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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


Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

POLK CITY, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

March 05, 2015 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; 6 hurt

NEW YORK - A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay.

March 05, 2015 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | Associated Press


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

March 04, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

BOSTON - The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

March 04, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer | Associated Press


Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

March 03, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.

March 03, 2015 | By ARON HELLER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | By JAY REEVES and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press | Associated Press


Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.

March 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

March 02, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


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Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. - For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

April 13, 2015 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

ATLANTA - Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

April 11, 2015 | | Associated Press


Blacks blame shooting on police indifference to complaints

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from a police officer has stirred outrage around the nation, but people in this South Carolina city aren't surprised, calling it inevitable in a police department they believe focuses on petty crimes and fails to keep its officers in check.

April 09, 2015 | By JEFFREY S. COLLINS and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Associated Press


Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

April 08, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOI Associated Press | Associated Press


Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

DEARBORN, Mich. - Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.

April 06, 2015 | By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press | Associated Press


Police testing bullet casings quicker to solve gun crime

DENVER - Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.

April 06, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Swimsuit season is on its way, but don't panic

CHICAGO - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

April 06, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Some in Ga. GOP fear harm from 'religious freedom'

ATLANTA - The divide within the Georgia Republican Party on a religious free measure came into clear focus at a March rally opposing the bill.

April 04, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. lawmakers leave without vote on religious freedom bill

ATLANTA - State leaders already expect the return of a Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate about discrimination against gays but never received a vote as the General Assembly finished the year's legislative session Thursday.

April 03, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


'The governor has been listening'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

April 01, 2015 | By ANDREW DEMILLO Associated Press | Associated Press


An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

March 30, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

March 30, 2015 | By MEREDITH SOMERS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


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