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Sheriff: Clayton Co. murder suspect planned to kill 2 deputies during jail transport A Clayton County murder suspect is accused of plotting to kill two deputies and escape during a jail…

Man flees Duluth police but leaves cellphone behind Duluth police are searching for a man they say led officers on a high-speed chase on Buford Highway…

Judge to rule if grand jury list valid in Kirby Smith cold murder case A Superior Court judge is set to rule on defense challenges to how a grand jury was selected in a 2004 cold murder case.

Ga. has succeeded with film and TV production, now state needs some homegrown talent For Georgia to have a fully mature film industry, we will have to continue to foster the home grown talents of Georgia writers, producers and directors. The industry's next level of success will have arrived when the creative side of the industry truly calls Georgia home.

Liberty is growing in Ecuador, and Venezuela should take note of how to get some This country in question has actually improved its democracy score from Freedom House, despite sharing many qualities with the failed state of Venezuela. This country could perhaps teach its Venezuelan neighbors a thing or two about freedom and good governance.

A Victory for the Civil War 'Cyclorama' A colossal painting, once claimed to depict a Confederate victory, has carried an evolving meaning. Now, a spectacular restoration at the Atlanta History Center unravels its complex tale.

Points to keep in mind about DNA testing for family research Privacy advocates are concerned about how DNA test results for ancestry are used, but remember: It's all voluntary.

Rockdale firefighter dies in car wreck while driving to work on wet roads A Rockdale County firefighter died Thursday morning in a single-car crash while driving to work, authorities confirmed. Robert Alexander Sewell III was killed while driving on wet roads in the Conyers area, department spokesman Jacade Long said.

Dead rattlesnake sizzling on grill gave one last scare to Texas hunters, video shows Oklahoma resident Rick Nolan filmed his son Tim grilling up a feast of pork, dove and a freshly killed rattlesnake that seemed to come back to life as it sizzled at their deer lease in Childress, Texas.

Skier screams for help as Utah avalanche buries him, video shows. Friends rush to help A terrifying helmet-cam video shows a skier being swept away by a backcountry avalanche, then screaming for help beneath the snow as friends dig him out near Park City, Utah. The accident took place Saturday near Guardsman Pass, reported the Utah Avalanche Center, which posted the skier's video on YouTube.

Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post - Macon Telegraph Trump confidant Roger Stone in court to answer for Instagram post that appeared to show judge and crosshairs of a gun.

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race - Macon Telegraph North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded that his apparent victory was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him.

Google wants to help answer this question: Where can I drop off drugs I don’t need? Google Maps will allow users to search for places where they can drop off drugs they don’t need. The effort comes as people in the United States die from opioid overdoses each day.

Robins Air Force Base dumped $3.15 billion into the Georgia economy in fiscal 2018 Robins Air Force Base contributed $3.15 billion to the Georgia economy for fiscal 2018, up 9.6 percent from the previous year. That's an increase of $276 million over the prior fiscal year, U.S. Air Force Col. Lyle Drew, 78th Air Base Wing commander, told media representatives Thursday.

Robins commander talks about economic impact of base - Macon Telegraph Lyle Drew, 78th Air Base Wing commander, speaks to local media at the Museum of Aviation Thursday about the economic impact and what’s on the horizon for Robins Air Force Base.

Rabun Gap names STAR student, teacher - Now Habersham Wiggins chose Upper School humanities teacher Chip Miller as STAR teacher. The Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program, organized by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, honors the state's top-achieving seniors and their inspirational teachers.

Flesh-eating bacteria attacks SC YouTube star’s face, but doctors thought it was acne A Rock Hill woman who became a YouTube star for talking about schizophrenia on YouTube contracted a flesh-eating bacteria, doctors think, while on tour in Taiwan or Hong Kong. At first they thought it was acne.

Cocaine hidden inside Honduran figurines seized at Atlanta airport At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a traveler’s bags from Honduras caught the eye of…

Remember Helen Mirren, on a jet ski, at the Oscars? What happened to the jet ski? He offered a free jet ski to the person who gave the shortest speech. Mirren appearing on stage with the jet ski was icing on the cake. The 2018 Kawasaki Ultra 310LX went to Mark Bridges, who gave a 30-second thank-you after winning Best Costume Design for "Phantom Thread," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Man run over by train in Macon suicide linked to 1991 vanishing of Sabrina Long For more than 27 years, few if any details emerged regarding the mysterious vanishing of Sabrina Long, who disappeared without a trace in August 1991. But in a courtroom at the Bibb County jail on Thursday, surprising revelations came to light at a bond hearing for a woman arrested last fall and charged with murder in the decades-old cold case.

With those rights come lots of responsibilities’: Woodall cosponsors bill to provide $30 million for nationwide civics education A federal bill supported by 7th District Rep. Rob Woodall could lead to $30 million in funding to be used for civics education in schools across the country. Woodall recently cosponsored the Civil Learning Act of 2019, HR 849, which was sponsored by Rep.

DeKalb CEO Thurmond ready to proceed with charter review commission Until then, the Charter Review Commission won't be official.

NEW DETAILS: Up to $10M stolen in Buckhead jewelry heist Thieves who tied up the manager of a popular Buckhead jewelry store inside his Cobb County home last…

Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

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