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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein resigns, reports say

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein resigns, reports say

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has resigned, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Axios reported Monday morning that Rosenstein 'verbally resigned' to Chief of Staff John Kelly in the wake of reports that claimed he discussed trying to remove President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment and that he floated the idea of secretly recording the president. >> Rod Rosenstein proposed invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, reports say An unidentified source told Bloomberg News that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation Monday. White House officials did not immediately confirm the reports. The Associated Press reported that Rosenstein was expecting to be fired after The New York Times reported Friday that he spoke to Justice Department and FBI officials about secretly recording Trump and recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office shortly after the May 2017 firing of then-FBI director James Comey. >> What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work? In the aftermath of Comey’s firing, Rosenstein became frustrated by Trump’s use of a memo he wrote in justifying Comey’s dismissal, according to the Times. The three-page memo was critical of Comey’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office. >> Who is James Comey? Things to know about the former FBI director “Rosenstein began telling associates that he would ultimately be ‘vindicated’ for his role in the matter” shortly after the FBI director’s dismissal, the Times reported. Rosenstein said in statement released last week that the Times report was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump and Trump campaign officials. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation Rosenstein took charge of the investigation in March 2017 after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself under pressure over his own contacts with Russian officials. Check back for updates to this developing story.

Neighbors say their pets are disappearing - and they're blaming a predator

Neighbors say their pets are disappearing - and they're blaming a predator

Neighbors in North Fulton County say their pets are disappearing. They said coyotes are killing them and another animals. Channel 2’s Craig Lucie went along Friday as a local trapper set traps to catch the predators. He said he’s caught coyotes near a subdivision on King Road in Roswell. 'Now they've gotten to where they're not scared of people. They'll make their dens next to houses, next to dog fences and stuff, they've just gotten real bold lately,' said trapper Tim Smith. The trapper is also using coyote urine he leaves around the traps to catch the animals. TRENDING STORIES: Drugs disguised as candy uncovered in local bust Strip club closed after food stamps used to buy lap dances, drugs, investigators say Six Flags St. Louis offers $300 for spending 30 hours in coffin Right now, he has about eight traps set. “They are bringing up dead animals and deer legs and leaving them in the front yard,” Smith said. He works each case for about two weeks.  Smith told Channel 2 Action News he needs to catch two more there, then he has another case of coyotes attacking pets in Decatur.

Security guard opens fire after becoming pinned between cars

Security guard opens fire after becoming pinned between cars

A security guard at a gated northeast Atlanta apartment complex was pinned between two cars when he tried to question the driver of a suspicious vehicle, Channel 2 Action News reported. The guard spotted a car circling the Radius Cheshire Bridge apartments on Cheshire Bridge Road around midnight Sunday. When he approached, its driver reportedly backed up, hit a dumpster and then rammed into the guard, the news station reported. The guard fired off a few rounds into the ground before the car sped away. A resident, Jason Koty, told Channel 2 he heard three gunshots. “I tried to look out my window and I saw a car leaving but I couldn’t tell which it was,” Koty said.  Atlanta police responded to the scene and Koty said he saw the guard loaded into the back of an ambulance. Police are still investigating and have not released any details on the incident, Channel 2 reported. —Please return to AJC.com for updates.

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White House denounces ‘smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh

As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by Democrats to sink the Kavanaugh nomination.

“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec.

The White House also released a statement from Kavanaugh, [More]