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Lawmaker seeks home school oversight after 13 found captive

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:03:00 EST

A California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school.

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GSP, GDOT urge drivers to be cautious because of potential black ice

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:19:00 EST

With all of the snow melted and the hard freeze Thursday night, drivers should be very cautious of dangerous potential black ice.

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GDOT warns of icy roads overnight

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:48:00 EST

Workers at the Georgia Department of Transportation are monitoring Southwest Georgia roadways that may become dangerous overnight. 

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Albany church welcomes homeless to warm up

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:28:00 EST

An Albany Church is giving those without a warm place to stay some much needed shelter Wednesday as temperatures become dangerously cold.  

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Pretoria Fields highlighted in #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:50:00 EST

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission recognized one of the regions newest producers on its final #MadeInAlbanyGA tour stop.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.01": Monthly Total 0.54"; Normal for the Month 5.56"; Yearly Total 0.54"; -/+ Year to Date -2.68".

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1-month-old left in car seat on road after suspect steals car with kids inside

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:52:00 EST

Two kids who were inside a vehicle that was stolen from a QT gas station in College Park were found late Wednesday. 

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Not everyone is warming up to the winter weather in South GA

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:56:00 EST

As snow hit South Georgia for a second time this month, not everyone was pleased with its return.

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South GA teacher arrested on child molestation charges

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:19:00 EST

A high school teacher has been arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory authority.   

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Southwest GA sees spike in pediatric hospital patients

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:39:00 EST

South Georgia pediatricians are reporting a spike this week in sick children, and it's not just the flu. 

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Wounded officer dies after York County officer-involved shooting

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:23:00 EST

Three York County Sheriff's Office deputies and a York Police officer were shot during a search for a wanted man.

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Snow moves through Tifton, officials prep roadways against ice

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:05:00 EST

The snow is gone but folks are not out of the woods yet.

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Man taken into custody after standoff incident in Albany

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:26:00 EST

A man is in the custody of a hospital following a standoff incident in Albany Wednesday morning.

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FIRST ALERT: Schools closing Thursday

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:55:00 EST

Southwest Georgia is expected to experience freezing temperatures on Thursday. In response to the weather, some schools are closing or delaying start times.

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Officials believe candle wax led to early morning Americus house fire

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:50:00 EST

There was an overnight fire in Americus that investigators believe started because of melted candle wax.

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Albany and Dougherty County residents enjoy winter wonderland

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:31:00 EST

It was a rare sight today in South Georgia as snowflakes fell from the sky.  The weather was not something many people thought would arrive in Albany and Dougherty County. 

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Chehaw Animals react to Albany snow

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:34:00 EST

Animals at the zoo inside Chehaw woke up to a scene they aren't accustomed to Wednesday morning.

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Randolph County sees first snow in many years

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:07:00 EST

After the fall of the first flake, Cuthbert soon was lightly buried beneath a blanket of snow.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:19:00 EST

A First Alert Weather Day was issued for early Wednesday. The Arctic Cold Front arrived overnight Tuesday and a narrow band of snow has worked its way east.

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UPDATE: Gov. Deal extends state of emergency due to winter weather

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:00 EST

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for 83 counties due to expected winter weather. 

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Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:43:00 EST

The Navy says it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in fatal collisions last year.

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Report: Financial New Year's resolutions at all-time low

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:34:00 EST

It’s officially the new year, and if you’re like me, you’re likely walking into the New Year on an all-time high. But a new report out shows New Year’s resolutions are at an all-time low.

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Vacant Moultrie buildings to be used in projects

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:16:00 EST

If you are driving in the downtown Moultrie square you might notice some big signs hanging in some empty storefronts. Staff with the city of Moultrie placed signs in three vacant buildings that will soon be renovated as part of the downtown improvement plan. 

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Georgia Power ordered to refund customers more than $43M

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:05:00 EST

Georgia Power was ordered to refund its customers $43.6 million. This comes after the company brought in a larger profit than the Georgia Public Service Commission had approved in 2016.

