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    SpaceX is just days away from one of its most challenging missions to date as it attempts to launch 24 satellites into orbit atop its Falcon Heavy rocket. >> Read more trending news  This will be the first nighttime launch for Falcon Heavy, scheduled for liftoff around 11:30 p.m. Monday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After the launch, the rocket’s center core will attempt to land on a drone ship and side boosters will attempt to land back at the Cape, producing a sonic boom. “This is the first night launch of a Falcon Heavy,” said Dale Ketcham with Space Florida. “And a Falcon Heavy gets everybody's attention, anyway. It's too bad they couldn't have pulled it off on a Saturday night -- that would've been a zoo.” Monday night's launch is also the first Falcon Heavy launch for the Department of Defense and the payloads include NASA's Space Environment Testbed experiment to study how to better protect satellites in space.  The mission marks the beginning of what is shaping up to be a busy summer for the Space Coast. “We do have a nice busy time coming up through the holiday that will have the SpaceX launch, a ULA launch early Thursday morning and then the particularly exciting ascent abort test for the Orion crew capsule that will be early on the morning of July 2,” Ketcham said.  The Orion flight test will demonstrate whether the launch abort system can activate, steer the spacecraft, and carry future astronauts a safe distance if an emergency arises during its climb into orbit. “There's going to be a lot of activity, a lot of tourism, a lot to watch. Hopefully it all works well, and that's what we're here for,” Ketcham said.
  • Alexandra Popp had just scored a go-ahead goal against Nigeria in her 100th international appearance when Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita signaled for a video review to determine whether a German teammate Svenja Huth, who was in an offside position, obstructed the view of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. 'I was a bit irritated to be honest,' the German captain said through a translator. Popp's goal stood, and a few minutes later the match was stopped for another video review, this time to determine whether Germany's Lina Magull had been fouled in the penalty area by Evelyn Nwabuoko. Having seen the stud marks in her teammate's leg, Popp was pleased the referee took a look and awarded a penalty kick. 'Otherwise, I would have asked myself why we were using this technology,' Popp said, 'so it was quite obvious in the pictures.' Germany advanced to the Women's World Cup quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating African champion Nigeria 3-0 Saturday at Grenoble, France. Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby endorsed VAR but said it caused disruptions. 'Football is also a game with a rhythm and if you break the rhythm sometimes that is not good,' he said. 'It's good for the game, but I don't think anybody really has the final solution for VAR yet.' Popp scored in the 20th minute. Sara Däbritz made it 2-0 in the 27th with the penalty kick and Lea Schüller got the final goal in the 82nd. 'All the interruptions are quite difficult to handle, especially emotionally, but we tried to keep calm,' Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said through a translator. 'Maybe they can speed up the whole process.' Players are unsure when a video review will be signaled. 'It was a bit of insecurity throughout the match because we didn't quite know what was assessed in a certain moment,' Popp said. 'But in general I think it's important to have this sort of assessment.' Second-ranked Germany, which has outscored opponents 9-0, plays the winner of Monday's match between Sweden and Canada on June 29 at Rennes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Voss-Tecklenburg after the match, 'She congratulated us,' Voss-Tecklenburg recalled. 'She said she was very delighted.' The weeklong layoff gives time for midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán's broken left middle toe to heal. Injured in the opening win over China on June 8, Marozsán recovered sufficiently to be available as a substitute Saturday if she had been needed. 