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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

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Local Cuban Americans welcomed renewed relations


ATLANTA – The announcement that the United States is working to normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years came as welcome news to Cuban Americans in metro Atlanta.

11Alive's Donna Lowry was at Havana restaurant as President Barack Obama said the U.S. would reopen its embassy in Cuba and end an "outdated approach" to the nation.

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Underground Atlanta sold to WRS Inc.


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the sale of Underground Atlanta Wednesday morning.

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The buyer is WRS Inc., a real estate investment firm based in Mount Pleasant, S.C. near Charleston. The city sold the property for $25.8 million. The iconic property that is adjacent to the Five Points MARTA Station.

The plan is to develop the upper levels of the property into a mixed-used complex that includes retail and hundreds of housing units.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta to ring in 2015 with Noon Year’s Eve Ball

Children’s Museum of Atlanta to ring in 2015 with Noon Year’s Eve Ball

ATLANTA – 10…9…8…7… The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is counting down to the “noon year” for 2015!

On Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11:30 a.m., families are invited to celebrate with the fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball! Children can join the Museum’s very own Princess and Prince as they ring in the “noon year,” followed by a celebratory dance party!

Due to the popularity of Noon Year’s Eve, guests are asked to plan accordingly. General advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to ensure entrance into the Museum. Members interested in visiting the Museum should reserve tickets online. Space is limited to a first come basis for the Noon Year’s Eve program, so families are encouraged to arrive early.

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APD: Detective bounced checks to cops


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta Police have disciplined a veteran narcotics detective for operating what documents called an "illegal security company." The detective ran afoul of APD after her company bounced payment checks to other Atlanta cops, documents show.

Investigator Shannon Durham called her company S&S Off Duty Consulting Group. In 2014, it began providing security for Children's Health Care at Hughes Spalding, which is adjacent to Grady Hospital downtown. Her company had also tapped into an ongoing demand for uniformed, off-duty police and sheriff's deputies, who supplement their incomes by doing private security.

"Unfortunately, our officers feel like they have to work the extra jobs to maintain the lifestyle they choose to live," said APD chief George Turner.

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will graduate Class #237 Tuesday evening.

The class of brand new officers consists of 21 men and three women. All 24 graduates concluded 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy -- including arrest techniques, physical fitness and classroom courses -- and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

They will officially become members of the Atlanta Police Department during a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. Robin Loudermilk Jr., CEO of the Loudermilk Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

Three of the graduates have military backgrounds, while nine have college degrees, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Mercedes-Benz eyes Atlanta for U.S. headquarters


German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is considering relocating its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from New Jersey, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned.

MBUSA is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.

In Montvale, N.J., Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) occupies about 141,000 square feet of office space on about 37 acres, where it employs more than 500.

MBUSA has not made any announcement on this subject, spokesman Rob Moransaid. "As a matter of policy, the company does not comment on rumor or speculation," Moran said.