Here is the latest Georgia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m.

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HOUSTON (AP) – Immigration authorities have stopped sending detained women to a rural Georgia gynecologist accused of performing surgeries without consent. Dr. Mahendra Amin faces allegations that he administered hysterectomies and other procedures that women held at the Irwin County Detention Center didn’t seek or fully understand. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Amin would no longer see patients, but declined to comment further citing ongoing government investigations into the allegations against Amin. The allegations against the doctor were first revealed in a complaint filed last week by a nurse at the detention center.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – The U.S. government has executed a former soldier who said an obsession with witchcraft led him to kill a Georgia nurse he believed had put a spell on him. William Emmett LeCroy is the sixth federal inmate put to death this year at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. Before that, there had been a 17-year hiatus without any federal executions. Lawyers had asked President Donald Trump in a petition to commute LeCroy’s sentence for killing Joann Lee Tiesler in 2001. They said LeCroy’s brother was killed during a routine traffic stop in 2010 and that another son’s death would devastate the LeCroy family.

(AP) – The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, by far the highest in the world. The country hit the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that’s certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis. Johns Hopkins University keeps the count based on figures from state health authorities. The real number of dead is thought be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths, especially early on, were probably ascribed to other causes. The number of lives lost in the U.S. is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It’s roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City.

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say the pilot of a small airplane died when it crashed into a pond in Georgia. The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Cessna 182 went down on a property near Lincolnton at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. The identity of the pilot hasn’t been released. The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash. Lincolnton is about 40 miles northeast of Augusta.

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