'Based on today's physical appearance, I would say she's able to play the next match,' Voss-Tecklenburg said, The Germans, who won the tournament in 2003 and 2007, have never failed to reach the quarterfinals. No. 38 Nigeria was in the knockout phase for the second time, the first since it lost in the quarterfinals to Brazil in 1999, and it joined Cameroon to become the first pair of African teams to reach the knockout stage in the same Women's World Cup. The Indomitable Lionesses play England on Sunday. Popp scored on a 4-yard header off Magull's corner kick, her 48th international goal. Däbritz scored on a low penalty kick beyond the outstretched left hand of Nnadozie, her third goal of the tournament and 13th of her international career. Nigeria had an excellent chance to cut its deficit in the 50th when second-half substitute Rasheedat Ajibade streaked up a flank and passed to an open Desire Oparanozie, but the ball was just ahead of the forward and rolled by. Schüller got her ninth international goal following a giveaway by Halimatu Ayinde. The Super Falcons were missing defender Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu, who served suspensions for yellow card accumulation, and forward Asisat Oshoala, who was injured. 'I think we showed the whole world that Nigeria has a team that improved a lot,' Dennerby said. 'It's going the right way.' ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • France completed World Cup group play with a 3-0 record for the first time, beating Nigeria 1-0 Monday night at Rennes when Wendie Renard converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after missing her first attempt but getting a second chance. France will play a third-place team on Sunday at Le Havre in the round of 16, and the winner will advance to a quarterfinal against the United States, Sweden or Spain. Referee Melissa Borjas of Honduras awarded the penalty kick when Viviane Asseyi was knocked over by Ngozi Ebere, a call upheld in a video review and one that drew vehement protests from the Super Falcons. Eberle was given her second yellow card of the match for the foul, causing Nigeria to finish a player short. Renard's initial attempt was wide to the right of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, but Borjas ordered the kick retaken because Nnadozie came off the line before the ball was kicked. Renard's second try went in to Nnadozie's right for her third goal of the tournament. A crowd of 28,267 watched host nation Les Bleues outshoot Nigeria 22-2 and hold 69 percent possession. France advance to the knockout stage for the third straight World Cup. Nigeria finished third in Group A with three points and a minus-two goal difference, and the Super Falcons will have to wait to find out whether they can advance as one of the four top third-place teams. Nigeria has played in every Women's World Cup but advanced past the group stage just once, reaching the quarterfinals in 1999. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/FIFAWomensWorldCup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Three satellites for the Canadian Space Agency's Earth-monitoring Radarsat program were launched into orbit from California on Wednesday aboard a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off from fog-shrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:17 a.m. and arced over the Pacific west of Los Angeles. The first stage separated a few minutes into flight and headed back to the coastal base, extended its legs and set down on a landing zone. The first stage previously was used in March for a demonstration flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule. The Radarsat Constellation Mission satellites were deployed a few minutes apart from the upper stage about an hour after liftoff. The identical satellites will bounce signals off the Earth's surface to create images, even during adverse weather conditions. The images are used for a range of purposes, including tracking of sea ice, vessels, surface winds and oil pollution, as well as disaster management — especially the recurring problem of flooding — and monitoring of agriculture, forestry and land changes. The spacecraft were designed to operate in the same orbital plane at an altitude of about 373 miles (600 kilometers), separated from each other by about 9,072 miles (14,600 kilometers) while circling the globe in about 96 minutes. The program's first orbiter, Radarsat-1, was launched in 1995 and is now inactive. Radarsat-2 was launched in 2007 and is still operational, but the new three-satellite constellation is designed to greatly increase coverage, according to the space agency. The system targets specific areas for imaging rather than making continuous images. Primary control of the satellites is from the space agency's headquarters in in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Each satellite is expected to have a seven-year lifespan.
