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    The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules meant to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. >> Read more trending news FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in favor of it Thursday, said it “certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation” that made the internet the “greatest free-market innovation in history.”  >> Related: State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence,” he said.
  • Speculation that Atlanta’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration would move from Underground Atlanta to Woodruff Park was confirmed Wednesday. The city of Atlanta told Channel 2 Action News that this year the annual event will move to the central city park, a few blocks north of Underground. For 28 years the city has hosted an all-day party each New Year’s Eve at Underground, featuring bands, food, confetti, and the ceremonial lowering of the 800-pound Peach from a tower above the plaza. The traditional New Year’s Eve celebration has often attracted more than 100,000 people, according to PeachDrop.com. Expectations that the event would make a move were ramped up with the sale this spring of Underground Atlanta to the South Carolina firm WRS Real Estate Investments. The sale had been announced two years ago, but was postponed due to complications, including questions about easements from MARTA and railroad companies. Plans for the purported $300 million overhaul of Underground would turn it into a live-work-play community with apartments and a grocery store. WRS paid $34.6 million for the money-losing mall including 12 acres of land. The sale of Underground occurred in a year that also saw the sale of two dozen downtown properties to a German developer, Newport Holding GmbH, raising the prospect of a revitalized downtown south of Marietta Street. “The Gulch,” the area behind Marietta Street, best known as tailgate-central during Falcon’s games, has also been offered as a possible locale for Amazon’s new satellite headquarters, in plans proposed by the state of Georgia. The Peach Drop has undergone a few changes over the years, including the version in 2014, when the giant peach shared space on the tower above Underground with an even-more-giant replica of a peanut M&M. A city spokesperson told WSB the city would release specific plans for entertainment and security at the Woodruff Park event some time this week.
  • Authorities said three people died Thursday morning during a shooting at a New Mexico high school, including the person who first opened fire at the school, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news
  • Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he will resign 'in the coming weeks' from his seat in the U.S. Senate amid growing calls for him to step down after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. >> Read more trending news
  • Atlanta police hope a distinctive jacket worn by one of the suspects accused of killing a restaurant manager will help identify the trio. The black “Switch” brand jacket has the number 88 and a black “S” on it, Major Adam Lee said Wednesday afternoon at a press conference. Part of the jacket fabric has a quilt-like pattern.  Investigators found the jacket on Nov. 19, not long after Chelsea Beller was shot at Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road. Beller, 29, and other employees were closing the restaurant when three masked men came inside. While the workers were tied up with electrical tape, Beller was led to the office, where she gave the suspects cash from the safe before she was shot. She died from her injuries.  After the shooting, three suspects carjacked a car which they later abandoned, according to police. Inside the car, investigators found items believed to belong to the suspects.  Read more about what police say happened on the night of the restaurant robbery, and about other evidence likely belonging to the suspects at myAJC.com
  • Rahmael Sal Holt, the suspect in the shooting death of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Officer Brian Shaw, is in custody after a days-long manhunt. >> Watch the news report here Police had been searching for Holt since Friday night’s shooting. He was arrested Monday morning at a home on Ladora Way in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood after law enforcement agencies received a tip that he was there. In addition to Holt, eight other people were arrested – including his mother. >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage Shaw, 25, was killed after he pulled over a Jeep on Friday in a traffic stop on Leishman Avenue. According to court documents, the Jeep never stopped and Holt, who allegedly killed Shaw, fled and Shaw pursued him on foot.  >> Suspect named in Pennsylvania police officer's shooting death Tavon Harper, who police say was driving the Jeep, took off, police said. Holt then fired multiple shots, killing Shaw, according to court documents. Shaw was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital, where he later died.  >> Read more trending news  WPXI confirmed with multiple sources that Shaw was ambushed that night and at least one of the bullets went through a soft spot in his body armor. Read more here.
  • The defense team for Claud “Tex” McIver is falling apart, as two of his lawyers announced today that they are no longer representing the prominent Atlanta attorney accused of murdering his wife. William Hill, who has served as lead defense attorney, filed a notice today that he is withdrawing as counsel. MORE: Attorney shake-up in McIver case Meanwhile, attorney Stephen Maples also told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that he is leaving the case. Neither attorney elaborated as to the reason for their departure. McIver is now represented solely by attorney Bruce Harvey. McIver remains in the Alpharetta annex of the Fulton County Jail. Read more about McIver’s remaining attorney and how the personnel shake-up could impact the scheduled March 5 trial date at myAJC.com. And get caught up on the case: