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Truck Spills $175K on Georgia Highway

Drivers were 'frantically taking the money'

(Newser) - After a truck lost part of its load on Interstate 285 in Georgia Tuesday, numerous citizens stopped their vehicles to help clean up the spillage. But it wasn't exactly a display of public-spiritedness—they were grabbing cash that had fallen out of an armored truck. In a Facebook post... More »

Court System Hit by Ransomware

State takes georgiacourts.gov down

(Newser) - A Georgia courts agency has been hit with a cyberattack, along with a demand for ransom. State websites including all georgiacourts.gov sites, were shut down Monday so administrators could try to contain the attack, the Journal Constitution reports. Websites for the state Supreme Court and court clerks in large... More »

Her Life Began in a Plastic Bag. Now, Hopes for a 'Wonderful' Life

Hundreds want to adopt Baby India, an abandoned newborn found in Ga. woods earlier this month

(Newser) - Baby India had an admittedly rough start to life, but the newborn abandoned in the Georgia woods earlier this month is doing well and now has lots of people hoping to make her their own. The director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services tells the New ... More »

Chick-fil-A Worker Jumps Out Drive-Thru Window in Heroic Save

Logan Simmons took what he thought was quickest way out to help a choking child

(Newser) - He went to work ready to serve up chicken sandwiches; he left work a hero. Logan Simmons, a 19-year-old Chick-fil-A employee in Hall County, Ga., went to work on Wednesday just like any other day—except it didn't turn out to be like any other day. Simmons, who was... More »

After Cries Heard in Woods, a Dramatic Rescue on Tape

Forsyth County officials release footage of discovery of newborn found in plastic bag

(Newser) - A Georgia sheriff released dramatic bodycam video Tuesday showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office made the video public in hopes that it will generate credible tips in the case. Authorities have been... More »

Sheriff Steps in After 140 People Skip Jury Duty

Courts in one Georgia county were facing a crisis

(Newser) - A Georgia sheriff says he had to get involved when nearly three-fourths of people summoned for jury duty in his county failed to show up for court, the AP reports. Courts in Laurens County faced a small crisis last week when only 60 people showed up for jury duty out... More »

Last Words Before Landmark Execution: 'Death Can't Stop It'

Marion Wilson Jr. is 1,500th person executed since death penalty reinstated

(Newser) - On Thursday night, Marion Wilson Jr. was executed by the state of Georgia for his role in a 1996 murder. Wilson—who CNN notes was sentenced to death in 1997 for killing Donovan Corey Parks after Parks gave him a ride from an Atlanta Walmart—was put to death by... More »

Dad Thought Sounds Were an Animal. His Kids Said a Baby

The kids were right: Family finds newborn girl in plastic bag near their Georgia home

(Newser) - A Georgia dad and his kids made a startling find near their Forsyth County home last week: a newborn crammed into a plastic grocery bag, crying but alive. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports authorities are now searching for the mother of the little girl—named India by hospital staff—after Alan... More »

He Had a Window Seat. The Dog Lunged From the Middle: Suit

Suit says he bled so much after attack on Delta flight 'entire row of seats had to be removed'

(Newser) - A Delta flight Marlin Jackson took in June 2017 from Atlanta to San Diego ended up being a horrific one, he claims—and now he's suing the airline and another passenger for negligence after an animal attack he says caused him "severe physical pain and suffering," as... More »

Disney CEO on Filming in Ga.: 'Don't See How It's Practical'

Bob Iger says it will be 'very difficult' to do production there if abortion law goes into effect

(Newser) - First Netflix said it may "rethink" filming in Georgia over a strict new abortion law . Now another big entertainment company is expressing similar doubts. Reuters reports that on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted his company filming in the Peach State could be up in the air if the... More »

Georgia's Abortion Legislation Could Drive Netflix Out

If measure takes effect, company to 'rethink' its presence in state

(Newser) - Netflix says filming in Georgia will go on, but if the state's new legislation imposing new restrictions on abortions takes effect, that could change . "We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,"... More »

Son Dies Trying to Save Dad Who Sleepily Stepped in Lake

Jermiah Israel and his father were fishing on West Point Lake

(Newser) - In a sad story from Georgia, a son dived into a lake to save his father—but only the father came out alive, the LaGrange Daily News reports. Seems Jermiah Israel, 34, was sleeping alongside his dad Sunday night on boat tied to a bridge after a day of fishing.... More »

Police: Dating This Guy Cost a Woman $80K

But police have arrested the suspect, John Martin Hill

(Newser) - Have a bad online dating experience? At least you didn't go out with John Martin Hill. The alleged scammer was caught Tuesday after police say he met a woman on Match.com and swindled her out of $80,000, NBC News reports. Hill, 35, apparently convinced the woman from... More »

Georgia Just Lost 2 Big Productions Over Abortion Law

Kristen Wiig's new movie is out, as is an Amazon show

(Newser) - Georgia's strict new abortion law is starting to take a toll on the state's burgeoning entertainment industry. A film starring Kristen Wiig won't film there, nor will a TV show for Amazon Studios. The Wiig film is Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, being written... More »

Massive Great White Off SC Isn't Alone

Luna, Katharine among OCEARCH sharks pinging off East Coast

(Newser) - Think twice before dipping your toes off the Carolinas. OCEARCH is currently tracking at least eight great white sharks in that region, including a 15-foot female that's among the two largest sharks ever tagged by the nonprofit ocean research group. Luna—named for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the shark... More »

Alyssa Milano Defends Her Controversial Idea

Actress taking flak for her 'sex strike' proposal in response to Georgia abortion law

(Newser) - Georgia's new "heartbeat bill," as well as other laws around the country targeting abortion rights, has created a whole new maelstrom swirling around a very vocal TV star. Last week, Charmed actress Alyssa Milano went online to propose women go on a "sex strike" to protest... More »

Alyssa Milano Lights Up Twitter With Proposed Strike

The actor is among those opposing new Georgia abortion law

(Newser) - Georgia's new abortion law —the so-called "heartbeat bill"—is generating heat from Hollywood and elicited an unusual proposal from Alyssa Milano , reports USA Today . The actor and activist urged women on Twitter to join her in a strike against the bill that forbids abortion after a... More »

Georgia Now Has One of the Strictest Abortion Laws in US

'We will see Governor Kemp in court'

(Newser) - One, two, three—and now, four. Georgia has passed a bill banning abortions after a detectable fetal "heartbeat," making it the fourth US state to pass such a law this year, per Vox . "All life has value, all life matters and all life is worthy of protection,... More »

Mayor Allegedly Pulled Candidate's Resume Because He Was Black

Georgia's Theresa Kenerly is under fire for alleged comments about city administrator applicant

(Newser) - The mayor of a small Georgia town is under fire after it was revealed that she allegedly withheld a candidate for city administrator from consideration because he was black. Theresa Kenerly, mayor of Hoschton, allegedly told a City Council member during a closed-door meeting on March 4 that she had... More »

After a Series of Apologies, Georgia Man Is Executed

Scotty Morrow killed 2 women in 1994

(Newser) - A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia. Scotty Garnell Morrow's approximate time of death was 9:38pm, Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses at the state prison in Jackson. Morrow, 52, was convicted of murder in... More »

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