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Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said “there will be more coming later” about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides...

Yale University art gallery to present exhibit on lynching

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — In 1952, while a student at La Esmeralda, Mexico’s national school of art, American artist John Wilson (1922-2015) painted a powerful mural that he titled “The Incident.” The fresco depicted a scene of a racial-terror lynching at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan,...

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters outside the Senate as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said Monday. The decision by the...

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, photo, sculptor Porter Williams shows the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. that he made at Van Eps Park, nearly 60 years after King visited Sioux Falls, S.D. The Baptist minister from Atlanta was already a well-known civil rights leader who advocated non-violent protests when he arrived in Sioux Falls. He turned 32 just three days after visiting Sioux Falls. (Jonathan Ellis/The Argus Leader via AP)

Statue commemorates MLK visit to Sioux Falls

Jan. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — About 100 people braved ice and frigid temperatures on Jan. 20 to commemorate a moment when Sioux Falls was touched by greatness. The city unveiled a statue of civil rights champion Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday named in his honor. The statue, done by local sculptor Porter...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo, Kevin Muhammad, director of the Community Haven, walks around the former work release center in the Bushtown neighborhood in Chattanooga, Ten. Muhammad plans to convert the former jail into a community center. (Wyatt Massey/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Group plans to turn vacant jail into black community pillar

Jan. 26, 2020 11:49 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Half a century ago, the five-acre lot in Chattanooga's Bushtown neighborhood was a thriving black Catholic school. Two decades ago, the property was a work release center, a symbol of the mass incarceration that had torn apart the surrounding community. Today, Kevin Muhammad has a...

In this Sept. 29, 1964 photo, Rev. Martin Luther King, foreground, speaks with the media speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention in Savannah, Ga. Ralph D. Abernathy, center, and Andrew Young, top, listen. Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson discovered the image along with 13 other negatives submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, showing documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. (Savannah Morning News via AP)

Archived photos rekindle need to keep MLK's legacy alive

Jan. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson worked through a half-century-old box of negatives to catalog and scan, he made a discovery. Submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, 14 negatives provided documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo an employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea. On Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on the false claim that the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new and that patents were created around it years ago. The patents being shared online are not related to the new respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds of people in China and caused concern around the world. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 24, 2020 4:55 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: The virus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new; patents were...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 22, 2020 10:31 AM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The Florence TimesDaily on a bill that aims to reduce child hot car deaths: Rep. Randy Wood, R-Anniston, plans to introduce a bill in this upcoming legislative session that would require all day care facilities in Alabama to call a child’s guardian if...

FILE — In this Aug. 1, 1963 file photo Bayard Rustin, leader of the March on Washington poses in New York City. California lawmakers, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D- San Diego, called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon Rustin, who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader

Jan. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with being an...