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3 charged with firing shots at cars, police

CANTON, Ga. — Authorities say officers have captured three men accused of shooting at passing cars and opening fire on a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

Officers set up a command post near the Cherokee-Bartow county line Monday morning. Capt. Joe Hamby of the Georgia State Patrol said the search began after deputies got a call that someone in a Honda Civic fired shots at a SUV on Interstate 75. Hamby said a trooper tried to stop the car and shots were fired at him.

One man was arrested before noon and the others a few hours later. They were being held at the Cherokee County jail.

Oil spills into river from refueling ship

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The U.S. Coast Guard was completing an oil spill cleanup Monday on the Savannah River.

The Coast Guard said about 2,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Savannah River and onto the deck of the motor vessel Ever Diadem, a 965-foot-long container ship, when its fuel tank was overfilled on Saturday. The ship was docked at the Garden City terminal and was being refueled.

The Coast Guard said Monday the source of the spill was secured Saturday and about 6,000 feet of boom was placed in the river to minimize the spread of fuel.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah conducted flights to assess the environmental impact and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah personnel coordinated the cleanup efforts.

VA outpatient clinic to open in Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The federal government is building a new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Greenville.

VA officials said the new clinic will be built near Greenville Memorial Hospital. It should be open in spring 2013 and will replace the existing clinic on Augusta Road near Interstate 85.

Officials say the new clinic should be able to take care of an additional 16,000 veterans a year. It will have state-of-the-art equipment, additional workers and additional parking.

The old clinic will remain open until the new one opens.


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