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President-elect Donald Trump calls to media from the entryway of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J..
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The Trump administration said Friday it still has not decided the fate of a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, despite a statement a day earlier that the program will continue.

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Amazon Is Growing Its Offices In Atlanta

Jun 16, 2017
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Amazon is expanding in Atlanta.

This week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the Seattle-based Internet services giant quietly opened an Atlanta office for its A9.com subsidiary, following its secretive acquisition of local visual search startup Partpic late last year.

The A9 Atlanta office is located in a 20,000 square foot office at Terminus 200 in Buckhead, which it shares with Amazon’s cloud computing services business, or AWS.


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Initial tests show suspicious letters sent to a Georgia congressional candidate, news outlets and others did not contain dangerous materials. But the FBI says authorities will conduct additional tests.

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In a statement Friday, the FBI said the envelopes contained a white powder. The statement says all the letters contained "threat-based content" but have tested negative for hazardous materials.

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Downtown Atlanta has struggled for years with the perception that it’s not vibrant.

Now, a group of business leaders in the area hopes an ordinance before the Atlanta City Council on Monday will change that — by bringing in bright lights.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of a Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat.

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News outlets report that U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands filed an order Tuesday saying the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson were negligent in filing paperwork to the court and in filing for extensions. As such, the court dismissed their claims against 39 defendants without prejudice.

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Some immigrant college students are fighting with Georgia's Board of Regents for the right to pay in-state tuition. They argued their case Thursday in front of the state Court of Appeals.

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Students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are protected by an executive action from the Obama administration. Under that program, students have "lawful presence" in the United States. 

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The end of the road for two inmates sought in the killings of their guards on a Georgia prison bus turned out to be a driveway in rural Tennessee where a homeowner held them at gunpoint until reinforcements arrived.

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The focus of the manhunt for Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose suddenly shifted north of the Georgia line Thursday evening after the fugitives invaded a home in Shelbyville and held a couple hostage for several hours.


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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big-name country, a hometown rap icon and half of Fleetwood Mac.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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"Early Sunday morning is when the magic happens" according to Denene Millner. The New York Times bestselling author has released her first picture book. It’s called “Early Sunday Morning” and centers on a young girl named Sarah who one Sunday is called upon to sing a solo with her youth choir during church services. The book follows as she goes to different people for advice and tries to calm her nerves.

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Suspicious Package Sent To Handel’s Roswell Home, Neighbors

Jun 15, 2017
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Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election, said on Thursday that a package containing threatening letters and a suspicious substance were sent to her home and to her neighbors.

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Handel said in a statement that her street in Roswell was being blocked off while law enforcement investigates.

Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a prison bus in Georgia were captured Thursday in Tennessee, authorities said.

Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. She did not immediately release any more details of the capture.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said in a tweet Thursday evening that the two men were taken into custody after a car chase.

A Manatee swims at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla., in this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 file photo.
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Scientists are learning more about how manatees travel along the Georgia coast.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is part of a project tracking the large sea mammals with GPS devices.

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Clay George, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, said they've learned that manatees regularly venture into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine base near the Florida border, where they find "artificial" sources of fresh water to drink from. 

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The state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.”

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Georgia is reviewing its contract with the Kennesaw State Center for Election Systems after its executive director didn’t disclose a potential security problem before the 2016 presidential election, which was recently uncovered by Politico Magazine.   

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Temperatures are creeping into the 90s, so “City Lights” officially declares that it is too darn hot! Fortunately, Atlanta offers plenty of alternatives to sweltering in the heat, and we’ll bring you options this summer on where to go and what to consume.

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First on the list, books and booze. Music venue and restaurant City Winery has teamed up with independent bookstore Posman Books for a monthly book club featuring a specialty drink. It is aptly called “Books and Booze.”

The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta is one of the first to show the movie, The Interview.
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The Atlanta Department of City Planning wants to give a special landmark status to several sites around the city.

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One is the Ponce de Leon Avenue shopping center, including the Plaza Theatre and the Majestic Diner. Built in 1938, the city said it was the first complex in Atlanta to offer off-street parking for visitors.

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission approved that nomination Wednesday, calling it a "no brainer." 

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A security researcher disclosed a gaping security hole at the outfit that manages Georgia's election technology, days before the state holds a closely watched congressional runoff vote on June 20.

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Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Months Before Its Release, ‘Black Panther’ Already Inspires Atlantans

Jun 15, 2017
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After more than 50 years of  Marvel “Black Panther” comic books, the Wakandan warrior king will finally receive his own film. 

Complete with a stellar cast, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, “Black Panther” is being directed by Ryan Coogler, known for “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed.”

Mastery Transcript Consortium

An international consortium of private schools is trying to transform the high school transcript. Instead of listing subjects and grades — or grade point averages — the so-called “mastery transcript” would list a range of credits for skills students have mastered.

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Flipping The Script

Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

The search for two Georgia inmates sought in the killing of their guards during an escape from a prison bus went into its third day Thursday and the scope of the manhunt is expanding. 

The reward for information leading to their arrest also grew Thursday to $130,000.

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Authorities do not know whether Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose are still in Georgia or still traveling together, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Wednesday.

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Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk said he was preparing to go up to bat when the first shot rang out at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning.

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Loudermilk, a Republican from Cassville who represents Georgia's 11th District, told WABE what went through his head as he took cover.

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Juneteenth is an annual celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The Atlanta History Center hosts a variety of free events this weekend for Juneteenth, including presentations of two plays by Addae Moon, the Director of Museum Theater at the History Center.

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When Dr. Regina Bradley isn’t teaching Kennesaw State University students about the rise of hip-hop in the South, she’s also using her literary voice to discuss some of those themes in her fiction.

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Bradley, a noted hip-hop scholar and a former Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University, has a new book of short stories available called "Boondock Kollage."

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PARKatlanta is out. ATLPlus is in.

Mayor Kasim Reed announced earlier Wednesday that SP Plus Corporation (SP +) will manage the city's new parking program – ATLPlus.

Reed said one major change is the city will now have an appeals process for people who want to dispute parking tickets.

"So everybody who use to tweet me about their parking tickets, you now have somebody else to tweet," he said.

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