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Monday's front page news: Dec. 22, 2014

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Final push for UPS, FedEx

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The next few days will determine whether UPS puts to rest the ghost of Christmas past.

Sunday is forecast to be the delivery giant’s busiest on record. And after a year of intense preparation and planning, it kicks off the final push in UPS’s effort to atone for faltering during last year’s last-minute rush.

» New video: 'Tis the season with FedEX, UPS  |  Photos: Delivery companies tackle shipping


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Presidential nomination

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Obama nominates Atlanta’s Yates for top Justice post

She shook up Atlanta politics by prosecuting some of its top elected officials. She sent the Olympic bomber to prison for the rest of his life. She won bipartisan support in an era of bitter political acrimony.

That record may elevate Sally Yates, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, to the top ranks of the Justice Department.

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New Details: Deadly Ambush of Police

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Atlantan who killed police officers was in and out of jail

Ismaaiyl Abullah Brinsley spent his time in and out of the criminal justice system until  he apparently gunned down two New York City Police officers as they sat in their patrol car on Saturday.

Brinsley's record started just before his 18th birthday in 2004 with a simple battery charge in Atlanta. From there he seemed to be arrested almost every subsequent year with charges ranging from disorderly conduct to carrying a concealed weapon. In 2007, he was charged with criminal trespassing in DeKalb County.

» Photos: Ambush suspect had troubled past

Legislative preview

Good news boosts Georgia medical marijuana supporters
BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJ

Good news boosts medical marijuana supporters

Supporters have two new reasons to feel good about their chances of changing state law in 2015. First, Congress approved, and President Barack Obama signed into law, a measure that eliminated funding for the Department of Justice to enforce federal laws blocking the use of medical marijuana in states that have their own laws on the books.

Second, a new private poll obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows huge majorities of Georgians support legalizing the use of medical marijuana under certain conditions.


Georgia National Guard

 Joe Jarrard
Jeremy Redmon/jredmon@ajc.com

‘Traveling Joe’ ready to lead Georgia National Guard

Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard is known as “Traveling Joe” within the Georgia National Guard.

He got that nickname for his frequent trips to military bases in other states, where he greets fellow Georgia Guardsmen returning home from overseas missions. Jarrard knows what it’s like to be away from home and family, having served as an Army regular twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan as a U.

FALCONS 30, SAINTS 14

Harry Douglas
Chris Graythen

Falcons make statement on road

The Falcons, who entered the game last in the league with 16 sacks, attacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees and sacked him four times. But that wasn't it. Falcons cornerback Robert McClain intercepted Brees with under three minutes to play to secure the victory.

Brees' counterpart, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, completed 30 of 40 passes for 322 yards and one touchdown.

» Photos from the victory

» Julio Jones returns for Atlanta


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