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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


Former SEC football player charged in death of Georgia boy

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a former Southeastern Conference football player with killing a 4-year-old boy.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Army soldier found dead after standoff with SWAT, police

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A soldier was found dead after a standoff with police at a Savannah apartment complex.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It ain't easy: Goats can't resist lure of cheesy Cheetos

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A herd of goats wandering through midtown Savannah were unable to resist the lure of a bag of Cheetos.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal signs autism insurance bill for kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law that includes an insurance coverage requirement for children 6 and under.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Sperm bank responds to accusations it misrepresented donor

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Rubio to speak at Georgia Republicans' state convention

ATLANTA (AP) - Presidential candidate Marco Rubio is slated to address Georgia Republicans at the party's state convention next month.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Principal, teacher accused of grabbing students by the neck

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) - A pair of Spalding County elementary school administrators surrendered to accusations of using excessive physical force against two elementary school students.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Woman accused of making death threats against police online

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A woman accused of making death threats on a social media site against police officers has been put in jail.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Ethics commission picks veteran state attorney as chief exec

ATLANTA (AP) - The newly hired chief executive of Georgia's ethics commission said Tuesday that he will ensure the agency is efficient, non-partisan and resistant to outside pressure.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher will retire at the end of the school year after criticizing President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Roby named interim Commissioner of Veterans Service

Mike Roby, GDVS Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations & Claims, has been named Interim Commissioner of Veterans Service.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Air Force pilot laid to rest at Arlington cemetery

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery almost 50 years after he was killed in Vietnam.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


High school teacher killed in wreck with prom-going teens

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta high school teacher has died after a car crash with two students on their way to her school's prom.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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AP: Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Police: Fla. college student plotted an attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A University of Central Florida student who pulled a dorm fire alarm in the middle of the night had a more sinister plan than sending students scurrying out into the night, authorities said.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Brazil: police puzzle over 7 gift-wrapped skulls

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo are baffled by a macabre puzzle: someone has been leaving gift-wrapped human skulls around town.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Lowest gas price - March 15

The lowest price for regular fuel in Covington is $3.50 at the Shell station, located at 10724 ByPass Road and Monticello Street.

March 15, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


First lady latest whose private info leaked online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first lady and the vice president are among the latest public figures to have their private information posted on a mysterious website, and the Secret Service has joined the investigation into the postings that include documents from people ranging from rapper Jay-Z to the head of the FBI.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. House adopts $40.9 billion spending plan

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that trims many government agencies, but largely insulates public schools from cuts.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Gov. Deal set to announce new school board members

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to announce his selections to replace six suspended DeKalb County Board of Education members.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.

March 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Long-awaited plea is near in Colo theater shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - In the nearly eight months since James Holmes first shuffled into court with vacant eyes and reddish-orange hair, neither he nor his lawyers have said much about how he would plead to charges from the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.

March 12, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Fire destroys Walton County church

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Investigators believe it was an electrical fire that destroyed a church that was being renovated northeast of Atlanta.

March 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries

LONDON (AP) - Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies.

March 11, 2013 | Associated Press | STATE


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


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