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US Wants Wildlife Refuge in Georgia Swamp on UNESCO List

Only 25 places in the country are World Heritage sites

(Newser) - A US agency said Friday it will nominate the vast, federally protected wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The National Park Service filed a notice in Washington that it will seek the designation for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which sprawls across...

For Gators on Golf Courses, Diet Is a Bit of a Challenge

Instead of crustaceans, maybe a cat, some canned corn, and a cheeseburger with fries

(Newser) - Golf courses, with their green space and ponds, have been shown to benefit wildlife when compared with other human-altered landscapes. But as Advanced Science News points out, previous studies looked at the abundance and diversity of animals on golf courses rather than the relationships between animals. Now, a new study...

6 'Soldiers of Christ' Arrested After Woman's Body Found

Police say South Korean woman was starved, beaten at Georgia home

(Newser) - Police in Georgia say six people—five adults and a juvenile—charged with murder told investigators they belong to a group called the "Soldiers of Christ." They were arrested after the body of a woman who weighed just 70 pounds was found in the trunk of one suspect'...

Georgia Judge Voices Doubt on Holding One Big Election Trial

Court rejects individual proceedings for Chesebro, Powell

(Newser) - A judge on Wednesday turned down requests by lawyers Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell for separate trials in the Georgia election interference case , saying they can be tried fairly together. The two have pleaded not guilty to the charges in an indictment outlining efforts to overturn Donald Trump's loss...

Dozens Indicted on RICO Charges Over 'Cop City'

Protesters don't want a police and firefighter training facility in the Atlanta area

(Newser) - Sixty-one people have been indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges following a state investigation into protests against a planned police and firefighter training facility in the Atlanta area that critics call "Cop City." In the sweeping indictment released Tuesday, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr alleged the defendants are...

Lake Lanier's 'Deadly Reputation' Gets Deadlier Still

August has seen 2 more drownings at the Georgia lake

(Newser) - Georgia's Lake Lanier has claimed more victims. FOX 5 reports a 23-year-old who was swimming in the lake Saturday afternoon went under and didn't resurface, prompting a 911 call. Gwinnett Fire's rescue swimmers pulled the body of Edgar Steven Cruz Martinez, 23, from a depth of 10...

Mugshots Follow Surrender of Trump's Co-Accused
Mugshots in Trump's
Georgia Case Start Rolling In
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Mugshots in Trump's Georgia Case Start Rolling In

The former president will reportedly sit for one, too

(Newser) - Four of former President Trump's co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case have turned themselves in, and two have had their mugshots released, while three others are fighting to avoid appearing at Fulton County Jail at all. The latest:
  • More surrenders: Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall surrendered just before

School Board Fires Teacher Over Book Read to Class

Lawyer argues Georgia district policy enacted in 2022 doesn't make clear what's prohibited

(Newser) - A Georgia school board voted along party lines Thursday to fire a teacher after officials said she improperly read a book on gender fluidity to her fifth-grade class. The Cobb County School Board in suburban Atlanta voted 4-3 to fire Katie Rinderle, overriding the recommendation of a panel of three...

Fulton County Sheriff Steps In Over Threats to Trump Jurors

Investigation is underway after threats directed toward members of grand jury popped up online

(Newser) - Earlier this week, reports emerged that threats were being directed online toward members of the Georgia grand jury who opted to indict former President Donald Trump and 18 others over attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Now, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office is stepping in and launching an investigation...

The Killers Invited a Fan Onstage, Also Invited Controversy

Frontman Brandon Flowers asked Russian fan to play drums at concert in nation of Georgia, to boos

(Newser) - What one band's frontman may have thought was a well-meaning metaphorical embrace of all the people of the world didn't go over well in one former Soviet state. The Killers are now offering a mea culpa after lead singer Brandon Flowers invited a Russian fan who happened to...

Court Website Publishes, Takes Down List of Trump Charges

List quickly removed from Georgia website included racketeering counts

(Newser) - A list of criminal charges in Georgia against former President Donald Trump briefly appeared Monday on a Fulton County website, but prosecutors said Trump had not been indicted in a long-running investigation of the 2020 presidential election. A Fulton County grand jury began hearing from witnesses Monday. Shortly after 12pm,...

For Trump, the Georgia Case Holds a Big Threat
A Georgia Worry for Trump:
Pardon-Proof Charges
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A Georgia Worry for Trump: Pardon-Proof Charges

Former president is expected to be indicted on state charges soon

(Newser) - It looks like the fourth indictment of Donald Trump could come as soon as Tuesday , this time out of Georgia. There, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating the former president's efforts to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in the state. A grand jury is on...

Suit: Doctor Decapitated Baby During Delivery

Jessica Ross alleges the funeral home was the one to tell her what had occurred

(Newser) - A Georgia woman says she suffered "tremendous mental and physical anguish and trauma" after her baby was allegedly decapitated during delivery. Jessica Ross on Wednesday sued the hospital and various personnel involved in the July delivery of her son. FOX 5 Atlanta reports Ross, 20, went to Southern Regional...

County Settles With Family of Inmate 'Eaten Alive' by Bugs

Lashawn Thompson was literally covered in bugs when he died in Fulton County Jail

(Newser) - Georgia's Fulton County has reached a settlement with the family of a man who died in a insect-infested cell in the county jail's psychiatric wing, the family's lawyers said Thursday. The terms were not immediately disclosed. Lashawn Thompson, 35, died in September, three months after he was...

In Georgia, a Milestone for Nuclear Power

For first time in 30 years, a reactor built from scratch has begun operating

(Newser) - The good news for advocates of nuclear power is that a built-from-scratch reactor in Georgia has begun operating—the first time that's happened in the US in three decades, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The bad news is that Unit 3 at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro is seven years late...

Trump Again Loses Bid to Remove Prosecutor

Georgia judge sees no grounds to interfere with investigation

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump lost another attempt to block a criminal investigation into attempts to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, when a Georgia judge ruled against him on Monday. Trump's team filed a motion in March seeking to quash a grand jury's findings and remove...

Georgia's 'Big Peanut' Returns
'Giant Goober'

Georgia's 'Giant Goober' Returns

40-foot-tall monument to local peanuts has been rebuilt after being felled by a hurricane 5 years ago

(Newser) - Georgia's "Big Peanut" is back. The roadside landmark along Interstate 75 in south Georgia was rededicated Thursday, nearly five years after an earlier version was felled by the winds of Hurricane Michael. This time, the giant goober is made of sheet metal, not fiberglass. It's a symbol...

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Blocking Trump Case

Unanimous ruling lets district attorney's investigation into election interference proceed

(Newser) - Georgia's Supreme Court quickly and unanimously rejected former President Donald Trump's attempt to put a stop to an investigation into interference in the state's 2020 presidential election results on Monday, just days after the motion was filed. Trump's lawyers asked the court to remove Fulton County...

Police Kill Suspect Sought in Georgia Mass Shooting

Two officers are injured in confrontation

(Newser) - A suspect sought in the killings of four people in Georgia was shot to death Sunday, law enforcement officials said, in an encounter that left a sheriff's deputy and a police officer injured. A Henry County sheriff's spokesperson said Andre Longmore was killed in nearby Clayton County, the...

Huge, Rabid Beaver Attacks Girl as She Swims

Her father beat the animal to death after Georgia attack

(Newser) - A young girl swimming in a Georgia lake was attacked by a rabid beaver Monday afternoon. The 55-pound animal bit her leg as she swam at Lake Lanier, USA Today reports. Her father "intervened and killed the beaver using blunt-force trauma," according to a statement from Hall County...

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