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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 »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

A Year After Their Mobile Home Burned, 2nd Fire Takes 2 Kids

Police believe it was caused by pot of noodles cooking on a hot plate

(Newser) - After their mobile home burned last year, the best Michael Reeves and Chassity Carter could do was to park a camper trailer on the same lot in coastal Georgia and make it their new home. Now hardship has become sheer tragedy for Reeves and Carter. Less than a year after... More »

A 6-Ton Painting Is About to Make a Tricky Move

Massive 2-day effort underway to relocate 'Cyclorama' across Atlanta

(Newser) - A colossal panoramic painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the US Civil War will be lifted by cranes from the building where it's been housed for nearly a century and then trucked to its new location. Moving the 6-ton Cyclorama, one of the nation's largest paintings, from... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Killed Himself; Accomplice in Custody

Boyette shot himself after motel standoff

(Newser) - A fugitive murder suspect who vowed he wouldn't be taken alive killed himself after being cornered at a Georgia motel Tuesday, police say. William "Billy" Boyette died of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound moments after alleged accomplice Mary Rice surrendered at a motel in West... More »

A Travel Ban, a CNN Producer, a Lawsuit

(Newser) - A Trump administration official has called the president's travel ban a "massive success," but a CNN employee may beg to differ. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Mohammed Tawfeeq—an Iraqi national and permanent legal US resident who's an editor and producer for the news network—was held... More »

Toll Hits 18 as Winter Tornadoes Lash South

President Trump promises to help Georgia

(Newser) - A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes, and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on a two-day assault on the region, authorities say. The enormous system put millions of people in the South on edge during a weekend of... More »

11 Killed Overnight as Storms Batter Georgia

23 injured as southern part of the state hit

(Newser) - Eleven people were killed and 23 were injured after severe weather struck southern Georgia, officials said Sunday. Catherine Howden of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said the deaths occurred in Cook, Brooks, and Berrien counties in southern Georgia near the Georgia-Florida line. She said the deaths were related to severe... More »

School District Gets Snarky on Twitter Over Snow

Georgia kids who tweeted for a snow day got more than they bargained for

(Newser) - Kids in Georgia hoping the year's first winter snow would land them a Friday off took to Twitter on Thursday to plead their case, and they found themselves an able sparring partner in the form of the unnamed handler of @CherokeeSchools . That's the Twitter account for the Cherokee... More »

Lawyer Accused of Killing Wife Owed Her $350K: Court Docs

McIver contends gun went off accidentally while couple were in a car

(Newser) - An Atlanta attorney facing manslaughter charges in the September shooting death of his wife owed her $350,000 when she died, CBS46 reports. A business owned by Diane McIver had spotted her husband, Claud "Tex" McIver, the money in December 2011, with a payoff date (with interest) set for... More »

Boy Grows Hair for 2 Years for Best Reason

Tyler Boone endured taunts, being called a girl for friend Gabby Ruiz, who has alopecia

(Newser) - For two years, Tyler Boone has been growing his hair out, and a few days after Christmas the 10-year-old finally had his 12-inch tresses shorn—not as part of some evolving tween aesthetic, but because the kid with the "super-big heart" was donating it to a friend who suffers... More »

Police to Shoplifting Suspect: 'Please at Least Try to Hide'

Guy left his driver's license info and a fingerprint

(Newser) - A man in Marietta, Ga., filled out a pawn ticket right before allegedly shoplifting from a pawn shop. That means he left the clerk with all of his driver's license information and even a fingerprint ... during a transaction that was caught entirely on camera. The Marietta Police Department had... More »

Firm Cited for 23 Violations After Robot Kills Bride-to-Be

Auto parts plant cut safety corners to meet high targets: OSHA

(Newser) - Federal authorities have announced nearly two dozen safety violations issued to an auto parts manufacturer after a bride-to-be who worked at its Alabama plant was crushed to death by a robotic machine. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday announced 23 violations after investigating the death at the... More »

'Granny Gem Thief' With 20 Arrests Adds Another

Doris Payne allegedly tried to steal $2K necklace in Atlanta

(Newser) - Her life of crime has involved more than 20 arrests on two continents over six decades—and, apparently, Doris Payne isn't done. The 86-year-old woman, dubbed the "granny gem thief," was arrested Tuesday at a mall in an Atlanta suburb where she's accused of trying to... More »

Man at Large After Allegedly Shooting 2 Cops, Killing 1

Police were responding to a domestic violence call in Georgia

(Newser) - Authorities have identified an officer who was shot and killed in south Georgia and another who was critically injured while responding to a domestic violence call, the AP reports. Americus police chief Mark Scott said Americus officer Nicholas Smarr died and Georgia Southwestern State University officer Jodi Smith was airlifted... More »

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