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Acuña hits 40th HR, Braves clinch tie for first in NL East

Sep. 19, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title. Acuña became the second-youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 homers in a season, Freddie Freeman also drove in two runs and the...

Georgia congresswoman McBath says she won't run for Senate

Sep. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic congresswoman Lucy McBath said Thursday that she won't be a candidate in either of Georgia's U.S. Senate contests. McBath said she would instead focus on winning a second House term in 2020. The gun control advocate, who last year upset incumbent Republican Karen Handel to win her...

SWAT unit rescues baby after dispute between man, woman

Sep. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A special police unit rescued a baby from an apartment outside Atlanta after a dispute between a man and a woman. Gwinnett County police said they dispatched the agency's Special Weapons And Tactics team to the residence in Norcross Thursday morning after the woman left and called 911....

Acuña becomes third player to hit 40 homers at 21 or younger

Sep. 19, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves has become only the third player in baseball history to hit 40 homers while 21 years old or younger. The other two were Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott, who are both in the Hall of Fame. The 21-year-old Acuña launched a two-run shot Thursday in the...

Air pressure issue causes Delta to divert flight to Florida

Sep. 19, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Delta Air Lines diverted an Atlanta flight headed to Florida after an unknown issue caused the cabin's oxygen masks to be released. News outlets report the Fort Lauderdale-bound plane made an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport about an hour after it left Hartsfield-Jackson...

Harper, Eflin power Phillies to 4-1 win over Braves

Sep. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Zach Eflin insists the Philadelphia Phillies won't go down without a fight. "We have the guys in the clubhouse to do it and get there and make a postseason run," he said. "We're looking forward to riding the momentum in these coming days and the next series we have and really do just...

Judge, Dragon Con co-founder accused of criminal trespass

Sep. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Georgia judge, along with a co-founder of DragonCon and two other people, after prosecutors accused them of illegally accessing a courthouse computer network. The indictment charges Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader, DragonCon...

Lawyers: Videos show inhumane treatment before jail death

Sep. 18, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Video clips show that a man who died in a Georgia jail suffered inhumane treatment in the final hours before he died from complications of dehydration while being held on misdemeanor charges, lawyers for his family said Wednesday. Shali Tilson, 22, was arrested in March 2018 on...

Georgia high school graduation rate hits 82%, a record high

Sep. 18, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials announced Wednesday that 82% of Georgia seniors graduated on time from high school in 2018-2019, the highest share on record under the current reporting method. The nationwide graduation rate was 85% in 2016-2017, the most recent data available. Georgia's graduation rate has...

APNewsBreak: Alabama man arrested in terrorism probe

Sep. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Alabama man has been apprehended as part of a yearslong terrorism probe in which the FBI says he told agents he would execute a U.S. soldier if ordered to do so by the Islamic State group. FBI agents took Nayef Qashou into custody Monday. He's charged with lying to the FBI and destroying...