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    Dwight Howard has Atlanta revved up for a playoff push. 'Our focus should be, we need to step on the floor from the tip,' he said. The Hawks also hope they're done with the detour through lengthy losing streaks that almost derailed their drive. Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 99-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Hawks have won two straight following a seven-game losing streak that stunted their push in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Atlanta is still in the fight for a fifth seed with Milwaukee, Indiana and Miami. The Hawks boosted their playoff hopes with a win a night earlier against Phoenix. 'We gave seven games away,' Howard said. 'We need these games going into the playoffs. I thought the level of play was pretty good over most of those games.' Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kent Bazemore each scored 19 points for the Hawks. Richaun Holmes led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 15. Saric was only 5 of 18 from the floor, but remains the leading contender for NBA Rookie of the Year. The Hawks led by as many as 11 points, but struggled to put the Sixers away. Nicknamed 'Simba,' Justin Anderson had the Sixers fans roaring when his monster dunk cut it to 83-81. He converted a three-point play that pulled the Sixers within four and kept alive the hope they could knock off playoff-bound Atlanta. The short-handed Sixers (they had only eight players) had the verve but not the talented depth to do much more than keep it close down the stretch. Coach Brett Brown remained optimistic that better days are ahead for the Sixers and these are the type of games they win with a healthy core. 'I've got, like, nine or 10 guys that we can legitimately move forward,' he said. 'That wasn't that many (in prior years) when we were circling three or four, maybe five. This year is different. For that reason, you feel like the corporate knowledge and the purpose of what we're teaching and how we're growing these guys has a greater chance to be with us next year.' Howard, shooting 53 percent from the line, extended Atlanta's lead from the line and he grabbed his 20th rebound with about 48 seconds left to help seal the win. Howard actually shot 6 of 7 from the line and was 8 of 17 from the floor. Holmes was charged with stopping Howard and found the player called 'Superman' was out to dominate. 'I just tried to make him work as much as possible on the defensive end, and try to go at him; not just take my lumps on the defensive end but give him something, too,' he said. TIP-INS Hawks: The Hawks went 4-0 against the Sixers this season and have won seven straight against them overall. Atlanta swept the Sixers for the seventh time in franchise history. ... Howard has 10-plus rebounds in 17 straight games. Sixers: Missed 14 of 20 3s in the first half. ... Jahlil Okafor (right knee) and Robert Covington (right knee) sat out. ... Brown stormed out to midcourt to argue with the refs and was hit with a technical. GOOD EFFORT A season after the Sixers won 10 games, they've reached their highest win total in Brown's four seasons. Joel Embiid's rookie season was cut short with injuries and No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons never played because of a broken foot. Brown said the Sixers have 'fought in a higher weight class all year,' and smart moves in the draft and free agency could raise expectations. 'There's not anybody that you say had a rough year this year. Not any of them,' he said. 'That collective stuff trumps individual stuff and we have exceeded expectations and have milked and squeezed everything possible out of this group. I'm enamored with these guys. I respect them. I enjoy coaching them.' He added: 'This group has exceeded expectations all over the place. We will reap the benefit of that spirit and attitude and that excitement with a very, very calculated disciplined summer.' UP NEXT Hawks: finish a three-game road trip Saturday at Chicago and Sunday at Brooklyn. Sixers: hit the road for two games, playing Friday at Cleveland and Sunday at Toronto. ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • The Atlanta Hawks had another tough night from long range. Dennis Schroder just kept shooting anyway. The Hawks point guard hit consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to spark a 17-1 run that carried Atlanta to a 95-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak and giving his team's playoff hopes a much-needed boost. 'I saw an opportunity to shoot it,' Schroder said. 'I just had to shoot it with confidence.' Atlanta was able to overcome a 6-of-27 showing beyond the arc. Schroder finished with 27 points, nine assists and six rebounds, offsetting a sloppy night in which he committed eight turnovers. 