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Senate moves toward lobbyist gift limit

ATLANTA - The state Senate is headed toward a vote Monday on rules capping the gifts that lobbyists can give senators, though the prospect of those limits becoming law appears dim.

January 10, 2013 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National


Four children die in fire near Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities outside Atlanta say four children, including an infant, are dead after rescuers tried to save them from a house fire.

January 09, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 9

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.

January 09, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Court declines case banning guns from churches

ATLANTA - The U.S. Supreme Court won't overturn a Georgia law banning firearms in churches and other places of worship.

January 08, 2013 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


High court upholds Heidt convictions

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the 2010 murder convictions of an Effingham County man sentenced to life in prison for the shotgun slayings of his father and brother after they discovered the inmate was having an affair with his brother's wife.

January 08, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 8

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's pick of Chuck Hagel to helm the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP colleague, and several skeptical Democrats reserved judgment until the nominee explains his views on Israel and Iran.

January 08, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Liberty County Sheriff’s Office blotter

Dec. 22: Burglary - A resident of Victory Manor Mobile Home Park on Ruben Wells Road reported $1,802 worth of electronics, tools, medicine and accessories was taken from his secured home between 6 and 10 p.m. The resident said it appeared the front door had been forced open.

January 08, 2013 | Staff report | State, National


World briefly for Jan. 7

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying congressional opposition, President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, setting up a potentially contentious confirmation fight over the former Republican senator's views on Israel and Iran.

January 07, 2013 | Associated Press | State, National


Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

January 02, 2013 | Staff Report | State, National


Storms knock out power to thousands in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Strong storms swept across Georgia early Wednesday, part of a large weather system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes in Alabama.

December 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State, National


US storm's toll up to 6 dead as system heads east

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A winter storm system that blew through Christmas Day with Gulf Coast tornadoes and snow in the nation's midsection headed for the Northeast on Wednesday, spreading blizzard conditions that slowed holiday travel.

December 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | State, National


Ga. counties sue HSBC claiming loss of tax base

ATLANTA - Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC cost them hundreds of millions of dollars in extra expenses and damage to their tax bases by aggressively signing people to housing loans that were likely to fail.

December 26, 2012 | Kate Brumback The Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 24

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties voiced their willingness Sunday to pursue some changes to the nation's gun laws, but adamant opposition from the National Rifle Association has made clear than any such effort will face significant obstacles.

December 24, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


Cuts to ranks may shock, but it has happened before

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A war over, the Army heeds Congress' demands to cuts costs by paring its ranks. But the nation's economy is weak, and unemployment rates are high. It's an uncertain time for thousands of service members and their families.

December 23, 2012 | Susanne M. Schafer The Associated Press | State, National


World briefly for Dec. 22

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has throttled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain with Republicans. Instead, he's calling for a scaled-back measure sufficient to prevent the government from careening off the "fiscal cliff" in January by extending tax cuts for most taxpayers and forestalling a painful set of agency budget cuts.

December 22, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National


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