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Dawg fans cash in on Waffle House bet

ATHENS, Ga. -- In the Dawg Nation, we take our victory scattered, smothered, and covered.

University of Georgia fans lined up outside of an Athens Waffle House on Wednesday to cash in on a bet made on last week's football game.

Three Waffle House suppliers made the friendly wager on the outcome of the UGA-Auburn game. The Bulldogs won the game, 34-7.

As payment, fans are receiving free waffles, coffee and hasbrowns through 7 a.m. Thursday at the Waffle House located at 140 West Clayton Street in Athens, Ga.

Friends say Athens man imprisoned in UAE for taking photo will be freed

UPDATE November 17,2014 -- Friends of Dr. Black report that a judge in Abu Dhabi on Monday ordered him freed. They say Dr. Black is expected to leave the prison on Tuesday.

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(WXIA November 5, 2014) -- An Athens, Georgia man remains locked up in a prison 7,500 miles away in United Arab Emirates, apparently for snapping a photograph in a restricted area.

Dr. Robert Alan Black has been in that prison for more than two weeks, and counting.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Investigation continues in Athens murder

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police have expanded their investigation into the death of a young woman whose burned body was found in a car last month.

Police said the victim, 23-year-old Darla Gibbons, most likely knew her killer. Her remains were found Oct. 23 in the 1300 block of Winterville Road.

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Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Christopher Nichols said the investigation has evolved into a multi-county probe. So far, police have interviewed one potential suspect. He was arrested on an unrelated firearms charge out of Greene County.

Man charged in officer shooting says he has PTSD

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A man charged with shooting an Athens police officer with his own gun says he's a former U.S. Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports an attorney for 28-year-old Michael Marcantonio is asking a judge to grant him bond so he can be treated at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. Attorney Edward Tolley says the Clarke County jail, where Marcantonio has been held since Aug. 31, doesn't allow some medications used to treat PTSD.

Officer Michael Ward was shot outside an apartment where a woman reported her ex-boyfriend was trying to get inside. Police say Marcantonio struggled with officers and grabbed Ward's gun in its holster, firing a shot into his hip and thigh. Ward survived and his since returned to duty.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Clarke County's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Burned car with human remains inside found in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Authorities were investigating a burned vehicle with human remains inside, in the 1300 block of Winterville Road in Athens Wednesday afternoon.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were conducing a joint investigation into the incident.

After the scene has been processed, the remains will be taken to the office of the GBI's medical examiner for an autopsy and continued investigation.

Officials did not identify the victim by late Wednesday.