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GA Senate runoff could
decide balance of power

Georgia voters are returning to the polls Tuesday to decide one of two unresolved U.S. Senate races that Democrats need to win for a 60-seat majority impervious to GOP filibusters.

Judge mulls
Cobb Energy settlement

MARIETTA -- Cobb Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Schuster could approve a proposed settlement today in a suit filed more than 13 months ago against for-profit Cobb Energy and Cobb Electric Membership Corporation.

Lockheed demands US pay it $147 million to not build F-22 fighters

Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, wants the U.S. Air Force to pay it as much as $147 million for stopping F-22 fighter production, according to the Pentagon's top weapons buyer.

GM may ditch Saab, Saturn,
Pontiac to win federal aid

General Motors Corp., working to cut costs to win $12 billion in government loans, is studying whether to shed its Saturn, Saab and Pontiac brands in addition to Hummer, people familiar with the matter said.


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Panic: Are consumers
scared to buy gift cards?

The panic comes from the danger that a company might declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- which means they are being liquidated.

Escaped felon back
in Acworth custody

ACWORTH - A convicted felon arrested on drug and weapons charges is behind bars after he escaped while handcuffed from an Acworth police cruiser last week.

Lembeck wants more
contract flexibility

MARIETTA - Marietta Schools Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck asked Cobb's state representatives and senators on Monday for flexibility when it comes to teacher contracts.

Pilgrim's Pride files
for Chapter 11

Chicken processor Pilgrim's Pride Corp., which in 2007 acquired Atlanta-based Gold Kist Inc., confirmed Monday it has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

State Senator: Merge black colleges with white schools

A state lawmaker told Georgia college leaders Monday they need to look at merging public historically black colleges with nearby white-majority schools to help meet budget cuts.

Man: God ordered him to
ram woman at 100 mph

A man who rammed his truck into a woman's vehicle on a highway early Friday told authorities he crashed into her while going more than 100 mph because God told him "she needed to be taken off the road."

Lawmakers fight for
F-22 production

Cobb's local lawmakers in Washington spent much of November fighting for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the continued production of which
is unassured.

Booster Accused Of Stealing
$12K From Middle School Band

A former Georgia Tech employee already in prison for using her state credit card for a five-year shopping spree is now accused of stealing money from a middle school band boosters club.

Nichols Judge Lashes
Out at Defense

Cobb County Superior Court Judge James Bodiford is fairly easy going in his courtroom demeanor, but he is also known for angry tongue-lashings of attorneys who he thinks get out of line.

Local TV news ditching seasoned
anchors to save money

The ratings for local broadcasts have gradually eroded over the years. The typical late newscast now reaches 12 percent of viewers watching TV in a given market, down from 21 percent 10 years ago.

Obama promises 'a new
dawn of American leadership'

Barack Obama promised "a new dawn of American leadership" in a troubled world, announcing a strong-willed national security team headed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who fought him long and bitterly for the presidency, and Robert Gates, the man who has been running two wars for George W. Bush.

AP boss: CNN Wire Service
is 'remarkably, abysmally written'

During a Webcast for employees, AP president and CEO Tom Curley identified CNN Wire -- and the trend it represents, that is, customers becoming competitors -- as one of the three main challenges facing the nonprofit corporation, along with the economy and newspapers' ill-health.

December Began With
Light Snow In Georgia

The month of December was greeted by snowflakes in parts of north Georgia, enough that schools in Rabun and Fannin counties were closed for the day.

Ford CEO driving, instead
of flying, to Washington DC

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will be making the more than eight-hour trip from Detroit to the Capitol by car.

India demands
Pakistan hand over fugitives

As tensions increased between nuclear-armed neighbors after the Mumbai attacks, the Indian foreign minister said Tuesday his country had demanded that Pakistan hand over about 20 people wanted under Indian law as "fugitives."

Castro attends Cuba's
first Catholic beatification

Cuban President Raul Castro attended a ceremony for the country's first religious beatification on Saturday in another sign of warming relations between the Communist-ruled island and the Catholic Church.

News Of Recession No
Surprise To Many

More bad news from Wall Street -- after days of gain last week, the Dow fell today and fell hard. The Dow sunk about 680 points to 8,149, erasing much of last week's gains. The S&P fell 80 points or nearly 9 percent -- and the NASDAQ was down 137 points.

City Councilmembers Cut
Budget Line Items

To help staunch the bleeding in next year's budget, Atlanta City Councilmembers voted Monday to cut their share of the budget by 10 percent.

Indictments against Cheney,
Gonzales dismissed

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas -- A judge dismissed indictments against Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday and told the southern Texas prosecutor who brought the case to exercise caution as his term in office ends.

NYPD: Passenger kills
bus driver in fare dispute

NEW YORK -- A man stabbed a city bus driver to death over being denied a free ride, then escaped on foot Monday in the first killing of an on-duty New York City bus driver in more than a quarter-century, authorities said.

Palin Stumps For Chambliss

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Georgia voters to back Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Tuesday's runoff in an election eve appeal that underscored her popularity within the Republican Party and the GOP's efforts to stave off erosion of its shrinking Senate numbers.

Put Borders Books
on your watch list

Shares of Borders Group Inc. continued their downward spiral Monday as concerns about weak consumer spending worsened the outlook for the already troubled bookseller.

Bush: Iraq intelligence
failure 'biggest regret'

US President George W. Bush said in an interview set for broadcast Monday that he came to office "unprepared for war" and that his "biggest regret" was the US "intelligence failure" on Iraq.

