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White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Spicer answered questions about the Dakota Pipeline, infrastructure, jobs and other topics.
Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Outgoing press Secretary Sean Spicer says that he chose to resign from his position to give incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci a fresh start.

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Spicer says during a brief phone conversation with The Associated Press following his announced departure that, "we're at the point where" the president "could benefit from a clean slate."

He says he felt it would be best for Scaramucci to be able to build his own operation "and chart a new way forward."

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office via AP

Two Georgia prison guards failed to properly search and secure their prisoners on a transfer bus, enabling two inmates to free themselves and rush forward to overpower and kill the guards who had violated numerous security procedures, officials said Friday in reports on the deadly June escape.

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The two reports lay the blame for the escape on the slain guards, and corrections officials said numerous procedures are being revised in response.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the new March jobless metro Atlanta was 5.9 percent. That is down from 6.1 percent in February and 7 percent from March 2014.
David Goldman / Associated Press

State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest level since September 2007.

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The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the June unemployment figure. It is the fifth month in a row that the state's jobless rate has declined.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that Georgia's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in almost 10 years because employers continue to create jobs.

Seth Perlman / associated press file

Forecasters say summertime heat is reaching dangerous levels in parts of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday for northwestern Alabama, northern Louisiana and western and northern Mississippi.

Forecasters say a strong ridge of high pressure will produce a dome of heat and humidity across the central United States that includes the Deep South.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press file

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service has been awarded a $2.4 million grant to help expand the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.

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Officials say the project will develop about 15 acres and ultimately serve 105,326 veterans and their families.

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