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UGA researchers get grant to study parasite

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — University of Georgia researchers have received a five-year grant of more than $1 million to study a certain type of parasite.

The National Institutes of Health recently gave UGA researchers $1.8 million to study cryptosporidium (CRYPT'-oh-spor-idiom), which causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis.

The university says severe diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age. The World Health Organization says it kills about 760,000 every year.

Cryptosporidium, which is commonly called crypto, and three other pathogens are the most common cause of diarrhea, but crypto is toughest to fight.

It is difficult to study in a laboratory. Cultures of the parasite usually last just a few days, and model animals like mice aren't easily infected by the crypto that most often affects humans.

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Police use hidden GPS unit to track stolen toy

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police say they used a GPS device hidden inside a Teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft.

Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a company manager concealed the GPS device inside the bear, placed it in a bag of clothing and tossed it into the collection bin.

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. Police said the manager worked with the officer to update the stuffed animal's location, and a 55-year-old man was stopped and charged with theft by taking, a misdemeanor.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Man is 4th homicide victim in 1 week in Bibb County

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old Macon man who was shot to death is the fourth homicide victim in Bibb County in the past week.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Majesty Jaques Conover was shot multiple times at an apartment complex on Houston Avenue late Wednesday night. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Bibb County sheriff's officials said witnesses reported that two men were arguing with Conover before he was shot just before 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say the suspects left the area in a newer model, dark-colored car.

The Telegraph reports that investigators overnight were interviewing witnesses in the case.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Fire engulfs lakeside home, surrounding trees

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters were battling a large blaze that engulfed a lakeside home and part of the surrounding woods at a lake south of Atlanta.

WSB-TV aired dramatic video shortly after dawn showing towering trees being consumed by flames at the home, on the edge of Lake Spivey in Clayton County.

Authorities said the fire began shortly after 6 a.m. on Emerald Drive in the Jonesboro area.

No injuries were reported. Officials said they did not immediately know whether anyone was living in the house at the time.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Boy, 7, drowns in east Georgia pond

THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the drowning death of a 7-year-old boy, who was found in a pond near his home in McDuffie County on Georgia's east side.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the boy was discovered unresponsive in the pond Wednesday afternoon.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Pat Morgan said family members reported Jeremiah Parker-Ngoy Kalume missing around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Morgan said an autopsy is planned for later this week.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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2 suspects charged in killing of 9-month-old baby

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged two men with murder in connection with a home invasion and shooting that left a 9-month-old baby dead and three people injured.

Police say a group of armed, masked men broke into a house in Stone Mountain on May 10 and the child, Kendarious Edwards, was shot to death. Police say the men chased the three women inside the home -- the baby's mother, grandmother and a family friend -- to a bathroom, where they opened fire.

Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County's public safety director, said at a Thursday news conference that two men are being held in the county jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault in connection with the killing.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that both men were already in jail on unrelated charges.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Buildings evacuated when gas line breaks

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say that multiple buildings in Conyers have been evacuated due to a break in a gas line.

WXIA-TV reports that two churches, a government administration building, a law office and a few homes were evacuated Thursday. Authorities say the leak, which occurred near Peek Street and North Main Street, was under control late Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported.

Conyers is about 25 miles east of Atlanta in Rockdale County.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man pleads guilty to dumping waste in DC river

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who managed a company hired to clean the National Mall storm water sewer system has pleaded guilty to dumping debris and wastewater into the Potomac River.

Patrick Brightwell of Bogart, Georgia, pleaded guilty Thursday. He acknowledged as part of a plea deal that he directed workers to dump waste into the Potomac rather than taking it to a disposal facility.

Brightwell pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by knowingly discharging a pollutant without a permit and presenting false claims to the United States.

Under federal guidelines Brightwell faces about four to five years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 3. He has also agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. His lawyer did not immediately return a telephone call requesting comment.

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