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Caught by Camera, Nurse Now Charged With Murder

2 others indicted in James Dempsey's 2014 death

(Newser) - Nurses fired after a video appeared to show them ignoring a World War II veteran's calls for help before his death at a Georgia nursing home are now facing criminal charges, including a murder charge in one case. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted former licensed nurse Loyce Pickquet... More »

Late-Night Uber Eats Delivery Ends With Dead Customer

Driver is charged with murder as lawyer claims self-defense in Saturday shooting in Atlanta

(Newser) - An Uber Eats driver claims he was acting in self-defense when he killed a customer during his first week on the job. Robert Bivines, 36, arrived at the Atlanta condominium of 30-year-old Ryan Thornton around 11:30pm Saturday after a $27 food order was placed at Tin Lizzy's through... More »

Some Dads Call Their Kids. This One Sent 20K Postcards

Georgia's David Lasseter has been sending his 4 kids postcards for more than 20 years

(Newser) - If any dad should get an extra-special Father's Day gift this year, it should be David Lasseter. Or at the very least, a postcard. That's what the Georgia patriarch has been sending to his four kids for more than 20 years, ever since he first dropped his oldest... More »

The First Call Began With 'Fake News.' Then the Threats Came

19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Mich. arrested after 22 calls over 2 days to CNN's Atlanta headquarters

(Newser) - A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to travel to Atlanta and kill people at CNN headquarters. Federal court documents filed in Michigan say 19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Novi began calling CNN on Jan. 9, per the AP . He allegedly told a CNN operator in one... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

Guards Thought He Was Taking a Shower. He Had Other Plans

Georgia inmate busts through wall, finds hole in fence, then steals a van

(Newser) - It may not have been the sophisticated escapes of the movies, but it worked just the same. Georgia inmate Christopher Carroll is on the run after busting through a shower wall with a metal rod, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Guards thought Carroll was taking a shower in the Lamar County... More »

It Took 11 Hours to Restore Power at World's Busiest Airport

Fire blamed for massive Atlanta outage

(Newser) - Power was finally restored to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just after midnight Sunday—some 11 hours after the lights went out in the world's busiest airport . The massive power outage caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights, including 900 Delta flights, Business Insider reports. The airline... More »

When Driving Getaway Car, Be Sure to Do it on a Full Tank

Georgia men made it 2 miles down the road after alleged robbery, ran out of gas

(Newser) - Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found... More »

Dying Toddler Gets a 'Thanksgiving Miracle'

AJ Burgess underwent lifesaving kidney transplant Wednesday

(Newser) - "This is an unexpected Thanksgiving miracle." That's the message from a lawyer representing a 2-year-old Georgia boy, who was temporarily blocked from receiving a lifesaving kidney, after the toddler underwent a successful transplant Wednesday, reports CNN . AJ Burgess was born without functioning kidneys. However, his father, Anthony... More »

The Perfect Photo Op, Then: 'Get Out of the Way, Bus!'

Implosion of Georgia Dome marred by MARTA

(Newser) - "I am CRYING." That was just one online reaction to an ill-fated photo shoot that was meant to capture a planned stadium implosion. Photographers gathered near the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta on Monday, waiting to snap a shot of the controlled destruction of the 71,000-seat structure,... More »

On 8K-Year-Old Shards, Proof of Ancient 'Social Lubricant'

Scientists believe they've found proof of production of 'world's oldest' grape wine in nation of Georgia

(Newser) - Wine has been used as a "social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity" throughout the ages. Now, a discovery just south of Tbilisi details just how far back through the ages the beverage has existed, the BBC reports. Per a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Georgia Town to Honor Graves of African-Americans

The cemetery in Gainesville was segregated until the 1960s

(Newser) - The previously unmarked graves of more than 1,100 black souls buried in a Gainesville, Georgia, cemetery will be honored with a memorial to be dedicated Sunday, AP reports. Alta Vista Cemetery dates back to the 1870s and was segregated until the mid-1960s. Recently, the city discovered the extent of... More »

Lawmaker: Could Quarantine Fix 'Frightening' HIV Situation?

Georgia Rep. Betty Price is wife of Trump's former Health secretary

(Newser) - Georgia State Rep. Betty Price admitted during a meeting Tuesday that her "thinking sometimes goes in strange directions," Project Q reports. That may have been an understatement. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Price was serving on a committee tasked with finding and solving the barriers keeping people from... More »

In Nod to Gun Owners, GOPer Has Prize for One 'Lucky Winner'

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams is giving away a bump stock

(Newser) - Less than three weeks after Stephen Paddock used bump stocks in his massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas, a Republican running for governor in Georgia wants to give one away for free. In a statement , Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams says he'll give "a free bump stock... More »

Hospital Using Dad's Criminal Past to Jeopardize Son: Family

Hospital wants to wait on kidney transplant until dad complies with parole for 3 months

(Newser) - An Atlanta mother says a hospital is putting her son's future in jeopardy because of the misdeeds of his father. Two-year-old AJ was born a month early and without a working kidney, WGCL reports. According to WXIA , AJ had a stroke last month and may need bladder surgery. He... More »

2 Cops Arrested in Murder of Black Man 34 Years Ago

3 others were also arrested in the Georgia cold case

(Newser) - Five white people—including two law enforcement officers—were arrested Friday in Georgia in connection with the murder of a black man 34 years ago, NBC News reports. Timothy Coggins was 23 when his body was found in a grassy area 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta in 1983. Spalding... More »

America, Give Your Pastor the Finger With Impunity

Court overturns man's conviction for flipping the bird in church

(Newser) - Georgia's highest court has reversed the conviction of a man who was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after he held up his middle finger and shouted at his pastor during a service, the AP reports. The unanimous opinion issued Monday says David Freeman's behavior amounts to speech... More »

'ICU Grandpa' Gets Puked On, Peed On, Loves Every Minute

Meet David Deutchman, aka 'ICU Grandpa,' who cuddles preemies at Atlanta hospital

(Newser) - You'll probably wish David Deutchman were your grandpa after reading about him, but then that would mean all of the tiny babies at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta would miss out. People reports on the 82-year-old's efforts at the Georgia hospital, where for the past 12 years the... More »

Alleged Online Drug Lord Tripped Up by Beard Contest

Gal Vallerius nabbed in Atlanta en route to beard competition

(Newser) - People in trouble with the law often grow a beard, or don a fake one, to avoid notice. In Gal Vallerius' case, his beard is what did him in. Vallerius, who authorities believe is an administrator for a dark web narcotics site, was arrested Aug. 31 at Atlanta's airport... More »

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