'We weren't great for 48 minutes, but he played hard and competed hard for 48 minutes,' said coach Mike Budenholzer, whose ailing team had to go again without All-Star forward Paul Millsap and two other key players . The Suns, who were missing Devin Booker, lost their ninth in a row in a matchup of teams with the two longest active losing streaks in the NBA. 'Everyone knows we're undermanned and it's going to be tough every night,' Suns forward Jared Dudley said. 'Schroder hit two good 3s. I thought those two 3s were the difference in the game. If he missed one of them, they might not win this game.' The Hawks raced to an 18-point lead in the first quarter and held Phoenix to just 12 points on 5-of-26 shooting. But Atlanta sleepwalked through the next two periods and went nearly 4 1/2 minutes in the fourth without scoring. The Suns took advantage of the Hawks' shooting woes, finally taking their first lead of the night on Alan Williams' lay-in with 10:37 remaining and stretching the margin to 78-71. After missing his first five 3s, Schroder answered with those back-to-back shots beyond the arc. The Hawks pulled away from there. 'You've got to keep shooting,' Schroder said. 'The coaches say it all the time. When you're open, let it fly.' Booker, just two games removed from his 70-point performance against Boston , sat out the game after aggravating his injured right ankle. T.J. Warren led the Suns with 24 points. Millsap missed his sixth straight game for Atlanta with an ailing left knee, which is likely to keep him out at least through the weekend. Also sidelined were fellow starter Kent Bazemore (bruised right knee) and top bench player Thabo Sefolosha (strained right groin). Bazemore is expected to play on Wednesday at Philadelphia, while Sefolosha also appears close to returning. PLAYOFF RACE The Hawks improved to 38-36 and hold the tiebreaker edge for the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference over the Milwaukee Bucks, who kept pace with a 118-108 victory at Charlotte. Indiana (37-37) dropped a game back with a 115-114 loss to Minnesota, with Miami (36-38) another game back and holding the final playoff spot after a 97-96 victory over Detroit. TIP-INS Suns: Had their lowest-scoring first quarter of the season, but it wasn't their worst period. Phoenix managed only 10 points in the fourth of a Nov. 25 game against Minnesota. ... This is the longest losing streak for the Suns since a 13-game skid from Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2016. ... Phoenix also struggled from 3-point range, hitting just 7 of 31. Hawks: Avoided their longest losing streak since an eight-game slide in February 2014 during Budenholzer's first season as coach. ... Despite Schroder's heroics down the stretch, Atlanta has made just 11 of 54 beyond the arc over their last two games. ... Fill-in starters Ersan Ilyasova (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Taurean Prince (15 points, six rebounds) made solid contributions. ... Dwight Howard chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXT Suns: Return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night after wrapping up a fruitless six-game road trip. Hawks: Begin a three-game road swing Wednesday night against the 76ers. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • The slumping Atlanta Hawks are hopeful of getting back at least one of their injured players. Barring a setback, guard Kent Bazemore should be able to play Wednesday when the Hawks begin a road trip at Philadelphia. Bazemore missed his fifth straight game Tuesday night with a bruised right knee. In another promising development for a short-handed team that had lost seven in a row , key bench player Thabo Sefolosha will accompany the Hawks on their road trip, indicating that he's close to returning from a strained right groin that has kept him out for two games. The Hawks will have to go longer without All-Star forward Paul Millsap, who has missed six games with an ailing left knee. He had been ruled out at least through Saturday's contest at Chicago after undergoing a non-surgical procedure to deal with his injury. ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker sat out Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks with an ankle injury that he aggravated in his 70-point performance. Booker was already having problems with his right ankle when he set a franchise record and became the youngest player to reach 70 points in last Friday's game at Boston. He played 35 minutes Sunday at Charlotte, scoring 23 points. But coach Earl Watson decided to give the 20-year-old the night off in Atlanta. The Suns came into the game with an eight-game losing streak, the NBA's longest active skid. The Hawks had lost seven in a row.
