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Georgia judge to decide if voters can dissolve police department at centre of Arbery murder case

11 Sep 2020

ATLANTA A Georgia Superior Court judge could decide on Friday whether voters have the right to dissolve a county police department accused of mishandling of the killing of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in an incident caught on a cellphone video that went viral.

Outside Georgia's Fort Benning, a military town closes ranks around Trump

10 Sep 2020

(This September 9 story corrects quote and number of years of service in paragraph 4)

Group sues to stop Connecticut aquarium from getting beluga whales

05 Sep 2020

An animals rights group is suing the U.S. government to thwart a Connecticut aquarium's effort to get five new beluga whales, arguing in court that the aquatic animals would be harmed both from the trip from Canada and from being separated from other whales.

Mississippi panel selects magnolia design to replace retired state flag

03 Sep 2020

Mississippi on Wednesday took a big step toward replacing its old state flag dominated by the Confederate "stars and bars" when a commission selected a new design featuring a magnolia - the state flower - to replace imagery seen by many as racist.

Georgia's Stone Mountain Park shuts down ahead of anticipated militia rally

15 Aug 2020

ATLANTA With internet rumors of a looming conflict between an anti-government militia, white supremacist rally-goers and counter-protesters, Georgia state officials said Stone Mountain Park, famed for its huge rock carving of Confederate leaders, will be closed to the public on Saturday.

Tropical Storm Josephine breaks record for Atlantic storms, more likely on the way

13 Aug 2020

Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, hitting the earliest benchmark of a J-named storm on record, another sign the Atlantic hurricane season is more active than usual, forecasters said.

University of Washington forecasts 300,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths

07 Aug 2020

WASHINGTON Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks. | Video

Ohio joins New Jersey in ordering most students to wear masks at public schools

05 Aug 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday ordered all students in grades K-12 to wear masks at public schools that reopen, one of the few states along with New Jersey to issue such a statewide mandate for those attending in-person classes.

Obama takes aim at Trump in fiery eulogy for Civil Rights icon John Lewis

31 Jul 2020

ATLANTA In a fiery eulogy for longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis on Thursday, former President Barack Obama took a series of thinly veiled shots at the actions of his successor that he said tore at the legacy of the Black civil rights icon being laid to rest. | Video

California, Florida and Texas see record rise in COVID-19 deaths

30 Jul 2020

California, Florida and Texas, the three largest U.S. states, all set one-day records for fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday, a Reuters tally showed, and the Miami-area school district said students would not return to classrooms when the new academic year begins as deaths from the virus spiked nationwide. | Video

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