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Fort reports 3 more flu cases

Three more cases of novel influenza A H1N1 virus at Fort Gordon have been confirmed.

A 50-year-old retiree was examined and tested on July 2 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, received antiviral treatment and recovered at home, according to a news release. A 21-year-old soldier was examined and tested July 4 and was not given medication. A 16-year-old family member was seen on July 4 and was sent home to recover.

None were hospitalized and all three have fully recovered, the release said. The latest cases bring the total number of H1N1 cases at the Army post to 11.

Thieves rob cars of late-night 'Potter' film fans

While moviegoers were watching evil wizards at Regal Augusta Exchange 20 Tuesday night, some even darker forces were breaking into their vehicles in the parking lot.

Three people reported that someone broke the windows to their vehicles and stole car stereos, iPods, digital cameras and other items between Tuesday at 11:40 p.m. and Wednesday at 3:21 a.m., according to Richmond County Sheriff's reports.

Theaters across the area, including Regal Augusta Exchange 20, held sold-out midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince early Wednesday. The total amount of items stolen in all three cases is valued at $2,555.

Broun is top congressional campaign earner

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has raised more money this year for his re-election campaign than any other Georgia congressman.

Mr. Broun has raised $662,000 so far this year, including $390,000 in April, May and June, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

The congressman, whose 10th District represents parts of the Augusta area, is paying bills and retiring debt from past races, spokeswoman Pepper Pennington said.