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Snowstorm shuts down East Coast

Snowstorm shuts down East Coast

NEW YORK - New York City looked like a ghost town early Tuesday, blanketed by a snowstorm that disrupted life for tens of millions of people along the U.S. East Coast.

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Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast

NEW YORK — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

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Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

McRAE, Ga. — The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.

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Study: Savannah River has room for Georgia, South Carolina to build new port

Study: Savannah River has room for Georgia, South Carolina to build new port

SAVANNAH — The Savannah River has enough room for cargo ships to accommodate Georgia and South Carolina adding a new port terminal downstream from the busy Port of Savannah, according to a study presented to officials from both states Monday.

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Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds

Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds

WASHINGTON - A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

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'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES - "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.

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Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK - The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

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Updated: jan. 25, 2015 10:17 p.m.
Gov. Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

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.

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GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

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.

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

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.

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Federal charges unlikely in Ferguson shooting

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.

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Georgia lawmakers plan another look at no-knock warrants

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Wanted teen agrees to return to home state of Kentucky

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.

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GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

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.

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Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

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.

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Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

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.

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Updated: jan. 16, 2015 9:20 a.m.
Ohio terror defendant due for first court appearance

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.

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Updated: jan. 16, 2015 9:18 a.m.
Belgian police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

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.

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

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.

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Flu vaccine not working well

Flu vaccine not working well

NEW YORK — This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

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Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

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In State of State Address, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal urges action on schools, roads

In State of State Address, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal urges action on schools, roads

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal urged lawmakers Wednesday to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia, proposing new powers to take over struggling schools but refraining from making any recommendation on how to pay for maintenance of the state's transportation systems.

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 Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

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Virginia lawmaker wins election amid sex scandal

Virginia lawmaker wins election amid sex scandal

RICHMOND, Va. - A state lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenage employee won it back during a special election Tuesday.

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Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

VALLEY, Ala. - An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense.

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For Coke and Pepsi, smaller sodas could pay more

For Coke and Pepsi, smaller sodas could pay more

NEW YORK - Americans want to cut back on soda, and they're willing to pay more to do it.

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Updated: jan. 13, 2015 9:05 a.m.
Poll: An appetite for labeling genetically modified foods

Poll: An appetite for labeling genetically modified foods

WASHINGTON - A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.

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Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

WASHINGTON — Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

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Gov. Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

Gov. Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recommitted to supporting criminal justice changes and alternatives to public schools on Monday as he was sworn in for a second term in office, and said his mission for the next four years is "building upon the foundation we have laid."

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Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid expansion?

Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid expansion?

Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.

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Hot cars at the annual Detroit auto show

Hot cars at the annual Detroit auto show

DETROIT - The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.

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Witness to Paris officer's death regrets video

Witness to Paris officer's death regrets video

PARIS - The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer's cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, saying he never expected it to be broadcast so widely.

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Updated: jan. 11, 2015 11:03 p.m.
Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

DETROIT - Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair.

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Updated: jan. 11, 2015 10:40 p.m.
George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

MIAMI - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

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AP sources: Romney considering 3rd run for White House

AP sources: Romney considering 3rd run for White House

WASHINGTON - In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House.

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French police seek slain terror suspect's widow

French police seek slain terror suspect's widow

PARIS - French police on Saturday were hunting the widow of one of the slain suspects in a wave of attacks around Paris, considered dangerous herself and the possible key to helping authorities dismantle what could be a terrorist network.

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Updated: jan. 09, 2015 9:37 a.m.
Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

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US adds a strong 252K jobs; unemployment dips to 5.6 pct.

US adds a strong 252K jobs; unemployment dips to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON - The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

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French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspects

French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspects

PARIS — Police SWAT teams backed by helicopters tracked two heavily armed brothers with al-Qaida sympathies suspected in the newsroom massacre of a satirical French weekly that spoofed Islam, honing in Thursday on a region north of Paris as the nation mourned the dozen slain.

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Workers face increased burden on health costs

Workers face increased burden on health costs

Health care costs are increasingly squeezing American workers, especially those in Georgia and the South, a new report released Thursday finds.

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Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.

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Emory Healthcare chief jumps to Michigan system

Emory Healthcare chief jumps to Michigan system

In a move that caught industry experts by surprise, the president and CEO of Emory Healthcare announced Wednesday that he is leaving those jobs for the same positions with a Detroit-based health system.

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Drones at CES: Sky's the Limit

Drones at CES: Sky's the Limit

LAS VEGAS - When you're searching for the hottest gadgets on the floor of this year's consumer electronics show, be sure to look up. For the first time ever, there's an International CES section dedicated to drones. More than 20 companies are showing off dozens of different models.

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2 brothers now the most wanted men in France

2 brothers now the most wanted men in France

PARIS — Two brothers are suddenly the most wanted men in France, suspected of the armed onslaught on a newspaper office that claimed a dozen lives and horrified most of the world.

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Astronomers to Earth: You've got some newly found near-twins

Astronomers to Earth: You've got some newly found near-twins

WASHINGTON - Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Hunt for 2 in French shooting that killed 12; 1 surrenders

Hunt for 2 in French shooting that killed 12; 1 surrenders

PARIS — One man sought in the deadly shooting at a French satirical newspaper has turned himself in, and police hunted Thursday for two heavily armed men with possible links to al-Qaida in the military-style, methodical killing of 12 people at the office of the newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

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2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite

2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite

SAN FRANCISCO - Two men are roughly halfway through what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park.

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