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  • A vacant building in Midtown collapsed after a car crashed into it Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta fire officials said.  The crash occurred in the 400 block of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said.  “The driver of the vehicle is alert, conscious and breathing with a possible head injury,” Hannah said.  Hannah said the building has partially collapsed.  Police have not released details on what led the car to crash into the building.  Atlanta fire officials are investigating the crash.  Ponce de Leon Avenue to Boulevard is blocked, Atlanta fire officials said. No one else was injured in the crash.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates In other news:
  • An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday, killing at least six people and injuring  dozens of others, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  Amtrak Cascades Train 501, carrying 78 passengers and five crew members, jumped the track near Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, plunging off an overpass onto the I-5 freeway below, according to Amtrak officials. Amtrak has provided a phone number for people to call with questions about family or friends who may have been on the train: 800-523-9101. At least 70 people were taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center and at least 20 were transported to the Madigan Army Medical Emergency Center. The main phone number for St. Joseph’s is 253-426-4101. You can inquire about a loved one at this number by providing the name of the person. >> Related:  LIVE UPDATES: At least 70 sent to hospital, 6 dead after train derails on I-5 Madigan has two numbers listed for patient admissions: 253-968-3827 and 253-968-3829.
  • Nick Chubb and Sony Michel had a dream of bringing a championship to Georgia when they decided almost exactly one year ago to return for their senior seasons.They've already helped lead No. 3 Georgia to the Southeastern Conference championship. Now the two tailbacks want to keep dreaming as Georgia has a Rose Bowl date with No. 2 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.'It couldn't have been any better,' Michel said Monday. 'We put a great season together.'It's difficult to imagine Georgia winning the SEC title in coach Kirby Smart's second season and being part of the playoff if not for the decisions by Chubb, Michel and outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy to bypass the NFL draft and return for their senior seasons.It was an important boost for Smart and his staff following a disappointing 8-5 finish last year.Smart said the impact of those decisions was 'probably more than they have been given credit.'I think the greatest impact it had was it gave the younger players ... confidence in the regime,' Smart said. 'It showed them that, hey, man, these guys have only been with this staff one year, but they're willing to stay.'Chubb and Michel have followed in the footsteps of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and formed one of the best running back tandems in school history. Michel needs only 52 yards rushing against Oklahoma to give Georgia its first pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season.And there are more waiting in the wings.D'Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien have combined for 1,155 yards rushing. That has helped Georgia set a school record with 3,426 yards rushing.'We had a vision first and after that you kind of have to work at it and reach those goals and that's kind of what we did,' Chubb said. 'We came here and we worked hard, we worked very hard in the offseason to get to where we are.'Asked about the vision, Chubb said, 'You want to win championships.'Georgia beat Auburn 28-7 on Dec. 2 for its first SEC championship since 2005. Even Chubb acknowledged it may have been difficult at this time last year to have a vision of contending for the national championship.'You kind of see it,' he said. 'It was a little blurry but you have to work for it.'This will be only the second Rose Bowl appearance for the Bulldogs.And the last time Georgia played in the game, it was led by perhaps its all-time most celebrated running back duo.Frankie Sinkwich and Charley Trippi helped Georgia beat UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl following the 1942 season.Sinkwich won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 but was slowed by sprained ankles in the Rose Bowl. Trippi ran for 115 yards in Georgia's win. He was named the game's outstanding player. Trippi was the Heisman runner-up, behind Army's Glenn Davis, in 1946.Trippi, who turned 96 last week and lives in Athens, says playing in the Rose Bowl was one of his biggest highlights of his college career, which was interrupted by his service in World War II.'Of course playing in the Rose Bowl was a great thrill,' Trippi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Monday. 'Anybody who plays college football loves that opportunity. It so happened I was playing on a good football team and it made my job a lot easier.'Trippi said Chubb and Michel are 'good football players' and added 'That's why they're there.'Chubb's 1,175 yards rushing this season have left him second on the SEC career records, behind former Georgia Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. Chubb and Michel rank second and third, respectively, on the school's career rushing list.NOTES: Smart said LB Natrez Patrick and backup wide receiver Jayson Stanley remain eligible to practice with the team following their arrests on Dec. 2. Patrick's misdemeanor marijuana charge was dropped last week. Stanley negotiated an agreement to plead guilty to possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding, while a DUI drug charge was dismissed. Smart wouldn't comment on the players' status for the Rose Bowl and said discipline will be handled 'internally.' ... OLB coach Kevin Sherrer, expected to be named defensive coordinator at Tennessee, will remain with Georgia through the playoff. 