  • Defense looked to be a rising strength for the Atlanta Falcons in their 2016 Super Bowl season and especially in their return to the playoffs in 2017. A wave of devastating injuries that began with the opening game of 2018 crushed that momentum. Now that the injured players are healing, linebacker Deion Jones said the Falcons' defense has to prove itself again. 'That chip is on our shoulders and we can't wait to get back' and show everyone, Jones said Wednesday after the second day of the mandatory three-day minicamp. Jones was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken right foot in the Falcons' loss to Philadelphia to open the 2018 season. Another key starter, safety Keanu Neal, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the same game. The Falcons' other starting safety, Ricardo Allen, also was lost for the season before the first month was over. Jones returned for the final five games , but it was too late to save the depleted Falcons from a 7-9 finish. The Falcons are being cautious with some key players in the offseason. Jones and Allen have been observers in the minicamp but are expected to be cleared for next month's training camp. Of the defensive starters returning from injuries, only Neal has participated in the minicamp, and coaches have limited his snaps. Jones' path to full health has been unusual. He had surgery following the injury before making his return late last season and then moving back into a rehab schedule. 'I'm feeling real good,' Jones said. 'I just can't wait to get back out there with my boys and run around.' Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett also has been an observer in the minicamp after he skipped organized team activities (OTAs). Coach Dan Quinn has taken over the defense this season. He is looking forward to having the full unit healthy for the first time in almost a year. 'I think we've had really good practices, the nine OTAs and into the minicamp and I would imagine it would get that much better,' Quinn said. 'Already some really good practices that will be even better adding Grady and Deion and Ricardo and Keanu back into it in a full-time swing.' Perhaps no player is more important to Atlanta's hopes of a defensive resurgence than Jones, the signal-caller for the unit whose speed provides big-play potential. He tied for fourth in the league with 138 tackles in 2017. At 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at his pro day at LSU in 2016. It was good news for Jones and the Falcons when he returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in a win over Arizona after returning late last season. 'Still working on it,' said Jones of his rehab. 'But yeah, for sure, the speed is still there.' NOTES: Quinn said CBs Jayson Stanley and Rashard Causey, rookie OT Kaleb McGary and RB Ito Smith were players who stood out in the practice. 'I've been pleased with the attitude and the intensity and the learning that is taking place,' Quinn said. ... Quinn said WR Russell Gage has been an offseason surprise. Gage's value is boosted by his ability to play multiple spots and his role on special teams. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • The biggest bank in Atlanta is getting a new partner — and a new name. The combined SunTrust and BB&T will be known as Truist Bank, officials announced Wednesday. Expect to see that name (pronounced TRUE-ist) splashed across the region in the next year or so, from the Braves stadium in Cobb County to one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. Truist Financial Corp. will be the future name of the parent company of the combined banks, which are expected to complete their merger in the fall or winter. The branding is the most visible part of the work that must take place before the two long-established Southern banks become one. Upon closing of the merger, the combined parent company will take the Truist name, though the SunTrust and BB&T brands will remain for as long as as two years. The Braves stadium will still be known as SunTrust Park through the end of this season and possibly next season before the ballpark near I-285 and I-75 is rechristened with the Truist name. RELATED: SunTrust’s History — In Its Own Words RELATED: SunTrust and BB&T - The Sports Connection RELATED: Flashback Photos: Trust Company of Georgia Through The Years Kelly King, the chairman and CEO of BB&T, said it will take about a year to combine the two banks’ systems after the merger closes. For now, branches will keep their current branding, as will checks, credit cards and debit cards. Executives want a seamless transition to the new name over the next 18 to 24 months. SunTrust Plaza, the John Portman-designed and developed tower at 303 Peachtree Street and home to SunTrust for more than two decades, also will be renamed. In Atlanta, the BB&T Atlanta Open pro tennis tournament will likely feature the Truist name in the future as will BB&T-branded minor league baseball fields in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. The companies hired brand consulting group Interbrand to come up with the new name, crafting it with input from SunTrust and BB&T employees and the banks’ clients through focus groups and other research. Bank associates and clients centered on four attributes: trustworthy, genuine, innovative and empowering. “We wanted a name that would