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State Rep. Carl Gilliard addresses a news conference in Savannah, Ga., on Friday, June 5, 2020, calling for the legislature to repeal the state's 19th-century citizen arrest law. A Georgia prosecutor in April cited the 1863 law in a legal opinion that concluded the pursuit and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery were justified. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a subsequent prosecutor who took over the case disagreed and charged three white men who chased Arbery with felony murder in his death on Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

Arbery killing stirs call to scrap citizen arrest in Georgia

Jun. 5, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A group of Georgia lawmakers called Friday for the legislature to quickly scrap the state's 19th-century citizen arrest law, which one prosecutor cited in a controversial legal opinion justifying the pursuit and killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Democratic Rep. Carl Gilliard of Savannah told a...

In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church, in Plains, Ga. Former President Carter called Wednesday, June 3, 2020, for Americans in positions of power and influence to fight racial injustice, saying “silence can be as deadly as violence.” (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Jimmy Carter: Privileged, powerful must fight racial biases

Jun. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter called Wednesday for Americans in positions of power and influence to fight racial injustice, saying “silence can be as deadly as violence.” The 95-year-old former president issued a statement through the Atlanta-based Carter Center to...

A police officer embraces a protester who helped disperse a crowd of people during a demonstration Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia gov: State-local cooperation helped quell violence

Jun. 2, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor said Monday that close coordination between state and local officials gave law enforcement the upper hand over the weekend after an initially peaceful demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota turned chaotic and destructive Friday night in Atlanta....

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

A protester tries to talk the police back amid tear gas in downtown Atlanta, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Protests continue across the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta protest scattered by tear gas, heavy police presence

Jun. 1, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Riot police firing volleys of tear gas dispersed hundreds of demonstrators as a curfew began Sunday night, scattering a crowd that had protested for hours in downtown Atlanta over the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Hundreds of police, Georgia National Guard...

Savannah city to keep historic building after $7M sale fails

May. 31, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah’s city government will remain the owner of a historic building next door to City Hall after plans fell through to sell the property to a private developer for $7 million. A divided city council narrowly approved the sale of the downtown Thomas Gamble Building last fall...

In Georgia, coronavirus throws hurricane plans into turmoil

May. 31, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency officials in some Georgia coastal counties are nervously bracing for this year's hurricane season amid new dangers posed by the coronavirus to people who would require help evacuating. “If we have to evacuate, it’s going to be a nightmare,” said Ty Poppell,...

A security guard walks behind shattered glass at the CNN building at the CNN Center in the aftermath of a demonstration against police violence on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

National Guard troops sent to Atlanta; city invokes curfew

May. 31, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor announced a curfew Saturday night and Georgia's governor authorized up to 1,500 National Guard troops to deploy throughout the city after a Friday night protest over the death in Minnesota of George Floyd turned violent. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms urged unity and...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 28, 2020, file photo, Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, testifies before a House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing examining the federal government's actions to protect workers from the coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington. OSHA said Friday, May 29 that it had issued its first citation in the U.S. related to the coronavirus outbreak: against a Georgia nursing home that delayed reporting the hospitalization of six infected workers. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP, File)

OSHA cites nursing home for delayed coronavirus reporting

May. 29, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees workplace safety said Friday that it had issued its first citation in the U.S. related to the coronavirus outbreak: against a Georgia nursing home that delayed reporting the hospitalization of six infected workers. The Occupation Safety and Health...

Man charged for $317M sale of virus masks that didn't exist

May. 28, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was charged in federal court Thursday with trying to swindle a foreign government out of $317 million by promising to sell it face masks to protect against the coronavirus with a huge shipment that never existed. Paul Penn faces up to 20 years in federal prison if...