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Police say a motorcycle officer who stopped a driver for speeding on a suburban highway north of Atlanta had an "extraterrestrial encounter" — sort of.

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George Gordon, a spokesman for police in Alpharetta, says that when the officer pulled the man over Sunday, a life-sized doll of a big-eyed, large-skulled alien was riding in the front passenger seat.

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The Republican winner of the most expensive House race ever took her seat representing Atlanta's 6th Congressional District on Monday evening, along with a South Carolina Republican who claimed a narrower-than-expected victory to retain a strongly Republican seat.

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The dual swearing-in ceremony returned Republicans to full strength in the chamber at 241 seats after the party won four special elections to replace GOP lawmakers who left the House to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

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Allegations that the federal government tried to hack Georgia's election systems were unfounded, according to a letter the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general sent Monday to Congress.

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Georgia's highest court has rejected a challenge to a program that provides tax exemptions in exchange for contributions to private school scholarships.

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A group of Fulton County taxpayers had sued the state Department of Revenue claiming the Qualified Education Tax Credit Program is unconstitutional because it can result in public tax funds going to private religious schools.

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Karen Handel is set to be sworn in after her victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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Handel's swearing-in ceremony is planned for this evening at the U.S. Capitol. Handel is the first female Republican to be elected to a congressional seat in Georgia.

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Georgia has concluded a yearlong review of physician sexual misconduct cases brought to light by an Atlanta newspaper with a plan to educate doctors.

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The state's plan focuses on educating doctors, rather than seeking new patient protections as some states have done, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents.

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Political scientists say a major reason for the lack of choices is the way districts are drawn — gerrymandered, in some cases, to ensure as many comfortable seats as possible for the majority party by creating other districts overwhelmingly packed with voters for the minority party.

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More pre-K classes are coming to Henry County schools.

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The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning says the school system has been granted three additional classes after a successful introduction in the 2016-17 school year.

The three schools gaining one class each will be Hampton Elementary Charter School, Pate's Creek and Tussahaw elementary schools. They join Fairview, Oakland and Wesley Lakes elementary schools in providing the free pre-K classes.

DeKalb County officials will meet Friday to discuss a project list for DeKalb residents to vote on in November.

DeKalb County has been fined $294,000 for spilling sewage into public waterways and underreporting the number of spills to environmental regulators.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fines were levied this week.

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Georgia authorities have given $10,000 apiece to two Tennessee households for help catching two inmates accused of killing their guards while escaping from a prison bus.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an email Friday that the agency decided to equally split the $20,000 portion of the reward it had offered. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the recipients' names are being withheld at their request.

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Authorities say it's been nearly two weeks since any smoke has been seen at the site of a wildfire that began in early April in a south Georgia swamp.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Susan Heisey says June 10 was the last time smoke was seen in the area, and there have been several days of significant rain since then.

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This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

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Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least for Americans — is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

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They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit."

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About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds' wild ride from the Texas-Arkansas line to Atlanta in the movie that roared into pop culture in 1977.

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Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July Fourth weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday.

The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.

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When actor Omari Hardwick read the script for the Starz drama series "Power," he initially wanted to pass on playing the lead character.

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Hardwick liked the show's premise, but he was satisfied at the time with taking a backseat to any leading role. His wife, however, encouraged him to go for it.

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The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around.

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U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall.

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Tropical Storm Cindy sent drenching rain bands over the north Gulf Coast on Wednesday, swamping low-lying coastal roads and pushing a waterspout ashore in one beachfront community as residents from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle warily eyed the storm's slow crawl toward land.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, like his Alabama counterpart a day earlier, declared a state of emergency Wednesday as dangerous flash-flooding remained a threat.

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Two Georgia inmates accused of killing two prison guards during an escape from a prison bus last week face charges including murder.

Multiple news outlets report that Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose appeared in Putnam County Superior Court on Wednesday. A judge told them they're charged with two counts of murder and one count each of felony escape and motor vehicle hijacking.

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Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling Obamacare. And Democrats are looking almost incapable of translating the energy of their core supporters into actual election wins.

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Republican Ralph Norman won a special election Tuesday to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, battling to a victory closer than many expected to replace the new White House budget director.

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"It's a good win, and we're excited," Norman, a real estate developer who aligned himself with President Donald Trump, told The Associated Press. "We're looking forward to getting to work in Washington."

Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, vs. Brooklyn Nets, Jan. 28, 2015. Hawks won 113-102.
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A $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has begun a day after funding was approved by the Atlanta City Council.

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About $110 million for the renovation will be generated from the car rental tax collected at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other sites. An additional $32.5 million will come from the city's sale of Turner Field, the former home of MLB's Braves, to Georgia State University.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas and even a medical device used to measure head size.

Some 75 objects were found in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires, and authorities say they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.

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Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Her narrow victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what's being recognized as the most expensive House race in U.S history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.

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As the most expensive House race in in U.S. history goes into voters' hands, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again to weigh in on the closely watched election.

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In one early Tuesday tweet, Trump criticizes Democrat Jon Ossoff, saying he'll raise taxes, is weak on crime and "doesn't even live in district."

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A second suspect has been indicted in connection with the death of a Georgia teacher and former beauty queen who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

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Media outlets report a Ben Hill County grand jury on Monday indicted 32-year-old Bo Dukes on charges of concealing a death, tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in 30-year-old Tara Grinstead's death.

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Candidates in the tight, hard-fought race to replace Tom Price in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have one more day to sway voters.

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Georgia's highest court on Monday rejected a challenge to a state law banning most abortions after 20 weeks, saying the courts are barred from considering lawsuits against the state without the state's consent.

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The 2012 law bans doctors from performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilized, except when a fetus has a defect so severe it is unlikely to live. The law also makes an exception to protect the life or health of the mother, but not for cases of rape or incest.

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President Donald Trump is attacking Democrats and promoting the Republican running in this week's House runoff election in Georgia.

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In a tweet Monday, Trump said that Democrats "want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security." He also said "their ObamaCare is dead."

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A historical marker was unveiled for a church in southeast Georgia.

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The Civil Rights Trail historical marker was unveiled for Savannah's First African Baptist Church, the Savannah Morning News reported. The memorization took place last week outside the church, which is one of the oldest continuously operating African-American churches in North America.