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FREEWAY OVERPASS ROCKS

Rocks tossed from bridge strike vehicles on I-985

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gainesville police say they suspect that men on a freeway overpass tossed rocks weighing up to 25 pounds onto cars traveling on Interstate 985, severely damaging at least two vehicles.

Police say the rocks were dropped over the railing of the Athens Street Bridge at least twice between 1:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.

A police report lists the suspects as four men ranging in age from 18 to 21. No arrests were made.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that potential charges include criminal damage to property and terroristic acts.

The first rock broke the driver's side window of a van driven by a Duluth man. The second one ripped a hole in the roof and shattered the back window of a Honda Accord driven by a Demorest man.

SENATE DEMOCRATS-WOMEN

Democratic women teaming up in key Senate states

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democratic women are teaming up to raise campaign cash in key states that will help decide the Senate majority.

Incumbent senators and hopefuls formed the Blue Senate 2014 joint fundraising committee on Aug. 13.

The candidates involved are Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Natalie Tennant in West Virginia and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

In 2012, President Barack Obama lost four of the women's five states. Obama won New Hampshire by about 6 percentage points.

Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats to take the majority from Democrats.

Hagan has been the best fundraiser of the bunch. She raised $12.7 million and had $8.7 million in her campaign account through June. Hagan faces Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker.

SEMITRAILER CRASH

Fiery crash shuts down westbound lanes of I-20

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities shut down all of the westbound lanes on Interstate 20 west of Atlanta after a fiery crash involving a FedEx semitrailer and a bus.

The crash happened during the early part of Wednesday's morning rush period in Carroll County, and closed all westbound lanes of I-20 for about three hours. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one westbound lane reopened to traffic shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

There was no immediate information on any injuries.

Video from WSB-TV showed a large burned area and two FedEx trailers on their sides, with a medical helicopter and fire trucks on the roadway.

The Georgia State Patrol said that some type of bus was also involved in the crash.

WXIA-TV reports that the wreck happened on I-20 in the Villa Rica area.

GEORGIA AQUARIUM-BELUGAS

Georgia Aquarium continues effort to import whales

ATLANTA (AP) - In an upcoming court hearing, Georgia Aquarium officials are expected to continue their efforts to acquire 18 beluga whales that were captured in seas off the Russian coast.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that aquarium officials plan to attend a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court to seek documents regarding the denial of its application to import the beluga whales from Russia.

In September, the aquarium filed a complaint in federal court in Atlanta seeking to overturn the denial by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.

The agency had expressed concern about the circumstances of the whales' capture when they denied the permit.

The 18 belugas originate from the Sea of Okhotsk in northern Russia. If the permit is granted, they would be brought to zoos and aquariums in the U.S.

HELICOPTER CRASH

Authorities ID 2 people killed in helicopter crash

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities identified two people killed when a helicopter crashed in western Alabama as 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa; and 51-year-old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips said Wallace worked for a private company contracted to work with Alabama Power. WSB-TV reports that Wallace, a pilot, worked at the Atlanta station as a helicopter operator from 1997 to 2003.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Carson was an Alabama Power employee.

Phillips said the men were conducting maintenance on a high-voltage power line when the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the chopper went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa County Chief Deputy Ron Abernathy said the crash site was in a heavily wooded area.

FEDERAL JUDGE-ARREST

Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A defense lawyer says an Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program.

Barry Ragsdale is representing U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery in an administrative complaint filed by the chief judge of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 11th Circuit has stripped Fuller of his cases, and Ragsdale says the judge isn't in Montgomery.

Ragsdale says Fuller is embarrassed over his arrest and already has received counseling.

Ragsdale says the judge will enter a treatment program within days. He declined to elaborate on the type of treatment Fuller is seeking.

Atlanta police arrested Fuller 10 days ago after his wife called authorities from a hotel saying he was beating her.

A hearing set for Friday is being delayed.

GUCCI MANE-SENTENCING

Rapper Gucci Mane sentenced on federal gun charge

ATLANTA (AP) - Rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine.

A police report says a friend of Davis called police early Sept. 14 to report that the rapper was walking down the street behaving violently. Police say that Davis threatened them and that when they arrested him they found he had a loaded handgun.

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