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World briefly for Dec. 10

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.

December 10, 2012 | | State, National News


Survey: Shoppers plan to spend the same

STATESBORO - Consumers appear more optimistic this holiday shopping season, and most plan to spend the same amount of money on gifts as they did last year, according to a fall consumer confidence survey by Georgia Southern University's Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development.

December 07, 2012 | Special to the News | State, National News


World briefly for Dec. 7

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the fiscal cliff wars, a pivotal battle is raging between Democrats demanding to raise revenue by boosting tax rates on the nation's highest earners and Republicans insisting on eliminating deductions and other tax breaks instead. Which is better for the economy? Analysts say it depends.

December 07, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


Brooklet deaths ruled murder, suicide; 2 dead

A Brooklet couple found dead Sunday in their River Retreat home were victims of a murder-suicide, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.

December 06, 2012 | Holli Deal Bragg Special to the News | State, National News


World briefly for Dec. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) - The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking?

December 06, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


Senator resigning for public radio gig

ATLANTA (AP) - The outgoing majority leader of the Georgia Senate is resigning from the chamber to take a public broadcasting post, Senate officials said Tuesday.

December 06, 2012 | By Bill Barrow Associated Press writer | State, National News


World briefly for Dec. 5

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Dec. 4

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was a sneak attack, but not by the enemy they feared.

December 04, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


World briefly for Dec. 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - The debate over how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014 comes down to risky business.

December 03, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


Memorial held for Valdosta State student

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A large crowd gathered Thursday night at a funeral home in suburban Atlanta to remember Jasmine Benjamin, a freshman at Valdosta State University who was found dead in a campus dormitory.

November 30, 2012 | By Johnny Clark Associated Press writer | State, National News


World briefly for Nov. 30

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling "fiscal cliff" to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. The trip comes amid signs of impatience in the negotiations between Republican leaders and the White House.

November 30, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


Party may turn on Chambliss in 2014

ATLANTA - For a sitting Republican senator from a solidly red state, Saxby Chambliss has a lot of people talking about taking his job.

November 29, 2012 | By Ray Henry Associated Press writer | State, National News


Historical society gets expansion grant

SAVANNAH - The nonprofit group dedicated to preserving Georgia's history is moving a big step closer to expanding its Savannah headquarters for the first time in 40 years.

November 29, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


Two winning tickets were sold; not here

CHICAGO (AP) - Powerball officials say tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record the record $579.9 million jackpot. Now the hunt for the winners begins.

November 29, 2012 | By Jim Cole and M. Spencer Green Associated Press writers | State, National News


World briefly for Nov. 29

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff," administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders.

November 29, 2012 | Associated Press | State, National News


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