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  • The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 2-4-3 (two, four, three)
  • The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 1-2-3-6 (one, two, three, six)
  • An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slaying of a federal judge during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. following an injection at the Alabama prison at Atmore. He had no last statement and did not respond when an official asked if he had any last words shortly before the chemicals began flowing. Authorities said Moody sent out four mail bombs in December of 1989, killing Judge Robert S. Vance, a member of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Alabama and Robert E. Robinson, a black civil rights attorney from Savannah, Georgia. Two other bombs, including one mailed to the NAACP office in Jacksonville, Florida, were intercepted and did not explode. At his 1996 trial, prosecutors described Moody as a meticulous coward who killed Vance with murder by mail because of his obsession with getting revenge on the legal system, and then committed additional package bombings to make it look like the Ku Klux Klan was behind the judge's murder. Moody became the oldest U.S. inmate put to death since executions resumed in the U.S. in the 1970s, according to the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center. His attorneys argued in court filings and a clemency petition to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey that his age and vein condition would make lethal injection more difficult. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed execution plans Thursday evening to consider Moody's late appeals, but later lifted the stay without comment, allowing the execution to go forward. Vance was at his kitchen table in Mountain Brook, Alabama, on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package after a morning of errands and yard work. The explosion ripped through the home near Birmingham, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife, Helen. Prosecutors said Moody, who had attended law school, had a grudge against the legal system because the 11th Circuit refused to overturn a 1972 pipe-bomb possession conviction that prevented him from practicing law. Moody was first convicted in 1991 in federal court and sentenced to seven life terms plus 400 years. He was later convicted in state court in 1996 and sentenced to death for Vance's murder. Vance's son, Robert Vance Jr., now a circuit judge in Jefferson County and Democratic candidate for chief justice in Alabama, said it's important that people remember how his father lived, not just how he died. 'He was a great judge, a great lawyer before that, and a great father,' he said earlier as the execution loomed. As chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party in the 1960s and 1970s, Vance worked to bring African Americans into the party and often 'butted heads' with segregationist Gov. George Wallace, his son said. Friends said the senior Vance quietly fought for the rights of underprivileged as both a jurist and a politician. Moody had always maintained his innocence. In recent weeks, Moody had sent a letter to the younger Vance claiming he was the innocent victim of a government conspiracy. 'Had my Dad been murdered, I would want to know who had done it,' Moody wrote. The younger Vance said he put the letter in the trash. Vance said he had to make peace with his father's death, but said he has no doubt that Moody is guilty. He did not witness the execution. The lethal injection procedure began at 8:16 p.m. Moody did not open his eyes or respond as the warden read his death warrant and asked him if he had any last words. Moody's attorney, Spencer Hahn, said he wanted to know what the prison system 'gave him before to knock him out and prevent him from getting to give his last words. There was no dignity in that room. This dishonored the memory of Judge Vance and Mr. Robinson,' Hahn said. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said Moody was not given any sedatives. In last-hour appeals, Moody's attorneys had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution in order to review whether his federal sentence, which was handed down first, could be interrupted. They also argued that the aggravating factors used to impose a death sentence were improper. The nation's high court had no comment on those last-minute appeals Thursday. Moody's attorneys, in their unsuccessful clemency petition argued that his victim was opposed to the death penalty, and halting the execution would honor Vance's beliefs. Vance's son said his father opposed the death penalty personally, but also believed in following the law. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday night that after nearly 30 years, 'Tonight, Mr. Moody's appeals finally came to a rightful end. Justice has been served.' ___ Associated Press writer Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report.
  • The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 15-16-24-35-41 (fifteen, sixteen, twenty-four, thirty-five, forty-one) Estimated jackpot: $270,000
  • The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Jumbo Bucks Lotto' game were: 06-16-19-24-38-41 (six, sixteen, nineteen, twenty-four, thirty-eight, forty-one) Estimated jackpot: $8.7 million
  • A 4-year-old was killed in a wreck involving two tractor trailers along I-285 Thursday afternoon. Several people were inured in the crash involving two tractor-trailers and a car on I-285 near Washington Road, officials confirmed Thursday. Lanes reopened shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  The GSP is handling the investigation. TRENDING STORIES: Teens find body of teacher missing for 3 years, authorities say Judge allows Tex McIver jurors to take gun to SUV where shooting happened Security guard sexually assaulted at downtown library, police say
  • DP_Atlanta 1. LOB_New York 4, Atlanta 6. 2B_Albies (9), K.Suzuki 2 (3), Tucker 2 (4), Swanson (8). HR_T.Frazier (3), A.Gonzalez (2), K.Suzuki (3). SF_A.Cabrera (2), F.Freeman (1), Markakis (1). S_Wisler (1). Umpires_Home, Pat Hoberg; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, Jeremie Rehak; Third, Gerry Davis. T_3:00. A_23,610 (41,149).
