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Posted: 9:19 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013

Teen Killed Playing Chicken With Train; Gunfire at Mother's Day Parade  

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051213 ATLANTA: The New Faith Full Gospel Church that was hit with vandalism on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013.
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Bystanders comfort a shooting victim while awaiting EMS at Frenchmen and N. Villere streets in New Orleans.

By Veronica Waters

A teen dies playing chicken with a train in Rome, Georgia--and he may have been imitating a prank he saw online. Internet videos show teenagers playing chicken with trains, and that's how 17-year-old Malik Johnson was killed early Sunday. He was in a group of six friends who were lying on the tracks, daring each other to jump at the last minute. This time, Malik apparently waited too long to jump off--and was sucked back in by the Norfolk Southern freight train.

Copper thieves gut a tiny southeast Atlanta church, ripping out pipes and wiring--and leaving the New Faith Full Gospel Church unusable for its 50 members. The Mother's Day devastation left the Jonesboro Road church without electricity or water, and now the pastor worries that the little church will lose its insurance coverage. This is its fourth burglary in eight years.

Police in New Orleans are looking at surveillance video and questioning witnesses in hopes of tracking down the gunmen who opened fire during a Mother's Day parade. Nineteen people were wounded Sunday, three of them seriously. Two of the injured are 10-year-old kids. Police don't know if the three suspects seen running away were shooting at each other, or firing at someone in the crowd.

The TSA is investigating a woman's claim that a bomb-sniffing dog bit her at the Atlanta airport. Susan Dubitsky says she was waiting for her sister's flight when the dog and its handler walked by. She claims the dog lunged at her, biting her stomach--and then tried to bite her again when the officer came back to check on her. Dubitsky says she did nothing to provoke the animal, but says, "It just didn't like me."

The GBI says investigators have recovered evidence linked to the disappearance and murder of a 19-year-old Middle Georgia State College student. They won't elaborate on what it is, but say it was found near the home of the suspect charged, 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison. Jmaal Malik Keyes, a 19-year-old college freshman from Austell, was last seen on the school's Cochran campus April 25. Keyes and Rolison reportedly knew each other, but no motive has been released and police aren't saying what the cause of death might have been. Keyes' body has not been found.

For two weeks, residents of Valley Springs, California were on edge as police searched for the intruder that a 12-year-old boy said had killed his eight-year-old sister. Over the weekend, police arrested that boy and charged him with the girl's murder. Officers have not yet revealed what led them to charge the child.

O.J. Simpsonwill have a new offensive line when he heads into the legal arena today to seek a new trial in his armed robbery-kidnapping case. The new legal team hopes to convince a judge that Simpson's previous lawyer shouldn't have been handling the case because he had a personal interest in preventing himself from being identified as a witness to the crimes and therefore misled Simpson.

Republicans in Congress say they're angry about the disclosure that employees at the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative tea party political groups for tougher scrutiny of possible violations of their tax-exempt status. The agency blames lower-level employees -- but the draft of a watchdog report that's due out in the next week says high-level officials there were aware as early as 2011.

There are three women, a Hispanic and an African-American on the Supreme Court -- but when they hear cases argued before them, there isn't as much diversity among the lawyers. In the roughly 75 hours of arguments heard since October, just one African-American lawyer appeared, and that was for just over 11 minutes. Hispanic lawyers -- there were four of them -- argued for a total of an hour and 45 minutes. And women represented about 17 percent of the lawyers arguing before the court.

Analysts say some Americans could be paying hundreds of dollars a month for prescriptions under President Barack Obama's new health care law. They say states that are trying to keep premiums low are allowing insurers to charge patients a hefty share of the cost of expensive medicines known as "specialty drugs."

The KISS 104 weather forecast: sunny, high of 70.

Veronica Waters

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Veronica Waters is an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB. She is also the staff expert on legal affairs and the courts.

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