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Cold weather kills at least 11 in metro Atlanta since Dec. 1

ATLANTA (AP) - At least 11 people in metro Atlanta have died from hypothermia since the beginning of December.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cites Fulton County Medical Examiner records as saying at least eight of those people were homeless.

Seven deaths happened in December and four have occurred this month. The most recent death was on Jan. 15.

The newspaper reports the city has plans to find shelter for homeless people in the area. Cobb County investigators say hypothermia may have contributed to three additional deaths.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker dies; worked beside MLK

CHESTER, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, a leader in the civil rights movement who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assemble his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," has died.

He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said his daughter, Patrice Walker Powell, who confirmed his death.

Powell said her father died Tuesday morning at an assisted living facility in Chester, Virginia. She said he had been in declining health the past few years after a stroke.

Walker was a key player in the civil rights movement, brought in by King to be the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference three years after the civil rights organization was founded.

"He was such a great orator ... in the civil rights movement," said SCLC President Charles Steele, who called Walker "a legend in his own right."

"He was known for motivating and uplifting people and bringing about the opportunity of being hopeful."

Before joining the SCLC, Walker was already a top civil rights leader in Virginia, where he had led a "Pilgrimage of Prayer" in Richmond against school segregation on New Year's Day 1959.

Henry Marsh III, a civil rights lawyer, Richmond's first black mayor and a former state lawmaker, said Walker came from modest circumstances to live a tremendous life as "one of the great American heroes."

"There will never be another one like Wyatt Tee Walker," Marsh said.

In 1961, during the Freedom Rider campaign to integrate interstate buses, Walker was one of seven black leaders and four white clergymen arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, while trying to eat together at a bus station.

And in 1963, he had a key role in the SCLC's campaign against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

"Wyatt Walker, youthful, lean and bespectacled, brought his energetic and untiring spirit to our meetings, whose members already knew and admired his dedicated work as a behind-the-scenes organizer of the campaign," King wrote in his book, "Why We Can't Wait."

When King and others were jailed in Birmingham for parading without a permit, Walker helped assemble King's famous answer to his moderate critics, "Letter From Birmingham Jail." King had written the essay on scraps of paper and in the margins of newspapers, which he had passed on to his lawyers.

Walker then put it together with the help of a secretary.

"It was one of the most important documents of the century," Walker told The Birmingham News in 2001.

The following month, May 11, 1963, a black-owned Birmingham hotel and the home of King's brother were bombed, touching off rioting by blacks. Walker addressed those in the crowd, urging them to help King's cause "by going to your homes."

Leaving the SCLC post in 1964, Walker was pastor of Harlem's Canaan Baptist Church from 1968 until his retirement. He was installed there by King just 10 days before King was assassinated April 4, 1968.

Walker's successor, the Rev. Thomas Johnson Sr., said Tuesday that social justice was the over-arching theme of Walker's life and that he had a great impact serving his own congregation by promoting affordable housing, a senior citizen center and programs for the hungry and homeless.

"I think if you ask members of the church, there probably wasn't a sermon or any event that did not have a social justice implication attached to it," Johnson said. "Even in his absence, I think his voice will still speak clearly and loudly from his theological beliefs that God calls the church to change society for the better in more areas than just the spiritual."

In an interview with The Associated Press in 2004, Walker recounted how he dealt with King's assassination.

"I felt that Dr. King's image and importance had become so large that nobody would dare try to do him harm," he said.

"I grieved for about six months. But one day I was walking down 125th Street and it was as if I heard (King's) voice saying: 'Whatcha got your head down for? At least I was with you for a while.'"

"So I got over my grief and I continued to do for my church base those things which I had learned through him," he said.

Walker was also a longtime leader in the U.S. movement against South African apartheid, and in 1994, Nelson Mandela kicked off his first U.S. visit as South African president by thanking parishioners at Canaan Baptist Church.

Walker was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and received bachelor's and divinity degrees from Virginia Union University.

According to Taylor Branch's book, "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63," Walker had been a member of the Young Communist League in his youth, inspired by the ideal of equality, and was steered toward the ministry in college.

Walker had come to the SCLC post from Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, where he had been the preacher since 1952 and was active in local civil rights efforts.

In addition to the 1959 "Pilgrimage of Prayer," his efforts included a demonstration at the segregated Petersburg library in which he was arrested while trying to check out a book on Robert E. Lee, Branch wrote.


Associated Press writers Matthew Barakat in McLean, Virginia; Kate Brumback in Atlanta; Deepti Hajela in New York; and former AP writer Polly Anderson contributed to this report.

Louisiana to tell tourists the state will 'Feed Your Soul'

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has a new tourism slogan: "Feed Your Soul."

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser on Tuesday announced that the state's tourism department was moving on from its 7-year-old "Pick Your Passion" slogan to the new branding effort.

The Republican lieutenant governor says the new brand tells travelers that Louisiana has soulful, rewarding experiences.

