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    Better bundle up, Georgia! Most of the state will feel some of the coldest temperatures Georgia has had in almost six months. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that parts of Georgia have seen temperature drops more than 20 degrees colder from Saturday morning. Back to 44 now after a low of 43 this morning in Atlanta -- the coldest since we dropped to 36 degrees on April 17th! @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/vbm4qLFO4Z — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 21, 2018 While it'll be a cold start, we'll see temperatures climb up into the 60s with lots of sunshine.  Severe Weather Team 2 be tracking how long the sunshine will stick around on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM!
  • The day after nobody won a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the numbers were drawn for a relatively paltry Powerball prize of $470 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23. With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday -- one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing -- will be $620 million. The cash payout is approximately $354.3 million. The Powerball is the third-largest in the game's history and sixth-largest in U.S. lotto history. [ RELATED: No winner in Mega Millions; historic jackpot jumps to $1.6 billion] You can watch next Mega Millions drawing Tuesday and Powerball drawing Wednesday LIVE before Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. There were a number of runner-up prizes. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington. The first five balls were drawn from a pool of 69 and the Powerball from a pool of 26, making the odds of getting all six number correct 292,201,338 to 1, according to the Powerball website. [PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the $1 billion Mega Millions drawing] A single winning ticket Saturday would have been eligible for a cash payout of $268.6 million. Combined with a new Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion, there is more than $2 billion in top-prize money between the two lottery games — and millions more available for subordinate prizes. The Mega Millions top prize of $1.6 billion has a cash payout option of $904 million, but both can grow depending on the volume of ticket sales. [READ: Here's why no one has to know if you win the Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot]
  • A Gwinnett County officer killed in the line of duty Saturday has been identified as Officer Antwan Toney.  He had just turned 30 years old and was just 6 days from celebrating his 3rd anniversary with Gwinnett County police.  Channel 2's Tony Thomas was in Gwinnett County as Toney's colleagues and friends gathered at the fallen officers memorial just hours after his death.  Reginald Pierre said Tony regularly played with his daughter and showed her how his police car worked.  'He was practically like a brother,' Pierre said. 'He was always over at my house. All the time. He was a great person with a lot of heart.' Officer Toney joined the department as a recruit on October 26, 2015. He graduated from the Gwinnett Police Academy in April of 2016.  Video Thomas obtained shows the moment his mother Antoinette pinned his badge on him.  Three years later, Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers got the phone call he never wanted to answer.  'What a chief wants to hear is the officer is Ok,' Ayers said in a news conference. 'And when I asked that question, that wasn't the answer I got.' Ayers said Toney was loved and respected by the department 'The people that worked with him on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,' Ayers said.  That respect was on display just hours after Toney died Saturday when dozens of officers accompanied the hearse carrying his body as it left Gwinnett Medical Center. 'If you had the opportunity to meet him, you would immediately fall in love with him,' a friend said at a vigil for him Saturday night. Toney didn't just make an impression on his close friends and co-workers.  A Channel 2 Action News viewer reached out to tell us that Officer Toney provided security for her daughter's sweet 16 birthday party two years ago. 'He had such a beautiful spirit and a wonder personality,' Jiketha Gatewood wrote to us on Facebook. The Gwinnett County Police Department released a new photo of Toney on Saturday night and said that this was Toney's first job as a police officer and his family is in California.  This was the first police job for Officer Toney. Prior to working for our agency, he worked as a security guard. His immediate family lives in California. Officer Toney was assigned to the South Precinct. pic.twitter.com/JKV5oOLD7K — Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) October 21, 2018
  • Metro Atlanta through north Georgia will feel some of the coldest temperatures in six months Sunday morning. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says temperatures will fall into the low 30s in the northeast Georgia mountains. A freeze warning will be in effect starting at 12:00 a.m. Sunday for Fannin, Gilmer, Towns and Union Counties. Temperatures in metro Atlanta will be in the upper 30s to low 40s, but wind chills will be in the 30s.  In other words, bundle up!  “I expect Sunday morning to be our coldest in Atlanta since April 17, about six months ago,” Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Monahan said. Luckily, we can expect gloomy weather to clear by Sunday afternoon giving way to a breezy, chilly afternoon with highs in the low 60s. 
  • Soon after requesting absentee ballots, Georgia voters say, they’re receiving phone calls and text messages from candidates asking for their votes. Soliciting votes from people who have requested absentee ballots is the latest effort to reach voters, going beyond the usual TV ads and mailers. The names and addresses of voters who have applied for absentee ballots are public information in Georgia, available online for use by political campaigns, news media and anyone else interested. Absentee voter information is posted on the Georgia secretary of state’s website. Early voting is underway in advance of the Nov. 6 election for Georgia governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Some voters said they were concerned by the phone solicitations. “I was taken aback by someone knowing I requested an absentee ballot , finding my cell phone, and texting campaign pushes to me within 20 days of me requesting a ballot,” wrote Tom Rhone of Cumming in an email about a text message he received from Kemp’s campaign. Campaigns are allowed to use public information, but Georgia law prohibits government officials from using their public positions to give anything of value to a political campaign.
