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A 13-year-old boy, responding to a traditional start-of-school assignment, says he spent his summer making explosive devices.

Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla singled in the first inning at Florida on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 31 games, tying the Atlanta record of Rico Carty.

Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells.

The lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tom Graves over a failed motel in Calhoun has been dismissed after the two parties reached a settlement out of court.

A man and woman who helped a man accused of killing a Chattanooga police officer pleaded guilty today in federal court.

Huesman pleased with team's energy

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Global Supply is ending manufacturing and logistics operations at its Bristol, Tenn., facility, but the plant will continue its commercial and support operations.

Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell rushed 13 times for 84 yards and a touchdown Wednesday morning as Georgia held its first scrimmage of the preseason camp.

A suburban Phoenix man is recovering after police say he accidentally shot himself in the penis while putting his girlfriend’s gun in the waistband of his pants.

Two men and a woman — siblings who were being sought for crimes in Florida and Georgia — have been captured in Colorado, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

A veteran Chattanooga police officer is under investigation after a 17-year-old claims he was assaulted while in custody in the Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — An Army sergeant based in Georgia has been sentenced to life in a military prison without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of his infantry squad leader and a fellow U.S. soldier in Iraq.

ATHENS, Ala. — Limestone County school officials say they've saved nearly $25,000 on utility bills in three months after teachers removed their mini-refrigerators, microwave ovens, heaters, fans and other personal items from classrooms to save money.

East Lake Elementary School students will be dismissed today at 12:30 p.m. after the school’s air conditioning system was vandalized, leaving more than 400 students to battle with a the expected high of 93 degree.

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When a man forced his way into the home of an 88-year-old woman three years ago, two other women from the South Memphis neighborhood rushed over and helped chase the man off.

A man killed himself Tuesday night in Fort Payne after shooting his father, authorities say.

KNOXVILLE — After being rescued from a makeshift hiding spot inside an East Knox County storm drain this morning, a Knoxville man readily admitted he dove inside the hole after burglarizing a nearby business and running from authorities.

CHICAGO — Boy or girl? A simple blood test in mothers-to-be can answer that question with surprising accuracy at about seven weeks, a research analysis has found.

WASHINGTON — What little confidence consumers have is being undermined by the tumult on Wall Street.

LONDON — Thousands more police officers flooded London streets Tuesday in a bid to end Britain’s worst rioting in a generation as nervous shopkeepers closed early and some residents stood guard to protect their neighborhoods. An eerie calm prevailed in the city, but unrest spread across central and northern England on a fourth night of violence driven by poor, diverse and brazen crowds of young people.

Make sure to burn every drop in your gas tank before refueling -- pump prices are expected to drop daily for the next few weeks.

Tyler Bray hit a roadblock on his path of progress Tuesday afternoon.

Christian Robinson insists it's not hollow chatter.

At the age of 7, James Stovall started playing piano, and he claims still to be talented on the keys despite never having taken official lessons.

We shouldn't really be shocked that our national credit rating has been downgraded. We were warned, after all, that it could be if we didn't start dealing realistically with our debt.

Hoping to fix at least some of what's wrong with his dysfunctional organization, NCAA president Mark Emmert began his two-day retreat with 54 university presidents and a few athletic directors Tuesday in Indianapolis.

The disturbing retreat of the stock market the past few days, barely skirting the official bear market boundary before Tuesday's iffy rally, has been more than enough to prove two core points.

Every ounce of Peyton Hicks -- from her sparkling blue eyes and white hard hat to her rainbow-colored socks -- radiated happiness and excitement Tuesday morning as she looked around grass that will become a ball field for special-needs children and adults.

A $25,000 private consulting report announced by board members of the Friends of the Chattanooga Zoo on the heels of 10 animal deaths last winter calls for improved organization at the zoo.

The Jacksonville Suns scored a quick six runs and defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4 in a Southern League baseball game interrupted by rain in the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon.

