

May 10, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Arias says in interview that she wants death

PHOENIX (AP) - The jury has rendered its verdict - Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder - but the trial is far from finished.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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