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10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

Earthquake Shakes People in 6 States

No reports of injuries following 4.4-magnitude quake

(Newser) - "I'm so glad Twitter exists so I could confirm that we just had an earthquake and it wasn't me just losing my mind here in suburban Atlanta," reads a sample Wednesday tweet , one of many that helped make #earthquake a trending topic. Residents of Tennessee and... More »

Tyler Perry Just Gave the Best Gift to Lots of Walmart Patrons

Filmmaker pays off layaways at 2 Atlanta-area stores

(Newser) - This isn't quite a Madea Christmas, but it just may be better. "I was trying to do this anonymously, but … y'all know how nothing stays secret these days," Tyler Perry, the star of the Madea franchise, confessed in a short video on Twitter Thursday, letting... More »

Cocaine and Bribes: How Atlanta Letter Carriers Went 'Corrupt'

16 USPS employees sentenced in drug trafficking scheme

(Newser) - Federal officials say postal workers in metro Atlanta weren't just delivering mail but also cocaine on behalf of drug traffickers in exchange for bribes as low as $250. When the gavel came down Tuesday, a mail clerk and 15 letter carriers had been sentenced to between three and nine... More »

Abrams Ends Georgia Bid With Fiery Parting Shot

She acknowledges Brian Kemp will be the next governor, accuses him of voter suppression

(Newser) - It's over in Georgia: Stacey Abrams called a press conference Friday to acknowledge that Republican Brian Kemp will be the state's next governor, reports Politico . But Abrams made clear that she thinks Kemp, who oversaw the election as secretary of state, is guilty of foul play. "To... More »

Inmates Pen Surprising Note on Slain Cop

'We present this communication that may serve to bring healing'

(Newser) - The last people you'd expect to praise cops are doing just that following a police officer's shooting death in Georgia. "Though law enforcement and criminals may be considered opposites, the intrinsic value of a human life transcends those boundaries by far," inmates at the Gwinnett County... More »

In Contentious Ga. Governor's Race, Kemp Resigns as Secretary of State

Stacey Abrams is still hoping for a runoff

(Newser) - Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he has enough votes to become Georgia governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing in one of the nation's marquee midterm races. As the state's top election official, Kemp... More »

Governors' Races: Gillum Concedes in Florida

Scott Walker loses bid for 3rd term in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Thirty-six governors' races were on the ballot Tuesday, but two of those contests—in Florida and Georgia—dominated the political landscape. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become the state's first black governor, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of President Trump, reports the... More »

That's Not Oprah on Georgia's 'Racist' Robocalls

'Jesus don't like ugly,' former talk show host responds

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey shared a final message to voters with hours to go before Election Day: "Jesus don't like ugly. And we know what to do about that: Vote." The video message via Instagram came in response to what Winfrey described as "racist robocalls in my name"... More »

Already-Hot Georgia Governor's Race Just Got Hotter

GOP candidate Kemp says his office investigating state Democrats over alleged voter hack

(Newser) - If you thought the race for Georgia governor had gotten testy enough , welcome to an even testier Sunday: The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate, announced overnight that it is investigating a "failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system," specifically, "... More »

City Bans Woman for Life

Catherine Corkren is locked in a legal battle with Georgia city

(Newser) - Catherine Corkren isn't exactly welcome in Statham, Georgia. The 47-year-old Atlanta resident has battled the city so intensely that in September officials banned her entirely—from council meetings and all public property in Statham's 3.5 square miles, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I did ask for a... More »

Obama Stays on Trump, GOP: Why 'So Angry All the Time'?

Former president appeared Friday at rallies in Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - Barack Obama has been hitting the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic candidates and making "fiery speeches." He continued making the rounds Friday, and while rallying in Georgia for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who's running against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the former president said he was... More »

Oprah Is Knocking on Doors in Contentious Georgia Race

Winfrey stumps for Stacey Abrams

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey isn't just appearing at rallies Thursday for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams: The talk show queen is literally going door to door to get out the vote. "U never know who’s gonna come a knocking! #teamabrams," Winfrey posted on Instagram alongside a video of... More »

Jimmy Carter to Ga. Official: Step Down Before Election

Carter sends letter to secretary of state Brian Kemp in contentious gubernatorial race

(Newser) - Former President Jimmy Carter is wading into the contentious Georgia governor's race with a personal appeal to Republican candidate Brian Kemp: Resign as secretary of state to avoid damaging public confidence in the outcome of his hotly contested matchup with Democrat Stacey Abrams. The 94-year-old Carter's request, made... More »

Ferrell Goes Door to Door for Georgia Campaign

Star is stumping for Stacey Abrams

(Newser) - Numerous Hollywood heavy hitters have donated to the Stacey Abrams campaign, but Will Ferrell has gone further than most. The actor went door-to-door for the Democrat's campaign for governor over the weekend, encouraging people to vote early, TMZ reports. "If you guys turn out, there is no question,... More »

Mayor Has Controversial Plan for Sex Offenders on Halloween

25 to 30 parolees to be watched at city hall in Grovetown, Ga.

(Newser) - Paroled sex offenders won't have the chance to encounter trick-or-treaters in Grovetown, Ga., this Halloween. That's because Mayor Gary E. Jones plans to round them up. Jones this week revealed his plan to keep 25 to 30 local paroled sex offenders under the watchful eyes of five law... More »

Senate Hopes Slipping Away for Democrats

Map doesn't look good, pollsters say

(Newser) - With congressional races around the country tightening up, fewer Democrats are talking about a "blue wave"—and some concede that the Senate now looks out of reach. To win control of the chamber, Democrats need to pick up two seats and hang on to 10 others in states... More »

Aspiring Model's Fatal Crash Takes a Sinister Turn

Police believe Kelsey Quayle was shot before the accident occurred

(Newser) - What at first seemed like a car crash involving an aspiring model in Georgia has emerged as something more sinister and mysterious: Kelsey Quayle, 28, was hospitalized last Monday morning after the Mazda 626 she was driving moved out of its lane and crashed into two oncoming vehicles as she... More »

'Give Me My Phone Back, Senator'

David Perdue seemed to have not liked a query on voter suppression while visiting Georgia Tech

(Newser) - As controversy continues to swirl around the Brian Kemp-Stacey Abrams gubernatorial faceoff in Georgia, a senator campaigning for Kemp created one of his own. Kemp, who's currently Georgia's secretary of state, has been accused of trying to purge voter rolls ahead of the November election, and a Georgia... More »

A Big Governor's Race Takes a Nasty Turn Late

Stacey Abrams accuses Brian Kemp of suppressing black voters as secretary of state in Georgia

(Newser) - Voters in Georgia will elect a new governor next month, and the race already had been on the national radar: Democrat Stacey Abrams is hoping to become the nation's first female African-American governor. She's running against Republican Brian Kemp, currently Georgia's secretary of state, and some serious... More »

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