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Caps, Pens arrive at showdown with key differences from '16
FILE - In this March 20, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) checks Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) off the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh. The Capitals and Penguins are almost unchanged from their playoff meeting a year ago, but the small differences could make a major impact in their second-round series. Pittsburgh doesn’t have defenseman Kris Letang, while Washington has added depth in center Lars Eller and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk that makes it think it can topple the defending Stanley Cup champions. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

4:44 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago. It's the little things that might matter most this time around. The Capitals added center Lars Eller and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a direct response to...
Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin takes a question in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, where he discussed President Donald Trump tax proposals. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2:13 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released...
NHL projections: Capitals over Penguins, Rangers over Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) celebrates with Evgeni Malkin (71), and Sidney Crosby (87) after the team's 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

6:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This year's Stanley Cup playoffs have already been heart-stopping and sleep-depriving. Eighteen of the 42 first-round playoff games went to overtime this year, a league record, with two of those 18 games requiring a second OT period to determine the winner. And two of the series...
Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches players get ready for an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines were a few plays away from making the playoff in Harbaugh's second season, with one of the most experienced teams in the country. The NFL is the next stop for most of the best players from that squad. Michigan has the fewest returning starters in the country. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

2:59 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Twenty-five FBS teams won at least 10 games last season, including the Crimson Tide for the ninth straight season. National champion Clemson is at six straight double-digit-win seasons. Florida State and Ohio State have done it five straight seasons. All of those powers seem likely...
‘Cash Me Outside’ teen to be in court Wednesday

9:44 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The former Boynton Beach, Florida resident and viral internet star Danielle Bregoli will be back in Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning for a court appearance. Bregoli, who gained notoriety during a “Dr. Phil” interview in which she taunted...
Allen, Howard lead Alabama’s big draft class
Alabama's O.J. Howard tries to get past Clemson's T.J. Green after a catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

6:00 am Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Alabama's defense figures to resume its dominant ways during the NFL draft.  Bedeviled by Deshaun Watson and Clemson in the national championship game loss , the Crimson Tide could have three defenders selected in the first round next week in Philadelphia. Five members of the...
Wary immigrants in Georgia drop food stamps
April 17, 2017 - Roswell - Clients wait in the lobby of one of the NFCC offices for help with medicaid applications. North Fulton Community Charities has seen a drop in legal immigrants seeking food stamps. These immigrants, who are eligible under the law to receive food stamps, are going so far as to drop out of the program when time comes for them to renew their benefits out of fear that signing up will be used to deport them or prevent them from becoming citizens. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:45 pm Monday, April 24, 2017

Charmain Guerra-Phillip has heard the rumors in the immigrant community: These days, applying for food stamps can get you deported, people say. And even if you’re here legally, it can hurt your chances of obtaining citizenship. But she has children to feed and her part-time...
Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy rolls out red carpet for incoming 5th graders
Ron Clark Academy students perform at an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority youth summit in 2015.

12:34 pm Monday, April 24, 2017

A video showing incoming 5th graders at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy doing the Milly Rock down a red carpet has set social media on fire. About 300,000 people have seen the 45-second video on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Founder Ron Clark said the red carpet...
NFL draft: Evaluating ex-top recruits who didn't match hype
Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph sheds Wake Forest defender Jesse Bates III in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

6:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017

Receivers Malachi Dupre of LSU and Travis Rudolph of Florida State are prime examples of pro prospects who left high school as five-star recruits and now enter the NFL draft trying to overcome perceptions that they never fulfilled their promise in college.  For NFL teams, the...
John Stevens promoted to head coach by Los Angeles Kings
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens stands behind his bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings will name Stevens their next head coach. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as a Kings assistant and then associate coach for the past eight seasons, which included two Stanley Cups. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

