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Female Teacher, Aide Get Into Classroom Brawl

They had apparently been arguing about a male teacher first

(Newser) - A brawl broke out in a middle school classroom in Georgia last week—not between students, but between a teacher and a staff member. Students say the two women were arguing about a male teacher for a few minutes before things got physical. "Everyone was screaming like stop, stop,... More »

Death Row Inmate's Last Words Were an Insult

'You can kiss my white trash ass'

(Newser) - When asked if he had any final words before his execution in Georgia early Wednesday, JW Ledford Jr. did. But those words weren't an apology or a goodbye; rather, they were a taunt, ABC News reports. The 45-year-old, who murdered his 73-year-old neighbor in 1992, smiled as he tossed... More »

Woman Who Lost Limbs After Donkey Attack Settles Lawsuit

She was bitten during feeding time at Georgia farm

(Newser) - Feeding donkeys is more hazardous than it might seem, according to a former Georgia resident's lawsuit. Anna Maria Giacomi sued a commercial farm in the state after she was attacked by the animal while feeding it two years ago and ended up losing an arm and a leg, the... More »

This Is Now the Most Expensive House Race in US History

Georgia race to replace Tom Price could exceed $40M

(Newser) - There's a new record for history's most expensive House race. Politico reports more than $29.7 million has been spent on TV ads by candidates and outside groups in Georgia's special election to replace Tom Price, President Trump's new HHS secretary. So many political ads are... More »

At Georgia Colleges, Guns OK in All but Most 'Sensitive Places'

Gov. Deal wanted certain areas excluded

(Newser) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday allowing people with permits to carry concealed handguns on Georgia's public college campuses, despite the objections of state university leaders and his own veto of a campus-carry measure last year. Deal shocked fellow Republicans with strenuous objections to guns on campus in last... More »

Leading Atlanta Lawyer Charged With Wife's Murder

McIver accused of asking witness to lie

(Newser) - A leading Atlanta attorney who claimed he accidentally shot his wife after dozing off has been charged with her murder. Claud "Tex" McIver, who was initially charged with reckless misconduct and involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 25, 2016, death of Diane McIver, was hit with new charges Thursday, including... More »

Firefighter Makes Most Important Catch of His Life

A baby was thrown from the 2nd floor of a burning apartment building

(Newser) - "It was something to see," Larry Carter tells Fox 5 . The plumber got video of a Georgia firefighter catching a baby that had been thrown from a burning apartment building Tuesday in Decatur. Good Morning America reports the baby's father was unable to get out of the... More »

Dem Falls Short of 50%, Georgia's 6th Heads to Runoff

'Glad to be of help!' Trump tweets as Jon Ossoff fails to secure outright win

(Newser) - Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly failed to shock the GOP Tuesday with an outright victory in Georgia's special election —but he will get a second chance on June 20 when he faces Republican Karen Handel. CNN projects that Ossoff, a 30-year-old who was little-known before the 6th congressional district... More »

What It Means If a 30-Year-Old Democrat Wins in Georgia

Vote seen as measure of Trump's support

(Newser) - Is President Trump leaking support among GOP stalwarts? And do the Democrats have a chance of retaking the House next year? Analysts say answers to these questions might emerge in Georgia's special election Tuesday, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, has taken the lead among... More »

Boy Dies After Getting Stuck at Atlanta Rotating Restaurant

The 5-year-old's head got stuck between two tables

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy has died after getting caught in the rotating wall of an Atlanta restaurant, the AP reports. Atlanta Fire Department spokesperson Sgt. Cortez Stafford tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the little boy got his head stuck between two tables and suffered a head injury Friday. He was taken to... More »

Cop Fired for Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head

2nd officer also fired for punching Georgia motorist as he came out of car with hands up

(Newser) - Two videos circulating on social media showed a Georgia man being assaulted by two cops during a traffic stop this week, and now those cops have been fired, the AP reports. Robert McDonald was canned Thursday after the first video came to light involving motorist Demetrius Bryan Hollins, the Gwinnett... More »

Boy, 13, Accidentally Kills Self on Instagram Live

10 to 15 friends saw Malachi Hemphill fatally shoot himself

(Newser) - His mom says Malachi Hemphill was apparently only trying to put a clip in a gun she didn't even know he had. Instead, the 13-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head Monday as 10 to 15 friends watched on Instagram Live. Shaniqua Stephens tells WXIA that a witness to... More »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... More »

'Targeted' Incident on Atlanta Train Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

A suspect has been arrested after shooting

(Newser) - A shooting that killed a man and wounded three other riders Thursday on an Atlanta public transit train appears to be a "targeted, isolated incident," officials say. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Chief Wanda Dunham said in a statement late Thursday that officers arrested a suspect in... More »

The Name That Ga. Doesn't Want These Parents to Bestow

ACLU files suit on behalf of couple who chose 'noble' last name of 'Allah' for baby

(Newser) - A civil rights group sued Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name their 22-month-old child "Allah." The ACLU of Georgia filed the lawsuit recently in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, the AP reports.... More »

She Was Given Weeks to Live—9 Years Ago

WXIA describes Ashley Hallford's 'miraculous' recovery

(Newser) - Ashley Hallford was 32 weeks pregnant when the diagnosis came. A hard lump on her neck wasn't caused by an infection in the salivary gland as doctors had suspected. Rather, it was "a rare and very aggressive" form of cancer, Hallford tells WXIA . A week later, the Georgia... More »

Cops: Man Kept 8 Women Captive in Million-Dollar Home

Kenndric Roberts was allegedly running a human trafficking operation

(Newser) - A man has been charged with holding eight women against their will inside a million-dollar home in the suburbs of Atlanta, NBC News reports. Authorities say 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts met the women online and offered them modeling jobs. But once they moved into the 6,800-square-foot, five-bedroom house he was... More »

Dad Kills Teen Who Snuck Into House to Visit Daughter

He says he thought the 17-year-old was an intruder

(Newser) - A Georgia teen snuck into a female friend's home early Saturday only to be shot and killed by the girl's father, who apparently thought the teen was an intruder, WJBF reports. According to the Augusta Chronicle , 17-year-old Jordan Middleton was let into the home by the unnamed 14-year-old... More »

2 Learn Fate for Racist Attack on Kid's Birthday

Jose Torres pointed gun, shouted racial slurs

(Newser) - A Georgia judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in disrupting a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs, and armed threats. Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, making terroristic... More »

A Murder Charge 11 Years After Teacher Disappeared

Ryan Duke was arrested Wednesday in connection with Tara Grinstead's murder

(Newser) - Eleven years after a high-school teacher and former beauty queen went missing in rural Georgia, an arrest has been made, CBS News reports. Ryan Duke, 33, was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead in October 2005. According to WSB-TV , someone came into the sheriff'... More »

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