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COSMETIC INJECTION DEATH

Jury finds woman guilty in silicone injection case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A jury has convicted a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections.

Several local media outlets reports jurors found Tracy Lynn Garner guilty of depraved heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud after deliberating about two hours Friday. The murder conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison

Garner was charged in the death of Karima Gordon who, prosecutors say, was lured to Jackson by Garner to perform the injections. The defense rested Friday without calling a witness. The prosecution had wrapped up its case.

Prosecutors say Gordon and a friend were referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer, who was convicted of manslaughter in Garner's death and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.

IMMIGRATION-GEORGIA

Report details unaccompanied minors placed in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - A new federal report shows nearly 350 unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border have been placed with families in DeKalb County, the largest number in the state.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the U.S. Health and Human Services Department recently posted a county-by-county report on its website amid a surge of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border. The report covers the first seven months of the year and those counties that saw placements of 50 or more.

Gwinnett County received the second-highest number in Georgia at 266, followed by Cobb County with 138, Hall County with 85, Cherokee County with 65 and Fulton County with 64.

Nationally, Harris County in Texas received the most with about 2,800 children. Los Angeles County in California received the second-highest number at nearly 2,000.

CHILD SLAIN IN BEDROOM

Family stumped by violent death of Ga. boy, 13

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - Grieving relatives of a west Georgia boy say they can't fathom what motivated his violent death a week ago.

Nizzear Rodriguez celebrated his 13th birthday the day before he was killed in the early morning hours last Sunday. Police say intruders broke into his grandmother's Carrollton townhome, climbed the stairs and shot the seventh-grader in the head as he slept in bed.

The boy's grandmother, Alice Stout-Osorio, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "If your child isn't safe in his bed, he isn't safe anywhere."

Police have charged three suspects with murder in the case - 17-year-old Malik Davis, 21-year-old Kenneth Wheat and 24-year-old Jackquline Leann Freeman. Stout-Osorio says she knows the two men, but has no idea why they would kill her grandson. Police have not given a motive.

DRUGS IN CASKET

Sheriff: Grandmother's casket used to hide drugs

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A middle Georgia sheriff says two inmates visiting a Macon funeral home tried to return to jail with drugs and other contraband that had been hidden inside their grandmother's casket.

WMAZ-TV reports Bibb County deputies found marijuana, tobacco, a lighter and a cellphone on inmates Henry Ison Rouse and Nekoase Antwan Vinson after they attended a visitation for their dead grandmother Thursday. They wore handcuffs and were escorted by guards.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says deputies suspect the inmates retrieved the contraband from the casket after relatives stashed it for them. Davis called the stunt "wicked" and said it "illustrates the audacity of this generation of inmates."

Both inmates were charged with marijuana possession and bringing contraband to jail. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

FOOD AND FARM-SOUTHEAST SESAME

Sesame catching on in southeast US

LAKE CITY, Ark. (AP) - Farmers in the southeast United States are moving into sesame production, producing millions of seeds for tahini or hamburger buns even when there's a drought.

Sesame pods used to be so brittle that they had to handled gently, but new traits developed over the past decade let farmers use typical equipment to harvest them.

Thousands of acres from Arkansas to Florida and Georgia are now planted with sesame, expanding sesame's typical range of western Oklahoma and western Texas.

Farmer Seth Towles has 160 acres planted near Lake City, Arkansas. He says sesame is much cheaper to grow than cotton or soybeans because it takes less water and fertilizer.

Last year in Arkansas, a field that produced 1,000 pounds per acre would have brought in around $420 before expenses.

RAPPER KILLED

3 convicted in connection with GA rapper's slaying

ATLANTA (AP) - A jury has convicted three men in connection with the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.

Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child.

On Friday, prosecutors said the gunman, 25-year-old Deandre Washington, was convicted of murder and other charges and sentenced to life without parole plus 20 years. Also convicted were 35-year-old Gary Bradford and 29-year-old Maurice Conner on charges of conspiracy and participating in criminal street gang activity. Bradford was sentenced to 25 years in prison, while Connor received 30 years.

Prosecutors say the three men conspired to kill Vernell in retaliation for a drug robbery they believed he had orchestrated. A fourth defendant awaits trial.

DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS

Free digital textbooks available on state website

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the Georgia Department of Education are reminding teachers, parents and students that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks on the agency's website.

State Schools Superintendent John Barge says the textbooks were developed because the state knows "teachers and parents need high-quality resources."

The textbooks currently cover middle and high school courses in an array of subjects including language arts, math, science and social studies. Also included are several languages including Spanish, German, French and Chinese and many include study guides, discussion questions and quizzes.

The textbooks, which are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, can be accessed at www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources .

PEOPLE-LUDACRIS

Ludacris holds celebrity hoops game for LudaDay

ATLANTA (AP) - Rapper Ludacris is challenging fellow hip-hop artist Lil Wayne in a game of hoops this weekend.

Ludacris and his Disturbing tha Peace record label will play against Lil Wayne and his label Young Money in a celebrity basketball game. It will take place at the Georgia State Sports Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The basketball game is part of Ludacris' 9th annual LudaDay Weekend, which raises money for local community charities. The five-day event includes a panel discussion and block party hosted by producer Mike WiLL Made-It.

LudaDay kicked off Thursday with a bowling event with appearances by NBA player Dwight Howard, singer Ne-Yo and Angela Simmons.

Since 2005, LudaDay has brought out numerous celebrities from Justin Bieber, Kevin Durant, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Chris Brown and Vin Diesel.

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