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Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years

Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, the businessman-turned-politician who became the worldwide face of the city after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. Nagin, 58, was…

Obama admin: We believe we will stem immigrant tide

AP – Obama administration officials defended their response to the immigration crisis on the Southwest border Wednesday and pledged to get control of the flood of unaccompanied children arriving from…

Chicago White Sox accidentally turn rainy game into Klan rally

Chicago White Sox accidentally turn rainy game into Klan rally

Look, we get it. The Chicago White Sox wear white uniforms. The Chicago White Sox care about their fans, who will sit through rain and snow and sleet to watch…

Ford issues 6 recalls affecting 100,600 vehicles

Ford issues 6 recalls affecting 100,600 vehicles

Ford is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America for various safety defects. The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the…

GM fighting brake line recall

GM fighting brake line recall

General Motors, which has recalled nearly 29 million cars globally so far this year, is pushing back against critics clamoring that it should recall another 6 million pickups and SUVs…

AP News : Government made $100B in improper payments

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them – tax credits to families…

Honda expands recall by up to 1 million cars

Honda expands recall by up to 1 million cars

The single shrapnel-spewing deployment of an air bag in an old Accord has led Honda to expand its recall by 500,000 to 1 million vehicles. The expansion is limited to…

Iraq says ‘terrorists’ seize former chemical weapons facility

Iraq says ‘terrorists’ seize former chemical weapons facility

Iraq said the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent…

Teen sex trafficking spreading to Coweta

Teenage girls are being prostituted in Coweta County. “Four girls I’ve found at exit 41 so far,” said Tim Taylor, president of operations for the Metro Atlanta Human Trafficking Task…

Hispanic population surging across Middle Georgia

Hispanic population surging across Middle Georgia

Paulina Medina moved from Mexico to Warner Robins about 14 years ago, and she doesn’t think she’ll move back. Now 24, she’s studying early childhood education so she can help…

Study: Home Depot plants contain pesticide linked to honeybee deaths

Study: Home Depot plants contain pesticide linked to honeybee deaths

A new study by environmental group Friends of the Earth that tested plants purchased at 15 Home Depot stores in the United States for neonicotinoid, a pesticide linked to deaths…

Georgia law doesn’t allow powerful fireworks

Georgia law doesn’t allow powerful fireworks

Donna Gray’s husband worked for two decades as a naval explosive ordnance disposal technician, but Wednesday the most powerful fireworks she could buy shoots only six feet in the air.…

PSC gives up on cellphone fee for low-income customers

The Georgia Public Service Commission is planning to abandon an initiative imposing a $5 monthly fee on low-income Georgians for basic cellphones provided through a federal program. Commissioners voted unanimously…

Hurricane warning for swath of North Carolina

Hurricane warning for swath of North Carolina

Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for a large swath of the North Carolina coast as Tropical Storm Arthur moves northward. The warning was issued Wednesday for Surf City north…

Latest cyber security bill riddled with Net neutrality loopholes

The latest cyber security information sharing bill being considered in the Senate strikes many as overly broad and in need of revision. In fact, say some it’s worded vaguely enough…

Ga. students struggle on algebra, geometry tests

Georgia students continue to struggle with tougher math exams. State education officials released the results on Wednesday. About 65 percent of Georgia students didn’t meet state standards for analytic geometry…

Donor among appointments to Georgia transportation funding committee

The Georgia Senate has begun making appointments to a committee charged with recommending ways around the state’s transportation funding challenges. Among possibilities as new revenue sources are a fractional sales…

New ‘Albany Hose’ lighter and efficient firefighting tool

New ‘Albany Hose’ lighter and efficient firefighting tool

How often do we think about fire hose? If the worst should happen, it can help us save our homes, businesses — and even our lives, and yet we hardly…

Federal RICO case in Bibb nets 16 arrests, warrants for six more

Federal RICO case in Bibb nets 16 arrests, warrants for six more

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, working with the U.S. Secret Service, IRS and other federal officials, obtained 22 arrest warrants and two search warrants in a wide-ranging criminal investigation that…

