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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
We begin tonight with a power outage in East Macon.
Crews work to remove a tree that has taken down power lines on Madison St.
Just before 8 this evening people in Macon heard a loud explosion the tree crashed to the ground.
Madison Street is completely blocked between Woodliff Street and Second avenue.
Crews are not allowing any vehicular traffic.
According to a member of the Macon- Bibb Fire department while crews were working the fallen tree. They came across a gas leak from a business on Riverside Drive and Franklin street. Just one block from Spring Street.
There has been no explosion or accidents from the gas leak but crews block the area for safety.
With the weather this evening it is best to avoid the areas all together.
Travelers in Jones County were held up for over an hour this evening because a tree fell on a car.
The accident happened before 8 this evening and traffic was blocked until the department of transportation could be called to the scene to clear the tree.
The highway has been reopened.
There is still no word on any injuries from this accident.
An overnight train wreck killed people riding in a car.
The accident happened in Toccoa when a car collided with an Amtrak train heading to New Orleans going 60 miles an hour.
The car was hit at an unguarded railroad crossing, flipped into a ravine and caught fire.
One man and two women were in the vehicle and their names will not be released until the family has been notified.
All three were in their 20s and lived in Austell.
No one on the train was injured.
Two communities in Central Georgia search for answers from two devastating fires this week.
The first fire happened at the Pactiv plant in Bibb County near Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
We learned the fire didn't destroy the entire plant.
Firefighters were able to save some areas of the building although the west end was engulfed in flames.
More than 200 employees have been affected by the fire and around 50 temporary workers plan to file for group unemployment.
While people in south Bibb were dealing with smoke from the Pactiv Plant another fire broke out at Southern Perfection Fabrication.
The facility was not in working condition for Friday but according to owner Gordon Hale, workers will still be paid for the day.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA fined the company 54 thousand dollars last year. For 15 health and safety violations that included, "exposing workers to combustible residues and flammable liquids without adequate precautions to prevent fires and explosions."
Last year Hale told us, the complaints came from an employee who was fired for stealing and the company addressed the violations before the fines were given and they had hired a safety coordinator.
We spoke with byron fire chief J.D Mosby today.
He says state officials postponed their investigation in Byron and it remains open.
Mosby says state officials are still handling the Pactiv investigation but have been hampered because of the weather.
He expects them to return to Byron on Monday.
It was a deadly day for Americans in Afghanistan.
A total of seven U-S soldiers died in two separate attacks today.
The Taliban is claiming responsibility for at least one of them.
Ines Ferre has the latest from New York.
CBS News has learned five U-S service members died when their Stryker armored vehicle, similar to this one, hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
The explosion happened Saturday in a volatile part of Kandahar province.
In a separate incident in Western Afghanistan - two more Americans died when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on them in a so called insider attack. (MAP OUT)
U-S soldiers and other members of the International Security Assistance Force are training Afghans to take over security of their own nation.
The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the second attack.
In the last week - the group announced it has launched a spring offensive targeting foreign troops.
More than 30 Americans have died in Afghanistan so far this year.
But, a spokesman for the U-S led coalition says attacks on foreign troops won't derail the mission.
BRIGADIER GENERAL GUNTER KATZ/SPOKESMAN FOR ISAF: "THIS WILL NOT HAVE AN EFFECT ON OUR OVERALL CAMPAIGN; WE STAY COMMITTED AND WILL STAY COMMITTED IN THIS COUNTRY TO SUPPORT THE AFGHANS."
All foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country by the end of next year.
Officials say there was a third attack this one in northern Afghanistan.
One coalition service member was killed, it is not clear what country he was from.
A plant in Texas exploded last month, injuring more than 200 hundred people and leaving 14 others dead.
One lawyer from a lawsuit against the owners says the company is only insured for up to one million dollars in liability.
An insurance industry group estimates that the damage from the explosion is up to one hundred million dollars.
And an attorney from the U-S Fire Insurance Company in New Jersey confirms the insurance liability for the West Texas fertilizer plant is only one million.
