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Money sought to mark Civil War anniversary


CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The 150th anniversary of South Carolina's secession from the union later this year will be a low-key affair, consisting mostly of lectures.

The anniversary next spring of the firing on Fort Sumter, which plunged the nation into the Civil War, will be a bigger event, however, with concerts, exhibits, a star shell fired over Charleston Harbor and lectures. Organizers are looking for money to pay for the observances.

The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust has raised about $55,000 for the events and is seeking $25,000 more. The city of Charleston hopes to raise $100,000 from private sources, and a member of the trust will ask state lawmakers for $75,000.

Escaped snake from Atlanta zoo found dead

ATLANTA --- A venomous snake that escaped from Atlanta's zoo late last week was found dead after a property owner killed it, zoo officials said Monday.

Zoo staff discovered the female tiger rattlesnake missing during a routine check Friday. The snake escaped after a staff member did not properly secure a cage door, Zoo Atlanta deputy director Dwight Lawson said.

The zoo got a call Monday morning from a woman who said her husband had killed a snake the day before.

Cause of Atlanta airport bomb scare unclear

ATLANTA --- Atlanta police say they have still not determined what triggered a bomb scare Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Police spokesman Otis Redmond says a suspicious package was found in a piece of luggage at a curbside check-in area Monday morning. Dispatchers said it looked like a pipe bomb.

Redmond says the bomb squad removed the luggage from the area. Late Monday, police said they believe that the luggage contained something, but officials aren't sure what.

Georgia man dies of his injuries in goat attack

COLBERT, GA. --- Officials say an 88-year-old man died a week after a goat attacked him outside his home in northern Georgia.

Madison County Coroner Michelle Cleveland said Monday that Vestal Davis died Saturday at Athens Regional Medical Center.

A Madison County sheriff's office report says Davis told a deputy that he went outside and a neighbor's goat charged him and knocked him to the ground repeatedly in Colbert, about 70 miles east of Atlanta.

The deputy says the 69-year-old neighbor who owns the goat says it escaped from its pen.

Cleveland says the district attorney will determine whether charges will be filed.

In other news

Authorities destroyed a pair of Civil War-era cannonballs on display at Kennesaw State University after officials realized they were live, Cobb County police said Monday. University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel said a bomb squad removed the munitions from the third floor of the social sciences building.