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Behind Georgia Highway Crashes: an 'Optical Illusion'

Drivers appear to be tricked by a curve from I-285 southbound to I-20 eastbound

(Newser) - Between November and January, five trucks rolled over on a single highway ramp in Georgia's DeKalb County. "I'm not an engineer," says a WSB-TV traffic reporter, "but common sense says there's something wrong there." Now experts may be able to explain it. There... More »

Plane Crash Victims Were En Route to Graduation

Dad, 2 sons, fiancee, were flying to Ole Miss ceremony

(Newser) - The four people killed in yesterday's plane crash onto an Atlanta interstate were on their way to a loved one's college graduation. And one of them decided to join the trip at the last minute, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times . The victims are pilot Greg Byrd, 53, his sons... More »

4 Dead as Plane Hits Atlanta Interstate

But somehow, nobody on I-285 was injured

(Newser) - All four people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed on a busy Atlanta interstate this morning, but, amazingly, nobody on the ground was injured. The Piper PA-32 cashed onto I-285 about 10am, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The victims are identified as three men (Christopher, Phillip, and Greg... More »

Lil Wayne's Tour Buses Shot Up

No one injured in overnight shooting

(Newser) - Things got real overnight for Lil Wayne, who performed last night at a club in Atlanta and then had his tour buses shot soon after. Police tell the Journal-Constitution they were called to a hotel around 3:30am today about "someone shooting at a bus that Lil Wayne was... More »

3 Former Atlanta Educators Get 7 Years for Cheating

5 more get sentences of up to 5 years

(Newser) - The judge warned the Atlanta educators busted for cheating that he was serious about sending them to prison unless they admitted their guilt. Today, he proved it, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Here's the breakdown from the AJC and the AP :
  • Top 3: Three former administrators got 20-year terms, with
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Teen Who Got Heart Transplant Dies Fleeing Cops

He sought a 2nd chance at life less than 2 years ago

(Newser) - An Atlanta-area teenager who sought a second chance—and a new heart—less than two years ago is dead after a car chase and an alleged crime spree. Anthony Stokes was 15 and already had a history of run-ins with the law in August 2013 when he received a heart... More »

Atlanta Teachers Sent to Jail in Cheating Scandal

11 of 12 Atlanta educators are found guilty

(Newser) - Atlanta educators convicted in a huge cheating scandal got a quick taste of justice today—the judge sent 10 of them straight to jail after the guilty verdicts were announced, allowing one woman to remain free until sentencing only because she is about to give birth, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... More »

2 Flights to Atlanta Hit With 'Credible' Bomb Threats

Planes received escorts, have landed

(Newser) - A pair of Atlanta-bound flights have safely landed after being targeted with what an airport spokesman called "credible" bomb threats, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2492, from Portland, Ore., and Milwaukee, landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after being escorted by NORAD jets, WSB-TV reports.... More »

Baggage Handler Helped Smuggle Guns on Planes: Officials

4 arrested for alleged gun-running on Delta Airlines

(Newser) - A baggage handler with Delta Airlines is one of four people arrested in an alleged gun-smuggling ring, ABC News reports. Investigators tracked down Delta employee Eugene Harvey through Mark Quentin Henry, who was arrested after landing in New York earlier this month while allegedly carrying 18 handguns, including seven that... More »

Parents: Conjoined Twins Die After One Day

Asa and Eli Hamby were born in Atlanta

(Newser) - A pair of conjoined twins in Atlanta have died one day after their birth, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Dad Michael Hamby announced the news via Facebook in a video last night. “Robin got over there and we got to hold them, love on them and sing to them,”... More »

Pet Lynx Mauls Woman Feeding It

Woman was taking care of several exotic cats for Atlanta owner

(Newser) - A pet Siberian lynx attacked a woman who was feeding it in an affluent Atlanta neighborhood yesterday, landing her in the hospital with injuries to her head, police said. The owners of the animal were out of town and made arrangements with the woman to care for their exotic pet.... More »

Boy Behind Wall Texted Mom to Help Police Find Him

13-year-old missing for 4 years was found 'where no person should be'

(Newser) - "Thank you. Thank you." Those were the first words Gregory Jean Jr. spoke to police on Saturday when they peeled back a wood panel in an upstairs closet and found him crammed in the space between the garage and attic, WXIA reports. But the officers had help from... More »

Bizarre Details Surface in Boy-Behind-Wall Case

Neighbors saw Georgia boy working on roof

(Newser) - While investigators try to untangle the strange case of a 13-year-old boy found hidden behind a fake wall in a Georgia home, the people accused of hiding him aren't going anywhere: Gregory Jean, the boy's father, and his partner, Samantha Joy Davis, have been charged with false imprisonment... More »

Boy Missing 4 Years Found Behind False Wall

His father and stepmother are charged with cruelty to children

(Newser) - A boy reported missing four years ago by his mother was reunited with her today after police found him hidden behind a false wall at an Atlanta-area house, reports WSB-TV . The 13-year-old boy's father, stepmother, and three others have been charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children. Police... More »

2nd Ebola Patient Arrives in US

Nancy Writebol to be treated in Atlanta

(Newser) - The US has its second Ebola patient on the ground. Nancy Writebol arrived in Atlanta today for care in Emory University Hospital—the facility where Dr. Kent Brantly, her fellow missionary worker in Liberia, is also being treated, NBC News notes. She arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base at about... More »

US Gets First Ebola Patient

American doctor who got sick in Africa arrives in US for treatment

(Newser) - Ebola has arrived in the US, though in a carefully controlled manner. A plane carrying one of two Americans who contracted the disease in Africa arrived at a military air base near Atlanta this morning, reports the Journal-Constitution . The AP says the patient is 33-year-old doctor Kent Brantly, though hygienist... More »

84 Graves Discovered Under Atlanta Golf Course

Not clear why golf course was built over cemetery

(Newser) - When you're ready to tee off, you probably don't expect it's from above a dead body ... but as many as 84 graves have been uncovered beneath an Atlanta golf course. Locals told stories of a cemetery beneath the course, which was built in the 1930s, and the... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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FedEx Shooter ID'd as Teenager

Family of 19-year-old is 'shocked and devastated'

(Newser) - The shooter who wounded six co-workers at a FedEx shipping facility near Atlanta today before killing himself has been identified as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “We’re dealing with our own loss and wishing the best to everyone who was affected,” said the gunman's... More »

How Gospel Singing May Have Saved Kidnapped Boy

Willie Myrick spent hours after abduction in song

(Newser) - After Willie Myrick, then 9, was taken from his home in Atlanta, the kidnapper drove for several hours, police say—and all the while, Willie sang. The song was "Every Praise," a gospel tune recorded by Hezekiah Walker. "He was cursing at me, telling me to shut... More »

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