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New test to cause spike in illness cases in kids

NEW YORK (AP) - For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ebola screening starts Thursday at 4 US airports

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South

ATLANTA (AP) - A severe storm system roughed up much of the South for a second day Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands as it snarled morning commutes and kept many under a tornado watch.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Rent-to-own business to pay $28 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California attorney general has announced a $28 million settlement with a furniture and computer rental business that allegedly violated consumer protection and privacy laws.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Early voting begins in Georgia's high-stakes races

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters have begun casting their ballots in Georgia's competitive races for U.S. Senate and governor.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Storms to bring potential tornadoes, heavy rain

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters expect damaging winds of up to 60 mph as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moves across Georgia late Monday/early Tuesday.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


At 90, Jimmy Carter is back campaigning in Georgia

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - It's been more than four decades since Jimmy Carter campaigned across Georgia and asked voters to make him governor.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


In Ga. Senate, Nunn to report raising $4 million

TLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is set to report raising just over $4 million in the last three months, her strongest quarter to date as she battles Republican businessman David Perdue for Georgia's open Senate seat.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


No. 13 Georgia's Gurley suspended indefinitely

TLANTA (AP) - Todd Gurley was emerging as the clear favorite in the Heisman Trophy race, a running back who already produced plenty of signature moments with his myriad talents.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Jurors to resume deliberations in county CEO trial

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Jurors who have been arguing among themselves are expected to resume deliberations in the trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


UGA suspends RB Gurley indefinitely

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely on Thursday while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah police want 360 body cameras

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Metro Savannah police are proposing a plan to obtain 360 body cameras, enough to outfit all of its patrol and traffic officers with the technology.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Nunn, Perdue on the attack in rowdy Senate debate

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue accused each other of offering false hope to voters during a rowdy debate Tuesday, arguing their opponent will not be able to advance anything if elected to Georgia's open Senate seat.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Americans living longer as most death rates fall

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Forecasters confirm EF1 tornado in northwest Ga.

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in northwest Georgia.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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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


Falcons release 3 key players

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons started their youth movement Friday by ditching three key players from the most successful era in franchise history.

March 01, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. couple gets 15 years in alleged abuse case

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple accused of confining their teenage son to a bedroom for years with little food has been sentence to serve 15 years in prison.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Organizers cancel this year's Redneck Games

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of the Redneck Games, a Georgia festival that includes competitions such as toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops, say this summer's event is being canceled.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Goodbye, red shoes

The red shoes are being retired.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Senate Democrats, GOP to stage votes on rival cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.

February 28, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling tears, the father of one of the first-graders slain at the December elementary school massacre in Connecticut pleaded with senators on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the gun that killed his 6-year-old son.

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. braces for federal cuts, but effect unknown

ATLANTA (AP) - Amid heated national rhetoric over widespread federal budget cuts that could begin Friday, Georgia political and business leaders say they're bracing for the so-called sequester but don't know exactly what the consequences would be.

February 27, 2013 | Staff Report | STATE


Court takes up question of arrestee DNA sampling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA from those arrested, but not convicted, in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Capt. Kirk's 'Vulcan' top name for new Pluto moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - "Star Trek" fans, rejoice.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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