express what we stand for,” said King, who will serve as Truist chairman and CEO. Early reaction on social media was harsh. “It looks like a typo,” read one tweet. Another said Truist “sounds like an artificial sweetener or a drug for people with restless leg syndrome.” Mark Speece, a founder of the Atlanta-based branding firm StokeSignals, said the name presents challenges. The combined bank is “likely to fight auto-correct and the assumption that the name is spelled with an ‘e’ like the real word ‘truest,” he said. But perhaps more importantly, Speece said, “Strategically, the name falls flat.” “‘Trust’ is a baseline attribute for a bank. It is the absolute minimal requirement,” Speece said. “A brand’s story should be more aspirational – providing an opportunity to tell a differentiating, interesting and compelling story.” But Chris Marinac, a bank consultant with Janney Montgomery Scott in Atlanta, said while the branding is important, other details that will determine how the bank interacts with customers are more so. Those decisions are still being made. “I think slow-playing this makes a lot of sense,” he said. “Going too fast is where mistakes happen.” Atlanta-based SunTrust and Winston-Salem-based BB&T announced their corporate marriage in February. The new bank, to establish a new headquarters in Charlotte, is expected to be the sixth largest in the nation by deposits.  RELATED: These are the 5 largest banks in America SunTrust is Georgia’s largest bank and No. 1 in metro Atlanta in terms of deposits. It is second in total number of branches, with 154 offices as of June. BB&T, which has a regional hub in Atlantic Station, ranks fourth in total deposits and retail locations in the metro area. The companies expect about $1.6 billion in annual cost savings by 2022, including savings from job cuts and combining redundant operations. It’s unclear how many jobs in Atlanta might be affected. Last week, SunTrust announced the new bank will double its annual community investment in the Atlanta region over the next three years, continuing long-term sponsorships of metro area organizations including the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta will be home to Truist’s commercial banking operations. SunTrust Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers, who will be the president and chief operating officer of Truist, said Wednesday the bank will be deliberate in rolling out the name. A logo, colors and typography for Truist are pending. SunTrust made a splash in 2014 when it signed a 25-year deal to brand the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium. Adding the Truist name to a major league stadium will remain a crucial marketing investment for the new bank as it establishes a national brand to compete with larger rivals such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. Also, on Wednesday, SunTrust and BB&T announced the location of their combined corporate headquarters in Charlotte. Truist will take more than 560,000 square feet of space in 214 N. Tryon Street, also known as Hearst Tower. The 46-story building, one of Charlotte’s tallest, is owned by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties in what’s known as Uptown Charlotte. The tower will ultimately house 2,000 Truist employees, including top corporate executives, communications, human resources, legal and tech workers. It will also be home to a future Truist technology innovation center. Current tenants in the tower, which include Bank of America, will vacate as Truist occupies its space. Cousins said the combined bank has an option to buy the tower later this year for $455.5 million in a deal that could close early next year if exercised.
  • Julio Jones left his helmet inside and wore a floppy hat to the opening day of the Atlanta Falcons' three-day minicamp. As he prepares for his ninth season, Jones was in player-coach mode on Tuesday as he made mental notes to pass on to younger teammates. For the Falcons, the biggest news was the wide receiver reported, one year after he missed the mandatory minicamp. Last year he had the approval of coach Dan Quinn to work on his own. Jones has continued to set his own workout pace this offseason. He missed the voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) while making sure he is healthy for training camp. Jones, 30, called his schedule the 'same thing' as last offseason. 'I'm just taking it slow,' he said. 'A little maintenance work. Just taking it slow for me. Not really trying to jump in and get in the swing of things right now. I'm a veteran. I've been doing it for a while.' Jones said he knows how 'to get better and be where I need to be when the season comes around.' The difference from 2018 is Jones can be a better leader when he is in minicamp, if only as an observer. 'He is the type of player who enjoys the mentor side of it and he takes that responsibility seriously to help the group and others, not just the wide receiver group,' Quinn said. Jones' leadership role was an appropriate topic on the day his mentor, former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, was announced as the 11th player to be inducted into the Falcons Ring of Honor. The ceremony has been planned for the Dec. 8 game against Carolina. White, who retired after the 2015 season, was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in his 11 years with the team and a first-team All-Pro in 2010. White's franchise records for TD catches and yards receiving are being challenged by Jones. 