  • At the Atlanta Hawks game against the Brooklyn Nets Sunday in Atlanta, one fan got the crowd going with his dunk and his dance. In a video posted on Facebook by the Hawks, a man dressed in jeans, a shirt and Nike shoes, first dribbled the ball from across the court and then made the jump of his life. >> Read more trending news His body reached heights taller than the basket, but he was able to make the daring basket and land on the pad below. If that didn’t get the crowd going, his dance surely did. He somersaulted off the pad and “butt-bumped” on the court and then finished with a full-body spin. The clip has more than 368,000 views. Some commented with skepticism on the video and suggested it was staged, comparing it to some of the “kiss cam fails” that have gone viral, like the proposal fail at a January Hawks game. Whether or not he was a real fan, it was a fun sight for the crowd. As for Sunday’s game, the Nets won 107-92.  Watch the video of the dunk and dance below.
  • Dennis Schroder insists the Atlanta Hawks will be fine when their three injured starters return. The point guard also believes the Eastern Conference playoff standings are too tight for the Hawks to wait for Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha to return from their injuries. Schroder said the Hawks must snap their seven-game losing streak with their current limited roster, which will be without the three starters for at least one more game. 'I'm saying now we have to change something,' Schroder said Monday. 'We can't wait until they come back. Maybe it's too late then.' The Hawks announced Monday night that Millsap, a four-time All-Star who has missed the last five games, will miss three more games after being diagnosed with left knee synovitis. The diagnosis of the condition, the inflammation of a membrane in the knee joint, came after Millsap was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida, and by two Atlanta specialists. The team said Millsap had a non-surgical procedure at Atlanta's Emory Hospital, and his status will be updated 'as appropriate.' The Hawks are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They are only two games ahead of eighth-place Miami, which currently holds the final playoff spot, and 2½ ahead of ninth-place Chicago. The Hawks see they could drop out of the playoffs if they don't quickly end the losing streak. 'The NBA isn't easy,' Schroder said. 'You've got to win games to make it in the playoffs.' Coach Mike Budenholzer said the other two injured starters also will not play in Tuesday night's home game against Phoenix. Bazemore, who has missed four straight games with a right knee bone bruise, said he hopes to return for Wednesday's game at Philadelphia. Sefolosha, held out against the Nets with a right groin strain, was seen working on an elliptical machine at the portion of Monday's practice open to media. There is no timetable on Millsap's return. Before the losing streak, which matches the team's longest of the season, the Hawks were competing with Toronto for the fourth seed in the East and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Home-court advantage is now a distant dream. Atlanta is tied with Milwaukee and Indiana for fifth following Sunday's 107-92 loss to New Jersey, which owns the NBA's worst record. The latest ugly loss left Atlanta in what Bazemore described as 'a dark time.' Even so, he insists the players' spirit is not broken. Bazemore pointed to players taking extra shots after practice and said, 'My teammates are still laughing. ... We're still alive and kicking.' Budenholzer's message is for players to avoid trying to do too much to fill the void left by the injured starters. 'I think to some degree we're all pressing,' Budenholzer said. 'Coaches pressing, each guy individually. It comes from actually a good place. They want to win. They want to have success and it's just remembering that the best way for us to have success is to do it as a group and do it together.' Budenholzer said rookie Taurean Price, who had 17 points, six rebounds and three steals in his first start against the Nets, likely will remain in the lineup against Phoenix. Ersan Ilyasova and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to shoot only 8 of 30 against the Nets. Atlanta's depleted bench was outscored 46-7 by Brooklyn's backups. Budenholzer said Bazemore is 'very close' to playing and could be cleared after 'another good day.' Bazemore said he has done 'pretty much everything' on the court in testing his knee, including change-of-direction drills. 'I'm starting to feel good,' Bazemore said. 'Things are trending in the right direction.
