TORONTO (AP) --
Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says all Atlanta-area schoolchildren who were stranded after a storm snarled traffic have been safely returned to their parents.
Deal said Wednesday that the National Guard and Georgia State Patrol helped local school districts reunite students with their families.
The Atlanta area was coated with about 2 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon. The snowfall and traffic congestion left many roads and interstates in gridlock.
Deal says at least 95 buses became stuck Tuesday night and authorities used Humvees to deliver food and water to stranded children.
School districts throughout the state have announced that they'll remain closed on Thursday.
Obama orders creation of 'myRA' savings plan
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) -- With a stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has created a new savings plan designed for Americans who don't have workplace retirement plans.
Obama took to a Pennsylvania steel plant Wednesday to sign an order to create the "myRA" program in which workers could contribute as little as $5 from their paychecks. The idea is to offer a "starter" account to let people begin saving even if they can't afford the large initial investment often needed for a private, commercial retirement account.
Obama says every working American should be able to feel some security.
Obama's action comes the day after he announced the idea in his State of the Union address.
Reid seeking votes for new jobless benefits deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's seeking votes for a new measure aimed at extending jobless benefits for people who have been out of work the longest.
The Nevada Democrat told reporters Wednesday he's short of the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure. But he said he has 58 or 59 votes and hopes his chamber will debate the package next week.
Reid said the proposal would extend the benefits for another three months and would be paid for, though he didn't say how. He provided no details.
The program expired on Dec. 28, cutting off benefits for the long-term unemployed, more than 1 million people. Efforts to revive it have stalled in the Senate, where most Republicans have opposed it.
House GOP leaders face challenge on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republican leaders poised to revive efforts to overhaul the immigration system with new broad policy principles are facing a direct challenge from a GOP senator.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama delivered a 30-page package to all 232 House Republicans on Wednesday that warns against a headlong rush to change immigration laws. The Associated Press obtained a copy of Sessions' critique, which offers a point-by-point rebuttal to House GOP leaders.
Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders plan to unveil their principles Thursday at the GOP caucus' annual retreat in Cambridge, Md.
Sessions' critique provides an analysis from his staff on the Senate Budget and Judiciary committees on the negative impact to workers, taxpayers and the rule of law from immigration plans moving through Congress.
Survey confirms China manufacturing at 6-month low
HONG KONG (AP) -- A survey of factory purchasing managers confirms that Chinese manufacturing shrank this month for the first time in half a year.
The HSBC survey released Thursday backs up a preliminary version earlier this month that unsettled global investors by raising fears the world's No. 2 economy is slowing.
The purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 from 50.5 in December. The index uses a 100-point scale on which readings above 50 indicate growth.
It's the index's lowest level since July.
The report said the reading "signaled a deterioration of business conditions" in China's huge manufacturing industry.
The reading was lower than 49.6 in the early version released last week that, combined with several other big economic worries, led to several days of sharp declines on world stock markets.
Ky. man admits to patient's fatal insulin overdose
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A certified medical technician in Kentucky has confessed to administering a fatal insulin overdose to an elderly patient almost seven years ago.
Louisville Police Sgt. Donny Burbrink says 34-year-old David Satterfield called detectives on Monday, saying that he was terminally ill and wanted to confess to giving the fatal injection to 86-year-old Marcelline Katherine Sommer Vale in July 2007.
Through a jail spokeswoman, Satterfield declined an interview request from The Associated Press on Wednesday. A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an initial appearance on Tuesday. He is being held on $50,000 cash bond.