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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...

Savannah merchants are prepared for St. Patrick's Day Special

Savannah - With any luck, an estimated 1million visitors will be in Savannah to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Businesses in the historic district are ready with all things green, which may turn into gold when the crowds arrive.

Georgia says 2008 war encouraged Russia to take Crimea

Tbilisi - The failure of the international community to punish Russia for its 2008 invasion of Georgia has let Moscow think it can get away with seizing Ukraine's Crimea region, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Tuesday.

The buzz about Savannah: charming and romantic Special

Savannah - February has been a good month for Savannah, Ga. The travel pages are buzzing about it being among the world’s best travel spots for those seeking a charming or romantic vacation destination. Visitors to Savannah couldn't agree more.

Photo Essay: Cooking icons Paula Deen and sons Bobby and Jaime Special

Savannah - Cooking, southern foods, and, more recently, healthy recipes are synonymous with the Deen Family. Brothers Bobby and Jaime were the celebrity guests at the Savannah Book Festival where they signed copies of their books, and mom was there to show support.

Georgia sentences former premier to 5 1/2 years in jail

Tbilisi - A court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to five and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case his lawyer denounced as political persecution.The court found Merabishvili, who headed the government of ousted...

Photo Essay: Notable writers and celebs at Savannah Book Festival Special

Savannah - The 2014 festival featured best-selling authors and home-grown celebrities. Fans of writers such as Mitch Albom, the Deen brothers, A. Scott Berg, Melanie Benjamin, and Wally Lamb came to the "Hostess City of the South" to meet their favorite authors.

Georgia's billionaire ex-PM launches NGO to 'control government'

Tbilisi - Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Tuesday said he was launching a non-governmental organisation aimed at helping citizens in the ex-Soviet state "control their government".

TopFinds: Georgia frozen after ice storm, Idaho goes after elk

Our Digital Journalist in Georgia tracks the state's recovery from a paralyzing ice storm. Idaho ranchers are encouraged to kill elk, but why? What you need to know about the $37,995 bathtub. Learn more in this week's TopFinds.

'Southern Freeze 2014' in coastal Georgia Special

Savannah - A local news station has labeled the winter blast hitting Georgia and, in particular, the Savannah area as "Southern Freeze 2014." Icy conditions have caused schools, businesses and bridges to close.

State of Emergency issued as snow hits Metro Atlanta Special

Atlanta - It’s Snowmageddon! Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for Georgia as a winter storm rolled through the state at rush hour yesterday. Today, Metro Atlanta is still at a frozen solid stand still.

Owner of electric car arrested for charging at middle school

Decatur - The driver of a Nissan Leaf electric car was approached by police, and later arrested, when he plugged in and charged his car with an exterior outlet at a middle school in Georgia.

'Stand your ground' law could apply in Georgia shooting

The "Castle Doctrine," or "stand your ground" law is legal in 46 states in the U.S. This legislation says that a man's home or any place he's legally allowed to be, can be protected with deadly force, if necessary, to protect a perceived or real threat.
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Miss Savannah State University at the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Miss Savannah State University at the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
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Tins of Peach Coolers.  Byrd Cookie Company  Savannah  Ga.
Tins of Peach Coolers. Byrd Cookie Company, Savannah, Ga.
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Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek.  Tybee Island  Georgia
Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek. Tybee Island, Georgia
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Leopold s Ice Cream - In honor of Heidi Squier Kraft  Rose Number Two  from Rule Number Two - Rose P...
Leopold's Ice Cream - In honor of Heidi Squier Kraft "Rose Number Two" from Rule Number Two - Rose Petal Cream. Savannah, Ga. 2/17/13
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Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) dragonfly  male.  Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  Geor...
Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) dragonfly, male. Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, Georgia
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Al Gore at 2013 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Al Gore at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
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Veterans Day flier at Chili s.  Savannah  Ga.  Nov. 11  2012
Veterans Day flier at Chili's. Savannah, Ga. Nov. 11, 2012
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Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island  Georgia.  3/21/14
Spring has sprung in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. 3/21/14
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Wall of movie posters of films that Stratton Leopold was involved in making.  Leopold s Ice Cream.  ...
Wall of movie posters of films that Stratton Leopold was involved in making. Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA June 2012
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Jake Tapper (right) with Cooper  son of fallen soldier Sgt. Buddy Hughie  Hughie s father-in-law  an...
Jake Tapper (right) with Cooper, son of fallen soldier Sgt. Buddy Hughie, Hughie's father-in-law, and Sgt. Birchfield at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
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Representatives of First African Baptist Church participate in MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/2014
Representatives of First African Baptist Church participate in MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/2014
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Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook as featured at Back in the Day Bakery.  Savannah  Ga.
Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook as featured at Back in the Day Bakery. Savannah, Ga.
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Tybee Island s north beach.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island's north beach. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Sunset with Tybee Island Lighthouse in foreground.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Sunset with Tybee Island Lighthouse in foreground. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).  Tyee Island  GA
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). Tyee Island, GA
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Fresh produce  plants  and more at Polk s Plus.  Pooler  Ga.
Fresh produce, plants, and more at Polk's Plus. Pooler, Ga.
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Common Whitetail Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) dragonfly  young male.  Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Sava...
Common Whitetail Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) dragonfly, young male. Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, Georgia
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Byrd s Cookie Shop decorated for the holidays.  Savannah  Ga.
Byrd's Cookie Shop decorated for the holidays. Savannah, Ga.
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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
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Bobby Deen and Jaime Deen greeting fans and signing books at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival.  Savan...
Bobby Deen and Jaime Deen greeting fans and signing books at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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