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Census estimates show small towns continue to shrink

May. 25, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than a third of small towns in Georgia lost population in the last year alone, highlighting the challenges of reviving rural areas. New census estimates show that Camilla fell below 5,000 residents. Sparks fell below 2,000, Fort Gaines dropped below 1,000 and Milan fell to 661 residents...

Breland's 17 points help Dream rally past Wings, 76-72

May. 24, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One year after a stout defense helped Atlanta advance to the WNBA semifinals, the Dream turned to that strength to help cap a comeback in their 2019 opener. Jessica Breland scored 17 points, including a late go-ahead three-point play, and Atlanta held Dallas without a field goal in the final...

Georgia grapples with sexual harassment complaints

May. 24, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's inspector general's office has taken charge of auditing and centralizing sexual harassment complaints across state agencies. But the office has not been provided additional money or staff, even as its workload has increased significantly, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported ....

Bomb threat ends at Georgia grocery store, man in custody

May. 23, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who threatened to blow up a grocery store near Atlanta is in custody after an hours-long standoff. News outlets report authorities early Thursday evacuated the Kroger store, and surrounding shopping center, located in south DeKalb County. Police had been negotiating with the suspect...

Falcons lose DE Means for 2019 with Achilles tendon injury

May. 22, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means will miss the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury. Means was a part-time starter in 2018 and hurt in Monday's organized team activities (OTAs) practice, which was closed to reporters. The team announced the injury on...

Police: 3 dead as 'everybody lost' in gunfight near Atlanta

May. 22, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An attempted robbery at an apartment complex near Atlanta turned into a grisly scene when the robber and two victims were all killed in a gun battle. As Capt. A.W. Ford with the DeKalb County Police puts it, "There was a gun fight and everybody lost." WXIA-TV reports that police believe two...

Georgia police officer fired for shocking, punching woman

May. 22, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta police officer has been fired for using a stun gun on a woman and punching her in the face in front of her traumatized 4-year-old daughter. Atlanta police say they found Sgt. James Hines' use of force was unnecessary. An incident report says Hines was patrolling behind an...

At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

May. 21, 2019 3:56 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...

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...

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,...