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Pirates set season scoring high, beat Braves 9-3

Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.

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Rondo-less Celtics try to even series vs. Hawks

Rajon Rondo lost control in the final minute of Game 1, and that means he won't be on the court for Game 2.

More deals coming as NFL draft continues?

The second round of the NFL draft begins Friday night with St. Louis on the clock. Unless, of course, the Rams and the rest of the teams are still in a trading mood.

Jones, Evans meet in UFC 145's bitter rivalry bout

How Rashad Evans and Jon Jones ended up in the octagon at UFC 145 in Atlanta on Saturday night combines a little Greek tragedy, the dueling viewpoints of "Rashomon," and a good dose of "Warrior," last year's MMA film about brothers who fight for a title.

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Georgia's defense may have edge in G-Day game

Georgia's offense, led by quarterback Aaron Murray, has been overmatched at times this spring when lining up against a defense that returns nine starters.

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Two stars, and a wide-open field at Masters

There is so much anticipation about the clash of generations between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods it's as if they were the only two players competing for a green jacket, much like the days of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Far from it.

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MLB 2012: Key dates for the upcoming season

A new home for the Fish, a special anniversary and a farewell to the NL for the Astros highlight the 2012 major league season. A handful of dates to mark on the schedule:

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Baseball's oldest stars are some of its greatest

New York's Mariano Rivera and Atlanta's Chipper Jones aren't the only ones in the 40s still playing a young man's game.

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TOP ROOKIES: Several newcomers hoping for big impact

Check out these rookies to watch, beginning with two players trying to follow in teammate's footsteps.

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MLB PREVIEW: Bracing for an extra wild season

The major leagues are now a major free-for-all. Credit (or blame) goes to an expanded postseason format that adds two more wild-card clubs this October.

Who has the best odds to win the year's first major?

Glantz, Culver give their odds on the Masters field

Bios of top Masters contenders

Check out this year's top players — listed in order of predicted finish

Masters Facts and Figures

Quick glance, including TV schedule, for this year's event

Woods, McIlroy take starring roles in the Masters

Golfers take paths over the past years that would have been difficult for anyone to chart

Slow year thus far for Scott

Aussie hasn't spent much time on the course in 2012

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NL EAST: Team-by-team breakdown

Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year.

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Braves eager to turn the page on last September

Atlanta's historic September collapse loomed over the winter like a bad hangover, and the questions didn't let up just because the team is heading into a new season. Until the Braves start carving out a different path — one that, for their sake, better end with a trip to the playoffs — they're going to be queried about what happened a year ago.

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Final Four brings big programs to Big Easy

Looking for those charming underdog stories? Go find the DVD from last year. This year's Final Four brings together an ensemble of big-name schools.

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Romney, Santorum, Gingrich split ‘Super Tuesday’ spoils

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney rolled to primary victories in Virginia, Vermont and home-state Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, reaching for a decisive advantage in the most turbulent race for the Republican presidential nomination in a generation.

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Twister slams same area hit by killer storm in '11

HARVEST, Ala. — A north Alabama community is in shock after being hit twice in 10 months by tornadoes.

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Thousands without power, but no deaths in Tenn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Thousands of homes remained without power in Tennessee a day after a massive wave of tornado-spawning storms swept through, killing 35 people nationwide but sparing state residents.

Baby found alive in Indiana field after storms

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A baby girl was found alone and alive in an Indiana field 10 miles from her home after violent storms spawning twisters swept through the Midwest and South, officials said.

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Storms demolish small towns in Ind., Ky.; 38 dead

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. — Rescue workers with search dogs trudged through the hills of Kentucky, and emergency crews in several states combed through wrecked homes in a desperate search Saturday for survivors of tornadoes that killed dozens of people.

Oscars to drop Kodak name from awards show

Oscar organizers have agreed to drop mentions of the Kodak Theatre from Sunday's broadcast.

Freezing temperatures blast Georgia

Temperatures plunged well below freezing across Georgia Tuesday morning, prompting at least four school systems to close.

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LSU’s Miles wins AP coach of the year

Within one more victory of an unbeaten season and a BCS national title, LSU coach Les Miles has been voted The Associated Press Coach of the Year.

