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ADOPT A PET: Meet Asha

ADOPT A PET: Meet Asha

DECATUR, Ga. - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a "companion" for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

DEKALB | 'Undesirable' businesses not welcome in county

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May stood at a busy intersection Friday evening and pointed to what he called undesirable businesses cluttering up, even endangering, the neighborhood.

"You have a liquor store right here, and behind the liquor store you have a grocery store that sells beer and wine.... You have across the street a gas station that sells beer and wine. On the other side of the intersection you have a drug store that sells beer and wine. You have a proliferation of alcohol outlets" at just that one intersection.

And it's a county-wide problem, he said.

This week the county commission approved May's proposal to limit how many additional "undesirable" businesses will be allowed to move into the county, and where they'll be allowed to move in.

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price PJs for Valentine's Day

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price PJs for Valentine's Day

ATLANTA -- Stumped about what to buy your sweetheart this Valentine's Day?  DealChicken Atlanta is offering a romantic, yet practical idea.

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This offer expires on May 1, 2012.

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Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

Convicted pimp sentenced to 60 years

DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has sentenced a convicted pimp to 60 years in prison.

The jury returned its verdict Friday, finding Erik Djon Ferguson guilty on 16 counts, including pimping and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.

"Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said. "We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law."

Ferguson was allowed to make a statement in court.

CDC | Home births rise nearly 30 percent in U.S.

(USA TODAY) -- The rate of home births in the United States has made a dramatic upturn since 2004, reversing a trend of decline throughout the 1990s, government health officials said Thursday.

Births taking place outside of the traditional hospital setting increased 29 percent between 2004 and 2009, from 0.56 percent of all births to 0.72 percent -- almost 30,000 births -- according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The increase has been driven by non-Hispanic white women," said lead report author Marian MacDorman, a statistician at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "For non-Hispanic white women, home births increased 36 percent."

Although it isn't clear why the rate is increasing, MacDorman thinks it has a lot to do with individual preference.

EMORY | Could Americans face indefinite detention under new law?

ATLANTA -- It may be the biggest controversy you've never heard of.

This year, President Barack Obama signed into law some controversial provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Critics from the far left to the far right are howling mad because of Section 1021, the part that deals with indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects by the military.

And opponents say that "terrorism suspects" could mean you.

Judge hears argument to oust Obama from Georgia ballot

ATLANTA -- Will Georgians be able to vote for President Barack Obama in the March 6th primary?

Right now, that's still up in the air.

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi did not issue following Thursday's hearing where plaintiffs presented a case that Mr. Obama is not a natural-born citizen and therefore ineligible to hold office as President of the Unite States.

Last week, Judge Malihi ordered the President to appear at Thursday's hearing, but his attorney Michael Jablonski said he would not be there. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote to Jablonski on Wednesday that if Obama and his attorney don't show up, "you do so at your own peril."

Neither President Obama not his attorney attended Thursday's hearing.

Jablonski said Mr. Obama has long made his birth certificate and other documents proving his citizenship available to the public.