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Judge orders improvements at county jail in Georgia

Jul. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered officials in a metro Atlanta county to improve conditions at a local jail where women with mental health problems say they are subject to prolonged solitary confinement. Judge William Ray issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday requiring Fulton County Sheriff...

Koch exec, Black Lives Matter in group pushing prison reform

Jul. 23, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and the...

Georgia abortion law foes seek to keep it from taking effect

Jul. 23, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive...

Falcons' defense already hit with more injuries in camp

Jul. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Injuries already are mounting for an Atlanta Falcons' defense hoping to avoid a repeat of its 2018 health woes. Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Tuesday that safety J.J. Wilcox will miss the season with a right knee injury. Also, defensive tackle Michael Bennett has suffered a broken...

No charges in Georgia lawmaker grocery store dispute

Jul. 23, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — No charges will be filed in the dispute between a black Georgia lawmaker and a white man she accused of verbally assaulting her for having too many items in an express checkout line at a grocery store, police said Tuesday. In a widely shared Facebook video, a tearful state Rep. Erica Thomas...

Sex with HIV still a crime? Updated laws divide advocates

Jul. 23, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As Sanjay Johnson describes it, his sexual encounter with James Booth on Oct. 2, 2015, was a one-night stand. But it would bind the men inextricably two years later, when Booth walked into an Arkansas police station and accused Johnson of exposing him to HIV. Little Rock prosecutors pursued...

Coke shares hit all-time high as new drinks win customers

Jul. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola shares hit a record high after the company upped its full-year revenue expectations and said it's winning customers with new drinks like low-sugar sodas and iced coffees. Shares of Coca-Cola Co. rose 5.5% to $54.07 in early trading Tuesday. Coke's shares first rose above $50 in...

Georgia police dog killed during suspect chase

Jul. 23, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — A K-9 was fatally shot by a deputy in Georgia during a foot chase of a suspect. News outlets report 8-year-old Verro got out of his patrol car Friday without being assisted by his handler, Cpl. Brandon Kilgore. Paulding County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson says deputies were...

Falcons agree to 2-year, $10.5M deal with DE Allen Bailey

Jul. 23, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract. The 30-year-old Bailey had a career-high six sacks for the Chiefs in 2018. The signing Tuesday comes one day after defensive tackle Michael Bennett broke his...

Police: 6-year-old survives attempted murder-suicide by dad

Jul. 23, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old was apparently shot in the face by his father, who then turned the gun on himself. News outlets report a tip led authorities Monday to find the boy in a parked car near an Atlanta park. Maj. Andrew Senzer tells news outlets the boy was alert and able to tell...