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It would be illegal to secretly take films or photos under a person's clothes, under a bill passed by the Georgia Senate.

Senators voted unanimously Wednesday to pass the proposal and sent it to the House where it will likely get a vote in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers decided to take action last summer after a divided state Court of Appeals found that a man didn't break any Georgia laws when he filmed up a woman's skirt while she shopped at a grocery store - a practice known as "upskirting."

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Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.

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The fast food executive says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity."

Puzder says "while I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team."

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An auditing firm has been hired to see why water bills are so high in DeKalb County.

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The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday to pay KPMG $275,000 Tuesday for the audit.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one in eight customers' bills have at least tripled since April 2015.

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New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline.

The number of new cases has been falling for years. But health officials wanted a clearer picture of how the epidemic was behaving. They count people when they were diagnosed with the AIDS virus — not when they actually contracted it, which can be months or years earlier.

More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Zoo Atlanta says on its Facebook page that it had a bet with Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo that called for the loser to name a baby animal after the winning team's star quarterback. Both zoos figured the loser would be pretty bitter about the game, so they agreed the animal in question would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach.

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The scramble to succeed Health Secretary Tom Price as Georgia congressman may quickly become a referendum on the popularity and agenda of Price's new boss, President Donald Trump, while offering a preview of 2018's midterm elections.

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There is probably only one way to successfully move a giant painting depicting a famous battle, and that's slowly. 

The Atlanta History Center took that approach last week when moving the city's Cyclorama from Grant Park to their facility. 

To get the painting ready for the move, workers cut it at a seam into two pieces. Both pieces were then rolled onto the two gigantic, custom-built steel spools, each scroll taller than a four-story building.

Canada's Trudeau Talks Trade With Trump At White House

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President Donald Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
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President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeatedly stressed their commitment to working together after their first face-to-face meeting Monday.

The neighboring leaders, polar opposites in nearly every way, took up the thorny subjects of trade and immigration, with Trudeau eager to build a relationship with the new U.S. president.

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President Donald Trump welcomed Japan's prime minister to the White House with a warm embrace Friday as they looked to shore up a long-standing security alliance and repair economic ties shaken by U.S. withdrawal from a Pacific trade pact.

Trump greeted Shinzo Abe as he arrived in his black sedan at the doors of the West Wing. Abe, a nationalist adept at forging relationships with strongmen leaders, was the only world leader to meet the Republican before his inauguration and is the second to do so since the new president took office.

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Georgia's governor has called for a special election to fill the congressional seat formerly held by President Donald Trump's new health secretary.

Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he's set an April 18 election date to fill Tom Price's former congressional seat representing many of Atlanta's northern suburbs. Candidates will begin qualifying on Monday and must file by Wednesday.

If a runoff election is required, it will be held on June 20.

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Price's nomination to head the Health and Human Services Department early Friday.

About Half Of Atlanta's Giant Cyclorama Has Been Moved

Feb 10, 2017
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About half of an enormous panoramic painting depicting the Civil War Battle of Atlanta has been moved to a new exhibit hall as workers continued to move the rest of the painting Friday.

Historians hailed the delicate, painstaking move as a milestone for the nearly 6-ton Cyclorama — one of the world's largest paintings — which was being moved in two sections from the city's Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center.

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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban last week after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The Justice Department appealed to the 9th Circuit.

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John Lewis speaks with passion, resolve and dignity.

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He says things like, "Hate is too heavy a burden to bear" and "Nonviolence is love in action" — not what you expect, or necessarily buy, coming from a U.S. congressman, which Lewis has been for three decades.

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President Donald Trump's press secretary says he meant to say Orlando when he repeatedly referenced a terror attack in Atlanta (that never happened) during interviews and a press briefing last week.

Sean Spicer first referred to an Atlanta attack in an interview on Jan. 29 on ABC's "This Week." He also named the city in reference to a terror attack during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Jan. 30 and in a press briefing later that same day.

Spicer told ABC News in an email Wednesday that he "clearly meant Orlando."

Tribe Files Legal Challenge To Stall Dakota Access Pipeline

Feb 9, 2017
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Construction of the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline has begun, and the full system should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.

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Republicans pushed President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary toward Senate confirmation on Thursday, overpowering Democrats who complained that the GOP drive to erase and replace former President Obama's health care law will end up taking away peoples' coverage.

The debate over the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Health and Human Services Department was the latest over Trump's choices, which have prompted near party-line votes and helped fuel a sour atmosphere in the new president's first weeks.

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A proposal to lower the amount of THC allowed in medical cannabis oil used by Georgians has cleared a state Senate committee.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill that would cut the legal level of THC — one of the intoxicating chemicals found in marijuana — to 3 percent. Qualifying patients have been able to legally possess cannabis oil with 5 percent THC since 2015.

