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/ 15 March 2008

Downtown Atlanta struck by tornado

A tornado hit downtown Atlanta on Friday night, causing several injuries and damaging buildings, including the roof of the Georgia Dome where thousands were watching a college basketball game, police and witnesses said. Nine people were taken to hospitals, one in serious condition, as a result of the heavy storm, police said.

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/ 22 September 2007

Renovation complete at blighted US hotel

The site of the deadliest hotel fire in United States history — a tragedy that led to nationwide fire-safety reforms — will open to guests next month as a new boutique hotel after a -million makeover. In 1946, 119 people died in a fire that helped forever change fire codes across the country.

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/ 16 September 2007

Woods stays three ahead after day of low scoring

Tiger Woods maintained his three-shot lead at the Tour Championship after resisting a glut of low scoring on Saturday, spearheaded by United States Masters champion Zach Johnson with a dazzling 10-under-par 60. Woods, hunting a seventh PGA Tour title this year and inaugural FedExCup honours, fired a 64 in the third round at a sun-drenched East Lake Golf Club.

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/ 15 September 2007

Tiger surges ahead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods played a six-hole stretch in seven-under par but followed with a back nine of even-par golf that left him three strokes ahead of the field on Friday after two rounds of the United States Tour Championship. Tearing apart a defenceless course at East Lake Golf Club, Woods made five straight birdies and capped it with a 70-foot eagle putt on the par-five ninth hole to make the turn in 28.

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/ 29 August 2007

Baggy trousers upset Atlanta residents

Atlanta residents squared off Tuesday at a public hearing on a proposed city-wide ban on low-slung pants — or any clothing that exposes underwear in public. The proposed ordinance is the brainchild of city councillor CT Martin, deputy chairperson of the public safety and legal administration committee.

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/ 26 May 2007

US schools overhaul art of programming

The lesson plan is called ”Artificial Unintelligence”, but it is written more like a comic book than a syllabus for a serious computer-science class. ”Singing, dancing and drawing polygons may be nifty, but any self-respecting evil roboticist needs a few more tricks in the repertoire if they are going to take over the world,” read the day’s instructions.

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/ 16 May 2007

‘The movement was in her DNA’

Yolanda King, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jnr’s eldest child who pursued her father’s dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, has died. She was 51. King died late on May 15 in Santa Monica, California, said Steve Klein, a spokesperson for the King Centre.

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/ 16 April 2007

US campus killings may restart gun debate

The killings at Virginia Tech university on Monday will stir fresh debate in the United States over gun control and what drives people to go on shooting rampages through schools and colleges. School shootings have prompted changes to school safety rules and sparked debate over the availability of guns.

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/ 14 April 2007

Els charges three clear at Hilton Head

Ernie Els continued his post-Masters rehabilitation by storming three shots clear of the field at the halfway stage of the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head, South Carolina on Friday. Two strokes off the pace overnight, the South African birdied five of his last eight holes for a second successive six-under-par 65.

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/ 13 April 2007

Els back to form at Hilton Head, Kelly sets pace

Ernie Els made partial amends for his missed cut at last week’s Masters with a fast start at the Heritage Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Thursday. The world number five, who failed to qualify for the weekend for the first time in a major since the 1999 PGA Championship, fired a six-under-par 65 in the opening round at a breezy Harbour Town Golf Links.

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/ 14 March 2006

Stardust particles made of ‘fire and ice’

The particles the Stardust probe brought back to Earth in January are a mixture of extremely hot and cold minerals pointing to a mixed origin of the Wild 2 comet, Nasa scientists said. Rather than the balls of ice, dust and gas astrophysicists thought they were, comets turn out to be celestial bodies of complex and varied origins.

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/ 4 January 2006

One of FBI’s ‘most wanted’ to face trial for wife’s murder

The case has it all — money, power, an international manhunt and a hit by a killer carrying a gun along with a dozen long-stemmed pink roses. On Thursday, nearly 19 years after Lita Sullivan was fatally shot on the doorstep of her townhouse in a wealthy neighbourhood, her husband, James Sullivan, once one of the FBI’s ”Most Wanted” fugitives, will go on trial for murder.

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/ 7 November 2005

Tiger tamed in Atlanta

Bart Bryant fended off a challenge from world number one Tiger Woods on Sunday to post a six-shot win at the ,5-million PGA Tour Championship that surprised even himself. Retief Goosen, who started the day in second place, was off his game, leaving it to Woods to provide the only real threat.

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/ 18 April 2005

Armstrong may settle questions about retirement

Lance Armstrong is set to make an announcement on Monday that is expected to settle questions on whether he will retire from cycling after this summer’s Tour de France, where he will try for a seventh straight title. Earlier this month, Armstrong called retirement ”a possibility” and said ”I am still thinking about that”.

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/ 4 April 2005

Mickelson closes gap in Atlanta

Phil Mickelson carded a seven-under 65 to move into contention after a lengthy Sunday at the -million PGA BellSouth Classic, which finally saw the weather take a turn for the better. Mickelson is tied with Billy Mayfair (71) and two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal (69). The trio is stalking American Scott McCarron.