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Insurance official offers cold weather damage tips

Georgia's Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner says homeowners may be able to get financial help through their homeowners' policies if their homes are damaged by cold weather.

Ga. men convicted in militia plot to be sentenced

A federal judge is set to sentence two north Georgia men convicted of plotting to make the poison ricin in what prosecutors described as a plot against federal government officials.

74 Emory University students stricken by illness

Emory University officials say dozens of students have been stricken by gastrointestinal illnesses in recent days.

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Freeze warning issued for Southern Crescent, much of north Georgia

Below freezing temperatures expected when children are at school bus stops

The National Weather Service said a freeze warnings will be in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. It cover all of metro Atlanta, including Clayton and Henry counties.

Former MLB first baseman Moore dies in Newton County

Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57.

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Star-studded rock lineup honors Lynyrd Skynyrd at Fox Theatre in Atlanta

A star-studded lineup of young and seasoned rockers took to the stage of Atlanta's venerable Fox Theatre Wednesday night to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band that fomented the Southern rock genre and was a 1970s radio staple.

Ga. inmates offered diploma completion program

A newly created partnership between the Georgia Department of Corrections and a north Georgia charter school is expected to help some prison inmates earn their high school diplomas.

3 Texans get prison in drug ring linked to Georgia

Three South Texas men must serve prison terms of nearly 34 years over a cocaine and cash ring linked to Georgia.

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Ga. House GOP caucus elects leaders for 2015

The Georgia House Republican Caucus has made its leadership selections for the upcoming legislative session.

Majority of Ga. voters back raising minimum wage

Georgia Republicans are hostile to raising the minimum wage, but a majority of voters favor increasing it.

Fort Stewart troops headed to Afghanistan

About 200 members of the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart will be heading to the Middle East for a yearlong deployment supporting operations in Afghanistan.

43-year-old orangutan dies at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta says Alan was the oldest male Sumatran orangutan living in the North American population of apes managed by the Orangutan Species Survival Plan when he died Friday.

90 guns found so far this year at Atlanta airport

Authorities have found 90 guns in carry-on bags at Atlanta's airport security checkpoints so far this year.

Ga. October net tax revenue totals $1.55 billion

Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia collected $1.55 billion in net taxes in October, an increase of roughly $87 million from October of 2013.

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta building Ebola isolation unit

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is building a special isolation unit to treat children who might be infected by Ebola.

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Perdue win validates anti-Obama strategy

In his bid for the U.S. Senate, Republican David Perdue pressed a one-track strategy of hammering his Democratic opponent as a lackey of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Gov. Nathan Deal pledges education review in second term

Deal said revamping the state’s system for funding K-12 education and continuing his work on criminal justice will be priorities.

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Ga. Attorney Sam General Olens defeats Democrat Greg Hecht

Republican Sam Olens has won his race for re-election as Georgia's attorney general.

Perdue says Nunn = Obama; Nunn says Perdue = gridlock

Georgia voters heard familiar arguments in the final U.S. Senate debate before polls open, with Republican David Perdue repeatedly trying to tie Michelle Nunn to President Barack Obama and Nunn countering that Perdue is intent on continuing the dysfunction he blames on Democrats.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Tim Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it. The executive said that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay.

Local sex offenders to be monitored on Halloween

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say sex offenders on parole will be subject to increased supervision on Halloween.

Chilly weather expected across area

National Weather Service forecasters say a freeze is possible in parts of the northeast Georgia mountains Sunday, as a large area of cold high pressure builds into the region.

2 students test positive for tuberculosis exposure at Ga. high school

Health officials say two students have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis after about 150 students were tested at Newnan High School.

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Gov. Nathan Deal announces Ebola airport screening plan

Gov. Nathan Deal said the guidelines drawn up by the state's Ebola response team are stringent but are less restrictive than those put in place by some other states, especially with regard to health care workers who return after treating Ebola patients.

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Deal, Carter face off in tense Ga. gov debate

The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

Burned dogs showing up at Ga. animal hospital

Several dogs with burn marks on their backs have shown up in a Georgia county, and no one seems to know how or why they're being injured.

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers.

US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

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Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale is pregnant

Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

Officer fires at car after pedestrians struck at Pin Strikes bowling alley in Stockbridge

A police officer opened fire on a driver that police say struck at least two people — including an officer — after a fight in a bowling alley in Stockbridge spilled into the parking lot.

UGA postpones visit from Liberian journalist

Ebola concerns have prompted the University of Georgia to postpone a guest lecture by a Liberian journalist.

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Gov. Nathan Deal forming Ebola response team

Gov. Nathan Deal is assembling a group of experts to serve on a newly created Ebola response team.

Publix recalls snack mix

Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

1 killed, 1 injured in Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials on Thursday were investigating a fiery small plane crash in northeastern Georgia that killed one person and left another seriously injured.

Ga. auditor slams state ethics commission

The Georgia state auditor has issued a report slamming the state ethics commission for management issues and is asking state Attorney General Sam Olens to investigate the commission using its own money to pay staffers' personal legal services.

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Nurse with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

A second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday from Texas to a specialized hospital isolation unit in Atlanta that has already treated three Americans with the virus.

Ga. school board votes to alter Biblical monument

A school board in northeastern Georgia has voted to alter a monument outside a high school football field that contains two Biblical references.

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Gov. Nathan Deal halts campaign events after 25-year-old GOP staffer dies

Gov. Nathan Deal has halted campaign events at least through Wednesday after a Georgia Republican Party staffer's death.

Lost 87-year-old Georgia man found in Indiana

Police say an 87-year-old man stopped for driving nearly 100 mph on a southern Indiana highway believed he was in Georgia where family members had been looking for him.

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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