  • The Brooklyn Nets have struggled to protect any lead, especially on the road, while compiling the NBA's worst record. This time, Brook Lopez and the Nets answered every challenge from Atlanta. Lopez scored 23 points and the Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss. The Hawks were without three starters, including Paul Millsap. The Nets led by 22 points in the first half and regrouped for only their sixth road win after Atlanta pulled within five points early in the second half. 'I don't want to say earlier in the season we would have folded, but I don't think we would have done a great job of holding on, and holding our composure the way we did,' Lopez said. Lopez said the win 'shows the growth and how much we've improved since the start of the season.' Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams, made when he sank a 10-foot jumper with less than five minutes remaining. Jeremy Lin had 19 points for the Nets (16-57), who have won three of four and are 7-8 in March. The Hawks began the day tied with Milwaukee for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta's slide has come as Millsap has missed five straight games with left knee tightness. The Hawks also were without Kent Bazemore, who missed his fourth straight game with a right knee bone bruise, and Thabo Sefolosha (right groin strain). Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 24 points. Rookie forward Taurean Price had 17 points in his first start. The seven-game losing streak matches Atlanta's longest of the season. Hawks center Dwight Howard, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds, said players 'have to fight for each other' and 'can't allow the enemy to be ourselves. The enemy has to be the other team.' Added Howard: 'There are times we have to do a better job collectively of staying together and staying strong, especially when we have tough times.' Brooklyn led 19-18 before stretching the lead to 43-21 with a 24-3 run that covered the end of the first period and the first three minutes of the second. Atlanta was held without a field goal in the second quarter until Schroder's jumper with 7:32 remaining. The Hawks recovered to trail 55-48 at halftime and twice cut the deficit to five points early in the second half. Caris LeVert had four points in a 10-0 run that pushed the Nets' lead to 67-52. TIP-INS Nets: Lopez got the seven field goals he needed to pass Williams' team record of 3,981. ... G Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) and G Sean Kilpatrick (strained left hamstring) did not play. ... The Nets' last win at Atlanta had been March 9, 2013. ... The Nets scored 31 points off Atlanta's 21 turnovers. ... Brooklyn improved its road record to 6-30. Hawks: Howard's sixth rebound made him the 15th player in NBA history with 16,000 points and 12,000 rebounds. ... Ersan Ilyasova had 18 rebounds and nine points. Howard and Ilyasova are first Atlanta teammates with at least 15 rebounds since Josh Smith and Al Horford against Milwaukee on March 20, 2013. .... Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points but shot only 5 of 16 from the field. MILLSAP MENDING Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Millsap has had swelling in the knee and an MRI 'was clean, nothing unusual.' Budenholzer said the plan is 'just continuing to monitor him and rehab and hope for the best.' AND VISITING Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, a Hawks assistant from 2012-16, had a visit from Millsap after the game. Millsap stuck out his hand to briefly interrupt the postgame news conference. 'I don't stop my press conference for just anybody,' Atkinson said after the handshake. UP NEXT Nets: Host 76ers on Tuesday. Hawks: Host Suns on Tuesday.
  • He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a left knee injury. The NBA said Noah's suspension will begin with the first regular-season or playoff game for which he is 'eligible and physically able to play.' At minimum, that means the suspension will carry over into at least the first 10 games of next season and likely longer, since Noah is not currently able to play. The players' union believes the 6-foot-11 player made an unintentional mistake. 'Joakim was completely forthcoming and cooperative throughout the investigation and we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake,' the union statement said. 'Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction, and neither he nor the NBPA will pursue an appeal.' The league cited Noah for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has said that the substance, known as SARMs, has 'similar properties to anabolic agents, but ... the lack of steroid-related side effects.' The World Anti-Doping Agency has SARMs on its prohibited at-all-times list. USADA has issued warnings in the past that products containing the illegal compound are 'being sold illegally as dietary supplements.' Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the last two seasons. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters in San Antonio on Saturday that he hopes Noah can be medically cleared by the end of this season so the suspension can begin. The Knicks play in San Antonio on Saturday night, and began the day eight games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity. The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and seven assists in a 100-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, though the Hawks still hold the tiebreaker. Atlanta has lost six straight. 'It was a playoff-type game. Everybody is fighting for pole position,' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Atlanta had one last chance to tie before Ersan Ilyasova missed a contested 3 from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left with fans at the Bradley Center screaming 'Fear the Deer!' Bucks fans are hoping their team can return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. 'Understanding the intensity, I thought the guys handled it well. I thought the energy and effort was great from the guys,' Kidd said. Dennis Schroder had 28 points for the Hawks, who were desperate to snap an extended losing skid. Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Atlanta went on a 13-2 run over the last 5 minutes of the second quarter to pull to 45-43 at halftime. The teams traded leads 17 times and stayed within a bucket or two of each other most of the rest of the way in a second half that had the tense atmosphere of a playoff game. But the Hawks couldn't make buckets in the closing seconds. 'Bonehead plays to end the game, during the game,' guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. 'But we'll be fine. As long as we're competing for the full 48, one or two plays here and there, we'll pull some of these wins out.' FINAL FUTILITY Dwight Howard, a 52 percent shooter at the foul line, went 1 of 2 with 10.2 seconds left and his team trailing by two. Milwaukee's Khris Middleton hit two foul shots at the other end for the three-point lead that set up Atlanta's failed final sequence. Brogdon connected with Greg Monroe on two crucial layups in the final 40 seconds. With another close loss, coach Mike Budenholzer said he thought his team is still making progress. 'Whether it's a defensive rebound or a better decision, those plays add up to winning and we've just got to make a few more of those winning plays,' he said. BIG SAVE Antetokounmpo came up with a loose ball that was headed out of bounds to save a possession with about 53 seconds left and the score tied at 94. Thirteen seconds later, Brogdon found a cutting Monroe for a layup. 'I was thinking 'This is unbelievable.' Then I saw him run to the sideline as it was going out of bounds and I thought 'I had to get open. I've got to make this happen,' Brogdon said. BIG BACKCOURT Schroder and Hardaway Jr. gave the Bucks fits in the second half. Schroder had 15 alone in the third quarter, and finished 11 of 25 from the field to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. TIP INS Hawks: F Paul Millsap, the team's leading scorer (18.1 points) remained out with a right knee injury, while G Kent Bazemore (11.0 points) also sat again with left knee tightness. Bucks: Antetokounmpo had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in playing the entire first quarter, shooting 6 of 10 from the field. The All Star provided the energy that coach Jason Kidd was seeking early in the game with the team returning from a six-game road trip. ...Middleton (15.4 points) missed his first eight shots of the night before hitting a 15-foot jumper with 7:57 left in the game. UP NEXT Hawks: Host the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Bucks: Host the Bulls in another game that could be important in the Eastern Conference playoff race. ___ More NBA Basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball ___ Follow Genaro Armas at: https://twitter.com/GArmasAP
  • First, the Washington Wizards hung around their game against the Atlanta Hawks with their defense. Then Bradley Beal said, they found their 'swag' again. Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help the Wizards to a 104-100 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night. Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory. After trailing by as many as 12 early, Beal said the comeback was as much about attitude as strategy. 'I think that's what we've been missing, missing our swag,' Beal said. 'Everything is just so tense. We just need to relax and have fun playing the game.' Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds off the bench as Washington used a 55-44 edge on the glass to help snap a two-game skid. The Wizards also held an opponent to 100 points or fewer for the second time since the All-Star Break and overcame an ugly 40-point first half in which they shot 34 percent and committed 13 turnovers. 'Nasty,' said Wall, who was 0 for 8 at halftime. 'We knew we just had to keep getting stops, moving the ball. Eventually, we'd start making some shots and we did that.' Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 in the Hawks' fifth consecutive defeat. Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds while frontcourt mate Paul Millsap missed his third consecutive game with a sore left knee. Atlanta lost all six of its games this season when the four-time All-Star doesn't play. They remained a game ahead of sixth-place Indiana, which lost to Boston. 'I think learning to play without Paul is important for us,' Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'I think there was some progress tonight. And until he comes back, we're going to have to make more progress.' After Schroder hit a pair of free throws to give the Hawks a 78-77 lead, the Wizards responded with their game-sealing 14-2 run. Wall found Beal for a 3-pointer on the left wing and then for an alley-oop to push the lead to 86-78. Wall's three-point play pushed it to nine before his thunderous dunk in transition off Markieff Morris' outlet feed made it 91-80 with 4:52 left. Beal later gave Washington its largest lead 96-84 with another emphatic steal and slam. 'We were all over the place in the first half,' Beal said. 'We just got back to having fun and getting after it on defense, of course.' TIP-INS Hawks: Budenholzer hasn't said if Millsap will return for Atlanta on Friday. 'We'll kind of see how he's doing tomorrow morning,' he said. ... G Kent Bazemore (right knee) missed his second game. ... G/F Mike Dunleavy (right ankle) played after a 13-game injury layoff. Wizards: Held to 40 points at halftime for the second time in three games, tying their second-lowest scoring first half of the season. ... Committed just one of their 19 turnovers in the fourth quarter. ... Won the season series against Atlanta for the first time since the 2006-07 season. GIVE IT A REST After the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers sat their stars for national TV games on consecutive Saturdays, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he felt most players shouldn't need planned days off if they're healthy. 'There's certain cases and certain examples and certain players that probably need it, but it's very rare in my opinion,' Brooks said. 'You're talking basketball. It's 32 minutes a night. This is not hard work. This is fun. To me, rest is a good night's sleep.' SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT? Despite a fifth consecutive defeat, Hardaway said Wednesday's game was a significant improvement from Atlanta's previous two without Millsap, both double-digit losses. 'I think this is a learning curve ... for our young guys to get acclimated into the rotation,' Hardaway said. 'I think it's great that they get the opportunity. We've just got to take advantage of it.' UP NEXT Hawks: Close a three-game road trip at Milwaukee on Friday. Wizards: Host Brooklyn on Friday before playing eight of their last 10 on the road.

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  • Pickens County deputies are searching for an armed fugitive.  Authorities are looking for Nicholas Bishop in the area of Priest Circle in Talking Rock.  Bishop is believed to be armed with a handgun and on foot after he abandoned a stolen vehicle around 2 p.m.  If you see him, call 911 immediately. Officials say do not attempt to approach him. - Please return for updates.
  • One more time, Doris Payne, the 86-year-old infamous international jewel thief, has pleaded guilty to the usual crime. She admitted Wednesday to stealing a necklace from Von Maur at Perimeter Mall last year, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said. Payne, who recently said she’s been dealing with a possibly cancerous tumor, was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest and three years of probation.  She was also banned from all Von Maur locations and every mall in DeKalb County. Payne, who’d been free on bond, was arrested last month for missing a court date. Shortly after the would-be appearance, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she wasn’t medically able to attend. “I ain’t runnin’,” she said in a phone interview. “I’ve never in my life been late for court. Last month, Payne was deemed too ill to stand trial by the judge presiding over a Fulton County case stemming from a missing set of earrings at Phipps Plaza. Payne has been open about her habits of theft, which she detailed in a documentary called, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” RELATED: Huge DeKalb center with (at least) 8 popular chains is opening soon RELATED: Cop helps elderly woman who got kicked out of dentist office in DeKalb RELATED: A DeKalb family’s tale of two dead bodies and a crying baby girl Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter and Instagram
  • A drunken driver destroyed a row of headstones at a historic Carrollton cemetery, causing tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage, police said. According to police, the driver was coming down Martin Luther King Street on March 19, ran a stop sign, jumped a curb and crashed into the city-owned cemetery. The broken headstones range in date from the late 1800s to 1950. 'And what we discussed is, if one is damaged beyond repair, we'll put something back that's respectful. It's hard to replace it with the exact same item. The families aren't around anymore, so the city will take on the responsibility,' city manager Tim Grizzard said. TRENDING STORIES: Thousands of Georgians could lose food stamps next week 16-year-old in custody after hoax call about school gunman Food prices at SunTrust Park vs. Mercedes-Benz Stadium: What's the difference? The 35-year-old driver, Ray Antonio Baker, was arrested and charged with DUI. City officials said they will ask his insurance carrier to pay for the damage. 'Our plan is to go after the individual's insurance to pay for repairs. If that doesn't pay for everything, the city will certainly pick up the tab,' Grizzard said. Officials said this isn't the first time a driver has damaged headstones, but it's not a big enough problem to put up a wall. 'It's not something that has happened often enough that we need to put up a barrier. If it was a recurrent spot, we would do something,' Grizzard said. City officials said it could take weeks to repair the damage.
