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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Judge won't halt salvage of capsized ship on Georgia coast

Mar. 26, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said an injunction delaying work to dismantle...

In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020, photo a sign hangs on a closed ski lift in Vail, Colo., after Vail Ski Resort closed for the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ski resorts across the West that were shut down amid coronavirus fears are grappling with an economic

Smaller communities prepare for onslaught of virus patients

Mar. 26, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It started with an infected person from out of town who attended a funeral. Now the largest hospital in Georgia’s mostly rural southwest corner is rapidly running out of space amid the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the entire state. At Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital...

Sinn Fein Society members Bill Bradley, left, and John Lowenthal, right, walk the sidewalk of the St. Patrick's Day parade route in downtown Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Last week, Savannah's mayor announced the city's 196-year-old St. Patrick's Day parade was called off due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

When Irish eyes are absent: Virus subdues St. Patrick's Day

Mar. 17, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — St. Patrick's Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. It was the first St. Patrick's Day in more than 250 years...

Tourists wear face masks as news about the coronavirus is seen in a reflection off a glass surface in Times Square in New York on Sunday, March 15, 2020. President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies, while one of the nation's most senior public health officials called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

US life with COVID-19: A state-by-state patchwork of rules

Mar. 17, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

As the nation struggles to reconcile itself to a new and spreading peril, it also struggles with a patchwork of rules that vary dizzyingly from place to place: For now, your life and lockdown in the shadow of COVID-19 depends on where you live. In some places, many ordinary Americans are making public health...

Georgia's high court rules DNA evidence warrants new trial

Mar. 13, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's highest court ruled Friday that an inmate serving a life sentence for a slaying 43 years ago deserves a new trial after recent DNA tests cast “significant doubt” on his guilt. Johnny Lee Gates, 63, was convicted of murder, rape and robbery in the November 1976...

New plan shrinks proposed mine near Okefenokee Swamp refuge

Mar. 13, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company seeking to dig for minerals near the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp has reworked its plan to substantially shrink the mine's initial footprint in an environmentally sensitive area near the Georgia-Florida line. The Army Corps of Engineers made public...

FILE - In this March 17, 2018 file photo, boats move through the water as the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago. Chicago on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 joined the growing ranks of cities across the United States to cancel its Saturday St. Patrick's Day Parade amid concerns about the coronavirus. The city will not be dyeing the river green either. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

St. Patrick's Day parades nixed, from New York to Dublin

Mar. 12, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The postponement of the March 17 parade adds to the roster of events and holidays upended around the...

Pope names Savannah bishop Hartmayer archbishop of Atlanta

Mar. 5, 2020 7:59 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer as the new leader of the Catholic Church in Atlanta. Hartmayer, 68, replaces Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who took over as head of the church in Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of the 2018 explosion of the sex abuse and cover-up...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2011, file photo, a U.S. Marine fires a heavy machine gun to counter Taliban fire from a nearby tree line in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. The Marines departed in transport helicopters, their destination classified. Veterans of America's longest war are torn as the U.S. signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan. For many, the U.S. is overdue in withdrawing its forces after more than 18 years of fighting. Others are wary of the Taliban, whose hard-line government the U.S.-led forces overthrew in 2001. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

`Let's go home': Afghan war vets torn on US-Taliban deal

Feb. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Veterans of America's longest war are finding themselves torn as the U.S. signs a potentially historic peace accord with the Taliban in Afghanistan. For many, the U.S. is long overdue in withdrawing its forces after more than 18 years of fighting. Others question the trustworthiness of...

This February 24, 2020 photo taken in New York, shows some of the many brands and types of honey available today. Honey isn't just honey anymore. At farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants, there's a wide assortment of honeys with various colors and tastes. (Katie Workman via AP)

Sustainable, versatile, global, delicious: Honey’s got buzz

Feb. 24, 2020 9:21 AM EST

Honey isn’t just honey anymore. At farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants, there’s a wide assortment of honeys in various colors and tastes, from far-away places and ones next door. Why is a food that’s been part of the human diet for millennia suddenly so trendy? First, of course,...