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Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

Review: 'The Interview' deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

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How high court rules on ACA will affect many Georgians

How high court rules on ACA will affect many Georgians

Georgia would have the fourth-highest number of people affected if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the current implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a study has found.

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How Pope Francis’ diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

How Pope Francis’ diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

Pope Francis is being hailed around the world — and criticized by some in the U.S. — for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.

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Paul McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow

Paul McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow

NEW YORK - Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away.

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AP study: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

AP study: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana - At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

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Updated: dec. 18, 2014 9:01 a.m.
Drones might help show how tornados form

Drones might help show how tornados form

DENVER - Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.

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Watchdog: 1-year delay possible at Ga. nuke plant

Watchdog: 1-year delay possible at Ga. nuke plant

ATLANTA — Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

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Updated: dec. 16, 2014 2:02 p.m.
Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

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Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

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'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

ATLANTA — Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.

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Budget bill passed by Congress has $1.5M for Savannah harbor

Budget bill passed by Congress has $1.5M for Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH — A $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by Congress includes a small amount of money to help begin deepening the Port of Savannah's shipping channel, and Georgia officials said they're confident more federal funding will follow once the $706 million project gets underway.

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6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.

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Sydney cafe siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Sydney cafe siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. It ended 16 hours later in a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core.

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Girlfriend: Auburn player in argument before shooting

Girlfriend: Auburn player in argument before shooting

AUBURN, Ala. - The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire.

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers the box office

LOS ANGELES - After three weeks of box office dominance, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" ceded its reign to "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak's Sunday estimates, while "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated international charts with a staggering $117.6 million from 38 territories in advance of its North America release this week.

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Transportation funding top legislative issue in Ga.

Transportation funding top legislative issue in Ga.

ATLANTA — Georgia's transportation needs and how to pay for them emerged this week as the issues that will dominate the 2015 legislation session. Lawmakers convene Jan. 12 at the state Capitol.

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11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab ... to Florida

11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab ... to Florida

BRYANT, Ark. - An 11-year-old Arkansas girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia, and found her safe, after her parents reported her missing.

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Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep government running

Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep government running

WASHINGTON — It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

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California whacked by 'Pineapple Express' storm

California whacked by 'Pineapple Express' storm

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada.

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Democrats, Obama part on $1.1T spending bill

Democrats, Obama part on $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy's near-collapse in 2008.

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Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON - It's another political victory for the popular potato.

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Updated: dec. 11, 2014 8:43 a.m.
UN officials demand prosecutions for US torture

UN officials demand prosecutions for US torture

GENEVA — All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

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Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor at great risk to their own lives.

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Man executed for killing Ga. deputy after robbery

Man executed for killing Ga. deputy after robbery

JACKSON, Ga. — A man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy moments after robbing a convenience store in central Georgia was executed Tuesday.

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Few campus sex assaults reported to police

Few campus sex assaults reported to police

WASHINGTON — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don't report it at all.

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Senate probe catalogs brutality against detainees

Senate probe catalogs brutality against detainees

WASHINGTON — The United States brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks, Senate investigators concluded Tuesday.

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Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday grilled a health adviser who has demeaned the president's health law, but Democrats highlighted his extensive apologizes and retractions as they tried to limit the political damage.

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Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends

Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends

KABUL, Afghanistan — American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harboring those responsible for 9/11.

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No prison for Ga. woman who helped baby killer

BRUNSWICK — A Georgia woman was spared from prison Monday and sentenced to probation for helping dispose of a gun that police say her brother used to kill a 13-month-old boy during an attempted street robbery last year.

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American, South African hostages killed in Yemen

American, South African hostages killed in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday during a U.S.-led rescue operation that President Barack Obama said he ordered because of "imminent danger" to the U.S. hostage.

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US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

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Updated: dec. 05, 2014 9:53 a.m.
Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era in space

Dawn of Orion: NASA launch opens new era in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's new Orion spacecraft zoomed toward a high point of 3,600 miles on an orbital test flight Friday, ushering in a new era of exploration that could one day put people on Mars.

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NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again Friday

NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

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Will 2015 be the year for medical marijuana in Georgia?

Will 2015 be the year for medical marijuana in Georgia?

Marlo Smith used to have up to 30 seizures a day. Now she's down to roughly one seizure every two or three days.

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Patient who may have Ebola arrives in Atlanta

Patient who may have Ebola arrives in Atlanta

ATLANTA - An American health-care worker who may have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa has arrived at a hospital near Atlanta.

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Updated: dec. 04, 2014 9:28 a.m.
Ga. lawmakers consider medical marijuana proposals

Ga. lawmakers consider medical marijuana proposals

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers revisited a divisive argument over legalizing medical marijuana on Wednesday, as parents pleaded for something to help children with seizure disorders and representatives of law enforcement and conservative groups warned of unintended consequences.

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Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

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Girl describes harrowing Tenn. school bus crash

Girl describes harrowing Tenn. school bus crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A student aboard one of two Tennessee school buses involved in a deadly crash says it was a terrifying experience.

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Slobbery sidekicks: Dogs ride in bikers' sidecars

Slobbery sidekicks: Dogs ride in bikers' sidecars

LOS ANGELES - Some silken-haired beauties are eager sidekicks to motorcycle riders, wind whipping their thick locks as passers-by watch the wild ride with envy. That is until the slobber starts.

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Updated: dec. 03, 2014 10:55 a.m.
CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK - U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.

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Chrysler, GM post sales gains in November

Chrysler, GM post sales gains in November

DETROIT - Chrysler and General Motors each posted U.S. sales gains last month, strong signs that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.

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Ohio State player dead of self-inflicted gunshot

Ohio State player dead of self-inflicted gunshot

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

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Black Friday weekend slows down as allure fades

Black Friday weekend slows down as allure fades

NEW YORK - Black Friday fatigue is setting in.

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Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

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Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa - Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

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Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

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Updated: nov. 27, 2014 9:03 p.m.
FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

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Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

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