Graco recalls buckles used on 1.9 million infant car seats

Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid Inc.’s Graco announced July 1 it is recalling harness buckles used on approximately 1.9 million infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. Some consumers…

Popping the cap on Georgia’s craft brew industry

The brewing and distillery industries are exploding, but without new legislation, innovation and economic development could be stifled across Georgia. Walk into any restaurant in the state, and most likely…

Film, TV representatives say they can’t find qualified workers in state

Representatives for the film and television industry told state officials on Tuesday that they regularly struggle to find crew members in Georgia and have to hire staff from other states,…

Survey: Customers slam McDonald’s, KFC, Taco Bell

Survey: Customers slam McDonald’s, KFC, Taco Bell

Some very big fast food chains — McDonald’s, Taco Bell and KFC — will have a tough time swallowing this. Their own customers say their signature items are the worst…

AP News : Law blocks sale of e-cigarettes to Georgia minors

Georgia Department of Public Health officials say a new state law makes it illegal to sell or distribute electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18. Officials said Tuesday that emissions from…

FTC says T-Mobile made millions in bogus charges

T-Mobile USA knowingly made hundreds of millions off its customers in bogus charges, a federal regulator alleged Tuesday in a complaint likely to damage the reputation of a household name…

Four VA retaliation cases open in Georgia

Four VA retaliation cases open in Georgia

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has four open retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs allege they were punished for reporting concerns about…

Waffle House calls for boycott of Belgian waffles

Waffle House calls for boycott of Belgian waffles

Waffle House is calling for a boycott of Belgian waffles as the U.S. soccer team prepares to meet Belgium in World Cup play on Tuesday. Waffle House doesn’t serve Belgian…

GM recalls 7.6M more cars as costs balloon, stock trade halted

GM recalls 7.6M more cars as costs balloon, stock trade halted

General Motors announced six new safety recalls Monday — including its single largest this year — involving a total of about 7.55 million vehicles in the U.S. Trading in GM…

18 killed by Gwinnett County police officers in last five years

18 killed by Gwinnett County police officers in last five years

On July 21, 2009, two people died on Tracey Drive. Gwinnett County police Officer Lyndsey Perry killed them. #The 911 call that day came in from elderly Barbara Baker, who…

Verizon: XLTE should add capacity, speed in Columbus

Verizon Wireless said recently it has expanded its newest technology – known as XLTE – to more Georgia locations to boost 4G LTE network capacity and enhance high-speed services for…

New state law forces police to sell confiscated guns

New state law forces police to sell confiscated guns

The Columbus Police Department is selling guns. Under a Georgia law enacted last year, cities can no longer destroy confiscated firearms. With the exception of illegal guns, such as sawed-off…

Miss Georgia is still a hometown Bainbridge girl

Miss Georgia is still a hometown Bainbridge girl

The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is something Maggie Bridges believes wholeheartedly. From singing in First United Methodist Church and performing in Bainbridge Little…

Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge in Atlanta

Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge in Atlanta

Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower’s allegations that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta. Eligibility…

GM recalling 7.6 millionmore cars for ignition switch defect

General Motors is recalling at least 7.6 million more vehicles dating back to 1997 to fix faulty ignition switches as the company’s safety crisis continues to grow.The latest recalls involve…

Harris v. Quinn ruling: Unions hit by SCOTUS

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court on Monday signaled its distaste for state laws requiring public-sector workers to pay union dues — but stopped short of sweeping them away,…

Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees, ending its term with a narrow legal…

Analyst: Bar investigation could cost Ralston speaker seat

Analyst: Bar investigation could cost Ralston speaker seat

Investigators have asked the Supreme Court for a special master to look into allegation that Ralston violated several bar rules during an injury accident case he handled for several years.…

State bar asks for probe of Speaker David Ralston

State bar asks for probe of Speaker David Ralston

ATLANTA (AP) The State Bar of Georgia has asked for an investigation into Republican House Speaker David Ralston. A petition filed in state Supreme Court Thursday accuses Ralston of questionable…

