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The US blamed Iran on Tuesday for the shooting down of a US MQ-9 drone over Yemen by a surface-to-air missile, an apparent escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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A sustained effort from National Rifle Association officials, Republican lawmakers and conservative allies helped cement President Donald Trump's decision to abandon his previous calls for tougher background checks in the wake of recent mass shootings, sources tell CNN.

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Nearly 50 representatives from agencies working on immigration issues brainstormed Tuesday about setting up a statewide network to help connect unaccompanied children being detained at the southern U.S. border with family members or sponsors in Iowa.

During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.”

The third round of Democratic primary debates, hosted by ABC and Univision, will take place the second week of September. Presidential candidates have until late August to reach polling and grassroots fundraising thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee.

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JONESBORO —State Sen. Gail Davenport, D – Jonesboro, has been appointed by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan to serve as Chair of the Senate Study Committee on the Educational Development of African American Children in Georgia.

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MCDONOUGH — The sudden and unexpected death of a Marietta couple’s beloved dog after swimming with its owners in Lake Allatoona has filled social media feeds since the incident on Aug. 10. The incident brings to light the dangers of toxic algae growth. In neighboring North Carolina, another couple lost three dogs in one day after an afternoon swim in a pond.

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FOREST PARK — The Forest Park Police Department will be sharing Clayton County 911’s frequency but will maintain its own separate 911 call center.

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ATLANTA -- Georgia gas prices fell 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.40 a gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 stations. Gas prices in Georgia are 20.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 26.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Sometimes it takes a long time before you’re able to pay forward a kindness. This one took me 12 years to repay.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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The marriage contract had just been signed, and the festivities were in full swing. But just as close relatives of the newlyweds were emerging from an upstairs room to join hundreds of friends and family members at a Kabul wedding hall, an uninvited guest walked forward. What should have been a moment of celebration turned into a scene of unimaginable carnage, as an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the band playing in the men's section of the venue.

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The Dow soared Monday and US stocks scored their third straight rally as investors grew increasingly optimistic about a potential resolution to the the trade war and a limit to its economic fallout.

President Donald Trump says that Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "very compelling argument" that new tariffs would harm the US tech giant's ability to compete with its top rival.

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Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic for Governor of the State of Georgia, held a rally in the gym of Annistown Elementary School on Saturday.

The rally marked the launch of Fair Fight 2020, an initiative that aims to staff, fund and train voter protection operations in 20 battleground states, including Georgia, leading up to the 2020 general election. 

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SMYRNA — A who’s who of Republican leadership and donors turned up to a popular Smyrna gun shop and firing range Friday evening to take target practice and show their support to the head of the National Rifle Association, who gave a rallying cry to protect gun rights following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, among others.

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