ATLANTA – Georgians have been able to buy their once-forbidden fireworks in the state since last July. Now, they’ll have a say in how taxes on the explosives are spent.
As excitement for Halloween builds, creative costumes and bags full of goodies become top priorities, while safety often becomes an afterthought. Because excited trick-or-treaters may forget about safety, drivers, party-goers and parents must be even more alert as the risk of being injured by moving vehicles increases greatly.
Any time a new technology is introduced, it disrupts values, routines and behaviors. This goes back well before the printing press replaced oral histories or the telephone replaced face-to-face conversations, but is evident today in our regular habits of checking our smartphones for notifications. Kids are growing up with the expectation of auto-playing streaming videos and having access to our phones when we need them to be quiet.
The first computers cost millions of dollars and were locked inside rooms equipped with special electrical circuits and air conditioning. The only people who could use them had been trained to write programs in that specific computer’s language. Today, gesture-based interactions, using multitouch pads and touchscreens, and exploration of virtual 3D spaces allow us to interact with digital devices in ways very similar to how we interact with physical objects.
MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Georgia man accused of shooting five acquaintances and setting their house on fire in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime was granted a $1 million bond on Thursday.
For more than 100 years, Wells Fargo has been ubiquitous in San Francisco. The City by the Bay is the bank's hometown and Wells Fargo is one of its largest employers. There is even a museum in the city dedicated to the stagecoach Wells Fargo once used to cross the Western Plains.
HAVERHILL, Mass. — A developing World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star is facing criminal charges after police say he assaulted his pregnant ex-girlfriend in his Massachusetts home.
More than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, with spending on holiday decorations and costumes expected to reach $8.4 billion, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
Political scientists have long noted that politics is a competition between groups with diverse and competing interests. During campaigns, candidates actively attempt to sway certain groups and vilify others in order to garner support.
WASHINGTON - Even while hailing an estimate that 1 million more people are getting insurance coverage through Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell acknowledged that “substantial” reforms are still needed in the nation’s health care system.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump square off for the final time before voters go to the polls on Nov. 8.
SALEM, Mass. — For Tina Holland and her husband, David, 7-month-old Railey Michayla is a miracle — an example of hope never lost, of triumph over tragedy, and a story that must be shared.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A central Pennsylvania school district became one of the first in the area to formally announce transgender students will be allowed to use the restroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. A letter has been sent to parents and guardians of students in the district informing them of the practice.
JOPLIN, Mo. – When Noah Burnison made his grand entrance into art class on Wednesday, his classmates squealed in shock and excitement.
The family of slain Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer has filed a lawsuit over her 2013 rape and murder inside the Massachusetts school — saying that more than anything, they want answers.
Faculty members and coaches at 14 Pennsylvania colleges and universities officially went on strike this morning for the first time in the 34-year history of the state’s system of higher education.
ATLANTA – A state group of campus Republicans, in a divisive move, is excusing its chapters from campaigning for the party's controversial presidential nominee.
VALDOSTA, Ga. — A traffic stop along a South Georgia stretch of Interstate 75 led to the discovery and confiscation of a drug that’s rarely seen in a local community compared to those in other areas of the United States — heroin.
WASHINGTON - The growing use of facial-recognition systems has led to a high-tech form of racial profiling, with African-Americans more likely than others to have their images captured, analyzed and reviewed during computerized searches for crime suspects, according to a new report based on records from dozens of police departments.
A West Virginia woman who allegedly hatched a plan with her boyfriend that involved him impregnating an underage family member was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge related to child sexual abuse.
Thirty-two months after Rafael Diroche shot his girlfriend in the head and left her for dead on a rural road in central Pennsylvania, the 31-year-old man insisted he is a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of his victim.
The Prince William County electoral board, wary of the heated atmosphere of the coming Election Day, considered seeking a one-day ban on weapons at polling places located on private property but were rebuked by a gun-friendly state legislator.
WASHINGTON - An air war between Democrats and Republicans in upstate New York is giving a glimpse of attacks likely to be replicated in key congressional races in states including Pennsylvania and Iowa in the final three weeks of the campaign.