Police find search term ‘How long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car’ on computer of dead child’s father

Police find search term ‘How long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car’ on computer of dead child’s father

The investigation of a toddler’s death in a hot SUV in Georgia hinges on a key question: Was the boy the victim of a horrific accident after his father simply…

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston faces legal sanction

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston faces legal trouble after the Georgia Bar Association on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to investigate whether he violated multiple rules of conduct for…

Police: Former Georgia Tech star, wife locked son up for more than a year

Police: Former Georgia Tech star, wife locked son up for more than a year

Authorities say a former Georgia Tech football player and his wife locked their son up in a room for more than one year. Police have charged 33-year-old Recardo Wimbush and…

Graves: House Appropriations Committee slashes IRS budget

Graves: House Appropriations Committee slashes IRS budget

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and the House Appropriations Committee today passed the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which cut the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)…

Boehner plans to file suit against Obama over alleged abuse of executive power

House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that he plans to file suit against the Obama administration over its alleged abuse of executive actions. “This is not about impeachment — it’s about…

Longtime New York Rep. Rangel’s Democratic primary too close to call

The bitterly fought Democratic primary race between U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and his challenger state Sen. Adriano Espaillat was too close to call early Wednesday despite a late-night declaration of…

SCOTUS rules for broadcasters against Aereo

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones…

Lower Oconee hospital closed again

Lower Oconee hospital closed again

A sign outside Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Glenwood says, “Hospital operations have been suspended,” as of 5 p.m. Monday. The state Department of Community Health has been notified, the…

Jason Carter asks to reopen ethics investigation on Deal

Democratic candidate for governor, Jason Carter, is sending to Attorney General Sam Olens asking him to reopen the ethics investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal since Carter believes there was a…

Georgia is CNBC’s top state for business in 2014

Georgia is CNBC’s top state for business in 2014

The South rises again! Georgia—the Peach State—slices up the competition in the 2014 America’s Top States for Business rankings by CNBC, signaling an apparent shift back to the Sun Belt…

Man dressed as woman caught passing counterfeit $100 bills

Surveillance photos have been released of a man dressed as a woman who recently attempted to use three $100 counterfeit bills at a St. Johns County CVS drugstore. About 7…

Man in dress robs Beaufort bank, area on lockdown | WJCL News

Man in dress robs Beaufort bank, area on lockdown | WJCL News

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery that occurred within the last hour at a Lady’s Island bank. Just after 1:30 p.m. sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery…

DeKalb commissioner linked to SC corruption case

A witness in a South Carolina corruption case testified Monday that DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is linked to that trial currently underway. As Channel 2 Action News first reported…

Home Depot to park its NASCAR ride

Home Depot to park its NASCAR ride

The days of the orange, No. 20 Home Depot car are coming to an end, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal reported. The Atlanta-based home improvement retail giant, which has been…

Lightning strike knocks Coweta Co. man out of steel-toed boots

Lightning strike knocks Coweta Co. man out of steel-toed boots

Yard work almost turned deadly for a man hit by lightning in Coweta County. Channel 2′s Liz Artz spoke with the man at his home on Britain Way in Newnan.…

Why Google, AT&T fast Internet might skip your city

If you live in one of 18 metro Atlanta cities, Internet connections 100 times faster than most American homes have may be coming your way soon. But if you live…

80 percent of VA execs got bonuses

80 percent of VA execs got bonuses

The VA says nearly 80 percent of its senior executives got performance bonuses last year, despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics. Gina Ferrissee is…

Great white shark numbers surging in Atlantic

A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada…

Congress probes missing IRS emails

Congress probes missing IRS emails

Eight federal employees connected to the tea party investigation experienced hard drive crashes, resulting in an unknown number of lost emails, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Friday…

Gov. Deal denies raising education spending to boost re-election chances

Gov. Nathan Deal denied re-election opponent Jason Carter’s charges Thursday that he boosted education spending in the new state budget to win votes. The budget was approved by the legislature…

