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Updated: Tue, 20 May 2014 11:15:15 EST


Primaries see late scrambles, even on 'Obamacare'

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans around the country are pleading with voters to turn out in high-profile Senate races on a busy primary day.

And a top Democratic Senate hopeful has her own scrambling to do, as she juggles the political realities of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in a Republican-leaning state.

Georgia's Michelle Nunn said in an interview leading up to Tuesday's primary that she couldn't say how she would have voted on the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

She'll certainly hear about that answer once Republicans settle a seven-way battle. The GOP primary Tuesday is expected to lead to a two-candidate runoff.

Elsewhere, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to advance in Kentucky, setting up a tough general election.

There are also primaries in Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon and Pennsylvania.


Diverted NY to Atlanta flight lands safely near DC

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Officials say a flight from White Plains, New York, to Atlanta landed safely after it was diverted to Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

ExpressJet Airlines spokeswoman Samantha Harrison says flight 4916 operating as Delta Connection received a mechanical indication in flight Tuesday morning and safely diverted to Dulles. She says maintenance is investigating.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant says the 58 customers who were on board are being rebooked to their final destinations.


Home Depot 1Q results miss expectations

ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot's fiscal first-quarter net income climbed 12 percent as a key sales metric improved despite a slow start to the spring selling season due to bad weather.

But both adjusted earnings and revenue came in short of Wall Street estimates.

Nonetheless, the No. 1 home improvement retailer raised its full-year earnings forecast Tuesday.

Home Depot Inc. earned $1.38 billion, or $1 per share, for the period ended May 4. That compares with $1.23 billion, or 83 cents per share, a year earlier.

Adjusted earnings amounted to 96 cents per share. Analysts expected 99 cents per share.

Revenue for the Atlanta company rose 3 percent to $19.69 billion, but missed Wall Street's estimate of $19.97 billion.

Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year increased 3.3 percent.


Ga. oyster harvesting waters to close June 1

ATLANTA (AP) — State Department of Natural Resources officials say Georgia waters will be closed to recreational oyster harvesting beginning next month.

Officials said in a statement that the closure between June 1 and Sept. 30 is aimed at controlling a naturally occurring virus known as Vp. State wildlife officials say the virus is typically found in filter-feeding shellfish and is found in higher concentrations when coastal water is warm.

Officials say consumption of raw oysters that carry Vp can cause vomiting, abdominal cramping, fever, chills and diarrhea. Authorities say cooking oysters and other shellfish generally destroys all bacteria, including Vp.

Officials say clam harvesting in approved areas is still permitted during summer months because clams are usually cooked at high heat before being eaten.


Democratic congressman fights for job in Ga. race

UNDATED (AP) - A metro Atlanta congressman is fighting to keep his seat as Georgia voters decide several key U.S. House races across the state.

Rep. Hank Johnson of Lithonia faced a winner-take-all primary election Tuesday against fellow Democrat Tom Brown, who stepped down as DeKalb County sheriff to run for Congress in the 4th District.

Four congressional primaries with crowded fields were likely to require July runoffs.

Five Republicans are running for the party's nomination in east Georgia's 12th District, where the GOP hopes to defeat Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Augusta this fall.

A total of 19 Republicans are also competing for three open House seats being vacated by GOP Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah, Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta. All three ran for the U.S. Senate.


Voters to decide key Georgia Senate primaries

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters across Georgia will be deciding two key primaries in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

The race is among a dozen being watched nationally, as Republicans need to gain just six seats to claim a Senate majority and can't afford to lose the Georgia seat. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Republican Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Jack Kingston of Savannah, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, are competing for a spot in a likely GOP runoff.

Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, will be facing off against former state Sen. Steen Miles of Decatur, Atlanta psychiatrist Branko Radulovacki and ROTC instructor Todd Anthony Robinson of Columbus.


Gov. Deal faces 2 challengers in Ga. GOP primary

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans across Georgia will soon decide whether to back incumbent Nathan Deal in the primary election for governor, or support one of two challengers.

Deal is running Tuesday against former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and Schools Superintendent John Barge.

The incumbent governor heads into Tuesday's election as a favorite. Deal's challengers never came close to matching the incumbent governor's fundraising.

The winner of Tuesday's GOP primary will run against Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. Carter is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Republicans have held the governor's office since 2003.


Atlanta hoping for Super Bowl in new stadium

ATLANTA (AP) — The hope for another Atlanta Super Bowl overshadowed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Falcons' new stadium.

There were Super Bowl reminders everywhere in Monday night's ceremony, and none were subtle. The new stadium is scheduled to open in 2017. Atlanta officials hope the Super Bowl is played in the stadium as soon as 2019.

A plane pulled a banner which read "Break Ground on Super Bowl Too."

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be warmly received anytime, "especially if he wants to announce that we're going to win the Super Bowl."

Goodell is in town for Tuesday's meeting of NFL owners, who are expected to vote on the site of the 2018 Super Bowl. Atlanta could be considered for the 2019 game.

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