Eyewitness News at 11:00; November 25, 2012

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This is Eyewitness News at 11.
Thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at eleven. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

 

A brush woods fire in Dooley County contributed to drift smoke in the surrounding counties this afternoon.
According to an operator with the Georgia Forestry Commission the fire... Reported off of Hawkinsville Road burned at least a hundred acres....
And even though the fire has been contained... Smoke could linger through the night.
No injuries or structural damage was reported.

 

Several Wal-mart employees from Lithonia are suspended for allegedly beating a shoplifter to death.
The workers followed a man suspected of stealing DVD players from the Atlanta area store out into the parking lot around 1:30 this morning.
When police arrived they found the employees on top of the man and the suspected shoplifter was unresponsive and bleeding from the nose and mouth.
He was later pronounced dead at DeKalb Medical-Hillandale hospital.
Officials are investigating the incident.

 

A Valdosta State college freshman from the Atlanta metro area, will be laid to rest next week.
17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin was found dead on campus last Sunday.
Police say her body was found on a couch in a dorm.
An autopsy suggests foul play was involved but details have not been released.
Valdosta State Police tell us they are reviewing surveillance video.

 

The University of Georgia is taking on a new strategic plan that includes more spending on research but how they'll pay for it is unknown.
The Athens Banner Herald reports the new plan aims to hire researchers and also calls for new and renovated buildings, increased graduate enrollment and more compensation for graduate workers.
The University will get about $389 million this year in state funding. That's $53 million less than a decade ago.
Increases in tuition and fees should make up for the lost revenue and help pay for an increasing budget.
Jerome Legge, an associate in academic planning for the university says the strategic plan is a blueprint for where the school wants to go.

 

Planes are the only thing going on the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Today was the last day of an annual train exhibit.
The display features sets of model trains. Everything from Thomas the Tank Engine to freight trains. All put together by the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club. One of the models is a replica of a train line that traveled through Macon at one time and today was it's last day on the model train tracks before saying goodbye.
Gene Anderson/ Middle Ga Model Railroad Club: "On the middle track of the three, there's a train called the Nancy Hanks, and it's a model of an actual train a passenger train that ran here in this part of Georgia, and the gentleman that owns it has sold it to a collector who is going to take it someplace else."
The train exhibit run every year and most of the models you see are around 80 to 100 times smaller than the real thing.

 

 

Congress returns this week without much public evidence of real progress on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Athena Jones reports.
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS EXPRESSED OPTIMISM SUNDAY ABOUT THE PROSPECTS FOR REACHING A DEAL TO AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF.
A SERIES OF TAX INCREASES AND SPENDING CUTS NEXT YEAR THAT COULD DO SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY.
THEY ALSO SOUNDED WARNINGS.
We can and must get an agreement. Otherwise, I think first of all, the markets are going to start reacting.
It's not a done deal. It's not a certainty. If Congress does nothing, which Congress has gotten pretty good at doing these days, we'll go over the fiscal cliff.
STAFFERS HAVE BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIND COMMON GROUND TO PREVENT ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS LAWMAKERS SAY SHOULD CONCERN EVERYONE.
I think you should be worried if you've got a defense job but we all ought to be worried whether we're dependent upon other aspects of the federal budget. Whether we're worried about the regulation of our food safety. Whether we're worried about our borders being secure. Whether we're worried about FBI being supported.
A KEY STICKING POINT IS WHAT TO DO ABOUT TAXES.
DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT WANT TO RAISE TAX RATES FOR THE WEALTHY.
REPUBLICANS DON'T -- THOUGH MORE ARE NOW BREAKING WITH ANTI-TAX CRUSADER GROVER NORQUIST, WHO HAD GOTTEN A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS TO PLEDGE NOT TO SUPPORT ANY EFFORT TO RAISE TAXES.
I'm willing to generate revenue. It's fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table, we're below historic averages, I will not raise tax rates to do it, I will cap deductions. I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.
IT'S NOT YET CLEAR WHEN LAWMAKERS AND THE PRESIDENT WILL MEET NEXT.
AND A FINAL DEAL COULD STILL BE A LONG WAY OFF.
We rarely see the Hill and the White House make decisions early. So I would be pleasantly surprised to see a deal come earlier than the end of the year but we'll see.
THIS WEEK JUST MIGHT BRING THE PARTIES ONE STEP CLOSER.

