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Senate OKs 4-month delay to digital TV changeover

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 - setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as Tuesday.

Monday's Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay amid growing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently scheduled Feb. 17 changeover.

January 27, 2009 | Joelle Tessler Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Successor chosen for Clinton's Senate seat

ALBANY, New York - Gov. David Paterson has picked Democratic U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant U.S. Senate seat, an aide to the governor said early Friday, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly withdrew from consideration.

January 23, 2009 | By Michael Gormley Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Obama signs order to close Guantanamo in a year

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects Thursday, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, shut down secret overseas CIA prisons, review military war crimes trials and ban the harshest interrogation methods.

January 22, 2009 | By Ben Feller Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Ga. unemployment rate hits 8.1 percent in December

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate shot to 8.1 percent in December, the highest rate reported since March 1983.

January 22, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Obama institutes ethics rules, freezes salaries

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's first public act in office Wednesday was to institute new limits on lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil.

January 21, 2009 | Jennifer Lovin Associated Press White House Correspondent | AP Top Stories

Crowds pack frigid Mall for Obama's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braving frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of hundreds of thousands packed the National Mall on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as America's first black president. He grasps the reins of power in a high-noon ceremony amid grave economic worries and high expectations.

It was the first change of administrations since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Crowds filled the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol for a glimpse of the proceedings and, in the words of many, simply "to be here."

January 20, 2009 | TERENCE HUNT Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

More peanut butter products recalled in US

WASHINGTON - What began as an investigation of peanut butter shipped to U.S. nursing homes and cafeterias has broadened with the Kellogg Co. recalling 16 products and federal officials confirming salmonella contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies.

January 17, 2009 | Hope Yen Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Senate approves release of unspent bailout funds

A divided Senate has approved President-elect Barack Obama's request for $350 billion in unspent financial bailout funds.

The 52-42 vote releases the money in the midst of rising foreclosures and a worsening climate for the nation's banks. It marked Obama's first legislative victory, days before he assumes office. The vote came amid strong opposition from critics of how the first $350 billion has been spent.

January 16, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

US Airways plane goes down in Hudson River

NEW YORK (AP) - A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after striking a bird that disabled two engines, sending 150 on board scrambling onto rescue boats, authorities say. No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport enroute to Charlotte, N.C., when the crash occurred in the river near 48th Street in midtown Manhattan.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories

Salmonella outbreak in 42 states

ATLANTA - Federal officials have not yet identified the cause of a salmonella outbreak striking almost 400 people in 42 states, but state officials in Minnesota said Friday they believe peanut butter may be involved.

January 10, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Retailers report dismal December sales

NEW YORK - Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating economy.

January 08, 2009 | By Anne D'Innocenzio Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Wind advisory in effect

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 7 p.m. EST this evening for north and central Georgia.

January 07, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Cocoa products that may contain melamine recalled

ATLANTA - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is warning residents that three G&J cocoa products packaged for Christmas sale are being recalled because they may contain the industrial chemical melamine.

January 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Multi-state Mega Millions winner picks correct numbers

ATLANTA - A single winner has taken the $46 million jackpot from the latest drawing of the multistate Mega Millions lottery.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

State's population increase may add up to a seat in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Southern and western states are poised to snatch more congressional seats from the rest of the country as Americans pursue open spaces and warmer climates.

January 03, 2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press | AP Top Stories

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