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The casket of The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery is moved to graveside by horse and carriage at the Westview cemetery, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Atlanta. For more than four decades after the death of his friend and civil rights icon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the fiery Alabama preacher was on the front line of the battle for equality, with an unforgettable delivery that rivaled King's — and was often more unpredictable. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)

Civil rights hero Lowery honored at private Atlanta funeral

Apr. 4, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Family of the Rev. Joseph Lowery gathered Saturday for a small, private funeral for the civil rights veteran who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and decades later delivered a prayer before 1.8 million at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. A horse-drawn caisson attended by...

The empty Zell B. Miller Learning Center on the campus of the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga, on Thursday, April 2, 2020. UGA moved all classes online for the remainder of spring and summer semesters as well as canceling spring commencement In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and coronavirus. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Virus deaths top 200 in Georgia as stay-home order kicks in

Apr. 4, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Georgia exceeded 200 on Saturday as people statewide spent their first full day under the governor's emergency order to stay home. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported that at least 208 people have died from illnesses related to the coronavirus as of...

Georgia officer shot during chase; murder suspect arrested

Apr. 4, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to look into a shooting Saturday that has left an officer injured and a murder suspect in custody. Gerald Walker, a spokesman for College Park, a suburb of Atlanta, said one of the city's officers was shot while chasing a...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza across the street from the Georgia state Capitol building in downtown Atlanta, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Kemp says he will issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to prevent spread of the coronavirus and shut down public schools for the rest of the year. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia stay-at-home order rolls back local restrictions

Apr. 4, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Local officials are expressing concern that a statewide stay-at-home order from Georgia's governor that took effect Friday evening will actually loosen some restrictions that cities and counties had put in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus, including rolling back park and beach...

Trae Young on ‘Tiger King,’ Tik Tok and the NBA hiatus

Apr. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young hasn’t watched “Tiger King” on Netflix yet, but he can tell you pretty much everything about it. The wild documentary that centers around former zookeeper Joe Exotic mostly is set in Young’s home state of Oklahoma, so he’s fielding lots of...

FILE - In this Feb 1, 2020, file photo, Dayton's Obi Toppin (1) drives to the basket against St. Louis forward Jimmy Bell Jr. (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Dayton, Ohio. Toppin was voted the AP men's college basketball player of the year, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  (AP Photo/Tony Tribble, File)

Column: Remembering Final Four that never was in the A-T-L

Apr. 3, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It would’ve been a magnificent weekend. Hoops. Music. A confetti shower at the end. A real celebration of basketball. Heck, the persnickety spring weather in Atlanta even turned gorgeous Friday, as if it didn't get the memo that there won't be tens of thousands of out-of-town guests....

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 1960 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. under arrest by Atlanta Police Captain R.E. Little, left rear, passes through a picket line outside Rich's Department Store, in atlanta. On King's right are Atlanta Student Movement leader Lonnie King and Spelman College student Marilyn Pryce. Holding the sign is Spelman student activist Ida Rose McCree. Following the publication of

Georgia prosecutor to expunge MLK's 1960 Atlanta arrest

Apr. 3, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A county prosecutor in Georgia said he will expunge Martin Luther King Jr.'s record for his trespassing arrest during a 1960 sit-in protesting the segregated dining rooms at an Atlanta department store. Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza across the street from the Georgia state Capitol building in downtown Atlanta, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Kemp says he will issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to prevent spread of the coronavirus and shut down public schools for the rest of the year. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia governor to issue statewide shelter-in-place order

Apr. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he will issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to prevent spread of the coronavirus and shut down public schools for the rest of the year. Kemp had previously resisted calls for a statewide order for all Georgians to stay at home, saying...

This photo provided by Geoffrey Bateman shows storm clouds at the Troy Municipal Airport on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Troy, Ala.  Strong storms with high winds and possible tornados toppled trees from Mississippi to Georgia on Tuesday, smashing buildings, blocking roads and causing power outages as utility lines fell.( Geoffrey Bateman via AP)

Twister slams Alabama neighborhood during virus quarantine

Mar. 31, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An apparent tornado slammed into an Alabama neighborhood, shattering more than a dozen homes Tuesday while people were hunkered down inside because of the coronavirus outbreak, as storms caused damage from Mississippi to Georgia. Near the Alabama-Georgia line in Eufaula, a midday...

Civil rights lawsuit filed over canceled high court election

Mar. 31, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday said Georgia's secretary of state violated the law and deprived citizens of their right to vote by canceling a schedule election for a state Supreme Court seat. The civil rights suit against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was filed in federal court in Atlanta...