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Parents of boy hidden behind wall in court Thursday — CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Clayton County couple charged with kidnapping a young boy four years ago are due in court Thursday. During their first appearance, Samantha Davis and Gregory Jean asked for a continuance, saying they wanted to hire a private attorney, but needed time to raise money.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BethWXIA: Charges added for father & his girlfriend in "boy in the wall" case: @jleslie11alive…

Teen girl saves brothers from house fire — GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County middle school student has been credited with making sure her two young brothers safely escaped a house fire. Amia Polk, 13, said one of her instructors at Shiloh Middle School taught her exactly what to do.

Study: Virus can spread through workplace in 4 hours — (WXIA) -- Just how fast can a virus spread around a workplace or school? A new study indicates germs are spread surprisingly quickly. Researchers at the University of Arizona put simulated cold, flu and stomach bug droplets on the hands of one out of 80 employee at the beginning of the work day.

Commuter Dude: Family calls for change at intersection — HENRY COUNTY, Ga -- A family that has lived in Henry County for generations is calling for change at an intersection bearing their name. Bo Simpson says his family has seen far too many wrecks at the intersection of Highway 20 and Simpson Mill Road.
Dec 18, 2014

Commuter Dude: Family calls for change at intersection via @11alivenews

UGA's Richt among finalists for Dodd Trophy — ( ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Georgia Bulldogs' head coach, Mark Richt, has been selected as one of 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy, an award given to the nation's top college football coach.

Police revive unsolved pedestrian hit-and-run case — FULTON COUNTY, Ga -- Police are reviving a five month old hit and run crash that took the life of a 66-year-old man who was walking along a South Fulton County road. They never found the driver of the car that killed him.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @krowson11alive: Fulton County PD tries again to find hit-and-run driver who killed 66-yr old Charles Foy. Hear from Foy's only child:…

Dec 17, 2014

Fulton County PD tries again to find hit-and-run driver who killed 66-yr old Charles Foy. Hear from Foy's only child:…

Is Georgia's flu season peaking early, or getting worse? — ATLANTA (WXIA) - Georgia is facing one of the worst flu outbreaks in years. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia is one of about a dozen states with widespread activity. The big question - is influenza peaking earlier than usual during the annual flu season, or is this outbreak going to get even worse before it gets better?

VOTE: Should Sony have canceled release of "The Interview"? — LOS ANGELES - The country's five biggest theater chains will not screen The Interview due to hacker threats, multiple sources say. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all pulled the plug on the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, which was set to open Christmas Day.

Meteorologist shot outside Waco TV station — WACO, Texas - A meteorologist at a Waco TV station was shot several times Wednesday morning. Patrick Crawford is the morning meteorologist at KCEN, our sister station. Crawford exchanged words with the suspect outside the station, according to DPS trooper D.L. Wilson. The suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot Crawford.
Dec 17, 2014

Scary. Prayers to @MeteorologistPC from our @Gannett sister station in Waco, TX. Shot after morning show today.…

Flurries leading up to Christmas? — Looking ahead to the Christmas forecast We are looking ahead to 7 and 8 days out to see what type of weather you can expect for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So far, I've been watching the models with interest as they've been showing moisture and a surge of cold air coming in as we lead up to Christmas.
Dec 17, 2014

I'm looking ahead to the chances for flurries in north Georgia on Christmas Eve. Talking about it at 6 on #11Alive.…

Fake guns and fast choices — CONYERS, Ga. -- A 12-year-old boy died in Cleveland died after police say he grabbed a gun from his waistband. It was fake. "Guns are not toys," Cleveland Police Chief Williams said. "We need to teach our kids that." It's a message Conyers Police are echoing after a similar close call.
Dec 17, 2014

Fake guns and fast choices - should toy guns be outlawed? via @11alivenews

Dec 17, 2014

RT @BethWXIA: "If the officer decided to fire at the subject, it would have been a justified shooting." #AtlantaAlive

Dec 17, 2014

"If the officer decided to fire at the subject, it would have been a justified shooting." #AtlantaAlive


Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview' — ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film " The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening. Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Making a moment for a 'Christmas Angel' — PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Holiday season is synonymous with spending time with family, cherishing those moments with the ones we love. One young lady in Pickens County made a moment Tuesday night for a parent she lost.
Dec 17, 2014

Last night's XMas Angel story ( was actually my 2nd time this year at Pickens High School #11Alive

Flu forces entire school district to close — POLK COUNTY, GA (WXIA) - The flu in Georgia is spreading so fast, it is forcing an entire school system to shut down early for winter break. Polk County's school superintendent says so many students and teachers are home sick with the flu, he had to close all ten schools, to make sure no one who may be infected attends classes and spreads it to others.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @sethmnookin: Flu forces entire Polk County, GA school district to close early for winter break; > 17% of students infected. http://t.c…

Turbulence hospitalizes 5 on AA flight from Korea to Texas — Five people were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth diverted to Tokyo Narita because of turbulence during the flight. American Airlines said Flight 280, operated on a Boeing 777-200, was carrying 240 passengers and a crew of 15.
Dec 17, 2014

Crazy video! RT @11AliveNews: Turbulence hospitalizes 5 on AA flight from Korea to Texas

'7th Heaven' star apologizes for inappropriate sexual conduct — (TODAY) -- Stephen Collins, the actor best known as the pastor on the former hit show "7th Heaven,'' has admitted to inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls in a statement shared exclusively with People magazine.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @11AliveNews: '7th Heaven' star apologizes for inappropriate sexual conduct

FREE Shipping Thursday — (WXIA) -- When we hear "free", just like you, we're skeptical. We learned a long time ago, there's no such thing as a free lunch. If someone calls and offers you free money, it's a scam. If they offer free door busters, they have half as many as they need in hopes you'll spend twice as much.

Suspect wanted for taking "up-skirt" photos — SNELLVILLE, Ga -- Police are looking for help to identify a man who is stalking unsuspecting women and taking pictures with his cell phone up their skirts. Snellville Police are investigating two similar cases and looking at a third incident in Loganville. Sgt. Carey Roberts said there may be more incidents that haven't been reported.
Dec 16, 2014

Here's the story about the man taking "up-skirt" photos with his cell phone at local stores. @SnellvillePD #11Alive…