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Star-studded rock lineup honors Lynyrd Skynyrd at Fox Theatre in Atlanta

A star-studded lineup of young and seasoned rockers took to the stage of Atlanta's venerable Fox Theatre Wednesday night to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band that fomented the Southern rock genre and was a 1970s radio staple.

Ga. inmates offered diploma completion program

A newly created partnership between the Georgia Department of Corrections and a north Georgia charter school is expected to help some prison inmates earn their high school diplomas.

3 Texans get prison in drug ring linked to Georgia

Three South Texas men must serve prison terms of nearly 34 years over a cocaine and cash ring linked to Georgia.

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Ga. House GOP caucus elects leaders for 2015

The Georgia House Republican Caucus has made its leadership selections for the upcoming legislative session.

Majority of Ga. voters back raising minimum wage

Georgia Republicans are hostile to raising the minimum wage, but a majority of voters favor increasing it.

Fort Stewart troops headed to Afghanistan

About 200 members of the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart will be heading to the Middle East for a yearlong deployment supporting operations in Afghanistan.

43-year-old orangutan dies at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta says Alan was the oldest male Sumatran orangutan living in the North American population of apes managed by the Orangutan Species Survival Plan when he died Friday.

90 guns found so far this year at Atlanta airport

Authorities have found 90 guns in carry-on bags at Atlanta's airport security checkpoints so far this year.

Ga. October net tax revenue totals $1.55 billion

Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia collected $1.55 billion in net taxes in October, an increase of roughly $87 million from October of 2013.

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta building Ebola isolation unit

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is building a special isolation unit to treat children who might be infected by Ebola.

Perdue says Nunn = Obama; Nunn says Perdue = gridlock

Georgia voters heard familiar arguments in the final U.S. Senate debate before polls open, with Republican David Perdue repeatedly trying to tie Michelle Nunn to President Barack Obama and Nunn countering that Perdue is intent on continuing the dysfunction he blames on Democrats.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Tim Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it. The executive said that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay.

Local sex offenders to be monitored on Halloween

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say sex offenders on parole will be subject to increased supervision on Halloween.

Chilly weather expected across area

National Weather Service forecasters say a freeze is possible in parts of the northeast Georgia mountains Sunday, as a large area of cold high pressure builds into the region.

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NCAA: UGA's Todd Gurley must sit 2 more games, complete community service

The NCAA says that UGA star Todd Gurley can return to play November 15th, after sitting for a total of 4 games. He must also complete 40 hours of community service for accepting $3,000 in cash for autographs.

2 students test positive for tuberculosis exposure at Ga. high school

Health officials say two students have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis after about 150 students were tested at Newnan High School.

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Gov. Nathan Deal announces Ebola airport screening plan

Gov. Nathan Deal said the guidelines drawn up by the state's Ebola response team are stringent but are less restrictive than those put in place by some other states, especially with regard to health care workers who return after treating Ebola patients.

Ex-NBA star sentenced in fatal Ga. crash

A former NBA player is sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty in a fatal crash.

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Deal, Carter face off in tense Ga. gov debate

The candidates for Georgia governor came to their third and final debate ready to attack, ramping up their accusations on education, taxes and the economy.

Burned dogs showing up at Ga. animal hospital

Several dogs with burn marks on their backs have shown up in a Georgia county, and no one seems to know how or why they're being injured.

Stone Mountain homeowner kills man during shootout

Authorities say a homeowner shot and killed a man in the Stone Mountain area.

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers.

US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

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Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale is pregnant

Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

UGA postpones visit from Liberian journalist

Ebola concerns have prompted the University of Georgia to postpone a guest lecture by a Liberian journalist.

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Gov. Nathan Deal forming Ebola response team

Gov. Nathan Deal is assembling a group of experts to serve on a newly created Ebola response team.

Publix recalls snack mix

Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

Police: Driver killed in wrong-way crash on I-75

Authorities are investigating a wrong-way crash on a metro Atlanta interstate that left a motorist dead.

1 killed, 1 injured in Gainesville plane crash

Federal officials on Thursday were investigating a fiery small plane crash in northeastern Georgia that killed one person and left another seriously injured.

Ga. auditor slams state ethics commission

The Georgia state auditor has issued a report slamming the state ethics commission for management issues and is asking state Attorney General Sam Olens to investigate the commission using its own money to pay staffers' personal legal services.

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Nurse with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

A second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday from Texas to a specialized hospital isolation unit in Atlanta that has already treated three Americans with the virus.

Ga. school board votes to alter Biblical monument

A school board in northeastern Georgia has voted to alter a monument outside a high school football field that contains two Biblical references.

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Gov. Nathan Deal halts campaign events after 25-year-old GOP staffer dies

Gov. Nathan Deal has halted campaign events at least through Wednesday after a Georgia Republican Party staffer's death.

Lost 87-year-old Georgia man found in Indiana

Police say an 87-year-old man stopped for driving nearly 100 mph on a southern Indiana highway believed he was in Georgia where family members had been looking for him.

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Grammy voters spread love all around

Mumford & Sons wrapped up a completely unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year for "Babel."

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U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday delivery

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.

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Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead

Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his captor dead.

Teen wounded in Atlanta school shooting

A 14-year-old student was wounded in a shooting at a middle school Thursday in Atlanta.

Delta: Outdoor airport decks in Atlanta, NY's JFK

Delta Air Lines is planning to open outdoor terraces with sweeping runway views for its Delta Sky Clubs members at New York's John F. Kennedy and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airports.

Storms to bring wind gusts of up to 50 mph

Forecasters say severe storms will blow into Georgia on Wednesday, bringing wind gusts of up to 50 mph to northern parts of the state.

Freezing rain, sleet possible

Forecasters warn that an arctic air mass combined with moisture approaching Georgia could set the stage for freezing rain and sleet for much of the state.

Temperatures to continue falling in Georgia

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the mid-20s early Wednesday in metro Atlanta, while a freeze watch will cover several counties in south Georgia.

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Falcons' Ryan out of Pro Bowl with sprained shoulder

Smith says quarterback would have played in Super Bowl in two weeks had Atlanta won vs. 49ers

State Senate passes Medicaid plan

The Georgia Senate has passed Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to shore up the state's Medicaid system without having lawmakers approve an explicit tax to generate the money.

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Story of Te'o girlfriend death apparently a hoax

A story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the school said Wednesday.

Zaxby's warns customers of potential fraud

A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud.

Weather turning cooler; flood watch issued

Forecasters say the weekend's mild weather is giving way to cooler temperatures across Georgia.

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Golden Globes: 'Les Miserables' 'Argo' and 'Girls' win big

"Les Miserables" was named best musical or comedy at Sunday's Golden Globes, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes, honors that could boost the lush stage adaptation's prospects at next month's Academy Awards.

Target unveils year-round online price match

Target Corp. said Tuesday that its pledge to match prices of select online rivals this past holiday season is now a year-round promise.

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Bama bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS title game

Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-14 in Monday's BCS title game in Miami. The Crimson Tide won a second straight national title and third in four years.