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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, Oct. 1., the latest milestone for the longest-lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office. Carter planned to celebrate at his home in Plains, Ga., with his wife of 74 years, Rosalynn Carter, according to a spokeswoman for the Carter Center in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 96th birthday

Oct. 1, 2020 5:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, the latest milestone for the longest lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office. Carter planned to celebrate at his home in Plains, Georgia, with his wife of 74 years, Rosalynn Carter, according to a spokeswoman for...

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Arkansas while offensive lineman Trey Hill (55) blocks during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

East vs West: No. 4 Georgia hosts No. 7 Auburn in SEC tilt

Oct. 1, 2020 4:01 AM EDT

Here are things to watch in Week 2 in the Southeastern Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia: Two of the SEC’s four top-10 teams meet in an interdivisional matchup in prime time. Both overcame challenges to win their openers, with Georgia rallying for 32 unanswered points with two...

People wait to ride a revolving swing at the Perry State Fair in New Lexington, Ohio, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, the pandemic has barely been felt. Coronavirus deaths and racial protests _ events that have defined 2020 nationwide _ are mostly just images on TV from a distant America. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar

Oct. 1, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

BUCHTEL, Ohio (AP) — The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. People have been coming to the trough for at least a century, since horses were watered here and coal miners stopped by to wash off the...

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Lieutenant to lead Georgia State Patrol after interim's exit

Sep. 30, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety has been tapped to lead the department following the interim commissioner’s departure. The Board of Public Safety on Wednesday voted to approve Chris Wright as the new commissioner of the department and Colonel of...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays (77) runs a drill during an NCAA football practice in Athens, Ga. The former Georgia lineman has had his appeal for an immediate transfer waiver approved by the NCAA, Tennessee was told Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Now the Southeastern Conference needs to approve the transfer between league schools. Tennessee opens the season Sept. 26 at South Carolina. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Sankey approves number of transfer waivers inside SEC

Sep. 30, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has agreed to approve transfer waiver requests for players who switched schools inside the league. Sankey announced the decision Wednesday night after previously saying schools should vote to change the rule forcing players...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a stop on his fly-around tour to encourage Georgians to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Augusta, Ga., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Governor extends virus rules as Georgia deaths pass 7,000

Sep. 30, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor extended his emergency rules regarding COVID-19 again Wednesday as the state surpassed 7,000 deaths from the respiratory illness. Gov. Brian Kemp extended the underlying state of emergency that allows him to issue other orders, which had been set to expire Oct. 10, until...

Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates driving in the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Finally! Freeman, Braves top Reds 1-0 in 13th to open series

Sep. 30, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The scoreless innings kept piling up, along with the strikeouts. The shadows began to creep across the infield, and when the lights came on in a mostly empty stadium for a postseason game that began a little past noon, it seemed like this might go on forever. Finally, Freddie Freeman had...

County could pay $8.75 million for new landfill site, dirt

Sep. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Middle Georgia's most populous county could pay $8.75 million for a site for a new landfill and dirt to close an old one. Macon-Bibb County commissioners tell WMAZ-TV they are considering spending $5.7 million for a site and $3.05 million for dirt to bury construction and demolition...

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) tosses his bat after drawing a walk to load the bases in 11th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Reds, Braves set postseason record for scoring futility

Sep. 30, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest scoreless game in postseason history. Wednesday's opening game of the NL wild-card series was the first in postseason history to be scoreless through 11 innings. The scoreless streak was extended through 12 innings. The teams...