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Baby beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium dies

A beluga whale calf born at the Georgia Aquarium last month stopped nursing, was not gaining weight and was fighting for her life this week. She died on Friday.

Teacher in Stone Mountain accused of permitting students to have sex

A math teacher and coach at a Stone Mountain middle school was fired this week and faces charges that he allowed students to have sex in a classroom storage closet, a school district spokesman said.

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death

Jury decides on lethal injection for 21-year-old Chechen

A federal jury on Friday sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for helping to carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264 at the world-renowned race, taking 15 hours to reach a decision.

Four dead after plane crashes onto I-285

A small plane carrying four people crashed on a busy Atlanta-area highway after taking off from a nearby airport on Friday, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.

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Ga. police charge former SEC football standout with murder in child's death

A former SEC-standout football star has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son in Buford, Ga.

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Five Georgia Southern University students killed in crash

Five students were killed and two were injured in an accident along Interstate 16 near Savannah on Wednesday morning.

Former Georgia police chief indicted over shooting wife in bed

A grand jury indicted a former Atlanta-area police chief late on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct for shooting his wife in bed on New Year's Day in an apparent accident that left her partly paralyzed.

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Eleven former Atlanta public school educators guilty in test-cheating case

Eleven former Atlanta public school educators were found guilty by a jury on Wednesday on charges of racketeering in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals.

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Gov. Nathan Deal declares State of Emergency for northern counties ahead of winter storm

Governor's move opens up state resources for disaster preparedness in areas expecting ice

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency for disaster preparedness for the 15 North Georgia counties under a winter storm warning and will ask state workers in affected areas who are not involved in emergency response to work from home.

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Chick-fil-A offers free coffee all month

For the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A restaurants will give customers free cups of its new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers hot or iced coffee all day long.

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Georgia's Phillip Phillips, American Idol winner seeks to escape contract

Leesburg native files contract compaint with California state government

Saying he is “grateful for the opportunities” American Idol afforded him, Phillip Phillips is suing to gain control of his career.

FBI gives 'all clear' after bomb threat hoax at Hartsfield-Jackson

Law enforcement targeting Twitter account in investigation

The FBI and Atlanta police are investigating a Twitter account tied to a bomb threat at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

National Retail Federation said 2014 holiday sales highest in three years

The National Retail Federation announced Wednesday that holiday retail sales hit their highest peak since 2011 amid a boost of consumer confidence and lower gas prices.

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Gov. Nathan Deal focuses on new beginnings for Georgia residents in inaugural address | PHOTOS

Governor highlights prison reforms, charter schools in speech

Gov. Nathan Deal began his second term Monday by focusing on new beginnings for those residents who have lost their liberties and the youngest residents who are not yet old enough to exercise their political will at the ballot box.

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Mercedes-Benz to move U.S. headquarters to Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from northern New Jersey, affecting about 1,000 employees.