News for Monday, April 16, 2012


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Hayes taken first by Dream in draft

Atlanta selects UConn guard 14th overall

Dream draft ineligible player

Third-round pick from France wasn't eligible for WNBA Draft

Hawks rebound with revenge win over Raptors

Teague's double-double helps Atlanta bounce back

Mets stop Braves' five-game winning streak

New York continues domination of Atlanta in the early going

3rd fatal fire in Philly in recent days kills 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Fire tore through a row house early Monday, killing two young children and two adults in the city's third fatal blaze in a week.. The blaze broke out at the two-story home in west Philadelphia shortly before 4:45 a.m., Executive Chief Richard Davison said. A 23

Texas teen facing murder charges in van crash

PALMVIEW, Texas -- A 15-year-old South Texas boy charged with nine counts of murder after he crashed a minivan packed with illegal immigrants, killing nine of them, cried and expressed remorse before a judge Monday, police said.. The boy, who is not being identified because he is a

Judges, reporters grapple with tweets court

CHICAGO -- Twitter is changing courtroom journalism, breaking it into bite-size reports that take shape as fast as a reporter can tap 140 characters into a smartphone. And that's creating tension between reporters and judges who fear tweeting could threaten a defendant's right to a fair trial.. The issue

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Va. Tech marking 5 years since campus massacre

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Students were headed to class Monday at Virginia Tech, the first year the school hasn't suspended instruction to mark the anniversary of a 2007 rampage that left 32 people and the gunman dead.. The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.. Provost Mark McNamee

Grayson City Council votes on wall signs

GRAYSON -- After passing a fairly comprehensive zoning ordinance for wall signs last year, the Grayson City Council went back to square one Monday night.. "We're back to where we were in June 2011," Mayor Jim Hinkle said.. Last year's ordinance split up monument signs based on size of

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Gov. Deal throws first pitch at Norcross baseball game

Pitch was Deal's first as governor, a rare occurrence for Norcross baseball

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Murder suspect shoots himself during Suwanee SWAT standoff

Shuaib Omar, 29, "in pretty bad shape" after shooting himself during Suwanee standoff

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BCS buster: Alabama's crystal ball shattered

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game was shattered when it was knocked off a display by the father of a current player.

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Football coach investigated for alleged recruiting violations

Shiloh High School's football coach is being investigated by the district for alleged recruitment violations after the Georgia High School Association contacted the school.

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Dog whisperer expands program to include seminars

Known as Atlanta's dog whisperer, Angie Woods has spent decades reversing the problems created because humans and animals don't speak the same language.

Central Gwinnett Foundation hosts fundraiser

The Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation has scheduled its fundraising gala, "A Knight in Vegas," for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at

Equestrian event this weekend

An equestrian event at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday offers horseback riding for people with physical disabiliities. The event, McKeever's First Ride, also features opportunities to pet horses and take part in other equestrian-themed events.

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Report: Driver in I-985 fatal crash was drunk, unlicensed

Gainesville man and woman charged in fatal crash Friday on I-985 near Suwanee.

GGC approved for NAIA athletics membership

Status begins Aug. 1 for school's first season of intercollegiate athletics

Phone left in restroom triggers Delta bomb scare

DUBLIN (AP) -- A Delta Air Lines flight bound for the United States made an emergency landing Monday in Dublin because a passenger left a cell phone plugged into a socket in one of the aircraft's restrooms, police and aviation authorities said.. Dublin Airport officials later cleared the Boeing 767-300

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Braves to retire Smoltz's No. 29

The Braves announced Monday that Smoltz's No. 29 will never be worn by another Braves player.

VIDEO: Today in History for April 16th

Highlights of this day in history: Virginia Tech Tragedy; The Texas City industrial disaster; Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia; Movie legend Charlie Chaplin born; The Rolling Stones' debut album. (April 16)

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Gov. Deal signs bill targeting scrap metal thefts

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill targeting scrap metal theft that would place more requirements on recyclers and addresses what supporters say is a growing problem in the state.

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Romney taps longtime adviser to head VP search

Mitt Romney has tapped a longtime adviser to begin his search for a vice presidential candidate.

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Deal OKs bill requiring drug testing for benefits

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that would require some people applying for welfare in Georgia to pass a drug test before they could get benefits.

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Heat forces Boston Marathon, runners to adjust

Temperatures that rose into the 80s slowed the field at the 116th Boston Marathon and may have convinced as many as 4,300 runners to sit this one out.

Peachtree Corners Council becomes official

The Peachtree Corners City Council became official Sunday, with a swearing in ceremony for the new city's first leaders.

More than 100 Fort Benning soldiers to re-enlist

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- More than 100 Fort Benning soldiers are signing up for more time in the Army -- and they're doing it all at once.. Fort Benning's commander, Maj. Gen. Robert B. Brown, is scheduled to administer the re-enlistment oath to the large group of troops

First bald eagle nest documented on Lake Lanier

Wildlife officials say that for the first time, they've documented a bald eagle nest on Lake Lanier.

Report: Lawmakers still late paying taxes

ATLANTA (AP) -- Some state lawmakers are still having problems paying their taxes on time.. Court records show that nine state legislators owe money on tax liens dating to at least September. And since then new liens have been filed against 14 legislators, their businesses or their spouses.. They owe