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Powerful storm likely to track north of us

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

Earl is forecast to potentially brush the U.S. East Coast late Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.

August 31, 2010 | By Mike Melia Associated Press writer | State, National

Isakson raps health-care reform bill

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., expressed concerns during a meeting Tuesday in Statesboro about the nation's proposed health-care bill. At Forest Heights Country Club, Isakson spoke against the proposed "dramatic change in health care," saying the bill favored by President Barack Obama is designed "to drive everybody to a government option" when it comes to health care.

August 27, 2010 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Special to the Courier | State, National

Another Atlantic storm gets name

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land.

Earl has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is expected to become a hurricane by Friday.

August 25, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Licenses offices getting holiday

All Department of Driver Services driver's licensing and testing customer service centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4 and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. DDS centers are closed statewide every Monday. The first business day following a closed day typically is busy, so plan accordingly.

August 25, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

Judge: Troy Davis failed to prove innocence

SAVANNAH - A Georgia death row inmate given a rare chance to prove his innocence by the U.S. Supreme Court failed to clear his name with a case that was "largely smoke and mirrors," a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that sets the stage for the state to resume planning his execution.

The case of Troy Anthony Davis has been a rallying point for death penalty opponents and groups such as Amnesty International and the NAACP. Davis has insisted he was wrongly convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer in 1989 - and that he had evidence to ...

August 24, 2010 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Feds OK state voter check system

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has given Georgia approval to again verify voters' identity and citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced on Monday.

Federal officials have precleared a modified new program designed to confirm that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division had repeatedly rejected similar versions of the Georgia program.

August 24, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

Judge lets church gun ban stand

MACON - A federal judge did not immediately block a new Georgia law that would ban the carrying of firearms into houses of worship.

Gun rights advocates say they were disappointed in the decision Monday by U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

Danielle hits hurricane strength; not threatening U.S.

MIAMI - Hurricane Danielle has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it churns far out over the Atlantic.

The hurricane has maximum sustained winds Tuesday near 100 mph (160 kph) and could become a major hurricane by early Wednesday.

August 24, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

So what did they find at Fort Lawton?

MILLEN - During the waning days of the Civil War, the Confederates built a prisoner of war camp near Millen.

August 18, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

'Granddad Bandit's' wife describes quiet life

BATON ROUGE, La. - Patsy Mara doesn't doubt the man the FBI calls the "Granddad Bandit," suspected in a string of bank robberies across the country, is her husband. The 61-year-old schoolteacher, however, still has trouble reconciling the image of a holdup man who snatched money from more than two dozen banks with the gentle, loving husband she married just a year ago.

Michael Mara, 52, was arrested Wednesday after police and FBI agents acting on a tip surrounded their modest home in Baton Rouge. He surrendered peacefully after a nearly six-hour standoff.

August 13, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National

Fight to finish for Barnes, Deal

ATLANTA - As anti-establishment anger swept other parts of the nation, Georgia Republicans tapped an 18-year congressional veteran dogged by ethics allegations as the party's nominee for governor.

August 13, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

FBI says it caught 'Granddad Bandit'

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.

August 12, 2010 | By Melinda Deslatte Associated Press writer | State, National

Handel concedes to Deal

ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.

August 11, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National

DOT seeks funding for high-speed rail

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.

August 11, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National

GOP governor's race too close to call

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 ...

August 11, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National

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Why 1.2 million public housing units could be smoke-free soon

In a notable step in the government's decades-long "crackdown" on tobacco products, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed Thursday a rule to ...

November 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Michigan restaurant offers lonely people a free meal on Thanksgiving

He faced loneliness, homelessness and hunger as a young adult overseas — and now the owner of a Michigan restaurant "pays it forward" at Thanksgiving, according ...

November 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Is America's bail system anti-poor?

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced last week he's seeking an overhaul of his state's bail system, eliminating cash bails for those who are ...

November 16, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Iowa school gives kids a quarter of a graham cracker to teach them about poverty

Western Dubuque High School in Iowa had an interesting assembly Monday, according to The Telegraph Herald.

November 15, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

What a mom-daughter duo is doing to help people struggling with infertility

A mom-daughter duo has helped welcome 16 babies into the world over a three-year span with an organization aimed at supporting people facing fertility issues.

November 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

'Ban the box' movement advances with new federal employment regulations

The so-called "ban the box" movement appears to be picking up momentum.

November 12, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National

Here's why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

People receive praise when thinking outside the box, but according to Finnish parents, a strategy to keeping babies safe might be in it.

November 12, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Disney fulfills dying man's wish to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

The force was strong with 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given mere months to live back in July, the ...

November 11, 2015 | Freeman Stevenson Deseret News | State, National

Why Zooey Deschanel converted to Judaism

Actress Zooey Deschanel never identified with any particular faith — but a "grand gesture" to her husband-to-be changed that, according to Us Weekly.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Read this before you participate in the 'Secret Sister' gift exchange

A gift exchange making the rounds on social media since October boasts the chance of participants receiving up to 36 gifts just for purchasing one.

November 11, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Photographer: Cell phones at weddings are out of control

Photographer Thomas Stewart captures the once-in-a-lifetime moments during weddings brides and grooms won't want to forget.

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Watch how people react to a child getting bullied in this emotional video

In a tear-jerking PSA by UP TV, a girl waits at a bus stop and deals with what the video states 1 in 3 children ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

How one woman found out she was pregnant — an hour before giving birth

When Judy Brown rushed to the hospital Wednesday, she assumed the pain she faced was the byproduct of a gall stone or "massive blockage" in ...

November 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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