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Man gets life in officer slayings

DECATUR, GA. A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the killing of two DeKalb County police officers in 2008.

The DeKalb County District Attorney’s office says William Woodard was sentenced Friday in the deaths of police officers Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant. Woodard claimed that he fatally shot two police officers in self-defense.

Prosecutors say the officers, who were working as off-duty security officers, were approaching a car when Woodard got out and began shooting.

Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against Woodard.

Counties sue over predatory lending

ATLANTA — Three Georgia counties are suing a British bank, claiming that predatory lending harmed property owners as the housing market collapsed.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties filed the lawsuit Thursday against London-based HSBC in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The lawsuit alleges that HSBC and its affiliates abused minority borrowers by putting them into mortgages they couldn’t afford, or gouging consumers with high-priced loans and high fees when they might have qualified for cheaper mortgages.

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POLICE SAY A DRIVER has been cited for driving too fast for conditions after striking and killing a pedestrian on a downtown Columbia street. Authorities said 54-year-old Alton Floyd Jr. was hit about 7 a.m. Friday and died at the hospital. Police say the driver had the green light as Floyd tried to cross.


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Charges for sex offender

A man convicted of sex charges in Columbia County, who then went to prison for child molestation in south Georgia is back behind bars.
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