Engineering and technology are among the most challenging fields of study in college, but all of that hard work apparently is paying off, as many of the top-earning entry-level jobs are tied to related majors, according to a Glassdoor study released Monday.
In a recent issue of The Economist, President Barack Obama set out four major economic issues that his successor must tackle. As he put it:
The most significant pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” were implemented in 2014. These include expanding Medicaid in many states, the establishment of insurance exchanges with subsidized coverage and the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance.
HULBERT, Okla. — A school district’s new cell phone policy is stirring up controversy within an eastern Oklahoma community, even before it takes effect next month.
WASHINGTON - The nation's high school graduation rose again in the 2014-2015 school year, reaching a new record high as more than 83 percent of students earned a diploma on time, according to federal data released Monday.
BOSTON — Indiana oil tycoon Forrest Lucas has become a formidable opponent to animal rights groups, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat proposals aimed at banning puppy mills, restricting hunting and curtailing farming practices.
ATLANTA — Supporters of Gov. Nathan Deal’s turnaround plan for Georgia’s lowest performing schools point to similar strategies in other states when arguing their case for a constitutional amendment.
Cancer patients taking high doses of opioid painkillers are often afflicted by a new discomfort: constipation. Researcher Jonathan Moss thought he could help, but no drug company was interested in his ideas for relieving suffering among the dying.
Passengers who try to carry Samsung Electronics Note 7 smartphones on flights will have them confiscated and may face fines under an emergency U.S. order that significantly expands restrictions on the devices linked to almost 100 incidents of overheating and fires.
GLASGOW, Ky. — Typical high school shop and carpentry classes, for decades, have managed to give students an understanding of the craft that allows them to produce birdhouses or spice racks that a mother could be proud of. Students in a not-so-typical carpentry class in western Kentucky are showcasing their skills on a much larger scale to benefit their community.
ALBANY — Advocates of allowing doctor-assisted suicide in New York are optimistic lawmakers will pass a "death with dignity" statute now that five states have passed similar laws.
Halloween is fast approaching and more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate, spending around $8.4 billion according to the National Retail Federation survey.
Before Ahmad Khan Rahami planted bombs in New York and New Jersey, he bought bomb-making materials on eBay, linked to jihad-related videos from his public social-media account and was looked into by law enforcement agents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
More than half a million patients who had open heart surgery in the United States since 2012 could be at risk for a deadly bacterial infection linked to a device used during their operations, federal health officials said Thursday.
Next week is the 12th annual Free Speech Week, a national event that aims to “to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy,” according to organizers, which include school, media and law organizations.
WASHINGTON - Five years after Wells Fargo was slapped with a $203 million judgement involving overdraft fees for debit-card purchases, many banks still engage in similar practices.
Prison inmates, a remarkably ingenious bunch, are disrupting long-standing methods of smuggling drugs, porn and cellphones the same way online retailers hope to one day deliver socks and underwear to American homes - through the air, with drones.
“We’re just so thankful for (Brock) Nulph, Pope and business owners who have reached out to help and have shared the GoFundMe page. I don’t know how myself and children would’ve made it." — Shanna Lunday-Spears
A recent population survey done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that participation among women in the manufacturing sector was highest in jobs that are deemed as stereotypical to gender — retail bakeries, textile mills and sewing and apparel manufacturing, for example. Joe Veter is trying to change that.
Vehicle crashes have long been the leading cause of death for teenagers, but the number has dropped by about half in the past nine years as fewer teens seek driver's licenses and there are state restrictions on those who do.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The federal government said no to Kentucky’s request for another year’s extension to conform to new requirements for drivers’ licenses, but most Kentuckians won’t feel any effect at least in the short term.
