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Plane parts fall, hit woman’s house

ELLENWOOD, GA. — Federal authorities are investigating after a Boeing 747 on approach to Atlanta’s airport lost parts from its right wing that landed on a woman’s house in Clayton County.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday the China Airlines flight landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after Sunday’s incident. No injuries were reported.

Homeowner Pamela Ware said she’s thankful she survived.

Another piece of the plane landed in front of a Walmart a few miles away.

Deputy told woman to expose herself

COLUMBIA — Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he has fired one of his deputies after he demanded a woman expose herself, then told him he would help her reduce her criminal charges.

Lott said 31-year-old Tracy Stephens also was arrested Thursday and charged with criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office.

The sheriff says Stephens arrested a woman on May 15 for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and simple possession of marijuana charges. After she was booked, investigators say the woman complained that Stephens ordered her to expose herself and touch herself inappropriately.

Lott says Stephens was fired after an internal investigation. He had worked for the sheriff’s department for 18 months.

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SOUTH CAROLINA Attorney General Alan Wilson says he’s gotten calls from tea party groups in Myrtle Beach and Laurens County that sought tax-exempt status and feel they were wrongfully targeted by the Internal Revenue Service.


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