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Michael Johns

Johns death cover up?

A friend of the "American Idol" contestant says his wife tried to cover up the cause of his death. | Photos:  Notable deaths 2014

Week in entertainment: December 15

L.A. honored in ATL

Music executive Antonio "L.A." Reid will be recognized for his deep influence on music in Atlanta. | LeCrae hits No. 1 on Billboard chart

American brasserie kicks off new Krog Street Market

Look at Krog St. Market

Two new restaurants and an unlikely bar are amongst the first entries at the new complex. | Final Krog Street restaurant sign on

12 recommended events this fall

All things Music Midtown

Everything you need to know about this weekend's two-day music fest. | Photos:  Music Midtown through the years| More Music Midtown news

Japanfest

Weekend best bets

Strut in East Atlanta, partake in Wanderlust, see JapanFest in Duluth and more. | Another big music weekend in Atlanta

SPORTS

TRAVEL

Southeastern travel: Outdoors

Southeastern travel: Outdoors

Seeking sand between the toes or a lung full of mountain air? Southeastern outdoor activities come more plentiful than muscadines on the vine.

NATION & WORLD

Huge turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end the country's 307-year union with England.

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BUSINESS

Home Depot breach hit 56 million cards

Two weeks after being notified it had been hacked, Home Depot said Thursday that cybercriminals made off with information from an estimated 56 million “unique” payment cards at its stores.

GA & ATLANTA

Cops: Woman strangled friend with Ethernet cord, dumped her body

A Gwinnett County woman allegedly beat her friend in the head, strangled her to death with an Ethernet cord, and then dumped her body at an abandoned park in July 2013, according to police.

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Atlanta Sports

Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for the AJC

Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz is a sports columnist and blogger for the AJC

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Chip Towers on UGA

Georgia Bulldog blog on football, basketball, more sports

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Ken Sugiura on Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sports blog from The AJC

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Georgia High School Sports

The Prep Zone blog covers high school sports in Atlanta and Georgia

News and Topics

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News to Me / George Mathis

An informative look at interesting news breaking on the Internet.

Business beat blog

Business beat

Atlanta, GA and US business news and how it affects you

Things to Do, Celebrities

Rodney Ho / Radio & TV Talk blog

Radio & TV Talk / Rodney Ho

From Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

The Buzz / Jennifer Brett

The Buzz / Jennifer Brett

Atlanta buzz about people, social life and celebrities

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Atlanta Shopping / Nedra Rhone

Find metro Atlanta deals and bargains to save you money

Melissa Ruggieri

The Music Scene / Melissa Ruggieri

Concerts, live music, Atlanta musicians and the best acts coming to town

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Atlanta Restaurant Scene / John Kessler

Best Atlanta restaurants, new places to try, recipes, Atlanta chefs and food

AJC Parenting

AJC Parenting

Raising healthy children without going insane, one blog post at a time.

Opinion

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich

Today's editorial cartoon from the AJC's Pulitzer Prize winner