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One dead after wreck in Lowndes County

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:15:00 EST

One person has died after being injured in a wreck Tuesday morning in Lowndes County.

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One person dead following motorcycle accident in Lowndes Co.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:55:00 EST

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Bemiss Knights Academy Road near Hoye Lane in Lowndes County about 3:40 a.m. Saturday.

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Albany, Lee Co. Housing Authority consolidation talks on hold

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:20:00 EST

The proposed consolidation between Albany and Lee County housing authority has been put on hold. 

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GSP: 1 killed in Lowndes Co. wreck

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:09:00 EST

A wreck Tuesday evening in Lowndes County left one person dead. This is the fifth fatal crash since January 11.

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Lawyer: Charges possible in connection with Vegas shooting

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:45:00 EST

A lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge that other people could face charges in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman is dead.

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Dougherty Co. EMA officials urge drives to stay off roads

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:42:00 EST

Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management officials were preparing for the snow that's moving into our area on Tuesday.

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Shelters prepared to open as temperatures drop in Southwest GA

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:58:00 EST

Many organizations are on standby as temperatures are on their way back down. Several shelters will open ahead of Wednesday's cold weather.

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Dougherty County Public Works crews 'ready for weather'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:01:00 EST

It's not often South Georgia prepares for very cold weather and snow, but Dougherty County officials said they are ready for it. 

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Lee Co. truck ready with sand for icy road conditions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:19:00 EST

Crews are on standby making sure the bridges in Lee County are safe for drivers ahead of Wednesday's winter weather advisory. 

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GDOT crews prepare roads for winter weather

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:56:00 EST

The Georgia Department of Transportation is working to stay ahead of the snow.

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Advice to keep the heat up and your bill down during cold weather

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:50:00 EST

If you are looking to keep your electric bill down and the heat up in your home at the same time, one South Georgia heating company has some advice for you.

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Albany native arrested on battery charge

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:50:00 EST

Phoebe Factoids Facebook page administrator, Claude Wilson Geer IV has been arrested by the Johns Creek Police Department.

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GSP gives advice to drivers ahead of winter weather

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:49:00 EST

Georgia State Patrol troopers are warning drivers to take extra caution if they're driving through Wednesday morning's wintry mix. 

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Lowndes Co. prepares for freezing temps

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:47:00 EST

With freezing temperatures heading to South Georgia, Lowndes County officials are sending out reminders and precautions to community members.

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Deputies bust Seminole County marijuana grow operation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:30:00 EST

A marijuana grow operation was busted in Seminole County.

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Phoebe official honored for storm service

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:25:00 EST

Following January Second's straight line-wind storm, that caused widespread destruction across the city, Gary Rice went to work with Dougherty County's disaster response team.

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UPDATE: Victims ID'ed in Highway 300 wreck

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:49:00 EST

A church van traveling South on Georgia Highway 300 struck an SUV about 8:15 Tuesday morning in Worth County. 

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GSP releases details on fatal Lowndes Co. wreck

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:35:00 EST

 A lumber truck and pick up truck collided, and there was heavy damage, though authorities have not issued any statements, so far. 

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Number of Americans without health insurance grew in 2017

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:12:00 EST

The annual increase is the largest single-year jump since Gallup and Sharecare began tracking the uninsured rate in 2008, and since Obamacare began.

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Remember these driving tips in winter weather

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:00 EST

Severe winter weather can be frightening and dangerous on the roads. Here are several tips for staying safe on the roads.

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Blakely hosts MLK Day celebration

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:49:00 EST

People in Blakely held events Monday celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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First Alert Weather Day issued for Wednesday

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:28:00 EST

The WALB First Alert Weather Team has declared Wednesday a First Alert Weather Day due to the potential of up to one inch of snow and very low wind chill factors for the first part of Wednesday.