'Roddy mentored me,' Jones said. '... He didn't shy away from helping me out. You've got to understand we want to win. You can't win by hiding things from younger guys.' Despite frequent problems with injuries that force him to miss practice, Jones has not missed a game the past two seasons. He was in top form in 2018 , when he had 113 catches and led the NFL with 1,677 yards receiving. He had eight touchdown catches. Jones has had at least 1,400 yards in five straight seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro pick in 2015 and 2016 and is a six-time Pro Bowl selection. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has said he wants Jones to play his entire career in Atlanta. There are ongoing talks about a new deal for Jones, who has two years remaining on his five-year, $71.5 million contract. His 2019 base salary under his current deal is $9.6 million, far below contracts given to other top wide receivers. NOTES: DT Grady Jarrett, OLB Vic Beasley Jr. and LB Deion Jones also did not participate in OTAs. Each reported Tuesday. Jarrett has signed his $15.209 million franchise tag and he wouldn't comment on chances he will remain in Atlanta after the 2019 season. The Falcons have until July 15 to sign Jarrett to a long-term deal. ... Quinn said that all players still recovering from injuries or, like Jones, held out on Tuesday as a precaution, are expected to be ready for training camp. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • A fundraising bash honoring the 90th birthday of philanthropist Bernie Marcus, one of Home Depot's founders, has raised more than $117 million for Georgia charities. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sunday's star-studded gathering at the Atlanta Aquarium, which Marcus built, quickly raised $102 million in pledges. Arthur Blank, another founder of Home Depot and an owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of the MLS, contributed an additional $15 million. The event drew hundreds, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta's mayor. President Donald Trump sent in a video message praising Marcus. The paper says the funds will support charities including the Grady Health System's Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center and the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. Home Depot is Georgia's largest public company based on revenue, according to the newspaper.
  • What do you get for the 90th birthday of a guy who helped shape the economic, medical and entertainment landscape of Atlanta? Try more than $117 million in donations to his favorite nonprofits, from the Georgia Aquarium to entities addressing strokes, autism and military veterans’ post-traumatic stress. A fund-raising celebration Sunday night for philanthropist and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus started with $102 million in pledges from friends and fans. Then Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United team owner Arthur Blank, a fellow co-founder of Home Depot, Georgia’s largest public company by revenue, announced he would kick in another $15 million, in addition to a $5 million earlier pledge. Among the donors, 23 people and organizations each donated $1 million or more. The gathering at the Georgia Aquarium, which Marcus built as a gift to Georgia and Home Depot workers, drew hundreds of people, from corporate chief executives to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. President Donald Trump sent a video message. “You are a special man, a brilliant man,” Trump said. Calling Marcus a friend, he said, “When I want advice I call you and you have plenty of advice…much of it I actually take, Bernie.” Home Depot workers also offered video messages, describing how the fruits of Marcus’ entrepreneurship helped them get homes, raise families and put kids through college. In addition to starting a Fortune 500 company, Marcus and his wife, Billi, have donated nearly $2 billion to philanthropic nonprofits, according to his supporters. The $117,688,180 raised to honor Marcus includes tens of millions of dollars each for the aquarium, Grady Health System’s Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center, Marcus Autism Center which is now part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center. Some donors gave to other projects. Much of Blank’s donation will add to Marcus’ effort to create 20 additional centers around the nation to help veterans suffering from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. Marcus detailed some of the many needs to help others, from kids with autism to military veterans, who he said serve the nation and then are treated like second-rate citizens when they get out. Marcus’ actual birthday was May 12, Mother’s Day. “I was never meant to be,” he said. His mother had planned to stop having children, but a doctor suggested having a baby could help with her rheumatoid arthritis. Marcus said when he and Blank came to Atlanta in 1978, “we had nothing.” “Home Depot made us,” he said. He called Atlanta “the most open-hearted city in the world.” Marcus now lives primarily in Florida, but also spends part of the year at homes in Atlanta and North Carolina.
