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NEW YORK (AP) — Only a year after becoming Matt Lauer’s co-host on NBC’s “Today” show, Ann Curry may soon be losing that job.

Jason Heyward hit two of a record nine homers at the new Yankee Stadium and the Atlanta Braves outslugged the New York Yankees for a 10-5 victory in the sweltering heat Wednesday. Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado, Heyward and David Ross all connected off Phil Hughes (7-6) to build a 6-1 lead on a sticky, 94-degree afternoon.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy is going to have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Thursday, and will miss the rest of the season.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire burning in a building along San Francisco's waterfront.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York library worker who admitted stealing more than $160,000 in overdue book fines and other revenue has been sentenced to six months in jail.

New Balance Chattanooga offers foot comfort, style

Flip-flops not recommended in summer

New Balance Chattanooga shoe store owner Hal Kearney doesn’t recommend wearing flip-flops in the summer, and he’s got plenty of comfortable alternatives.

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  • By HANNAH CAMPBELL

PIKEVILLE, TN -- A 20 foot wide sinkhole has opened up in a field right near Highway 127, and local residents say that it is still growing.

NASHVILLE — Senate and House Democrats today called on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to convene a special session of the Legislature and use state revenue surpluses to offset planned higher education tuition hikes and cut the sales tax on groceries further.

Cleveland police are searching for a man they believe sexually assaulted a woman after she agreed to give him a ride.

A 21-year-old man faces homicide charges after a grand jury indictment today.

Bradley County General Sessions Judge Sheridan Randolph has been publicly reprimanded for holding a hearing and setting bail for suspect in a burglary of the judge’s own office.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., joined with Senate Democrats today and voted down a measure seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s new limits on mercury, arsenic and other toxic pollutants released by coal-powered power plants.

The Hamilton County Board of Education needs a member able to tackle complicated issues such as school technology, said school board candidate Katherine Benefield.

The Chattanooga Mayor’s Office sent an email to City Council members, asking them to consider not giving $1.3 million to a career ladder program for the police department after comments made last night by a union representative.

Eleven team post perfect single-year scores

NASHVILLE — Cleveland’s new regional airport has been awarded a $139,500 grant by the state Transportation Department’s Aeronautics Division, the department announced today.

DALTON, GA. -- A horse located in a pasture immediately adjacent to the Dalton Municipal Airport in Whitfield County has been diagnosed with rabies by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

A 21-year-old Jackson County man was charged Wednesday with assaulting a 53-year-old County Road 17 man on June 6, causing injuries that left the victim hospitalized for six days, authorities said.

The Federal Reserve didn't say anything to change investors' minds.

A brief YouTube video linked to state Rep. Julia Hurley showing a small dog being held outside a moving convertible was removed from the Internet Monday, two days after it was posted.

WASHINGTON — You can take U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's name off the list of potential vice presidential candidates.

A woman who claims she shot her husband in self-defense has a trial date on murder charges.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The defense in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case has rested without the former Penn State assistant football coach taking the stand in his own defense.

Jim Higgins has been named wrestling coach at Soddy-Daisy.

Federal investigators and local law enforcement are executing a search warrant this morning at a medical office at 340 Holtzclaw Ave. as part of an ongoing investigation into pill mills.

Hamilton County commissioners have voted 7-1-1 not to approve a $275,000 increase for Sheriff Jim Hammond.

The Federal Reserve, meeting at a time of heightened uncertainty, is expected to provide further support for a slumping U.S. economy.

Tweet this: The London Games will be the first Olympics told in 140 characters or less.

South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity.

It turns out, there is no such thing as a free beer, at least on Era Alaska flights.

Americans overwhelmingly want the president and Congress to get to work on a new bill to change the health care system if the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul as unconstitutional, a new poll finds.

Guided by a thumping bass line from their backing band, the Jackson brothers strut forward to a row of four microphones, thrusting their pelvises along the way, before launching into "Can't Let Her Get Away," a song their superstar sibling released on his "Dangerous" album.

Security officials say Hosni Mubarak is in a coma but off of life support and his heart and other vital organs are functioning.

PHOENIX — States starting to turn the corner on their Great Recession budget woes are taking the cautious approach, socking away millions of dollars in rainy day funds rather than restoring spending for education, health care and social services.

One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama’s health care overhaul isn’t who the law will cover, but rather who it won’t.

WASHINGTON — Thousands of drones patrolling U.S. skies?

Good morning, my friends, local attorney Sam Gowin says as he introduces himself to a small group of Cuban refugees. He is about to conduct the second “Introduction to our Legal System” — an orientation to help newcomers learn about the U.S. court system, what to do when a police officer stops them and what can happen if a child has too many unexcused absences from school.

The alleged victim in what police have dubbed a murder-for-hire plot by a jealous woman said Tuesday she fears for her safety whenever she sees the woman.

A former North Georgia judge who was disbarred for defying authority, misusing his position and smoking marijuana has accused his immediate superiors in a federal lawsuit of conspiring to sabotage his political ambitions.

Greg Keith never has been bothered much by pressure when it comes to athletic endeavors.

Law enforcement officers competed in the 2012 Toughest Cop Competition at the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office training center.

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After spending the past two days being honored for founding a support group for people living with oral, head and neck cancer, Jeanna Richelson meets today with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker to discuss the rare forms of cancer.

One Chattanooga woman valued education so much that she sought after it even after she turned 100.

The next hearing in preparation for the trial of a federal fugitive charged in the shooting death of a local police sergeant is scheduled for Aug. 30.