Wells Fargo announced Wednesday that its longtime chief executive and chairman, John Stumpf, is stepping down, the latest turn for the embattled megabank after it admitted that thousands of low-level employees had set up sham accounts to meet sales quotas.Stumpf's sudden downfall will probably send shivers through Wall Street, where a well-honed playbook for surviving public scandals appears to have been torn to pieces, upended by the type of populist anger that has fueled the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on this year's presidential campaign trail.The San Francisco-based bank has apologized repeatedly, and it reported firing 5,300 employees for misconduct and putting in place more stringent internal controls. But that has not been enough for regulators and lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who called on him to resign. Stumpf went as far as pledging to give up $41 million in compensation to atone for the scandal, but his overture did little to quiet critics."While I have been deeply committed and focused on managing the Company through this period, I have decided it is best for the Company that I step aside," Stumpf said in a statement.Tim Sloan, another longtime Wells Fargo executive, will take over Stumpf's duties as CEO. A board member, Stephen Sanger, will serve as chairman, effectively dividing power that had previously been consolidated under Stumpf. Sanger is the former chief executive of General Mills."It's sad day for Wells Fargo. John Stumpf was a successful leader for his entire career" notwithstanding the recent controversy, Sloan said in an interview. "He did the right thing for Wells Fargo by putting the company first and himself second.""I wish the transition was happening" under different circumstances, Sloan added. "I am going to do the right thing by repairing the reputation of the company."Stumpf's downfall began in early September when Wells Fargo was fined $185 million by regulators after it discovered that thousands of employees were setting up unauthorized accounts, including credit cards and checking accounts, customers had not requested. In some cases, the customers were charged various fees for accounts they did not know existed. In others, bank employees would take money from authorized accounts to gain credit for setting up fake ones.The company initially attempted to play down the problem, noting that the 5,300 employees fired over five years totaled only a small portion of its workforce. But that just stoked lawmakers' anger, and the scandal continued to grow. Federal prosecutors are now considering criminal or civil charges against the company; the Labor Department is investigating whether the bank illegally fired employees who reported the wrongdoing; and several cities and states, including California, have said they would temporarily stop business with the bank.Stumpf will not receive a severance package as part of his retirement. But he has accumulated $137.1 million in company stock, deferred compensation and a pension, according to Equilar, a research firm. His departure is a stunning end to the career of one of the financial industry's most storied executives. He developed a reputation as a community banker in a hypercompetitive world of exotic financial instruments and large market bets. Even as Wells Fargo's assets crept toward $2 trillion under his leadership, making it one of the largest financial institutions in the country, Stumpf often recalled his upbringing as one of 11 children on a dairy and poultry farm to explain his philosophy for ethical banking.That did not help him during two congressional hearings last month in which lawmakers pummeled him for hours over the scandal. Several lawmakers called for Stumpf to step down, and others said he should be criminally prosecuted.Stumpf's retirement is surprising given that other CEOs, especially in the financial industry, have been able to weather scandals of a similar scale, said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "We rarely see people stepping down. It is quite extraordinary," he said. But the executive probably felt he did not have a choice, Tobias said. His retirement spares Wells Fargo's board a painful decision, he said.It is unclear whether replacing Stumpf with another longtime company insider will be enough to convince investors that the company is moving in the right direction. Sloan is a 29-year veteran of the company and serves as president and chief operating officer. He also worked closely with Carrie Tolstedt, who led the bank's community banking unit where the misconduct occurred. Lawmakers were critical of Wells Fargo for not firing Tolstedt and allowing her to retire with millions in salary and bonuses."Unfortunately, Mr. Stumpf's retirement does nothing to answer the many questions that remain," said Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee. "We are still waiting for answers as to how Wells Fargo plans to right its wrongs against customers and the low-paid employees who weren't given the benefit of a retirement package when they were fired for refusing to cheat."Added Warren: "If Mr. Stumpf is leaving with all of his ill-gotten millions, that's still not real accountability. A bank teller would face criminal charges and a prison sentence for stealing a handful of 20s from the cash drawer."In an interview, Sloan said he would work to have a good relationship with elected officials."But they are not the primary stakeholders of this company," he said. "We are in the banking business. Our primary focus in the banking business is to serve our customers."Shortly before Wednesday's announcement about the leadership shake-up, Wells Fargo sent customers an email outlining several steps it was taking to address the past problems, including a promise to send out a confirmation letter any time an account is opened in a customer's name."It's important for you to know that making things right and restoring the faith you have in us is the very top priority for our entire Wells Fargo leadership team," the email said.---Jonnelle Marte and Michelle Williams contributed to this story.