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Weather Channel
in Cobb cuts staff

Officials at the NBC-owner The Weather Channel blamed the slow economy for lay offs annouced Wednesday at the Cobb County based cable network.

Official: District faces threat of
legal action from Facility Group

MARIETTA - The Cobb School District, which has paid the Facility Group to carry out its SPLOST projects since 1998, may now face a lawsuit from the embattled firm for alleged unpaid work, school district spokesman Jay Dillon said Wednesday.

Ex-railcar owner to pay fine

The former owner of the Pullman dining car off the Marietta Square was fined $1,000 in Marietta Municipal Court on Wednesday for failing to correct the train's dilapidated condition.


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KSU acquires
homestead in Bartow

KENNESAW - Kennesaw State University has acquired the Bartow County homestead of Georgia author Corra Harris.

Clinton stumps for Martin

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday appealed to Georgians to send Democrat Jim Martin to Washington arguing the state's hotly contested Senate runoff must provide a "bridge not a firewall" to the progress promised by President-elect Barack Obama.

Detroit automakers'
rescue stalls in Senate

A plan to give troubled U.S. automakers billions of dollars in government-backed loans is on life support, leaving the fate of hundreds of thousands of workers and Detroit's once-venerable car companies hanging in the balance.

US home construction
sinks to new record low

Construction of new homes plunged last month to the lowest level on records going back nearly 50 years as U.S. builders slashed production while Wall Street nosedived.

Brian Nichols: I should
have shot one more person

Jurors in the Brian Nichols death penalty phase heard Wednesday that Nichols said after his arrest that he should have shot one other person on his way out of the Fulton County Courthouse.

Silverbacks to skip
2009 season

The Atlanta Silverbacks are joining the ranks of the AT&T Classic and the Tour de Georgia in 2009: That is, postponed.

Song about shooting helps
convict Georgia rapper

He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police say, a Dublin rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name.

Thousands not signing absentee
ballot applications

Thousands of voters in Metro Atlanta waiting for absentee ballots in the December 2 runoff won't be getting them. Officials say the applications they sent in were incomplete and are now worried the voters won't be notified in time to submit a new one.

This is change? Obama inner
circle looks like Clinton redux

Obama has a momentous opportunity to do what he repeatedly promised over the course of his campaign: bring actual change. But the more we learn about who Obama is considering for top positions in his administration, the more his inner circle resembles a staff reunion of President Bill Clinton's White House.

Conservative: God in
Republican Party is killing it

"To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh."

Bush set to relax
endangered species rules

Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

Arraignment set for indicted Cheney,
Gonzales in Texas

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas A Texas judge has set a Friday arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others named in indictments accusing them of responsibility for prisoner abuse in a federal detention center.

No sweat: Obamas work
fitness into daily routine

Many women recoil at the thought of baring their arms in sleeveless dresses or blouses, but not Michelle Obama -- half of the fabulously fit new first couple.

Oil falls below $53 on
fears of deep recession

Oil prices fell below $53 to almost a two-year low Thursday as investors, worried by plummeting stock markets, priced in lower crude demand as the global economic downturn shapes up to be the worst in decades.

NC undercover officers
use Taser on pallbearer

WILMINGTON, N.C. Five sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after they used a Taser while serving an arrest warrant on a man at his father's funeral, a North Carolina sheriff said Wednesday.

Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama
by calling him a 'house negro'

Al-Zawahri says in an audio message, which appeared on militant Web sites Wednesday, that Obama is "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X. He calls Obama a "house negro."

Hawks Stop Wizards,
End 4 Game Skid

Marvin Williams hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Caron Butler's 32-point effort to beat the Washington Wizards 91-87 on Wednesday night.

Crisis Claiming Contractors'
Livelihoods, Too

There are so many casualties of this economic crisis -- from Wall Street to mortgage companies; from homebuyers to home builders -- like Stephen Macauley.

Political Big Wigs Hitting
Georgia For Senate Runoff

The stars are out in Georgia, and will stay out until December 2. The state is being inundated with political celebrities as the Senate race between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin is watched by the nation.

