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People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. For many Americans, the Fourth of July won't be about big festivities but setting off fireworks themselves. Hundreds of cities and towns have canceled shows Saturday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of consumer fireworks are booming; though officials are concerned about fires and injuries with more pyrotechnics going off in backyards and at block parties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks

Jul. 3, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier. Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the...

Joseth  Jett spray painted over the top of graffiti from the night before and paints RIP Rayshard Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Atlanta. On Saturday, protestors set fire to the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed by Atlanta police Friday evening during a struggle in a Wendy's drive-thru line. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

2 arrested in Wendy's fire after Rayshard Brooks' shooting

Jul. 2, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities on Thursday 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 arrests of John Wade, 33, and Chisom Kingston, 23, were confirmed by Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford,...

Lawsuit: Sheriff fails to protect inmates from coronavirus

Jul. 2, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Overcrowded cells, a lack of personal protective equipment and limited access to cleaning and sanitation supplies are putting people in a Georgia jail at risk of exposure to the coronavirus outbreak, a federal lawsuit says. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and several of his high-ranking...

Atlanta United signs free-agent midfielder Damm from Mexico

Jul. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed free-agent midfielder Jürgen Damm, a former member of the Mexican National Team. Damm played on four Mexican professional championship teams and most recently played in Liga MX for Tigres UANL. Atlanta purchased Damm’s Discovery Rights from the Houston...

FILE - This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe, left, in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, late Friday, June 12, 2020, in Atlanta. Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction, was charged with felony murder and 10 other charges, announced Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Rolfe was fired after the shooting. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks granted bond

Jun. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pending, a judge ruled Tuesday. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick set a bond of $500,000 for Garrett Rolfe, who faces charges including felony murder in the killing of...

Savannah mayor to require masks in businesses or face fines

Jun. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah said Tuesday he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places — and those who refuse could face $500 fines. “Frankly and honestly, I do not believe that we have any other choice,” Mayor Van...

Judge: Former Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks will be granted bond

Jun. 30, 2020 3:42 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Judge: Former Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks will be granted bond.

SUV plows into Atlanta hospital, killing 1, injuring others

Jun. 30, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One person was killed and others injured when a vehicle crashed into the lobby of a major Atlanta hospital’s emergency room, authorities said. The Tuesday morning wreck in the ER lobby of Piedmont Hospital involved a Mercedes-Benz Suburban Utility Vehicle, Atlanta police said. The SUV...

Atlanta Police: Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 wounded

Jun. 30, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One person was fatally shot and four others were wounded during a drive-by shooting Tuesday morning in Atlanta, police said. Atlanta police said a 23-year-old man was shot Tuesday morning and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died, news outlets reported. Police Lt. Pete Malecki...

T.I. onstage at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

T.I. to teach 'Business of Trap Music' at Clark Atlanta

Jun. 29, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper T.I. will soon be adding educator to his resume. T.I will join hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams at Clark Atlanta University this fall to teach the “Business of Trap Music," news outlets reported. The course will focus on the origin, culture and business of trap...