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's announcement on new tariffs for Mexican imports in response to heavy flow of migrants (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his foreign relations secretary will lead a delegation to seek a peaceful and negotiated solution to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose stiff tariffs on goods from Mexico if the country doesn't do more to slow irregular migration. López Obrador said late Thursday in a public letter addressed to Trump that 'social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures,' and alluded to the United States' history as a nation of immigrants: 'The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.' López Obrador wrote that Mexico is doing its part to avoid migration through its territory as much as possible, without violating human rights. The Mexican leader also urged Trump to 'please, remember that I do not lack valor, that I am not a coward nor timorous but rather act according to principles.' ___ 10:15 p.m. The Republican head of a key Senate committee says that President Donald Trump's proposal to use new tariffs on Mexican goods to pressure Mexico to slow the flow of migrants to the border is a flawed strategy. U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said late Thursday: 'Trade policy and border security are separate issues.' Grassley, whose committee would deal with a proposed trade agreement involving Mexico, said: 'This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent.' He said the proposal 'would seriously jeopardize passage' of a new trade deal involving Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. He urged the president to consider other options. ___ 9:20 p.m. The Mexican undersecretary for North America is calling new tariffs on Mexican goods announced by U.S. President Donald Trump a matter that is 'most serious.' Jesus Seade (say-AH'-day), the trade negotiator for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrader, said Thursday in a news conference that if the tariffs come to pass, 'we should respond in a forceful way.' But he said right now that it is important to find out whether these tariffs are 'really on the table.' He says if Trump is serious, the move is bad for 'two countries that are trying to arrive at a marvelous free trade treaty, the best in history, according to President Trump.' Seade lobbied for first finding find out 'what is being talked about here.' ___ 7:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. The tariff is effective June 10. The president says the percentage will gradually increase 'until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.' Trump made the announcement by tweet after telling reporters earlier Thursday that he was planning 'a major statement' that would be his 'biggest' so far on the border. Trump has accused the Mexican government of failing to do enough to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants who have been flowing to the U.S in search of asylum from countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Gautama. It's unclear how this will impact the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

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  • Romance author Judith Krantz, best known for writing 'Scruples' and nine other best-selling novels, has died at age 91, multiple news outlets reported Sunday. >> Read more trending news According to The Associated Press, Krantz died of natural causes Saturday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood, said one of her sons, producer Tony Krantz. Before she published the racy 'Scruples' at age 50 in 1978, Krantz wrote for women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan, McCall's and Ladies' Home Journal. She eventually wrote 10 novels that sold more than 80 million copies around the world, CNN reported. She also published a memoir, 'Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl,' in 2001. Several of Krantz's books, including 'Scruples,' 'Princess Daisy' and 'Mistral's Daughter,' were adapted into television miniseries in the '80s and '90s. A remake of the 'Scruples' miniseries was 'still in the works' when she died, Tony Krantz told the AP. Krantz was preceded in death by her husband, producer Steve Krantz. She is survived by their two sons and two grandchildren, the AP reported. Fellow authors took to Twitter after learning of Krantz's death, calling her a 'legend.' Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • One person was killed and two others were injured in a shootout Monday morning at a College Park apartment complex, Channel 2 Action News reported.  College Park police Chief Ferman Williford told the news station investigators believe there was an exchange of gunfire near the back of the complex in the 2600 block of Charlestown Drive. When officers arrived around 4 a.m., one person was found dead at the scene. The other two victims were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. One is critical, Channel 2 reported. The other is stable. “All we know right now is some sort of gun battle ensued,” Williford said from the scene. “We don’t have any identifications yet.” Police are still in the early stages of their investigation. It is possible one or two of the victims are residents of the apartment complex, he said. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two hurt in a South Fulton County apartment complex.  Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway is at the scene, where she talked to neighbors who say they heard about 12 gunshots.  The shooting happened at the Avery Park Apartments in the 2600 block of Charlestown Drive in College Park Monday. We’re at the scene talking to police about the shooting and the victims, for LIVE reports on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. BREAKING: Just got the scene of shooting at an apartment complex in College Park. Stay with @wsbtv for updates. pic.twitter.com/HE0HjejFRP — Kristen Holloway (@KHollowayWSB) June 24, 2019  
  • The search for a missing New York girl came to a sad end late Sunday when authorities found her body in Ontario's Casey Park. >> Read more trending news According to New York State Police, Zyvette Marquez-Rivera, 3, was found dead 'in a small body of water' about 11:43 p.m., nearly five hours after she was reported missing. Emergency crews, including an underwater rescue unit, responded to the park to look for the girl. The Monroe County Medical Examiners' Office will perform an autopsy on the child to determine her cause of death, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.  If you have information about the case, call New York State Police at 585-398-4100. Read more here.
