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Gov. Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal asked lawmakers to invest more in educating state prison inmates and promised in his budget address on Thursday that the expense would pay off for the individuals and Georgia's economy when they are released.

January 22, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

WASHINGTON - With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.

January 22, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Officer who carried dying girl after Colorado theater shooting comforts grieving father

EVERGREEN, Colo. - Every year on his daughter's birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with mother in the fourth row.

January 22, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal charges unlikely in Ferguson shooting

WASHINGTON - The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

January 22, 2015 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia lawmakers plan another look at no-knock warrants

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers may be ready to put new limits on the use of "no-knock" warrants after an infant was severely burned by a flash grenade during an overnight police raid last May in north Georgia.

January 21, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

WASHINGTON - Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

January 20, 2015 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Dad of girl, 13, accused in crime spree says he's not angry

CLARKSON, Ky. - The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say went on a multi-state crime spree with her older boyfriend said Tuesday that he is not angry with the 18-year-old.

January 20, 2015 | By ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press


1 of Mark Wahlberg's victims says he shouldn't be pardoned

BOSTON - A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn't be granted a pardon for his crimes.

January 20, 2015 | By PHILIP MARCELO and RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press | Associated Press


Wanted teen agrees to return to home state of Kentucky

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The drama surrounding two teenage sweethearts on the run from the law ended quietly and unceremoniously in a Florida beach town.

January 19, 2015 | By GARY FINEOUT Associated Press | Associated Press


GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

WASHINGTON - Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.

January 19, 2015 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ohio terror defendant due for first court appearance

CINCINNATI - A 20-year-old Ohio man arrested in an FBI sting and charged with plotting to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol and shoot government officials is scheduled to make his first appearance in court.

January 16, 2015 | By DAN SEWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Belgian police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.

January 15, 2015 | By RAF CASERT and LORNE COOK Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. police chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

ATLANTA - The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.

January 15, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


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Georgia Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate passed two measures Thursday aimed at cracking down on what legislators say is a growing problem involving sexual exploitation of children in the state that extends far from inner cities into upscale suburbs.

February 12, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama asks for fresh war powers, says Islamic State is 'going to lose'

WASHINGTON - Vowing that Islamic State forces are "going to lose," President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 11, 2015 | By DAVID ESPO and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Deal wants powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health officials identify 35 in measles exposure

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials say they have identified 35 people - most of them children - as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease.

February 11, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Were three slain for their religion or their parking space?

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Police are trying to determine whether hate played any role in the killing of three Muslims, a crime they said was sparked by a neighbor's long-simmering anger over parking and noise inside their condominium complex.

February 11, 2015 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JONATHAN DREW Associated Press | Associated Press


Study finds beach trash even on Georgia's secluded islands

SAVANNAH - Dodie Sanders and her student volunteers never came back empty handed whenever she led them to the beach to clean up trash, sometimes filling as many as five waste bags with plastic bottles, wrappers and other garbage.

February 08, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Police ID man they say killed 2 adults, 2 children, himself

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Police say they have identified the gunman who took his own life after killing four people and injuring two in a quiet neighborhood near Atlanta.

February 08, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Team manager has moment to shine at game

GAINESVILLE - Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall High School. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

February 06, 2015 | By BILL MURPHY The Times | Associated Press


US recovery gaining strength

WASHINGTON - A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery - with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.

February 06, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.

February 05, 2015 | By TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY AP Business Writers | Associated Press


Boko Haram, hit by 3-nation offensive, rampage in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria's neighbors not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.

February 05, 2015 | By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI and MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan - Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centers and weapons storage sites Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

February 05, 2015 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | Associated Press


The way to your Valentine's heart may go through Mom

WASHINGTON - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers - to her mother.

February 03, 2015 | By CONNIE CASS and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he's taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.

February 02, 2015 | By JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. man suspected of killing 5 arrested in Mississippi

LAGRANGE, Ga. - A Georgia man charged in the deaths of his wife, three of her family members and a friend was arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi, authorities said Monday.

February 02, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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