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Day 14: How much can passenger relatives collect?

 One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wipes her tears as she watches a TV news program about the missing flight after a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014. Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wipes her tears as she watches a TV news program about the missing flight after a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014. Planes are flying out of Australia again to search for two objects detected by satellite that may be debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

CNNMoney notes Flight 370 passenger families can collect millions:

Under an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention, the airline must pay relatives of each deceased passenger an initial sum of around $150,000 to $175,000.

Relatives of victims can also sue for further damages – unless the airline can prove that it took all necessary measures to prevent a crash or any other incident that prevented passengers from arriving safely.

Read the entire report.

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Flight 370: How missing airliner left data trail

Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared Saturday at 1:30 a.m., but investigators say it continued to leave a data trail.

A video by a Wall Street Journal reporter explains how “pings” were detected by satellites after the plane disappeared from radar.

The Atlantic has a nice graphic and writeup explaining the technology aboard modern airliners.

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Police search for burglary suspect near KSU

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By Marcus K. Garner

Police temporarily searched for a burglary suspect near the area of Chastain Road and I-75 near Kennesaw State University on Tuesday afternoon.

Georgia State Patrol, Cobb County police, Kennesaw police and Kennesaw State University police joined in the manhunt for the suspect, according to Cobb County police spokesman Officer Michael Bowman.

It is unclear where the suspect was seen breaking in.

The active search ended around 6 p.m., Channel 2 Action News reported.

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Metro Atlantans see higher pollen counts earlier

By Shelia M. Poole

It’s no fluke if you’re like Kelley Sharpe, who’s noticed more sneezing and itchy eyes in the past few days.

Pollen season has opened with higher than usual counts.

“I feel like it’s a little bit worse this year,” said Sharpe, an engineer, who lives in Lilburn. “And it’s pretty bad.”

Indeed, pollen season has arrived “with a vengeance,” said Dr. Stanley M. Fineman, of the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

“It is very early for pollen counts to be this high. People are complaining about symptoms — like sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes — more than they usually do this time of year.”

On Monday, for instance, the pollen count in metro Atlanta hit 944, compared to 41 for the same day a year ago and 51 for the same period in 2012. This was the highest it’s been this early in five years.

In 2010, the pollen count reached 462.

The pollen count on Tuesday was reported at 902.

Tree pollen from cedar, elm and maple were the major contributors.

And, while the metro …

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Man wanted in Ga. 400 carjacking seriously injured in weekend crash

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A man fleeing Brookhaven Police on Saturday owes the officers pursuing him his life, authorities said.

Donald Jason Miles is in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in police custody after running a car into a pole during a high-speed chase on Saturday, police said.

Miles, 28, was wanted by Sandy Springs police for allegedly carjacking a van last month on Georgia 400, authorities said.

Officers Brookhaven late Saturday morning investigating an unrelated armed robbery noticed a Mercedes-Benz with a dog moving around inside near the corner of North Druid Hills Road and Buford Highway.

Suspecting the car might be linked to their armed robbery investigation, officers ran the license plate of the car, Brookhaven Deputy Police Chief Ron Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The …

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Bill would force more transparency from high school leagues

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Georgia’s high school athletic leagues would have to produce annual financial documents and submit to legislative oversight under legislation approved in the House on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 288, by Gov. Nathan Deal’s floor leader, Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, passed the House 165-5. But, because it was changed in the House the bill must now go back to the Senate.

Sponsored in the House by Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, the bill bans any public school from participating in a high school athletic league unless the league produces financial records. It also recreates a House-Senate oversight committee that has the power to review the reports and investigate irregularities.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, said bills like this are often introduced because one school’s athletics director gets …

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Bill allows Atlanta History Center to make moonshine — for history’s sake

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A bill that allows nonprofit museums to build a still and produce moonshine was approved in the state House on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 240, by Sen. Hunter Hill,  R-Atlanta, was changed in the House and must now go back to the Senate. The bill is geared toward the Atlanta History Center, which wants to create a historical exhibit about the production of moonshine. A similar exhibit is in place at George Washington’s ancestral home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia.

Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyra, sponsored the bill in the House and said it would not allow the sale of moonshine, although the museum would be allowed to offer complimentary samples of a half an ounce.

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One dead, 2 in custody after wreck that shuts down parts of Memorial Drive

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Channel 2 Action News

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One person is dead and two others in custody after a car that police said was stolen wrecked on Memorial Drive near Stone Mountain Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said a Toyota had been driving erratically on U.S. 78 and had forced several cars off the road.

An officer spotted the Toyota and as the officer tried to catch up to the car on nearby Memorial Drive, the Toyota cut across the median, ran off the road and struck a tree near the East Ponce de Leon Avenue ramp, police said.

Parish said the male driver of the Toyota, who was armed with a gun, then fled the wrecked car on foot.

