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KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED

5 accused in NC abduction to have bond hearing

ATLANTA (AP) - Five people accused in the abduction of a North Carolina man last week are due in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday for a bond hearing.

Frank Arthur Janssen was taken from his home in Wake Forest, N.C., on April 5 and was rescued five days later when FBI agents raided an Atlanta apartment.

Charged with kidnapping were: 21-year-old Jenna Paulin Martin; 30-year-old Tiana Maynard; 20-year-old Jevante "Flame" Price; 21-year-old Michael "Hot" Montreal Gooden; and 29-year-old Clifton James Roberts.

Officials say they're all from the metro Atlanta area.

Authorities have said the abduction was an act of retaliation related to Janssen's daughter's prosecution of North Carolina inmate Kelvin Melton, who has also been charged in the kidnapping. Authorities have described Melton as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.

COLLEGE TUITION-GEORGIA

Georgia officials scheduled to set tuition rates

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) - Georgia college students will learn Tuesday how much they will owe in tuition and fees at state schools next year.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents meets in Dahlonega on Tuesday afternoon to vote on tuition rates for 31 campuses.

The board also will consider changes to housing costs and student fees requested by individual college or university leaders.

Tuition has increased every year since at least 2002 at Georgia's state universities and colleges.

BAT FUNGUS

Bat-killing fungus spreads in Georgia

CLAYTON, Ga. (AP) - The man-made Black Diamond Tunnel in the northeast Georgia mountains is the state's largest known winter shelter for some of Georgia's 16 bat species.

WABE Radio reports that it's also the latest site in the state to fall victim to white-nose syndrome. The fungal disease has killed more than 6 million bats in the eastern half of the U.S. since it arrived from Europe in 2006.

Almost immediately upon pushing off into the flooded tunnel in a small Jon boat, Katrina Morris, a bat specialist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, points to dead bats floating in the chilly, rippling water.

Regina Bleckley, who owns the land on which the tunnel sits, says she knew something was wrong when a bat flew out in the middle of winter.

AARON'S-PROGRESSIVE FINANCE

Aaron's buys Progressive Finance, cuts outlook

ATLANTA (AP) - Furniture leasing company Aaron's is buying online rent-to-own finance company Progressive Finance Holdings for $700 million in cash, in a bid to turn around its business even as it cut its first-quarter outlook.

Meanwhile, Aaron's says it rejected a takeover offer from Vintage Capital Management for $30.50 per share, a 1 percent premium on the stock's closing price Monday. Aaron's says the offer is not in the best interest of shareholders.

Aaron's sells and leases furniture and accessories and offers flexible payment plans for people with credit problems.

Aaron's says it expects the acquisition of Progressive, from Summit Partners, to help its earnings in 2014.

Aaron's also cut its first-quarter revenue and earnings guidance, blaming the weather and difficult economic conditions.

STUDENT SLAIN

Police probe killing of college student

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are investigating the killing of a technical college student.

Fulton County Police 24-year-old Malcolm X. Scott was shot and killed on Godby Road near College Park Sunday night.

WAGA-TV reports that Scott was gunned down during a robbery shortly before 10 p.m. Friends say he had just gotten back from the Atlanta Dogwood Festival when he was killed.

An autopsy found that Scott sustained a single gunshot wound to his torso.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-GUNFIRE

Habitat for Humanity hampered by gunfire, crime

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - A Habitat for Humanity official says that gunfire and gang graffiti are hurting the nonprofit's efforts to build homes for people in a central Georgia city.

Houston County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tom Prior said the safety concerns are hampering his organization's ability to recruit partner families in a Warner Robins neighborhood. He said that people just don't want to live there.

The Telegraph reports that Prior made the comments Monday at a meeting of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency.

Prior said he will need much more help from the city to continue trying to upgrade the neighborhood, and that gunfire is an issue that needs to be addressed. Residents say burglaries are also a huge problem.

Habitat is finishing its 22nd house in the neighborhood.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG RING

Doctor accused in pill ring wants separate trial

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A doctor from the Atlanta area wants to be tried separately on charges alleging he conspired with Mississippi casino workers to run a prescription drug ring.

The Sun Heard reports court documents show the attorney for Dr. Sanjay Sinha, of Woodstock, Ga., has asked for a hearing to discuss a separate trial. The attorney wrote that evidence used against three other defendants in a joint trial could be used against the doctor.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden will hear arguments on the separate trial issue May 5.

Ozerden set a new trial date Monday after reviewing requests from several attorneys. He rescheduled the trial, set for May, on a court calendar that starts July 7.

HIGH WINDS-GEORGIA

Winds gusts up to 40 mph expected across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible across much of north and central Georgia.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday for several Georgia counties.

Forecasters say they expect that very strong and gusty winds will cause moderate to large branches to fall, as well as trees that have been weakened by recent rains. They also warn drivers of high-profile vehicles to be aware of the strong winds expected Tuesday.

ZOO ATLANTA-BONGO

Eastern bongo gives birth at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say an endangered eastern bongo has given birth to a male calf.

Zoo officials said in a statement Monday that the calf is the third to be born to 5-year-old Matilda and her 5-year-old mate, Tambo.

Officials say the calf and his parents will have time to bond with each other away from visitors before they're included in any zoo exhibits. Officials say wild bongos, which are an African antelope species, are known to hide their offspring early on to protect them from predators.

Zoo Atlanta officials say eastern bongos are native to Kenya, where habitat destruction and poaching pose threats to their survival.

EARNS-COCA-COLA

Coca-Cola's 1Q profit dips, but more drinks sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola's first-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent as the world's biggest beverage maker faced a stronger dollar and made structural changes abroad.

But the company sold more of its drinks worldwide, and its earnings matched expectations.

The Atlanta-based company says global sales volume rose 2 percent. In its flagship North American market, where Americans have been cutting back on soda for years, volume was flat.

Net income fell to $1.62 billion, or 36 cents per share. That compares with net income of $1.77 billion, or 39 cents per share a year ago.

Excluding one-time items, net income totaled 44 cents per share, matching analyst expectations.

Revenue fell 4 percent to $10.58 billion. Analysts expected $10.5 billion.

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