  • With just weeks until Election Day, President Donald Trump is reminding voters of his endorsement of Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are locked in a tight race for Georgia governor. [READ: Abrams, Kemp, Metz agree to debate LIVE on Channel 2] Trump tweeted Saturday that Kemp has his “strong endorsement.” The president said: “Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be a great governor. He has been successful at whatever he has done, and has prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years. He has my Strong Endorsement. His opponent is totally unqualified. Would destroy a great state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018 Get out and Early Vote for Brian Kemp. He will be a GREAT GOVERNOR for the State of Georgia!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018 [READ: Long lines as early voting begins in contentious governor's race] Trump first endorsed Kemp on July 20, ahead of his GOP runoff with Cagle Cagle.   Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018 Channel 2 Action News reported just last week about the latest polls showing Kemp and Abrams nearly tied. TRENDING STORIES: No winner in Mega Millions; historic jackpot jumps to $1.6 billion 7 charged in Fort Valley State 'pimping investigation' Here's why no one has to know if you win the Mega Millions jackpot As of October 11, the two candidates remained locked in a tight race for governor, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News poll that showed an increasingly dwindling number of undecided voters. [READ: Crowds swarm polls in record numbers for early voting in Georgia] The poll showed Kemp ahead of Abrams 47.7 percent to 46.3 percent, a statistically insignificant difference within the poll’s 2.8 percentage point margin of error. Libertarian Ted Metz had 2.3 percent of support, and a slim 4 percent of voters are undecided. The Sept. 6 Channel 2/AJC poll showed the candidates deadlocked at 45 percent with 7 percent undecided.
  • A man who kidnapped and raped two young women in Buckhead while posing as an Uber driver was sentenced Friday to life plus 60 years in prison, authorities said. >> Read more trending news Gabriel Rendon-Villasana, 33, of Duluth, was found guilty of pretending to be an Uber driver at least twice, persuading women to get into his car when they left bars and then sexually assaulting them inside his vehicle, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Both of Rendon-Villasana’s victims got into his car with male friends, and he assaulted them after dropping the other passengers off, the jury found. In court Friday, both women spoke about the trauma they experienced, WSBTV reported. “This man tossed aside my basic rights as a human being,” one of the women said. “The consequences of drinking are a hangover, a headache, nausea. Not rape. Not kidnapping. Not aggravated assault.” It’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s policy to not identify victims of rape and sexual assault. She said the attack left her traumatized and living in constant fear, WSBTV reported. “When I take my dog outside, I’m constantly worried someone is going to shove me into their car and drive away,” she said. “It’s little everyday things like this that will never be the same for me.” On June 21, 2015, Rendon-Villasana sped off with a 19-year-old woman in the back of his car after dropping off her male friend at a hotel at Tower Place and Piedmont Road, the release said. Her friend called Atlanta police to report the kidnapping, and the woman was found on Lakemore Drive by a good Samaritan after being raped by Rendon-Villasana, the release said. Four months later, he did almost the exact same thing to a 22-year-old woman after dropping off her male friend at his home, the release said. Sandy Springs police spotted his Kia Sorrento about 14 miles from the man’s home, but Rendon-Villansana ran away and escaped police. During the search of his Kia, seven pairs of used female underwear were found, the release said. He was arrested one day later in Marietta.  He was convicted of 10 charges between the two incidents, including rape, aggravated assault with intent to rape and kidnapping, Fulton County Jail records show. He also had an immigration customs enforcement hold placed on him.
