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Teacher fired for allowing students to have sex in classroom

Stone Mountain - A 25-year-old DeKalb County, Georgia middle school teacher and coach has been arrested and charged with allegedly allowing students to use a storage closet in his classroom for sexual encounters.

Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Tbili - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

Get an 'All-Access Pass' to the College Football Hall of Fame Special

Atlanta - Fans of college football need to experience the College Football Hall of Fame. It is a personalized, interactive encounter that won’t soon be forgotten, if ever. All 768 teams are represented in a facility packed with trophies, exhibits, and much more

EU says Ukraine, Georgia progress toward visa-free access

Brussels - The EU said Friday that Ukraine and Georgia, both embroiled in conflict with Russia, have made progress in gaining visa-free access to Europe, a key pay-off to boosting ties with the 28-nation bloc.

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country's efforts to join NATO.

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.
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Savannah City Hall s gilded dome and  in the distance  a section of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.  S...
Savannah City Hall's gilded dome and, in the distance, a section of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Savannah, Georgia.
Flowering Camellia tree.  Savannah  Ga.  January 2013
Flowering Camellia tree. Savannah, Ga. January 2013
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
St. Patrick s Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah.  Savannah  Ga.
St. Patrick's Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah. Savannah, Ga.
Paula’s Original Black Pepper Shrimp at The Lady & Sons in Savannah  Georgia.
Paula’s Original Black Pepper Shrimp at The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are available in Savannah  Georgia.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are available in Savannah, Georgia.
Line of early voters at Chatham County Voter Registration Office.  Savannah  Ga.  Nov. 2  2012
Line of early voters at Chatham County Voter Registration Office. Savannah, Ga. Nov. 2, 2012
Fresh produce  plants  and more at Polk s Plus.  Pooler  Ga.
Fresh produce, plants, and more at Polk's Plus. Pooler, Ga.
Strong  relentless waves crashed into the shore at Tybee Island  Georgia (North Beach).  8/25/13
Strong, relentless waves crashed into the shore at Tybee Island, Georgia (North Beach). 8/25/13
Don Mann at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah  Ga.
Don Mann at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
Sunset with Tybee Island Lighthouse in foreground.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Sunset with Tybee Island Lighthouse in foreground. Tybee Island, Ga.
Little girl building a sand castle.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Little girl building a sand castle. Tybee Island, Ga.
Street musician at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah s river ...
Street musician at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
Members of the winning Georgia team  from left to right  Amira Alexander  Rachel Dai  Laura Coble an...
Members of the winning Georgia team, from left to right, Amira Alexander, Rachel Dai, Laura Coble and captain Sissy Gann pose with the Judy Bell Trophy. It is the third time in the event's 16-year history Georgia has claimed the Women's State Team Championship.
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Forsyth Park fountain has been  greened  for St. Patrick s Day.  Savannah  Ga.  3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
Savannah  Ga. — Honeybee busy at work in Camellia bush s flower
Savannah, Ga. — Honeybee busy at work in Camellia bush's flower
Samples of all 20 varieties of Byrd s products are available in the Cookie Shop.  Savannah  Ga.
Samples of all 20 varieties of Byrd's products are available in the Cookie Shop. Savannah, Ga.
Left -  Kenny Won  (2009) by Dan Metts.   School friend of mine--he has the mind of a child though h...
Left - "Kenny Won" (2009) by Dan Metts. "School friend of mine--he has the mind of a child though he's 56 years old." Right - "Mr. Nathaniel" (2012) by Dan Metts. "This 78-year-old single man hangs out at a convenience store near me. I always wanted to photograph him." SSU Art Gallery in the Social Science Academic Building. Savannah, Ga.
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island  Georgia.  3/21/14
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14