  • Matt Wisler pitched like he was making a bid to stay in Atlanta for longer than just a fill-in start. Matt Harvey pitched like he is in danger of losing his spot in the New York Mets' rotation. Preston Tucker drove in a career-high five runs, Wisler allowed two hits in seven innings after being called up from the minors, and the Braves beat Harvey and the Mets 12-4 on Thursday night. Wisler (1-0) was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after Anibal Sanchez, the scheduled starter, strained his hamstring and was placed on the disabled list. Wisler impressed by allowing only one run on two hits with no walks. 'That's the best I've seen him since I've been around him,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'On the attack, pitching to get guys out. I really liked what I saw.' Wisler made his first major league start since June 10, 2017, also against the Mets. 'I honestly felt kind of like my debut,' Wisler said. 'It's been a long time since I started up here.' Mets manager Mickey Callaway wouldn't commit to giving Harvey his next scheduled start. Harvey (0-2) allowed six runs in six innings, leaving his ERA at 6.00. 'We haven't made that determination yet,' Callaway said. 'We'll see moving forward. I'm not sure what we're going to do.' Harvey wasn't receptive to a question about possibly moving to the bullpen. 'I'm a starting pitcher,' Harvey said. 'I've always been a starting pitcher. That's my mindset.' Harvey at least took pressure off the Mets' bullpen by making it through six innings. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced and ended a streak of 12 consecutive starts, including his last nine starts of 2017, in which he failed to last longer than five innings. 'That last three innings I think I was able to break through that mental block I was feeling every time I went out there,' he said. 'I know that the results aren't there. I feel bad that it took me so long to figure it out.' Kurt Suzuki had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer off Harvey in the first inning. Todd Frazier opened the fifth with a homer over the 400-foot marker in center field for the Mets' only run off Wisler. Adrian Gonzalez led off the eighth with a homer off Lucas Sims. The Mets, who scored nine runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday night to beat Washington 11-5, scored three in the eighth. Sims' bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo forced in a run. Wisler retired the first 11 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the fourth. Johan Camargo, a defensive replacement at third base, made a diving catch in front of the Mets' dugout of Jose Reyes' short popup. TRAINER'S ROOM Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (broken right hand) is expected to make a minor league rehab start this weekend and could be recalled as soon as the following weekend. That has sparked speculation about how the Mets will make room for Vargas in the rotation. 'It just so happens a starter is coming back and somebody is going to the pen,' Callaway said. Braves: Snitker said Sanchez already is showing improvement. Initial concerns were that Sanchez might miss several weeks, but now the Braves hope the right-hander's time on the DL may be shorter. TUCKER'S BIG NIGHT Tucker doubled in two runs in the third and added a three-run double off Jerry Blevins in the seventh. His previous career high was three RBIs. The big night moved Tucker into a tie with Washington's Bryce Harper for the NL lead with 18 RBIs. FIRST ROAD LOSS The Mets opened a 10-game trip with their first loss away from home this season. New York's 6-0 start in road games was the best in franchise history. FREEMAN KEEPS HITTING Freddie Freeman, who suffered no structural damage to his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Phillies left-hander Hoby Milner on Wednesday night, had two hits. UP NEXT Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.95) will try for his first career win against the Braves when the series continues on Friday night. Syndergaard is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta. Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.02) was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA against the Mets as a rookie in 2017. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • WASHINGTON (AP) - In a series of startlingly candid conversations, President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of a top adviser, asked about the possibility of jailing journalists and described a boast from Vladimir Putin about Russian prostitutes, according to Comey's notes of the talks obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday night. The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Trump that Comey found so unnerving that he chose to document them in writing. Those seven encounters in the weeks and months before Comey's May 2017 firing include a Trump Tower discussion about allegations involving Trump and prostitutes in Moscow; a White House dinner at which Comey says Trump asked him for his loyalty; and a private Oval Office discussion where the ex-FBI head says the president asked him to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser. The documents had been eagerly anticipated since their existence was first revealed last year, especially since Comey's interactions with Trump are a critical part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Late Thursday night, Trump tweeted that the memos 'show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.' The president also accused Comey of leaking classified information. The memos obtained by the AP