CDC details anthrax scare for scientists at Atlanta facilities

As many as 75 scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after potentially infectious samples were sent to laboratories unequipped…

Macon veteran says he can’t get VA to treat cancer

Macon veteran says he can’t get VA to treat cancer

A Macon man fears he could become a statistic in a national scandal. In January, Army veteran Stewart Smith was diagnosed with throat cancer, but he hasn’t been able to…

WARNINGS ISSUED AFTER CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUS CONFIRMED

The first human case of chikungunya has been confirmed in Georgia but Columbus Commissioner of Health Beverley Townsend said there is no reason to be alarmed. Chikungunya is a virus…

Keurig planning to develop Georgia plant

A coffee and tea company has announced plans to develop a multimillion dollar plant in metro Atlanta. Officials from Keurig Green Mountain Inc. on Thursday announced plans to develop a…

Buffett could want to take Coca-Cola private

Buffett could want to take Coca-Cola private

The Coca-Cola Co.’s biggest investor, billionaire Warren Buffett, could be looking at taking Coke private, says a money manager who’s also a big investor in the soft drink giant. David…

AT&T breach affects countless cellphone users

AT&T is acknowledging it’s the victim of an inside job. The company says it’s the victim of a data breach that happened in April, but officials are just now going…

‘Building Wealth Tour’ leader arrested, defrauded Georgians – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ephren Taylor II, the leader of the “Building Wealth Tour,” was arrested on a federal indictment charging him and another defendant with defrauding investors across the country of more than…

GM recalls another 3.4 million vehicles for ignition problem

GM recalls another 3.4 million vehicles for ignition problem

General Motors recalled another 3.36 million vehicles worldwide Monday for a problem the company has linked to eight crashes and six injuries. That brings the total number of cars recalled…

DFCS facing $1 million lawsuit after teen starves to death

Georgia’s embattled child welfare agency now faces a $1 million lawsuit after a local teenager died from starvation. Ebony Berry still sits in the Cobb County Jail charged with murder…

Truckers resist rules on sleep, despite risks of drowsy driving

Truckers resist rules on sleep, despite risks of drowsy driving

The tractor-trailer set off at 2:30 a.m. from Springfield, Mo., the usual time and place. Nearly 11 hours later, along the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma, fatigue caught up. At…

Kingston returns $70,000 donation from convicted felon

Kingston returns $70,000 donation from convicted felon

Republican Senate candidate Jack Kingston says he returned more than $70,000 in campaign money contributions last week after Channel 2 Action News pointed out the money had ties to convicted…

Ex-Democratic Party leader surrenders law license

Ex-Democratic Party leader surrenders law license

Mike Berlon’s legal career is over. His legal issues are not. The Georgia Supreme Court accepted Monday a voluntary surrender of license from Berlon, a former chairman of Georgia’s Democratic…

GM’s safety crisis deepens with Camaro switch recall

General Motors Co recalled 511,528 Chevrolet Camaros on Friday for an ignition switch problem similar to the defect linked to at least 13 deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts and other models.…

Atlanta Waffle House employee kills customer, police say

Atlanta Waffle House employee kills customer, police say

A customer at a Georgia Waffle House was shot and killed early Friday, allegedly by a restaurant employee. The shooting happened about 4:30 a.m. at the 24-hour restaurant located about…

City clerk resigns during Snellville trial

City clerk resigns during Snellville trial

Snellville City Clerk Melisa Arnold — one of two city officials involved in a dispute between the mayor and council — resigned Thursday during the third day of the trial.…

1 dead, 3 hospitalized after Jefferson County insecticide exposure

1 dead, 3 hospitalized after Jefferson County insecticide exposure

A Wadley woman was killed and three children sent to a hospital late Wednesday after being exposed to an agricultural insecticide that a relative said had been used in the…