'When he got the opportunity he got, which I'm really proud of him, first thing he said he wanted to finish out right, and we want him to,' Smart said. Tennessee has not announced the hire.___More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is back up and running, but it will be days before all the effects of Sunday’s blackout are finally resolved. More than 400 flights were canceled Monday because of the massive power outage that left the world’s busiest airport in the dark for nearly 12 hours Sunday.  “We’re extremely sorry for what it did to disrupt their lives,” Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant on Monday.  We’re sitting down one-on-one with Bowers to talk about what is being done in light of Sunday’s outage for a live report, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. The unprecedented airport-wide blackout forced more than 1,000 flight cancellations Sunday and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded in Atlanta and around the world.  Georgia Power said they are still investigating the incident. They released video of inside the service tunnel where the fire occurred that caused the power outage.  This is NEW VIDEO from @GeorgiaPower inside @ATLairport service tunnel where crews are working on repairs after fire caused massive Sunday blackout.@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/XcnG33EO5M — Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) December 18, 2017 “We’re extremely sorry for what it did to disrupt their lives.” We’re getting answers from @GeorgiaPower CEO Paul Bowers about Sunday’s crippling outage at @ATLairport. What the company knows so far and the next steps...at 5 @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/9EpTgxREuL — Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) December 18, 2017
  • After maintaining his innocence for more than a quarter of a century, Reginald Clemons admitted Monday that he took part in the rape and killing of two sisters who were pushed from an abandoned St. Louis bridge into the Mississippi River.Clemons spent 22 years on death row before the Missouri Supreme Court threw out the conviction in 2015 after finding that prosecutors suppressed evidence that police had beaten a confession out of him. His case drew support from prisoners' rights organizations and legal groups.But on Monday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of rape and one count of first-degree robbery. Under a plea agreement, Clemons, 46, was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences.Asked by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison if the allegations against him were true, Clemons replied 'Yes, your honor,' according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.'There's no happy ending for this family that has been through so much, but I was relieved that he finally owned up to what he did,' former St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, who made the decision to re-try the case, said.Julie Kerry, 20, and her 19-year-old sister, Robin, were visiting the abandoned Chain of Rocks bridge with a male cousin, Thomas Cummins, late on the night of April 4, 1991. They encountered Clemons, who was 19 at the time, along with his cousin, Antonio Richardson, and two friends, Marlin Gray and Daniel Winfrey.Clemons and his friends robbed Cummins of money and a watch, and they took turns raping the Kerry sisters. They then led the three through a manhole to a substructure of the bridge, from which they pushed the sisters into the river and forced Cummins to jump.Julie Kerry's body was found three weeks later, 150 miles downriver. Robin Kerry's body was never recovered. Cummins was able to swim to shore.Winfrey received a 30-year sentence in exchange for his cooperation and has since been paroled. Gray was executed in 2005. Richardson's death sentence was commuted to life in prison without parole.The sisters' mother, Ginny Kerry, was among those at Monday's hearing.'I'm glad it's over,' she told the Post-Dispatch. 'And I'm glad he's finally admitted he's guilty. I'm tired of all the lies.'Joyce said Ginny Kerry attended every hearing for Clemons, each time being forced to re-hear the horrors her daughters experienced.'I can't imagine a worse torture for a family to go through,' Joyce said.Clemons' attorney, public defender Brian Horneyer, didn't immediately reply to a message seeking comment.Clemons was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death. But he maintained his innocence, and many believed him. A 'Justice for Reggie' campaign updated supporters on developments in his court case and raised money for his defense.At a 2012 hearing, Clemons testified he was beaten so badly during an interrogation that he admitted to the crime just so the beatings would stop. But asked 32 times by a prosecutor about the events that night, Clemons answered, 'Under the advice of counsel I plead the Fifth.'In 2015, a 'special master' appointed by the state Supreme Court found no direct evidence that Clemons didn't participate in the killings, but ruled that procedural errors in the original trial merited a retrial.
