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December 2012 Archives

Who knew kids' jeans could potentially be deadly? Michigan company Meijer Distribution has recalled infant and toddler jeans sold under its Falls Creek Kids label, according to Channel 2 Action News.

According to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a snap on the front of the jeans can come loose and fall off, allowing toddlers to choke on it. More than 140,000 pairs of pants have been recalled as a result.

Last week, Clayton County Police Officer Michael Hooks was run over by a pickup truck while responding to a call. Thomas Paige, the alleged driver, fled on foot and became the subject of a manhunt.

Paige was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Duluth, Channel 2 Action News reports. Now, in addition to criminal charges, Paige could potentially face a personal injury lawsuit brought by Officer Hooks.

Three people were killed early Wednesday when a tractor trailer rolled on Interstate 75 near Cartersville, Fox 5 News reports.

According to authorities, the driver of the tractor trailer drifted onto the left shoulder of the highway and hit a guardrail, killing two people in the truck. A second tractor trailer driven by 58-year-old Hugh Duling III then crashed into the wreckage. Duling was killed in the accident.

It takes a certain type of person to teach special needs children. Melanie Pickens apparently isn't that type of person.

The former teacher is accused of abusing five special needs students at Hopewell Middle School in Milton from 2004 to 2007, Channel 2 Action News reports. Pickens has been indicted on child cruelty charges, but she may face civil suits from her victims as well.

On Tuesday, 5-year-old Robert Love was killed when he was hit by a car while walking home from school, CBS Atlanta reports.

The problem is that witnesses gave conflicting accounts about who actually hit the boy. So far, a FedEx delivery driver has been questioned in the case. If it turns out that the driver is to blame, FedEx could be the target of a wrongful death suit.

It's the most hectic time of year for air travel. Flight delays, cancellations, and lost baggage are just a few of the obstacles travelers are sure to face this holiday season.

While it may not seem like it at times, travelers do have rights. The U.S. Department of Transportation has made sure of that by enacting new rules protecting airline passengers. Here are some of the most important rights you should know about:

In recent years, chicken nuggets have been the subject of a lot of scorn, especially among foodies. While nuggets are often said to contain chicken innards and pink slime-type substances, plastic is usually not a rumored ingredient.

Suzanna's Kitchen, a Duluth company, could change that. The company is recalling 35,800 pounds of chicken nuggets and patties that may contain pieces of plastic, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Amusement parks aren't all fun and games. You'd be surprised how often guests are seriously injured.

Just last month, for instance, 8-year-old Jillian Thomas of Alpharetta was injured when a dolphin bit her hand at SeaWorld Orlando, CNN reports.

The amusement park insists it gave its guests adequate warning about the dangers of feeding the dolphins. But Jillian's parents claim otherwise.

Finch Elementary School in southwest Atlanta was evacuated Monday after a carbon monoxide leak was detected.

At least 49 people, mostly students, were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. However, the injuries could have been avoided. There were no carbon monoxide detectors installed in the school, Atlanta Fire Battalion Chief Todd Edwards said.