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Swine flu cases pass 100 in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are pledging to eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine for everyone but the shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.

Worries about the spread of the virus mounted Thursday as the nation's swine flu caseload passed 100, and nearly 300 schools closed in communities across the country. Federal officials had to spend much of the day reassuring the public it's still safe to fly and ride public transportation after Vice President Joe Biden said he wouldn't recommend it to his family.

May 01, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | State, National News


A 'nightmare' $70 million mortgage scheme defrauds 1,000

BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 1,000 people were defrauded out of about $70 million by a group advertising the dream of homeownership in what turned out to be a nightmare Ponzi scheme, federal and Maryland officials said Monday.

April 27, 2009 | By Brian Witte Associated Press Writer | State, National News


US responding as if swine flu will be pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - Confirming at least 40 cases of swine flu in the U.S., the Obama administration said Monday it was responding aggressively as if the outbreak would spread into a full pandemic. Officials urged Americans against most travel to Mexico as the virus that began there spread to the United States and beyond.

April 27, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press Writer | State, National News


UGA professor, suspect in shooting has ticket to Amsterdam

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia professor suspected of killing his wife and two other men outside a community theater has a plane ticket to fly to the Netherlands later this week and left behind an empty passport wallet, federal authorities said Monday.

April 27, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Westmoreland won't run for governor

ATLANTA (AP) - Yet another prominent Georgia Republican has decided he won't run for governor in 2010.

April 24, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


Obama hosting credit-card CEOs, pledges new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pushing to rein in costs for millions of Americans who use credit cards, an appeal to consumers as many struggle to pay their bills.

April 23, 2009 | By Ben Feller Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Colleges push tuition aid for illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wading into the politically charged immigration debate, a group of colleges and universities is urging Congress to give illegal immigrants tuition aid and a path to citizenship in light of efforts in several states to block them.

April 21, 2009 | By Hope Yen Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Geithner defends bank rescue program amid warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the bank rescue program devised by the Obama administration Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund predicted U.S. financial institutions could lose $2.7 trillion from the global credit crisis.

April 21, 2009 | By Jim Kuhnhenn Associated Press Writer | State, National News


2 killed in Alabama as storms sweep Southeast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A line of storms swept across the Southeast with 70 mph winds and possible tornadoes, killing two people in their mobile homes in north Alabama, authorities said Monday.

April 20, 2009 | By Jay Reeves Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Attorney: Whistleblower faked report in Imperial Sugar Refinery blast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Attorneys for Imperial Sugar say a whistleblower faked a report that he says warned company executives of explosive dust hazards days before a deadly blast at the company's sugar refinery near Savannah.

April 20, 2009 | Associated Press For the Bryan County News | State, National News


Jobless claims top 6 million; housing starts plummet

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people receiving jobless benefits exceeded 6 million for the first time, the government reported Thursday, and housing construction unexpectedly plunged to its second-lowest level on record - fresh evidence that the recession is far from over.

April 16, 2009 | By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer | State, National News


Cagle drops from governor's race

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle fought back tears Wednesday as he reluctantly dropped out of the race for governor, saying he has a degenerative spine condition that will require surgery.

The surprise announcement immediately scrambled the crowded contest to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue when his second term expires in 2010. Cagle was considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination with the primary still more than one year away. The 43-year-old Republican from Gainesville said he will seek re-election as lieutenant governor.

April 16, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National News


Gas prices expected to stay low this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite the dismal economy, motorists may want to take to the road this summer. The federal government says gasoline prices are expected to stay relatively low.

April 14, 2009 | By H. Josef Hebert Associated Press Writer | State, National News


Retail sales fall unexpectedly in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retail sales fell unexpectedly in March, delivering a setback to hopes that the economy's steep slide could be bottoming out.

April 14, 2009 | By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | State, National News


Obama vows US aim to halt piracy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama promised Monday that the U.S. would seek to halt the increasing threat of piracy off the Horn of Africa.

April 13, 2009 | By Lara Jakes Associated Press Writer | State, National News


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