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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.

Former adult business finds new life as church

Fantasy World to become Athens Link Fellowship

What was once the location of adult-entertainment club Fantasy World became the site of a transformation on a recent Sunday, as church members brought rollers, ladders and white paint to turn the bright pink building into a canvas of white.

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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.

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Luke Bryan Entertainer of the Year at 48th annual Country Music Association Awards

Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bently early winners

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, hosting the awards for the seventh time, began the show by poking fun at George Strait and Underwood’s visible baby bump.

Arby's CEO on customized orders, quality meats

Atlanta-based chain has 3,200 U.S. locations

Arby’s, the chain known for its roast beef sandwiches, is trying to stand out in the crowded fast-food industry. It’s marketing its meats as being of superior quality and pushing to let customers know they can order sandwiches sans onions or mayo.

U.S. Senate control focus of midterm elections

Georgia is one of the closely watched states as Democrats and Republicans battle at the polls today for control of the U.S. Senate.

Email suggests White House involved in Sherrod resignation

A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.

Supreme Court to hear Georgia-Florida water suit

Florida seeks to limit amount of water Georgia can take

The nation’s high court on Monday agreed to hear the states’ long-simmering battle over the Apalachicola River and its tributaries.

Lower gas prices boost SUV sales in October

Small SUVs fastest growing segment in the country

But gas prices helped fuel sales of bigger SUVs. Kelley Blue Book saw renewed interested in the mammoth Hummer H1 last month, for example. Sales of the recently redesigned Lincoln Navigator eight-passenger SUV jumped 38 percent, while Chevrolet Tahoe sales rose 6 percent.

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.

Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in hazing case

Suspect faces sentence of up to 15 years

Prosecutors said Dante Martin, 27, was known as “the president of Bus C” and organized the initiations that required fellow band members to try to make their way through a pounding gauntlet of fists, drumsticks and mallets from the front of the bus to the back in November 2011 after a football game.

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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.

Southern Co. tops 3rd quarter forecasts

Atlanta-based company had profit of 80 cents a share

Southern Co. shares have increased 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed almost 8 percent. The stock has increased 10 percent in the last 12 months.

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.

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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.

P&G removing Duracell batteries

Company continues trimming its product lineup

The Procter & Gamble Co., based in Cincinnati, said Friday it prefers a spinoff of Duracell, but that it’s considering a sale or other options for Duracell.

TLC Cancels 'Honey Boo Boo'

Cancellation follows reports mother June Shannon was dating a man with a criminal history

TLC wouldn’t publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but said in a statement that “supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the childrens’ ongoing comfort and well-being.”

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.

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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Flying high

The Ravens survive a 34-minute power outage and an inspiring comeback from the 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII, sending Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis out a champion.

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Georgia Tech storms back to beat Virginia

Georgia Tech holds Virginia to three points in the final eight minutes of Sunday’s ACC game, which the Yellow Jackets come back to win after trailing by nine points at halftime.

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Mickelson goes wire-to-wire for 41st career victory

Phil Mickelson makes history at TPC Scottsdale, winning the Phoenix Open with a 28-under 356, two strokes off the PGA Tour record set by Tommy Armour III in 2003.

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No. 13 Lady Bulldogs knock off No. 8 Kentucky

The 13th-ranked Georgia women’s basketball team overcomes a 10-point halftime deficit against No. 8 Kentucky to win the SEC showdown.

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SUPER BOWL XLVII: NFL's choice of head ref comes under scrutiny

Jerome Boger will be the head referee in today's Super Bowl amid accusations that the NFL doctored his ratings.

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Parcells, Sapp, Carter among 7 Hall of Fame inductees

Coaching legend Bill Parcels, fearless defensive lineman Warren Sapp and clutch receiver Cris Carter top the NFL's 2013 Hall of Fame inductees Saturday.

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Vikes’ Peterson, Texans’ Watt, ’Skins' RG3 take home NFL’s coveted awards

In an unexpected landslide vote, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs away with the NFL’s coveted Offensive MVP Award on Saturday night to highlight an evening of end-of-the-year honors.

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Bulls beat Hawks with 3 starters held out

Eastern Conference powers Chicago and Atlanta squared off Saturday night -- but only one team showed up as the Bulls embarrass the Hawks at home, 93-76.

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SUPER BOWL COLUMN: Painful losses endure for Kaepernicks

AP sports columnist Tim Dahlberg writes about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his family's lifetime of heartbreak.

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Welcome to the HarBowl

A game of firsts, lasts and bests: It's time for a Super Bowl unlike any other in the history of the NFL.

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SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Goodell wants HGH testing to be implemented soon

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects an agreement for the tests for human growth hormone in time for the start of the 2013 season.

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Harbaugh brothers could envision working together

The main attraction of this year's Super Bowl -- head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh -- meet with the media together Friday.

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Man behind Te'o hoax admits love for N.D. star

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he created the hoax in which former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o fell for a fake, online girlfriend becauseTuiasosopo was in love with the football player.

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Latest A-Rod PED scandal has Yankees fuming

The Yankees were already disappointed with Alex Rodriguez, who hasn't played a full season since 2007 and will miss the first half of 2013 season following hip surgery, but the possible final straw came earlier this week when the latest accusations of A-Rod's use of PEDs have left the New York brass thinking about the voiding the contract of their $275 million third baseman.

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Two injured in Atlanta middle school shooting

At least one person as wounded on Thursday in a shooting at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta, local media reports said.

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Sandusky loses bid for a new trial

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sex abuse, loses his bid for a new trial on Wednesday when a judge rules against him.

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Bulldogs edge rival Auburn, 57-49

Georgia sends Auburn to its fifth straight loss while the suddenly resurgent Bulldogs have won three of their last four with Wednesday's win.