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Ga. officers accused of protecting drug deals

Federal authorities say they've arrested 10 current and former metro Atlanta law enforcement officers accused of accepting thousands of dollars to provide protection during drug deals in an undercover federal operation.

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New plans for armed school employees in Ga.

School employees in Georgia could not be punished for refusing to carry firearms under changed legislation being debated by state lawmakers.

Ga. asks for new border, water from Tenn. River

Georgia lawmakers are once again asking to redraw its northern border in the hope of getting water from the Tennessee River.

Obama to announce 34K troops to be home in 1 year

President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

Stone Mountain police barred from using radar guns

Police in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain will not be able to use their radar guns for a year after state officials said the department failed to recertify the technology, a step that's required annually.

Another syringe linked to Ga. Walmart store

Sheriff's officials say they believe a syringe found in birdseed at a Georgia Walmart is unrelated to more than a dozen syringes found in clothing items at the same store in late 2011.

Man shot by Loganville mother recovering from wounds

An accused home invader is recovering from his injuries after being shot five times at close range by a Georgia mother in a case that's been highlighted by firearms enthusiasts.

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Ga. woman, 79, arrested on drug charges

Authorities say a 79-year-old Atlanta woman has been arrested on drug charges after police found nine pounds of marijuana in her home.

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McCann's status on spring questions list for Braves' Gonzalez

Third-base competition, battle for No. 5 starting pitcher slot also among issues as team kicks off spring training

Streaking Bulldogs try to continue SEC winning streak

UGA on its best run since 2001, over .500 for the first time since basketball season opener

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Georgia revenues up more than 10 percent

Tax collection growth in Georgia grew by more than 10 percent last month, potentially improving the state's budget situation.

Flash flood watch issued as heavy rain continues

Forecasters are warning of the potential for flash flooding in Georgia as heavy rain continued to fall in many parts of the state.

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Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI to resign this month

Pontiff, who has served as head of the Catholic Church since 2005, will be first to resign in nearly six centuries.

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Grammy voters spread love all around

Mumford & Sons wrapped up a completely unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year for "Babel."

Bill would close talks on troubled school boards

State education officials could deliberate privately on whether to recommend the removal of troubled school boards under a plan being considered by Georgia legislators.

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Homes wrecked, dozens hurt in Mississippi tornado

A tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and injured more than a dozen people.

Snedeker closes out victory at Pebble Beach

Latest title part of an incredible run that featured a Tour Championship win, his Ryder Cup debut

Tech women fall at home to Tar Heels

Yellow Jackets doomed by 31 turnovers in narrow loss

UGA women fall to LSU

Ninth-ranked Bulldogs see four-game winning streak end in Baton Rouge

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3 injured in shootings at Ga. Waffle House

Clayton County police are investigating a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Lovejoy that injured three people.

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NYC, New England brace for up to 3 feet of snow

Snow began to fall around the Northeast on Friday at the start of what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and residents scurried to stock up on food and supplies ahead of the storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond.

Ex-prison doctor to be sentenced in sex abuse case

A former prison doctor who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting inmates who came to him for treatment at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta is set to be sentenced.

Lilburn driver hits, kills bicyclist in Cobb Co.

Police are investigating an accident that claimed the life of a bicyclist outside Atlanta.

Hall Co. boy charged with making threat involving school

Authorities say a seventh-grade student at a Hall County school is accused of making a terroristic threat after they say another student heard the 14-year-old make a comment about "shooting up the school."

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U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday delivery

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.

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Atlanta airport retains title as world's busiest

Airport officials on Tuesday said passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 -- making 2012 the busiest year ever for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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US home prices rose last year by most in 6.5 years

U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand.

Ga. deputy sentenced for trading stolen drugs

Officials in the U.S. Attorney's office say a former Tattnall County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nine years in prison for selling illegal drugs he stole from the evidence room.

2 Ga. men arrested on sex trafficking, rape charges

Police in DeKalb County have arrested two men on charges of sex trafficking, rape, false imprisonment and drug offenses.

New bridge among 17 Ga. infrastructure projects

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced it plans to begin working on 17 infrastructure improvement projects throughout the state.

Police: 4 people found dead in Johns Creek apartment

Police in metro Atlanta say four people, including two children, have been found dead inside an apartment in a possible murder-suicide.

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Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead

Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his captor dead.

Paper, plastics fuel fire at abandoned Atlanta warehouse

Firefighters were putting out hotspots at an abandoned warehouse that caught fire near the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, sending thick smoke into the neighborhood.

Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays as members

President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

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Beyonce electrifies at Super Bowl halftime show

If naysayers still doubted Beyonce's singing talents — even after her national anthem performance this week at a press conference — the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show.

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Fiery crash in Cobb County kills 2 teens

A fiery one-vehicle crash in Cobb County has claimed the lives of two teenagers from Marietta.

Tour bus overturns east of LA, multiple deaths

A tour bus overturned Sunday on a rural desert highway in Southern California, killing multiple people, a fire department spokesman said.

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Oh the drama! Super Ads go epic

Super Bowl ads this year morphed into mini soap operas. (Video inside)

Mickelson finishes off wire-to-wire win

Lefty finishes two strokes off Armour's PGA Tour record for lowest four-round score

No. 13 UGA women defeat No. 8 Kentucky

Miller scores career-high 25 as Bulldogs notch SEC road win

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Tech makes key plays in victory over UVA

Gwinnett grads Bolden, Carter score 14 each for Yellow Jackets

Volunteers clearing tornado debris in Adairsville

The mayor of Adairsville says more than 1,000 volunteers helped with tornado cleanup in the north Georgia city this weekend.

Oops: Ga. woman leaves meth at Wal-Mart

A shopper at a Wal-Mart in Columbus left behind something illegal — a small bag of methamphetamine.

Ga. man charged in death of newlywed wife

A middle Georgia man who was charged in the shooting death of his newlywed wife was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

MARTA bus driver stabbed during morning route

Transit officials say a bus driver was stabbed on the job in metro Atlanta.

GBI: Ga. teacher charged with having sex with students

A special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a south Georgia high school teacher is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly having sex with at least seven students.

Police: Man shot at Morehouse College

A Morehouse College student has been hospitalized after being shot over a pick-up basketball game.

Suspected Ga. tornado prompts state of emergency

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in Bartow and Gordon counties, areas that were hardest hit during a suspected tornado.

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Powerful storm flips cars, decimates homes; 2 dead

A fire chief says a storm that roared across northwest Georgia has left overturned vehicles on Interstate 75, and crews are responding to reports of people trapped in residential and commercial buildings.

Tornado watch expired for Gwinnett, metro Atlanta

The National Weather Service has called off the tornado watch for all of metro Atlanta. It was originally scheduled until 8 p.m.