Man arrested for shooting GSP’s marijuana helicopter

The FBI has charged a west Georgia man with shooting a Georgia State Patrol helicopter as it flew over his house. James Fryer, 59, was charged with violation of Title…

GM allegedly seeking bankruptcy shield from Georgia lawsuit

GM allegedly seeking bankruptcy shield from Georgia lawsuit

Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so…

Georgia seeking entry-level employees to fill openings

Georgia seeking entry-level employees to fill openings

The state is looking to fill about 45 positions at Hays State Prison, according to a Georgia Department of Corrections representative at the Goodwill job fair Tuesday in Rome. But,…

Rep. Tom Price eyed as possible Cantor successor

Tom Price had already helped lead Georgia’s Republican party to majority status in the state Senate when he ran for Congress and won 10 years ago. In so doing, he…

Embattled nominee Michael Boggs held up as other judicial candidates move forward

The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with a batch of federal judicial candidates for Georgia this week, but one name will be noticeably absent: beleaguered nominee Michael Boggs. Sen.…

Five aftershocks from Cantor’s stunning upset loss

Five aftershocks from Cantor’s stunning upset loss

A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s almost unprecedented primary loss, his defeat is being felt far from his central Virginia congressional district. Aftershocks from Cantor’s loss at the…

Australian experts investigate what devoured a great white shark

Australian experts investigate what devoured a great white shark

Australian researchers are hunting for what they call a “mystery sea monster” that devoured a 9-foot-long great white shark. …

Georgia truck driver pleads not guilty in Morgan wreck

The truck driver charged in the fatal highway crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people has pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance. …

Isakson calls for DOJ probe into VA misconduct

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined Republican members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee members in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to join efforts with the Department of…

Doctors successfully remove massive tumor from woman’s stomach

Doctors successfully remove massive tumor from woman’s stomach

Doctors completed surgery Tuesday afternoon to remove a massive tumor from a local woman’s stomach. Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri spoke with the surgeon who removed that cystic tumor. He…

Officials: Tennessee man dismembered woman, ate body

Officials: Tennessee man dismembered woman, ate body

A Tennessee man has been charged with killing a woman, dismembering her body and eating part of her corpse in a bizarre case that’s perplexing law enforcement in a small…

Cantor’s defeat throws Republican leadership into ‘total chaos’

Cantor’s defeat throws Republican leadership into ‘total chaos’

House Republicans were scrambling Tuesday night to determine the fallout on their leadership team and governing agenda after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was ousted in his GOP primary in…

Husband questioned in Georgia after wife’s body found in Detroit; kids missing

Federal authorities in Georgia interviewed the husband of a woman found dead this week on Detroit’s west side as police continue to search for her two children who remain missing,…

Academic economists endorse state income tax freeze

Academic economists endorse state income tax freeze

Seventeen leading Georgia economists have endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would freeze the state income tax at the current 6 percent. The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved the amendment, sponsored…

Georgia federal student loan debt more than $39 billion

Georgia college students have the ninth-highest federal student loan debt, according to a report issued Tuesday by the White House. President Barack Obama on June 9 announced an executive action…

Positions tied to Augusta VA investigation under interim leadership

Positions tied to Augusta VA investigation under interim leadership

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s chief of staff, Dr. Michael Spencer, and associate director, Richard “Toby” Rose, have voluntarily resigned from their positions for “personal reasons,” the Augusta…

Perdue attacks Kingston over Senate campaign donor

ATLANTA — Senate candidate David Perdue is criticizing his opponent in a Republican primary runoff for accepting campaign donations from people linked through two companies to a felon. savannahnow.com.…

Audit: Long wait times at Georgia VA centers

The average wait time for new patients at the Atlanta VA Medical Center was about 64 days for a primary care doctor, almost 53 days for a specialist and nearly…

Passenger pushes elderly man off MARTA train

Passenger pushes elderly man off MARTA train

Police are investigating an incident in which an elderly man was thrown off a MARTA train by another passenger. Cellphone video shows a man sitting near the door of the…

