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Students React to Writer's Talk by Burning Her Book

Jennine Capó Crucet was speaking out against white privilege

(Newser) - A visiting novelist at Georgia Southern University inspired such debate Wednesday that some students set her book on fire, BuzzFeed reports. Jennine Capó Crucet told a student audience about her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which depicts a Cuban American girl trying to fit in with a privileged, mostly... More »

Georgia's Advice on This Fish: 'Kill It Immediately, Freeze It'

Invasive northern snakehead shows up in state waters for the first time

(Newser) - Wildlife officials often put a catch-and-release policy into place for fish. Not so with the northern snakehead in Georgia. There, authorities' first line of guidance is in all caps: "DO NOT RELEASE IT." The second: "Kill it immediately ... and freeze it." As USA Today reports, the... More »

Georgia's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Blocked

At least temporarily, by a federal judge

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive new abortion law from taking effect, following the lead of other judges who have blocked similar measures in other states. The law signed in May by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can... More »

Fugitive Disbarred Attorney Captured After 8 Months

Richard Merritt is accused of killing his own mother

(Newser) - A disbarred attorney from Georgia who allegedly killed his mother and went on the run instead of surrendering to serve a prison sentence has been recaptured after eight months as a fugitive. Authorities say Richard Merritt was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a thrift store in Nashville on... More »

Teen Hunter Killed by Friend Who Thought He Was a Deer

17-year-old was in heavy foliage in Georgia woods

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hunter in southeast Georgia was killed after another member of his hunting party made a tragic mistake, authorities say. The Glynn County Police Department says Bobby Lee Lane was in heavy foliage Saturday when he was shot by fellow hunter Hector Romero, who had mistaken him for a... More »

Glass Broke, She Blacked Out —But Didn't Know the Truth

Georgia woman Nicole Gordon had terrible headaches, and for good reason

(Newser) - Doctors found out why Nicole Gordon suffered from severe headaches: She had a bullet lodged in her skull. Now her ex-boyfriend, Jerrontae Cain, has been sentenced to 25 years in Georgia after shooting her and not telling her about it, CNN reports. The Fulton County District Attorney's office says... More »

FDA Takes Heat as Vaping-Tied Death Toll Rises

11 people nationwide are said to have died from vaping-related illnesses so far

(Newser) - The health departments of two new states put up sobering notices this week. Both Florida and Georgia announced their first vaping-related fatalities, bringing the recorded national death toll to 11, CNN reports. There's scant info on the Florida death, but the death in Georgia—a state that so far... More »

Thieves Swipe Georgia's Statewide Voter Data

They 'stole a whole lot more than they thought' when they made off with computers

(Newser) - Thieves have made off with computers containing the details of every voter in Georgia—but it's not clear if they know what they have. Officials say the password-protected computers, containing the names, addresses, birthdates, and driver’s license information of every state voter, were taken in a break-in Monday... More »

Cops: Homeowner Shot, Killed 3 Masked Teens

Police say it could be a 'stand your ground' case

(Newser) - A man who killed three teenagers outside his suburban Atlanta home early Monday has not been charged, police say. Deputy Lee Thomas at the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office says investigators have determined that the teens—two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy—were fatally shot during an exchange of... More »

Next Step on Capsized Ship Isn't Easy, Either

Coast Guard has to safely remove Golden Ray while avoiding environmental damage

(Newser) - Now that everybody is off the Golden Ray, the cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia, the next step is less clear. The 71,000-ton, 650-foot cargo ship is filled with oil, has thousands of cars aboard, and is on its side, NBC reports. Securing and removing the... More »

Young Democratic Star Will Run for Senate

Jon Ossoff, who lost most expensive House race in history, wants to represent Georgia

(Newser) - Memo to Georgia Sen. David Perdue: Your re-election fight might be an expensive one. That's because Democrat Jon Ossoff announced Tuesday that he is joining the race to unseat the first-term Republican, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . If the 32-year-old's name sounds familiar, that's because Ossoff narrowly lost... More »

One Person Remains Trapped Behind Glass on Capsized Ship

3 others rescued Monday

(Newser) - Coast Guard rescuers began pulling trapped crew members from a capsized cargo ship Monday, finding them alive more than a day after the vessel overturned while leaving a port on the Georgia coast, the AP reports. But the exhilaration of rescuing three South Korean crew members was tempered by the... More »

4 Missing After Ship Overturns

Cargo vessel capsized, caught fire in Georgia

(Newser) - Rescuers were searching Sunday for four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a port on the Georgia coast, but the efforts ran into trouble amid the flames and instability of the ship, the US Coast Guard said. The Golden Ray cargo ship's problems... More »

1M Ordered to Leave Homes as Dorian Approaches

Evacuation orders issued in SC, Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - More than a million people in three states have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Dorian slowly moves toward the East Coast. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have ordered the evacuation of their state's entire Atlantic coastlines, the AP reports. The storm,... More »

Simone Biles' Brother Charged in Triple Murder

Tevin Biles-Thomas accused in New Year's Eve shooting in Cleveland

(Newser) - The brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has been charged with multiple counts of murder tied to a New Year's Eve shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, is from Cleveland but was arrested Thursday at Fort Stewart in Georgia, where he's on active duty with the Army,... More »

Trump Cancels Poland Trip as Hurricane Dorian Looms

It's likely to make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian hit the Caribbean Wednesday , and now it's on its way to Florida. The current forecast has it making landfall somewhere along the state's Atlantic coast Monday, Labor Day, as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds around 130mph, CNN reports. As of Thursday morning, it was... More »

Surprise in Georgia: Both Senate Seats Up for Grabs

GOP Sen. Isakson's retirement changes the 2020 election

(Newser) - Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year's end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state's Senate seats will be on the ballot. The 74-year-old lawmaker said he is leaving the... More »

Attorney Killed Man Who Hit Car With Golf Ball: Cops

Atlanta man claimed he swerved to miss garbage can

(Newser) - One man is dead and another is facing a murder charge over an incident involving a Mercedes-Benz and a golf ball, police say. Investigators believe attorney Bryan Schmitt deliberately ran over real estate investor Hamid Jahangard on July 30 because he thought the man had thrown a golf ball at... More »

Shock Waves in Atlanta Over Murders in Prominent Family

Mom Marsha Edwards allegedly killed her adult kids, herself

(Newser) - Shock waves in Atlanta over a suspected murder-suicide involving a well-known family. Marsha Edwards, 58—founder of medical equipment supply company MME Enterprises as well as the ex-wife of local civic leader and orthopedic surgeon Chris Edwards—is believed to have killed her two adult children and herself. Cobb County... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

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