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The search for two Georgia inmates sought in the killing of their guards during an escape from a prison bus went into its third day Thursday and the scope of the manhunt is expanding. 

The reward for information leading to their arrest also grew Thursday to $130,000.

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Authorities do not know whether Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose are still in Georgia or still traveling together, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump says the assailant in the congressional shooting has died from his injuries.

Trump said Wednesday morning that the gunman who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, had died. The assailant has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson.

Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Officials said several other people were also wounded. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition."

Trump praised the "heroic actions" of the Capital Police at the scene.

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Staffers for Georgia's Republican congressmen say the officials and their staff are safe after a gunman shot a top House Republican and several other people at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk is the only Georgia official listed on Republicans' congressional baseball roster this year. Loudermilk said on official social media accounts that he was on the field but is safe.

Courtesy of Georgia Department of Education

A former U.S. Army officer has been chosen as the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

State Superintendent Richard Woods announced John R. Tibbetts' selection on Monday, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Education. Tibbetts is an economics teacher at Worth County High School.

Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

Two Georgia inmates who killed their guards and escaped from a prison bus have stolen a second vehicle as they try to stay ahead of a massive manhunt, a sheriff said Wednesday.

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House GOP leaders warned their rank-and-file members Tuesday of the potential for heavy midterm losses next year that could cost Republicans their majority, and they urged renewed attention and focus to a positive agenda and message.

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The warning was aimed at encouraging lawmakers to stay focused and not be "chasing all the different other shiny objects," according to Republican Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election.

Sessions, who in March recused himself from the investigation, is testifying today. The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

A sheriff said police officers throughout Georgia were searching Tuesday for two inmates who somehow got past their cage inside a prison bus, killed two guards and got away.

 

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J. David Ake / associated press file

A revamped nutrition facts panel designed to make it easier to see how many calories and added sugars are in packaged foods and drinks is being delayed.

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The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it plans to push back the deadline for a rule requiring food companies to use the new label. It's the Trump administration's latest delay of the Obama administration's rules intended to improve food labeling and make foods healthier and safer.

Atlanta Police Department Via AP

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park and running from a police officer, has been suspended for 40 days.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday suspending DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann starting Tuesday. Deal last month instructed Attorney General Chris Carr and two county sheriffs to investigate and report back within 30 days.

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Protection from deportation was temporarily restored Monday to a Mexican woman who became a well-known figure in the illegal immigration debate as a college student seven years ago.

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U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen ordered the federal government to temporarily reinstate Jessica Colotl's protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while it reconsiders her eligibility. Immigration authorities last month had terminated her protected status.

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SAVANNAH—A wildfire that burned vast acreage and at one point threatened hundreds of homes near the Georgia-Florida state line has been nearly extinguished after steady rains soaked the Okefenokee Swamp over the past week.

The team fighting the blaze now considers it 90-percent contained and the flames that burned nearly 240 square miles (620 sq. kilometers) since April have been reduced to scattered piles of smoldering debris from trees cut down in the fire area's southeast corner, said Susan Heisey, supervisory ranger for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Bill Cosby's lawyers put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony Monday, wrapping up the defense side in the sexual assault trial without the comedian himself taking the stand.

The jury was expected to hear closing arguments next and could get the case in the afternoon.

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The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House.

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After nearly five months of living apart, President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into the presidential mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Joan Marcus / The Public Theater via AP

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage.

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Atlanta-based Delta released a statement on Sunday saying it was pulling its sponsorship from The Public Theater "effective immediately."

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"Dear Evan Hansen," the touching, heartfelt musical about young outsiders, has won the biggest theater popularity contest — winning the best new musical trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes, including best score, book and top actor honors for Ben Platt.

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With construction of the Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium moving closer to completion, the implosion of the Georgia Dome has been set for Nov. 20.

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Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Falcons owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group, says there have been "a few exciting milestones on the roof over the last week" for the new stadium. That clears the path for plans to demolish the Georgia Dome, which stands beside the new stadium.

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Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles is celebrating its 10th birthday.

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The Georgia Sea Turtle Center held a public celebration Saturday on Jekyll Island, where the center began treating its amphibious patients in June 2007.

Dr. Terry Norton, the Sea Turtle Center's director and head veterinarian, says the center is "still driving great progress in sea turtle conservation" a decade after its founding.

Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press

In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a month, to ward off enemies — foreign or domestic.

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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 took time to shake the hand of every passenger aboard a recent commercial flight from Atlanta to Washington.

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James Parker Sheffield was aboard the flight last week and tweeted video of the smiling 92-year-old walking down the aisle and shaking hands with everyone aboard. Sheffield tells Atlanta's WSB-TV  that Carter's enthusiasm was "authentic and humble."

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Vice President Mike Pence says suburban Atlanta Republicans must elect Karen Handel to Congress to help President Donald Trump or risk a loss that could help hand House control back to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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"I don't see this race so much as a choice between Karen Handel and her opponent," Pence told a gathering of Republican donors who paid $1,500 per person to hear his pitch.

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Vice President Mike Pence is trying to shore up a Georgia congressional candidate in the final days of a surprisingly competitive special election in Atlanta's usually Republican suburbs.

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Pence will appear with Karen Handel at a fundraiser Friday after he speaks at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff on June 20 for the 6th Congressional District seat opened when former Rep. Tom Price resigned to join President Donald Trump's administration.

Residents of Metro Atlanta voted for officials and SPLOST measures during the March 21st special election.
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Voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District have an opportunity to cast ballots this weekend.

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State election officials say early voting locations will be open Saturday in the district, which includes portions of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Saturday voting hours are intended to make voting easier for those who want to vote early but are unable to on weekdays. For the runoff, early voting ends June 16.

Tim Travers Hawkins/Courtesy of Chelsea Manning via AP, File

Chelsea Manning believed she had a "responsibility to the public" and didn't think she was risking national security when she leaked a trove of classified documents, the soldier said in her first interview since being release from a military prison last month.

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Investigators say early tests show a mixture of two synthetic opioids could be responsible for a rash of drug overdoses and up to four deaths in Georgia.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that preliminary testing found that one of the drugs in the mixture is consistent with "a new fentanyl analogue."

U.S. Army via AP

More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army plane dubbed "Hot as Hell" was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down.

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Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office via AP

A young woman charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she's released from pre-trial confinement, her parents said Wednesday, though they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case to send a tough message from the Trump administration.

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Earth, Wind and Fire will hit the road this summer, including a stop in metro Atlanta, with some classic hits, a new touring partner and lingering heartache.

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The hits include "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," while they'll share the stage with the band Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers. The sadness comes from the loss last year of their founder Maurice White.

Michael Probst / associated press file

A group of Georgia officials will study the state's approach to providing mental health care for children and recommend future changes.

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Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Wednesday forming the Commission on Children's Mental Health.

Members include the leaders of several state agencies focused on health, Deal's budget director and representatives for outside advocacy groups.

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is being honored for his service to the cause of civil rights.

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Holder is scheduled to receive the award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and a civil rights leader, will present the award to Holder during a luncheon in downtown Washington.

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