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 ...
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.
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.
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.
MILLEN - During the waning days of the Civil War, the Confederates built a prisoner of war camp near Millen.
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.
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.
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 - This week marks the 100th birthday of Georgia Department of Transportation. A century ago - on Aug. 16, 1916 - the seeds were planted for what ...
The nation's capital is one of the more aggressive areas in the country pursuing a clean energy plan, and it plans to reach those ...
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