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Updated: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:17:35 EST

MOBILE HOME SLAYINGS Ga. man guilty of killing 8 in mobile home BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors who won a conviction against a Georgia man in the slayings of eight people say they dropped a possible death sentence in a deal with defense lawyers that allowed them to avoid a mistrial. A jury convicted 26-year-old Guy Heinze Jr. of malice murder on Friday, four hours after the trial judge excused one jury member and replaced him with an alternate juror. Prosecutor John B. Johnson told reporters "a situation" with one juror had the jury deadlocked. Heinze's lawyers agreed to excuse that juror if prosecutors took the death penalty off the table. Johnson says neither side wanted a mistrial, which would have meant trying Heinze again. Heinze will be sentenced to life in prison, either with or without possible parole, for the Aug. 29, 2009 slayings. FALL FROM BILLBOARD Man killed Friday in fall from Atlanta billboard (Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com ) ATLANTA (AP) — A man working on a billboard in Atlanta has fallen to his death. Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the accident occurred Friday afternoon in the 700 block of Pollard Boulevard, across the street from Turner Field. Lyon said it appears the fall was an accident. The victim's name was not immediately available. HIGHWAY WRECK-BOY KILLED Georgia boy, 7, killed in wreck on Alabama highway (Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com ) LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old Georgia boy was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on a highway in Chambers County. The Alabama Highway Patrol identified the victim as Jaylen Johnson of West Point, Ga. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the accident happened around 9 a.m. Thursday on Alabama 50, about two miles east of LaFayette, Ala. Authorities say the vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned. Few other details were immediately available. UPS-HOLIDAY PACKAGES UPS to hire 55,000 seasonal workers in US ATLANTA (AP) — UPS will be hiring 55,000 U.S. seasonal workers to help with an increase in volume over the holiday season. The world's biggest package delivery company said Friday that it foresees peak season daily volume rising 8 percent this year. Its peak day for holiday pickups will be Dec. 16, with anticipated pick-ups of more than 34 million packages around the world that day. A day later will be the peak delivery day, at more than 29 million packages. United Parcel Service Inc. expects that Cyber Monday on Dec. 2 will see a 10 percent increase in pickup volume, surpassing 32 million packages. The company said that there are 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six fewer than last year and the most compressed holiday shopping season since 2002. ATLANTA POLICE-OFFICERS Atlanta police force reaches 2,000 sworn officers ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's police department has reached what the mayor calls a historic milestone. The city said in a statement that the police force has filled all 2,000 sworn officer positions. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner are among city officials planning to discuss the significance of having 2,000 officers during a Friday news conference. The event is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at the Atlanta Police Training Academy, where the 2,000th officer hired will be introduced.

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