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Officials: 2 Georgia officers fired, could face charges

Aug. 13, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two police officers in Georgia who used force to detain the wrong person during a search for a suspect have been fired and could face criminal charges, authorities said. Savannah’s mayor and police head condemned the encounter that led to the termination of Savannah police Cpl....

Election officials sort absentee ballots, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Voters in Georgia return to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to settle party nominations in four congressional races and 17 legislative races, as well as a closely watched contest for who will claim the Democratic nod for district attorney in Fulton County. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal and Constitution via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts choose GOP House nominees

Aug. 12, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts chose nominees to Congress on Tuesday, with voters in northwest Georgia's 14th district embracing construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene despite warnings from establishment Republicans about her support of conspiracy theories and...

Company accused of saying product could lower COVID-19 risk

Aug. 10, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia company falsely claimed a vitamin D product it was selling could lower the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, federal prosecutors said. Matthew Ryncarz and his company Fusion Health and Vitality, which operated as Pharm Origins, are accused of saying a product called...

This photo combo of images taken Thursday, May 7, 2020, and provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, show Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. A prosecutor on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia. Speaking to reporters outside the Glynn County courthouse, prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in the death of the African American man. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

Father, son charged in Ahmaud Arbery slaying seeking bond

Aug. 8, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The father and son jailed on murder charges in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are asking a Georgia judge to grant them bond and to throw out two charges in their indictment. Gregory McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, were jailed and arrested in May, more than two months after...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Boy, 7, becomes youngest to die with COVID-19 in Georgia

Aug. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy with COVID-19 has become the youngest known person to die in Georgia since the coronavirus pandemic began, state health officials reported. The boy had no other chronic health conditions, according to data released by the state. The case is from Chatham County, which...

Energy firm completes purchase of south Georgia pellet plant

Aug. 3, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A Maryland-based energy firm says it has completed its acquisition of a pellet plant in southeast Georgia. Enviva Partners of Bethesda, Maryland, previously announced that it would buy the Georgia Biomass plant in Waycross, as well as export terminal capacity that Georgia Biomass...

Former Georgia regent agrees to deal on federal charges

Jul. 31, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former member of the Georgia Board of Regents has agreed to settle civil charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he swindled investors in his energy development company out of $23 million. A consent agreement signed by Alford Dean of Conyers was filed in U.S....

Nurse Manager Betsy Ross inspects a patient room Monday, July 20, 2020, inside the mobile COVID-19 unit at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. The unit, constructed from modular buildings by the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency went into operation Tuesday, July 21, 2020, amid high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state. (Scott Rogers/The Gainesville Times via AP)

More die or in hospital in Georgia as vaccine trial starts

Jul. 27, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia continued to stagger under a heavy load of COVID-19 cases Monday amid one ray of hope — a broad test of an experimental vaccine for the illness that began with the first of 30,000 nationwide injections being given in Savannah. Deaths continued to trend up statewide, while the...

FY20 cargo volumes steady at Georgia ports despite virus

Jul. 27, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The volume of cargo moving through Georgia's seaports held almost steady in the 2020 fiscal year despite a painful drop in trade during the past four months as economies in the U.S. and abroad got battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that...