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Law firm of BP claims czar paid $3.3M so far

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — The law firm of Kenneth Feinberg, the man in charge of BP’s $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims, has so far been paid about $3.35 million from BP PLC. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up to compensate fishermen, business owners and other Gulf Coast victims of the April 20 BP well blowout, said Thursday that BP agreed to pay Feinberg’s firm $850,000 a month starting in mid-June. The firm will continue to receive the fee monthly from BP through the end of the year, after...

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Deal Is Next Georgia Governor

ATLANTA -- Nathan Deal overcame questions about ethics and financial troubles to become the 82nd governor of Georgia on Tuesday night.Deal proclaimed victory before a raucous crowd of Republican supporters inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead."We're going to make you proud," Deal pledged minutes after announcing Democrat Roy Barnes conceded the race. Deal, a nine-term former congressman from Gainesville, said, "We're going to make this state great. We're going to show the rest of the nation what Georgia can do, and what you have already heard we have a great slate of...

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Man Shoots 2, Steals Parents’ Car

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Police told Channel 2 Action News that a man may be heading to New York after shooting two men Monday night in Henry County. Officers said they do not know why Dwon Knight shot and wounded the men outside a home on Flagstaff Walk in McDonough.The victims are expected to recover.Officers said Knight took off in a 1997 black Chevrolet Malibu that he stole from his parents....

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Woman Found Dead In Home; Man Arrested After Chase

ATLANTA -- Police say a woman has been found shot to death in an Atlanta home and a man seen leaving the house has been arrested following a chase. Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones says an officer on patrol in northwest Atlanta on Monday afternoon heard gunshots and went to investigate. Police say the officer saw a man leave the house on Newport Street in a silver car and pursued it. They say the man's car hit another vehicle and he got out and ran a short distance before he surrendered. ...

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Woman dies in fiery Talbot County car wreck

A Woodbury, Georgia woman was killed over the weekend in a single-vehicle accident on a rural Talbot County roadway. According to the coroner, 30-year-old Chirmane Johnson was driving on Rising Sun Road around midnight Saturday. When she attempted to make a turn, she allegedly lost control of the car. The coroner says the car went through the woods and eventually hit a tree. The car burst into flames and the coroner says the woman was burned beyond recognition. A male passenger in the car was also burned, but not severely. He was taken to ...

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Teen Killed Over Halloween Prank

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police said they believe a Halloween prank cost a teenager his life.Police said the incident began Sunday night at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.Police said a teen threw an egg at someone’s car and the driver drove away. Officials said the driver returned to the scene with a gun.“It appears the victim in this case was standing at an intersection when the suspect approached him, produced a handgun, and discharged the weapon at least ten times, striking the victim,” said...

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Life Sentence Upheld In Infant’s Murder

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a Gwinnett County court’s guilty verdict and life prison sentence given to Houston Wesley Drake for the murder of his 11-month-old baby boy, Devon McCoy.According to the evidence, Drake had custody of his infant son, and the two lived with Drake’s girlfriend, Claire Garceau, Georgia Supreme Court spokeswoman Jane Hansen said in a news release. At trial, she testified that nearly every day, Drake would cover Devon’s nose and mouth with his hand to stop the baby’s crying, at times rendering the infant unconscious, Hansen...

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SCAD Student Shot, Killed

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah-Chatham police say they're searching for three suspects in the shooting death of a Savannah College of Art and Design student. Police say 20-year-old Sean Giroir died Thursday night at Memorial University Medical Center from wounds he suffered in the Thursday afternoon shooting. Metro police spokesman Julian Miller says Giroir was from Houston, Texas. Miller says 21-year-old Mike Levi also was wounded and was being treated at the same hospital. Miller says officers responded to reports of the shooting and found Giroir and Levi with gunshot wounds. ...

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2 Men In Custody After Rolling Meth Lab Found

CONYERS, Ga. -- Conyers police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that two men are in custody after a rolling meth lab was found.Several roads, buildings and a school were closed in downtown Conyers on Friday morning just before 6 a.m. Everything has since been reopened.Pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students attending Pine Street Elementary were bused to C.J. Hicks Elementary. All other Pine Street Elementary students were bused to Conyers Middle School. Police said officers stopped a pickup truck for a broken taillight and discovered a rolling meth lab inside....

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Charges Dropped In Alleged Parking Spot Assault

ATHENS, Ga. -- A prosecutor has dismissed assault charges against a driver accused of using his car to nudge a man and his 3-year-old son from a parking space. A police report says 32-year-old Richard Junkins of Athens was trying to park in a downtown space about noon on Sept. 18, the day of the Arkansas-Georgia football game. The report says a 36-year-old man and his son were standing in the way, and Junkins inched into the space. A witness told police the car struck the man and...

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