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Georgia bill aims to keep guns from mentally ill — critics say it won’t
A customer at Stoddard’s Range and Guns loads bullets before he shoots at a target on Thursday. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

5:59 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

A new Republican House bill, purported to make it harder for mentally ill people in Georgia to have access to guns, would do little to prevent them from obtaining firearms, judges and law enforcement officials said. Under Georgia law, the names of those committed to hospitals for...
Black women meet in Atlanta to discuss future of their political power
A panel of black female activists speak during the Power Rising conference in Atlanta. Maya T. Prabhu/maya.prabhu@ajc.com

5:49 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

Emboldened by their strong showing in Alabama’s special election that sent the first Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than 50 years, black women converged on Atlanta this weekend to study how to further pool their political power. They talked about replicating the Alabama...
Georgia Senate votes to allow adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
State Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, talks before Friday’s vote on Senate Bill 375 in the state Capitol in Atlanta. Senate Bill 375 would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex families. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

5:13 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

A bill that would allow religious adoption agencies to reject gay couples easily cleared the Georgia Senate on Friday. The Senate voted 35-19 to approve the “religious liberty” legislation, which ensures that taxpayer-funded adoption agencies can turn away married...
Ossoff won’t make another run at Georgia congressional seat this year
Jon Ossoff announced Friday on Twitter that “this is not the moment” for another run for Congress. Last year, Ossoff raised nearly $30 million in a special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Karen Handel won that race, the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

4:33 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

Democrat Jon Ossoff said Friday that he won’t make another bid this year for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, leaving it up to lesser-known contenders to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in suburbs north of Atlanta. “I’m grateful beyond words...
Quarterfinals preceded by Class AAAA’s eventful Sweet 16

3:24 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

Buzzer-beaters, massive comebacks and surprising results highlighted this week’s Sweet 16 action. Here’s a brief recap of each of the games before the quarterfinals resume next week.  R5 #2 Cartersville 58, R7 #1 Blessed Trinity 56 OT A Blessed Trinity 3-pointer...
Game preview: Hawks begin post-break schedule at streaking Pacers
Pacers guard Victor Oladipo ranks 11th in the NBA scoring average (24.4 points per game) and third in steals (2.1).

3:15 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Bankers Life Fieldhouse  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Malcolm Delaney (knee), Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) and Antonius Cleveland (ankle) are out; Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable...
Georgia Senate increases legal burden for minors seeking abortions
State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, seeks to increase the burden of proof for minors attempting to avoid notifying their parents when they get an abortion. BOB ANDRES/BANDRES@AJC.COM

3:10 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

The Georgia Senate Friday passed a bill that would require underage girls to provide “clear and convincing evidence” that they should be able to avoid notifying a parent or guardian that they get an abortion. The Senate approved Senate Bill 74 by a vote of 33 to 17. Georgia...
Federal judges to hear Pennsylvania district map challenge

1:29 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

A request by eight GOP congressmen in Pennsylvania to halt the use of a new congressional district map in this year's elections was placed in the hands of three Republican-appointed federal judges Friday. The panel, named pursuant to a federal law governing constitutional challenges...
Georgia Senate passes bill for adoption agencies to reject gay couples
State Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, talks before the vote on Senate Bill 375 in the State Capital in Atlanta on Feb. 23, 2018. SB 375 would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex families.  STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

1:05 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

The Georgia Senate approved a bill Friday that allows adoption agencies to use their religion as a justification to deny gay couples. The Senate’s 35-19 vote on the controversial “religious liberty” legislation sends the bill to the Georgia House, where its...
Several Falcons planning ahead for life after the NFL 
Fred Weir, Zaxby's Atlanta Co-op president, discussing their business model, culture and franchising opportunities with several Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at NCR. (Photo by D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1:04 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

A few years back, Atlanta Falcons Kevin Cone and Stephen Nicholas walked into Kevin Winston’s office in Flowery Branch. They wanted to make plans for the post-NFL careers.  Winston, the team’s senior director of player affairs, coordinates the team’s Falcons...
Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players
FILE - In this March 18, 2015, file photo, the NCAA logo is at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, for the NCAA college basketball second and third round games. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. Yahoo said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter and Alabama's Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

10:20 am Friday, February 23, 2018

New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport's basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption. Bank records and other expense reports...
Collin Sexton expected to play for Alabama basketball against Arkansas

11:23 am Friday, February 23, 2018

Collin Sexton was one of the many college basketball players named in the Yahoo! Sports report in connection to Andy Miller, Christian Dawkins and ASM Sports. But per Sexton’s coach, the freshman is expected to be play for Alabama when the Crimson Tide...
Auburn football enters spring looking for next Carlton Davis at cornerback

10:00 am Friday, February 23, 2018

Auburn football will return to action next week with the start of spring practices on March 1. Between now and then, SEC Country will preview each of the Tigers’ position groups heading into camp. Up next, we move to the cornerbacks. Cornerback Javaris Davis...
Close to Home for Feb. 24-25
Black History Month: Memories Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. George Washington Carver Park, 3900 Bartow Carver Road, Acworth. Founded in 1950, this park was Georgia’s first state park for Black Americans who enjoyed “The Beach” from 1950 to 1975. 770-387-1357. Courtesy of VisitCartersvilleGa.org/gwcp.

9:43 am Friday, February 23, 2018

Milton Mayor’s Run Milton Mayor’s Run: Jog for a Cause. 6:45 a.m. registration (cash only), 7:30 a.m. Saturday. $30. Freedom Park, corner of Deerfield Parkway and Webb Road, Milton. Co-sponsored by North Point Pediatrics, this 5K and Tot Trot will include T-shirts, food...
As Donald Trump Jr. drums up business in India, some ask what’s being sold
Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of President Donald Trump, attends an event at the Trump Tower in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. For over a week the front pages of many Indian newspapers have promised that buyers who put down a deposit for an apartment in the new Trump Towers in a New Delhi suburb will get to spend Friday evening being wined and dined by Trump Jr. But the money had to be paid, the ads said, before Thursday.

9:30 am Friday, February 23, 2018

Donald Trump Jr., who has spent the week in India pitching new luxury high-rises that bear his family’s name, took the stage before a crowd of about 200 on Thursday. “Building a Better Mumbai,” the banner behind him proclaimed.  “We’re actually...
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