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US speeds bunker-buster bomb

WASHINGTON -– The Pentagon is speeding up delivery of a colossal bomb designed to destroy hidden weapons bunkers buried underground and shielded by 10,000 pounds of reinforced concrete. Call it Plan B for dealing with Iran, which recently revealed a long-suspected nuclear site deep inside a mo...

10/13/09 - 8:47am

Health care vote comes today

The pivotal Senate Finance Committee was poised to approve sweeping legislation today requiring nearly all Americans to purchase insurance and ushering in a host of other changes to the nation’s $2.5 trillion medical system. It convenes at 10 a.m.

10/13/09 - 6:27am

SC councilman cleared of assault

COLUMBIA — A Batesburg-Leesville town councilman has been cleared of assault charges involving another council member. Councilman Steve Cain was found not guilty Monday of assaulting Councilman Todd O'Dell this year. A six-member magistrate court jury took less than 10 minutes to clear Mr...

10/13/09 - 8:48am

Flooding closes Savannah streets

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Police closed traffic on at least two midtown Savannah thoroughfares Monday because of flooding caused by late-afternoon rainstorms. Police spokeswoman Veda Lamar Nichols said spots where ponding and caused unsafe driving conditions. She said that sporadic rainstorms are expected ...

10/13/09 - 5:26am

Rep. Broun blasts Nobel Prize, hate-crime amendment

ATHENS, Ga. -- President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize shows that the award is "a farce," U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, said Monday. Obama was awarded the prize Friday after just nine months in office, shocking even many of his most ardent supporters. "To me, it just shows that the Nobel P...

10/13/09 - 5:21am

Grandson, 12, can't save Athens area hunter bitten by rattlesnake

A Winder, Ga., man died over the weekend after a rattlesnake bit him while he was hunting in Oglethorpe County with his grandson. Dick Rupert, 68, was climbing down from a tree stand in the woods off Thaxton Wynne Road about 7:30 a.m. Saturday when a rattlesnake bit him in the calf, Oglethorpe Coun...

10/13/09 - 8:48am

Burn victim arson suspect sent to Augusta hospital

An East Point, Ga., man was seriously burned Monday while trying to torch his charter bus after it broke down on Interstate 20 in Morgan County, a state investigator says. John Blash, 41, suffered second- and third-degree burns over half of his body and was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center ...

10/13/09 - 5:04am

SCE&G testing sirens today at nuclear plant near Columbia

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is testing dozens of sirens in the area surrounding its nuclear plant near Columbia. The power company says it's testing the 106 sirens within a 10-mile radius of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County at about 1 p.m. ...

10/13/09 - 4:55am

Homeless man admits killing, burying companion in 2007

ATLANTA — Police say a homeless man has confessed to killing and burying another homeless man in Clayton County woods two years ago. Clayton police spokeswoman India Smith said Joseph Willard confessed to an off-duty Henry County Sheriff's detective working in Clayton. Investigators found...

10/13/09 - 4:47am

King siblings settle lawsuit

ATLANTA — After more than 14 hours of discussion, the heirs of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. reached a settlement that will keep the family from a public jury trial.

10/12/09 - 11:36pm
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