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Former county commissioner charged with extorting bribes

May. 21, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Georgia say a former county commissioner used her elected position to extort $1,000 from a contractor. Sharon Barnes Sutton was arraigned Tuesday before a U.S. District Court judge in Atlanta on charges of extortion and bribery. An indictment says the 59-year-old...

At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

May. 21, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Abortion clinics are facing protesters emboldened by a flurry of restrictive new state laws as they reassure confused patients that the laws have yet to take effect, abortion providers said. "We have actually had many people calling and say, 'Are you open? Are you still seeing...

Home Depot posts strong profit, revenue

May. 21, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

Home Depot reported better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter despite a damp start to 2019. That inclement weather and an extra week in the previous fiscal year weighed on the home improvement retailer's comparable store sales. Comparable store sales, a key gauge of a retailer's health,...

Soroka, Acuña lead Braves to a 4-1 victory over Giants

May. 21, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The calendar hasn't hit June, and Atlanta pitcher Mike Soroka is already fielding questions about the All-Star game. The Braves rookie right-hander had his season delayed by a shoulder injury suffered working out in spring training. There will be plenty of time for All-Star talk, but...

Giants call up lefty Andrew Suarez to start against Braves

May. 20, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants called up left-hander Andrew Suarez to start Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves. Suarez was 2-3 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Sacramento before making his season debut against the Braves. The 26-year-old missed 16 games while with the...

Nationwide liver transplant policy caught up in court case

May. 20, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Organ transplant officials are rolling back a new nationwide policy over how to allocate scarce livers amid a legal fight in federal court, an attorney for the nonprofit that manages the U.S. transplant system said Monday. The United Network for Organ Sharing was on track to reinstate its...

Prosecutors: 5 Gangster Disciples members convicted

May. 20, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say a jury has convicted five Gangster Disciples members, including a former police officer, on charges including racketeering conspiracy involving murder. U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said in a news release Monday that each of the men was "responsible for...

Braves acquire Swarzak from Seattle for Vizcaino, Biddle

May. 20, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. As part of Monday's trade, Seattle is sending Atlanta $1,788,172 to cover about one-third of the $5,677,419...

Westboro Baptist protests Morehouse over transgender policy

May. 20, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Westboro Baptist Church protested outside of the country's only all-male historically black college over the school's new admission policy that accepts transgender men. WXIA-TV reports the demonstrators from the Kansas-based church appeared outside Morehouse College in Atlanta on Sunday...

Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt

May. 19, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly...