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'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

“Avengers: Infinity War,” in wide release Friday, was filmed largely in Atlanta. While the Marvel stars were in town, they put their talents to use in a very special performance to raise $500,000 for a very worthy cause: hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Proceeds from the November event at the Fox Theatre benefited the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the Center for Popular Democracy.

Scarlett Johansson came up with the idea to pull together a benefit event. Her colleagues Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. eagerly joined the effort. Atlanta’s Tony-winning director Kenny Leon served as director.

“Thank you for letting me call Atlanta home,” Leon said at the event, before turning the microphone over to Johansson.

“I knew I could count on you, Atlanta,” she said. “We love to shoot here. It’s a very inspiring city, an incredibly inspiring community.”

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Woman kills husband's mistress then turns gun on herself in 'calculated, planned attack': Police Damaging winds and small hail possible as storms head our way Teen was driving 106 mph when she crashed, killed best friend, prosecutors say Leon joked early on that the audience should expect a live reading – not a full theatrical performance – saying “We had one rehearsal!” Back stage at the event. Johansson was determined to take action after seeing the harrowing reports out of Puerto Rico, where electricity has yet to be restored on much of the island and where access to clean drinking water remains a challenge for many. When she called Leon, they kicked around some ideas before deciding a live reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1930s play “Our Town” was the perfect fit. “‘Our Town’ is this kind of warrior cry to remind us of the fragility of life,” she said. “It reminds us to be present and live moment by moment. It’s really about people and connectivity.” She was thrilled to report how successful the evening had been. “Thank you for reaching into your wallets, into your hearts,” Johansson said.

'Avengers' stars raised $500,000 in charity while filming in Atlanta

“Avengers: Infinity War,” in wide release Friday, was filmed largely in Atlanta. While the Marvel stars were in town, they put their talents to use in a very special performance to raise $500,000 for a very worthy cause: hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Proceeds from the November event at the Fox Theatre benefited the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund at the Center for Popular Democracy.

Scarlett Johansson came up with the idea to pull together a benefit event. Her colleagues Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. eagerly joined the effort. Atlanta’s Tony-winning director Kenny Leon served as director.

“Thank you for letting me call Atlanta home,” Leon said at the event, before turning the microphone over to Johansson.

“I knew I could count on you, Atlanta,” she said. “We love to shoot here. It’s a very inspiring city, an incredibly inspiring community.”

TRENDING STORIES:

Woman kills husband's mistress then turns gun on herself in 'calculated, planned attack': Police Damaging winds and small hail possible as storms head our way Teen was driving 106 mph when she crashed, killed best friend, prosecutors say Leon joked early on that the audience should expect a live reading – not a full theatrical performance – saying “We had one rehearsal!” Back stage at the event. Johansson was determined to take action after seeing the harrowing reports out of Puerto Rico, where electricity has yet to be restored on much of the island and where access to clean drinking water remains a challenge for many. When she called Leon, they kicked around some ideas before deciding a live reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic 1930s play “Our Town” was the perfect fit. “‘Our Town’ is this kind of warrior cry to remind us of the fragility of life,” she said. “It reminds us to be present and live moment by moment. It’s really about people and connectivity.” She was thrilled to report how successful the evening had been. “Thank you for reaching into your wallets, into your hearts,” Johansson said.

Bears draft Georgia LB Roquan Smith with No. 8 pick in draft

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have drafted Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick, adding a potential cornerstone on defense rather than another offensive player.

The Bears have spent the offseason collecting pieces they believe will help Mitchell Trubisky develop into a franchise quarterback. But when Indianapolis took Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with the sixth pick, it became apparent Chicago would address the defense.

The Butkus Award winner as college football's best linebacker in 2017, Smith has the speed to wreak havoc on opponents. At 6-foot-1, 236 pounds he is a bit undersized but has the ability to drop back in pass coverage. Smith figures to play inside with former first-round pick Leonard Floyd on the outside.

He joins a team with four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North and just one playoff appearance since the 2006 team's run to the Super Bowl. The Monsters of the Midway haven't finished with a winning record since 2012, Lovie Smith's last season as coach.

The Bears fired John Fox after three seasons and replaced him with an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy, who spent the past 10 years working on Andy Reid's staffs in Philadelphia and Kansas City. They also gave Trubisky some new targets, most notably signing former Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson.

