Georgia News Roundup
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Explosion leads to fire at south Georgia factory

FITZGERALD, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a factory in south Georgia is on fire after an explosion.

Witnesses report seeing thick, black smoke five miles from the blaze on the east side of Fitzgerald, about 60 miles east of Albany.

WALB-TV reports that the explosion occurred Thursday at Suncoast Bedding.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The company's website states that the plant produces pine shavings to make animal bedding.

Information from: WALB-TV.

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Life is good: Nas on turning 40, film, fellowship

By Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Nas says life has been really great since his 11th album, the critically acclaimed "Life Is Good," was released last year.

The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including best rap album, this year. He was honored with a Harvard University fellowship in his name. And he has a role in an upcoming movie.

"I'm happy with the ride that I'm on," the rapper said in an interview this week. "I'm excited about everything. My music benefits from my excitement right now. Everything that's happening in my life, I feel extremely blessed."

He is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. The fellowship will assist students who excel in the arts "in connection with hip-hop."

Nas said he's working on new music, but he's more eager to see himself in the upcoming adaptation of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," which stars Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. The film opens Nov. 27.

He'll celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday, and he welcomes the jokes.

"It's only been a few jokes here and there, but I need to hear more," he said. "It's all fun."


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US measles tally already among worst in 15 years

By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say 2013 already is one of the worst years for measles in more than 15 years.

Before a vaccine became available about 50 years ago, nearly all children got measles by their 15th birthday. In those days, nearly 500 Americans died from measles each year.

Now, the nation has about 60 cases each year. But so far this year, officials have seen 159 cases. The highest count since the mid-1990s was 222 in 2011.

Most young children are vaccinated against measles. But outbreaks still occur, usually when travelers pick up the measles virus abroad and then spread it among unvaccinated people here.

Nearly all of this year's cases have been traced to travelers.

Online: CDC report:

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Motorcyclist killed in Georgia interstate crash

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist has been killed in a crash with a semitrailer on a metro Atlanta interstate.

Henry County Police say the motorcyclist was heading south on Interstate 75 during the collision with the semitrailer Thursday afternoon in Stockbridge.

Several of the interstate's southbound lanes have been closed and officials say lanes may be blocked through the evening while investigators scour the scene.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear and the driver of the motorcycle hasn't been identified.

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