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Drugs in coffee maker net gas station store owner suspension

Sep. 26, 2018 5:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The owner of the Atlanta gas station where police found drugs in the store's cappuccino maker has received a 180-day suspension. WXIA-TV reports that the city of Atlanta at a due process meeting Tuesday levied the suspension and a $1,000 fine against Shailesh Desai for selling marijuana and...

Falcons place Allen on season-ending IR with torn Achilles

Sep. 25, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. Allen was carted off the field in last Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. Strong safety Keanu...

Georgia's top 2 courts see diluted diversity for blacks

Sep. 25, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has expanded the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals by adding five jurists in a series of moves that reduced the representation of blacks on the two courts and the representation of women on the high court. Gov. Nathan Deal has had twenty opportunities to choose...

Inspire Brands buys Sonic burger chain for $2.3 billion

Sep. 25, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Arby's owner Inspire Brands is buying the Sonic drive-in hamburger chain. Inspire is paying $43.50 per share cash, or $2.3 billion, for Sonic, which has 3,600 restaurants in the U.S. Inspire expects the deal to close by the end of this year. Sonic will operate as a separate business unit...

Men avoid death penalty in kidnap-slaying of couple

Sep. 25, 2018 5:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two Georgia men have been sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison for kidnapping and killing a pregnant woman and her fiance. News outlets report 44-year-old Andre Cleveland Gay and 46-year-old Richard "Fathead" Wilson pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and killing 21-year-old Briana...

Georgia high court tosses murder conviction, life sentence

Sep. 24, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has reversed a man's murder conviction and life sentence, saying the trial court shouldn't have allowed the jury to hear a statement he made during interrogation. A Georgia Supreme Court opinion published Monday says Michael Denay Grant had already "unequivocally...

Hawks begin what expects to be long season of growing pains

Sep. 24, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince knows the Atlanta Hawks are about to begin one of the toughest seasons in franchise history. A year after going 24-58 — worst in the Eastern Conference — the Hawks are likely to take a step further back in the standings with an even younger team. Point guard Trae...

2 men have pleaded guilty in double slaying in 2014

Sep. 24, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to murder in the slayings of a pregnant woman and her fiance four years ago. News outlets report that 44-year-old Andre Gay and 46-year-old Richard Wilson pleaded guilty Monday in the killings of 21-year-old Briana Brooks and 23-year-old Jeonta Brown. A judge...

Georgia Gov. race: Pence sets a visit as Biden postpones one

Sep. 24, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has rescheduled a stop in Georgia with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp that was pushed back by Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile former vice president Joe Biden has postponed a stop with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams set for Sept. 27 because of...

Falcons' Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles

Sep. 24, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, dealing another blow to Atlanta's already injury-ravaged defense. The team made the announcement a day after the Falcons' 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime. Allen was carted off...