  • A New York man died unexpectedly while visiting the Dominican Republic last week, becoming the latest of at least 11 Americans who have died in the popular tourist destination since June 2018. According to Fox News, 56-year-old Vittorio Caruso, a recently retired pizzeria owner from Glen Cove, Long Island, died June 17 after he fell sick at Santo Domingo's Boca Chica Resort.  >> Read more trending news 'We found out he was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something,' Lisa Maria Caruso said of her brother-in-law, who had gone to the island nation alone. She said family members learned of Caruso's death via phone just minutes after officials had called to say he was sick, News 12 Long Island reported. However, Dominican Republic National Police told CNN that Caruso had begun 'receiving medical attention' six days earlier, on June 11. Caruso 'was not a sick person' and had been in good health, Lisa Maria Caruso told Fox News. A doctor said Caruso's cause of death was respiratory failure, but officials are still awaiting autopsy results, CNN reported.  Caruso's case appears to be similar to the other American deaths reported recently in the island nation. Most of the travelers died from respiratory failure, pulmonary edema and/or a heart attack, officials said. Some had taken drinks from a hotel minibar before falling ill, family members told multiple news outlets. According to CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 'is assisting Dominican authorities' as they look into the deaths. So far, investigators reportedly have not found any evidence that the incidents are connected.  'There are no mysterious deaths here,' Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Javier Garcia told Fox News. ''Mysterious' implies that things happened that science cannot explain.' Although the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory in April urging American tourists to 'exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime,' officials have not revised the notice to include any health warnings. In fact, the department said last week that it has 'not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths' in the popular vacation destination, ABC News reported. 'The overwhelming majority travel without incident,' a department spokesperson said of the 2.7 million Americans who go there each year.
  • Cardi B, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and the late Nipsey Hussle won top honors at the 2019 BET Awards, held Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. >> Read more trending news Here's the complete list of winners:  Album of the year: Cardi B, 'Invasion of Privacy' Best new artist: Lil Baby Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B Best male hip-hop artist: Nipsey Hussle Coca-Cola viewers choice award: Ella Mai, 'Trip' Best collaboration: Travis Scott feat. Drake, 'Sicko Mode' Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria) Viewers' choice: Best new international act: ShoMadjozi (South Africa) Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars Young stars award: Marsai Martin Best group: Migos Video of the year: Childish Gambino, 'This Is America' Video director of the year: Karena Evans Best actress: Regina King Best actor: Michael B. Jordan Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Snoop Dogg feat. Rance Allen, 'Blessing Me Again' Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams BET HER award: H.E.R., 'Hard Place' Best movie: 'BlacKkKlansman' Lifetime achievement award: Mary J. Blige Ultimate icon award: Tyler Perry Humanitarian award: Nipsey Hussle