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    Democrat Jon Ossoff said Friday he won’t make another bid for Georgia’s 6th District this year, leaving it up to lesser-known contenders to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the north Atlanta district. “I’m grateful beyond words for the support and hard work of the thousands of Georgians who volunteered with my campaign last year,” he told the AJC, “and I’ll be actively supporting Democratic candidates and staying engaged on key issues while I continue my work in investigative journalism.” Ossoff shattered records by raising nearly $30 million for the special election last year, ultimately losing to Handel by about 4 percentage points in a race that was viewed nationally as an early barometer for Democratic success in conservative-leaning districts in the Donald Trump era. The former congressional aide had hinted for months he was eyeing another bid for the seat, telling groups of Democratic donors he’s “not done fighting.” But with qualifying set to start in less than two weeks, and two Democratic challengers already in the race, there seemed little chance of him jumping in. Read more: Ossoff isn’t seeking a comeback bid for Georgia’s 6th District
  • Older Jeep Cherokee's. You see them all over the road. Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland parks next to one every morning at the WSB-TV studios.  A Cobb County family blames Fiat-Chrysler, the maker of Jeep, for the fire that killed their daughter. Sharing the blame is the trailer hitch mounted near her Jeep gas tank. Strickland says only a fraction of drivers with those gas tanks got any warning of the potential danger.  The danger comes from a gas tank mounted behind the rear wheels, leaving it exposed in a rear-end collision. Erica Scannavino’s family's lawsuit says the tank is only half of a dangerous and sometimes deadly problem. Scannavino, 32, was killed in July 2017 in Cobb County when a rear-end crash set a Jeep Cherokee ablaze. RECENT INVESTIGATIONS: Unpaid student loans could cost you your job under little-known state law Drug dealers, users find new market in social media APD recruits fired for allegedly smoking pot, shooting gun, stealing 'This is not the kind of collision where somebody’s supposed to die,' attorney Chris Glover told Strickland. The lawsuit says she burned alive because of the placement of the gas tank on her 1996 Cherokee and because of the after-market trailer hitch mounted only inches away. 'These after-market trailer hitches can make a bad situation, disastrous,' Glover, who represents Scannavino's parents in the lawsuit, said. The company’s response to the lawsuit and a warning from other crash victims, Monday on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.
  • A fight between rival pizza shop owners ended with one of them in jail. Shaikh Ahmed, the owner of Prime Pizza, said Hamayan Rashid, the owner of Little Villa Pizza, had repeatedly removed his flyers from hotels. Ahmed said Rashid also repeatedly threatened him. Both men went to check on their flyers at the Best Western hotel on Phoenix Boulevard in January. Ahmed says video shows Rashid threatening him again. He said when he got in his car to leave, Rashid rammed him from the back with his car. See the video that led police to charge Rashid with attempted murder, on Channel 2 Action News at 5.
  • Two undocumented men from Mexico now face federal charges after what agents call one of the largest drug busts in Georgia history. Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant was at the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta when agents showed off some of the drugs, money and guns seized. More than 25 kilos of heroin worth up to $2 million wholesale, plus methamphetamines, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and an AK-47.  It was all brought in after a traffic stop by Georgia State Patrol earlier this week in Gwinnett County. A K-9 unit from Lilburn found drugs in the car. That led them to a stash house in Lawrenceville. Two undocumented men from Mexico now face charges. DEA Atlanta’s special agent in charge called the big bust a game changer. We're talking to the officer who made the discovery, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 TRENDING STORIES: Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail White House on lock down after driver rams security barrier Pipe bombs, other weapons found in Marietta house, police say “Unfortunately, what this also represents to us and the men and women in law enforcement is the scope and sophistication of the organization that we are going to identify, target and destroy, and we’ll put them in jail,” said SAC Robert Murphy. U.S. Attorney BJ Pak called the bust a big win, but just more confirmation of the growing opioid crisis in Georgia.
  • The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funding to refuse to work with same-sex couples. Sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, a Brunswick Republican, the measure was passed Thursday by a vote of 35 to 19 after about an hour of contentious debate. The bill's next steps, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m. Ligon said the bill is needed to ensure that faith-based organizations are not kept out of civic life. But opponents of the measure say it would effectively allow state-sanctioned discrimination by adoption agencies. The core of the bill would give legal protection to faith-based adoption agencies that decline to place a child with people whose lifestyle they do not agree with, including single parents, unwed couples and LGBT couples.