At least five Hamilton County commissioners who will decide today whether to approve Sheriff Jim Hammond's request for an extra $275,000 to keep the department in the black until June 30 agree on one thing.

It could be three to six weeks before Chattanooga police get the results of a blood test from a traffic officer who is suspected of being intoxicated while on duty at Riverbend.

Gayle Balaban grew up in Tinton Falls, N.J., with adopted parents she described as being like Archie and Edith Bunker from "All in the Family." Michael Economy grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., and never knew his father. When he was 13, his mother died and he went to live with his aunt in Franklin Township, N.J., because his stepfather didn't want him. Until a few months ago, Balaban and Economy never knew they were brother and sister with the same set of parents.

The Chattanooga City Council is still torn on what to do about $3 million of a $209 million budget.

Considered a dream just a few years ago, Volkswagen's goal of selling 1 million vehicles in the U.S. by 2018 now seems possible to industry experts.

Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, the strawberry is staking its claim as summer's superfood.

Michael O'Connor, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior from Ottawa is coming to Baylor School and will compete for the Red Raiders' starting quarterback job.

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — The July 31 election is weeks away, but interest is already strong -- judging from the standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night for a candidates' forum at the Walker County Civic Center.

For the fourth time the Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia all-star baseball game was decided by a single run Tuesday night. And for the 10th time in the series' 11-year history, the win went to Tennessee, edging Georgia 3-2 at Ooltewah High School.

With more buyers and fewer houses for sale, the listed price of houses in Chattanooga is on the rise.

The potpie has gone from a menu afterthought to front and center at the new Fork & Pie Bar across from Miller Plaza.

Finley Stadium will produce a record surplus of roughly $50,000 when the 2011-12 fiscal year ends June 30.

NEW YORK —After more than a week of winning, the New York Yankees came up a couple of feet short.

A suspended Chattanooga fire captain must stay out of trouble for one year to have his assault charge dismissed.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coaching staff has lost another assistant coach. Linebackers coach Tony Coode has left the program to join the staff at Ringgold High School, Mocs coach Russ Huesman said.

Americans love our electronics. The smartphone has turned into an appendage for most that carries our favorite music, photos, email, contacts, and serves as a virtual vault of our lives, personal and professional.

As the new boys' basketball coach at Silverdale Baptist Academy, Randy Evans will be teaching and coaching at the same school for the first time.

A Sequatchie County, Tenn., man is facing a charge of attempted murder after police said he shot at a man trying to repossess a satellite dish, according to court records and sheriff's office officials.

Today's column might just give you the blues ... for berries. As with most other locally grown produce, blueberries are coming in a little earlier than usual due to warmer temperatures the first half of the year, and that's been

Communist China has enacted some market reforms in recent decades and thus has enjoyed a fair degree of economic growth. But many of its social policies remain starkly brutal and repressive.

We all hate paying taxes, so any investment that purports to offer relative safety and the promise of tax avoidance naturally strikes a chord.

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  • By Chris Hopkins

Chip Ward turned off a sprinkler that sprayed short grass in the middle of the sixth fairway at Brainerd Golf Course.

The American West and wildfires seem almost synonymous. It can hardly be a surprise, then, to report that firefighters are battling significant blazes in nine states in that part of the country. At this writing, the total acreage consumed in the blazes is far in excess of that in all of Hamilton County. That total is certain to increase.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The head of the Tea Party of Bradley County said Tuesday that Mayor Tom Rowland should resign after taking a stand against a flier -- written by a tea party member -- that says the city wants to destroy the homes in some Cleveland neighborhoods.

DALTON, Ga. — As each Whitfield County candidate was given three minutes to speak Tuesday night, most stressed the importance of improving education and the local economy.

The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that about 7,000 tax preparers in Tennessee still must take an IRS competency exam by next year or they will not be able to prepare returns.

Propex Operating Co. LLC of Chattanooga announced Tuesday that Brock White will add Propex's fibermesh concrete products to its 10 stocking locations.

Two former Ohio Valley Conference basketball players and a junior college All-American from Georgia Perimeter recently signed to play for the Lee University men's team in 2012-13. Six-foot-7 strong forward James Johnson from Milwaukee was the Georgia juco player of the year after averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds a game last season.

Jamie Flegal will be a little lonely late this summer when her only child heads off to Auburn University.

Recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate Stephan Jaeger qualified for the match-play rounds of the British Amateur on Tuesday. Jaeger shot an even-par 142 at two courses to qualify for continued play at Royal Troon.

If convicted of killing Chattanooga police Sgt. Tim Chapin, then Jesse Mathews deserves to die.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is one of the community's outstanding success stories. It is a major enterprise that serves about 20,000 people in the area in each week in an efficient manner without undue fanfare. It is, in a word, successful.

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Re: "Hays State Prison recognized" (June 6, Region Digest). Remarkably absent from your paper's coverage of Hays State Prison's selection as Georgia Department of Corrections facility of the year is any mention of Hays' documented history of violence and prisoner abuse.

New business licenses as provided by the Hamilton County clerk's office for June 11 - 15.

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Good morning, good readers. As you feast on delicacies of summer -- watermelon, tomatoes, squash and the like -- consider first a few requests: corn salsa from Cook's Illustrated magazine; crisp-crusted salmon like the salmon served at Cafe on the Corner on Lookout Mountain; cupkies (cookies baked in muffin tins and frosted like cupcakes); and quinoa salad with fruit.

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