Georgia man's body found at bottom of S. Carolina waterfall

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say the body of a Georgia man has been found at the bottom of a waterfall in South Carolina. Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan says authorities found the body of 57-year-old Bryant Kevin Church of Kennesaw, Georgia, on Saturday at the bottom of a waterfall at Mill Creek Falls in Table Rock State Park.

Falcons use last day of draft to build depth on offense

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Falcons added depth on offense during the last day of the NFL draft, picking a guard, a running back and a tight end to complement a unit that led the league in scoring last season. Atlanta also added a cornerback, but Saturday was mostly about building depth around quarterback Matt Ryan, the league's MVP. Oregon State guard Sean Harlow was picked in the fourth round.

Hawks focus on re-signing Millsap following first-round exit

ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday he "probably will opt out" of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Atlanta Hawks to plot their future following a painful first-round exit from the playoffs. Millsap has a $21.4 million option for next season. The four-time All-Star can earn substantially more in a new long-term deal, making the opt-out decision obvious. The Hawks' win totals have slipped two straight years.

Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

ATLANTA (AP) -- For nearly a decade, gun owners felt like they were living on pins and needles, worried about gun rights being taken away and feeling as though their way of life was scorned and under attack. All those fears disappeared the moment Donald Trump was elected president and, this weekend, National Rifle Association members gathering for the gun lobby's annual meeting are celebrating and rejoicing.

Falcons keep focus on defense, take LSU LB Riley in 3rd

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons struck familiar themes when they again focused on defense high in the NFL draft and again selected a player from Louisiana State on Friday night. The Falcons traded down, giving away their second-round pick, to select LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round. One year ago, the Falcons took LSU linebacker Deion Jones in the second round.

John Wall scores 42 points, Wizards knock out Hawks 115-99

ATLANTA (AP) -- John Wall had that look in his eye at morning shootaround. Bradley Beal knew it was going to be a big night for Washington's star point guard. Wall scored 42 points -- a career playoff high , with 19 coming in the fourth quarter to single-handedly hold off a furious Atlanta comeback -- and the Wizards eliminated the Hawks with a 115-99 victory Friday, capturing the opening-round playoff series 4-2.

Washington backup Jason Smith cleared to play vs. Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. The front-court reserve left the previous game with a sprained left knee and did not return. After getting extensive treatment over the last two days, he's been cleared to play.

Guns at the gun convention? Not with the president there

ATLANTA (AP) -- For the excited NRA faithful, one aspect of seeing President Donald Trump open their annual meeting Friday was a bit of a downer: No guns allowed. Guns are allowed in most public places in Georgia, including in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the National Rifle Association is holding its annual meeting this weekend. But as with most presidential appearances, firearms weren't allowed.

The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump is the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years.

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House

ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies.

Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law. Operating in ways he hopes will avoid felony charges of drug trafficking, state Rep. Allen Peake is taking matters into his own hands.

Falcons make 1st round move, get UCLA defensive end McKinley

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons continued their relentless effort to overhaul their defense by moving up in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night to select defensive end Takkarist McKinley of UCLA. The Falcons traded the No. 31 overall pick and this year's third- and seventh-round picks to Seattle on Thursday night to take McKinley with the 26th pick.

UPS tops Street 1Q forecasts

ATLANTA (AP) -- United Parcel Service Inc. is reporting first-quarter net income of $1.16 billion. On a per-share basis, the Atlanta company said it had profit of $1.32. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.30 per share. The package and delivery service posted revenue of $15.32 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts.

Storms leave damage as they move across Deep South

Storms moving through the Deep South Thursday left damage in southeastern Alabama and west central Georgia after flooding caused a death in North Carolina earlier in the week. Trees are on top of houses and a mobile home is off its foundation along U.S. 29 between Troy and the Banks community, Jeanna Barnes of the Pike County Emergency Management Agency in Alabama said Thursday.

Georgia hospital opposes burn unit in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Plans to reopen a burn unit at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston are being opposed by doctors at a Georgia hospital. Doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, say they don't think a South Carolina center is financially feasible, The Post and Courier of Charleston ( reported.

Georgia pastor gets 35 years in prison for child molestation

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia pastor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick. Media outlets report a judge sentenced 57-year-old Kenneth Adkins on Tuesday. A jury convicted him earlier this month on eight criminal counts, including aggravated child molestation.

One-time college gymnastics power Georgia fires Durante

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Danna Durante has been fired as Georgia's gymnastics coach after failing to restore the program to its place as a national powerhouse. Athletic director Greg McGarity announced Tuesday that Durante will not be retained after five years as coach of the Gymdogs. This past season, they finished 12th at the NCAA championships. During Suzanne Yoculan's 26-year tenure, Georgia won 10 national titles and routinely drew sellout crowds to Stegeman Coliseum.

Deputy wrangles feisty alligator in central Georgia

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff's deputy wrestled the creature. The Telegraph reports ( that Bibb County Sheriff's deputy Clay Williams and Animal Welfare officer Bruce Rozier were dispatched to round up the 4-foot alligator Monday morning in Macon. Footage from the deputy's body camera shows Williams straddling the reptile and holding its jaws shut as Rozier tapes its snout.

Cost cuts at Coca-Cola go deeper, including jobs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost-cutting. The maker of Fanta, Sprite and Smartwater said the job cuts will come from its corporate staff around the world.