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6 injured workers moving to spinal hospital

ATLANTA - Six of the workers injured when a pedestrian walkway under construction collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden are being transferred to a hospital that specializes in rehabilitating severe spinal injuries.

December 23, 2008 | By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer | National


Ill. gov. jumps in to sit-in at shuttered plant

CHICAGO - Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Monday to stop doing business with Bank of America to try to pressure the bank into helping laid-off workers staging a sit-in at their shuttered factory.

December 23, 2008 | By RUPA SHENOY Associated Press Writer | National


NJ terror suspect said group ’not going to kill’

CAMDEN, N.J. - A man accused with four others of plotting to kill soldiers on Fort Dix told an FBI informant that the group wasn't going to kill anyone, according to a transcript of a conversation with the informant shown to jurors Monday.

December 23, 2008 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Writer | National


Ga. college fees to rise again

ATLANTA - Georgia college students will pay more fees and employees will shell out hundreds more dollars for health care under stopgap budget measures passed by the state Board of Regents on Wednesday.

December 18, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National


Palin to campaign with Sen. Chambliss on Dec. 1

ATLANTA - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to campaign with Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss on the eve of his Dec. 2 runoff, the senator's campaign said Tuesday.

December 10, 2008 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | National


Jury deliberating whether MySpace hoax was crime

LOS ANGELES - Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating whether a Missouri mother conspired with her daughter and an assistant to harass a 13-year-old girl with Internet messages that allegedly prompted the girl's suicide.

December 10, 2008 | By LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer | National


Michael Vick pleads to state dogfighting charge

SUSSEX, Va. - Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, a move that could make him eligible to leave prison early and potentially speed up a return to pro football.

December 10, 2008 | By LARRY O’DELL Associated Press Writer | National


Mich. police: 3 girls found safe after mom slain

SAGINAW, Mich. - Three young girls whose disappearances set off a nationwide Amber Alert after their mother was found slain at their home were found safe Tuesday, authorities said.

December 10, 2008 | By TIM MARTIN Associated Press Writer | National


Death of 43-pound disabled woman cues NJ probe

CAMDEN, N.J. - The state is investigating the death of a 28-year-old woman who had dwindled to 43 pounds in a state-licensed home for developmentally disabled adults, officials said Tuesday.

December 10, 2008 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press Writer | National


Obama names budget director, promotes restraint

CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama named Peter Orszag as his budget director on Tuesday and said his job will be to conduct a thorough review of federal spending programs, ''eliminating those programs we don't need and insisting that those we do need operate in a cost-effective way.''

December 10, 2008 | By BETH FOUHY and JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press Writer | National


New tobacco product alarms some health officials

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - They're discreet, flavorful and come in cute tin boxes with names like ''frost'' and ''spice.'' And the folks who created Joe Camel are hoping Camel Snus will become a hit with tobacco lovers tired of being forced outside for a smoke.

December 08, 2008 | By VICKI SMITH | National


Government opens some military air space to ease congested holiday travel

WASHINGTON - The government is opening some military airspace to ease airline congestion over Thanksgiving and Christmas, though the effort is likely to have only limited results. And if the weather's bad, all bets are off.

December 03, 2008 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press Writer | National


Could South become Detroit?

WASHINGTON - If it's no surprise that Michigan lawmakers are behind the pitch for a $25 billion lifeline for Detroit automakers, then it might be just as predictable that Southerners would be leading the charge against it.

December 03, 2008 | By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer | National


50 percent more U.S. children went hungry in 2007

WASHINGTON - Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year's sharp economic downtown, the Agriculture Department reported Monday.

December 02, 2008 | By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN Associated Press Writer | National


McCain returns to campaign for Senate colleague

ATLANTA - Republican John McCain implored Georgia voters Thursday to back Sen. Saxby Chambliss in next month's runoff, warning that Democrats will increase taxes and cut defense spending and the GOP needs to strengthen its ranks.

November 28, 2008 | By SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | National


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