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Protesters blame President Obama for flight delays

Upset airline passengers accuse President Barack Obama of "putting politics over passengers" at the nation's airports.A group of activists gathered at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday to make their feelings known.Critics have blamed thousands of flight delays and cancellations this week on air traffic controller furloughs in response to forced spending cuts, which is known as the sequester .   Protestors say the president has the power to direct the FAA to ease the impact of the furloughs."The White House and the DOT and ultimately the FAA are hurting the American air travelers out of political spite because Congress stood...

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Obama: Boston capture closes chapter in tragedy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Friday night that the capture of a second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings "closed an important chapter in this tragedy." But he acknowledged that many unanswered questions remain about the motivations of the two men accused of perpetrating the attacks that unnerved the nation. "The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers," said Obama, who branded the suspects "terrorists." The president spoke from the White House briefing room after 10 p.m. on the East Coast, just over an hour after law enforcement officials apprehended 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The suspect had been holed up in...

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Beverly Hall’s attorney to talk with CBS Atlanta News

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -An attorney for former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall is expected to sit down with CBS Atlanta News Wednesday afternoon. Attorney Richard Dean is expected to tell CBS Atlanta News that his client has nothing to do with the widespread cheating in 2009 on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Hall, along with 34 other educators, was indicted on March 29 in the CRCT cheating scandal. She was charged with racketeering, false statements and writings, false swearing and theft by taking. Nearly 180 APS employees were implicated in the state's sweeping investigation that found cheating in 44 of the district's 100...

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Two dead, two dozen injured following Boston Marathon explosions

  BOSTON  Two people were killed and 23 were injured after two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday. Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Boston police said a third explosion had occurred at the JFK Library at about 4:30 p.m. and two additional explosive devices were found near the marathon route. They were being dismantled. Witnesses reported hearing two explosions, just seconds apart, on the north side of Boylston Street near the marathon's photographers bridge...

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Student charged in Va. mall shootings; 2 wounded

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - An 18-year-old college student was charged Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a mall branch of a southwest Virginia community college before he was subdued, the city's police chief said. Neil Allan MacInnis, of Christiansburg, faces two counts each of malicious wounding and using a firearm in the commission of a felony stemming from the shooting at the satellite campus of New River Community College at New River Valley Mall, Christiansburg Police Chief Mark Sisson said Friday night. MacInnis, who was a student at the community college, was being held without bond at the Montgomery County...

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Police: Gunman planned for hostage situation

FOX 5 has confirmed the name of the man, who police say, held Gwinnett County firefighters hostage for hours on Wednesday. Police say 55-year-old Lauren Brown was the gunman, and apparently had been planning the incident for weeks. Brown lived alone, and apparently inherited the home and other debt last year. The home went into foreclosure soon after, according to FOX 5's Chris Shaw. Police said on Wednesday he was apparently suffering financial difficulties and was demanding to have his power and other utilities turned restored. Authorities say Brown told the hostages he had been planning for weeks, and wanted family members...

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Explosion rocks Plant Bowen in Bartow County; 2 injured – Atlanta News … – MyFox Atlanta

  BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -A thunderous explosion rocked Georgia Power's Planet Bowen in Bartow County on Thursday. People who live nearby the plant told FOX 5 that the explosion sounded like a bomb went off, but only two minor injuries were reported. Georgia Power said the explosion occurred in the generator of a unit that was being brought down for a maintenance outage when the explosion took place around 4 p.m. Mark Williams of Georgia Power said the explosion was believed to be mechanical. He said they are investigating the cause of the explosion. Georgia Power said that there was no fire when the...

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Dr. Beverly Hall, others report to jail in APS cheating scandal –

ATLANTA -Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall arrived at the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday night to surrender to authorities on charges related to the cheating scandal. Hall and 34 other educators were indicted on Friday, accused of cheating, conspiring to cheat, or concealing cheating on the 2009 CRCT test. The 90-page indictment accuses the former national superintendent of the year of operating a criminal enterprise, allegedly rewarding teachers who cheated, and punishing and even firing teachers who did not. Those indicted in connection with the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were ordered to turn themselves in by midnight on...

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Church gunman in rambling Ohio court appearance – Atlanta News, Weather … – MyFox Atlanta

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) - An ex-convict charged with killing his father at an Easter Sunday church service in Ohio made rambling comments during an appearance in court, and the prosecutor requested a psychiatric evaluation. The suspect, 28-year-old Reshad Riddle, appeared Monday afternoon in Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh) Municipal Court in an orange jail jumpsuit with his ankles and wrists in chains. The bearded Riddle made rambling comments about God and said he wanted to be treated fairly. The prosecutor asked for $ 1 million bail and, if he makes it, a psychiatric evaluation and 24-hour monitoring. No plea was entered...

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Former APS superintendent, others indicted in cheating scandal – Atlanta News … – MyFox Atlanta

ATLANTA - A grand jury has indicted former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall and almost three dozen others in a cheating scandal.The indictment alleges that 35 educators conspired to conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers in an effort to bolster the Criterion Referenced Competency Test scores. Prosecutors allege that the activity began as early as 2005.A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Investigators say teachers who tried to report the cheating...

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