The calendar says fall does not officially begin until Sept. 23. But for about 42,000 public school students in Hamilton County, there may be a bit of sadness that summer break is over and they must return to school today.

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J.J. Jackson is the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's top returning rusher from last season. He amassed 223 yards on 63 carries.

Herbs and spices add flavor to an everyday diet, and they can have health benefits as well.

Jeimy Baquero's life left her as a killer beat her blow after blow after blow.

With the clock ticking down to TVA’s board consideration next week of the $4 billion to $5 billion completion of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy unveiled a new report Tuesday alleging “seven major factors” why the project should not go forward.

When told that his peers had voted his Rams the preseason District-6AA football favorites for 2011, Tyner coach Wayne Turner's jaw dropped.

In previous columns I’ve discussed safety factors between 4-wheel vehicles and our 2 or 3 wheel cousins the motorcyclists. Now it’s time to look at a very large and growing class of roadway users, the bicyclists.

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A dozen Walker County residents and consultants gathered at the Walker County Civic Center on Tuesday night to discuss how the county and its cities will move into the future.

Vehicular homicide case due Oct. 4

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The marquee may stay the same, but the public library no longer will be the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.

Public airports in Cleveland, Tenn., and Marion County are awaiting the go-ahead from the state to begin projects funded in part with an $850,000 chunk of $5.5 million in state grants for infrastructure improvements.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Bradley County's two high school principals and two middle school principals told the County School Board Tuesday they oppose making room for home-school students on public school athletic teams.

An old sock, a box of Band-Aids and a rain poncho — sounds more like a MacGyver tool kit than items on a back-to-school shopping list.

It gets hot living in a tent in the summer and it's hard to stay clean, said Douglas House.

Well, they finally did it. Standard & Poor's announced Friday that the United States had lost its solid-gold AAA credit rating. In what must surely have been the most widely telegraphed action in the history of credit analysis, the agency made good on

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The Duron Carter saga continues at Alabama.

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John Payne, of Chattanooga, said he wanted to fly to Destin, Fla., for Labor Day, but Vision Airlines is suspending its Lovell Field service on Aug. 19 until next spring.

For the first time since the Tennessee Valley Authority began selling bonds nearly a half century ago, the credit strength of TVA has been cut.

When disasters such as the April 27 tornadoes strike, animals need shelter -- and even rescue, too.

A man and woman accused of aiding a man facing trial in the slaying of a Chattanooga police officer are expected to plead guilty in federal court today.

A General Sessions Court judge dismissed charges Tuesday morning against a Hamilton County jailer and her two daughters after they were arrested last week.

Tennessee needed immediate help at linebacker, so the Volunteers signed two highly touted high school seniors in February.

A former Murray County middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence earlier this year begged the school board Tuesday to give her a second chance, but board members upheld the school’s decision not to renew her contract.

We usually think of our British cousins as rather reserved and well-mannered. So it is a shock that news from London -- and other major British cities -- tells us there have been several nights of rioting, looting and vandalism among young people.

Adam Scott may have been a little upset with caddie Steve Williams.

Retired TVA engineer Hugh Gardner got restless as he sprawled across an Erlanger hospital medical table this summer.

After three successful seasons with Brian Crossman at the helm, the Chattanooga Football Club is looking for a new coach.

Webb Simpson gave himself a belated birthday gift.

Leaders waste time on wrong issues

Residents and police officials in London prepared for additional violence Tuesday following three nights of what police said was the worst rioting in the city in decades. The scope of the violence left some parts of the city in ruins.

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Tradition is important in Congress, but one tradition is about to end -- partially.

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Welcome, dear readers, to Fare Exchange. Here are your challenges, some brand new and some repeats: Orange Julius, Grainger County tomato recipes, how to cook tri-tip beef, homemade milk shakes and malts.

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As I’ve aged, by tastebuds have matured, and I’ve learned to like a number of foods that I couldn’t stomach as a youngster.

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