BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" suspected of robbing banks in 13 states eluded authorities for about two years even as he stayed in plain, unremarkable sight.
Michael Francis Mara, 52, had recently moved into a modest home in Baton Rouge with his new wife, a schoolteacher. She told neighbors about his frequent business trips around the country.
ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.
ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. announced Monday that the department applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Ky.
ATLANTA - Leaders in Georgia's fractured Republican Party preached unity even as the outcome of the bruising primary runoff for governor remained in doubt. Some 2,500 votes separated the two candidates, leaving the race too close to call and a recount likely.
In unofficial returns, Nathan Deal and Karen Handel each claimed 50 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Deal did hold a slim lead with an unknown number of provisional, overseas and military ballots yet to be counted. Under Georgia law, the runner-up can request a recount if the margin is less than 1 ...
WASHINGTON - Hoping to show disenchanted voters that they are the party that cares about jobs, House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.
Lawmakers rushing back from town hall meetings and vacations for the one-day session Tuesday may also address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage of a $600 million bill to beef up surveillance along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Deal kicks off barnstorming tour
RICHMOND, Va. - Photos of a balding, stocky man believed to have robbed 25 banks in 13 states will be plastered on billboards around the country as authorities try to catch the "Granddad Bandit," the FBI announced Monday.
The agency recently traced the string of robberies back to a 2008 holdup of a SunTrust Bank in downtown Richmond. Since then, he is believed to have robbed banks all over the eastern and central U.S.
ATLANTA - Nearing a milestone in the long and divisive Iraq war, President Barack Obama on Monday hailed this month's planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops - "as promised and on schedule" - as a major success despite deep doubts about the Iraqis' ability to police and govern their country.
Portraying the end of America's combat role in the 7-year war as a personal promise kept, Obama said Iraq will have 90,000 fewer U.S. troops by September than when he took office - a steady homeward flow he called "a season of homecomings." But there could still be ...
ATLANTA - Extremely hot and humid weather will continue across Georgia.
The National Weather Service is starting to track a tropical depression that is, at present headed toward the Southeast Coast, but is still a long way off.
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SPRINGFIELD - An Effingham County man's death has been ruled a homicide months after his skeletal remains turned up in a field.
Effingham sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor says Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy results show Robert Mack died from unspecified trauma.
RINCON - A 34-year-old Chatham County corrections officer has been fired after he was charged with child molestation Monday.
Rincon police arrested James Jackson Brown at a local home. Rincon police Chief Mike Bohannon says the arrest followed an ongoing investigation.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Gov. Sonny Perdue is ordering more budget cuts by state agencies because some federal stimulus money appropriations are stalled in Congress.
The governor's office told the newspaper the 4 percent cuts would reduce state spending by about $25 million a month.
BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor says a backlog at the state crime lab is slowing analysis of evidence collected in the beating deaths of eight people last year at a mobile home in Brunswick.
Acting District Attorney David Perry told a judge Thursday that blood, DNA and fiber evidence and surveillance video tapes remain to be analyzed before being turned over to attorneys for Guy Heinze Jr., who is charged with killing his father and seven others.