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Woman submits profanity-laced tirade after lawsuit is dismissed

Atlanta - After a woman's civil rights suit, filed on behalf of her son and husband, was tossed out in court, she responded with a nine-page, profanity-filled submission to the court.

Thousands in Georgia march call for government to step down

Tbili - Tens of thousands of Georgians joined a protest rally Saturday in the ex-Soviet republic's capital Tbilisi to demand the government's resignation, claimed it has mishandled the battered economy.

Russia stirs anger with South Ossetia 'annexation' deal

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia that will further cement its control over the territory despite fierce condemnation from the West.

Georgia's Saakashvili appointed aide to Ukraine leader

Kiev - Mikheil Saakashvili, the former fiercely pro-Western leader of Georgia, has been appointed an aide to the Ukraine president to help the war-torn country on its path to reform, officials said.

Boy missing for four years found behind 'false wall'

Jonesboro - There were tears of joy Saturday when a mother and her 13-year-old son were reunited after the child went missing four years ago. The boy was found inside a false wall in a Clayton County, Georgia home Friday night.

Russia signs new agreement with Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia and Abkhazia have signed an extensive agreement on military issues and Abkhazia agreed to harmonize its foreign and defence policies with those of Russia. A Russian commander will lead a new joint force of Russian and Abkhazian troops.

Is the Peach State about to become the Pot State?

A marijuana legalization bill has been pre-filed in Georgia by Democratic State Senator, Curt Thompson. The measure would allow medical marijuana to become legal and would also regulate and legalize retail sales to adults.

Putin sparks Georgia fury with 'annexation' deal in Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia cemented control over neighbouring Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region Monday with a "strategic partnership" deal that the Georgian government said amounts to annexation.

US sends five Guantanamo inmates to Georgia, Slovakia

Washington - The United States has transferred five Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Europe as part of efforts to empty and close the controversial US military detention center in Cuba, officials said Thursday.

Over 30,000 rally in Tbilisi against government

Tbilisi - Over 30,000 opposition supporters rallied on Saturday in the Georgian capital Tbilisi against the government's Russia policy and the Kremlin's backing of separatists in the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

Georgia's key reformer Kakha Bendukidze dies

Tbilisi - Georgian statesman Kakha Bendukidze, the architect of the ex-Soviet republic's liberal economic reforms who was advising Ukraine's new president, has died aged 58, officials said Friday.

Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil

Tbilisi - Georgia on Wednesday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest.

Cops mistake okra for marijuana, raid retiree's garden

Authorities in Cartersville, Georgia, raided the home of a retiree for growing marijuana in his garden — but the green plants they suspected actually turned out to be okra.

Interview: Andrew Rayel talks new EDM album 'Find Your Harmony' Special

Atlanta - Acclaimed electronic dance music (EDM) DJ and producer Andrew Rayel chatted via phone with Digital Journal, prior to his set at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo Essay: Take a look at the Tybee Island Light Station Special

Tybee Island - There is a lot to see on the grounds of one of America’s most intact light stations, including keepers’ cottages dating back to the late 1800s, the lamp atop the lighthouse, and the Tybee Lighthouse itself.

Tributes from friends and foes for ex-Georgia leader

Tbilisi - Tributes poured in from friends and foes on Monday after the death of former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister.

Two armed Georgians have showdown over 'guns everywhere' law

Valdosta - Two armed men had a tense standoff when one demanded identification from the other. Things nearly turned ugly when one owner removed his gun from a holster and the incident ended with an arrest.

Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova look to EU future with accords

Brussels - European Union leaders sign historic association accords Friday with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as the three Soviet-era republics look to a future in Europe rather than with their old masters in Moscow.

Opera Australia sacks soprano over anti-gay slur

Sydney - Leading soprano Tamar Iveri on Monday had her contract torn up by Opera Australia for "unconscionable" anti-gay comments posted on her Facebook page that sparked a storm of protest.

75 lab workers at the CDC may be infected with anthrax

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Thursday that around 75 lab workers in Atlanta may have been infected with anthrax. An investigation into the incident is apparently ongoing.

Abkhazia leader forced to flee, denounces coup bid

Sukhum - Opposition protesters stormed the presidency in Abkhazia overnight in what the leader of the Georgian breakaway region called a coup attempt, Russian news agencies said Wednesday.

Hollande bids to boost Caucasus ties amid Ukraine crisis

Baku - French President Francois Hollande began a three-day visit to the South Caucasus on Sunday as he seeks to bolster European ties on Russia's southern doorstep amid the crisis in Ukraine.

U.S. promises to keep up military ties with Georgia

Washington - The United States promised to keep up military cooperation with Georgia, a former Soviet state that views the escalating crisis in Ukraine with deep concern.

Georgia passes 'carry anywhere' bill expanding gun rights

Defying other states that are moving to increase gun control in the wake of recent shootings, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that will expand licensed gun owners' rights to carry.

Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.

Europe must stand united against Russia 'challenge': Lithuania

Athens - Europe must stand united as Russia challenges the continent's resolve over the Ukrainian crisis unfolding on its eastern borders, Lithuania's top diplomat told AFP on Friday.

Bank error gives Georgia teen $31k, who then promptly spends it

Hull - A bank in Hull, Ga., mistakenly deposited $31,000 into an 18-year-old's bank account. The teen then went on a shopping spree, and now could face prosecution.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili

Tbilisi - Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases.Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2...

Ukraine crisis stirs painful emotions in Georgia

Tbilisi - Yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags flutter in the spring breeze around Tbilisi, a symbol of Georgians' commiseration with the people of a fellow former Soviet state facing new incursions by Moscow.Events in Ukraine's stand-off with Russia have dominated t...
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Atlanta Falcons  cheerleaders Micki and Naiz pose with members of the Savannah Falcons cheerleading ...
Atlanta Falcons' cheerleaders Micki and Naiz pose with members of the Savannah Falcons cheerleading squad at The Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team event. Savannah, Ga. 10/15/13
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).  Tyee Island  GA
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). Tyee Island, GA
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Bustling River Street.  Savannah  GA  June 2012
Bustling River Street. Savannah, GA June 2012
Al Gore at 2013 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga. (2/16/13)
Al Gore at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. (2/16/13)
Stratton Leopold and two happy guests.  Leopold s Ice Cream.  Savannah  GA  August 18  2012
Stratton Leopold and two happy guests. Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA August 18, 2012
Spectacular cloud formations off the coast of Tybee Island  Georgia.  8/16/13
Spectacular cloud formations off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia. 8/16/13
 Newborns  cupcakes from Back in the Day Bakery.  Savannah  GA
"Newborns" cupcakes from Back in the Day Bakery. Savannah, GA
Reynolds Square.  Savannah  Ga.
Reynolds Square. Savannah, Ga.
Painting of fishing boats for sale at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off a...
Painting of fishing boats for sale at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
Stratton Leopold  movie producer  member of the SBF s Board of Directors  and owner of Leopold s Ice...
Stratton Leopold, movie producer, member of the SBF's Board of Directors, and owner of Leopold's Ice Cream, at the Leopold's Ice Cream stand at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
Tybee Island s north beach.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island's north beach. Tybee Island, Ga.
Alligator Soul s  Welcome to Restaurant Week  placard.  Savannah  Ga.
Alligator Soul's "Welcome to Restaurant Week" placard. Savannah, Ga.
Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island, Ga.
Heidi Squier Kraft at 2013 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Heidi Squier Kraft at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
Gregg Allman at the 2013 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Gregg Allman at the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
A view of part of the kitchen area in the Head Keepers Cottage at the Tybee Island Light Station and...
A view of part of the kitchen area in the Head Keepers Cottage at the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. Tybee Island, Ga.
Sweet Potatoes restaurant sign.  Savannah  GA  August 13  2012
Sweet Potatoes restaurant sign. Savannah, GA August 13, 2012
North Beach Grill with Tybee Island Lighthouse in background.  Tybee Island  GA  June 2012
North Beach Grill with Tybee Island Lighthouse in background. Tybee Island, GA June 2012
T.C. Boyle (left) at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah  Ga.
T.C. Boyle (left) at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.

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