were unclassified, though some portions were blacked out as classified. Details from Comey's memos reported in news stories last year appear to come from the unclassified portions. In explaining the purpose of creating the memos, which have been provided to Mueller, Comey has said he 'knew there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened' to defend not only himself but the FBI as well. The memos cover the first three months of the Trump administration, a period of upheaval marked by staff turnover, a cascade of damaging headlines and revelations of an FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The documents reflect Trump's uneasiness about that investigation, though not always in ways that Comey seemed to anticipate. In a February 2017 conversation, for instance, Trump told Comey how Putin told him, 'we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world' even as the president adamantly, and repeatedly, distanced himself from a salacious allegation concerning him and prostitutes in Moscow, according to one memo. In another memo, Comey recounts how Trump at a private White House dinner pointed his fingers at his head and complained that Flynn, his embattled national security adviser, 'has serious judgment issues.' The president blamed Flynn for failing to alert him promptly to a congratulatory call from a world leader, causing a delay for Trump in returning a message to an official whose name is redacted in the documents. 'I did not comment at any point during this topic and there was no mention or acknowledgment of any FBI interest in or contact with General Flynn,' Comey wrote. By that point, the FBI had already interviewed Flynn about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and the Justice Department had already warned White House officials that they were concerned Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail. Flynn was fired Feb. 13, 2017, after White House officials said he had misled them about his Russian contacts during the transition period by saying that he had not discussed sanctions. The following day, according to a separate memo, Comey says Trump cleared the Oval Office of other officials, encouraged him to let go of the investigation into Flynn and called him a good guy. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with Mueller's investigation. The memos reveal that days before Flynn's firing, then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked Comey if Flynn's communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant. 'Do you have a FISA order on Mike Flynn?' Priebus asked Comey, according to the memos, referring to an order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Comey said he 'paused for a few seconds and then said that I would answer here, but that this illustrated the kind of question that had to be asked and answered through established channels.' Comey's response is redacted on the unclassified memos. The memos also show Trump's continued distress at a dossier of allegations - compiled by an ex-British spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign - examining potential ties between him and his aides and the Kremlin. Comey writes how Trump repeatedly denied to him having been involved in an encounter with Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. 'The President said 'the hookers thing' is nonsense,' Comey writes, noting that Trump then related the conversation with Putin about the 'most beautiful hookers.' Comey says Trump did not say when Putin had made the comment. The documents also include the president's musings about pursuing leakers and imprisoning journalists. They also provide insight into Comey's personal and professional opinions. He judges the administration's travel ban to be legally valid, and he takes a swipe at former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling her predecessor, Eric Holder, 'smarter and more sophisticated and smoother.' The memos were provided to Congress earlier Thursday as House Republicans escalated criticism of the Justice Department, threatening to subpoena the documents and questioning officials. In a letter sent to three Republican House committee chairmen Thursday evening, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that the department was sending a classified version of the memos and an unclassified version. The department released Boyd's letter publicly but did not release the memos. The chairmen issued a statement late Thursday saying the memos show that Comey clearly never felt threatened, and Trump didn't obstruct justice. Justice officials had allowed some lawmakers to view the memos but had never provided copies to Congress. Boyd wrote that the department had also provided the memos to several Senate committees. Boyd wrote in the letter that the department 'consulted the relevant parties' and concluded that releasing the memos would not adversely affect any ongoing investigations. Mueller is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Comey is on a publicity tour to promote his new book, 'A Higher Loyalty.' He revealed last year that he had written the memos after conversations with Trump. He said in an interview Thursday with CNN that he's 'fine' with the Justice Department turning his memos over to Congress. 'I think what folks will see if they get to see the memos is I've been consistent since the very beginning, right after my encounters with President Trump, and I'm consistent in the book and tried to be transparent in the book as well,' he said. __ Associated Press writer Tom LoBianco contributed to this report. __ Link to the memos: http://apne.ws/dwhMe9R