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Police to church: plan to help drug addicts is not allowed

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:16:00 EST

Action Church wants to be known as the place worship for people who you wouldn't normally expect to see in church. That's why the pastor thought running a needle exchange program out of the church would be a natural fit.

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Albany volunteers feed those in need on MLK Day

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:52:00 EST

A group of Albany volunteers put on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event to help feed people in the city.

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Volunteers create ramp for neighbor in need

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:29:00 EST

Some volunteers decided to celebrate the holiday by giving back to those in need. 

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Albany hosts third annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:19:00 EST

Albany leaders hosted their annual walk to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Stardust 2 Skate Center hosts anti-bullying event

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:13:00 EST

An Albany roller skating rink utilized the Martin Luther King Junior holiday to bring awareness to bullying.

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Southwest Georgians urged to get flu shot

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:59:00 EST

The flu across Southwest Georgia has escalated so much that hospitals have hit capacity.

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13 people held captive in California home, police say

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:23:00 EST

Two parents were arrested after police discovered that 13 people were being held captive in their California home, shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in filthy conditions, officials said Monday.

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Moultrie honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day during annual parade

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:20:00 EST

People in Moultrie enjoyed the nice cool weather on Monday as they held their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

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Thomasville museum honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:17:00 EST

Jack Hadley, the owner of the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a special exhibit.

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Valdosta celebrates MLK Day through speeches and performances

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:02:00 EST

Hundreds of people filled the seats of the Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta on Monday to pay tribute to the man who believed in equality for all. 

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Video: Firefighter catches child thrown from balcony in inferno

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:38:00 EST

Everyone made it out alive, thanks to the work of firefighters on the scene. 

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Ocilla hosts MLK parade and luncheon

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:25:00 EST

On Monday morning the city of Ocilla hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. parade. 

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Law enforcement vehicle involved in Albany wreck

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:53:00 EST

An Albany Police car was involved in a crash with another vehicle at Clark Avenue and Blaylock Street about 3:00 Monday afternoon. 

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Cohilas named to Influential Georgians list

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:12:00 EST

A Dougherty County leader was recognized by a state-wide publication for this efforts in the storm recovery. 

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Flu prompts Tift hospital to announce visitor restrictions

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:14:00 EST

Tift Regional Health System wants patients to call their primary care provider for flu and simple gastrointestinal symptoms before coming to the Emergency Room. 

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When should you take Tamiflu?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:27:00 EST

With the flu rapidly taking over the nation, especially southwest Georgia, Tamiflu is a powerful medicine to help you fight back.

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Pregnant women need to protect themselves from the flu

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:23:00 EST

The deadly flu outbreak has every one on their toes about their health...but some could be more at risk than others.

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Caught on camera: Armed robber climbs through drive-thru window

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:06:00 EST

The robber got away with the cash register, climbing back out through the drive-thru window with it in hand.

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Groundhog Day tradition to carry on with Gen. Beauregard Lee

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:55:00 EST

Georgia's famous groundhog, who has drawn large crowds in the past for his make-believe weather forecast on Groundhog Day, now has a new home. 

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Crews battle house fire in Smithville

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:03:00 EST

Firefighters battled a house fire off Highway 19 in Smithville late Sunday evening. In a video taken by a WALB viewer, you can see multiple firetrucks and smoke coming from a mobile home.

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Family: Birmingham man in medically induced coma because of flu

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:48:00 EST

Alabama has already declared the flu outbreak a crisis. Hospitals across the state are near or already at capacity because of the flu. Felicia York and her family found out how serious this virus is after her husband became sick in December.

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Family recovering after house fire

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:14:00 EST

A Mitchell County family is recovering after a fire destroyed their home one week ago. 

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Health day and luncheon promotes healthy eating habits

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:28:00 EST

Some Dougherty County residents had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and lifestyles this weekend. 

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Winter space heater safety for Southwest Georgians

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:22:00 EST

While temperatures keep dropping, you may pull out a space heater to keep warm. 

