NEW ORLEANS - A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area early Tuesday, killing an elderly woman, injuring at least 16 other people, and damaging dozens of business and homes in a region still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
SALT LAKE CITY - An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who killed five people before he was cut down.
For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs ''should view any appointments ... as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.''
DEAR ABBY: I took my grandsons to see a movie. They were looking forward to our outing all week. As we stood in line to buy tickets, I realized I had only a $20 bill in my wallet.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Is it harmful for a person to consume candle wax? My 10-year-old granddaughter has flameless candles (no wick) in her bedroom that melt into liquid when placed on a candle warmer. I have seen her eat both the melted and unmelted wax.
John Donne wrote, "Hail, Bishop Valentine, whose day this is, / All the air is thy Diocese."
Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
WASHINGTON - Maybe Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea should not take public rejection personally. It's not easy overcoming people's indifference to dollar coins, even those honoring such historic figures.
NASSAU, Bahamas - Photographs of Anna Nicole Smith in bed embracing the Bahamian immigration minister who approved her application for permanent residency here revived a political scandal in the islands Monday.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A small plane broke apart in the air and scattered wreckage over 1.5 miles when it crashed on Fort Stewart over the weekend, killing the pilot and his three passengers flying from Florida to South Carolina to buy a recreational vehicle.
Winners at Sunday's 49th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles:
ATLANTA - Artists Gnarls Barkley and rappers T.I. and Ludacris were among the Georgia artists who won Grammys in Sunday night's awards show by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles.
Gregg Ponder has been named to the position of Assistant Vice President at Farmers and Merchants Bank. Rick Nessmith, President of FMB, explained that Ponder's official title will be Assistant Vice President-Loan Officer.
A number of changes, both socially and financially, could be in the offing in the year ahead. However, certain good friendships you've established will be helpful in ways you don't expect.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Soldiers spearheading the increase in U.S. forces in Baghdad are papering car windows and storefronts with purple stickers listing telephone numbers and an e-mail address where Iraqis can send intelligence tips to help stop the violence.
Statesboro-owned Digital Office Equipment recently opened an office in the Augusta market.
NANJING, China - A new product may eliminate the stress of having umbrellas rendered useless by strong gusts of wind.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
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If you have turned on a TV or opened a newspaper in the past few months, you probably are aware Georgia chose not to expand Medicaid as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
DALLAS - Youngor Jallah spent the last three weeks confined to her small apartment with her children and boyfriend, fearing they had contracted the deadly Ebola virus from her mother's fiance.
ATLANTA - Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia is out with another ad showing her with former President George H.W. Bush, who's asked her not to use him in her campaign for the state's open Senate seat.
OSIJEK, Croatia - Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
ATLANTA - Democrat Jason Carter's call for a separate state education budget and his promise that it will increase funding for schools is the hallmark of his campaign for Georgia governor against incumbent Republican Nathan Deal.
It didn't take long for Brad Keselowski to earn an unpleasant reputation in NASCAR. He was aggressive on the track, brash and arrogant off of it, and rubbed most of his competitors the wrong way.
LONDON - Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
CLAXTON - As football season began back in August the goal was clear for the Claxton Tigers.
This week is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and Georgia Southern University's Office of Alcohol & Other Drugs Programs has a variety of student events planned throughout the week to bring attention to the serious public health issues posed by excessive drinking among college students.
The recent arrest of one man has cleared two burglary investigations, police said.