The Bears were still looking to add a playmaker on defense. Chicago ranked 10th overall last season despite injuries to several key players, including Floyd, and tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks last season. But the Bears let linebackers Pernell McPhee and Willie Young go.

Chicago has one second-round pick, two fourth-rounders and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh. But the Bears don't have a third-round selection.

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Historic summit between North and South Korea focuses on denuclearization

A historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea got underway Friday in what could lead to an end to the decadeslong rivalry and years of suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.

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The two nations seemed on the brink of war just a few short months ago, but now in an extraordinary about face, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are meeting at the Presidential Blue House in the Joint Security Area in the border village of Panmunjom.

It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the Demilitarized Zone, news outlets reported.

>> Related: North Korea: What you should know about the country and its people

Moon, an advocate of peace between the two countries, and Kim, supreme leader of the communist north since 2011, are expected to focus on three main topics --denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a peace settlement and improved relations, but denuclearization is expected to dominate the discussions, according to The Associated Press.

It’s unclear whether the closed-door meeting between Moon and Kim will lead to any progress in persuading the North Korean dictator to shut down his nuclear weapons program, something that has eluded the South and world leaders for years.

>> Related: What is an ICBM and why should we be worried because North Korea has one?

The summit precedes a meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim, which is expected in May or June.

After rock-throwing, Ole Miss warns student baseball fans

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Players should throw baseballs, but the University of Mississippi is warning student spectators to stop throwing rocks.

The Oxford Eagle reports that Ole Miss officials are letting students back into an area near the visitors' bullpen at Oxford-University Stadium. But Athletic Director Ross Bjork is warning that there had better not be a repeat of the rock-throwing that plagued games last weekend against the University of Georgia. If there's more trouble, Bjork says the university could explore cutting down on student seating.

Security cleared the right-field terrace after students ignored repeated warnings to stop throwing rocks.

Ole Miss hosts Louisiana State University for a three-game series ending Saturday.

The visitor's dugout and bullpen will switch sides of the field next year after renovations, leaving students farther from the visiting bullpen.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

Robbery suspect caught after police track his ankle monitor, investigators say

A young man is now sitting in jail after police say he was seen on home surveillance video breaking into a home, stealing flat-screen TVs, laptops and even the piggy bank of the homeowner's 14-year-old daughter. 

Officers say it was easy to find him because the man was breaking into home while wearing an ankle monitor. 

“I don’t think that they’re very bright,” the burglary victim told Channel 2’s Tom Jones .  “Why would you do something like that when someone can see where you are.”  

The other areas police say the teen has hit, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Police say they tracked this man to 5 home break ins. Then tracked him to another burglary in a neighboring county. They were able to track him because he was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor. The story at 11. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/x0ZGS0gRYQ — Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 27, 2018 Police say this was an easy burglary to solve. That’s because they say the burglar made it easy to track his whereabouts. He was wearing an ankle monitor. Now he’s wearing a jail jumpsuit. The story at 11. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/dHf0bHWvcv — Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 27, 2018

Robbery suspect caught after police track his ankle monitor, investigators say

A young man is now sitting in jail after police say he was seen on home surveillance video breaking into a home, stealing flat-screen TVs, laptops and even the piggy bank of the homeowner's 14-year-old daughter. 

Officers say it was easy to find him because the man was breaking into home while wearing an ankle monitor. 

“I don’t think that they’re very bright,” the burglary victim told Channel 2’s Tom Jones .  “Why would you do something like that when someone can see where you are.”  

The other areas police say the teen has hit, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

Police say they tracked this man to 5 home break ins. Then tracked him to another burglary in a neighboring county. They were able to track him because he was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor. The story at 11. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/x0ZGS0gRYQ — Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 27, 2018 Police say this was an easy burglary to solve. That’s because they say the burglar made it easy to track his whereabouts. He was wearing an ankle monitor. Now he’s wearing a jail jumpsuit. The story at 11. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/dHf0bHWvcv — Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 27, 2018

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Evening" game were:

9-6-4-9

(nine, six, four, nine)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Evening" game were:

7-1-5-6-8

(seven, one, five, six, eight)

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