  • President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets on Saturday reinforcing his endorsement for Brian Kemp, which heightened the possibility that he will soon visit Georgia to boost the Republican’s bid for governor. The president posted on Twitter that Kemp will be a “great governor” and that he has “prepared for this very difficult and complex job for many years.” Without mentioning her name, he assailed Democrat Stacey Abrams as “totally unqualified.”  Trump’s late endorsement of Kemp helped power him to a runaway runoff victory in July over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who was already reeling from the release of covertly recorded tapes, but this is the president’s most visible intervention into the race since then.  Kemp’s path to victory relies on the same formula that Trump used to carry Georgia by five percentage points in 2016. The president was able to withstand the loss of metro Atlanta’s suburbs by running up huge margins in vast stretches of rural Georgia.  That’s the same coalition that Kemp is trying to forge in a state that’s been dominated by the GOP for much of the last two decades.  He has largely skirted metro Atlanta’s densely-populated areas in favor of conservative strongholds in rural Georgia, where he attracts big crowds and is more likely to get more local media attention. His 20-stop bus tour next week takes him to those areas, bypassing larger cities in favor of small towns.  Abrams, meanwhile, is hoping for the type of turnout Georgia usually sees in presidential elections. She’s hoping to swamp Kemp in urban areas and newly competitive suburban territories by appealing to voters who usually skip midterm elections with a blend of progressive policies and mainstream promises.  Trump’s pre-midterm campaign blitz has not yet ventured to Georgia, but he’s likely to focus on the deep-red southern portion of the state if he visits. That’s where Kemp is particularly dependent on a huge turnout.  If he visits, Trump will inject a new wild card into the election. Kemp has modeled his primary campaign after Trump, even promising a “Georgia First” approach. But he’s tacked toward the middle of the electorate since winning the GOP nomination, more likely to bring up Gov. Nathan Deal than Trump. As for Abrams, she was a vocal opponent of Trump who launched a “Georgia Resists” website when she was the state’s top House Democrat. But since entering the race for governor, she’s been wary of turning this vote into a referendum on the president.  Abrams immediately seized on Trump’s tweets to raise campaign cash with her base.  “If success is suppressing eligible voters, leaking our Social Security numbers, and pointing a shotgun at a child on TV, I'll pass,” her campaign posted on social media. Read more recent AJC stories about the Georgia governor’s race: The right to vote becomes a heated battle in Georgia governor’s race   When 107,000 Georgia voters were culled – for not voting   On the Georgia trail: Kemp doubles down on rural strategy   Abrams takes a sharper-elbowed approach to Kemp as early voting starts   Kemp’s office removes video that triggered outrage on social media   A ‘legal mob’ accuses the Georgia GOP of libel   Kemp to stump with Marco Rubio on Monday in Cobb County   Abrams rallies with seniors ousted from Black Voters Matter bus  

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  • Pop singer Britney Spears will be returning to Las Vegas for a new residency next year, Variety reported. >> Read more trending news  Spears’ “Dominations” show will debut in February at the Park MGM. The show was announced on Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube channel, Billboard reported. Tickets will go on sale Friday. In January, Spears ended a four-year run in Vegas at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater, Variety reported. She recently ended a European tour with Pitbull as her opening act. According to Pollstar, Spears grossed $2.38 million at Paris’ 15,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena on Aug 28 and 29.
  • Better bundle up, Georgia! Most of the state will feel some of the coldest temperatures Georgia has had in almost six months. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that parts of Georgia have seen temperature drops more than 20 degrees colder from Saturday morning. Back to 44 now after a low of 43 this morning in Atlanta -- the coldest since we dropped to 36 degrees on April 17th! @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/vbm4qLFO4Z — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 21, 2018 While it'll be a cold start, we'll see temperatures climb up into the 60s with lots of sunshine.  Severe Weather Team 2 be tracking how long the sunshine will stick around on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM!
  • After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term election backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials. The Wesleyan Media Project said back in 2010 – in the big Tea Party wave election for the GOP – Democrats talked about health care in less than 9 percent of their advertisements. Year-over-year comparisons show that while Dems previously avoided the issue of health care after the Affordable Care Act was passed, they are now embracing it whole-heartedly https://t.co/B2tHGU6B6j @wesleyan_u pic.twitter.com/sG14qUo5jF — WesleyanMediaProject (@wesmediaproject) October 19, 2018 Recent polling also backs up the change of heart by Democrats, as polls consistently are showing more support for the Obama health law than a few years ago. Public support for what the GOP derides as “Obamacare” peaked during the unsuccessful effort by the Republican Congress in 2017-2018 to repeal and replace that law with a GOP sponsored plan. A new Fox News poll released on October 17 shows voters nationally give President Donald Trump a thumbs down on he’s handled health care, with 37 percent of voters approving, and 53 percent of voters disapproving. The divide is slightly larger, at 37-55, for ‘likely’ voters in the November mid-term elections. And of those who see health care as a big issue, they are definitely more drawn to candidates on the Democratic side. Obamacare favorability at an all-time high in FOX News poll. Can’t wait for the closing ads from Republicans: “And if those Democrats try to take away your Obamacare, I’ll fight to protect it like I’ve always done.” pic.twitter.com/pJaa7MVkHK — Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) October 18, 2018 But the President and other Republicans this past week have been expressing their support for protection those with pre-existing conditions, possibly feeling the election heat on the issue. “All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them,” the President tweeted. “I am in total support.” Statements like that from the President – and a variety of GOP lawmakers have left Democrats in disbelief, as they accuse Republicans of completely changing their tune on health care in order to portray themselves as something that they are not. The hutzpah of the GOP on health care this election is stunning. I’m listening