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  • A test of Georgia’s emergency alert system may have given you cause for concern Thursday morning.  Some may have seen the radiological emergency warning as a notification on their smartphone. Others reported seeing the warning scroll across their TV screens. The Georgia Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said there is no need to worry. It was, after all, only a test.  “You may have received a **TEST** emergency alert this morning regarding a radiological emergency in Georgia,” the agency said on Twitter. “We regularly test our emergency alert systems to ensure they are working properly and this was a ONLY A TEST MESSAGE. There is no radiological emergency.” While Georgians are used to widespread alerts for severe weather events or missing children, several took to Twitter wondering just what would constitute a radiological emergency. According to the National Weather Service, a radiological hazard warning alerts the public to the loss, discovery or release of a radiological hazard.  A warning of that type could be issued if radioactive materials are spilled, like in a traffic accident, or stolen.  Others on Twitter had their own ideas. Some took issue with mixed messaging. One alert read “EAS RADIOLOGICAL HAZARD WARNING THIS IS A TEST TAKE SHELTER!!!!!,” leaving concerned Georgians wondering if they should hunker down or simply turn down the volume on their TVs. The Georgia test was received as far away as Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, according to AL.com. Why the alert went out to surrounding states is unclear, the news site reported. No further information about the test has been released.  
  • A man was killed by an Athens-Clarke County officer after authorities said he brandished a shotgun at police while they were trying to talk to him.  Carlton Steve Brooks, 63, was shot and killed after he answered his door with a shotgun in his hands, authorities said. Athens police called the GBI to investigate the incident. Athens-Clarke police said the fatal police shooting happened about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. Officers were sent to a home on Hull Road on a “peeping Tom” call, the department said in statement. Officers spoke to the victim, who identified a suspect, the department said. The officers went to the suspect’s home, which was also on Hull Road, police said.  According to the GBI, officers knocked on the Brooks’ door and announced themselves. Before answering the door, one of the officers saw a man inside with a weapon, the GBI said. The officers moved back from the door and gave repeated commands to put down the weapon. That’s when Brooks opened the door with the gun in his hands. “Brooks pointed the weapon towards one of the officers, who then fired twice,” the GBI said.  According to the police department, officers administered first aid to the man, and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No officers were harmed in the shooting.  The shooting is the 29th of 2019, according to the GBI, which investigates most officer involved shootings. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally. The department said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave with pay in “accordance with department policy.”  An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab.  This is the 29th officer-involved shooting investigation that the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2019. The last such investigation was opened April 15, when a police chase that started in Alabama ended near Fort Benning.  RELATED: Man shot by deputies after Alabama police chase ends near Fort Benning In other news: 
  • A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 being relocated to California made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Orlando International Airport Tuesday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news  Two pilots were the only people on board the Max 8 plane—which was being relocated to Victorville—when it took off shortly before 3 p.m., according to OIA spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.  Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said the flight's crew 'declared an emergency after the aircraft experienced a reported engine problem while departing.'  Airport operations were not significantly affected by the emergency landing, Fennell said.  Southwest released the following statement:  'Southwest 8701 operating as a ferry flight with no passengers on board returned to Orlando International Airport just before 3pm EDT after Pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff. The Crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport. The flight was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., for short-term storage. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review.' >> Related: Ethiopian Airlines crash: Captain reported issues shortly after takeoff The flight was scheduled to land in Victorville around 5 p.m., flight records show.  The FAA is investigating, officials said.  This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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  • Two police officers were shot and one has died while responding to a report that cars were being broken into in Birmingham, Alabama. The shooting happened at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to police. The officers approached a suspect in the break-ins and began patting him down to see if he was armed, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said at an early morning press conference. It was then that the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing at the officers. One officer, a sergeant, was struck by gunfire and killed, while the other has been taken to UAB Hospital in critical condition, according to police. Police said one of the suspects was taken into custody, while another was injured and taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown. The police department continues to investigate the shooting, and said another person may have been involved. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sent prayers to the officers early Sunday. Birmingham is located in the county. It was just Saturday that 17 people at an apartment complex in Birmingham woke up to their cars broken into, according to ABC affiliate WBMA. It's not clear if the two incidents are related. Smith said the city had been having a recent issue with vehicle thefts as well. ABC News' Will Gretsky contributed to this report.
  • A school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in Mars, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon and landed on its side. >> Read more trending news  Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Other students were taken to area hospitals for a check-up as a precaution. (Original story) Police and emergency responders are on the scene, according to WPXI-TV, and multiple injuries have been reported. At least four people were receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials with the Mars Area School District, who also confirmed 41 students were on the bus at time of the accident.  Here’s the statement the district issued after the accident. “Mars Area School District School Bus #4 was involved in a single vehicle accident on Route 228 at approximately 3 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 24). As per District procedure, 911 was immediately called and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. All students are being examined by emergency medical personnel. Some minor injuries were reported. The District is contacting the parents of all students who were on the bus at the time of the accident directly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.” >> Related: Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says  Mars is located between Pittsburgh and Butler in southern Butler County.
  • Neil Simon, the author of iconic plays such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died Sunday, The Washington Post reported. He was 91. >> Read more trending news  According to TMZ, Simon died at 1 a.m. Sunday morning. His death was announced by his publicist, Bill Evans, The New York Times reported. According to a statement,“Neil Simon the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The cause was complications from pneumonia. “His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.” Simon, who was born in The Bronx, won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Golden Globe Award, The New York Post reported. IKn 1983 a Broadway theater was named after him, making him the only living playwright to have such an honor, the newspaper reported. >> Photos: Notable deaths of 2018 Time magazine once called Simon the “patron saint of laughter.” Simon wrote dozens of plays, the scripts for five musicals and more than 20 screenplays, the Washington Post reported. In the late 1960s and in the mid-1980s, there were four Simon shows playing simultaneously on Broadway, according to the Washington Post. In 1966, those plays were “Sweet Charity,” “The Star-Spangled Girl,” “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” according to Variety. “The Odd Couple” also had success as a film and as a television series, while “Barefoot in the Park” also had a memorable run as a film.
  • A former guard for a labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II has been arrested and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials said early Tuesday. #BREAKING: Early morning release from the White House says ICE has deported a former Nazi labor camp guard who was living in New York City. pic.twitter.com/OxGgcj1qsP — David Charns WMTW (@DavidWMTW) August 21, 2018 Jakiw Palij, 95, of Queens, New York, was believed to be 'the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S.' before he was deported to Germany, ABC News reported. According to an overnight White House news release, Palij worked as an armed guard at the Trawniki labor camp, where 6,000 Jewish prisoners were killed in November 1943. #BREAKING: US deports SS member and concentration camp guard Jakiw Palij to Germany. He just landed in Düsseldorf on board a chartered Gulfstream III. pic.twitter.com/ITfvulytwP — Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) August 21, 2018 Palij, who came to the U.S. in 1949 and gained citizenship eight years later, lied to immigration officials during the naturalization process, hiding his Nazi service by saying he had been a factory and farm worker during the war, the news release said. >> Read more trending news   Decades later, U.S. authorities discovered Palij's past and revoked his citizenship in 2003, the release said.  'Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij,' the press release said. 'To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany and advanced the United States’ collaborative efforts with a key European ally.' Read more here or here.