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No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution

ATLANTA - The state of Georgia on Wednesday delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow.

February 25, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

Snow fell on the Deep South on Wednesday as another storm brought nasty weather to the region, walloping places that were hit hard just last week.

February 25, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. set to execute only female death row inmate this week

ATLANTA - The daughter of the lone woman on Georgia's death row is asking the state parole board to grant her mother life in prison instead of the death penalty for plotting to have her father killed - even though she says her dad's death was "the most painful experience of my life."

February 23, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

ATLANTA - A panel studying Georgia's rural health issues on Monday recommended a pilot program pairing four hospitals with other providers in their area, creating a "hub and spoke" model aimed at cutting down on expensive emergency room visits to struggling hospitals.

February 23, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.

February 22, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia House passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age that children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House on Thursday but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.

February 19, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health exchange enrollment soars past half a million

Powered by a late surge, Georgia's enrollment in the 2015 health insurance exchange easily surpassed the half-million mark.

February 19, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

February 19, 2015 | By ANNE INNOCENZIO Associated Press | Associated Press


Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

NEW YORK - A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

February 18, 2015 | By BEN WALKER AP Sports Writer | Associated Press


W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. - The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires - leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

February 17, 2015 | JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press | Associated Press


From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

DURHAM, N.C. - A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South.

February 17, 2015 | By JONATHAN DREW and MEREDITH SOMERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON - It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.

February 17, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared this winter.

February 16, 2015 | By ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press


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Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

March 15, 2015 | By NICK PERRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

March 12, 2015 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Calls for police accountability in death of naked man

DECATUR, Ga. - Residents in the Atlanta area are adding their voices to a nationwide chorus of calls for increased police accountability after an unarmed, naked man was fatally shot by an officer responding to a complaint of a suspicious person at an apartment complex.

March 12, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY and KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


France identifies man, boy in IS killing video as citizens

PARIS - A man and a boy featured in a chilling Islamic State propaganda video showing the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | By LORI HINNANT and ALON BERNSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press


AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

WASHINGTON - The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

March 11, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


1 Black Hawk crashed in fog; 11 feared dead

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

March 11, 2015 | By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press | Associated Press


Final Allman filmmaker gets probation in Georgia train crash

SAVANNAH - A third filmmaker was sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday for her role in a train collision last year that killed a young camera assistant and injured six other crew members, allowing prosecutors to close their final criminal case in the incident that derailed the Gregg Allman movie "Midnight Rider."

March 10, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

PARIS - Much of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show.

March 10, 2015 | By JAMEY KEATEN and PETER PRENGAMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Immigration officials see danger as local cooperation wanes

NEW YORK - Diminished local cooperation is putting federal immigration officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say.

March 10, 2015 | By CLAUDIA TORRENS Associated Press | Associated Press


Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

WASHINGTON - Democrats in the White House and Congress accused 47 GOP senators of undermining President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations was tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran.

March 10, 2015 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Univ. of Oklahoma severs ties with frat after racist chant

NORMAN, Okla. - The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught on video.

March 09, 2015 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Associated Press


About 100 set out to retrace Selma-to-Montgomery march

SELMA, Ala. - A group of about 100 people set out Monday to retrace the historic steps taken 50 years ago, when demonstrators pushing for equal voting rights marched from Selma, Alabama, to the state Capitol in Montgomery.

March 09, 2015 | By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Director of Allman film pleads guilty in train crash death

JESUP, Ga. - A year after a freight train plowed into crew members for a movie about singer Gregg Allman, killing a young camera assistant, the film's director was sentenced to two years in jail Monday as part of a plea deal.

March 09, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Baby found alive in car 14 hours after crash in Utah river

SPANISH FORK, Utah - A baby survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

March 08, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Teen killer, Pamela Smart's student and lover, up for parole

CONCORD, N.H. - When 16-year-old Billy Flynn gunned down the husband of his high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, in 1990, the trial became an instant tabloid sensation. Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before the O.J. Simpson spectacle and spawned movies and books.

March 08, 2015 | By LYNNE TOUHY Associated Press | Associated Press


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