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Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

THENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia teacher accused of letting students have sex

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


It's not an ostrich: Emu causes highway traffic jam

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


University board backs plan to prevent sexual violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state university system plans to set specific training requirements for students and staff and create new positions in hopes of preventing sexual violence at its 30 schools.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


NTSB: Pilot reported problem before fatal crash into freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - Seconds before slamming into a metro Atlanta freeway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was struggling to gain altitude, authorities said.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Clarification: Michael's Law story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story May 17, The Associated Press reported that a new Georgia law prevents anyone younger than 21 from entering a bar, defined as a business with more than 75 percent of its revenue from sales of alcohol to be consumed at that location. The story should have specified that the law allows people younger than 21 in a bar if accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse older than 21 or to attend a live concert requiring a paid ticket.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


About 270 tickets written in Ga under "slow poke" law

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia State Patrol says officers have written about 270 tickets under a law that makes it illegal to block faster drivers in the left-hand lane.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


More than 20 suspects arrested in child sex sting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they arrested more than 20 people in a weekend operation aimed at curbing the exploitation of children.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Busy spring puts state ports on track for record fiscal year

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year following a busy spring in which East Coast ports benefited from a West Coast labor dispute.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Deal appoints members to medical marijuana study group

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed 11 members of a new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Tybee Island puts off vote on banning plastic bags

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island officials have delayed a vote on preventing local retailers from using plastic bags.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia Republicans gather, hear from presidential hopefuls

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republicans will hear from three White House hopefuls as the party gathers for its annual convention.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Cats, dogs, squirrel and tortoise taken from coastal GA home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police in coastal Georgia say they're investigating a couple that had been keeping dogs, cats, a squirrel and a tortoise in their house.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Braves LHP Minor out for season after shoulder surgery

ATLANTA (AP) - Braves left-hander Mike Minor will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


Atlanta suspends ad campaign advising not to run from police

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta officials are suspending an advertising campaign telling people not to run from police after complaints from the City Council.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE


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Insurance official offers cold weather damage tips

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner says homeowners may be able to get financial help through their homeowners' policies if their homes are damaged by cold weather.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Freeze warning covers much of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued freeze warnings for much of northern, central and western Georgia as the coldest weather so far this season blows into the state.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


CDC: E-cigarette use rising in high school kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say high schools students' use of electronic cigarettes tripled over three years.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Black Democrats bemoan decision to run from Obama

ATLANTA (AP) - Some black political leaders think Democratic candidates who distanced themselves from President Barack Obama sapped enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party's base.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Sen. Isakson to formally announce re-election bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson will be announcing plans next week to run for a third term with a special event at the state Capitol.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Massachusetts school demos 'active shooter' system

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts school and police officials have unveiled a new system that can detect and track a gunman if the threat ever strikes.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts

NEW YORK (AP) - Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Georgia's Gurley returns from 4-game suspension

Todd Gurley was a leading Heisman Trophy contender before his four-game suspension. Now that he's returning for No. 16 Georgia against No. 9 Auburn this week, it's no lock he'll even be a starter.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Temperatures to plummet into 20s in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - A blast of wintry weather is expected to dive south into Georgia, dropping temperatures into the 20s in parts of north Georgia.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Home Depot: Hackers also stole 53M email addresses

NEW YORK (AP) - Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers' card data, Home Depot said Thursday.

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


GDOT using Bluetooth to determine traffic patterns

ATLANTA (AP) - State transportation officials are planning to use Bluetooth to provide real-time traffic information in one busy metro Atlanta area.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Vaccine spray may not work for swine flu in kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Ga. October net tax revenue totals $1.55 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia collected $1.55 billion in net taxes in October, an increase of roughly $87 million from October of 2013.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


Former adult businesses find new life as church

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - When members of the Athens Link Fellowship went through their newly-purchased Baxter Street building, certain details stood out.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE


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