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Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue says he will step down from several positions at companies bearing his name, restructure family trusts and create blind trusts to avoid a conflict of interest if he is confirmed.

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In a written agreement with a government ethics agency, the former Georgia governor said he will also step down from positions at the National Grain and Feed Association and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

 

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A noted jewel thief who discussed her six-decade criminal career in a documentary has been arrested after authorities said she failed to appear in court.

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The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says 86-year-old Doris Marie Payne was arrested Monday at her Atlanta home. She was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

 

It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her.

 

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other top Republicans in the state frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found.

 

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Florida taxpayers also have been forced to reimburse nearly $16 million for their opponents' private attorney fees.

 

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is hammering Georgia Republicans for what he calls a "power grab" as the lawmakers try to redraw several legislative districts to benefit sitting lawmakers.

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It's the first time Holder has weighed in on a state redistricting fight since he launched a national political organization intended to help Democrats in upcoming redistricting battles.

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Are you one of those shoppers who gets paralyzed in the grocery aisle?

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Not only are there a zillion types of crackers, cookies or chips to choose from, but if you check labels, you can fixate on calories, grams of fat and sugar, or ingredient lists that will make you second-guess your eyeglass prescription and your ability to read English.

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After a meticulous restoration that took more than a year, a Stradivarius violin that was stolen from violinist Roman Totenberg and missing for decades is about to return to the stage.

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Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago to study under Totenberg, will play the instrument at a private concert in New York on Monday, and more performances after that are possible.

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Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, who is stepping down in May, received a compensation package worth $16 million last year, according to a regulatory filing.

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That included a salary of $1.6 million, stock and options worth $9.5 million and incentive pay of $4.1 million. Other compensation included costs for travel, security and contributions to a retirement and savings plan, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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Workers grooming the infield dirt at the Braves' new SunTrust Park on Thursday wore hardhats that cast a misleading image.

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Most of the hard work is complete.

 

"We are completely through with the major elements of the construction of the ballpark," Braves president of business Derek Schiller said.

 

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A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections.

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WASHINGTON—Determined House Republicans won early victories Thursday on divisive legislation to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law, winning approval in key committees after marathon all-night sessions despite Democratic protests and intense opposition from doctors and consumer groups.

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News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in a case involving the slaying of a South Georgia high school teacher who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

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Three separate groups of newspapers and television stations have filed motions before Superior Court Judge Melanie B. Cross to lift the order.

 

Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, was charged with murder Feb. 23 in the slaying of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher who disappeared in 2005.

 

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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Election officials in Georgia's sparsely populated, overwhelmingly black Hancock County agreed Wednesday to settle a lawsuit alleging denial of voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters just ahead of a racially divided local election.

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About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls — nearly all of them black — remain eligible and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the agreement.

 

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A coalition of legal organizations is launching an initiative to provide free legal representation for people held in immigration detention centers in the Southeast.

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 The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday announced that it is starting the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative along with other legal organizations. The effort is to begin at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia, with plans to expand to other detention centers in the region.

 

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As "Underground" starts its second season, it remains firmly rooted in history — but it also very much reflects on present-day American issues.

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One of the show's stars, Aldis Hodge, says the political commentary is unintentional by "Underground" co-creator Misha Green, who was highly critical of President Donald Trump during his candidacy, calling him "a racist and sexiest."

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A new study finds fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years. Researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons.

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The trend over nearly two decades could also reflect people giving up after repeated failed dieting attempts. It happened as U.S. obesity rates climbed.

 

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George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver, a British coroner said Tuesday.

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Darren Salter, senior coroner for the county of Oxfordshire in southern England, said a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."

 

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Atlanta United said Monday it is "taking measures internally" to address an anti-gay chant used by some fans attending the team's first Major League Soccer match.

 

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United spokesman Chris Winkler said the team was aware of the chant during Sunday night's 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. In a statement to The Associated Press, the team said the chants "have no place in our matches" and fans participating in those chants will be removed from games.

 

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Everyone was in place for the hearing in Atlanta immigration court: the Guinean man hoping to stay in the U.S., his attorney, a prosecutor, a translator and the judge. But because of some missing paperwork, it was all for nothing.

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When the government attorney said he hadn't received the case file, Judge J. Dan Pelletier rescheduled the proceeding. Everybody would have to come back another day.

 

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Struggling schools, opioid addiction and the state's medical marijuana program appear likely to dominate the rest of Georgia's legislative session.

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Lawmakers spent January and February considering bills introduced in their own chamber. Today, they begin focusing on the opposing chamber's legislation.

Here are some things to know about the rest of this year's session:

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Since its inception in 1952, the Emory Law Journal has never elected a black editor-in-chief — until now.

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The college announced last week that Emory University School of Law student Janiel Myers was named to the Journal's highest role.

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Atlanta United had the lead and the sellout home crowd in its first match as an expansion team.

 

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The New York Red Bulls had the experience that made the difference in a second-half turnaround that included some unexpected help from Atlanta — a decisive own goal.

 

New York scored two second-half goals in a span of about 6 minutes and the Red Bulls rallied for a 2-1 victory over Atlanta on Sunday night.

 

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Volunteers from across Georgia this spring will work with the Civil War Trust to help clean up battlefields and other historic sites in Georgia and several other states.

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The goal is to maintain and restore several sites as part of Park Day, a nationwide effort on April 1 that includes more than 130 historic sites in 30 states, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

 

Volunteers will be doing mostly outdoor jobs.

 

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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University of Georgia officials say they will rebury the remains of 105 bodies discovered when expanding a building on the campus.

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Construction to expand Baldwin Hall was temporarily halted after workers found grave sites in December 2015, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

 

The grave sites were part of Old Athens Cemetery near Baldwin Hall. The area served as the official town cemetery for most of the 19th century.

 

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington.
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An Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to appear in court for a hearing to decide whether he'll continue to be held in custody.

 

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The detention hearing for 42-year-old Dante Antoine Rosser is set for 11 a.m. Monday in Atlanta.

 

Newly unsealed court records say Lewis' Atlanta-based staff members expressed "grave concerns" for their safety after Rosser visited their office and also made repeated phone calls.

 

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The judge assigned to the case of a slain Georgia teacher who vanished nearly 12 years ago acted too broadly by ordering investigators, potential witnesses and family members to keep silent outside the courtroom and by sealing the court record from public view, said an attorney for Georgia news organizations.

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Georgia Power is suspending its study of a site near Columbus for a new nuclear power plant.

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In a letter Wednesday to the Georgia Public Service Commission, the utility told officials that the proposed nuclear plant in Stewart County would not be needed as soon as previously expected.

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue remembers what it was like dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in Georgia with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
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President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn't formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination.

 

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The delay is frustrating farm-state senators, who represent many of the core voters responsible for helping elect Trump.

 

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A vote on whether licensed gun owners can bring handguns onto college campuses is expected Friday as lawmakers confront a key deadline.

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Legislative rules require bills to pass at least one chamber by a certain point in the session to remain alive for the year. Lawmakers set that deadline, called "crossover day," at the 28th day of this year's 40-day session.

There are ways around the deadline, but lawmakers try to pass as many bills as possible.

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Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.

 

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Because all of that, and worse, has happened before.

 

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Under growing pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His action followed revelations he twice met with the Russian ambassador and didn't say so when pressed by Congress.

Sessions rejected any suggestion that he tried to mislead anyone about his contacts with the Russians, saying, "That is not my intent. That is not correct."

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