Prayers for peaceful end to King sibling feud in spirit of civil rights icon and his wife

ATLANTA — A follower of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is invoking the spirit of the civil rights icon and his wife, Coretta, in praying for a peaceful resolution to the legal battle among the King children.

EU boosts Georgia patrols before releasing war report expected to blame both Russia, Georgia

MOSCOW — On the eve of a European Union report on who started the Russia-Georgia war, EU monitors said Tuesday they have stepped up patrols in Georgia to keep tensions from boiling over into violence.

AP source: Georgia claims EU report blames Russia for ethnic cleansing during war last year

WASHINGTON — Georgia claims a report commissioned by the European Union concludes that Russian troops were responsible for ethnic cleansing during last year’s war with Georgia.

Delta closes a total of $2.1 billion in loans, making progress toward 2010 debt payments

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. says it has closed on $2.1 billion worth of financing, which will help with the major debt payments it has due next year.

After being sent to the woods, homeless Ga. sex offenders must now find a new place to live

MARIETTA, Ga. — Nine homeless sex offenders scrambled to find housing Tuesday after they were kicked out of a makeshift tent city behind a suburban Atlanta office park where state officials had told them to live.

Man who goes to Ga. police for background check gets arrested as suspect in 1976 Mo. killing

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A man who went to an Atlanta suburb police department for a background check on a job application wound up under arrest as a suspect in a 1976 Missouri slaying.

EU report expected to blame both Russia and Georgia for causing August 2008 war

BRUSSELS — Georgia says an EU-commissioned report presented Wednesday will underscore that Russia has invaded its territory last year and continues to occupy part of its territory.

Real estate magnate’s empire was collapsing before he allegedly shot wife in Fla. mansion

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Florida authorities have released a video that shows a prominent developer charged in his wife’s death joking during a jail visit with his daughter and sister-in-law.

EU steps up Georgia patrols before war report, but says region looks quiet

MOSCOW — On the eve of a European Union report on who started the Russia-Georgia war, EU monitors have stepped up their patrols in Georgia to try to keep tensions from boiling over into violence, an official said Tuesday.

Surviving King sibilings hold first shareholder meeting in 5 years under judge’s watch

ATLANTA — The surviving children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. met in a courtroom Monday to formally discuss estate business for the first time in five years.

Homeless Ga. sex offenders directed to woods

MARIETTA, Ga. — A small group of homeless sex offenders have set up camp in densely wooded area behind a suburban Atlanta office park, directed there by probation officers who say it’s a place of last resort for those with nowhere else to go.

Montagny, Sarrazin win Petit Le Mans at rainy Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. — Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin gave Peugeot its first American Le Mans Series victory Saturday, winning the weather-shortened Petit Le Mans.

Regulators close Georgian Bank in Atlanta; 95th US bank closed this year

WASHINGTON — Regulators on Friday shut down Atlanta-based Georgian Bank, the 95th U.S. bank to fail this year as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.

Biden pledges help to Ga. storm victims; more rain, flooding possible as region recovers

MARIETTA, Ga. — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pledged the federal government would help Georgia recover from the severe weather that swept through the Southeast, even as rain and the threat of more flooding was forecast for the weekend.

Biden tours flood damage in Ga.; more rain possible for Southeast as region recovers

MARIETTA, Ga. — Vice President Joe Biden is surveying flood damage in north Georgia and meeting with residents displaced by severe storms that swept through the Southeast earlier this week.

Simmons plans to file for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection as part of restructuring plan

ATLANTA — Simmons Co., the maker of Beautyrest mattresses, said Friday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that will put new owners in charge of the bedding unit and significantly lower the company’s debt.

Stripped of tanks that stormed Iraq, Army unit prepares for new way of fighting in Afghanistan

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Drenched in sweat, Army Capt. Aaron Hall peeled off his soggy socks and applied a liberal dose of foot powder before slipping on a dry pair and rallying his troops back to their throbbing feet. For an outfit used to being ferried from fight to fight in armored vehicles, a 50-mile march through the Appalachians was a little much.

Report: Sugar company ignored dust dangers for decades before Ga. refinery explosion killed 14

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Imperial Sugar Co. and managers of its Georgia refinery ignored known dangers of explosive dust for decades before a chain of dust-fueled fireballs erupted at the plant last year and killed 14 people, investigators said in a report Thursday.

Federal investigators to release report on Ga. sugar refinery explosion that killed 14

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A federal agency is preparing to release its findings after an investigation of the deadly 2008 dust explosion at a Georgia sugar refinery.

Emergency officials warn Ga. residents of stagnant water as they clean up after floods

ATLANTA — Georgia residents returning Wednesday to homes soaked by days of torrential rains were warned of a hidden danger — disease-causing bacteria and jagged debris harbored by stagnant, murky water.

Agco wants to use government grant of up to $5 million for biomass project

DULUTH, Ga. — Farm equipment manufacturer Agco Corp. said Wednesday it wants to use an Energy Department grant of up to $5 million for a project focused on the efficient collection and transportation of biomass to production plants for processing.

8 tips for a comfortable air travel experience that probably weren’t on your radar

ATLANTA — Ever get thirsty during your flight and wished you didn’t have to wait an hour or so for the beverage cart to come down the aisle?

Ga. man indicted in racially tinged beating of female soldier at Atlanta-area Cracker Barrel

JONESBORO, Ga. — A white man accused of beating a black female Army reservist while yelling racial slurs at her outside a suburban Atlanta restaurant was indicted Wednesday on felony charges.

Obama calls Georgia governor, promises “prompt attention” to requests for federal flood help

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama personally assured Georgia officials that requests for federal aid to deal with deadly torrential rains there will “receive prompt attention,” the White House said Wednesday.

Son of former European Parliament member from Ireland drowns in lake near Georgia college

ATLANTA — A former member of the European Parliament has flown to the United States after her son drowned while attending college in north Georgia.

Identities of 10 known killed in flooding in Georgia and Alabama at a glance

Here are the the 10 known storm-related deaths the past few days in Georgia and Alabama.

New death near Atlanta raises toll to 10 in Southeast floods as waters begin receding

AUSTELL, Ga. — As floodwaters around Atlanta began to recede, residents were packing moving vans with furniture and commiserating about water-logged homes.

Washed out roads cause commuter headaches as floodwaters begin receding in the Southeast

AUSTELL, Ga. — As floodwaters around Atlanta began to recede, residents were packing moving vans with furniture and commiserating about water-logged apartments.

Ga. residents suddenly surrounded by water get crash course in flood insurance

VININGS, Ga. — David Bush had a sweeping view of the Chattahoochee River from his backyard. And when he returned to his house Tuesday, the surging river was in his front yard, too.

Southeast storm death toll rises to 9; highways, neighborhoods still awash

AUSTELL, Ga. — Neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags over Georgia remained awash in several feet of murky, brown water Tuesday, even as an emerging sun shed light on the widespread flood damage.

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