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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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A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for two South Georgia towns threatened for days last week by a wildfire that had spread outside the boundaries of the neighboring Okefenokee swamp.

 

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Authorities say they're seeing a large number of snake bites in Georgia.

 

Officials at the Georgia Poison Control Center have seen 55 snake bites so far this year, they told WSB-TV.

 

Dr. Gaylord Lopez of the poison control center says they saw their first snakebite call of 2017 during the first week in January, which is very early compared to most years.

 

More than a third of their snake bite calls are copperhead bites. Lopez says they are the least venomous of the four dangerous snakes in Georgia, authorities said.

 

Georgia transportation officials reported no major delays during the first rush hour since a major interstate overpass reopened for traffic after collapsing in a massive fire.

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Authorities said all lanes of Interstate 85 near the heart of Atlanta were reopened over the weekend and available for Monday morning's commute.

The roadway had been shut down since March 30, when a blaze beneath the bridge burned so hot it caused the overpass of steel and concrete to collapse.

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A key section of interstate highway through Atlanta has partially reopened, six weeks after a highway bridge collapsed because of a large fire.

 

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Local news media report drivers began using northbound lanes on the repaired section of I-85 about 7 p.m. Friday. The southbound lanes are expected to reopen by Sunday.

 

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A Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself in a public park in Atlanta has apologized to his constituents but said he plans to remain in his job.

 

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann stood beside his attorney Noah Pines on Friday as Pines read a statement from Mann, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.
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The firing squad is the only appropriate method of execution for a condemned Georgia prisoner — even though it's not permitted under state law — because the state's lethal injection drug could cause him to suffer more than the Constitution allows, his lawyers say.

 

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Georgia Still Sending Mentally Ill People To Homeless Shelters

May 12, 2017
Peachtree Pine homeless shelter in Atlanta
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Mentally ill patients often left Georgia's state psychiatric hospitals with just a bus token and directions to a homeless shelter.

For people with disabilities, these same institutions became places of permanent confinement.

 

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This is the system that Georgia, under pressure from the federal government, pledged seven years ago to radically overhaul. But with a court-enforced deadline fast approaching, the state increasingly seems unlikely to fulfill its promises.

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The largest cargo ship ever to visit ports on the U.S. East Coast is so long the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument could fit end to end along its deck and still leave room for Big Ben.

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Georgia's governor has appointed a panel to investigate the charges pending against a sheriff accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park.

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was arrested Saturday after a police officer said Mann exposed himself to the officer in Piedmont Park and then ran.

Mann faces charges of indecency and obstruction of an officer. He has said it was a misunderstanding.

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The Republican in a closely watched suburban Atlanta congressional race is echoing the White House after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Karen Handel says Trump's move is "probably overdue." Her Wednesday statement says Comey "lost the confidence of Republicans, Democrats and broader institutions."

Handel says Trump should "quickly nominate a strong, independent" successor. But she makes no mention of the FBI's inquiry into Trump's ties to Russia, and she says nothing about calls for a special prosecutor.

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Federal authorities have revoked the protection from deportation granted to a Mexican woman who became a cause celebre in the debate over illegal immigration when she was a Kennesaw State University student seven years ago.

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Immigration authorities last week terminated 29-year-old Jessica Colotl's protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The next day, a government lawyer asked an immigration judge to issue a deportation order.

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Ground crews with plows and bulldozers worked Wednesday to box in a vast wildfire threatening small communities at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia.

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Firefighters have battled to keep the blaze away from rural homes near the Georgia-Florida state line since winds last weekend pushed flames outside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where lightning sparked the fire April 6.

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Georgia transportation officials say work to rebuild a section of freeway that collapsed in the heart of Atlanta is nearing completion.

 

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Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry tells WSB-TV that the work to rebuild the collapsed portion of Interstate 85 is about 90 percent complete.

 

Video from WSB-TV showed workers on Tuesday adding lane lines to the rebuilt portion of the freeway.

 

Susan Walsh / Associated Press file

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.

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"The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said in a statement.

The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.

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If there's any doubt about the style of music Zac Brown has made on his band's new album, just look at the title.

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The burly, bearded country star named the album "Welcome Home" and the 10 tracks on it are as down-home country as a trusty pickup truck, a cold beer and pair of comfortable jeans.

Historic Train Engine Makes Its Return To Atlanta

May 9, 2017
Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center

The 26-ton Texas, the famed engine that took part in the 1862 Great Locomotive Chase, has made its way back to Georgia.

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It was recently carried ceremoniously on the back of a lowboy truck to the semicircular driveway in front of the Atlanta History Center.

Then, saluted by applause from a rain-soaked but hardy audience, it was lifted by a 110-ton crane to a perch on the History Center campus, where it will be displayed inside a glass-fronted building.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for him, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
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Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump.

 

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After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying the new president's name.

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The Georgia school district said it was investigating the baseball players for "misbehavior" and "inappropriate physical contact." What it didn't reveal was that a younger teammate had reported being sexually assaulted.

 

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Even after players were later disciplined for sexual battery, the district cited student confidentiality to withhold details from the public and used "hazing" to describe the incident, which it also failed to report to the state as required.

 

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The alarming video on Facebook Live of a Georgia teenager livestreaming her own suicide attempt stayed up long enough to help sheriff's deputies save her.

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It underscores Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's assertion that keeping such videos online can allow friends and others to intervene in real time - and save lives.

Now-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she is a "strong supporter" of historically black colleges and universities.

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In a statement released late Sunday, DeVos said she would "continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students."

 

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Firefighters are battling to prevent a fire in a southern Georgia wildlife refuge from spreading, authorities said.

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The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge said in a statement that "extremely dangerous burning conditions persist" and that 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) have been consumed by fire in the past two days.

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Rapper T.I. says he only plans to release about two or three more albums.

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He told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he expects to release an album revolving around "trap music" this year. He's released nine full-length albums so far, and says he has "two or three albums left in him."

 

The 36-year-old from Atlanta added: "But it's definitely time to transition."

 

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs were strongly opposed to letting people carry concealed handguns on college campuses. Now that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the "campus carry" law, it falls on them to figure out how to implement it before the next school year begins.

 

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia officials to reopen voter registration in a suburban Atlanta congressional district ahead of a runoff in a heated special election.

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U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, ruled in favor of civil rights advocacy groups who argued that Georgia violated federal law by preventing more new voter registrations before the June 20 runoff.

 

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The U.S. Army has published the final photo of a combat photographer from Georgia who captured on camera the blast that killed her in an accidental mortar explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.

The Army's professional journal says the image illustrates how women are increasingly exposed to dangerous situations in the military.

The photograph of Spc. Hilda Clayton was published Monday in Military Review.

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A California family says they were forced off a Delta plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their children's seats on a crowded flight.

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A video of the April 23 incident was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and adds to the list of recent encounters on airlines that went viral, including the dragging of a passenger off a United Express plane.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what hasn't.

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