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Boy, 3, Dead After Gunman Fires at Mom's Moving Car

Police in Atlanta have no motive yet

(Newser) - A 3-year-old has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Georgia. DeKalb County Police Department Chief James Conroy tells WXIA-TV that the child's mother was driving near Atlanta about 11:30pm Sunday when someone shot into the car. A gray Dodge Charger pulled up next to the woman's... More »

Atlanta's Computers Held Hostage, With a $50K Ransom

'This really is an attack on our government,' Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says of major hack

(Newser) - Atlanta is being held hostage, by computer hackers who want more than $50,000 in bitcoin to stop their siege. "This is much bigger than a ransomware attack, this really is an attack on our government," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Monday presser about the e-attack,... More »

Shoe Store Freak Accident Kills 'Adorable' Little Girl

Ifrah Siddique was apparently killed by a mirror in a Payless outside Atlanta.

(Newser) - Payless Shoes is offering condolences to the family of a 2-year-old girl who died after a mirror inside one of its suburban Atlanta stores fell on top of the girl, the AP reports. Riverdale police Lt. Nicole Rabel told news outlets that Ifrah Siddique was found severely injured Friday... More »

Before Vanishing, CDC Doctor Made Odd Request to Neighbor

Timothy Cunningham learned why he wouldn't be promoted at last sighting

(Newser) - The Harvard-educated doctor missing for more than two weeks had recently been denied a promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an explanation provided to him on the day he was last seen. After arriving at work on Feb. 12, Timothy Cunningham met with his supervisor, who... More »

Delta Cut Ties With NRA. Now Republicans May Penalize Delta

Georgia lawmakers want to kill tax break

(Newser) - Now that Delta Air Lines has ceased offering discounted fares to National Rifle Association members, some Republican lawmakers in Georgia say the airline should be punished. The group of Republicans, led by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in this year's gubernatorial election, have threatened to torpedo a measure... More »

CDC Employee Missing Since Leaving Work Sick 11 Days Ago

Friends say disappearance of Timothy Cunningham is 'shocking'

(Newser) - An employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta left work Feb. 12 because he wasn't feeling well, ABC News reports. He hasn't been seen since. According to NBC News , 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham is a US Public Health Service commander who has been part of... 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 »

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 »

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 »

World's Busiest Airport at Standstill After Power Outage

Lights went out at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 1pm

(Newser) - A sudden power outage brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding scores of flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Authorities said that electricity should be restored at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight. Passengers at the airport were... More »

Atlanta Mayor's Race Decided by Just 832 Votes

A recount is likely

(Newser) - The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are official, but with a razor-thin margin remaining, the trailing candidate, Mary Norwood, said Monday that she plans to ask for a recount. Election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of Atlanta, certified their... More »

Recount Looms in Atlanta Mayor's Race

Democrat declares victory despite razor-thin margin

(Newser) - The race for mayor in Atlanta early Wednesday was too close to call, with one candidate declaring herself the city's new leader and the other vowing to request a recount. The margin was razor-thin, with several hundred votes separating Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. Bottoms spoke Wednesday at... 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 »

One of Our Biggest Domed Stadiums Just Imploded

Georgia Dome is gone after a controlled destruction

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest domed stadiums has been destroyed in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were on hand to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens Monday at 7:30am, per the AP . People gathered at windows of tall office... More »

Suit: Dad Heard Ghastly Crack as Boy Died in Rotating Eatery

Rebecca and Michael Holt accuse Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel of negligence

(Newser) - The family of a 5-year-old boy whose skull was crushed in the rotating wall of a hotel restaurant has sued the Atlanta hotel, accusing it of negligence in his death. Attorney Joseph Fried filed suit Wednesday for Rebecca and Michael Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose son Charlie died April... 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 »

'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 »

'There Is a Tiger Walking Down the Exit Ramp'

Escaped circus tiger had to be shot in Georgia

(Newser) - "There is a tiger walking down the exit ramp onto the interstate," 911 operators in Georgia heard Wednesday, prompting a feverish response from police and plenty of speculation on how the animal got there. That mystery is now solved. A microchip implanted in the female Bengal tiger, shot... More »

Rapper Yung Mazi Shot, Killed Near Police Station

The performer was shot at a pizza shop in his hometown

(Newser) - A 31-year-old rapper known as Yung Mazi has been shot and killed outside an Atlanta pizza shop, less than eight months after he survived being shot at a Waffle House and then tweeted "God made me bulletproof," the AP reports (that tweet has since been deleted). Atlanta police... More »

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