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FILE - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, for their head coaching vacancy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

Jan. 15, 2021 9:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. Atlanta agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team's head coach. Smith, only 38, has no experience as a head coach. The Falcons' last...

Family members of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 line up with empty oxygen tanks in an attempt to refill them, outside the Nitron da Amazonia company, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

The Latest: Oregon governor blames feds for vaccine delay

Jan. 15, 2021 8:50 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that plans to vaccinate Oregon residents over 65 starting next week would have to be delayed and scaled back substantially as she accused the Trump administration of backtracking on a promise of more than 100,000 additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate Mass, at St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis received the first shot of the ant-COVID vaccine on Thursday. No visuals of the 84-yer-old pontiff receiving the shot have been released. The pope has advocated that everyone should get the vaccine, calling it an “ethical option” performed not only for one’s own health but for the “lives of others.” (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, FILE)

Papal jersey: Francis blesses Hawks jersey on MLK birthday

Jan. 15, 2021 7:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks sent a special gift to Pope Francis: an MLK jersey that was blessed by the pontiff on Martin Luther King Jr's 92nd birthday Friday. The Vatican delivery followed Francis' meeting in November with a delegation of NBA players to discuss social justice and economic...

Braves agree to 1-year deals with left-handers Fried, Minter

Jan. 15, 2021 3:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have agreed Friday to one-year deals with left-handers Max Fried and A.J. Minter that avoid arbitration. Fried gets $3.5 million and Minter $1.3 million. Fried, 26, earned a significant raise for 2020, when he earned $216,111 as his prorated portion of his $583,500 salary. Fried...

Trump administration sued over Georgia health plan

Jan. 15, 2021 2:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would “tear a hole” in the ACA, “eviscerating” its achievements, a federal lawsuit says. Under the plan, Georgia would be the first state to bypass the HealthCare.gov...

Georgia Democratic senate candidate Raphael Warnock talks to reporters following a campaign rally in Augusta, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Democrats Jon Ossoff and Warnock are challenging incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in a runoff election on Jan. 5. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Senator-elect Warnock receives 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 15, 2021 12:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Senator-elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Warnock shared a video of himself getting the vaccine and encouraged people on Friday to “trust science and listen to experts, continue to social distance, and wear a mask.” Warnock,...

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Where MLK and Coretta met and studied, a memorial will rise

Jan. 15, 2021 8:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A major memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King is moving forward in Boston, where they met and studied in the 1950s. King Boston, the privately funded organization coordinating the estimated $9.5 million project, said this week that fabrication of a roughly...

Warrant: Rapper YFN Lucci was driver in fatal shooting

Jan. 15, 2021 8:40 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci is accused of being the driver in a gang-related drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another wounded, authorities said. The 29-year-old rapper turned himself in Wednesday, a day after Atlanta police announced murder charges against Lucci, whose real name is...

FILE - Then-Hargrave Military Academy's K.D. Johnson gestures during a high school basketball game against Orangeville Prep at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. Georgia, winless in conference action, added a much-needed midseason boost with the addition of Johnson, adding a top recruit and hope for a turnaround.  (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Cooper, Johnson provide midseason hope for Auburn, Georgia

Jan. 14, 2021 3:15 PM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Auburn and Georgia finally have help from their top recruits as the teams try to escape the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings. Freshman guards Sharife Cooper of Auburn and K.D. Johnson of Georgia proved after being cleared to play by the NCAA they can immediately lead their...

Apple, utility each give $25M to Black college learning hub

Jan. 13, 2021 5:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Apple and a major utility are each giving $25 million to launch a learning center and business incubator for students of historically Black colleges and universities, part of an outpouring of giving to such schools in the wake of the summer's protests over racial injustice. The Propel Center...