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Opening statements set in Ga. shooting trial

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys will deliver opening statements in the trial of a Georgia man who claims he was insane when he shot and killed a toddler's father outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

The arguments in the trial of Hemy Neuman are set for Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Neuman faces life in prison without parole if he's convicted of the November 2010 shooting death of Russell Sneiderman.

Defense attorneys are set to argue he was incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong during the killing.

But investigators likely will seek to prove it was a premeditated shooting that could have been linked to an affair between Sneiderman's wife and Neuman. Her attorney has declined to address those allegations.


Ga. author set to plead guilty to defrauding woman

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia author of a fantasy trilogy who was accused of bilking women out of millions of dollars is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in federal court.

Mitchell Gross' defense attorney Jerry Froelich said his client would plead guilty at a hearing Tuesday to charges related to the scheme.

The 61-year-old was charged last year with bilking a Florida real estate agent he met through an online Jewish dating site into investing about $3 million in a sham company that he secretly controlled. They say he used some of the money to repay another woman who he had bilked out of at least $1.4 million.

Gross writes under the pen names Mitchell Graham and Douglas Alan. His work includes a suspense story called "Circle of Lies."


Gingrich woos with prospect of $2 gallon gas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is dangling the prospect of gas as low as $2 a gallon if he's elected.

The former House speaker has spoken in the past of gas dropping to $2.50 a gallon under a Gingrich administration. Monday's prediction, coming as Gingrich campaigned in Oklahoma, contrasts sharply with rival Rick Santorum, who told an Ohio audience that big-city Americans should brace themselves for $5-a-gallon gas.

Both candidates are citing new sensitivity over rising pump prices to push for relaxed regulation on domestic oil production.

According to AAA's daily fuel gauge, the national average Monday for a gallon of regular gas was $3.56.

Gingrich and Santorum have been highlighting oil exploration in North Dakota and slamming the Obama administration for delaying a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline.


Air Force officer from Georgia killed in African crash

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — The Defense Department says an Air Force officer from Georgia is among four people killed in the crash of military plane in Djibouti (jih-BOO'-tee), Africa.

The military said Monday that 29-year-old Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock of Newnan, Ga. was killed Saturday when the U-28 aircraft crashed.

Whitlock was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

A woman who answered the phone at the home of Whitlock's parents in Newnan declined comment.

Also killed were 30-year-old Capt. Ryan P. Hall of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 26-year-old 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens of Bend, Ore.; and 26-year-old Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten of Upper Marlboro, Md.


Southern Baptist panel recommends add-on to name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel for the Southern Baptist Convention has recommended that its leadership approve a new, add-on description for the denomination, though it wouldn't be a legal name change.

It would be "Great Commission Baptists."

Officials described it as a way to give an official, sanctioned identity to affiliated churches and believers who don't want to use the term "Southern."

SBC President Bryant Wright, has said he is concerned that the "Southern" name is too regional and hinders the faith's effort to expand.

The panel rejected a complete name change, citing the legal costs and difficulties. They also noted the positive associations many hold with the Southern Baptist name, such as its disaster relief organization.


UGA to screen documentary on Tuskegee Airmen

The University of Georgia will hold a screening of a documentary on the role of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

The documentary, called "Double Victory," is the educational companion piece to the movie "Red Tails," both produced by George Lucas and his company, Lucasfilm. It features interviews with UGA's history department head John Morrow.

Morrow, an expert in the history of military aviation, will host a question-and-answer session after the screening.

The event is Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in room 171 of the Miller Learning Center at UGA.

Morrow first joined forces with Lucasfilm in the early 1990s when he provided content for documentaries that accompanied the TV show "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles."


Rose scores 23, Bulls hang on to beat Hawks 90-79

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 23 points in his return from back pain, and the Chicago Bulls beat the struggling Atlanta Hawks 90-79 on Monday.

Rose looked sharp after missing the previous five games, and the Bulls played more like championship contenders after a brutal loss to New Jersey two days earlier. They led by 18 through the first quarter and were up 55-37 at halftime, but found themselves hanging on in the end after a big push by Atlanta.

The Bulls were clinging to an 85-79 lead after a late 3-pointer by Jannero Pargo when Luol Deng nailed a 3 of his own to make it a nine-point game. Rose then buried a turnaround jumper to make it 90-79 with 2:10 remaining as Chicago sent Atlanta to its seventh loss in 10 games.

Pargo provided a big spark off the bench for Atlanta with a season-high 19 points.

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