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Chick-fil-A sets 1-day sales record

Chick-fil-A set a one-day sales record on Wednesday amid an ongoing controversy over a company executive's public stance against same-sex marriage.

Group says feds probing Georgia school discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating claims of discrimination against students with disabilities in Georgia public school systems after a nonprofit group filed a complaint targeting the state's complex education funding formula, the group said Thursday.

Severe storms possible over parts of north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia could turn severe Thursday.

Georgia spared by major damage as storms diminish

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say they had no reports of major damage as strong storms moved through north Georgia, which had been under the threat of possible tornadoes as a large weather system pushed through the state.. Much of north Georgia was under a tornado watch for several hours Wednesday

Ga. unemployment rate down for 6th straight month

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state's unemployment rate has declined for the sixth month in a row.. January's jobless rate was 9.2 percent, compared to a revised rate of 9.4 percent in December. Butler said that figure is the lowest rate since March

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Developer taking big gamble on $1B complex

ATLANTA (AP) -- Develop Dan O'Leary already has several key pieces in place for a $1 billion lottery gambling facility in suburban Atlanta: A contract on a 122-acre tract of land for the complex, a deal with a gambling company to help run it and an opportunity to win

Auto correct error causes high school to lockdown

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say West Hall High School went on lockdown thanks to an auto correct error in a text message that was sent by a student.. A student at Lanier Technical College sent a text message that meant to say "Gunna go to West Hall this afternoon"

Challenges to AL and GA immigration laws in court

When a federal appeals court hears arguments in the legal challenges against tough new laws targeting illegal immigration in Alabama and Georgia, people outside of those two states will be paying attention.

World's biggest passenger jet to serve Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Executives at Atlanta's airport say they are widening a runway and making other preparations for the world's biggest passenger jet to begin making flights to and from South Korea.. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say Korean Air plans to begin daily service between Atlanta and Seoul

Ann Romney to campaign in Georgia ahead of primary

ATLANTA (AP) -- The wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign in Georgia ahead of the state's Super Tuesday primary next week.. Ann Romney is scheduled to appear at a meet-and-greet event Thursday at a barbeque restaurant in Alpharetta. She'll then head to the grand opening of

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Olens named head of Romney's Georgia steering committee

A spokesman for GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney says that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will lead efforts in Georgia to get Romney solidified as the nominee.

Strong storms, tornadoes possible in parts of Ga.

Forecasters are predicting a moderate risk of severe storms for parts of north Georgia -- including the possibility of tornadoes -- as a large weather system pushes into north Georgia.

Ga. Senate to vote on charter schools measure

The Senate is expected to vote on a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools.

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Gingrich targeting 'Super Tuesday' states

Gingrich has acknowledged that winning his home state is crucial to his campaign but has stopped short of saying a loss here would force him out of race.

Zoo Atlanta has 2 new golden lion tamarin babies

Atlanta's zoo has two new tiny monkeys after a golden lion tamarin gave birth. Zoo Atlanta says 5-year-old Robin gave birth to three infants Saturday. One did not survive, which is not uncommon for these monkeys. The other two seem to be doing well. Golden lion tamarins are tiny monkeys that are about the size of squirrels.