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Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail

Jul. 11, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12...

Funeral next week for girl shot near Atlanta protest site

Jul. 10, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A funeral is scheduled next week for an 8-year-old girl who was shot on the Fourth of July near one of Atlanta's flash points for protests against police brutality. The private, invitation-only service for Secoriea Turner will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Calvary Missionary Church in...

Man admits damaging computer, causing PPE delivery delay

Jul. 10, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former employee of a medical device packaging company has pleaded guilty to damaging a computer belonging to his former employer, which prosecutors said caused a delay in the delivery of personal protective equipment to health care providers. Christopher Dobbins, 40, pleaded guilty to a...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic leaders in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. Republicans are trying to convince voters that the rare looting and violence that marred largely peaceful social justice protests foretell a wave of mayhem to come if Democrats are elected in November. Trump emphasized that menacing theme at the White House on Thursday, calling proponents of defunding the police “crazy.” Noting to a visiting group of Hispanic Americans that many immigrants had fled dangerous countries, Trump added, “They know what happens when the police cannot protect the innocent, when the rule of law is destroyed.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

Jul. 10, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five days.” The...

Police: 9-year-old boy, 2 others wounded in Atlanta shooting

Jul. 9, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Three people, including a 9-year-old boy, were shot and wounded in Atlanta, police said. The shooting happened Wednesday night in East Atlanta Village around 9:30 p.m., news outlets reported. Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said officers found one man with a gunshot wound in...

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 defies governor, require masks in city

Jul. 8, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor has signed an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday signed the order requiring masks, which could set up a confrontation with...

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second center when...

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

Jul. 8, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday. “I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea...

The Lavish Night Club where a shooting early Sunday night left numerous dead and at least 8 injured Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Sheriff: Georgia man charged in S. Carolina club shooting

Jul. 8, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Georgia man was arrested and accused of fatally shooting two people in a South Carolina club during the July 4th weekend, authorities said. Jarquez Kezavion Cooper, of Athens, Georgia, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder and possession...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, an officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago. Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: A surge in recent shootings has left dozens dead, including young children. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

Jul. 8, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of George Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: a surge in shootings that has left dozens dead, including young children. The spike defies easy explanation, experts...