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Teen in wreck with Barnes' family dies


ATLANTA --- A 17-year-old driver from Kennesaw has died a day after a highway collision that injured Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes' daughter and her two daughters.

Cobb County police say the accident near Marietta occurred Sunday when a Porsche crossed the center line and swerved, striking a minivan carrying Alison Barnes Salter and her daughters. An Atlanta Medical Center spokesman said Mario D. Zuniga, the driver of the Porsche, died Monday at the hospital.

Salter, a lawyer in her father's firm, was treated for arm and foot injuries and released from Kennestone Hospital. Her daughters were taken to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta. Lilly, 6, was treated and released. Ella, 4, was to undergo surgery to place a pin in a broken arm.

Zuniga's 16-year-old passenger was taken to Kennestone with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Elderly man is killed by swarm of bees

ALBANY, GA. --- An elderly man in southwest Georgia died after being stung more than 100 times by honeybees while cleaning a yard.

Authorities say Curtis Davis, 73, died Monday morning in Dougherty County. He was cleaning up burning brush with a tractor when he hit a beehive.

Family members could not reach Davis because of the number of bees.

Police say man killed with toilet seat lid

ATHENS, GA. --- Authorities arrested a man accused of using a toilet seat lid to beat a man to death and then kidnapping and raping a woman who witnessed the attack.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that William Thomas Valentine Jr. , 40, was arrested Monday at his brother's home in Oglethorpe County. He is charged with the murder Sunday of Alfred Lorenzo Harris, 51.

Police say Valentine also is accused of kidnapping a woman who lived with Harris and taking her to Madison County, where he raped her.

Bidders join up for Sea Island at auction

SAVANNAH, GA. --- Competing bidders ended up banding together Monday to negotiate a deal to jointly buy Sea Island Co. for $212.4 million at an auction intended to settle the luxury resort operator's bankruptcy case.

If a federal bankruptcy judge approves the sale, Sea Island's new owners will be a four-way partnership. They ultimately agreed to pay nearly $15 million more than the company's resorts, golf courses and private clubs would have fetched without going on the auction block.