DeWolfe: Recession
hammering MySpace's growth

MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe told a Reuters conference that following the worldwide financial crises, MySpace hasn't "really seen any impact, other than we think we could have grown even more than we have."

Miami activist moves people
into foreclosed houses

Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. "All tile floor!" he says during a recent showing. "And the living room, wow! It has great blinds."

A world of trouble
awaits Obama

Picking the people was the easy part. President-elect Obama and his new national security team will now turn to a world full of vexing, linked problems on every continent, and tricky, early choices.

What the war Cabinet
says about Obama

President-elect Obama made official the worst-kept secret in Washington this morning: that his national security team will be headlined by a bitter political rival (Clinton) and a member of President Bush’s war cabinet (Gates).

Women see Clinton job
as triumph, disappointment

In what was billed as the Year of the Women in U.S. politics, the choice of Hillary Clinton as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state somehow seems both more and less than her supporters had hoped for. "I wouldn't say I'm mollified, I'm just happy she's got something she'll be good at," said Barb Hynd.

NBC News ripped: 'Never
had a reputation of honor'

Matt Yglesias rips NBC News to shreds: "Now we have NBC News caught flat-out in the midst of corruption, deceiving their viewers. And NBC News isn't sorry. They're not apologizing. They're not ashamed. Because they're beyond shame. They never had a reputation for honor, so they don't even see this sort of thing as damaging."

The Last Day Of The
Martin Senate Campaign

Monday was the last full day of Jim Martin's U.S. Senate campaign. With the help of adrenalin and caffeine and the energy of youth, the Jim Martin campaign made its final push.

Suspicious Package Found
in Atlanta Sent for Tests

Atlanta police are waiting for an analysis on a suspicious package found downtown that caused surrounding streets to be blocked off for several hours.

Georgia Police Chief Killed
In Blue Ridge Car Accident

A 33-year-old Georgia police chief was killed in a car accident Monday afternoon on a snowy road in Blue Ridge.

Youth Minister Found
Shot, Dead

Two people are in the White County jail in connection with the death of a northeast Georgia church youth minister who was found dead early Monday, hours after he called his family to say he was giving a ride to "some stranded people."

Whitney Houston Denies
Reunion With Ex

Whitney Houston's publicist has issued a statement that squashes a report in the Chicago Sun-Times last week that the singer and ex-husband Bobby Brown were back together.

Bogart Man Gets Life For
Shooting, Killing Motorcyclist

A Bogart man who fatally shot a 21-year-old motocyclist he believed had harassed his daughters has been sentenced to life in prison.

Ala. Woman Talking On Cell
Phone Hit, Killed By Train

Authorities are investigating after a woman who is thought to have been talking on her cell phone was struck and killed by a train in Albertville.

22-Year-Old Georgia Woman
Missing For Week

Authorities said they have new information about a 22-year-old woman who disappeared Nov. 24. Atlanta police said they received information that Laneeka Varnado may have left an event in College Park with another woman.

The Human Soul:
An Ancient Idea

A friend recently told me that he had finally, in middle age, found his soul mate. She was a woman he barely knew, but he was willing to give up everything to be in her sphere. With glassy eyes, he described how they were special, destined to find each other, and that in coming together they made each other whole.

Some vindication for
sick vets, but little relief

Ground combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War lasted just 100 hours, but it's meant 17 years of pain and anguish for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Mobile phones distract drivers
more than passengers

Mobile phone calls distract drivers far more than even the chattiest passenger, causing drivers to follow too closely and miss exits, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Spectacular Sky Scene
Monday Evening

Every once in a while, something will appear in the night sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. It's likely to be that way on Monday evening, Dec. 1.

Students lie, cheat, steal, but say they're good

In the past year, 30 percent of U.S. high school students have stolen from a store and 64 percent have cheated on a test, according to a new, large-scale survey suggesting that Americans are too apathetic about ethical standards.

Protesters move to
besieged airports

Anti-government protesters reinforced their siege of Bangkok's two airports Monday as the politically paralyzed country struggled with more than 300,000 stranded travelers.

Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who
trampled NY worker

Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Oil falls below $53 after
OPEC defers output cut

Oil fell more than $2 to below $53 a barrel on Monday after OPEC decided to wait until mid-December to make another cut in output to try to defend sagging prices.

Rice: Pakistan must
cooperate in terror probe

The United States has told Pakistan it expects nothing short of complete cooperation in investigations into the terrorist rampage in nuclear rival India.

Hillary Clinton nomination
could be official today

President-elect Barack Obama is filling his Cabinet at record speed, choosing loyal friends and one-time foes to guide his wartime foreign policy decisions.

World markets retreat
after last week's rally

Asian and European markets fell Monday as investors paused after last week's rally and digested signs that the U.S. holiday shopping season got off to a modest start over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Somali pirates to free
Yemen cargo ship

Somali pirates have agreed to release a Yemeni cargo ship without ransom after successful negotiations between the hijackers, local elders and a Yemeni official, a local official said Monday.

India clears last Mumbai
siege site

As authorities finished removing bodies Monday from the bullet- and grenade-scarred Taj Mahal hotel, a Muslim graveyard refused to bury nine gunmen who terrorized this city over three days last week, leaving at least 172 people dead and wreaking havoc at some of its most famous landmarks.

Costello's 'Spectacle' a
different look at music

During an interview with Elton John for the debut of his new Sundance Channel show "Spectacle," Elvis Costello didn't ask about stage costumes, boyfriends or "Island Girl." Instead, the conversation turned to Laura Nyro, Leon Russell and David Ackles.


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