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Lawsuit: Sheriff fails to protect inmates from coronavirus

Jul. 2, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Overcrowded cells, a lack of personal protective equipment and limited access to cleaning and sanitation supplies are putting people in a Georgia jail at risk of exposure to the coronavirus outbreak, a federal lawsuit says. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and several of his high-ranking...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Atlanta United signs free-agent midfielder Damm from Mexico

Jul. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed free-agent midfielder Jürgen Damm, a former member of the Mexican National Team. Damm played on four Mexican professional championship teams and most recently played in Liga MX for Tigres UANL. Atlanta purchased Damm’s Discovery Rights from the Houston...

Police: Man bit tip off officer's nose during a struggle

Jul. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who struggled with police while being taken into custody has been accused of biting the tip off of a police officer's nose, authorities say. Gainesville Police said Kenton Thompson, 31, ran from officers Monday night as they tried to make a drug-related arrest. When...

Georgia man pleads guilty to threatening schools in 2 states

Jul. 1, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to threatening to attack schools in east Alabama and west Georgia with firearms and explosives. Levi Calhoun III, 28, of of Georgetown, Georgia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to threatening schools and conveying false information,...

Georgia election officials extend use of ballot drop boxes

Jul. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state election board voted Wednesday to extend a rule allowing counties to utilize absentee ballot drop boxes through elections in November. The board voted unanimously to extend that rule as well as another that lets counties begin processing but not tallying absentee...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is greeted as he visits the House Chambers on Sine Die, day 40, of the legislative session in Atlanta. Kemp says he hasn’t yet weighed whether the state will take legal action against local governments trying to impose mask requirements. The Republican held a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, before departing on a statewide tour to promote wearing a mask, but said he won’t mandate it. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia Gov. Kemp: Mask mandate not needed amid virus spike

Jul. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he has not yet weighed whether the state will take legal action against local governments that try to impose mask requirements, as Georgia faces a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The Republican governor held a news conference Wednesday...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jul. 1, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ June 30 The Daily Citizen-News on fireworks safety and safely observing the Fourth of July: The Fourth of July — the day we celebrate our nation’s independence — is just days away. Along with the cookouts, time on the water and at the pool,...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles. If James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

LeBron James' group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

Jul. 1, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other...

Confederate monument removed from Georgia county courthouse

Jul. 1, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga (AP) — Another Confederate monument has been taken down from outside a Georgia county courthouse. Rockdale County Commission chairman Oz Nesbitt announced Tuesday that the county would remove the statue of a Confederate soldier from outside the courthouse building in Conyers, and it was taken...