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A MARTA spokesperson says one person is dead and three are wounded after a shooting at the West Lake MARTA station.

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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokesman Erik Burton says in a statement that the shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the station.

Burton says police have detained a suspect. Authorities have not released the man's name but say he's in his 30s. The investigation is ongoing.

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A passenger dragged from a United Express flight suffered a "significant" concussion and broken nose, and he lost two front teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday.

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Dr. David Dao has been discharged from a hospital, but he will require reconstructive surgery, said attorney Thomas Demetrio, whose law firm is representing the 69-year-old Kentucky physician.

Dao was removed from the plane Sunday after he refused to give up his seat on the full flight from Chicago to Louisville.

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa.
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Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia "may be at an all-time low." His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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Endangered North American right whales gave birth last winter to the fewest calves seen off the U.S. coast in 17 years, scientists who say the low births support other evidence that the imperiled species' population may be declining.

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Researchers estimate only about 500 of the rare whales still exist. Each winter they migrate to warm Atlantic waters off Georgia and Florida to give birth.

 

Overhead bins often fill up before all passengers board a plane. Some say that's one reason airlines support newly-proposed guidelines for smaller carry-ons.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

With the federal government and a Senate committee looking into the dragging of a man off a United Express flight, airlines are beginning to speak up against any effort to bar them from overselling flights.

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The CEO of Delta Air Lines called overbooking "a valid business process."

 

Atlanta Police Chief Georgia Turner speaks to media after an attack on police officers in Dallas.
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Former Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is going back to work.

 

Turner, who retired in December, will become head of security for the Atlanta Hawks on May 1.

 

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the team announced Wednesday that Turner will work with senior executives to safeguard Philips Arena, team members and guests. He will also be the main point of contact for state, local and federal law enforcement officials.

 

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A grand jury on Wednesday charged a man with killing south Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead, a former beauty queen who vanished nearly 12 years ago, a prosecutor said.

Authorities in February announced the arrest of Ryan Alexander Duke, a former student at the school where Grinstead taught in rural Irwin County before she disappeared in October 2005.

Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died.

Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57.

He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central. He collaborated with writing his brother's starring films "Norbert" and "Vampire in Brooklyn." He voiced a role in the animated TV series that include "The Boondocks" and also appeared in the comedy series "Black Jesus."

David Goldman / Associated Press

Rising fuel costs hurt Delta's first-quarter profit, which dropped 36 percent from the same period a year before.

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But the Atlanta-based company's adjusted earnings beat expectations and its stock rose about 2 percent in morning trading Wednesday.

 

Delta also said Wednesday that last week's cancellation of about 4,000 flights because of severe weather in Atlanta will cost it $125 million in pre-tax income in the current quarter.

 

Todd Kirkland / associated press

Atlanta United President Darren Eales said Tuesday construction on Mercedes-Benz Stadium remains on schedule for the Major League Soccer team to play the first game in the facility on July 30.

"At this stage, it is still as planned," Eales said.

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Even so, Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank acknowledged the complex retractable roof on the $1.5 billion stadium has been a challenge.

Richard Drew / AP File

United is getting pummeled on late-night TV. Online, jokers are proposing new corporate slogans such as "We'll drag you all over the world" and "We have red eye and black eye flights available." On Wall Street, the airline briefly lost nearly $1 billion in market value before its stock regained much of the loss.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.

Some six weeks earlier, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson was a newlywed calling his 53-year-old wife Karen Smith an "angel" in one of many social media posts professing his love.

Martha Irvine / Associated Press

A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.

 

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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency named in the false reports, encourages breast-feeding . The CDC says breast milk is best for all infants except in rare cases such as when a mother has active, untreated tuberculosis.

 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed refused to answer questions about the lawsuit and walked away from reporters.
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Atlanta's mayor has temporarily suspended non-emergency construction activity during the reconstruction of a collapsed section of Interstate 85.

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Mayor Kasim Reed's office said in a news release Monday that Reed issued an executive order suspending the work between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday through Friday for parts of the city. Reed says the suspension of construction work is meant to help ease traffic congestion.

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Former Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon, who went missing last weekend, has been located, police said Monday.

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Nixon has been found and he's "safe," said Brittany Duncan, a spokeswoman for police in Woodstock, a suburb northwest of Atlanta. She had no other details about his condition, where he was found or the circumstances.

Duncan said there was no foul play involved, and that Woodstock police consider the case closed.

Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha says he'll donate a "substantial portion" of his settlement with New York City after a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub left him with a broken leg in 2015.

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The New York Daily News reported that Sefolosha will receive $4 million for the injury that kept him out of the Hawks run to the Eastern Conference final. He was acquitted of criminal charges and sued the city and five police officers in federal court.

Matt Slocum / Associated Press

A short stroll down Augusta National's back nine was all it took to see that something was missing at this year’s Masters.

A look past the fairways and greens, and it quickly became apparent: The abundance of eye-catching, colorful plants had been replaced by dullish, green, spent azaleas. Augusta National's signature blooms are the victims of Mother Nature.

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Surrounded by family and his soon-to-be Supreme Court colleagues, Neil Gorsuch took the first of two oaths on Monday as he prepared to take his seat on the court and restore its conservative majority.

The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is being sworn in after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving high court picks — over the fierce objection of Democrats.

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People with autism and other disabilities and their family members plan to rehearse a trip to the airport in Atlanta.

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Organizers say about 100 people are expected to participate in Wednesday's event at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Arc, an organization that advocates for people with disabilities, hosts similar events at airports across the United States.

 

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Six school districts in Georgia have been recognized as the best for music education.

 

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Three metro Atlanta school districts in Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett county were among the districts given recognition from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Baldwin, Clarke and Putnam school districts also won the distinction.

 

David Goldman / Associated Press

A slow parade of red brake lights illuminated the Atlanta highways Monday morning as motorists inched around the city in the wake of a bridge fire and collapse that shut down one of the main highways.

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Atlanta's mayor had warned motorists they'd face longer commutes Monday, as school buses, parents and workers returned to the roads after spring break.

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Delta Air Lines said Friday it has canceled about 3,000 flights this week as it struggles in the aftermath of a storm that hit its big hub airport in Atlanta.

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The thunder storm hit Wednesday, but canceled flights and long lines in Atlanta persisted into Friday. Delta had canceled more than 400 flights by midday Friday, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm, at the House of Lords in London, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.
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Former President Jimmy Carter says he's concerned that the United States' commitment to human rights will continue to deteriorate during President Donald Trump's administration.

 

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Carter's comments came during a lecture Thursday at Emory University.

 

Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks surely suffered when police officers broke his leg arresting him outside a Manhattan nightclub in 2015. He needed surgery and sat out while teammates went deep in the NBA playoffs.

But New York City's decision to settle his wrongful arrest lawsuit this week for $4 million still raised eyebrows. That's more than the city has paid out in some of its most notorious police brutality cases.

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Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

Several people leaped to action and risked their own lives Thursday morning to help a visually impaired man who fell from the MARTA Five Points station train platform to the tracks below.

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A video shot by a bystander shows two people who had jumped down next to the man lifting him by his legs while two others on the platform grab his shoulders. The video shows transit police officers arriving just as the man is hoisted back onto the platform.

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Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed "Mr. Warmth" whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy, died Thursday. He was 90.

Rickles, who would have been 91 on May 8, suffered kidney failure and died Thursday morning at his home, said Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend.

Matt Rourke, File / Associated Press

Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon.

The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer said Tuesday that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the reorganization. It has over 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries and was founded in 1956.

In Georgia, the stores at these five locations will be closing: 

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Delta Air Lines bought pizza for stranded passengers after canceling about 300 flights in the Southeast because of severe weather.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Atlanta-based airline ordered more than 450 pies for passengers in states including Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida after storms on Wednesday caused flights to be canceled or delayed. The storms produced strong winds and pounded the region with hail.

A 51-year-old Georgia woman is recovering after authorities say a shark bit her on the thigh as she swam off Florida's Atlantic coast.

Melanie Lawson tells Orlando television station WESH she had told her children not to go deeper than 3 feet (about 1 meter) as they swam off New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday. She says she felt something hit her, knocking her over in the water, and then felt the pain.

Lawson, who lives in Marietta, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

She says she'll go back in the ocean again, but added it will probably be a long time.

David Goldman / Associated Press

A large tornado touched down in rural southwest Georgia on Wednesday, toppling trees and power lines as dangerous storms battered the Deep South with heavy rain and hail as large as baseballs in some spots.

Forecasters said a wide area including large parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina were under threat of powerful, long-lived tornadoes. Schools, churches and some businesses shut as a precaution.

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