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GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

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Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

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.

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

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.

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Ahead of winter storm, Georgia delays woman's execution

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.

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Updated: feb. 25, 2015 12:00 p.m.
Snow falls in the South as another storm hits region

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.

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

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."

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Rural health panel backs changes at struggling Georgia hospitals

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.

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Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

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.

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Updated: feb. 22, 2015 10:18 p.m.
Georgia House passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

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.

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Georgia health exchange enrollment soars past half a million

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.

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

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.

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Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

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

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

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.

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Updated: feb. 17, 2015 6:49 p.m.
From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

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.

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Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

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.

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Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

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.

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Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya, pushes for international action

Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya, pushes for international action

CAIRO — Egypt bombed Islamic State militants in neighboring Libya on Monday and called on the United States and Europe to join an international military intervention in the chaotic North African state after extremists beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians.

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Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms

Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms

ATLANTA — U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays.

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Updated: feb. 16, 2015 9:02 p.m.
Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

CHICAGO - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

LOS ANGELES - Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.

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Updated: feb. 15, 2015 6:04 p.m.
Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's judicial building office overlooks Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

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Updated: feb. 15, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Police say Copenhagen gunman had criminal record, gang past

Police say Copenhagen gunman had criminal record, gang past

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The slain gunman suspected in the deadly Copenhagen attacks was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists - and possibly the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Danish authorities said Sunday.

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Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

WASHINGTON — After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.

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Schools react to takeover plan as Gov. Deal seeks support

Schools react to takeover plan as Gov. Deal seeks support

ATLANTA — Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

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Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage crumbles

Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage crumbles

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gays and lesbians could get licenses to marry in more than half of Alabama's counties Friday after a federal judge affirmed her ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Updated: feb. 13, 2015 8:42 p.m.
Georgia Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

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.

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

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.

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Deal wants powers to take over failing schools

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.

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Georgia health officials identify 35 in measles exposure

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.

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Were three slain for their religion or their parking space?

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.

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Study finds beach trash even on Georgia's secluded islands

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.

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

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.

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Team manager has moment to shine at game

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.

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US recovery gaining strength

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.

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Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

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.

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

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.

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Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on Islamic State

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.

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

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.

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Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

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.

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Ga. man suspected of killing 5 arrested in Mississippi

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.

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Obama wants $42M to deepen Savannah harbor

Obama wants $42M to deepen Savannah harbor

SAVANNAH — More than two years after the federal government approved deepening the waterway used by cargo ships to reach the Port of Savannah, President Barack Obama on Monday began pushing for $42 million to start helping Georgia pay for the $706 million project.

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Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK — Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

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Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA — The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant near Waynesboro that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.

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Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

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Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

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