 

 

Egypt's President is trying to reassure his country his recently expanded powers are just temporary.
But the divide among Egyptians appears to be widening - with factions both for and against President Morsi staging more vocal protests.
A teenage protestor was killed - the first death in three days of demonstrations.
Ines Ferre reports from New York.
PROTESTORS CLASHED WITH POLICE IN CENTRAL CAIRO --- FIGHTING WITH ROCKS AND TEAR GAS CANISTERS.
EARLIER, THEY CHANTED "MOHAMED MORSI IS ILLEGITIMATE.
DEMONSTRATORS ARE CONTINUING A SIT-IN IN TAHRIR SQUARE, ANGERED OVER THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT EXPANSION OF POWERS.
THIS MAN SAYS MORSI'S RULE IS WORSE THAN THE REGIME OF TOPPLED LEADER HOSNI MUBARAK.
EGYPTIAN JOURNALISTS JOINED THE RALLY - REJECTING WHAT THEY CALL A "CORRUPT DECLARATION."
PRESIDENT MORSI RELEASED A STATEMENT SUNDAY, TRYING TO REASSURE THE PEOPLE HIS DECREE IS ONLY TEMPORARY.
HUNDREDS DEMONSTRATED IN SUPPORT OF THE DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT.
Nader Omran/FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTY SPOKESMAN: "He's trying to take care of the country. He's trying to secure stability for the country."
LAWYERS IN ALEXANDRIA ALSO RALLIED ON MORSI'S BEHALF. THEY'RE OPPOSING THE INFLUENTIAL JUDGES' CLUB, WHICH CALLED FOR A NATIONWIDE STRIKE.
LAWMAKERS IN THE UNITED STATES SAY WHILE THEY APPRECIATE MORSI'S HELP BROKERING THE RECENT CEASEFIRE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS --- HIS ACTIONS RAISE CONCERNS.
Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona: "To assume this kind of power is unacceptable to the United States of America."
Sen. Carl Levin/(D-MI) Chairman, Senate Armed Services Cmte: "We do not, obviously, want to see a democratically elected autocrat take the place of a undemocratically elected dictator, which was the case before that."
OPPOSITION AND SUPPORT GROUPS ARE PLANNING COMPETING RALLIES IN CAIRO TUESDAY - AT LOCATIONS LESS THAN A MILE APART.
THAT COULD SET THE STAGE FOR MORE VIOLENCE.
Egypt's benchmark stock index fell ten percent in the first trading session since Morsi's decree.

 

 

Everyday you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family but when those products don't work the way they should. The company issues a recall to protect you.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores are recalling their Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kit because Magnets holding the pumpkin shell pieces together can become loose, posing an ingestion hazard to young children.
No incidents have been reported.
The turkey craft kits were sold exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores nationwide from August of this year to last month for around eight dollars.
For more information call (888) 739-4120.
Elephantito is recalling their Girl's pajamas because they fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear posing a burn hazard.
No incidents were reported.
The pajamas were sold at children's boutiques and specialty stores nationwide and online from August 2008 to September 2011 for around forty-five dollars.
For more information call (888) 776-9541.
Hunter Douglas Fabrication is recalling their custom cellular and pleated window coverings because the cords inside the breakaway cord stop were tied in a single knot which can prevent the cord stop from functioning... As designed to break away and a child can become entangled in a cord loop.
No incidents were reported.
The window coverings were sold by Hunter Douglas dealers nationwide from January 2011 through August 20-12 for around 240 dollars and up.
For more information call (800) 997-2389.
That's it for this week's recall wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website 13WMAZ dot com.
Look for the Features drop down menu on the homepage and select recalls.

 

Police in Canada have recovered a large portion of the toys stolen from a Salvation Army warehouse in Toronto.
The stash was discovered in a warehouse west of Toronto on Friday.
Police say there were enough strollers, cribs and baby toys in the building to fill three tractor trailers.
It was earlier this week that an internal audit revealed that two-million dollars worth of toys had vanished from one of the charity's warehouses.
Police believe the theft was gradual, happening over a two-year period.
No charges have been filed so far but the charity has fired the executive director of that warehouse.

 

 

Cyber Monday.... the biggest online shopping day of the year starts in a couple of hours.
A survey of retailers finds that more than ever will offer Cyber Monday deals, aiming for the 72 million Americans who say they'll do some holiday shopping from the office this year.
So, when shopping on line here are some tips:
Confirm a website is secure before entering any information. Look for an "S" after "H-T-T-P" in the U-R-L.
-- Paying with a credit card will offer more protections than debit.
Check statements regularly to make sure the only charges are ones you've made.
-- And keep record of order confirmations and receipts, with a designated folder in your inbox or with an app like "slice."
Speaking of apps, retailers officially adopted the "Cyber Monday" moniker in 2005, and seven years later, it may be time for a name change, with a boom in mobile and consumers shopping from smartphones and tablets.
A reminder for those who shop on the go --
- Don't use public wi-fi, only secure connections.
- Lock devices with a password so data is protected even when your phone is out of your hands.
And work within apps from trusted sources.
Adding another incentive for Cyber Monday shopping, the National Retail Federation says about four-in-ten retailers will offer free shipping, with no conditions attached.

 

It's official, an unlikley artist bumps Justin Beiber from the top spot among YouTube viewers.
South Korean rapper PSY now claims the top spot on YouTube.
Over the weekend, the "Gangnam Style" video surpassed Justin Beiber's "Baby" as the most watched clip on the site 813 million views in just four months.
It took Beiber more than two years for his video to hit the 800 million mark.
It's quite a feat, since Beiber was discovered on the site.
The dance has become an international sensation since it was released in July.
Last month, the 34-year old was awarded the Guinness World Record for the "most liked" "YouTube" video.

 

That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin.
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com.
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