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Space heater blamed in Morgan County fatal fire

Investigators say a space heater appears to be to blame for a fire that killed a Morgan County man on Christmas morning. The office of Georgia Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says that 54-year-old James White died in the fire that began at his home about 2 a.m. Thursday. ...

DeKalb Police looking for driver who struck 6-year-old boy

DeKalb Police are searching for the driver of a BMW that fled the scene after striking a 6-year-old riding his bicycle on Christmas. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. in suburban Atlanta at the corner of Wade Lake Trail and Wade Lake Lane in Ellenwood. Police have not identified the ...

Plans for Hindu center opposed by residents north of Atlanta

Residents in upscale neighborhoods north of Atlanta are opposing a Hindu group's plans for a 35,000-square-foot facility. Chinmaya Mission of Alpharetta gained approval from the Forsyth County Commission to build a spiritual retreat center on Pittman Road in an unincorporated area of south Forsyth County, but the Polo Golf and ...

Man shot to death in Dodge County on Christmas Day

Authorities in central Georgia are investigating the shooting death of a man on Christmas Day. Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith says 51-year-old Mark Coppack of Eastman was pronounced dead shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday at a friend's house on Garrett Oxley Road. The Telegraph newspaper of Macon reports (http://bit.ly/1ARTy0J) that ...

Police probe deaths of man, woman; bodies found on Christmas

Atlanta police are investigating the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found in a home on Christmas morning. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones the man and woman were found at a home on Mayson Turner Road around 4 a.m. Thursday. She said one of them was found with several ...

Students at medical college donate books to Ferguson library

On the evening of Nov. 24, Ashlee Nicole Sharer sat by her television as fires erupted on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The Medical College of Georgia student questioned actions and prayed for victims, all while thinking to herself: "What can I do to help?" Three weeks after the grand ...

Christmas Day fire displaces residents in apartment complex

Some residents of a suburban Atlanta apartment complex were displaced after a fire on Christmas Day. Gwinnett County fire officials say the blaze began Thursday afternoon, in a third-floor unit of the Snellville complex. They said no one was inside at the time, and everyone in the complex got out ...

Unruly passenger forces Delta plane to land in Albuquerque

Authorities say a disruptive passenger forced a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles to land at the Albuquerque International Sunport between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday. Airport spokesman Daniel Jiron told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1HJ84bv) that Sunport police arrested the passenger, who was traveling on Delta Flight ...

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2014, file photo shows the White House at sunset in Washington. After taking a shellacking in the November midterm elections, many Democrats remain confident that the 2016 presidential landscape still tilts in their favor. Republicans, meanwhile, are out to disprove the idea of an enduring “Obama coalition.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?

Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House. But Democrats couldn't sustain that coalition for this year's ...

Crowds sing patriotic song at 'The Interview'

There was no sign of fear at Atlanta's Plaza Theater among the sell-out crowd at Sony Pictures' movie "The Interview" on Christmas afternoon. If anything, the controversy and threats surrounding the movie made for a more-festive party — a friendly wait outside despite the cold, beer and cocktails to wash ...

2 dead, 5 hurt including driver arrested in Vegas

Two women are dead and five people are hurt including a 1-year-old and a 25-year-old driver who police say faces felony driving under the influence charges in a two-vehicle crash late Christmas Eve at a northwest Las Vegas intersection. Las Vegas police say an 81-year-old woman and a 63-year-old woman ...

Georgia Tech, Norcoss team up for immigrant study

A team of researchers from Georgia Tech plans a wide-ranging study of immigrants in one metro Atlanta community. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1xgyLSd ) that the Norcross City Council has approved the arrangement with Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. The study will focus on civic engagement, economic ...

1st Jekyll Island bobcat confirmed, prompts search for more

Remote-sensing cameras set up to help researchers count deer on Jekyll Island ended up capturing images of a more elusive animal that had never before been confirmed at the island state park. The only prior evidence that bobcats may live on Jekyll Island was a photograph from the early 1900s ...

Georgia unemployment rate down to 7.2 percent in November

Georgia's unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent in November, down from 7.6 percent in October. The state Labor Department reports just more than 4.4 million residents are employed out of a labor force of about 4.75 million people. Georgia still trails the nation's 5. 8 percent jobless rate after spending ...

Wildlife officials host meetings on hunting rules

State wildlife officials are inviting hunters to a series of public meetings on hunting regulations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say the meetings are sponsored by the Wildlife Resources Division and are designed to give people a chance to get involved in the ...

Mississippi towns regroup after deadly storms

Elizabeth Bordelon planned to go Christmas shopping until nasty weather blowing through southeastern Mississippi convinced her to hold off. By the time she returned Tuesday to her Columbia trailer park she had called home for only a short time, a neighbor's mobile home had flipped onto her grandmother's, trapping her ...

CDC says lab technician in Atlanta may have accidently been exposed to Ebola virus

CDC says lab technician in Atlanta may have accidently been exposed to Ebola virus.

Inmate accused of walking away from work detail recaptured

Authorities in Hall County say an inmate accused of walking away from a work detail assignment has been captured. Hall County Correctional Institute Warden Walt Davis tells The Times of Gainesville (http://bit.ly/1x4qB0d) that 35-year-old Derrick Crawford was apprehended Tuesday night. Davis said he was taken into custody outside his girlfriend's ...

Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move across state

Thunderstorms are flooding some streets and highways in south Georgia, while residents in the northwest part of the state are cleaning up downed trees and branches. Most of Georgia is under a flood watch as Christmas Eve thunderstorms continue across the state. More than 50 counties in south Georgia early ...

Augusta airport to resume nonstop flights to Washington, DC

Augusta airport authorities say nonstop flights to the Washington D.C. area will resume in March, six months after American Airlines Group ended its nonstop flight from Augusta to Reagan National Airport. Augusta Regional Airport spokeswoman Diane Johnston said the nonstop service will be seasonal, and run from March 29 to ...

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