  • A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued that even though the revised ban has more neutral language, the implied intent is still there. He likened it to a neon sign flashing 'Muslim Ban,' which the government hasn't bothered to turn off. Chad Readler, a Department of Justice attorney defending Trump's executive order, told the judge via telephone that Hawaii hasn't shown how it is harmed by various provisions, including one that would suspend the nation's refugee program. Watson disagreed. Here's a look at Watson's ruling and what comes next: ___ THE PREVIOUS RULING This month, Watson prevented the federal government from suspending new visas for people from six countries and freezing the nation's refugee program. The ruling came just hours before the ban was to take effect. Watson, nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama in 2012, agreed with Hawaii that the ban would hurt the state's tourism-dependent economy and that it discriminates based on nationality and religion. Trump called the ruling an example of 'unprecedented judicial overreach.' The next day, a judge in Maryland also blocked the six-nation travel ban but said it wasn't clear that the suspension of the refugee program was similarly motivated by religious bias. The federal government appealed the Maryland ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and sought to narrow the Hawaii ruling. ___ THE LATEST RULING Like his temporary order, Watson notes that Hawaii has shown the state's universities and tourism industry will suffer from the ban. A plaintiff in Hawaii's lawsuit, the imam of a Honolulu mosque, will be harmed if the ban is enforced, Watson said: 'These injuries have already occurred and will continue to occur if the Executive Order is implemented and enforced; the injuries are neither contingent nor speculative.' Government attorneys have tried to convince the judge not to consider comments Trump has made about the travel ban. 'The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has,' Watson wrote. Watson also refused to narrow his ruling to only apply to the six-nation ban, as the government requested. The ruling won't be suspended if the government appeals, Watson said. 'Enforcement of these provisions in all places, including the United States, at all United States borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas is prohibited, pending further orders from this court,' he wrote. ___ WHAT'S NEXT FOR HAWAII'S LAWSUIT? Watson's ruling allows Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the ban to work its way through the courts. 'While we understand that the President may appeal, we believe the court's well-reasoned decision will be affirmed,' the Hawaii attorney general's office said in a statement. Ismail Elshikh, the imam of a Honolulu mosque who joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff, argues that he's harmed by Trump's order because it prevents his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting family in the U.S. It's not clear how Watson's ruling will affect the mother-in-law's ability to obtain a visa. The Department of Justice didn't immediately comment after Watson issued his decision. ___ DEFENDING TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER The Department of Justice opposed Hawaii's request to extend Watson's temporary order. But the department said that if the judge agrees, he should narrow the ruling to cover only the part of Trump's executive order that suspends new visas for people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Other provisions of the order have little or no effect on Hawaii, including a suspension of the nation's refugee program, Department of Justice attorney Chad Readler said Wednesday. In an attempt to downplay the effect suspending the nation's refugee program would have on Hawaii, Readler said only a small amount of refugees have been resettled in Hawaii. But Watson questioned that reasoning by noting that the government said there have been 20 refugees resettled in Hawaii since 2010. Other parts of Trump's order allow the government to assess security risks, which don't concern the plaintiffs in Hawaii's lawsuit, Readler said. The revised order removes references to religion, he said. ___ CAN AN APPEALS COURT AFFECT THE HAWAII RULING? The president is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling by the judge in Maryland on hold while it considers the case. The Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court will hear arguments May 8. If the court sides with the federal government, it would not have a direct effect on the Hawaii ruling, legal experts said. The Trump administration's best bet for saving the travel ban is to have the case go before the U.S. Supreme Court, said Richard Primus, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan law school. 'What a ruling in 4th Circuit in favor of the administration would do is create a split in authority between federal courts in different parts of the country,' he said. 'Cases with splits in authority are cases the U.S. Supreme Court exists to resolve.