Michelle Nunn stumbles in new Georgia Senate polling

Poll results released by SurveyUSA on Monday bode ill for Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn in Georgia. In head-to-head matchups against the two Republican candidates who qualify for a July…

Criminal compaint: Driver in Morgan accident hadn’t slept for 24 hours

The Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering a crash in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian had not slept for more than 24…

Waffle House CEO says he was blackmailed

Attorneys helped a housekeeper record her sexual encounters with Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers Jr., and tried to extort money from him under threat of releasing the tapes, Rogers claims…

Columbus woman gains new life after losing 300 pounds

Columbus woman gains new life after losing 300 pounds

It was her first plane trip, but Marqkria McMiller was more concerned about fitting through the aisle on her flight to New York for an appearance on “Good Morning America”…

Paine College VP arrested on DUI charge

Brandon Brown, the senior vice president of institutional advancement at Paine College, was charged with failure to maintain lane and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Richmond…

Truck driver from Georgia charged in crash that injured comic Tracy Morgan

Truck driver from Georgia charged in crash that injured comic Tracy Morgan

A truck driver from Georgia was charged on Saturday with causing a crash between his semi-trailer and a van that killed a comedian and critically injured comic actor Tracy Morgan,…

Authorities: Cumming court shooter planned to take hostages

Authorities say a man who shot and wounded a deputy outside a courthouse in Georgia was heavily armed and planned to take hostages. Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper says suspect…

Chrome now more popular than Internet Explorer

Chrome now more popular than Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has edged out Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the ongoing battle of the browsers, according to Adobe Digital Report (ADI) data. The report shows Chrome making up 31.8% of…

App lets you report cars In handicapped spaces

Mack Marsh knows what happens when someone parks illegally in a disabled parking space. Disabled himself, he’s gone to the hospital three times as a direct result of someone taking…

Report: Forsyth deputy shot, suspect dead, courthouse evacuated

Report: Forsyth deputy shot, suspect dead, courthouse evacuated

A Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy has been shot in the leg at the courthouse in Cumming, and a suspect is reported dead. Atlanta Journal- www.ajc.com.…

GPS-tagged teddy bear tracks down pesky Athens thief

GPS-tagged teddy bear tracks down pesky Athens thief

After a rash of clothing thefts from a collection bin at Georgia Square Mall, a manager for Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling embedded a GPS tracking device inside a teddy bear to…

Senate proposes replacing film tax incentives with grants

Senate proposes replacing film tax incentives with grants

The state Senate wants to transform North Carolina’s film incentives from tax credits to a grant program with financial caps.  NewsObserver.com.…

Bipartisan Senate agreement reached on VA fix

Senior senators have reached agreement for a bipartisan bill expanding veterans’ ability to get government-paid medical care outside Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics. The framework agreement was announced Thursday on…

GM CEO fires 15 over switches, claims ‘no conspiracy’

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said this morning she fired 15 people who either were incompetent or irresponsible in their actions involving fatally flawed ignition switches that are linked to…

Feds urge parents to stop using ‘Nap Nanny’ after sixth death

Feds urge parents to stop using ‘Nap Nanny’ after sixth death

A sixth baby has died while using a recalled “Nap Nanny” infant recliner, with safety experts again urging parents to stop using the product. WJCL News.…

Man, 19, accused of threatening Gwinnett DA, Obama

Man, 19, accused of threatening Gwinnett DA, Obama

A 19-year-old man is accused of sending threatening emails to Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter and President Barack Obama in an effort to get his court case dropped. ajc.com.…

In Tuesday’s primaries, a tea party revival

If you thought the tea party was dead after U.S. Senate primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, you must now grapple with yesterday’s results from Iowa, Mississippi and Montana — where…

Kenny Rogers’ Georgia home for sale

Kenny Rogers’ Georgia home for sale

SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia — You can live like Kenny Rogers for a mere $4.8 million. The country music legend’s North Buckhead estate is for sale. khou.com…

2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP’s favor

WASHINGTON — Contests are set in nearly half the states for November’s elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their…

Sen. Saxby Chambliss asks Obama administration to declassify details related to soldier swap

ATLANTA — Sen. Saxby Chambliss is calling on the Obama administration to declassify details about five detainees who were released from Guantanamo in exchange for an American soldier held captive…

Senators show frustration after briefing on ex-POW

Senators show frustration after briefing on ex-POW

WASHINGTON — White House officials failed Wednesday night to quell rising anger and frustration in both parties on Capitol Hill after a senators-only classified briefing about President Obama’s decision to…

Clinton promised to consult Hill on Gitmo swaps

Clinton promised to consult Hill on Gitmo swaps

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees in January 2012, assuring them that the decision to release five former…

Police: Teacher kissed, was in love with middle school student

Police: Teacher kissed, was in love with middle school student

A former Fulton County middle school teacher told police he was falling in love with one of his students, whom he kissed several times in his classroom, according to a…

Georgia connection to rescued soldier Bowe Bergdahl

Georgia connection to rescued soldier Bowe Bergdahl

Loganville Sergeant First Class Mark Allen of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team was badly wounded and paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in July of 2009 only a…

Missing man found dead with dog by his side

Missing man found dead with dog by his side

After disappearing nearly a month ago, investigators found the body of a missing Carroll County man. wsbtv.com.…

Norovirus causes most food illnesses, CDC says

That lack of hand hygiene and food service workers who show up for work sick are likely reasons a common and highly contagious virus is the source for many food…

Grease clog leads to sewage spill in Rome

Rome Water and Sewer Department reported on Tuesday a raw sewage spill estimated at 300 gallons. Rome News-Tribune…

USDA says GA food stamp law violates federal rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says legislation requiring certain food stamp recipients in Georgia to submit to drug testing violates federal regulations. WJCL News.…

Investigation into botched Habersham County drug raid growing

Investigation into botched Habersham County drug raid growing

The investigation into the botched drug raid that left a baby critically injured is growing to include state and federal authorities. www.ajc.com.…

SC mayor, residents supporting black biker rally

SC mayor, residents supporting black biker rally

Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans says canceling the Atlantic Beach Bikefest would not solve the violence problem in nearby Myrtle Beach. Local residents and bikers turned out Monday at a…

Parents of Lt. Darryn Andrews: Gov’t lied to us, son was killed looking for Bergdahl

Andy Andrews says he has learned through Facebook in recent days that his son, a U.S. Army officer, died while looking for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed this weekend…

Chambliss: ‘I don’t believe a thing this president says now’

Chambliss: ‘I don’t believe a thing this president says now’

  “The law says they ought to give us 30 days’ notice; if the president thought that was unconstitutional or an invalid law he shouldn’t have signed the bill. He…

Experts say weather behind lovebug decline

Experts say weather behind lovebug decline

Experts say cold weather is the likely reason Floridians are seeing fewer lovebugs this year. University of Florida Professor Norman Leppla told the Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1pxzj41 ) on Sunday…

Georgia Sen. Chambliss, Rep. Kingston criticize Guantanamo prisoner release

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) released statements on Monday criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban detainees, the Taliban Five, held at…

Debate on how to create Georgia jobs

ATLANTA — Friday’s announcement that Georgia is one of 12 states to receive extra federal help in stimulating manufacturing jobs comes in the midst of elections when job creation is…

Georgia Power, PSC commissioner unhappy with EPA carbon plan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan calls for Georgia to cut its carbon pollution to 834 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity production by 2030. According to the EPA,…

Governor awaits probe on boy hurt in police raid

CORNELIA, Ga. (AP) Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he’s awaiting results of an investigation into a botched drug raid that left a toddler severely injured before deciding whether any executive…

Local vets bemoan VA wait times

A quick X-ray at a Rockdale hospital revealed the bladder stones troubling Terence Robinson. But getting relief, which depended on the Atlanta VA Medical Center, took months of painful waiting.…

