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UPDATE: Feds bolster airport security

ATLANTA – Federal officials announced new measures at airports nationwide aimed enhancing security. The new measures were announced after Friday’s thwarted terror plot in which authorities discovered two “explosive packages” on U.S.-bound cargo flights. Although Friday’s plot involved cargo flights, authorities are taking no chances, stepping up security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and airports nationwide. Federal authorities briefed officials at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency about the terror threat, according to media reports. “As

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Feds bolster airport security

ATLANTA – Federal officials have announced a number of new measures in airports nationwide aimed enhancing security. “As a precaution, DHS has taken a number of steps to enhance security. Some of these security measures will be visible while others will not,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. “The public may recognize specific enhancements including heightened cargo screening and additional security at airports. “Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of

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Which airline is the meanest?

ATLANTA – The next time you’re frustrated about that delayed flight or those pesky baggage fees, relish in the fact that you’re probably not alone. Especially if you’re flying Delta Air Lines, a new report examining “America’s Meanest Airlines” suggests. According to USnews.com, Atlanta-based Delta is the meanest major airline in the country, besting – or “worsting,” as the case may be – United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and U.S. Airways. In making its

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RIP Fluffy: Famous python dies at Columbus Zoo

Fluffy, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s record-holding python, died Tuesday of what the zoo described as an “apparent tumor.” A necropsy performed by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that Fluffy had “a mass on her ovary,” the zoo said in a news release. The 24-foot-long, 300-pound reticulated python had been a mainstay at the zoo since arriving in March 2007. Originally brought to the zoo as a temporary addition, Fluffy made

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Ga. launches Civil War site

Cartersville, Ga. (Photo by Todd DeFeo) ATLANTA — The state has launched a new website to promote Civil War sites to heritage tourists. The site, www.GaCivilWar.org, features information about attractions, a timeline and a map. The Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) launched the site. “We created this site so that it serves as an online portal for communities and Civil War organizations in Georgia to promote their Civil War commemoration activities

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Federal money for streetcars formally presented

Savannah, Ga. (Photo by Todd DeFeo) ATLANTA — Federal officials on Wednesday formally presented the city of Atlanta with $47.6 million to build a streetcar line. “The Atlanta streetcar project is a prime example of the kind of innovative, 21st century projects that will change the U.S. transportation landscape by strengthening the economy and creating jobs, reducing gridlock and providing safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation choices,” U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood said in a news release.