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Victim's relatives at Nichols trial
Ga. in running for new military center
Five Georgia lawmakers and Gov. Sonny Perdue have asked the Defense Department to make Georgia the home base for the military's new U.S. Africa Command. The center is expected to have 1,300 personnel, about half of them civilian.

Siblings discuss King family rift
In a rare joint interview, Martin Luther King III and his sister, the Rev. Bernice King, spoke this week about the rift in the King family, and about how business differences have spilled over into personal hurt. Speaking through his lawyers, Dexter King declined to be interviewed.

Inmate attacked after testifying against Brian Nichols
Five prisoners attacked Willie Tiller shortly after he returned from Fulton County Superior Court, said Riley Taylor, an auditor who is overseeing the jail compliance with a federal court order designed to make the jail safer.
Psychiatrist: Nichols angry, not insane
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Texan jailed after 2 ate from 1 plate
Dan Linscomb, 40, of Texas City, Texas, ate the buffet at the Iron Skillet restaurant in northwest Atlanta on Oct. 21. He admitted, an Atlanta police report said, that his girlfriend "ate a couple bites from his plate." Linscomb then refused to pay the $14 tab for two meals.

'Safe haven' boy's custody undecided
A custody hearing to determine the fate of a 12-year-old Smyrna boy whose mother left him at a Nebraska "safe haven" has been postponed until today. Meanwhile, Nebraska lawmakers could hold a special session next month to add a 3-day-old age limit to the state's new legal abandonment law.
Patchwork of safe-haven laws creates confusion

Georgia to 4,770: Your vote is 'challenged'
Thousands of registered voters whose citizenship has been questioned should receive letters from the state this week telling them they may have to vote a "challenged" paper ballot on Election Day.
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MARTA officials lobby feds for chunk of bailout
MARTA could be on the hook for nearly $400 million after the collapse of a series of highly complex financial deals involving AIG. So, transit officials were in Washington Wednesday trying to convince the feds to include MARTA in the government's massive economic relief package.

Delta-Northwest merger OK'd
The merger, announced in April, is essentially an acquisition of Northwest by Delta. The combined carrier is called Delta and is based in Atlanta. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest becomes a Delta subsidiary. The combined airline has about 75,000 employees, serves 375 cities in 66 countries and about 170 million passengers a year.
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Snowstorms blanket Northeast, Europe
Photo: The first major snowstorm of the year continued dumping snow on the Northeast. Thousands of people and businesses remained without power late Wednesday.

Have you seen cost of college lately?
As the economy walloped their finances, students and families saw little relief this fall from rising college costs, which jumped 6.4 percent at state universities, according to new figures. Next year is already looking bad, too.

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Golfer John Daly found drunk outside Hooters
While at the restaurant, police said Daly "appeared extremely intoxicated and uncooperative," refused repeatedly to be taken to the hospital and was asked to leave the restaurant by several workers.

Hawks hold off Orlando for opening win
Atlanta gets a hair-raising 99-85 blowout road victory over Orlando in the season opener for both teams before a sellout crowd of 17,461 at Amway Arena. Poll.
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