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

AUSTELL, Ga. — Neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags over Georgia were awash in several feet of murky, brown water Tuesday, and officials found a ninth storm victim who had been swept away from her car a day earlier.

Ga. authorities say Southeast storm death toll rises to 9, believe woman was swept from car

AUSTELL, Ga. — Authorities in Georgia say they have found another Southeast storm victim and the death toll is now nine.

Death toll rises to 8 in Southeast floods; flooded highways, washed-out bridges add misery

AUSTELL, Ga. — Neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags over Georgia were awash in several feet of murky, brown water Tuesday, and officials warned worried residents to wait for the floodwaters to recede before checking out their damaged homes.

Death toll rises to 8 in Southeast floods; rescuers find body of teen boy in Ga. river

ATLANTA — The death toll in Southeast flooding has reached eight after rescuers found the body of a 15-year-old boy in northwest Georgia following days of heavy rain that turned docile creeks into surging rivers.

Flooded highways, roads add misery after Southeast storms kill at least 6 people

ATLANTA — Washed-out roads and flooded interstate highways around Atlanta added to the misery Tuesday after days of torrential rain in the Southeast that claimed at least six lives and left several people missing in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

Creeks turn into surging rivers after Southeast storms dump up 20 inches on saturated ground

ATLANTA — Docile creeks turned into surging rivers and rivers into raging floodwaters as storms raking the Southeast for days dropped up to 20 inches of rain, killing at least six people and leaving communities under water.

AP Interview: Ukraine leader Yushchenko optimistic about NATO membership, re-election chances

NEW YORK — Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko says he is optimistic that his country will join NATO, declaring the tide of public opinion in the former Soviet republic is swinging in favor of membership in the Western military alliance.

Mitsubishi to build $325 million plant in coastal Ga., hire 500 to make gas turbines

POOLER, Ga. — After sitting vacant for seven years, a 1,500-acre industrial site near Savannah landed its first manufacturer Monday as Mitsubishi Power Systems announced plans to produce giant steam and gas turbines in coastal Georgia.

Toddler among 6 killed as storms pound the Southeast as forecasters call for more rain

ATLANTA — Surging floodwaters ripped apart a west Georgia trailer home, drowning a 2-year-old boy swept from his father’s arms. In Atlanta, stranded motorists scrambled to the tops of their car as waters rose on one of the city’s busiest highways. To the north, crews worked furiously to shore up a levee holding a surging river back from an isolated town.

Toddler swept away from family’s mobile home among 6 killed as storms flood Southeast

ATLANTA — Surging floodwaters ripped apart a west Georgia trailer home, drowning a 2-year-old boy swept from his father’s arms. In Atlanta, stranded motorists scrambled to the tops of their car as waters rose on one of the city’s busiest highways. To the north, crews worked furiously to shore up a levee holding a surging river back from an isolated town.

Toddler swept away from family’s mobile home among 5 killed as storms flood Southeast

ATLANTA — A two-year-old boy has been found dead in Georgia after floodwaters swept him from his father’s arms, and authorities say at least four others have died across the Southeast as rains drench the area.

State Department says former Georgia deputy accused in 2 slayings caught in Belize

DECATUR, Ga. — A former DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy who fled after he was charged with killing his wife and a day laborer has been caught in Central America.

Pratt & Whitney to cut 1,000 aerospace jobs in Conn. by 2011, transfer work to Georgia, Asia

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney said Monday it will eliminate 1,000 jobs in Connecticut by 2011, transferring engine repair work to Georgia and Asia in a cost-cutting move.

Storms flood Southeast, killing 3 and leaving 5 others missing, with more rain forecast

ATLANTA — Floodwaters that swept across the rain-soaked Southeast killed at least three people and left five others missing Monday, including a Georgia toddler who disappeared after a mobile home was split apart by a swollen creek.

