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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barac...
11:37PM ( 7 hours ago )
South Hall wedding venue approved by county commissioners
The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 42 acre tract of land in South Hall as an agri-entertainment venue to house weddings and other gatherings at its voting session Thursday night at the Hall County Government Center.
10:20PM ( 9 hours ago )
Atlanta police officer shot and killed in incident just south of Hartsfield-Jackson airport
A police officer in suburban Atlanta was shot twice and killed Thursday by a suspect who was also wounded during a law enforcement operation, authorities said.
9:28PM ( 9 hours ago )
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More than 45 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking
ATLANTA (AP) — Dozens of Georgia prison guards agreed to protect drug smuggling operations for a high-level trafficker, believing their status as correctional officers would protect them from a vehicl...
4:59PM ( 14 hours ago )
Officials investigate suspicious fire, third in less than a week in Barrow County
While investigators believe it was internationally set, they don't believe a fire in a vacant mobile home Wednesday night is related to two suspicious weekend fires.
2:30PM ( 16 hours ago )
Firefighters battle residential fire in South Hall
​While early reports indicated someone was still inside, a search of a residence on fire in South Hall County found no one Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.
1:51PM ( 17 hours ago )
John Lewis to speak at Brenau, rescheduled for February 18
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a significant figure of the American civil rights movement, will appear for a public presentation at Brenau University’s Gainesville campus next week.
5:36PM ( 13 hours ago )
House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage
The Georgia House has approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials don't have to perform same-sex marriages that violate their faith.
1:50PM ( 17 hours ago )
Gainesville schools will use Monday to make up a day of classes missed a few weeks ago
A mid-February holiday for Gainesville city school students apparently won't happen because of that bit of snow and ice that hit the area a few weeks ago.
12:35PM ( 18 hours ago )
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Diplomats trying to secure cease-fire in in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce
MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.The deal appe...
6:54AM ( 28 minutes ago )
With a massive gas leak plugged for the first time in nearly four months, an upscale Los Angeles suburb could begin to return to normalcy after schools were closed and 6,400 families were uprooted by the intermittent odor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out.Vicky Walk...
5:54AM ( 1 hour ago )
The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving...
5:54AM ( 1 hour ago )
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7-AAA Tournament: Indians, Spartans, Vikings join Banks Co. boys in semifinals
East Hall, West Hall, and Lumpkin County all took wins Thursday in the Region 7-AAA Tournament at the East Hall gym to join Banks County in advancing to the Class AAA boys state tournament...
12:17PM ( 4 hours from now )
7-AAA Tournament: West Hall girls end state tourney drought; East Hall, Banks march on
Anna McKendree was five years old the last time the West Hall girls basketball team reached the state playoffs...
11:49AM ( 4 hours from now )
Wrestling: 31 area grapplers move on to traditional semifinals
Plenty of northeast Georgia's best high school wrestlers still have a chance to claim gold this weekend at the GHSA Traditional Championships in Duluth, as 31 area grapplers battled their way into the semifinal round on Thursday.
11:22AM ( 3 hours from now )
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Bank stocks are among the top risers in European markets, led by Germany's Commerzbank, which has announced its first dividend since 2007
LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):12:0 p.m.Bank stocks are among the top risers in European markets, led by Germany's Commerzbank, which has...
7:02AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Clashes have broken out in Athens between riot police and thousands of farmers from across Greece who are protesting government plans to impose tax hikes and pension charges
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose ne...
7:02AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Official figures show that the economy of the 19-country eurozone expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2015, a fairly insipid performance given prevailing tail-winds such as low oil prices and a falling currency
BRUSSELS (AP) — The 19-country eurozone grew by a paltry quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final three months of 2015 despite tail winds such as cheap energy, an export-boosting drop in the currenc...
5:25AM ( 1 hour ago )
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Producer Rick Rubin gives musical acceptance speech for Recording Academy honor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music producer Rick Rubin didn't give an acceptance speech when he received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy. The 52-year-old Grammy winner didn't even take th...
4:39AM ( 2 hours ago )
Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of 'The Godfather' author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours
BOSTON (AP) — Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours.The 45-box archive, which includes multiple drafts with handwritt...
1:02AM ( 6 hours ago )
New York Fashion Week got going Thursday when Kanye West wowed a Madison Square Garden crowd with a new album and a new shoe and clothing collection, and BCBG Max Azria paid tribute to the late David Bowie
NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runway designs to the celebrity-filled front rows. Here are some highlights from Thursday's opening day:__KANYE WEST DR...
7:11PM ( 12 hours ago )
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Edge dominates Friday NeSmith action at Golden Isles
Chase Edge of LaFayette, Ala. was the man to beat on Friday night at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Ga., as he won Night 1 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
By Roby Helm
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New doctor at Longstreet Clinic
The Longstreet Clinic welcomes Rebecca Bedingfield Ando, MD to the Center for Women’s Health.
By AccessWDUN staff
12:59PM ( 18 hours ago )