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A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a Tuesday statement.

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Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and warming seas.

The $29 million in grants announced Monday are being matched by nearly $60 million from government agencies and nonprofits in 20 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories.

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A building in Marietta could be used to house immigrant children under a plan by a local nonprofit group.

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UPDATED: Monday 11/18/19 at 11:30 a.m.

After much anticipation, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out in Atlanta on Saturday, but not on the NFL's terms.

The former San Francisco 49ers passer, who remains unsigned since kneeling in protest of police brutality during the national anthem in 2016, had been scheduled by the NFL for a private workout at the Falcons facility in Flowery Branch.

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Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers and airline crew members between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2. That would be a 4% increase over last year.

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Prison officials in Georgia are preparing to execute a man Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk 25 years ago.


Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled for a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to death for the April 1994 killing of 50-year-old Richard Slysz in Thomasville, just inside Georgia’s southern border.


The state says Cromartie also shot and gravely injured another convenience store clerk a few days earlier.

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Georgia officials have made appointments to the state medical marijuana commission, a key step toward implementing a law designed to increase patient access.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston announced seven appointments Tuesday. They include several doctors, a professor, a police chief and a small business owner.

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Residents of an Atlanta suburb want the federal government to investigate cases of cancer near a medical sterilization plant that uses a gas linked to an increase cancer risk.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering Tuesday morning after a procedure at Emory University Hospital to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls.

"There are no complications from the surgery," the Carter Center said.


The ongoing court fight over water resources that involves Georgia, Florida and Alabama is now focused on south Georgia farmers.


On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house.

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Four high school students outside Atlanta are being treated at area hospitals after ingesting an unknown substance.

In a statement, Henry County Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin says emergency personnel and school resource officers responded to a medical emergency at Locust Grove High on Friday morning.

Hardin isn’t sure when or where the incident occurred or what the substance might be. He says an investigation into the matter is underway. Right now, he says, they’re focusing on the health and wellbeing of the students involved.

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Taylor Swift will perform at Centennial Olympic Park during the men’s Final Four weekend.

The 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer will headline the Capital One JamFest on April 5, the finale of the three-day March Madness Music Festival.

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Atlanta's city council has announced that a plaque honoring a councilman who served four terms before his death last year will be installed at a local park.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the memorial sign for Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. will soon be placed at Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park in northwest Atlanta.


For the first time in three decades, Atlanta will not host a Peach Drop to ring in the new year.


Former first lady Rosalynn Carter says her husband is doing "really well" after a fall.

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Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school.

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The victims of Wednesday's plane crash in suburban Atlanta have been identified as two North Carolina men.

DeKalb County officials on Thursday said 59-year-old Leslie Csanyi and 60-year-old Scott Robert Lowrie both lived in Salisbury, North Carolina, the plane's intended destination.

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UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Robert Olsen was sentenced Friday to 20 years with 12 to serve in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY: A former Georgia police officer faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced Friday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked man.

Robert "Chip" Olsen was responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex in March 2015 when he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD. Olsen is white and Hill was black.

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A federal judge has blocked a Georgia sheriff from posting signs in front of the homes of three registered sex offenders warning people not to trick-or-treat there.


Judge Marc Treadwell in Macon ruled Tuesday that the sex offenders were likely to win their argument that Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s signs violate their free speech rights.

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Lawyers for the state of Georgia have conceded that the order for an execution scheduled Wednesday is void.

Ray Jefferson Cromartie was scheduled to die Wednesday evening for the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville. But the state Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday morning to temporarily halt the execution.

In this April 19, 2019 photo an athlete stands near a NCAA logo in Beaumont, Texas. The NCAA voted to allow college athletes to earn money without violating amateurism rules.
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The Latest on the NCAA task force’s report on the feasibility of allowing athletes to profit from their names and images (all times local):

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The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling the NCAA’s rules.

The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.

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Former President Jimmy Carter's church says he plans to teach Sunday school less than two weeks after falling and breaking his pelvis.

A former restaurant employee is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for starting fires inside the eatery in the historic heart of Georgia's oldest city.


Overall grades for Georgia's schools fell in the 2018-2019 school year, with Gov. Brian Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods repeating their calls Friday to overhaul grading methods.

In this Oct. 20, 1969, file photo, Georgia state Sen. Leroy Johnson speaks for a group of Atlanta African-American leaders in support of Vice Mayor Sam Massell at a City Hall news conference in Atlanta.
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A former Georgia state senator who was the first black lawmaker elected to the upper chamber after Reconstruction has died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Sen. Leroy Johnson died at 91. Johnson was elected as a Democrat in 1962, three years before the Voting Rights Act was signed, and in the same freshman class as President Jimmy Carter. Johnson served until 1975.

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez gestures to the crowd after the team defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in an MLS soccer Eastern Conference quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Julian Gressel scored in the 10th minute, Josef Martinez added a late goal and defending champion Atlanta United beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

United will host Toronto FC on Wednesday night. Toronto beat top-seed New York City FC 2-1 on the road Wednesday night. 

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.

A statement from The Carter Center says Jimmy suffered "a minor pelvic fracture" on Monday, but remains in good spirits and looks forward to recovering at home.

Mark Richt spent 15 seasons as Georgia's head coach, going 145-51 with two SEC championships and five division titles. He retired following the 2018 season, after compiling a 26-13 record in three seasons at Miami.
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Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt tweeted Monday that he is recovering from a heart attack.

The 59-year-old Richt is working as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.

Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire, Sunday, Oct. 20, in the overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast.
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Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire in an overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast for weeks.