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Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers – Atlanta News, Weather … – MyFox Atlanta

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven't been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday. The union, Council 15 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is seeking more generous assistance in talks with the town's insurer. It is also reaching out to lawmakers and the governor's office with proposals to modify state law and expand workers' compensation benefits for officers who witness...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Rain aids battle against … – MyFox Atlanta

By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rain arrived Wednesday to help in the assault on a 3,800-acre fire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Remnants of Tropical Storm John brought the precipitation and darkened the skies over the Angeles National Forest where firefighters have been working on steep slopes since Sunday to put out a blaze in chaparral that hasn't burned in 15 or 20 years. With the showers came the risk of dry lightning, which has already started more than 50 fires in California this summer, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto. The...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 On Labor Day, jobs debate a … – MyFox Atlanta

By BEN FELLER and DAVID ESPO Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama declared that Republican rival Mitt Romney should be penalized for "unnecessary roughness" on the middle class and accused him in a ringing labor Day speech of backing higher taxes for millions after opposing the 2009 auto industry bailout. "I've got one piece of advice for you about the Romney-Ryan game plan: Punt it away. It won't work. It won't win the game," Obama said, blending sports-themed remarks with economic barbs before a cheering crowd in the nation's industrial heartland. He backed...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Isaac finally leaves Gulf … – MyFox Atlanta

By STACEY PLAISANCE and VICKI SMITH Associated Press BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - As Isaac's drenching rains and cooling winds drifted north of the Gulf Coast, heat and humidity moved back in - along with frustration, exhaustion and uncertainty. People stuck inside stuffy, powerless homes were comparatively lucky. Thousands of others were displaced by floodwaters and had no idea where they would end up next. Some boarded buses to faraway shelters. "I'm with my family, and my wife's with her family," said 35-year-old construction worker Jarvis Mackey as the couple and their two children boarded a bus to Shreveport, 5½ hours away from their...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 On Romney’s day, he looks … – MyFox Atlanta

By DAVID ESPO and ROBERT FURLOW Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney launched a full-speed fall campaign for the White House on Thursday with a prime-time speech to a unified Republican convention and a nation divided politically as it struggles in a weak economy. Though Romney has been pursuing the presidency for the better part of a decade, his acceptance speech was an important chance to introduce himself and forge a connection with millions of Americans who feel they need to know him better. "We believe in America, even though the last four years have been full of difficulties and disappointments, doubt...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Romney ready to claim prize … – MyFox Atlanta

By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Making up for lost time, Republican delegates streamed into their storm-delayed national convention Tuesday to certify Mitt Romney's nomination for the White House and tear into his Democratic foe in a close presidential race in dreary economic times. The criticism and mocking of President Barack Obama began almost instantly from the podium at a convention postponed once and dogged still by Hurricane Isaac. He's "never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand," declared Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party. Ann Romney's speech...

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Tropical Storm Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday

ATLANTA - By MATT SEDENSKYAssociated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday as it bore down on the Florida Keys, with forecasters warning it could grow into a dangerous Category 2 hurricane as it nears the northern Gulf Coast. Isaac drew new strength early Sunday during a warm-water crossing of the Florida Straits after causing weekend havoc in Cuba, where it downed trees and power lines. Before that, Isaac was blamed for four deaths in Haiti. On Key West, locals followed time-worn storm preparedness rituals while awaiting the storm after Isaac swamped the Caribbean and shuffled plans for...

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Anti-Doping Agency said it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

By JIM VERTUNOAP Sports Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With stunning swiftness, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, he could lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings while the International Olympic Committee might look at the bronze medal he won in the 2000 Games. Armstrong,...

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Firefighters in Northern California are making progress in containing a huge wildfire

By HAVEN DALEY and TERRY COLLINS Associated Press MANTON, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Northern California are making progress in containing a huge wildfire that has burned dozens of homes and other structures in remote, densely forested terrain. The Ponderosa Fire, which has scorched about 38 square miles, was 50 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The threat to homes about 35 miles east of Redding has dropped from 3,500 earlier this week to roughly 200 residences. "There's still work to be done, but good progress is definitely being made," Berlant said Wednesday. Fire crews assessing the...

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Authorities say three suspects are in custody in Cherokee County

Authorities say three suspects are in custody following a home invasion and chase in Cherokee County on Monday. HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. - Authorities say three suspects are in custody following a home invasion and chase in Cherokee County on Monday. Police say the armed intruders burst into a home on Amylou Circle in the Riverside subdivision in Holly Springs at around 2 a.m. Police say that the residents of the home reported that two of the suspects broke into their home, and forced them to lay face down on the floor with their hands behind their backs while the they searched the home.  One...

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