News for Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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Facebook's new stock ticker: Why not LIKE or POKE?

NEW YORK (AP) FB? That's the best they could do?The company that changed how politicians raise money, dissidents start revolutions and parents keep tabs on their kids announced its stock ticker symbol Wednesday.. And it took about as much creativity as liking someone else's status.. This was Facebook's place

Authorities say teen overdosed on 'date rape' drug

A 14-year-old Northern California girl who died during a sleepover party last summer overdosed on a chemical found in so-called "date rape" drugs, but it's unclear how she got the drug, authorities said.

Transportation secretary touts Atlanta streetcar

Atlanta isn't known for its love of public transit, but the Southern capital is hoping to be the latest city to get residents and tourists on board with a $94 million streetcar project that supporters say will create jobs, promote economic development and transform the region's approach to transportation.

Small radiation amount 'could have' escaped plant

A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.

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Treasure hunter says he found $3B WWII wreck

Associated PressPORTLAND, Maine (AP) A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3

LA school officials chided for molest case silence

Angry parents confronted school officials Wednesday, demanding to know why they weren't told for a year that a teacher was suspected of photographing children in class for sexual thrills.

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Romney says GOP fight strengthens him

EAGAN, Minn. -- Barreling out of Florida with money and momentum on his side, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney said Wednesday that the bare-knuckled nomination fight thus far has toughened him up for contests to come. Chief rival Newt Gingrich is regrouping after a significant loss and faces

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Rams beat Newnan 41-25

COVINGTON -- Newton's boys basketball team started slow but was able to pick up the pace to get a 16-point, 41-25, win over Newnan on Tuesday.. Trailing 4-1 midway through the first period, the Rams (17-5 overall, 8-3 Region 2-AAAAA) started finding the bottom of the net to

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CAL THOMAS: Near decision time to strike Iran, or not?

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.. In interviews, Romney has spoken about tougher sanctions, but it's been difficult to consider the candidates' positions on

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McKoy, Turner come up big for Seminoles

CONYERS -- Marques McKoy and Dedrick Turner scored 14 points each and Salem held off Cedar Shoals 57-49 Tuesday in Conyers. The Seminoles, coming off an overtime loss to Osborne in nonregion play last weekend, improved to 14-7 overall and 4-2 in Region 8-AAAA.. Salem seemed to have things

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Region 8 champs Heritage send five to college

During National Signing Day, five players from the 2011 Region 8-AAAA title-winning team signed college scholarships, led by Ryan Watson. The defensive end, who last season was the region's defensive player of the year, inked a scholarship with the Air Force Academy.

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NC signing day

COVINGTON -- The excitement of National Signing Day was felt at all three Newton County high schools as 14 players signed their letter's of intent on Wednesday.. Getting the prize for signing with top programs were Alcovy's Devon Edwards and Eastside's Sheldon rankins.. Edwards is heading to SEC school Duke

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SEC-bound: Tomlinson to Bama, Moody to South Carolina

Dig, if you will, the picture: Alabama and South Carolina, engaged in an SEC championship in the not-too-distant future, and all of a sudden the spotlight shines on Henry County.

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Cookie Time: Girl Scouts ready to sell cookies

Area Girl Scouts are busy taking cookie orders and soon they will be outside local stores selling cookies.

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Guardman accused of bank robbery enters guilty plea

One of the two Georgia Army National Guardsmen accused of being involved in a 2010 armed robbery of a local credit union pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockdale County Superior Court.

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Rockdale jury finds Rabon guilty of murder, rape in 2008 incident

Travis Rabon faces a sentence of life without parole after a Rockdale County jury found him guilty in 10 of 12 charges against him including murder of one woman and the rape of another in 2008.

Rockdale Career Academy to hold 5K race

RCA's 2012 Fast Forward 5K & Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday. The 5K will begin at 11 a.m., and the 1-mile at 10:30 a.m.

Covington officer arrests two on drug charges

Covington Police Officer makes two daytime drug arrests Monday.

Rockdale man charged in assault on family members

A Rockdale County man faces three counts of aggravated assault.

Jeffares sponsors hunting bill

State Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-Locust Grove, is sponsoring legislation that would allow special hunting permits for terminally ill youth.

Bites and escapes: When groundhogs misbehave

NEW YORK -- They've bitten their handlers, refused to budge from their beds and lost their shadow-casting jobs to potbellied pigs. And it turns out, not all groundhogs are really that good at predicting the weather.. Not even Bill Murray as a movie weatherman escaped a couple of nips

Newton Chamber hosts franchising seminar

If you think opening a franchise is the right move for you, but don't know where to start, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar to answer your questions.

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Cookie Time: Scouts ready to sell cookies

Area Girl Scouts are busy taking cookie orders and soon they will be outside local stores selling cookies.

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Newton Medical EMS staff volunteer for week of mission work

Members of Newton Medical Center's EMS team take their medical training and strong backs to Honduras to help others.

Newton Water and Sewer Authority goes green

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is going green.

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UGA honors Conyers Inspect-All

Brandon and Brian Lunsford, University of Georgia graduates and owners of the Conyers-based Inspect-All Services, were recently honored by UGA for having the 23rd-fastest growing Bulldog business in the rankings of the 2012 Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses.

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Covington tree care company owner offers 18 years of experience in the field

After 18 years working as an arborist for a string of multi-million dollar tree service companies along the East Coast, Daniel Bauer decided to grow a business of his own. In April, he started Arbor Equity Inc., a full service tree, shrub and turf treatment company based in Covington.

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Antique collectors come to Covington

Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery traveling roadshow comes to Covington.

Rehab South offers free screenings

Rehab South Physical Therapy will offer free screenings throughout the month of February. During a 15-minute screening, a qualified therapist will evaluate any pains or injuries and give a recommendation for further medical attention.

Members of Ga. church plead for help after crash

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Members of a small Brazilian church outside Atlanta are trying to find ways to pay for bringing the bodies of loved ones back to Georgia and then, it is hoped, on to their native country to bury them.. The congregation is mourning the death of a

Sept. 11 memorial architect to speak at Ga. Tech

The architect of the National September 11 Memorial in New York City will speak at Georgia Tech. Michael Arad, who graduated from the Atlanta university in 1999, will lecture Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI: Pats TE Gronkowski sheds boot, hopes to play

The fuss over whether Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against New York hit an all-time high Tuesday after Gronkowski shed the walking boot he's been in and spoke to reporters for the first time since being injured against the Giants.