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Cops: As Mom Spent 6 Hours Getting Hair Done, Baby Died

DeKalb police say hot-car death wasn't intentional

(Newser) - Two cases of youngsters losing their lives in hot cars are making headlines this week. Skylar Fowler, 1, became the first child to die in a hot car in Georgia this year in a June 15 incident that's emerging following mother Dijanelle Fowler's Monday arrest. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... More »

Notorious Jewel Thief Caught Shoplifting in Walmart

Cops say Doris Payne's latest theft was worth $86.22

(Newser) - A notorious jewel thief with an illicit career spanning six decades has been caught stealing again, but she wasn't after sparkly gems this time, police near Atlanta say. Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store around 5pm Monday and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise,... More »

Family Puzzled After Missing Cremains Turn Up on Beach

And not even on a beach in the state where they went missing

(Newser) - Authorities and relatives are at a loss to explain how the cremated remains of a Georgia woman mysteriously washed up on a Florida beach, the AP reports. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a box containing the ashes of an Atlanta-area woman was found by a man... More »

Photo Taken From Window Led to Missing NC Teen

Hailey Burns rescued hours after her parents got a message online

(Newser) - Shaunna and Anthony Burns awoke on May 23, 2016, to find their daughter missing and their front door unlocked. It is believed Hailey Burns, then 16, left the home in Charlotte, NC, and was picked up less than a mile away by a man she'd met online. A year... More »

Republican Wins Most Expensive House Race

Ossoff fails to pull off upset win in Georgia

(Newser) - The most expensive House race in US history became an expensive loss for the Democrats Tuesday as Republican candidate Karen Handel prevailed in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. The former Georgia secretary of state won with around 52% of the vote to 48% for Democrat Jon... More »

Polls Close in Most Expensive House Race in US History

Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel face off in Georgia

(Newser) - Most polls have closed in Georgia for a special congressional election that offers a potential preview of the 2018 midterm elections, the AP reports. A few precincts remained open Tuesday evening after a rain-soaked day in metro Atlanta. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff are expected to have a... More »

2nd Man Indicted in Death of Teacher in 2005

Bo Dukes helped dispose of Tara Grinstead's body, say authorities

(Newser) - A new indictment sheds light on the 2005 murder of a Georgia teacher. Authorities say Bo Dukes helped a friend remove the body of Tara Grinstead from her home, then brought it to his uncle's pecan farm near Fitzgerald and burned it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . Dukes isn'... More »

The Inmates Could've Escaped. Instead They Called 911

Georgia work crew applauded for assisting unconscious officer

(Newser) - As a Georgia correctional officer lay unconscious on the ground, six inmates surrounded him. Then one reached toward the officer's belt and grabbed, not his gun, but his cellphone. As the inmate called 911, the others removed the officer's bulletproof vest so they could perform CPR. "It... More »

Trump Weighs In as Georgia Decides Big House Race

Voters will decide between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel

(Newser) - The House race that has become much more than a House race will be decided Tuesday in Georgia, and President Trump shot off some early tweets to support the GOP candidate. Republican Karen Handel, he wrote , "will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare," and "strong security,"... More »

GOP Official: Scalise Shooting Will Win Ga. Election for Us

We find out Tuesday if it's Karen Handel or Jon Ossoff

(Newser) - It's a race that's both the most expensive one for a House seat in history and down to the wire: Voters in Georgia will decide on Tuesday whether Democrat Jon Ossoff or Republican Karen Handel will fill a congressional seat for suburban Atlanta. It's incredibly tight, and... More »

Homeowner Held Escaped Fugitives at Gunpoint

He held Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose at bay until cops arrived

(Newser) - Georgia's two escaped inmates were captured Thursday with help from a gun-toting Tennessee homeowner. But first, Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose broke into an elderly couple's home, tied up the occupants, held guns to their heads, threatened to kill them, and ate their beef stew, Bedford County Sheriff... More »

Escaped Inmates Are 'Dangerous Beyond Description'

Pair reportedly spotted shopping after burglarizing home

(Newser) - Two inmates who killed a pair of corrections officers to escape a prison transport bus in Georgia carjacked a vehicle Tuesday and drove 25 miles north to the town of Madison where they broke into a home, authorities say. They changed clothes and were reportedly spotted soon after at a... More »

Cops: Inmates Kill Guards, Escape Prison Transport Bus

A manhunt is underway in Georgia for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe

(Newser) - Two convicts are on the loose after overpowering and killing a pair of correctional officers on a prisoner transport bus early Tuesday in Georgia, WSB-TV reports. Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Rowe, 43, were among the 30-some prisoners being transported from Baldwin County Prison. According to CNN , authorities say Dubose... More »

Georgia Gov Race Could Prove Historic

Stacey Abrams would be state's first black governor, nation's first black woman governor

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams is what the Washington Post describes as "a Yale-trained lawyer and business executive who writes romance novels on the side," but pending the results of Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election we could be referring to her variously as that state's first black governor or the... More »

'Ramblin Man' Gregg Allman Laid to Rest Near Highway 41

He was buried in same cemetery where he and his brother used to write songs

(Newser) - Legendary Southern rocker Gregg Allman was laid to rest Saturday near his older brother Duane in the same Georgia cemetery where they used to write songs among the tombstones, not far from US Highway 41, the AP reports. Thousands of fans lined the streets of Macon to honor the "... More »

After Toddler Drowns in Pool, Mom Charged With Murder

Georgia mom Bobbie Jessica Prather hit with felony murder charge

(Newser) - It's a summer-season nightmare no parent wants to envision: their young child drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Instead of drawing sympathy, however, one Georgia mom has instead been charged with felony murder after her 3-year-old was found unconscious on Memorial Day in a swimming pool and subsequently died... More »

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 »

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