right now to NY Rep. John Faso on NPR claim he’s against ACA repeal. He voted FOR the repeal bill!!!! It ended insurance for 30m Americans! Does the think his constituents are so stupid they forgot? — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 20, 2018 “President Trump and Republicans will do anything to undermine health care and pre-existing condition protections for patients and families across the country,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “What. A. Bunch. Of. Lies,” tweeted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from an arms control agreement with Russia (all times local): 9:05 a.m. Germany's foreign minister says President Donald Trump's intention to pull out of an arms control agreement with Russia is 'regrettable.' Heiko Maas says in a statement that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is 'an important pillar of our European security architecture.' He says Trump's announcement 'raises difficult questions for us and Europe.' The 1987 treaty prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles. Maas says Germany has repeatedly urged Moscow to 'clear up the serious allegations of breaching the INF treaty, which Russia has so far not done.' He says Germany is urging Washington to 'consider the possible consequences' of its decision, including for a U.S.-Russian nuclear disarmament treaty beyond 2021. ___ 8:10 a.m. Britain's defense secretary says his country stands 'absolutely resolute' with the United States as President Donald Trump says he'll pull out from a landmark arms control agreement with Russia. Gavin Williamson blames Russia for endangering the treaty. He's calling on the Kremlin to 'get its house in order.' Trump says he'll exit the agreement because Russia has violated it 'for many years' and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. Backing Trump, Williamson tells the Financial Times that Moscow has made a 'mockery' of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The 1987 pact prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles ___ 5 a.m. A top Russian diplomat says President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from a landmark treaty on nuclear weapons is a perilous move. And a Russian senator says the U.S. move to leave the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty would undermine nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state news agency Tass that 'this would be a very dangerous step.' He says the move 'will cause the most serious condemnation from all members of the international community who are committed to security and stability.' Konstatin Kosachev is head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament. He says on Facebook that a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty would mean 'mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere.' ___ 12:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union. He says Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East. It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles. Trump is saying that 'Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years.' The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but Trump said America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons.
  • The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Jacksonville home. >> Watch the news report here ActionNewsJax reported Friday that sources said the girl was on life support after an extreme case of abuse in a home at the Oak Tree Apartments. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Child dies following incident at Oak Tree Apartments, DCF says The child’s grandmother told ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson that the child’s mother, Michelle Cannimore, is behind bars, and so is her current boyfriend, Jonte Harris. Cannimore is charged with child neglect and child abuse with intentional infliction of physical or mental injury. Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon. Neighbors said they feared abuse may have been present in the home. They said they could hear screams coming from the home. “I told [detectives] the same thing I'm telling you,” said one neighbor. 'That I would hear that, and I was like, ‘What's going on?’” >> Read more news stories  ActionNewsJax obtained a statement from DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta: “I am absolutely horrified and disgusted at the abuse this child endured in her short life. That anyone would hurt an innocent child is shameful and DCF will work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her abuse fully accountable under the law. 'There are not sufficient words to describe the pain those who loved her are feeling right now, but the department will continue to ensure her sibling is in a safe home and that she receives the highest quality care as she recovers from this loss.” DCF also said the family has a history with the welfare system. “We’d try to go ask if she's alright,” said the neighbor. “She would just open the door for a second. She wouldn't open the door all the way.” Another woman, who asked that her identity be concealed for her protection, claimed that Cannimore’s personality seemed to change after she began dating Harris. “She will have her head down,” she said. “And that’s how she would be.” So far, no murder charges have been filed in the case. ActionNewsJax requested the arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday but has not yet received it.
  • The day after nobody won a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the numbers were drawn for a relatively paltry Powerball prize of $470 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23. With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday -- one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing -- will be $620 million. The cash payout is approximately $354.3 million. The Powerball is the third-largest in the game's history and sixth-largest in U.S. lotto history. [ RELATED: No winner in Mega Millions; historic jackpot jumps to $1.6 billion] You can watch next Mega Millions drawing Tuesday and Powerball drawing Wednesday LIVE before Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. There were a number of runner-up prizes. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington. The first five balls were drawn from a pool of 69 and the Powerball from a pool of 26, making the odds of getting all six number correct 292,201,338 to 1, according to the Powerball website. [PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the $1 billion Mega Millions drawing] A single winning ticket Saturday would have been eligible for a cash payout of $268.6 million. Combined with a new Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion, there is more than $2 billion in top-prize money between the two lottery games — and millions more available for subordinate prizes. The Mega Millions top prize of $1.6 billion has a cash payout option of $904 million, but both can grow depending on the volume of ticket sales. [READ: Here's why no one has to know if you win the Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot]