Former President Carter says Rep. Wilson’s outburst to Obama ‘based on racism,’ ‘dastardly’

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter says Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama last week was an act “based on racism.” Carter called Wilson’s comment “dastardly” and part of an “inherent feeling” held by some in this country who feel that a black man should not be president.

Former President Carter: Congressman’s outburst to Obama ‘based on racism,’ ‘dastardly’

ATLANTA — 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.

Russia warns it will detain Georgian ships in Abkhazian waters

MOSCOW — Russia heightened tensions with Georgia Tuesday by warning that it will detain Georgian ships entering the territorial waters of Abkhazia, a breakaway province allied with Moscow, news agencies reported.

Judge orders children of Martin Luther King Jr. to meet to discuss their father’s estate

ATLANTA — A judge has ordered the surviving children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King to hold a shareholders’ meeting to discuss their father’s estate.

Prosecutor to pursue death penalty against man charged with killing 8 inside Ga. mobile home

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others inside the family’s mobile home in coastal Georgia.

Ga. woman escapes before Amtrak train slams minivan at rail crossing west of Atlanta

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. — A Georgia woman says she jumped out of her minivan just before an Amtrak train slammed into it.

Newspaper publisher Triple Crown Media files for bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. — Triple Crown Media Inc., which owns daily and weekly newspapers in Georgia, on Monday became at least the 11th newspaper publisher to seek bankruptcy protection over the past year.

Children of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. back in court, wrangle over inheritance

ATLANTA — Two surviving children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were back in court Monday in a wrangle with their brother over their parents’ estates.

Georgia newspaper publisher Triple Crown Media files for bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. — Newspaper publisher Triple Crown Media Inc., which owns daily and weekly newspapers in Georgia, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raises Monday-Saturday newsstand price to $1

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution now costs $1 if you buy it at a newsstand Monday through Saturday.

Delta Air Lines says available cash will decline, discloses 2010 pension obligations

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc., the world’s biggest airline operator, said Monday its available cash on hand will continue to fall by the end of the year as demand for air travel has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

AP Enterprise: Lax enforcement means anti-bullying laws offer little protection in schools

ATLANTA — Recent student suicides have parents and advocates complaining that anti-bullying laws enacted in nearly every state are not being enforced and do not go far enough to identify and rid schools of chronic tormentors.

Citing individual freedoms, lawmakers in several states push back against health care overhaul

PHOENIX — Republicans in more than a dozen states opposed to President Barack Obama’s push for health care overhaul have mounted state-driven efforts to block federal intervention in health care, with some early success.

Air Canada sues US secretary of transportation over charter flights dispute

ATLANTA — Air Canada says the United States’ insistence that the carrier cancel all of its season-long sports charter flights would wreak havoc on the upcoming professional hockey and basketball seasons if it is upheld.

AP Source: Delta Air Lines weighs making cash infusion, business ties with Japan Airlines

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. is considering making a cash infusion of a couple hundred million dollars to aid struggling Japan Airlines Corp., a person briefed on the talks said Friday.

Georgia commission votes to suspend educators in cheating scandal

ATLANTA — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has temporarily suspended the teaching licenses of two DeKalb County educators accused in a cheating scandal.

Venezuela recognizes Georgian separatist regions as independent, a boost to Moscow

BARVIKHA, Russia — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Moscow a boost Thursday by recognizing the independence of two Russian-supported Georgian separatist regions, and President Dmitry Medvedev promised to sell Chavez whatever weapons he wants.

Kremlin bill on using military force abroad clears preliminary hurdle

MOSCOW — A Kremlin bill expanding the legal reasons for using military force abroad won a quick preliminary approval in the lower house of parliament Wednesday.

Police: Man single-handedly bludgeoned father, 7 others to death in coastal Ga. mobile home

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A 22-year-old man acted alone when he bludgeoned his father and seven others to death inside a coastal Georgia mobile home, police said Tuesday, though they would not give what weapon was used.

Fred Mills, University of Georgia music professor and famed trumpeter, killed in car wreck

MONROE, Ga. — University of Georgia music professor Fred Mills, a Grammy nominee who made numerous records as a trumpeter with the Canadian Brass quintet and performed with several orchestras, has died, the school said Tuesday.

Ludacris’ stimulus package: Grammy-winning rapper gives 20 cars to people without vehicles

MORROW, Ga. — Talk about a one-man stimulus package: Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote about their struggles to keep their jobs for a lack of wheels of their own.

After mass funeral, teen brother of Ga. mobile home slayings suspect declares he is innocent

TOWNSEND, Ga. — The 16-year-old brother of a coastal Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others inside the mobile home they shared says he’s innocent and never would have harmed his own family.

Ga. family buries 7 killed in mobile home while grappling with disbelief at relative’s arrest

TOWNSEND, Ga. — Dozens of relatives are gathering for graveside funeral to bury seven people massacred inside their mobile home in coastal Georgia.

Ga. man who found relatives slain in mobile home charged in deaths; family set for funeral

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Family members prepared Saturday to bury seven people killed in a mobile home park massacre in southeast Georgia, while also grappling with the shocking news that one of their own relatives had been charged in the slayings.

Smithsonian chief sweeps up the ‘nation’s attic,’ hopes to create education powerhouse

WASHINGTON — Wayne Clough pulls a thumb-sized computer flash drive from his pocket and marvels at how many of the Smithsonian Institution’s millions of objects can be captured on it.

Police arrest family member who called 911 on murder charges in Ga. mobile home slayings

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father’s mobile home.

Global Energy sells ethanol plant; owner to use as demonstration site for biofuel technology

ATLANTA — Global Energy Holdings Group, Inc. said Friday it will sell an ethanol production plant to Fiberight LLC. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Coca-Cola to invest $200 million in Vietnam in the next 3 years

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola Co. says it plans to invest an additional $200 million in Vietnam in the next three years.

Gentiva Health appoints 3 independent directors, restoring independent majority

ATLANTA — Home health services provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. said Thursday it named three independent directors to its board.

Donations for funerals pour in for relatives of family killed in Ga. mobile home

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — While grieving a family slain in a Georgia mobile home, relatives of the victims have been grappling with another problem — how to pay for so many funerals at once.

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