  • The weather pattern will change from sunny weather to cloudy and rainy this weekend. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls said a few showers are possible Friday and Saturday but the best chance for widespread rain is Sunday. “We are expecting 1 to 2 inches, and isolated two plus inches,” Walls said. [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's weather app] Some gusty wind is possible in the stronger storms Sunday. Walls said the rain and storms could impact NASCAR events at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We'll show you the latest forecast data on the weekend weather, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4. WHAT CAN VIEWERS ONLY GET ON TV? 1. Updated hour-by-hour cloud forecast showing clouds partially clearing today 2. Updated temperature outlook showing when more seasonable temperatures, lows in the 40s, arrive 3. Pollen is now a problem – timeline for when rain could dampen allergens   The rain is forecast to continue into Monday but will clear by the evening Rain and a few strong storms are possible with a cold front on Sunday. This cold front will bring an end to our record warmth. I'll have the updated timing on @wsbtv at Noon and 5 pm today. pic.twitter.com/lyOiAgEQJJ — Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) February 23, 2018
  • The two victims in a string of random shootings are recovering in a hospital. Georgia State police and Atlanta police arrested Mikeal Demond Callaway following a chase Thursday. He is accused in three random shootings, including the murder of a father in front of his family. Channel 2’s Tom Regan learned two of the victims are at Grady Memorial Hospital, listed as stable. We're learning about the charges against the suspected shooter, for Channel 2 Action News at 5 They were wounded in separate shooting incidents early Thursday morning; one on Interstate 20 west, the other on Fulton Street. Police said someone fired at them from a silver SUV. An hour after that second shooting, someone shot and killed a man as he was pulling into a subdivision off of Flat Shoals Road near I-20. His pregnant were in the car. 

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  • One of three nursing home employees accused of repeatedly ignoring a World War II veteran’s last pleas for help before his death has surrendered to authorities. Wanda Nuckles, 61, of Buford, turned herself in to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said. RELATED: Nursing home employees indicted in death of neglected World War II vet Nuckles was a licensed practical nurse at the time of the incident four years ago that left James Dempsey, 89, dead in his room at Northeast Atlanta Rehabilitation Center. She no longer has her credentials, Williams said. She is charged with depriving an elder person of essential services and concealing a death.  Nuckles, Loyce Pickquet Agyeman and Mable Turman were recently indicted in the incident. Agyeman and Turman remain at large, Williams said. VIEW: Map of crime in metro Atlanta NEW: Join the discussion at the AJC's Crime & Safety Facebook group Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. In other news:
  • Latest updates, results, photo galleries and stories from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
  • President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of John McCain for the senator's dramatic thumbs-down deciding vote last year against the GOP health care repeal. Without using McCain's name, Trump spoke of his move in December that effectively defeated the overhaul in a close vote. The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference that 'except for one Senator, who came into a room at three o'clock in the morning and went like that,' Trump gave a thumbs-down, 'we would have had health care (reform), too.' The crowd booed. Trump added, 'I won't use his name.' McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer and is in Arizona battling the disease. His daughter, Meghan McCain, said Friday on ABC's 'The View,' that she'd address Trump's remarks with her mother, Cindy, next week.
  • The White House has been placed on lockdown following an incident with a vehicle which rammed the security barrier near the building. 
  • A Nevada judge is due to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit seeking enforcement of a voter-approved gun background-check law that has not been enforced since it passed in November 2016. The measure sought to close a legal loophole that proponents said let people skip background screening when buying guns from another person or online. About two dozen protesters gathered outside the courthouse ahead of the hearing. Former Las Vegas-area sheriff Bill Young, a longtime proponent of the gun-control measure and a protest speaker, accused Nevada politicians of blocking enactment of the measure both before and after a gunman in a high-rise casino shot into an concert crowd on the Las Vegas Strip last Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. Protest organizer Andrew Woods also pointed to the Feb. 14 shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. 'This is going on all over the United States,' Young said ahead of the protest. 'But I'm concerned about Las Vegas and Nevada. The politicians are not smarter and do not know more than the citizens of our state.' They concede the measure wouldn't have prevented the Las Vegas gunman from legally obtaining the cache of assault-style weapons he used to unleash the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But they say it could help keep guns away from other people who shouldn't have them by requiring background checks through a licensed gun dealer when most firearms change hands. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and GOP state Attorney General Adam Laxalt call the initiative legally flawed because they say Nevada can't force the FBI to expend federal resources to conduct gun buyer background checks through the National Crime Information Center. 'Clearly, the voters of Nevada have indicated that they want background checks for the private party sale of firearms,' the governor said in a statement Friday. He vetoed a legislative measure in 2013 similar to the initiative that passed in by less than 1 percentage point. Sandoval said Nevada is still conducting state background checks with a system that he called more thorough than federal background checks because it includes buyer mental health and criminal records relating to domestic violence, misdemeanor crimes, arrest reports and restraining orders that are not included in the federal review.
  • The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle 'did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex.' No shots were fired during the incident, the Secret Service says. The agency adds that the female driver of the vehicle was 'immediately apprehended.' Witnesses saw a commotion on the White House grounds as security officers responded. President Donald Trump is hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House. Turnbull is remaining at the White House as the incident is being investigated. The Secret Service says no law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident.