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Funeral home mistakenly cremates man; negotiations ongoing

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A family attorney says a former Macon pastor who wanted to be buried in a casket was cremated by mistake.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal to sign Opportunity School District legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he plans to sign legislation Tuesday to allow a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools and set up a statewide vote in 2016 to authorize the move.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Men who stole 39 Wal-Mart iPads could be part of crime ring

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - Police say two men accused of stealing 39 iPads from a Georgia Wal-Mart could be part of a larger crime ring. Last week a couple was accused of stealing 33 iPads valued at more than $15,000 at another Wal-Mart store.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Weather service: 4 twisters confirmed after weekend storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say four tornadoes struck Georgia during recent weekend storms.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Creator of Atlanta's "Ghetto Burger" dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Ann Price, the creator of the world famous Ghetto Burger, has passed away. She was 72.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Savannah female veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former support member of the Tuskegee Airmen has received one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Families upset over veteran cemetery turned into movie set

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Several families are outraged over a decision to turn a cemetery for military veterans into a movie set.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Public Defender: Office plagued by roach infestation, mold

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia school district implements new free meal program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia school district will provide every student with free breakfast and lunch starting next year.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Those puppy eyes can help a dog bond with owner

NEW YORK (AP) - Oh, those puppy eyes.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

ATLANTA (AP) - An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that permits the use of medical marijuana to treat eight serious health problems.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: US moms typically space pregnancies 2½ years apart

NEW YORK (AP) - For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Cafe owner charged with courthouse bomb threats

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County businessman who operates a restaurant on the Marietta Square in suburban Atlanta has been arrested for charges linked to bomb threats at courthouses Tuesday.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ex-sheriff sent to prison in jail beatings case

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A former Wilcox County sheriff, his son and several other people were sentenced to prison Wednesday for beating jail inmates - one of whom had to have his jaw wired shut because of his injuries - and conspiring to cover up the assault.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Grandson, woman accused of killing his grandfather

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A 78-year-old man who had been reported missing was found dead inside his truck outside Atlanta, and his grandson and the suspect's girlfriend now face charges in connection with his killing, police said.

May 09, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Bonus pay for teachers revealed in cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta educators accused of crimes in connection with the school system's cheating scandal earned bonuses that totaled as little as $750 and averaged $2,600.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Chris Kelly of 1990s rap duo Kris Kross dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade's most memorable songs, "Jump," has died at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was 34.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gunshot at rattlesnake leads to school lock down

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A gunshot intended for a rattlesnake led authorities to briefly lock down an elementary school in northeast Georgia.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gary Michael Hilton gets 4 life sentences

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A drifter previously convicted of killing and beheading hikers in Florida and Georgia was sentenced Thursday to four additional life sentences in federal prison for kidnapping and murdering a North Carolina couple in a national forest.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

BOSTON - The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.

April 26, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Former Ga. PTA treasurer charged with theft

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - The former treasurer of a metro Atlanta elementary school's PTA is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the organization and more than $5,800 from another school's booster club.

April 23, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Napolitano: Men of interest seen in bomb video

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the FBI wants to speak with individuals seen in at least one video from the Boston Marathon but says she isn't calling them suspects.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gun control backers: Senate defeat won't stop us

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after the demise of gun control legislation, Senate supporters of the measure vowed to try again, while a leading opponent accused President Barack Obama of taking the "low road" when he harshly criticized lawmakers who voted against key provisions.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Miss. man arrested for mailing suspected ricin

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed "various parties within the government" were trying to ruin his reputation.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Image leads to hunt for Boston bombing suspect

BOSTON (AP) - The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Feds seek suspects, motive in Boston bombings

BOSTON (AP) - The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world's most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Official angered by story on 'state secrets' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Emails show that a Georgia juvenile justice official was angered by a writer's coverage of a bill that would keep some reports of problems in juvenile lockups secret, and she worried that news coverage could derail the legislation.

April 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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