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Updated: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 04:15:59 EST


Flight diverts to Washington state after teen dies

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Atlanta has been diverted to Spokane International Airport after a 16-year-old boy died on board.

Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says the teen suffered some kind of medical emergency on Flight 128 Saturday morning and passed away, reportedly of natural causes.

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says there were 258 passengers on the Boeing 767. They exited the aircraft at Spokane, and some were being rebooked onto other flights to get to their destinations. Delta was flying in another crew Saturday afternoon to fly the remaining passengers to Atlanta.


Ex-US President Carter heading to Mandela memorial

ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will attend a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said that Carter will attend a memorial service Tuesday at FNB Stadium on the edge of Johannesburg's Soweto township.

Carter will travel as part of a delegation of "The Elders," a group of former world leaders founded by Mandela in 2007 to work for peace and human rights.

A spokesman for The Elders, Sylvain Biville, said it is likely that the group's chair, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and several members will also attend.


Suffering from Alzheimer's, Ga. man fatally shot

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (AP) — The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took started around 1 a.m. He slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs.

It ended three hours later when the 72-year-old Westbrook, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, knocked on a stranger's door.

Police say a man inside that home, 34-year-old Joe Hendrix, got a .40-caliber handgun, went outside to investigate and shot Westbrook in a horrible mistake.

It was an unlikely collision between two strangers, one of them deeply confused and another who perceived a threat in the dark. It shows the difficulties that caregivers face in keeping loved ones with Alzheimer's safe and the consequences of miscalculation in a state that celebrates its gun culture.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case to decide whether charges will be filed.


Braves want stores, restaurants outside ballpark

(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are searching for developers interested in building retail stores, restaurants, apartments and condominiums outside a proposed stadium in Cobb County.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the baseball team sent developers a 60-page document outlining its goals for the planned stadium north of Atlanta.

One quarter of the 60-acre site would be earmarked for the stadium itself, leaving room for mixed-use development. Most of it would be centered along a pedestrian boulevard extending from Cobb Parkway to the ballpark.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 26 to approve a deal with the Braves. It commits $300 million in taxpayer money toward stadium construction. The mixed-use development will be privately funded.


Police: Ga. child sent in doggie door for robbery

(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV,

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Police are accusing a mother in Rockdale County of sending her child through a doggie door to steal from a neighbor's home.

The victim told police that she noticed several items missing from her home over several months, including a handgun. She installed a video camera that sent pictures to her email account.

WSB-TV reports that after a late November break-in, the victim received pictures showing the neighbor's child crawling through the doggie door and unlocking the door. Police said the video also showed the child's mother of entering the house.

Police said they found the missing camera in the neighbor's home. The 25-year-old mother was charged with burglary.


2 hurt in shooting on Brookhaven highway

(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — Two people have been injured in a shooting on a Brookhaven highway.

Brookhaven Police Lt. Brandon Gurley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the men were shot in a vehicle on Buford Highway around 4:15 a.m. The wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

Gurley said the victims pulled into a parking lot and requested help.

Police are still trying to determine a motive and possible suspects.


Cobb neighborhood evacuated for drug investigation

(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV,

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — Police temporarily evacuated a Cobb County neighborhood after smoke started pouring from a home, an incident that prompted a drug investigation.

WSB-TV reports that police were called Friday night to a Mableton neighborhood after neighbors saw smoke and smelled a strong chemical smell coming from a nearby house.

Arriving police officers suspected there was drug activity and summoned federal officials. The Drug Enforcement Administration says the incident involved methamphetamine.

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