11:51 am Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Los Angeles Kings have promoted associated head coach John Stevens to become their next head coach. Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the team will introduce Stevens at a news conference Monday. Stevens replaces Darryl Sutter after serving as an assistant to two Kings head coaches...
North Carolina's long summer vacations are being challenged
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, festival goers watch performances at the Emerald Isle, N.C., Beach Music Festival. A 2004 law mandating when North Carolina public schools hold summer vacation is facing its strongest challenge yet from educators and legislators who said more flexibility would improve student performance. The tourism industry and a parents' group are trying to keep summer like it is, with schools starting no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and ending no later than the Friday closest to June 11. (John Althouse /The Jacksonville Daily News via AP, File)

10:23 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

Some folks can't get enough of summer. Others see it as a problem that needs fixing. For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools. The law was designed to support tourism at the state's beaches and mountain getaways...
Flower Power: Fleury thriving in familiar spot for Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) shakes hands with Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) after a 5-2 Penguins win in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2:32 am Friday, April 21, 2017

Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt Murray. Now he's the most important reason...
Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5
Pittsburgh Penguins' Scott Wilson (23) celebrates his goal with Trevor Daley (6) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Penguins won 5-2, and eliminated the Blue Jackets from the playoffs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

9:47 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017

The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren't the only ones with their arms up. When an...
I-85 bridge collapse: Is MARTA ready for its close-up?
April 19, 2017 - Atlanta - MARTA passengers aboard the Gold line which is headed south from the Doraville station. MARTAs Twitter account reported the parking lots were full at 8:11 AM. The collapse of a portion of I-85 some three weeks ago has been a headache for Atlanta drivers, but is proving to be a golden opportunity for MARTA. Long neglected in a car-crazy region, MARTA is getting a second look from commuters desperate to avoid gridlock. Ridership is up. MARTA parking lots are packed. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:30 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day after day and year after year of punishing commutes have not convinced hordes of metro Atlanta drivers to step away from their cars and give MARTA a shot. For a while, $4-a-gallon gasoline did. As gas prices spiked nearly a decade ago, many motorists turned to MARTA. But fuel...
Indiana GOP leaders agree to close cold beer loophole
Jeff Williams checks the stock in the beer cooler behind the counter in a Ricker's convenience store in Sheridan, Ind., Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The location is one of two that one gas station owner discovered a loophole in the law that allows them to sell cold beer. The location has installed limited seating and sells burritos, landing a restaurant classification and the right to sell cold beer. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

2:00 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017

Republican leaders in the Indiana Statehouse have reached agreement on a measure targeting a convenience store owner who used a legal loophole to circumvent the state's stringent law governing who can sell cold beer. A copy of the proposed legislation obtained Thursday by The Associated...
AP Explains: 4/20 grew from humble roots to pot high holiday
Customers gather around a counter to take advantage of special deals celebrating the 4/20 holiday at ShowGrow, a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, April 20, 2017. From Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to Hippie Hill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, marijuana enthusiasts observed their 4/20 holiday Thursday with public smoke-outs, parties and, yes, great deals on weed. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

3:01 am Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday marks marijuana culture's high holiday, 4/20, when college students gather — at 4:20 p.m. — in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank their customers with discounts. This year's edition provides an occasion for pot activists...
Gwinnett solar panel maker Suniva files bankruptcy
Gwinnett solar panel maker Suniva has filed bankruptcy, blaming plunging solar cell prices of dumping by Chinese manufacturers. In this file photo, Suniva workers Ahmed Alawadi (left) & Bakari Williams inspect solar cells. Photo: Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com

4:41 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Suniva Inc., a Norcross-based solar panel maker that received millions in federal, state and Gwinnett County incentives, has filed bankruptcy after falling victim to plunging prices for solar power cells. Bankruptcy documents indicate the company has fired 230 workers in the past...
Former GM gives Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas an endorsement
September 22, 2016 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) looks for a space for a pass in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Clemson Tigers won 26 - 7 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

4:24 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ draft candidacy got a small boost Tuesday. ESPN analyst Phil Savage, who also is the executive director for the Senior Bowl and previously was the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, said that Thomas would be a worthwhile...
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