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Facebook, the social networking giant launched deals program Tuesday in five cities in the United States.

Man catches sky fireball on camera

Clarkston, Ga. -- A Georgia man who used his video camera to record what appears to be a fireball rocketing across the sky said he does not know what the object was.

Charsign Raymond, 39, of Clarkston, said he was visiting a friend west of downtown Stone Mountain when the friend's wife arrived home and announced there was something strange in the sky, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Raymond said he used his video camera to capture video of the object, which appeared as a ball of fire falling toward the ground.

The DeKalb County Police Department said it received no reports about the mystery object.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Teens accused of councilwoman burglary

Atlanta -- Police in Atlanta said they arrested four teenagers for crimes including the burglary of a city councilwoman's house.

Investigators said the two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds were arrested after police received a call about a suspicious vehicle and the teens were found in the car with some stolen property belonging to Councilwoman Cleta Winslow, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday.

Police said three of the juveniles, whose names were not released, are believed to have gang affiliations.

Winslow, who said she has been preparing to host a crime awareness workshop at police headquarters, said her home was burglarized while she slept Saturday. She said stolen items included her ID and a plasma-screen TV.

NHL: Atlanta 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 (OT)

Atlanta -- Dustin Byfuglien's overtime goal 90 seconds into the extra frame Sunday provided the difference in Atlanta's 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

The winning play was set up when Tobias Enstrom sent Byfuglien a pass in the high slot. The big winger glided toward the net and unleashed a wrist shot past Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.

Nik Antropov got Atlanta's other goal.

Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 28 shots for the victors.

The Islanders, meanwhile, set a franchise record with their 13th straight loss. The team hasn't won since a 3-2 overtime decision over Tampa Bay Oct. 21.

DiPietro made 33 saves for the Islanders and Michael Grabner got their only goal.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Blitzer will appear on Soul Train Awards

New York -- CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer will make a special presentation at the 2010 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta, television officials said.

The 2010 Soul Train awards ceremony will be held Nov. 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, and will be broadcast on Centric and BET at 9 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will host the program, and musical legends Anita Baker and Ron Isley will be honored for their musical careers.

Blitzer will be joined by radio legends Steve Harvey, Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden, and musical heavyweights Doug E. Fresh, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Slick Rick, Ginuwine, Janelle Monae, Kid Capri and others.

Giant panda gives birth at Zoo Atlanta

Atlanta -- The giant panda at Zoo Atlanta has given birth to a cub after about six hours in labor, officials said.

The panda, Lun Lun, is a mom for the third time, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Immediately after giving birth, Lun Lun scooped up the checkbook-sized baby and started bathing it, the report said.

Lun Lun's first delivery in 2006 required 36 hours of labor, while her second birth, in 2008, took nine hours.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

NHL: Buffalo 4, Atlanta 1

Atlanta -- Ryan Miller took a shutout into the third period Wednesday and Buffalo ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Atlanta.

The Sabres won their season-opening game in Ottawa on Oct. 8, then struggled on offense while going through their five straight setbacks -- four of which came at home.

Buffalo had scored fewer than two goals a game coming into its meeting with Atlanta, but outshot the Thrashers 42-18 and took the lead for good 5:03 into the contest on a goal by Tyler Ennis.

Tyler Myers and Cody McCormick both scored for Buffalo during the opening 3 minutes of the second period.

Ironing hostage suspect indicted

Villa Rica, Ga. -- A Georgia man who allegedly held his mom hostage for refusing to iron his clothes has been indicted on aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges.

Robert Edward Tyrrell, 29, of Villa Rica was indicted by a Carroll County grand jury for allegedly using a rifle to hold his mother hostage for 6 hours when she refused to iron his clothes in June, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

"He wanted her to do some ironing, and when she said 'no,' they got into an argument," Sgt. Marc Griffith with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said of the start of the incident. "He told her 'ironing is woman's work.'"

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Evidence of ancient antibiotic use found

Atlanta -- The making of antibiotics, officially dated to 1928 and the discovery of penicillin, was common practice more than 1,400 years ago, U.S. researchers say.

An Emory University anthropologist and a medicinal chemist say chemical analysis of the bones of ancient Nubians shows they regularly consumed tetracycline, most likely in beer, a university release said Wednesday.

Anthropologist George Armelagos and chemist Mark Nelson published their study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Armelagos, a bioarcheologist and expert on prehistoric and ancient diets, said he discovered what appeared to be traces of tetracycline in human bones from Nubia, in present-day Sudan, dated between 350 and 550.

MLB: Colorado 5, Atlanta 2

Denver -- Jorge De La Rosa scattered six hits over seven innings Tuesday while leading the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 victory over Atlanta.

Working off a 2-0 cushion after one inning, thanks to Carlos Gonzalez's 21st home run, De La Rosa (5-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven before turning the ball over to Matt Belisle. Huston Street finished up, earning his 12th save.

Seth Smith had a solo home run for the Rockies, who have won three straight games. Dexter Fowler drove in a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning with a single.

Atlanta's Alex Gonzalez hit his 21st home run of the season in the second inning and drove in the Brave's other run with a single in the seventh.