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Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue at Senate forum

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.

The two met for their first candidate forum Thursday and Nunn quickly set the tone by touting her ability to work across party lines while portraying Perdue as an obstructionist who would continue Washington gridlock.

Perdue didn't respond to the attacks, focusing instead on criticizing the policies of national Democrats and arguing Nunn would be a proxy for President Barack Obama.

The Georgia race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's term.

Libertarian Amanda Swafford, who will also appear on the ballot, was not invited to the forum.


Ga. woman shoots suspected burglar through door

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say a 73-year-old woman shot through a door and wounded suspected burglar as he approached her bedroom.

Police spokesman Jake Smith said Thursday that the woman called 911 when she heard glass breaking at her back door and fired through her bedroom door when she saw a flashlight shining on the other side.

Smith says the suspect, identified as Jamie Christopher Lewis, took himself to the Eastside Medical Center and was suffering from a non-life threatening wound to his chest. Smith says a Snellville Police officer called Gwinnett County police when he noticed the man had been shot.

Lewis is charged with burglary and it's unclear if he has an attorney.


Police search for man in officer-involved shooting

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - College Park police say they're searching for a man accused of shooting at an officer in a police-involved shooting.

Deputy Chief Ferman Williford tells WSB-TV an officer was chasing theft suspect Thursday evening when the he shot at the officer and continued running. Williford says the officer returned fire.

Williford says the officer wasn't hurt, but a bystander may have suffered a leg wound.

Williford says the suspect is at large and is armed and dangerous. The man is described as black with a medium brown complexion, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build. Authorities say the man was wearing a white or tan tank top and tan camouflage shorts.


GA man gets life sentence in teen's shooting death

ATLANTA (AP) - Fulton County prosecutors say a man who claimed self-defense in a teen's shooting death has been sentenced to life in prison.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says 39-year-old Ronnie Clay was found guilty of murder in the death of 18-year-old Jared Billings. Clay was charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors say Billings was shot Jan. 1, 2013 in southwest Atlanta after an argument on the front porch of a house. Authorities say Clay pulled a gun on Billings, shot him in the chest and fired three more shots as he fled the scene.

Prosecutors say Clay claimed he shot the teen because he was being robbed at knife point.

Clay was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.


Home Depot says Menear will become CEO on Nov. 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot says Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1.

Frank Blake has been Home Depot's chairman and CEO since 2007, and he will remain chairman of the company.

Menear became president of the company's U.S. retail unit in February. He has worked for Home Depot since 1997.

Home Depot Inc. is based in Atlanta and is the largest U.S. home improvement retailer. On Tuesday, the company reported strong second-quarter results and raised its forecast for the full year. It said purchases of major items like appliances and water heaters improved compared to last year, and its results have been helped by the improving U.S. housing market.


2 Georgia men sentenced in robbery, assault

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two men have been sentenced in a robbery, assault and carjacking.

Authorities said Thursday that 26-year-old Frederick Todd Anderson of Riverdale has been sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison in the March 2013 attack. Prosecutors say 30-year-old David Starks of College Park has been sentenced to 11 years and 11 months.

Prosecutors say Starks, Anderson, a co-defendant who has already been sentenced and two juveniles jumped a business owner as he walked from his office to his car and robbed him of his wallet, wedding ring and car keys.

Authorities say Anderson told the juveniles to take the man's car and the victim was put in the backseat of the suspects' vehicle where he was beaten until he provided his ATM pin number.


Alabama judge could avoid prosecution in Atlanta

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama federal judge could avoid prosecution for domestic violence in Atlanta.

Programs help some defendants avoid criminal prosecution, and a defense lawyer says U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is open to such a chance in Fulton County.

The defense says Fuller is entering treatment for an unspecified reason, and the Atlanta court offers pre-trial intervention and diversion programs for some defendants. One of the programs is for people in treatment programs.

Fuller's defense attorney Jeff Brickman says he plans to talk to a prosecutor soon about the possibility. Brickman says Fuller would welcome the chance to end the case without prosecution.

A prosecutor didn't return a message seeking comment.

Atlanta police recently arrested Fuller on a misdemeanor battery charge after his wife called 911 saying he was beating her.

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