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Man tries to deter drunk driving with paintballs

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A man in Washington state who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend's windshield with paintballs wound up in jail.

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December Rains Help Raise Lake Hartwell by 4 Feet

Posted: 01/02/2009 - December rains have brought Lake Hartwell up nearly four feet from its recent low and officials aren't having to release any water from the lake to meet downstream needs.

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2 Big Banking Sector Acquisitions Completed

Posted: 01/02/2009 - Bank of America Corp. said Thursday it has completed its $19.4 billion all-stock purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co., while Wells Fargo & Co. said it has completed its $12.7 billion all-stock purchase of Wachovia Corp.

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Obama Returns to Chicago after Hawaiian Holiday

Posted: 01/02/2009 - Obama's chartered plane landed early Friday morning in his hometown, where thermometers showed a chilly 30 degrees. When he left Honolulu about eight hours earlier, temperatures were in the 70s.

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Man Tries to Deter Drunk Driving with Paintballs

Posted: 01/02/2009 - A man in Washington state who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend's windshield with paintballs wound up in jail.

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Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highways

Posted: 01/01/2009 - A federal commission created by Congress is recommending a 50-percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes as a way to finance highway construction and repair.

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Obamas heading back to Chicago

Posted: 01/01/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama and family are heading back to Chicago where they're expected to arrive early tomorrow after their Hawaii vacation.

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Time to refigure average rainfall?

Updated: 01/01/2009 - The state climatologist says it may be time to recalculate average rainfall in north Georgia because of its persistent drought.

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Dec. rains help raise Lake Hartwell by 4 feet

Posted: 01/01/2009 - December rains have brought Lake Hartwell up nearly four feet from its recent low and officials aren't having to release any water from the lake to meet downstream needs.

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RI Sen. Pell, creator of Pell Grants, dead at 90

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Pell is best known for the grant program in his name that has helped millions attended college. He also was committed to maritime and foreign affairs issues.

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Thieves Steal Vases from Cemetery

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Thieves took about 200 of the $250 vases, used to hold flowers on top of grave markers, from Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain last week.

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Madoff Lists Assets for SEC, Agency Mum on Details

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Bernard Madoff has given the Securities and Exchange Commission list of his personal assets. But those who may have lost billions to his alleged Ponzi scheme will have to wait to find out how much the disgraced Wall Street guru has.

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Citigroup Limits Top Executive Pay and Bonuses

Posted: 01/01/2009 - Citibank's top five executives are no longer entitled to severance pay. And the limits feature a clawback provision in which Citigroup can recoup executive pay "that over time proves to be based on inaccurate financial or other information."

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New filings for jobless benefits drop below 500K

Posted: 12/31/2008 - The government says the number of newly laid off workers signing up for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week. However, those continuing to draw aid climbed to the highest level since 1982.

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12 shark pups born at Georgia Aquarium

Posted: 12/31/2008 - The spotted wobbegong shark pups were born last week in the Georgia Aquarium's 6-million-gallon Ocean Voyager tank. They weighed about 2 ounces and were about 8 inches long.

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Immigration, Driving Laws Taking Effect Jan. 1

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Under a sweeping anti-illegal immigration measure signed in June, businesses must verify their new hires are in the country legally. The phased-in requirements start Thursday for businesses of more than 500 employees with public contracts.

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Georgia Sex Offenders Must Hand Over Online Passwords

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Georgia joins a small band of states complying with guidelines in a 2006 federal law requiring authorities to track Internet addresses of sex offenders. But the state is among the first to take the extra step of forcing its 16,000 offenders to turn in their passwords as well.

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