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Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.

 

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Four key players in President Donald Trump's new administration are central characters in a "verbatim play," boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump's Cabinet picks for clues to his government's direction.

 

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Parking in Savannah's downtown historic district could get a lot more expensive next year.

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The Savannah City Council is considering a consultant's recommendations that would increase rates on some parking meters in the downtown area that is the city's business hub as well as the heart of its vital tourism economy. The plan would extend the hours drivers would have to pay for on-street parking.

 

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Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.

 

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The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.

 

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After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary.

 

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Perdue would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He's the son of a farmer and has owned several agricultural companies. The Senate plans to vote on his nomination today.

 

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DETROIT—A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the plea deal during the sentencing hearing, six weeks after VW pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a bold scheme involving nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the U.S. They were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road.

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Winter pretty much stood up South-Central Texas this year, and the neglect is showing in this season's scanty crop of Hill Country peaches.

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"Some things bloomed really extended and long, and some didn't take, so it's been really an interesting year," peach grower Russ Studebaker said. "We'll have, I think, about a 30 percent crop, which is better than nothing. So we're happy about that."

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A coalition of civil rights groups is challenging a Georgia law that doesn't allow new voters to register before a closely watched runoff election in the 6th Congressional District.

 

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The Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Atlanta on behalf of the groups.

 

The registration deadline was March 20.

 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed refused to answer questions about the lawsuit and walked away from reporters.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named a new city attorney.

 

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In a news release Thursday, Reed announced that Jeremy Berry will assume the position of the city's top legal officer, replacing Cathy Hampton who plans to step down May 19.

 

Reed didn't say when he would begin the new job.

 

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PARIS—An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him.

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Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. She said he appeared to be acting alone.

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A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.

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Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name "Allah" after initially declining to do so because that doesn't match either of the parents' last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday.

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The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ticket sales.

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The Orlando-based company said the orca — the last in a generation of whales bred in confinement — was born Wednesday afternoon. SeaWorld did not immediately name the calf because the park's veterinarians had not yet determined whether it was male or female.

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The man accused of starting a fire that caused a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta to collapse has been released from jail after posting bond.

WSB-TV reports that Basil Eleby was released from Fulton County Jail on Wednesday. Eleby was issued a $10,000 signature bond by a judge during a hearing Tuesday.

The judge told Eleby not to go near the collapsed overpass except with his attorneys.

Eleby faces charges of arson and criminal damage to property. He was jailed March 31, the day after the collapse.

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Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

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21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

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A wildfire that's been burning for weeks in South Georgia might not be contained for months, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which is coordinating firefighting efforts.

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At least 31 square miles have burned near the Georgia-Florida line and the blaze keeps growing. South Georgia residents on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp were warned to prepare for potential evacuations.

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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Two candidates seeking to replace former state senator Judson Hill are headed to a runoff election.

According to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State, Democrat Christine Triebsch earned the highest total of votes in Tuesday's primary, followed by Republican Kay Kirkpatrick.

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The runoff election is on May 16.

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A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, fell a few percentage points shy of an outright victory amid an 18-candidate scramble in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second, qualifying for the June 20 runoff.

Mary-Pat Hector held a press conference Thursday about potentially being disqualified a month into her campaign. She is 19 years old and a student at Spelman College.
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A 19-year-old candidate for a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia has lost the runoff election.

 

News outlets report that Mary-Pat Hector, a sophomore at Spelman College, narrowly lost Tuesday to George Turner Jr., a retired MARTA manager. Turner received 867 votes to Hector's 845.

 

Hector had finished second to Turner is a five-way race March 21, prompting the Tuesday runoff.

 

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Democrat Jon Ossoff fell below the threshold needed to outright win the race for Georgia's 6th District, triggering a runoff with Republican Karen Handel, the Associated Press reports.

Unofficial results from the Georgia secretary of state put Ossoff at 48 percent the vote. He needed 50.1 percent to avoid the runoff, set for June 20. Handel had nearly 20 percent of the vote in a field crowded with 18 candidates. 

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The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction.

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The CEO of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's businesses says there are no concerns about the "operability" of the roof. Steve Cannon said the delay is a "timeline" issue with ongoing steelwork.

The new opening date of the stadium is now the Atlanta Falcons' August 26 preseason game against Arizona.

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Police say drivers of a tractor-trailer and SUV are facing charges involving a crash that caused a chemical spill on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta.

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Local news media reports the tractor-trailer spilled a hazardous chemical called Benzoyl Chloride. The spill shut down all lanes for hours on the north side of the interstate Monday morning.

 

The lanes were reopened.

 

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Court documents unsealed in the investigation into Prince's death paint a picture of a man struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids and withdrawal, with various pills stashed in bottles around the pop superstar's suburban Minneapolis studio and estate.

But the search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday shed no new light on how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.

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Republicans are pushing to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in Clive, Iowa.
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President Donald Trump attacked Democrat Jon Ossoff in a series of tweets Tuesday, including one where the president pointed out that Ossoff doesn't live in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place?

 

States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.

 

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The plans are required under a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and takes effect in the coming school year.

President-elect Donald Trump calls to media from the entryway of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J..
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President Donald Trump on Monday attacked his political enemies seeking an upset in Georgia's special congressional election, blasting the leading Democratic candidate as a "super liberal" who "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

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An attorney is calling for the two Georgia police officers who were fired after being caught on camera having a violent confrontation with a motorist to face criminal charges.

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MARTA Chief Operating Officer Richard Krisak says $700 million in funding has been identified and approved for 250 new rail cars.
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The collapse of an interstate in the heart of Atlanta has more than 2 million metro residents sitting in even more traffic in the already congested city, and mass transit advocates hope the headaches will spur new interest in expanding rail and bus routes.

 

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Many commuters come from surrounding counties that have long resisted mass transit, creating a car-centric region shaped by issues of race and class for more than four decades.

 

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been named this year's recipient of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award for his decades-long work on human rights and civil liberties.

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The award and $125,000 prize are given biennially by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

Lewis will receive his award at a public ceremony on Tuesday.

 

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A 36-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of another man riding a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit train and wounding of three others.

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MARTA police Friday arrested Chauncey Lee Daniels in the Thursday death of Zachariah Hunnicutt at the West Lake MARTA Station. He faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is being held at the Fulton County Jail.

It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

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