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Atlanta mayor, potential vice presidential candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has COVID-19, does not have symptoms

Jul. 6, 2020 6:04 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor, potential vice presidential candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms says she has COVID-19, does not have symptoms.
Protesters chant outside a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Atlanta after a funeral for Rayshard Brooks was held. Brooks died after being fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia Gov. authorizes Guard troops after 8-year-old killed

Jul. 6, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Monday declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops after a weekend of violence in Atlanta left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl. A statement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office says troops will provide...

Virus: Dragon Con cancels in-person Atlanta event for 2020

Jul. 6, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers of a popular sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention in Atlanta have announced that the in-person event — Dragon Con — will be canceled this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Dragon Con was originally set to take place over Labor Day weekend. It will...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis, right, talks with a coach during team practice at Truist Park in Atlanta. Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Braves 'ultimate pro' OF Nick Markakis opts out of season

Jul. 6, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Félix Hernández, the...

'Killed a baby:' 8-year-old girl killed in Atlanta shooting

Jul. 5, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed on the Fourth of July after at least two people in a crowd of armed people opened fire on a car she was riding in near a flash point of recent protests in Atlanta, authorities said Sunday. Police identified the girl as Secoriea Turner, and Atlanta...

Atlanta Braves' Félix Hernandez sits during team practice at Truist Park on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Atlanta.Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Braves manager Brian Snitker says the 34-year-old Hernández chose to skip the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Braves' Felix Hernandez opts out of season due to pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Hernández, 34, opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was...

This is a 2020 photo of Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus

Jul. 4, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season. “It will be a while before we can...

Atlanta Braves pitcher Cole Hamels appears to have Truist Park to himself while working from the mound during baseball practice, Friday July 3, 2020 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta Braves give no indication of considering name change

Jul. 4, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change. The Cleveland Indians said Friday they’re reconsidering their nickname following the furor over...

FILE - This June 23, 2015 file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side

Jul. 4, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 file photo, Frances Tiafoe of the United States makes a backhand return to Russia's Daniil Medvedev during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament. Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players at Life Time Fitness in Peachtree Corners.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Frances Tiafoe has coronavirus, exits Atlanta tennis event

Jul. 4, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament. Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men's players at Life Time Fitness in Peachtree Corners. The...