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Santorum says he'll be in 2-man race with Romney

Rick Santorum says he expects to do well in the next GOP presidential contests and will be in a two-man race with Mitt Romney.

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Southwest launches service in Atlanta

Southwest Airlines is launching its service in Atlanta after years of eyeing the area.

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Lin-Sanity: Knicks benchwarmer becomes a star

Jeremy Lin went from sleeping on his brother's couch and riding the bench for the Knicks to the NBA's new "Mr. It" after exploding on the scene during the last week.

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Ward willing to restructure deal with Steelers

The Steelers say they aren't going to retain the franchise's all-time leading receiver, but Hines Ward is now offering to restructure his contract to stay in Pittsburgh.

Athens man charged with giving police 100 mph chase

Police say an Athens man has been jailed after he assaulted his girlfriend, stole a car and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

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Complaints: Sandusky leering at children from home while on house arrest

According to complaints, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been caught watching children in a nearby schoolyard from the back porch of his home as he awaits trial -- on house arrest -- for child sexual abuse charges, stemming from his time with the Nittany Lions.

Ex-UGA star Moreno arrested for DUI

Former University of Georgia star running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested by Denver police Wednesday on a drunken driving charge.

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Hawks lose at home to 76ers, 98-87

The Hawks fall at home for just the third time this year, in large part because of the 76ers’ bench, which scored 54 points and had four players in double figures to defeat Atlanta, 98-87.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI NOTEBOOK: Gronkowski finally practices; 'Never Miss a Super Bowl' club still going strong

Rob Gronkowski practices Thursday for the first time since injuring his ankle during the AFC Championship game and says he expects to play Sunday night in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.

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Reports have Trump endorsing Gingrich

Real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump intends to endorse Newt Gingrich's GOP presidential bid, according to a source close to Gingrich's campaign.

Actor John Travolta donates jet to Georgia museum

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Actor John Travolta plans to donate a jet plane to a museum in central Georgia.. Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says the actor will donate a G-2 Gulfstream executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Museum of Aviation

Georgia musicians form to oppose Walmart plans

Musicians connected to R.E.M., the Drive-By Truckers and other Georgia bands have joined forces to perform live and in a video as part of an effort to stop a planned Walmart store from being built in Athens.

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Mayweather to fight May 5 — but not against Pacquiao

The Fight of the Century looks like it may never happen after Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again talks a big game about squaring off against Manny Pacquiao but then does an about-face and changes his mind just when it looks like the negotiations could be finalized, deciding instead Wednesday to schedule a May 5 bout in Las Vegas against journeyman Miguel Cotto.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Florida State lands nation’s No. 2 recruiting class

Florida State and head coach Jimbo Fisher ends National Signing Day with the nation's No. 2-rated signing class, marking one of the best offseason in Seminoles history. (ADDS: Florida State's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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.

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.

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Joe Johnson scores 30 as Hawks beat Raptors

Joe Johnson has averaged 30 points in his past four games against Toronto and continued that trend Tuesday night with a season-high 30 in Atlanta's 100-77 victory.

Pythons apparently wiping out Everglades mammals

A burgeoning population of huge pythons -- many of them pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big -- appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Everglades, a study says.

Murdered NC girl's father deported to Australia

The father of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her stepmother in western North Carolina has been deported to his native Australia.Attorney Shell Pearce says his client, Adam Baker, was deported

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Easy in The Big Easy

The Hawks jump out to a 27-11 lead after the first quarter and cruise to a 94-72 win against the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Sunday, winning their fourth out of their last five games.

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Rock holds off McIlroy, Tiger at Abu Dhabi

Tiger Woods’ ball striking left him Sunday and he couldn’t keep up with Englishman Robert Rock, who stayed poised in the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship to hold off Woods and Rory McIlroy to win his second tournament title.

Residents warned after rabid bobcat bites dogs

Authorities in Hall County are warning residents to be cautious about rabies after a rabid bobcat bit two dogs.

Hall County rejects town's plan to reach Lake Lanier

A northeast Georgia town's attempt to annex roads that would connect it with Lake Lanier has been rejected by county commissioners.

Tax the rich? GOP candidates say no way

No matter what polls say about tax fairness, the Republican presidential candidates all say calls to tax the rich fall flat with them.

Pedestrian struck, killed on PIB in Doraville

DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed on a major thoroughfare in Atlanta's northern suburbs shortly before the Friday morning rush hour.. Authorities say the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The accident occurred in Doraville, just

UGA launches statewide obesity initiative

The University of Georgia has launched an initiative to help the state address a growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity.

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Gingrich reveals income, but not how he earned it

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich beat his main GOP presidential rival, Mitt Romney, to the punch by releasing his most recent tax return. But Gingrich still hasn't revealed how he earned most of his $3.1 million.

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Ga. police would auction guns under new proposal

Law enforcement agencies would be required to auction off confiscated or abandoned guns to the public under a proposal from a Georgia lawmaker.

Grand jury: No charges in attack on football coach

A Hancock County grand jury has decided not to indict anyone after a high school football coach was severely beaten after a game.

Heavy rain prompts fears of flooding in north Ga.

A flash flood watch has been issued for much of north Georgia as heavy rain was expected to push into the state from Alabama.

Ga. Dems to hold public hearing on rural recovery

House Democrats plan to hold a public hearing to talk about rural recovery in the state. They say the path to rural recovery begins with the repeal of a tough law targeting illegal immigration that passed last year. But their small caucus lacks the votes to overturn it.

Suspect in police officer's death to face judge

A Stone Mountain woman facing charges in the death of an Atlanta police officer is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 11 a.m.

Judge considers whether to keep Obama on ballot

Barack Obama's attorney says he and the president will not attend a hearing in Georgia that seeks to keep Obama off the state's ballot over claims he is not a natural-born citizen.

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Coming soon to Starbucks menu: Wine and beer

Starbucks Corp., the company that proved there's no such thing as paying too much for a cup of coffee, is expanding its experiment with two other elixirs that Americans love, wine and beer.

Official: Corps should change river basin flow

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A regional planning official says she's pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change the way it moves water through the river basin that flows in and out of Lake Lanier.. The Atlanta Regional Commission is pushing the Corps to reconsider its efforts to protect

J.C. Penney to permanently mark down prices

J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers will no longer have to wait for a sale to get the lowest prices in its stores.

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Death penalty sought against Lilburn man in Macon law student slaying

A Lilburn man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate is scheduled to be in court Wednesday.

Medical Examiner: Body found is missing Ga. woman

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a body found in south Atlanta as Stacey Nicole English, the Atlanta woman who was reported missing last month.

Ga. launches 2012 travel guide, tourism campaign

he country music trio Lady Antebellum is featured on the cover of the new 2012 Georgia Travel Guide, which has an interview with the group's members discussing their favorite spots to visit in the state.

Police: Man bolts from pet store with $1,800 puppy

Police in Dunwoody are on the look-out for a puppy thief who made off with a $1,800 pooch.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Kentucky beats Georgia, 57-44; Miami handles Georgia Tech, 64-49

Kentucky's Daruis Miller comes off the bench to lead the Wildcats past Georgia, and Miami has no trouble beating Georgia Tech on a long night for Peach State teams.

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Giants admit they targeted 49ers goat Williams

Comments made after the game by members of the Giants -- that they purposely targeted concussion-prone 49ers returner and WR Kyle Williams, who almost single-handedly cost San Francisco the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl -- will not be reviewed by the league, the NFL said Tuesday.

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Tigers land Prince Fielder

The race ends Tuesday to land baseball's most coveted free agent, Prince Fielder, who opts to leave Milwaukee and sign with Detroit -- the same team his father, Cecil, once starred with -- for nine years and a whopping $214 million.

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They meet again: Federer vs. Nadal in Aussie semis

It’s rare that a Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal meeting would happen anywhere but the final of a major, but with Novak Djokovic taking over the No. 1 ranking, tennis’ best men’s rivalry will see its latest chapter written this morning at 3:30 a.m. in the semis of the Australian Open after both win Monday in the quarterfinals.

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Scorsese's 'Hugo' leads Oscars with 11 nominations

Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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Romney's tax returns show $3.1 million paid to IRS

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010.

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Hawks come back, beat Bucks, 97-92

Joe Johnson scores a season-high 28 points and leads the Hawks to a 97-92 comeback win against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday night.

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Paterno funeral scheduled for Wednesday

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno will be buried Wednesday, and his family has scheduled three days of public memorial events this week.