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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 01:15:24 EST


Man killed; woman, child wounded in home invasion

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

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a home invasion turned deadly in suburban Atlanta, where a man was shot to death and a woman and child were both wounded by gunshots.

Police in Duluth, just northeast of Atlanta, say they were at the scene of the Wednesday morning crime at the home near Rogers Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Duluth police Maj. Don Woodruff said robbery is believed to be the motive.

Woodruff told WSB-TV that the wounded woman was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. He said an 8-year-old child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, also with non-life threatening injuries.

Woodruff said a 4-year-old child was unharmed.


Group hopes to build park in Ga. toddler's memory

(Information in the following story is from: Marietta Daily Journal,

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Child safety advocates and others following the case of a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car are raising money in hopes of building a park in his memory.

Police have said 22-month-old Cooper Harris died after being left inside an SUV while his father was at work at a Home Depot office in suburban Atlanta. The child's father Justin Ross Harris, who told police he forgot Cooper was in the car June 18, faces a murder charge.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the group known as Cooper's Tree House Foundation has started an online campaign to try and raise $250,000 to build a park either in Marietta or Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa and moved to Georgia in 2012 to work for Home Depot.


Aid group: American with Ebola weak but improving

ATLANTA (AP) — The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola says the patient is weak but showing signs of improvement.

The president of the aid group SIM USA said Tuesday that Nancy Writebol's husband described the woman as progressing. Bruce Johnson says he spoke with David Writebol, who said 59-year-old Nancy stood and got on a plane in Liberia with assistance to head to Atlanta for treatment. When she arrived Tuesday, she was wheeled in a stretcher.

David Writebol, still in Liberia, says the family was considering funeral arrangements, but now feels relieved and cautiously optimistic. He praised her treatment in Liberia.

SIM says it's working to bring David Writebol home.

Johnson says SIM has spent nearly $1 million since the diagnoses of Nancy Writebol and the first American brought back, 33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly. He works for Samaritan's Purse. Johnson says that group has spent more than $1 million.


Lake search turns up no sign of missing man

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Forsyth County authorities say they will continuing searching Lake Lanier for a missing partygoer, but don't plan to send any more divers under water.

Authorities have been searching for the last of three people they say ran from a deputy who broke up an unauthorized party at a park near Lake Lanier.

County fire Chief Jason Shivers tells The Forsyth News that searchers have scanned a cove of Lake Lanier with sonar and will continue those efforts. He said they don't expect to do any more diving unless something more turns up.

Shivers said a deputy patrolling an area near Two Mile Creek Park found a group of about 20 teens and young adults early Tuesday morning. Authorities say some were detained but the deputy heard others jump in the water.


Ala event to recall civil rights martyrs

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The first black Episcopal bishop in Georgia will speak at a weekend event in west Alabama honoring civil rights martyrs.

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright of Atlanta will address a pilgrimage honoring Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Myrick Daniels and others killed in Alabama during the movement in the 1960s.

The event will be held Saturday in the Lowndes County town of Hayneville, where Daniels was shot to death by a volunteer deputy on Aug. 14, 1965.

Daniels was from New Hampshire but had come to Alabama to join in civil rights work. An all-white jury later acquitted the deputy who killed him.

A Roman Catholic priest who was with Daniels and was wounded plans to attend the observance. Richard Morrisroe was critically injured and still hasn't fully recovered.


GRU leading minority cancer research program

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Regents University has been chosen to lead a research program meant to increase minority access to clinical trials and cancer treatments.

GRU officials say the university's cancer center has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to lead the research program in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.

University officials say the Georgia program is one of 12 in the country meant to set community-based cancer research priorities and help address barriers that have historically prevented minorities from participating in clinical trials and other cancer research initiatives.

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