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FILE - In this May 17, 2014 file photo Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga, and candidate for US Senate talks to voters during the

Ideals versus effectiveness in 9th District GOP contest

Jun. 4, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — All the Republicans running in Georgia's 9th Congressional District are pro-Trump, pro-gun and anti-abortion. That's where the work begins to tell them apart. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' decision to run for U.S. Senate in January set off a scramble to succeed him in one of the nation's most...

Georgia legislature to resume session June 15

Jun. 3, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s legislature will resume session on June 15 under an agreement announced by House and Senate leaders on Wednesday. The 40-day legislative session was put on hold in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced the...

People carry signs as they march Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Bazemore).

Georgia governor: No more National Guard troops for now

Jun. 2, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor warned Tuesday that he would “do whatever is necessary” to prevent more violence following protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, but he ruled out calling up more National Guard troops or law enforcement officials for now. Gov. Brian Kemp said...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff photojournalist Alyssa Pointer, left, works during a news conference, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Atlanta. Pointer was detained by officers of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources during a protest in downtown. Pointer said her press badge was clearly displayed, and she identified herself to law enforcement. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Groups condemn detainment of journalists in Atlanta protests

Jun. 2, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Journalism organizations are condemning authorities' detainment of two journalists who were covering protests in Atlanta. The Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists said in a news release that one journalist was detained Sunday and another on Monday covering protests and...

A police officer embraces a protester who helped disperse a crowd of people during a demonstration Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia gov: State-local cooperation helped quell violence

Jun. 2, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor said Monday that close coordination between state and local officials gave law enforcement the upper hand over the weekend after an initially peaceful demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota turned chaotic and destructive Friday night in Atlanta....

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

A protester tries to talk the police back amid tear gas in downtown Atlanta, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Protests continue across the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta protest scattered by tear gas, heavy police presence

Jun. 1, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Riot police firing volleys of tear gas dispersed hundreds of demonstrators as a curfew began Sunday night, scattering a crowd that had protested for hours in downtown Atlanta over the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Hundreds of police, Georgia National Guard...

Police in riot gear prepare to advance on protesters, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Protests over police killings rage in dozens of US cities

May. 31, 2020 3:23 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country convulsed through another night of unrest after months of...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

A security guard walks behind shattered glass at the CNN building at the CNN Center in the aftermath of a demonstration against police violence on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

National Guard troops sent to Atlanta; city invokes curfew

May. 31, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor announced a curfew Saturday night and Georgia's governor authorized up to 1,500 National Guard troops to deploy throughout the city after a Friday night protest over the death in Minnesota of George Floyd turned violent. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms urged unity and...