Strong storms kill 1, damage homes across the South

ATLANTA (AP) -- Severe storms caused at least one death, damaged homes, downed trees and knocked out power as areas around the South were pounded with wind, rain and hail. In Georgia, northeast of Atlanta, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum says a man, his wife and two children were in a bedroom when a tree crashed into the home, killing the man Tuesday evening.

In Republican 'burbs, Georgia election centers on a Democrat

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) -- The garden room at Rivermont Golf and Country Club brims with Republican donors and activists, but Michael Fitzgerald wants to talk about Democrats. "Shock therapy," he calls it. The 6th Congressional District chairman for Georgia Republicans, Fitzgerald wants to steel party faithful for a special House election to choose a successor to Tom Price, President Donald Trump's new health secretary.

4 finalists named for Naismith Trophy as top college player

ATLANTA (AP) -- Villanova's Josh Hart, Kansas' Frank Mason III, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and UCLA's Lonzo Ball are the finalists for the Naismith Trophy as the top player in men's college basketball. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the finalists Sunday. They were chosen by a national voting panel made up of journalists, current and former head coaches, former Naismith winners and conference commissioners. Fans are invited to help pick the winner.

City closer to selling Underground Atlanta to developer

ATLANTA (AP) -- The city of Atlanta is nearing the sale of Underground Atlanta to a South Carolina-based developer. News outlets report the board of directors of Invest Atlanta approved a master plan of Underground Atlanta by WRS Real Estate Investments of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. This means the city can now close the deal, which is planned by the end of the month.

Police search for unhappy customer who threw food at workers

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Georgia are searching for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers. Clayton County Police Det. Sefan Schindler told WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2n15MVn ) Wednesday the woman was upset because she said there wasn't enough seasoning salt on her French fries at a Zaxby's restaurant in suburban Atlanta. The woman took two takeout containers filled with food and tossed them over the counter.

Shaq furnishes home of Atlanta girl who survived dog attack

ATLANTA (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal has bought new furniture for the family of a 5-year-old Atlanta girl who survived a dog attack that left another child dead. WAGA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2nr8h4n ) Syari Sanders returned home this week after being hospitalized since the Jan. 17 attack. Sanders and 6-year-old Logan Braatz were walking to a bus stop when they were attacked by two dogs. Braatz died from his injuries.

Trooper takes abandoned puppies into custody and adopts them

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody -- and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own. The Georgia Department of Public Safety posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that trooper Jordan Ennis found three puppies while patrolling a southwest Atlanta subdivision on Monday.

Food distribution company to lay off workers in 3 states

MILFORD, Del. (AP) -- A Delaware-based perishable food distribution and warehousing company says it is laying off workers in its home state, Maryland and Georgia. The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/2mIEMrC ) reports that Burris Logistics will lay off workers in New Castle, Delaware and Elkton, Maryland in the coming weeks after losing a major contract with the grocery store chain The Fresh Market.

Raphael Bostic tapped to head Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Raphael W. Bostic, a former Obama administration housing official, has been selected as the new president of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African-American to head one of the Fed's 12 regional banks. The Atlanta Fed announced the selection Monday. It said that Bostic, 50, currently a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, will take over in June. He succeeds Dennis Lockhart, who retired last month.

Postelection dominoes create 5 open House seats

ATLANTA (AP) -- The postelection dominoes of President Donald Trump's administration picks and a California Democratic appointment have created five openings in the House, and that means five special elections in the coming months. It will take some Democratic upsets for this trial heat for 2018 to dent GOP control of the House, where Republicans have a 237-193 edge. Republicans are defending four GOP-leaning seats. Democrats are protecting territory in a liberal California district.

St. Louis mayoral race holds lessons for black candidates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced that unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city. Lyda Krewson, 64, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's all-important Democratic primary. St.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame found not guilty of gun charges

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- A lawyer for rapper Waka Flocka Flame says a jury has found his client not guilty of charges filed after a handgun was found in his carry-on bag during a security scan at Atlanta's airport. The rapper, whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs, was arrested in October 2014. He faced charges including carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location.

Woman tells 911: Boss will kill me if I leave this mansion

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say they helped eight women leave an Atlanta-area mansion after a woman called 911 and said she was there to work as a dancer and her boss threatened to kill her if she left. Sandy Springs police said they received the call Tuesday morning. They arrested 33-year-old Kenndric Roberts, who faces charges of false imprisonment and trafficking of persons for labor.

Schroder, Howard bicker during Atlanta's loss to Warriors

ATLANTA (AP) -- Dennis Schroder sounds miffed about getting benched. Dwight Howard insists it's no big deal. Mike Budenholzer says his team has got to learn play together. One thing is certain: The Atlanta Hawks are in a bit of disarray heading toward the final month of the regular season.

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors halt skid UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry snapped out of his recent slump. So did the Golden State Warriors. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson combined for 60 points as the Warriors beat the Knicks, 112-105 in New York. The outcome gives the Warriors their first victory since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury last week. It also ends Golden State's first two-game skid in 23 months.

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HURRICANES-COYOTES Hurricanes beat Coyotes 2-1 to end 4-game slide GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eddie Lack stopped 24 shots two days after being called out by his coach, and Derek Ryan scored on a strange bounce in the third period Sunday to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Lack was criticized by coach Bill Peters on Friday following a poor performance against Tampa Bay.

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors halt skid UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry snapped out of his recent slump. So did the Golden State Warriors. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson combined for 60 points as the Warriors beat the Knicks, 112-105 in New York. The outcome gives the Warriors their first victory since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury last week. It also ends Golden State's first two-game skid in 23 months.

Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory Sunday. "I'm just snake-bit here," Harvick said. "But it's my own doing." Harvick won the first two stages under NASCAR's new race format and led a staggering 293 out of 325 laps overall.