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Winter grilling safety for Southwest Georgians

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:38:00 EST

While the temperatures outside may be dipping again, you may have felt inspired to pull out your grill this week. 

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Science Saturday promotes science and creativity

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:21:00 EST

Children across Dougherty County gathered at Thronateeska Heritage Center for its first Science Saturday of the new year. 

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Volunteers clean up Clark Avenue

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:11:00 EST

One Albany avenue now has less trash thanks to a local volunteer group. Clearing trash off Clark Avenue is a city-wide effort started by the 'Save Albany' volunteer group. 

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ASU students to host MLK Day Health Fair & Luncheon

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:49:00 EST

Albany State University students are encouraging healthy lifestyles with a health fair this weekend. 

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Man dead in Boston vehicle fire identified

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:04:00 EST

Just before 3:50 a.m. Saturday Fire Chief Chris Jones called Thomas County Dispatch about a vehicle fire on Reichetville Road in Boston one mile north of Twelve Mile Post Road.

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Man charged with murder after victim was stabbed at least 17 times dies

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:07:00 EST

Albany police have arrested a man for his role in the stabbing of another man earlier this month.

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Marine stabbed to death; fellow Marine in custody

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:44:00 EST

Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are probing the incident.

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Man accused of installing video camera in mall restroom

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:39:00 EST

The suspect currently faces “peeping Tom” charges, but because children were recorded, police say there could be additional charges.

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Authorities: Deputy fatally shoots teen in Ohio courtroom

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:34:00 EST

Authorities say a deputy fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in an Ohio courtroom when a fight broke out.

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13 siblings held captive were likely coerced to remain quiet

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:53:00 EST

Charges for the children's parents that may include torture and child endangerment could come Wednesday and a court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, authorities said.

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Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:24:00 EST

The fight over the fate of the "dreamers" is increasingly becoming a test of Democrats' progressive mettle, surpassing health care or taxes as the top year-two priority for the liberal base.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. helps car stuck in the snow, later hits a tree

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:50:00 EST

Former NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he hit a tree while driving in North Carolina. He had just helped someone who slid off the road.

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Paula Deen returns to TV after 2013 controversy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:38:00 EST

Paula Deen was dropped from the Food Network in 2013 after 11 years after admitting she used a racial slur. 

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Nearly 1,000 animals taken from home

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:14:00 EST

Some of the small animals were even living among the dead.

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Wheelchair-bound elderly man found dead in house with no heat

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:27:00 EST

An 84-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night in a house with no working heat.

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Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:54:00 EST

Missteps in Hawaii's handling of a false missile alert raises questions about whether any state should be solely responsible for notifying the public of such an event.

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Slow-moving winter storm leaves lingering effect in South

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:14:00 EST

Southern states will be dealing with the lingering effects of a winter storm that dumped a half-foot of snow on North Carolina's largest cities, dusted the Deep South and killed at least eight people.

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Grandparents shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:44:00 EST

The grandparents say they are still in shock from learning that their son and his wife were arrested this week after their children, ages 2 to 29, were found malnourished with some in shackles.

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Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:53:00 EST

As motion-detecting wildlife cameras get smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before.

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Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' set to be 1st US execution in 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:24:00 EST

A man who became known as Houston's 'Tourniquet Killer' because of his signature murder technique on four female victims is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018.

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Democrat's upset in Wisconsin race sparks hope elsewhere

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:54:00 EST

A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success coming this fall.

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Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:08:00 EST

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier.

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Washington state town wary of slow-moving landslide

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:23:00 EST

Officials in Washington state are watching a slow-moving landslide near the city of Yakima that has the potential to be a big natural disaster.

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Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:45:00 EST

Federal prisons officials have tested a jamming technology officials hope will help combat the threat posed by cellphones possessed by inmates behind bars.

LAPD: Serial rapist arrested after victim fell out of car

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:04:00 EST

Los Angeles police say they arrested a serial rapist when two detectives saw a victim who had fought him off fall from his car.