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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.

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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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Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran's parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hourslong siege at the Legislature that ended with four attackers dead.

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At least two people have died and several others have been sickened in the central part of the state after overdosing on some type of street drug, authorities said.

Reports of overdoses were still coming in Tuesday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

More than a dozen overdose cases have been reported so far in three emergency departments in Bibb County and some surrounding counties in the past two days, said Chris Hendry, chief medical officer at Navicent Health in Macon.

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An airline passenger was bitten repeatedly in the face by a dog that was allowed on the plane to provide emotional support to another passenger.

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According to an Atlanta police report, Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Alabama, was taken to a hospital Sunday in stable condition with "severe injury to the face due to several dog bites."

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that one of his top priorities is investigating and prosecuting sex crimes against children despite technology that has made it easier for criminals to avoid detection.

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Sessions spoke to police and prosecutors gathered in Atlanta for a conference on child exploitation, including child pornography and sex trafficking. 

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is going graphic.

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An illustrated edition of Harper Lee's beloved novel will be published in November 2018, HarperCollins announced Tuesday. The book will be drawn and adapted by British author-illustrator Fred Fordham, who worked on Philip Pullman's graphic novel "The Adventures of John Blake."

Fordham's literary agency, Andrew Nurnberg Associates, also works with Lee's estate.

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Former President Jimmy Carter is being honored with the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation made the announcement Monday at an event at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. In a video message recorded earlier in Atlanta, Carter noted that he shared "mutual respect" for Ford and an "intense personal friendship."

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A federal contractor has been arrested following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election.

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Shortly after the release of the report by The Intercept on Monday, the Justice Department announced it had charged a government contractor in Georgia with leaking a classified report containing "Top Secret level" information to an online news organization.

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Karen Handel wants voters in Atlanta's northern suburbs to stick with a Republican in Congress, just like they've done since 1979. Democrat Jon Ossoff says Georgia's 6th Congressional District should make a change.

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The two rivals are scheduled to meet today in their first televised debate, two weeks ahead of a June 20 special election that has garnered national attention and an avalanche of spending.

Atlanta's WSB-TV will broadcast the debate at 8 p.m.

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The Georgia Supreme Court says a man who was severely beaten while leaving Six Flags Over Georgia a decade ago can collect $35 million in legal damages from the amusement park and his attackers.

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The ruling by Georgia's high court Monday reverses an appeals court's decision to throw out the damage award and order a new trial in the lawsuit by Joshua Martin.

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Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago, with a prosecutor warning the jury not to fall into the trap of confusing the 79-year-old comedian with the beloved family man he played on TV.

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Veterans To Travel To Atlanta, Give Neighborhood A Face-Lift

Jun 5, 2017
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In just a few days, more than 100 military veterans from across the country will fan out across Atlanta's West End to give the area a face-lift.

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They will plant community gardens, construct an outdoor learning center, install a basketball court and improve parks, green spaces and access to them for residents along Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail.

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Watch Atlanta television long enough and you're bound to see a young congressional candidate pledging to cut "wasteful spending" and make "both parties in Washington" be "accountable to you."

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Yet follow Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District and you'll see the 30-year-old Democrat joining fellow millennials for happy hour, convening a group of women's health advocates and hosting specific minority groups across Atlanta's northern suburbs.

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More than 160 coyotes have been killed in Georgia since the state's "coyote challenge" for hunters and trappers began in April.

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resource's program allows hunters and trappers the chance to win a lifetime sporting license by killing up to five coyotes each month, The Times reported.

Each kill counts as an entry in the monthly raffle.

GEORGIA SENATE

A state senator who was the first elected official in Georgia to back Donald Trump's presidential campaign is jumping into the 2018 governor's race.

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State Sen. Michael Williams, R-Cumming, announced his plans last week. Williams joins Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sen. Hunter Hill bidding to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

For Democrats, state Reps. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams have launched their campaigns.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff has declined to participate in an Atlanta Press Club debate with his Republican opponent in the 6th Congressional District, Karen Handel, that CNN had proposed to broadcast.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ossoff declined Sunday to participate in what would have been a nationally televised debate.

In a statement sent to CNN, Ossoff spokeswoman Amy Messner says the campaign only committed to debates moderated by "the metro Atlanta press corps."

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Stacey Abrams launched her campaign for Georgia governor Saturday, a widely expected step for the first woman to lead a party in the state's Legislature.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Abrams said her pitch to voters is creating a state where residents can thrive rather than simply survive. She's making a clear effort to reach voters outside her metro Atlanta base by kicking off her campaign in the south Georgia city of Albany on Saturday.

COURTESY OF THE DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park and running from a police officer, has pleaded not guilty to charges against him.

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Atlanta media reports on Friday said Mann pleaded not guilty in Atlanta Municipal Court to charges of indecency and obstruction of an officer.

Mann was arrested late on May 6 after an officer said the sheriff exposed himself to the officer in Piedmont Park and then ran, leading the officer on a chase.

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In its latest effort to compete with online giant Amazon, Walmart is testing a delivery service using its own store employees, who will deliver packages ordered online while driving home from their regular work shifts.

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Authorities say lifeguards had to keep people out of the water at Georgia's largest public beach after an alligator was spotted in the sand and surf.

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The Savannah Morning News reports that authorities called in a licensed trapper to capture the 8-foot alligator on Tybee Island. The gator was found taking a swim and strolling on the sand early Thursday.

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Boarding passes could someday become quaint relics for air travelers.

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JetBlue Airways plans to test facial-recognition check-in for a few flights beginning later this month, and Delta Air Lines plans to let some passengers board with their fingerprints instead of a boarding pass.

The once-ubiquitous paper boarding pass is already shunned by many travelers who prefer to use mobile boarding passes on their phones.

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Police are investigating after someone spray painted a racial slur on the front gate of LeBron James' home in Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals.

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An unidentified person spray painted the N-word on the front gate of James' home in the Brentwood neighborhood Wednesday morning, said Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

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A funeral for rock star Gregg Allman will be held Saturday in Macon, where The Allman Brothers Band first won fame.

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Local news media report that a private memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Snow's Memorial Chapel. Allman will be buried near his late brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, and late bandmate Berry Oakley at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Fans are expected to line the procession route from Snow's to the cemetery.

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A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year and bear the name of the astrophysicist who predicted the existence of the solar wind nearly 60 years ago.

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The space agency announced Wednesday that the red-hot mission would be named after Eugene Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. It's the first NASA spacecraft to be named after a researcher who is still alive, noted the agency's science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen.

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Georgia's peach crop is suffering much worse than expected.

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that nearly 80 percent of that state's peach crop has been wiped out this year. He says an overly warm winter and hard freeze in the early spring caused the loss in crops.

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President Donald Trump says celebrity Kathy Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" for appearing in a video holding what looked like Trump's bloody, severed head.

In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president says, "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

Griffin, a comic and actress, has apologized, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.

"I went too far," she says in a second video. "I sincerely apologize."

Many people online called for Griffin to be jailed.

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New Mexico and Georgia — two states with some of the nation's largest percentages of minority residents in the United States — had the nation's highest rates of inmates in county jails, according to a report made public Wednesday by a nonpartisan criminal justice reform group.

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Nine years after a teen allegedly killed a man who stopped to ask for directions, his murder conviction has been tossed because of a faulty search warrant.

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The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the conviction of Avery Leon Bryant, who was 17 when prosecutors say he shot Newton Gordon in East Point in 2008.

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