Former animal shelter director sentenced to 25 years in prison

Former animal shelter director sentenced to 25 years in prison

A Rabun County woman convicted on 60 felony counts involving theft of funds from the Boggs Mountain Animal Shelter has been sentenced. Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby was sentenced Friday to 25…

Confederate battle flag license plate sales rise again

Confederate battle flag license plate sales rise again

The Georgia Department of Revenue sold nearly 500 Georgia license tags bearing the Confederate battle flag in March. A newly designed plate by the Sons of Confederate Veterans became available…

Shinseki’s resignation: 2013 report found “egregious mismanagement” at Atlanta VA Medical Center

Shinseki’s resignation: 2013 report found “egregious mismanagement” at Atlanta VA Medical Center

Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki resigned Friday amidst a growing scandal over care at VA hospitals. Just one year ago, the Atlanta VA Medical Center was in the spotlight over…

Drunken, disruptive diner shoots, kills police officer at Griffin Waffle House

A Georgia police officer was shot and killed early Saturday morning after a fight broke out at a Griffin Waffle House, police said. Kevin Jordan, 43, was working an off-duty…

Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney unexpectedly resigns

United States President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that he’s accepted the resignation of White House press secretary Jay Carney. Josh Earnest, the White House special assistant to the president…

Obama: Embattled VA chief Shinseki will leave post

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki leave his post in the wake of systemic problems with the health care for veterans. via Obama: Embattled…

Atlanta Streetcar high voltage system powers up

Atlanta Streetcar high voltage system powers up

The Atlanta Streetcar system will take a leap forward this week when the overhead power system becomes energized Friday. www.ajc.com.…

Mexico-based drug ring busted in Gwinnett County

ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News was there when agents raided a Gwinnett County home that was allegedly used in a multi-million dollar, Mexico-based drug ring. www.wsbtv.com.…

State disputes huge jump in Medicaid

ATLANTA — Earlier this month, a consulting firm reported that Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs saw a huge enrollment spike of 98,800 in the first three months of 2014. Albany…

500 called in TB scare at Marietta High School

MARIETTA — After discovering someone at Marietta High School tested positive for tuberculosis infection, the school is requiring 500 students and faculty members to be tested for TB bacteria. via…

Toddler left in coma after Habersham police throw stun grenade into crib during raid

Toddler left in coma after Habersham police throw stun grenade into crib during raid

A Georgia police team executing a search warrant on a suspected drug house tossed a stun grenade into a toddler’s crib, leaving the boy severely burned and in a medically…

Deal: Lawmakers should revisit whistleblower rules

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal says lawmakers should consider whether government employees responsible for conducting investigations should be “automatically” granted whistleblower protection if they decide to sue. wsbtv.com.…

Albany police: Homeless must leave wooded encampments by Monday

Albany police: Homeless must leave wooded encampments by Monday

ALBANY — The homeless population that settled in a wooded area off 16th Avenue in northern Albany has until Monday to clear out of the woods or face arrest by…

How VA clinics falsified appointment records

How VA clinics falsified appointment records

Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs…

Carter leading Deal in new poll

Carter leading Deal in new poll

The first poll of Georgia’s gubernatorial race since last week’s primaries has Democrat Jason Carter leading incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal by seven points. A statewide telephone survey of 750…

Nearly 100 members of Congress calling for Shinseki to resign

Politicians are lining up to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in light of the report released Wednesday that substantiated serious conditions at the Phoenix VA…

Football great Herschel Walker joins the ranks of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Herschel Walker wants Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) “carrying the ball” for Georgia in the U.S. Senate. That’s what the football standout says in a new campaign ad paid for by…

AP slams de Blasio on lack of press access

The Associated Press has written a damning report about Bill de Blasio’s efforts to restrict press access, noting that the New York City mayor has barred reporters from more than…

SCOTUS rules in favor of Fox News reporter

The Supreme Court  on Tuesday rejected an appeal to a lower court ruling that shielded Fox News reporter Jana Winter from revealing confidential sources in stories about the 2012 Aurora,…

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