Power outage halts flights at

Atlanta international airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A sudden power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Passengers were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon at around 1 p.m.

Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected when the electricity went out, including outgoing flights, which were halted. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a “ground stop,” meaning flights heading to Atlanta were held on the ground at their departure airport.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service said on Twitter that due to the power outage, international flights were being diverted to other airports.

McCranie said later that emergency power was restored but not all power. Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said the utility was working to find out the cause of the outage and restore electricity. He could not estimate when that might happen. Spokeswoman Holly Crawford said no areas outside of the airport were affected by the power cut.

Prosecutors oppose ex-congresswoman’s fraud sentence appeal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposing ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s request to remain free on bond while she appeals her fraud sentence, according to a motion filed Sunday.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow filed the motion in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville.

Brown, 71, was sentenced to five years in prison and three years’ probation for fraud and lying on her tax returns and congressional financial disclosure forms about a purported charity for poor students she used as a personal slush fund.

The once-powerful Democrat was ordered to surrender in January.

Brown’s attorney is arguing that she has a legitimate issue to appeal – the judge’s dismissal of a single juror during the trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan excused a juror after deliberations began. The move came after the juror had confirmed to the court that he announced to his fellow jurors on the first day of deliberations that the “Holy Spirit” had told him Brown was not guilty of all charges.