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File- In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo, Nikita Gleen, raises his hand towards the sky near a Wendy's restaurant, in Atlanta. The restaurant was where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by the police. About five months before he was killed by Atlanta police in a Wendy's parking lot -- before his name and case would become the latest rallying point in a massive call for racial justice and equality nationwide – Brooks gave an interview to an advocacy group about his years of struggle in the criminal justice system. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Atlanta Mayor: No need for troops, despite governor's order

Jul. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized activation of...

FILE - Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Atlanta Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a U.S. Republican senator running for re-election in Georgia.(Win McNamee/Pool via AP, File)

Dream owner Loeffler objects to WNBA's social justice plans

Jul. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Loeffler, who is also a Republican U.S. senator running for...

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. 7, 2020 1:12 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...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Bottoms announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that she had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Jul. 6, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. The 50-year-old Democrat is among the women named as a potential vice-presidential running mate for presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, photo, three women in costumes look at sea life swimming above them during a private party held at the Georgia Aquarium as part of Dragon Con in Atlanta. Officials announced Monday, July 6, 2020 that Dragon Con will be canceled for 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Dragon Con was originally set to take place over Labor Day weekend. It will instead be moved online for a virtual event. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)

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

Jul. 6, 2020 6:09 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...

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.
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...