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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Coronavirus infections delay removal of capsized cargo ship

Jul. 9, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Coronavirus infections among the salvage crew are delaying plans to cut apart and remove a hulking cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia 10 months ago. Officials had hoped to start slicing the South Korean freighter Golden Ray into eight giant pieces in mid-July. Now some...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Bottoms announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that she had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Atlanta mayor defies governor, require masks in city

Jul. 8, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor has signed an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday signed the order requiring masks, which could set up a confrontation with...

This undated photo provided by Jenna Varner shows her friend Marc Wilson, of Sharpsburg, Ga. Wilson, a biracial man charged with murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old white girl on a Georgia highway, says he fired in self-defense after her friends in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs and tried to run his car off the road. (Jenna Varner via AP)

Man charged with murder claims defense against racist attack

Jul. 7, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A biracial man charged with murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old white girl on a Georgia highway says he fired in self-defense after her friends in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs and tried to run his car off the road. Marc Wilson, 21, of Sharpsburg has been jailed since...

In this still image from body camera video released by the Valdosta police, Antonio Arnelo Smith is slammed face-first to the ground by a Valdosta police sergeant, in Valdosta, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2020. The video shows Smith handing his driver's license to a police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a second officer, Sgt. Billy Wheeler, approaches him from behind, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. Smith is crying in pain when he's told there's a warrant for his arrest. Officers are then told the warrant was for someone else. (Valdosta Police via AP)

`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man

Jul. 1, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my...

People wait in line at a walk-up testing site for COVID-19 during the new coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools

Jun. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida and other states across the Sunbelt are thinning out the deck chairs, turning over the barstools and rushing to line up more hospital beds as they head into the height of the summer season amid a startling surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus. With newly reported...

Protesters raise their fists and kneel in front of French riot police during a march against police brutality and racism in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 13, 2020, organized by supporters of Adama Traore, who died in police custody in 2016. Several demonstrations went ahead Saturday inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Protesters call attention to deaths of two more black men

Jun. 13, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

Anti-racism protesters on Saturday sought to call attention to the deaths of two more black men — one who was found hanging from a tree in California and another who was fatally shot by police outside an Atlanta restaurant. The Atlanta police chief resigned hours later. Meanwhile in Europe, far-right...

Kelsey Luker reads as she waits in line to vote, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. Luker said she had been in line for almost two hours. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Primary chaos puts Georgia in race to fix voting by November

Jun. 10, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Coronavirus infections sidelined some poll workers and scared away others. New workers were trained online instead of in person. And when Election Day arrived, trouble with new voting equipment and social-distancing precautions forced voters to wait in long lines, sometimes for hours. The...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020, file photo, Jon Ossoff speaks to the the media and supporters after he qualified to run in the Senate race against Republican Sen. David Perdue in Atlanta. Ossoff, a young Georgia media executive known for breaking fundraising records during a 2017 special election loss for a U.S. House seat, beat back a field of Democratic primary opponents to win a spot taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November, according to votes tallied as of late Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Jon Ossoff wins Georgia Senate primary; will face Perdue

Jun. 10, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Ossoff, a young Georgia media executive known for breaking fundraising records during a 2017 special election loss for a U.S. House seat, beat back a field of Democratic primary opponents to win a spot taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November. Ossoff received about 50.7% of the...

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the state's primary election at a polling place, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. Some voting machines went dark and voters were left standing in long lines in humid weather as the waiting game played out. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate primary too early to call

Jun. 10, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times EDT): 1:45 a.m. The Democratic Senate primary in Georgia is too early to call. In Georgia, candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. With more than half of the expected vote counted at 1:30 a.m. EDT, Jon Ossoff...