Recent Fires Are Reminder:
Check Your Chimney

Investigators say two recent fires in Metro Atlanta started in chimneys. Early Wednesday morning, a home on Harris Road in Fulton County went up in flames.

Man Killed In High Speed
Wreck Identified

A horrific scene on Georgia Highway 400 on Tuesday -- when a man who was driving more than 120 mph, according to police, crashed into a bridge abutment.

Teacher Retirement Increases
Saved -- For Now

More than 100,000 retired Georgia teachers are breathing a little easier Wednesday. That's because the mandatory twice a year cost of living increases in their pensions are safe -- for now.

Homeowners Angry Over
Fee to End Service

For 28,000 Waste Industries customers in Gwinnett County, there's a big surprise on their final bill.

Man Convicted In
Pot Farming Case

A north Georgia man has been convicted of conspiracy to grow hundreds of marijuana plants in and around the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Gun Confiscated From
Nichols Victim's Widow

Twice in the past week, weapons have been taken from people who were entering the courtroom where the sentencing phase of the Brian Nichols trial has been taking place.

2-Alarm Fire Burning At
DeKalb Warehouse

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Thursday morning at a DeKalb County business. The fire started in a trailer behind A-Z Wholesale, then spread to the company's warehouse.

Atlanta Firefighters Face
More Possible Job Cuts

The Atlanta Fire Department is facing more possible job cuts and closed fire stations. The city is looking at ways to save money and has not ruled out firefighters furloughs or closing fire stations.

Man Claiming To Be Army General
Charged With Child Molestation

A Fayette County man who claimed to be a general is facing child molestation charges. Officers arrested John William Harvey, 70, at his home in a mobile home park in Fayette County, according to Det. Joshua Shelton with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

Georgia economy bleaker than
thought, Dhawan says

Job losses have been worse than expected in Georgia and the state can expect only a mild recovery in 2010, according to Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Robinson College of Business of Georgia State University.

U.S. housing starts
lowest since 1959

Two key measurements of the housing market show that the sector is a long way from ending its historic slump, but the South showed slight improvement.

Report eyes new funding
for transportation

Georgia will have to tap a range of funding sources to plug a gap between the state's transportation needs in the next 20 years and money that otherwise would be available, a consultant said Wednesday.

Teen lives 4 months with
no heart, leaves hospital

D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."

Clump of dark matter may
loom near solar system

A balloon-borne instrument soaring high over Antarctica has found evidence of a possible large clump of mysterious so-called dark matter relatively close to our solar system, scientists said on Wednesday.

President-elect promised
change, picking insiders

President-elect Barack Obama promised the voters change but has started his Cabinet selection process by naming several Washington insiders to top posts.

Bush set to relax
endangered species rules

Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

NC undercover officers
use Taser on pallbearer

Five sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after they used a Taser while serving an arrest warrant on a man at his father's funeral, a North Carolina sheriff said Wednesday.

Somali pirates hijack Thai
fishing boat, 16 crew

Separate bands of pirates hijacked two ships and captured their crews, while yet another opened fire on an Indian navy ship before being driven off clear signs that the brigands roaming the Gulf of Aden are becoming bolder and more violent, officials said Wednesday.

Recession fears send
world markets down

European and Asian stock markets tumbled Thursday after recession fears sent Wall Street plunging the day before.

Arizonan will head
Homeland Security

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Obama, Democratic officials said.

Calif. Supreme Court to
take up gay marriage ban

California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

Hungry in Zimbabwe:
'If you rest, you starve'

Katy Phiri, who is in her 70s, picks up single corn kernels spilled from trucks that ferry the harvest to market. She says she hasn't eaten for three days.

Astronauts vow remaining
tool bag won't drift away

Astronauts vowed to double-check, even triple-check, to make sure a bag of tools is properly tied down during a spacewalk Thursday so it doesn't float away like one did earlier this week.

Somali pirates transform
villages into boomtowns

Somalia's increasingly brazen pirates are building sprawling stone houses, cruising in luxury cars, marrying beautiful women even hiring caterers to prepare Western-style food for their hostages.

Finger-pointing begins as
Senate nixes auto vote

A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president.


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