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Four employees of a Georgia sandwich shop have been fired after making a noose out of bread dough and filming themselves playing with it.

A video posted to social media of the workers at a Jimmy John’s restaurant in Woodstock shows one employee draping the bread dough noose over the neck of another and yanking it as other workers laugh. 

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Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at age 83.

A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a stroke. 

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The Georgia State Patrol says fireworks, rocks and graffiti caused extensive damage to its headquarters in Atlanta.

A spokesperson says Department of Public Safety workers put out the fire early Sunday caused by fireworks, and two employees were treated for smoke inhalation.

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The shooting death of an 8-year-old girl has prompted a $10,000 reward for information as authorities in Atlanta search for at least two people who opened fire on the car she was riding in.

Police identified the girl as Secoriea Turner on Sunday.

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Authorities have arrested two more people on suspicion of arson in the burning of an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says 33-year-old John Wade and 23-year-old Chisom Kingston were arrested on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, Wade was one of several people who organized demonstrations in Atlanta following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

Rapper 21 Savage says he will launch a free online financial literacy education program for youth sheltered at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Grammy winner announced his new Bank Account At Home nationwide initiative on Wednesday.

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Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes appreciated what former UConn teammate Maya Moore was doing when the All-Star forward stepped away from basketball two years ago to focus on criminal justice reform.

The Atlanta Dream guards admit they weren’t sure why she couldn’t continue playing at the same time. 

A judge has ruled that the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pending.

A judge on Tuesday set a bond of $500,000 for Garrett Rolfe, who faces charges including felony murder in the killing of the 27-year-old Black man.

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The mayor of Savannah says he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places — and those who refuse could face $500 fines.  Mayor Van Johnson said Tuesday he doesn't believe the city has any other choice. 

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Georgia reported more than 2,200 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday, a new high of daily reported cases as confirmed infections continue to rise.

The number of reported cases on Sunday eclipsed the previous highest daily total of 1,990 reported on Saturday. 

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Georgia lawmakers have passed a measure that would allow the state’s Public Service Commission to regulate how much electric cooperatives charge to carry internet lines on their utility poles.

House Bill 244 passed the Senate by a 31-22 vote on Monday. It now goes to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto. 

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CLAIM: “Nancy Green (aka Aunt Jemima) was born into slavery. She was a magnificent cook. When she was ‘freed’ she rolled her talent into a cooking brand that General Mills bought & used her likeness. She died in 1923 as one of America’s first black millionaires.”

THE FACTS: There is no evidence that Green’s portrayal as Aunt Jemima made her into a millionaire.

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“Jaws,” “Black Panther” and “Back to the Future” are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer.

Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX and AT&T on Monday announced the initial lineup for its summer series of films, comedy and football offerings running every weekend from July 2 through Aug. 2 in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle.

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Atlanta’s police department says it can still protect the city even though officers are calling out to protest a member of the force being charges with murder for shooting a man in the back.

A department tweet Thursday urged people to continue calling 911 if they have an emergency.

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The Senate Ethics Committee says it found no evidence of wrongdoing by Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia after looking into stock trades she made shortly before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet.

Loeffler received a letter from the committee Tuesday saying it has dismissed the matter after finding she violated no federal laws or Senate rules.

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Pepsico is changing the name and marketing image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup.

A spokeswoman for Pepsico-owned Quaker Oats Company said it recognized Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype and that the 131-year-old name and image would be replaced on products and advertising by the fourth quarter of 2020. 

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An increasing number of Georgians are getting infected by coronavirus and ending up in the hospital as Gov. Brian Kemp continues to ease restrictions on gatherings and businesses.

Figures posted Tuesday show Georgia over the last 14 days has averaged the highest level of reported infections since April, when widespread transmission was at its peak and had led to a statewide lockdown.

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A video showing a police officer in Georgia pointing a gun at group of teenagers has gone viral, while residents voice their disdain for the officer’s actions.

The video starts in the middle of the incident and shows a Clayton County police officer pointing a gun at five black teenagers, while a crowd pleads with him to put the gun down. 

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Tyler Perry says “we must never give up” in a heartfelt first-person essay in People Magazine detailing his thoughts on racial injustice and police brutality against unarmed black people in America.

The writer-director says he almost passed on publishing his essay in the upcoming issue, which will be released Friday. 

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The family of a black man killed in a scuffle with Atlanta police outside a fast food drive-through is pleading for nonviolent protests and policy changes to end future deaths in police custody.

About 20 relatives of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks told a news conference Monday he was a loving father with a big heart who loved to dance. 

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An Atlanta police officer has been fired following the fatal shooting of a black man and a second officer was placed on administrative duty.

The move announced by police early Sunday follows the Saturday resignation of Atlanta's police chief following the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks. 

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Starbucks is creating its own Black Lives Matter shirt for employees to wear if they choose.

The move comes after the coffee chain reportedly initially banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter gear. 

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is lifting more health-related restrictions stemming from COVID-19.

The Republican governor signed an order Thursday allowing spectator sports and live performance venues to reopen and conventions to resume on July 1, subject to some restrictions. 

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A coalition of slave descendants in Georgia have started a petition to fight a state bill that would allow the sale of heritage sites, including a former slave plantation house, to private entities. 

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NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties.

NASCAR says the Confederate flag “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.” 

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Two more Atlanta police officers have been fired over an incident in which two college students were pulled from a car during a protest against police brutality.

Atlanta Police confirmed Wednesday that Sgt. Lonnie Hood and Officer Armon Jones were fired as a result of their involvement in the May 30 incident. 

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Activists have called for a new investigation into the death of a black man fatally shot by a deputy in a grocery store parking lot nearly 8 years ago.

WMAZ-TV reports a news conference held in Macon, Georgia, on Monday called for the reopening of the shooting that killed Sammy “Junebug” Davis in December 2012. 

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Two police officers who were fired after video showed them using stun guns on a couple of college students during a large protest in Atlanta are looking to get their jobs back.

An attorney for Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter filed a court order Monday against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields. The lawsuit states the officers were fired without due process.

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 President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden won’t face each other directly in Tuesday’s presidential primaries.

But voting in Georgia and West Virginia give both campaigns an opportunity to prove they can assemble a coalition strong enough to win in November. The primary contests follow a week of massive protests against police brutality that energized the African American community and its white allies. 

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Dozens of Georgia companies are lining up behind a push to pass a state hate crimes law.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on Monday launched a campaign to push legislators to pass such a state law when they return later in June. 

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