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The FBI will nearly double its staffing at Atlanta's airport and expand its office space.

 

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The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the Atlanta City Council has approved a plan for the federal agency to lease the additional space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

 

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett says the increase to about a dozen agents and task force officers means a significant increase in readiness at the world's busiest airport.

 

Coolray Field, formerly Gwinnett Stadium, has been home to the Gwinnett Braves since 2009.
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The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves are asking fans to assist in choosing a new team name for the 2018 season. The hope is the change will reduce confusion with the Atlanta Braves, and fill seats at the minor league franchise's games.

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Just this weekend, Gwinnett Braves Manager North Johnson says the team had a promotional table set up at a lacrosse game.

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“Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now.

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It was a year of technical, lyrical and rhythmic innovation, of the highest craftsmanship and most inspired anti-craftsmanship.

 

The Georgia Ports Authority said more than 3.4 million container units moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick in 2016.
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Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track to show record growth for the 2017 fiscal year that wraps up at the end of June, the chief executive of the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday.

 

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Total cargo moving through the two ports is expected to top the nearly 32 million tons (29 million metric tons) of imports and exports Georgia saw in fiscal 2015, the ports' busiest year ever, said Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director.

Student's Cannabis Oil Legal In Georgia; Schools Say Otherwise

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State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks before Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, rear, signs an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill Friday, March 27, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Each day about lunchtime at Warner Robins High School, 17-year-old CJ Harris must leave campus to take his medicine.

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His dad, Curtis Harris, drives to school, gets CJ out of class, and the two ride around the block or sometimes head home. CJ draws some cannabis oil in a syringe, squirts it under his tongue and waits for it to dissolve.

 

He's been taking the medicine every six hours for the past four months for epilepsy.

 

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A teen Instagram dancing sensation has gone from online to on-air after Katy Perry invited him to show off his moves during her "Saturday Night Live" performance this weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Russell Horning took the "SNL" stage during Perry's performance of her new single "Swish Swish." He wore his trademark backpack and did his signature move of quickly swaying his hands around his waist.

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Georgia schools are continuing efforts to win over picky eaters, using taste tests, chef visits and school gardens to encourage kids to pick up healthier items even as the state's former governor hit the pause button on some stricter nutrition standards for school meals as a top member of the Trump administration.

 

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Flash flood watches extended across a half-dozen states as torrential rains were expected in many areas of the South.

 

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The National Weather Service said flash flood watches Monday morning extended from the Texas Gulf coast through large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

 

A small part of the Florida panhandle was also under a flash flood watch early Monday.

 

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Documents show that an Atlanta police officer who shot a tourist who was in town to attend a motocross event at the Georgia Dome has been fired.

 

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WSB-TV reports that it obtained documents that Sgt. Mathieu Cadeau was notified of the firing May 8.

 

Authorities said Cadeau was working an off-duty job directing traffic near the dome in February.

 

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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The national Democratic Party wants reinforcements for the closely watched 6th Congressional District election, helping pay for 10 new field workers to reach more minority voters in the traditionally conservative Atlanta suburbs.

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NEW YORK—A man drove the wrong way up a Times Square street at lunchtime Thursday and plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing one and injuring about 20 others, a law enforcement official said.

The 26-year-old driver was taken into custody and was being tested for alcohol, the law enforcement official told The Associated Press. He has a history of driving while intoxicated, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

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A Georgia city's policies illegally restrict access to utility services, and those policies disproportionately affect black and Latino residents, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

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Several high-profile failures have plagued Atlanta's reputation on a national stage over the years: unpreparedness for ice and snow storms, a recent highway collapse and subsequent shutdown from a fire and chronic traffic and public transportation woes.

 

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An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country.

Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants about their salary history. And several states, including California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, have proposed similar legislation this year.

Supporters say the bans are one way to help close the wage gap between men and women. Some business advocates, however, say the bans hurt companies that use salary histories to help them set wages.

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 A man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Hazelwood was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder charges.

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Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson were shot to death Aug. 1 in Roswell.

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A transgender man whose winning fight to get a male name made Georgia law is dead at age 25.

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The LGBT nonprofit Lambda Legal says Rowan Feldhaus died Tuesday after complications from surgery.

Lambda Legal represented Feldhaus and Andrew Baumert in their lawsuit. A Georgia appeals court ruled in January that Feldhaus and Baumert could change their birth names to match their gender identities.

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Republican Kay Kirkpatrick has won a state Senate seat representing several suburban Atlanta communities, keeping the 32nd District in GOP hands.

 

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According to unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election, Kirkpatrick defeated Democrat Christine Triebsch.

The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

 

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State investigators say Georgia has seen its first confirmed death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as "gray death."

 

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells WSB-TV that the death of a 24-year-old woman in Brookhaven is the first confirmed from gray death.

 

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Georgia on Wednesday carried out its first execution this year, putting to death a man convicted of killing his 73-year-old neighbor 25 years ago.

 

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J.W. Ledford's time of death was 1:17 a.m., after an injection of compounded barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses. Ledford, 45, was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of Dr. Harry Johnston in Murray County, northwest Georgia.

 

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Georgia is preparing to carry out its first execution this year: that of a man convicted of killing a 73-year-old neighbor 25 years ago.

J.W. Ledford Jr., 45, is scheduled to die today at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. He was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of Dr. Harry Johnston in Murray County, northwest Georgia.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so.

 

Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

 

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A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb is competent to stand trial if he remains on medication for mental illness.

 

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Jeffrey Hazelwood faces charges including murder in the Aug. 1 slayings of Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson behind a supermarket in Roswell.

 

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Voters in some suburban Atlanta communities are choosing their next state senator.

 

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Democrat Christine Triebsch and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick are on today's ballot in the 32nd state Senate district. The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

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The last time Harriet Zoller volunteered for a political campaign, she was too young to vote for the Massachusetts Democrat running for president.

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"I was a Kennedy girl," she says, smiling back to 1960.

Veronica Savoy's previous campaign experience was volunteering multiple times for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

"I'm not a political party person," she explains.

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President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported Monday.

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The newspaper cited current and former U.S. officials who said Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

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Georgia's highest court has handed a victory to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed today a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Atlanta taxi drivers and upheld a state law regulating and allowing the ride-hailing services.

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The Trump administration has picked the wife of former House Speaker and longtime Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, days before President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign trip.

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Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich for the post, two people with direct knowledge of the discussions said Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement.

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Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday implored Georgia voters to vote Republican in next month's special election, linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the California liberal who leads the rival party in the House.

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"The left and Nancy Pelosi ... are trying to hit you with an avalanche of television," Ryan said, to drum up support "for a guy who does not share your values."

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Georgia Power is extending an agreement to keep construction going on a new nuclear plant after the project's main builder filed for bankruptcy.

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About an hour before the agreement was due to expire Friday, Georgia Power issued an 11 p.m. statement saying it had been extended.

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Georgia peach growers say their growing season has been "a roller coaster" of weather that included cold snaps and drenching rain.

Despite the challenges, Drew Echols says he expects to salvage about 70 percent of the peach crop that he manages for the peak summer season.

"You shoot for 100 percent, of course, but I've never been more proud of a 70 percent crop," Echols said. "It could be worse. Matter of fact, we thought it would be worse."

Echols is farm manager at Jaemor Farms in the northeast Georgia town of Lula, The Times of Gainesville reported.

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