  • Republicans rallied to GOP Sen. Bob Corker's defense Monday, rejecting a report that the Tennessee lawmaker stealthily tucked a provision into the massive tax package to benefit himself financially and then reversed course to back the bill.Democrats were unrelenting as they howled about the 'Corker kickback' and argued the tax benefit for real estate developers boosts the wealthy — President Donald Trump, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Corker among them — at the expense of average Americans.In a letter on Monday, the GOP chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said that he — not Corker — was the author of the provision and that it was hardly a brand-new creation dropped into the final version of the bill. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, outlined the legislative path for the provision, starting with its unveiling Nov. 2 by his House counterpart, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.Calling himself 'disgusted,' Hatch said it was 'categorically false' that the provision was 'airdropped' into the bill and Corker was responsible.'It takes a great deal of imagination — and likely no small amount of partisanship — to argue that a provision that has been public for over a month,' debated on the House floor and included in a House-passed bill 'is somehow a covert and last-minute addition to the conference report,' Hatch said.Corker said in a statement late Sunday that 'he is not a member of the tax-writing committee and had no involvement in crafting the legislation.' Corker said he requested no specific tax provisions throughout the monthslong debate and had no knowledge of the real estate provision in question. He pressed Hatch for details on the process, prompting the chairman's letter hours later.Corker's office declined further comment on Monday.A story in the International Business Times, an online publication, said Corker 'suddenly switched his vote to yes' after GOP leaders added the provision, which could boost Corker's real estate income. The story was co-written by David Sirota, a former Democratic political strategist who has worked for former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.House and Senate negotiators finalized the tax bill last week and included a version of the provision to benefit the real estate industry in the form of pass-through companies, which are businesses in which the profits double as the owners' personal income.These types of companies can reduce their taxable income by 20 percent, but the Senate bill had only permitted them to do so if they paid wages to workers. The final bill enables the deduction for owners of certain kinds of property as well, a tax break that would presumably help Trump, Kushner and other officials and policymakers with real estate holdings.Corker owns real estate and development companies. His estimated net worth was more than $69 million in 2015, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which analyzes campaign and financial data. Corker's most recent financial disclosure form listed a building in Chattanooga, Tennessee, worth $5 million to $25 million.He opposed the original Senate bill, complaining it would add to the nation's debt and 'deepen the debt burden on future generations.'But Corker said Friday that while the final version of the bill negotiated by House and Senate Republicans 'is far from perfect,' it represents 'a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive.'Corker's announcement made Senate passage of the GOP tax package more likely. GOP leaders are trying to muscle the bill through Congress this week, handing Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas.'This is the quintessential picking of winners and losers,' David Kamin, a law professor at New York University and former Obama administration official, said of the provision.Kamin said this tax break could create an incentive for companies to hold more property and assets while employing fewer workers.House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday used the term 'Corker kickback' as she criticized the provision, calling it another example of Republicans working 'to enrich their donors and themselves' in the tax legislation.'Republicans are racing to pass the bill before the public can discover all the giveaways, but the American people already recognize the tax scam for the daylight robbery it is,' she said in a statement Monday.Big banks, wealthy real estate developers and other special interests are 'already salivating' at the opportunity to exploit massive loopholes included in the GOP bill, Pelosi said.Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said the real estate provision was added as GOP leaders worked 'to cobble together the votes we needed to get this bill passed, at the same time maintaining the integrity of the largest tax cuts we're going to be seeing since 1986.'The real estate provision 'is just one piece of a 1,000-page bill which is going to grow the American economy. And what we are seeing is that American corporations and businesses are not competitive in the global economy because we have the highest tax rate in the industrialized world,' Cornyn said Sunday on ABC's 'This Week.'___Associated Press writer Joshua Boak contributed to this report.