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Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals | POLL

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

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Fires burn in Ferguson, chaos erupts in streets | PHOTOS

Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death turned violent.

Activists plan Atlanta protest of Ferguson ruling

Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ga. fire chief in trouble over homosexuality book

Atlanta's fire chief has been suspended after city officials say he violated policy by self-publishing a book that describes homosexuality as a "perversion."

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Grand jury won't indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in shooting death of Michael Brown

Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

National Guard chief to lead emergency management

The head of Georgia’s emergency management agency has been reassigned to a deputy position, months after becoming the public face of the state’s weak response to a January storm that trapped motorists on highways in metro Atlanta for hours.

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Grand Jury finds no probable cause to indict police officer in Michael Brown shooting death

A Grand Jury has found no probable cause to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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NFL officially announces Katy Perry as halftime performer at Super Bowl

NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.

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Jason Carter reflects on loss, party work in Georgia

Carter: Campaign victim of Republican wave

Jason Carter said his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, suggested he reconnect with family after a grueling campaign schedule.

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Lawmaker wants Georgia schools to go digital by 2020

State Sen. John Albers, a Roswell Republican, said the details of his bill are still in the works but pledged not to force local school districts to cover all costs of moving to digital materials.

State details project list of affordable housing

State officials have unveiled a list of 30 projects that will receive $22.4 million in federal housing tax credits to build or rehab affordable housing properties across the state.

Emory, Georgia Tech to build joint library service center

Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to break ground soon on a new joint library project.

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Ga. weighs funding for $1B in transportation needs

A panel must soon submit recommendations for funding an extra $1 billion in transportation infrastructure needs.

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Ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue defends "Go Fish" center in Perry

Despite criticism, former Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's proud of his efforts to support fishing, including committing the state government to borrow $14 million for an aquarium in rural Georgia.

Georgia Briefs - Nov. 21, 2014

Georgia schedules execution date for deputy’s killer

Robert Wayne Holsey is set to be executed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 for the slaying of Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy Will Robinson..

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Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

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Police: Gunman killed after shooting at FSU

Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early Thursday in a shooting that left three students wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic.

Atlanta Streetcar delayed over safety concerns

Delay pushes launch until at least Dec. 6

The streetcar will run a 2.7-mile loop from Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta to the King Center just east of downtown.

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After epic snowjam, is Atlanta ready for winter? | PHOTOS

Nearly a year ago, a few inches of snow in metro Atlanta triggered an epic traffic jam as motorists fleeing the city were trapped overnight on clogged interstates. Children slept at school or on stranded buses as parents tried desperately to reach them.

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People magazine names Chris Hemsworth 'Sexiest Man Alive'

People magazine has named Chris Hemsworth the "Sexiest Man Alive" of 2014, cheering the Australian actor's rise as hammer-wielding, bone fide hunk in the "Thor" films.

Some in House reject GOP warning against shutdown

op Republicans say two things are clear: Last year's government shutdown hurt the party. And Republicans must not let the president's pending immigration action bait them into a repeat.

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Unfamiliar chill grips South sooner than usual

Balmier weather anticipated before Thanksgiving

The lament from New Orleans to north Florida was the same: It’s much too cold for this time of year.

Georgia Briefs - Nov. 19, 2014

Memorial service set for former Gov. Sanders

A memorial service for Sanders is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Deal says Sanders’ family has asked that donations be made to the Metropolitan YMCA or the University of Georgia Law School.

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Ga. flags fly at half-staff to honor Gov. Sanders

Gov. Nathan Deal says flags at state buildings and grounds will fly at half-staff to honor former Gov. Carl Sanders, who died at age 89.

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Airfares keep rising despite lower oil prices

Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks

Fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren’t going away either.

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson kicks off 2016 re-election bid

Republican senator to seek third term

Isakson, who turns 70 next month, remains popular among Republicans and easily won re-election in 2010. It remains to be seen who among Democrats might challenge him and whether he will face any opposition in the Republican primary.

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Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders dies at 89

Sanders one of first New South governors elected

Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, one of the first “New South” governors elected during the Civil Rights movement and known for his work on education and in the state’s legal community, died Sunday.

Fire in large barn near DeKalb County kills at least 4 horses, cow

Authorities say a fire in a large barn outside Atlanta claimed the lives of at least four horses and a cow.

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Georgia loses Todd Gurley to season-ending knee injury

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley's season has ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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Ga. lawmakers press forward on medical marijuana

While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year.

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Florida Gators' Will Muschamp out as head football coach

Will Muschamp is stepping down as Florida's coach after the regular season, forced out after a four-year tenure that will be remembered for inept offense, conservative play-calling and nearly as many losses as wins in the Southeastern Conference.

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Facebook's privacy update: 5 things to know

Deadline to comment is Nov. 20

Facebook doesn’t just track what you do on its site. It also collects information about your activities when you’re off Facebook.

GBI reviewing death of Ga. sheriff's recruit

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann has requested a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the death of a county sheriff's recruit.

Ga. men convicted in militia plot to be sentenced

A federal judge is set to sentence two north Georgia men convicted of plotting to make the poison ricin in what prosecutors described as a plot against federal government officials.

74 Emory University students stricken by illness

Emory University officials say dozens of students have been stricken by gastrointestinal illnesses in recent days.

Former MLB first baseman Moore dies in Newton County

Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57.

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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.

Pizza Hut's revamp: Curry crusts, balsamic drizzle

Menu overhaul to hit stores Nov. 19

Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

Ford gambling on new F-150 pickup truck

Ford betting aluminum-sided truck will be new industry standard

Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 Tuesday at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company’s headquarters. It will arrive at U.S. dealerships next month.

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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.

Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles for faulty air bags

Airbags can explode with too much force

The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The Nissan recalls are among nearly 8 million others made by 10 automakers, mainly in Southern high-humidity states, over the Takata air bags.

Robocourier serves Columbus hospital

Robot delivers specimens on the hospital’s third floor

The $38,000 robot was purchased entirely through donations to the Columbus Regional Health Foundation.

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South Georgia Flyers come together to race pigeons

Technology in pigeon racing has changed

The birds are the beginning, middle and end of pigeon racing because they are doing all the work.

Georgia Briefs - Nov. 11, 2014

Macon woman gets probation in fatal crash

The Telegraph of Macon reports 32-year-old Lindsey Ryan Moore was also sentenced on Monday to five years of probation in the December 2010 death of Willie Moses Jr.

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.