Drenching storms flood Southeast as more to come; 2 killed, 2 missing including toddler

ATLANTA — Floodwaters that swept across the rain-soaked Southeast killed at least three people and left five others missing Monday, including a Georgia toddler who disappeared after a mobile home was split apart by a swollen creek.

Toddler missing in swollen Ga. creek; at least 2 others dead, man missing in Southeast floods

ATLANTA — Authorities are searching for a toddler swept away in a rain-swollen creek in west Georgia as heavy rains and thunderstorms claimed at least 2 other lives in the Southeast.

Authorities searching for missing toddler in Ga. creek after days of rain drench Southeast

ATLANTA — Authorities are searching for a toddler who was swept away in a rain-swollen creek in west Georgia after heavy rains and thunderstorms rolled across the Southeast.

2 killed in Ga., 1 missing in Tenn. as storms drench Southeast, closing roads and schools

ATLANTA — At least two people died in floodwaters in Georgia and a Tennessee man was missing after swimming into an overflowing ditch on a dare as rows of thunderstorms drenched the Southeast, submerging some major highways in the Atlanta area and prompting flood warnings Monday.

Tenn. man swept into culvert, Atlanta-area commuters bogged down as storms soak Southeast

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A man swept away by floodwater in Chattanooga is presumed drowned as heavy rain and thunderstorms spawned flood warnings from eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina into north Georgia, including the Atlanta area.

Analysis: US missile move gives Russia what it wants; will Kremlin offer anything in return?

MOSCOW — The Kremlin got exactly what it wanted when the United States scrapped plans for missile defenses on Russia’s borders.

42 states lose jobs in August, up from 29 in July; biggest cuts in Texas, Mich., Ga., Ohio

WASHINGTON — Forty-two states lost jobs last month, up from 29 in July, with the biggest net payroll cuts coming in Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio.

AMR gets $2.9B in cash and financing, builds hub capacity for international growth

ATLANTA — American Airlines’ parent company said Thursday it is taking on significant new debt at a time when revenues are being hammered, but the $2.9 billion in cash and fresh financing it raised should quiet concerns — for now — that it is in danger of a cash crunch and a bankruptcy filing.

AMR gets $2.9 billion in financing, builds hub capacity for international growth

ATLANTA — American Airlines’ parent company said Thursday it is taking on significant new debt at a time when revenues are being hammered, but the $2.9 billion in cash and fresh financing it raised should quiet concerns — for now — that it is in danger of a cash crunch and a bankruptcy filing.

Lawyer says Ohio death-row inmate ‘traumatized’ by failed attempts by the state to execute him

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The lawyer for an inmate whose execution was halted after an unprecedented two hours said trying to put him to death again in a week could be a disaster.

Experts propose hefty sales tax to sweetened beverages; health reformers not buying it

ATLANTA — In a bid to ramp up the public health battle against obesity, a group of nutrition and economics experts are pushing for a tax of 1 cent on every of ounce of sodas and other sweetened beverages.

Delta Air Lines to make offering of new debt with later maturity date to pay existing debt

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. wants to give itself some more breathing room to deal with $904 million in debt that would come due after it receives a single operating certificate to fully integrate Northwest Airlines into its fold.

Police: Woman claimed to be governor’s wife as she stole chips, gas

POOLER, Ga. — Police say a woman who stole fuel and a bag of Cheetos from a Pooler convenience store claimed to be Gov. Sonny Perdue’s wife.

Federal authorities investigating attack on black Ga. Army reservist as possible hate crime

ATLANTA — A black female Army reservist said Wednesday she hasn’t been able to sleep since she was beaten by a white man in front of her 7-year-old daughter last week, and federal authorities said they were investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Rep. Joe Wilson’s son disputes claim by Carter that Congressman’s outburst ‘based on racism’

ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s oldest son defended his father against a claim by former President Jimmy Carter that the congressman’s outburst during a speech by President Barack Obama was “based on racism.”

Rep. Wilson’s outburst ‘based on racism’: Carter

wilson_0910ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

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