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Sean Weatherspoon walked through the Atlanta Falcons locker room, shouting out to no one in particular.

"Hey, y'all don't forget about the good times!" he yelled, managing a big smile.

There were a few chuckles, but it wasn't enough to change the mood.

The Falcons are still trying to grasp how they let a Super Bowl championship slip away .

Former President Jimmy Carter
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An Atlanta solar company plans to announce completion of a project in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown.

SolAmerica Energy officials say the project was built on 10 acres of farmland that Carter owns and leased to the company.  Carter, who is 92, is set to attend an event on Wednesday marking the project's completion.

Carter said in a statement that he's pleased to play a role. Solar technology has long been an interest of Carter's. He was the first president to have solar panels installed while in the White House.

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DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston has dropped criminal charges against a former county official who was accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions.

Boston said at a news conference Monday that she decided against moving forward with a retrial against former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out Ellis' conviction in November.

Boston says a judge signed an order to dismiss Ellis' charges earlier Monday.

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Georgia lawmakers want fire departments to provide additional insurance coverage for firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer.

Tuesday's House vote comes months after Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed changes to state workers' compensation law letting firefighters diagnosed with cancer make a financial claim.

Local governments feared that approach was too expensive.

Groups representing local governments and firefighters met this year to compromise. The House approved the resulting bill, 171 yes votes to 1. It goes to the Senate.

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The owner of a UPS store in Minnesota spent four years searching for the intended recipient of a package filled with mementos before he found the man living in Georgia.

The package ended up at Randy Holst's UPS store in Golden Valley after several failed attempts to deliver it. Holst finally opened it and discovered a military veteran's mementos: a framed military flag, spent shell casings, newspaper clippings and other items.

"You wouldn't toss a memory like that," said Holst, whose father was a veteran. "I can't imagine anyone would."

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Well, Atlanta, there's nothing left to say.

The city once known as "Loserville" was cruising toward its first Super Bowl championship, leading Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots by 25 points.

TWENTY-FIVE!

Back in Atlanta, the city was all ready to bust loose in a celebration like no other, seemingly assured of finally putting to rest its history of sports flops.

Then, it happened.

The greatest flop of them all.

This one will take a long, long time to get over.

Fans fill the stadium during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.
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They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.

So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl.

Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by a Julian Edelman catch that was almost beyond belief. The Patriots pulled themselves out of a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to a 34-28 win for New England's fifth NFL championship. It was the first Super Bowl decided in overtime.

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Cheers: Georgians are one step closer to being able to buy craft beer directly from the brewer.

The Senate voted 49-2 Thursday to approve a bill allowing craft breweries to sell directly to the consumer. The legislation will move to the House, where it has support from influential representatives.

Senators were mostly enthusiastic about the bill and the floor discussion consisted of light-hearted jokes. After the vote, several lawmakers turned and stared at Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, who voted no. Kirk just shrugged his shoulders and chuckled.

Catholic church officials went to a Georgia courthouse on Tuesday to serve as the voice for a slain Florida priest as they urged a prosecutor not to seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing their colleague.

Steven James Murray faces charges including murder in the April slaying of the Rev. Rene Robert, a priest in St. Augustine, Florida, whose body was found in the Georgia woods. Prosecutors have indicated they intend to seek Murray's execution if he's convicted.

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Democratic minority lawmakers filed a protest bill in response to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

The bill filed Tuesday read that no person possessing a valid visa "shall be detained or rejected from entry into the United States," and is largely symbolic in the Republican controlled state Legislature.

It was sponsored by Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, and cosigned by Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, who both spoke out against the executive order the previous day and attended a protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport over the weekend.

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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Republicans delayed indefinitely planned Senate committee votes on President Donald Trump's picks to be Health and Treasury secretaries on Tuesday after Democrats boycotted the session and demanded more information on the two nominees' past financial behavior.

The extraordinary and abrupt postponement came as congressional Democrats, in a confrontational mood over Trump administration actions, also used lengthy speeches at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting considering Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be attorney general.

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A man traipsing around Monday's Super Bowl opening night in a full-length gown declaring himself "The Empress of Austria, Elizabeth I" was the most outrageous guest at what was a rather tame media night compared to the circus this event has been in the past.

The Empress, otherwise known as Julian Kurzwernhart, who said he'd been covering the Super Bowl for a television station in Austria for the past six years, spent more time being interviewed in his crazy getup than actually conducting interviews with the players from the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city will deliver 10 deeds to school properties to Atlanta Public Schools.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Reed made the announcement Monday.

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