On Fat Tuesday, the new slogan will be rolled out around the country, with "Feed Your Soul" food trucks serving king cake and handing out Mardi Gras beads and cups in high-traffic areas in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Nungesser's office says the "Feed Your Soul" strategy was created after six months of research and testing done by tourism marketing firm Miles Partnership. Nungesser announced the slogan at the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association's annual meeting in Lafayette.

Satanic Temple member fights Missouri abortion restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether some of the state's abortion restrictions violate the religious beliefs of a woman who is part of the Satanic Temple.

An attorney for the woman made the unusual argument Tuesday as he asked Missouri's highest court to block the state's mandatory three-day waiting period for abortions and requirements that doctors providing abortions give women a booklet that says "the life of each human being begins at conception," offer them an ultrasound and give them an opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.

The woman traveled from southeastern Missouri to St. Louis for an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. The woman, whose name is not revealed in court documents, did eventually obtain an abortion. But in a letter to her doctors that was included in court documents, she wrote that some of the state's restrictions on abortion conflict with her beliefs to follow scientific understanding of the world.

The Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple doesn't believe in a literal Satan but sees the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny. The group has waged religious battles around the U.S. in recent years, including pushing unsuccessfully to install a statute of the goat-headed idol Baphomet outside the Arkansas and Oklahoma state capitols as counterpoints to Ten Commandments monuments. Members also proposed "After School Satan Clubs" in elementary schools from Oregon to Georgia where evangelical Christian "Good News Clubs" are operating.

James MacNaughton, an attorney for the Satanic Temple member suing over Missouri's abortion restrictions, told the state Supreme Court that the government "should not be in the business of preaching."

"It is a bedrock principle of our culture (and) of our country that we choose for ourselves what to believe by way of religious beliefs," he said. "It's not the business of government to tell us that."

The state attorney general's office, which is defending the abortion restrictions, argues that Missouri laws protecting religious freedom don't apply. Solicitor General John Sauer told the court those laws protect the woman only if she's being blocked from practicing her beliefs or is being forced to do something against her religion. She's now fighting a booklet, for example, that she has said she's already read, Sauer said.

Judge Laura Denvir Stith also questioned MacNaughton on whether his client was forced to act against her religious beliefs, noting that doctors must provide the booklet, but that doesn't mean women have to accept it.

"She wasn't forced to say she agreed with it," Stith said. "She was given a brochure but wasn't required to read it."

Twenty-seven states require a waiting period for an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a national research group that supports abortion rights. Missouri is one of four states with the longest waiting period - 72 hours.

Music firms sue to keep hit songs off fitness streaming app

ATLANTA (AP) - Some of the nation's largest recording studios have joined forces in an effort to stop a music streaming service aimed at fitness enthusiasts from using songs by Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Green Day and other stars.

In a federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta, Sony Music Entertainment and more than a dozen other record companies say Fit Radio illegally infringes on their copyrighted recordings "on a massive scale."

The Atlanta-based streaming business is hurting artists who rely on music royalties, the music companies states in the suit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The lawsuit mentioned several major artists, including Beyonce, Jason Derulo, Green Day and others.

"Rampant copyright infringement of sound recordings over the internet and through mobile applications, including the infringement engaged in and enabled by entities such as Fit Radio, has resulted in significant harm to the music industry, including to artists who rely on royalties from recorded music for their livelihood," the complaint states.

A representative of the Atlanta firm said in a statement Tuesday that it looks forward to "being vindicated by the court system."

"We will continue providing exceptional services to our customers," it said.

Fit Radio is available through its website,, and through an application or app on mobile devices such as cellphones. Fit Radio recruits disc jockeys who copy and upload popular songs to attract users, the lawsuit says.

The streaming service entices the DJs to upload recordings to Fit Radio as a way for the DJs to "promote your personal brand," the lawsuit states. The company also supports the DJs with marketing efforts through Facebook and email campaigns, according to the lawsuit.

The recording companies say their music is legally streamed via services such as Apple Music and Spotify through business agreements with them. But Fit Radio is different because it has no such agreements to stream the copyrighted music, they say.

Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Joaquin Niemann wanted to make his last round as an amateur one of his best. He was so good Tuesday that he felt he could birdie every hole and closed with an 8-under 63 for a five-shot victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And that means his amateur career is not over yet.

Next up for the 19-year-old from Chile: the Masters at Augusta National.

Niemann lived up to his No. 1 world amateur ranking by playing a five-hole stretch in 6-under par around the turn at Prince of Wales Country Club. That carried him to a stress-free victory over Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico, a runner-up in the Latin America Amateur for the second straight year.

By winning, Niemann earns a spot in the Masters and would be exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open. He won't be eligible for those exemptions because he plans to turn pro after the Masters.

"After I wake up, walking to my car I say to myself, 'Let's make our last round of golf as an amateur a good round.' That gave me a lot of foundation to shoot a low round," Niemann said. "Now I keep amateur until the Masters."

It was the third time in four years that a Chilean has won the Latin American America. Gana won in a playoff last year over Ortiz and Niemann in Panama City, and Matias Dominguez won in 2015 in Buenos Aires.

Niemann attended the Masters last year with Toto Gana, and he plans to return the favor by bringing Gana as a guest this year.

The previous three Latin America Amateur champions have failed to make the cut at the Masters, a trend that Niemann hopes to change.

"I feel ready," said Niemann, who qualified for the U.S. Open last year at Erin Hills and missed the cut.

Trailing by one shot to Ortiz to start the final round, Niemann tied for the lead with one fortuitous bounce. His drive on the reachable par-4 eighth hole caromed off a tree, through the bunker and onto the green to set up an eagle. They were tied going to the back nine, where Niemann took the lead with a birdie on No. 10, and then expanded his lead to three shots with a birdie at No. 11 as Ortiz made bogey. Niemann birdied two of the next three holes to pull away.

Niemann said he would have turned pro if he had earned status in the Tour qualifying tournament last year. Instead, he remained an amateur and received quite the payoff. He's going to Augusta National, where he hopes to play a practice round with Masters champion Sergio Garcia and perhaps Tiger Woods.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:


(two, four, six, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-four)

Real places in Oscar-nominated films from Dunkirk to Toronto

NEW YORK (AP) - From the beaches of France where "Dunkirk" took place to a historic Toronto theater where "Shape of Water" was filmed, fans can visit many of the real-world destinations depicted in this year's Oscar-nominated movies.


For the Italy depicted in "Call Me By Your Name," head to the town of Crema, about an hour from Milan in the northern Lombardy region. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg says the setting was "exquisitely beautiful. ... It was a character in the film."


At London's Churchill War Rooms museum , visitors can see the map room, cabinet room, Winston Churchill's bedroom and other locations depicted in the movie about Churchill's early days as prime minister during wartime. The museum was even visited by the movie's stars, Gary Oldman, who portrayed Churchill, and Lily James, who played his secretary. An exhibit called "Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker" shows how typists like James' character sometimes lived and worked there around the clock. The museum on King Charles Street is open daily (admission, $29).


The movie "Dunkirk" was filmed on location in the northern French port city where Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches in 1940 by a flotilla of more than 800 ships. Guided tours include sites like the beaches, the East Mole breakwater where most evacuations took place and the cemetery where some 800 soldiers are buried. Visitors may also tour the Musee Dunkerque 1940 when it reopens in April following renovations, or have tea on the Princess Elizabeth, a paddle steamer that made four trips as a rescue ship and is now a floating restaurant.


Tonya Harding is from Portland, Oregon, but the movie about her ill-fated skating career was shot mostly in Georgia, including at a rink where the public can skate: Duluth Ice Forum.


"Lady Bird" is set in Sacramento, California, hometown of director Greta Gerwig. Most of the interiors were filmed in Los Angeles, but The Sacramento Bee says Gerwig put some of her favorite Sacramento spots in the movie, including the McKinley Park rose garden, Fabulous 40s neighborhood and the river walk near Tower Bridge.


Where can you find the oceanic planet Ahch-To from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"? On a remote island off Ireland's west coast, Skellig Michael. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site where an ancient Christian monastic order built stone beehive-shaped huts. Other "Star Wars" scenes were shot in Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal; Loop Head in County Clare; Ballyferriter in County Kerry; and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork. Ireland's tourism agency promotes the destinations at .


The movie about The Washington Post's coverage of the Pentagon Papers was mostly filmed outside of Washington. A building in White Plains, New York, stood in for the newspaper building, and Brooklyn, New York, subbed for some shots of Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, according to Destination DC, Washington's tourism agency. You can, of course, see the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, and you can see the exterior of the American Stock Exchange building in New York, though it's no longer in use. You can also stay in the room where the actual Watergate break-in took place, known as Scandal Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel . The movie's final scene depicts the discovery of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters there, which led to the Watergate scandal.


The old movie theater featured in "The Shape of Water" is in Toronto. Auditorium scenes were filmed at the Elgin, a theater that opened in 1913 at 189 Yonge St. and is today part of a Canadian National Historic Site. Tours offered Thursdays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. ($12 cash, check website for occasional cancellations). The marquee shown in the movie is Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.


Ebbing is a fictional place. The movie was shot in North Carolina, and North Carolina is promoting a three-day itinerary to filming locations in Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley in the western part of the state.


A few other locations for film mavens:

-"Get Out" was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama.

-Parts of "Mudbound" were filmed in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

-Locations for "All the Money in the World" included, among other places, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, which stood in as J. Paul Getty's residence, and Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome and Bracciano, outside Rome, according to tourism representatives for those countries. Rome's Capitoline museum is mentioned in a pivotal scene where Michelle Williams' character seeks to sell a figurine. None of the film was shot at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, according to a Villa spokeswoman, but various objects collected by Getty are on view there.

-"The Florida Project," about a spunky little girl growing up amid impoverished families at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, probably won't lead too many visitors to stay at the Magic Castle Inn and Suites in Kissimmee, Florida. Rooms are only $39 but TripAdvisor reviews are not good.


Associated Press Writers Jake Coyle in New York and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this story.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:


(two, zero, eight, six, four)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:


(one, zero, nine, one)

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