The company has left no response at the moment.
Legal authorities place intense pressure on three detained friends of one boston marathon bomber and the widow of the other.
Federal agents follow the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-lun tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) when she leaves her parents' Rhode Island home.
Experts say they are not only trying to see if the widow, Katherine Russell and the friends could be blamed as well but also to force them to give any information they know on the brothers or a larger plot.
Lawyers for the widow say she is talking to the agents and lawyers for the students say their clients had no idea about the plot.
Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR') Tsarnaev friends face more than five years in prison for charges related to covering up his activities.
The president took a trip to Costa Rica where he pledged to improve trading ties with Latin America.
Air force one Landed back at Andrews air force base tonight wrapping up a three day tour by the president in the south american country.
The President stated that strong economic ties with the Americas leads to more jobs in the U-S.
His statements were strengthened by the recent job numbers and he called for trade and economic cooperation with the country's neighbors to the south a move he says was put in place 50 years ago during the Kennedy Administration.
President Obama: "To see how much progress has been made, both in the region and the ties between the United States and Central America indicates that President Kennedy's vision was sound. And it also speaks to the importance of us continuing to build these kinds of networks of relationships for the future."
Immigration and improving border security were also high topics of his speech.
If you heard gun fire .and cannons in Jones County today it was probably from the Civil War re-enactment in Old Clinton.
Hundreds of Central Georgians took to the battlefield dressed in Confederate and Union uniforms.
But you didn't have to be in uniform to join people from the 21st century watched the re-enactment.
Some participants view this as an opportunity to have fun but also to understand how these soldiers lived during those times.
Earl Colvin, Confederate Soldier: "Well it's just the opportunity to portray a living history of people who lived in this area try to get an understanding of how their lives might have been how they might have been affected."
If you missed the re-enactment you can still catch it tomorrow.
It's open to the public at 9 am and you can catch the battle around 2:00 pm.
The Air Force Reserve Band played their last tune tonight.
The band was eliminated after a series of budget cuts.
In two performances at Mercer University the band was joined by the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The Air Force says airmen currently assigned to the band will be reassigned to other active duty bands.
Some people still enjoy flipping through the pages of a book.
Hundreds of them were at the Georgia National Fairgrounds over the weekend looking for a bargain read.
Friends of the Library set up shop for the 9th year...
Offering 90 thousand books in dozens of genres.
Chapter President, Georgette Lipford says the sale takes the help of 25 volunteers.
They work several months planning and pricing items.
Lipford says the last day of the sale brought in a crowd of over 600 people for half priced Saturday.
Georgette Lipford; President, Houston County Friends of the Library: "This is probably the biggest crowd we've had so far and they know they're in for bargains when they come and they're going out of here by the cartful."
Donna Vandersall, Perry: "We usually leave here with two or three boxes of books. For the price of one hardback you get in a bookstore you can get two boxes here."
There are plenty of books leftover from the book sale.
Those books are expected to sell in the Friends of the Library book store starting in September.
Profits will help Houston County libraries buy books.
This is the big weekend for the Georgia State fair.
Families showed up under cloudy skies, refusing to let the chill keep them off the rides.
This year, the fair will have a shorter schedule.
You can stop in from 10 a.m. through midnight tonight, noon through midnight Sunday.
Tickets are 7 dollars for adults, 6 for seniors and kids 5 through 12.
Little ones four and under get in free.
And there is no charge for parking.
The district attorney in San Francisco calls on major companies in Silicon Valley to create new technology for a "kill switch".
This would quickly disable smartphones worthless in case they are stolen.
According to the International Data Corporation, almost one hundred and 75 million cellphones were sold the past year in the U-S which accounts for 69 billion dollars in sales.
The FCC says almost one third of all nationwide robberies involve mobile phones.
They plan to launch a national database to track cellphones this fall.
That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here for weekend mornin at 7 a.m.
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We'll see you tomorrow.