The officer rendered aid to a female passenger and took that passenger into custody, and called for backup to search for the driver, who had …

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Lockdown lifted at Douglasville middle school; 2 students in custody

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Authorities are questioning two boys, 12 and 13, after a classmate at Yeager Middle School in Douglasville saw one of them carrying what appeared to be a real gun.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office found the student who was seen with the gun, and a replica gun – not a real one – was located in the ceiling tiles of a bathroom at school, which is at 4000 Kings Hwy.

“It’s my understanding that a student brought a plastic air soft gun, unloaded, with him in a book bag,” Douglas County School System spokeswoman Karen Stroud told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The second student went into the restroom while the first one was in there and at some point the gun was put in the ceiling tile in the restroom. I think they are questioning the second student about possible participation in getting …

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Ga. mom pleads guilty in fire deaths of 3 children

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The Associated Press

MACON, Ga. —

A Macon woman whose three young children died in a house fire while she was away visiting a boyfriend has pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1cP0VHL ) a judge Monday sentenced Colethia Williams to six years in prison followed by 40 years on probation after she pleaded guilty in Bibb County Superior Court.

Firefighters found Williams’ four children huddled together after their home caught fire in February 2013. Three of the children — ages 10, 9 and 7 — died from smoke inhalation. The youngest child, age 3, was the only survivor.

Williams later told police she was at her boyfriend’s house when the fire started. She had been charged with murder, but prosecutors allowed …

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Work continues for National Center for Civil and Human Rights at Downtown Atlanta’s Pemberton Place

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Work continued Monday, March, 10, 2014 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at Downtown Atlanta's Pemberton Place, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, The New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The exact location of the 42,000-square-foot facility is the corner of Ivan Allen Boulevard and Centennial Olympic Park Drive. The Center will explore human rights encompassing racial and ethnic conflict in the United States and across the world, religion, women's rights, sexual orientation and cultural expression. The land was donated by Coca-Cola. The H.J. Russell & Company, C.D. Moody Construction Company and Holder Construction Company, three Atlanta-based construction firms are teamed together overseeing construction of the facility. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Man arrested in fatal shooting of woman outside restaurant

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Police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting a woman last month outside a south Fulton County restaurant.

Demetrius D. Baughns, 20, was charged Monday with murder in connection with the death of Tequilla Latrice Laye.

In the early morning of Feb. 1, police say an argument started inside El Nopal Mexican Restaurant at 5350 Old National Highway.

The altercation spilled outside into the parking lot where shots were eventually fired,  police said.

Laye was hit and killed, police said.

Investigators initially were seeking two suspects in the incident, and it is unclear if a second suspect remains at large.

Please return to AJC.com for updates.

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New evidence could threaten Army sex assault case

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The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — A military judge was considering Monday whether a top lawyer at the Pentagon unlawfully interfered in the case against a brigadier general charged with sexual assault, threatening the high-profile court martial.

The latest twist in the case comes at a time when the Pentagon and Congress are grappling with the problem of sexual assaults within the military ranks.

After lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair presented the new evidence Monday morning, military judge Col. James Pohl dismissed the jury for the rest of the day. Pohl then heard arguments and testimony about whether he should dismiss some or all of the remaining charges against Sinclair.

At issue is an email chain from December between the prosecution team at Fort Bragg and a top Pentagon …

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German firm to expand in Fayette County

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BY J. SCOTT TRUBEY

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

A Germany pharmaceutical company said Monday it will expand its plant in Peachtree City and create about 120 new jobs.

Gerresheimer AG, a maker of medicine delivery systems such as inhalers and insulin pens, plans to expand its plant by 60,000 square feet in a multimillion dollar investment. The company said the jobs will be added “in the medium term,” and the positions will include “executive, administrative supervisory and production” jobs.

The company will receive training assistance from the state’s Quick Start jobs training program. A state news release said operations will start next year.

State Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said half of the state’s life sciences firms “are in the medical device sector. Our …

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Bill allowing booze to flow on St. Patrick’s Sundays gets final approval

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Legislation that would allow alcohol sales in bars if St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday overwhelmingly passed the state House on Wednesday and is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

The bill passed the House 147-7.

SB 318, by Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, lets local governments decide whether they want to allow alcohol sales in establishments other than restaurants in those particular years. Current law only allows sales of alcohol for on-site consumption on Sundays in restaurants — that is, places that derive a majority of their income from food sales.

Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day was on a Sunday. The holiday this year is on Monday, March 17.

Savannah hosts one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals, giving the issue added importance for the coastal city.

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Burglars targeting ATM break into south Fulton government center

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Burglars broke into a south Fulton County government office complex early Monday in an attempt to steal money from an ATM, police said.

Fulton police Cpl. Kay Lester said just before 3:30 a.m., an officer discovered that someone had broken into the Government Service Center at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road.

“There were pry marks observed on the [ATM] and it was partially open, but it is not confirmed if any money was taken,” Lester said in an e-mail. “After checking the building, it is believed that the burglars entered through a court office door.”

The building houses a tag office as well as the South Fulton Magistrate Court and Probate Court.

Police have made no arrests and have not identified any suspects, Lester said late Monday morning.

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