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HIV-infected man’s case is weighed

ATLANTA — A panel of federal judges appeared skeptical Wednesday of the Atlanta police department’s decision to reject a job application from an HIV-infected man.

The 40-year-old man sued the city in 2010, claiming he was denied a police officer job solely because he has the virus. Atlanta attorneys argued there are other officers on the force with HIV, and said the police department does not have a blanket policy disqualifying candidates with the virus.

One of the three judges signaled the lawsuit would likely be sent back to a lower judge to reconsider.

In other news

SOUTH CAROLINA’S only federally recognized Indian tribe should be allowed to offer gambling on its reservation because the state lets casino cruise ships operate off the coast, the tribe said in a lawsuit. The Catawba Indian Nation’s suit filed Tuesday is the tribe’s latest attempt to get gambling on its land.

PROSECUTORS WILL seek the death penalty against Stephen McDaniel, the man charged with murder in the death of Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Gidding. He is set to be arraigned Feb. 7.

AN INITIAL REVIEW of allegations about votes cast under dead people’s names reveals clerical errors and problems with records – but doesn’t indicate fraud, a top elections official told South Carolina legislators Wednesday.

GEORGIA MIGHT BE home to the nation’s newest mega-millionaire. Authorities say a winning ticket was sold in Atlanta for the $71 million Mega Millions jackpot.

– From wire reports

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