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Acting insurance director named

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley has named an acting chief of South Carolina’s insurance agency following the director’s abrupt resignation.

Haley made Gwen Fuller McGriff acting director. Haley informed legislative leaders of her choice in a letter Wednesday evening, soon after 54-year-old director David Black resigned without explanation. He informed employees of his decision in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon. His resignation was effective immediately.

The Greenville resident left 11 months after Haley chose him. The Senate confirmed his appointment in February. His salary was $112,407.

Black did not return messages Thursday from The Associated Press.

Fast-food worker fatally shoots thief

SAVANNAH, GA. — Police say a fast-food worker grabbed his gun and shot a man suspected of trying to rob the restaurant near Savannah.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say the suspect’s body was found in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant in Wilmington Island about 12:50 a.m. Thursday.

Detectives say two men with masks had surprised the employee while he was cleaning the store after closing and forced him at gunpoint into the office, where they took money. When the worker walked outside with his own weapon, police say one of the men pointed a weapon at him and he was shot and killed.

Police response to hostage claim

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say a woman who mistakenly believed she was being held hostage triggered a massive response Thursday by officers wearing body armor and armed with assault rifles.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones says the 19-year-old woman had met some men Wednesday night and returned to a Buckhead residence with them. Jones tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the woman became convinced at some point that she was being held hostage and texted a friend, who called police.

In other news

GEORGIA IS GETTING nearly $5 million from the federal government for making it easier for children to enroll in PeachCare for Kids. Georgia is one of 23 states sharing $296 million in performance bonuses from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

AUTHORITIES SAY heavy drinking led to the death of a 19-year-old Clemson University student Tyler Karolczyk on Nov. 12 at an off-campus apartment.

SAVANNAH CELEBRITY CHEF Paula Deen’s latest book, Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, made the list of the five unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011, released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

– From wire reports


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