Mystery man buys gift cards for hungry, homeless

WAYCROSS -- The owner of a south Georgia McDonald's restaurant says a man walked in and bought $500 in gift cards, then handed them back to the manager and asked that they be used for the hungry and homeless.. Brian Fey, owner

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Atlanta Hawks to pay tolls for drivers on freeway

The Atlanta Hawks plan to cover the tolls drivers normally pay on Georgia 400 during Tuesday morning's rush hour.

Georgia's unemployment rate falls to 9.9 percent

Georgia's unemployment rate has fallen sharply to 9.9 percent in November, the largest one-month decline in 34 years.

Last F-22 Raptor jet to roll of Ga. assembly line

MARIETTA -- The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet is scheduled to roll off the assembly line at a Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta on Tuesday.. Reports say that the jet will be the last of 187 F-22s produced for the U.S. Air Force, completing its operational fleet.. The

Ga. man accused of posing as lawyer

MARIETTA -- Cobb County sheriff's officials say a Lithia Springs man is accused of posing as an attorney and even appearing in court on behalf of clients even though they say he doesn't have a license to practice law.. Authorities say that 51-year-old Glover Carl Lewis was arrested

Thieves steal cooking oil from chicken restaurant

Thieves steal cooking oil from chicken restaurant. VILLA RICA -- Authorities in Villa Rica say can't recall a theft quite like the heist of several gallons of cooking oil from a fried chicken restaurant.. Police say that two people early Saturday morning backed a truck up to the 55-gallon

Ga. gets $4M grant for high-speed rail to NC

Georgia has received a $4.1 million grant to continue work on a high-speed rail project linking Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C.

UGA researchers work on breast cancer vaccine

Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona say they have developed a vaccine that attacks breast cancer in mice.. UGA said in a release Monday that the vaccine dramatically reduces tumors in a mouse model that

GDOT, Tenn. company to pay clean water fines

Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act for possible violations during highway expansion projects.

Four Fort Stewart soldiers arrested, denied bond

Four Fort Stewart soldiers have been denied bond on charges connected to the killings of a former serviceman and a teenager in Long County.

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Students raise trout in Georgia classrooms

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School students in Melissa Paul's class are used to hand-on projects; class lessons have included raising chickens, growing poinsettias and making cheese.

Georgia tax revenues show another monthly increase

For the 17th straight month, Georgia's tax collections rose 7 percent last month and are nearly 7 percent ahead of last year.

Man gets life in prison in Gainesville killing

A Gainesville man has been sentenced to life prison in connection with a deadly shooting at a housing complex in the northeast Georgia city.

New immigration measure is in all 159 Ga. counties

All 159 Georgia counties will now share fingerprint information with federal immigration authorities to help identify people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes.

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Maintenance man arrested in Ga. girl's slaying

A 20-year-old maintenance man with no known criminal past was arrested Wednesday in the beating death of a 7-year-old north Georgia girl who was abducted at the apartment complex where she lived and he worked and her body left in a trash bin.

Georgia sees jump in charter school enrollment

Georgia is among a handful of states leading the nation in adding charter schools.

Newell Rubbermaid closes $800 million credit pact

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. said on Wednesday that it has closed a five-year, $800 million credit agreement to replace a smaller credit pact that had been scheduled to mature next November.

Funeral set for Canton girl who was abducted, beaten

A Canton funeral home announced that services for a 7-year-old girl who police say was abducted and killed have been set for this weekend.

Six Flags offers free pass for kids who read

Six Flags Over Georgia is partnering with Discovery Education to offer free admission to K-6 students who participate in Read to Succeed, an online program that aims to encourage kids to read outside the classroom.

Savannah police find dead newborn in garbage truck

Savannah police are investigating the death of a newborn baby found amid trash in the back of a garbage truck.

State Sen. Vincent Fort discloses he has prostate cancer

State Sen. Vincent Fort says he has prostate cancer. The Atlanta Democrat told The Associated Press he was diagnosed this summer and is deciding now on a course of treatment.

Macon native soul singer Howard Tate dies at 72

Soul singer Howard Tate has died in his New Jersey apartment a decade after a career resurrection that followed years of tragedy and obscurity.

Georgia PSC approves low-income heating assistance

The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved spending $10 million to help low-income and older people pay their heating bills.

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For Herman Cain, the campaign all but over

Herman Cain is still campaigning for president. But by most measures, his White House bid is all but over.