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September 17, 2018 - 12:00 am

COCA-COLA-CANNABIS

Coca-Cola 'closely watching' cannabis in wellness drinks

The Coca-Cola Company says that it's "closely watching" the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks.

The statement Monday came after reports that the beverage giant was in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a cannabidiol-infused infused beverage.

Coca-Cola and Aurora Cannabis Inc. both declined to confirm the reports by BNN Bloomberg.

Shares of Aurora were up nearly 17 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange on the report.

Coca-Cola says it's eyeing the growing market for health drinks infused with cannabidiol -- or CBD -- but has made no decisions.

The beverage giant's interest is another indication of the growing acceptance of cannabis by established companies.

Spirits maker Constellation Brands bought a minority stake in a Canadian marijuana producer last year.

CHURCH-MARIJUANA BOOTH

Police: 2 held for selling pot edibles on church grounds

(Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police say a woman was openly selling marijuana products during an event at a Georgia church.

The Savannah Morning News reports two arrests were made Friday during an event in which entrepreneurs were invited to set up booths and sell various items.

Authorities in Savannah said all the booths appeared to be operating legally — except one. Undercover narcotics agents bought edible marijuana products they said were being openly sold at one booth. Investigators say they followed 28-year-old Ebony Cooper to another location and ended up arresting her and 26-year-old Leah Pressley on felony drug charges. It's unclear whether they have attorneys who could comment.

Police said an outside vendor hosted the event on church grounds and church officials were unaware of the illegal activity.

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BILLS-MCCOY ALLEGATIONS

Bills' McCoy seeks to have ex-girlfriend's lawsuit tossed

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for LeSean McCoy have asked a judge in Georgia to throw out a lawsuit filed by the former girlfriend of the Buffalo Bills running back.

Delicia Cordon filed a lawsuit last month in Fulton County State Court alleging that McCoy failed to protect her after she was bloodied and beaten by an intruder at a home McCoy owns just outside Atlanta. Cordon also alleged that McCoy would "often brutally beat his dog," and would also "aggressively, physically discipline and beat his young son."

In court filings last week, lawyers for McCoy said there is no basis to hold him responsible for harm Cordon suffered in the home invasion. They also said the lawsuit is filled with unrelated salacious allegations that are meant only to cast McCoy in a bad light.

BOY SHOT-PARENTS CHARGED

Police: Parents charged after son, 3, hurt by gunshot

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com)

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a 3-year-old was shot and wounded and his parents have been charged with offenses including reckless conduct.

Officer Lisa Bender tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that a hospital's staff had contacted police after the boy's parents brought him in with a gunshot wound. She says his father 40-year-old Gilbert Hardy and his mother 28-year-old Sasiya Dixon were both charged and the offenses could be changed as an investigation continues.

Police say the boy is in stable condition. Bender says his parents had taken him to the hospital on Friday.

Hardy was also charged with cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence. Dixon was charged with child cruelty as well.

It's unclear if they have lawyers who could comment.

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FIRE-BIRDS RESCUED

CBirds, puppy rescued from apartments fire near Atlanta

(Information from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbs46.com)

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Several birds and a puppy have been rescued from a fire at an apartment complex near Atlanta.

WGCL-TV cites a tweet from DeKalb County Fire Rescue that says the fire broke out just before 1 a.m., and no one was injured. Eight people were displaced.

Investigators believe the fire began in one unit's kitchen area and spread to three others. All four units sustained significant damage.

Further information hasn't been released.

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ELON MUSK-LAWSUIT

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

A British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a Thai cave is suing Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Vernon Unsworth alleges that Musk falsely accused him on Twitter of being a pedophile.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations.

Musk called Unsworth a "pedo" after Unsworth criticized Musk in a television interview. Musk and SpaceX engineers built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn't used, and Unsworth called it a "PR stunt." Later Musk accused Unsworth of moving to Thailand to be with a bride who was about 12 years old.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

It's not uncommon for death tolls to rise weeks after a natural disaster has hit.

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center raised the death toll to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

It also took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become fully known. That number is still debated today with figures used by different agencies varying by as much as 600 deaths.

President Donald Trump has questioned Puerto Rico's adjusted death toll from the devastating storm last year and said the number rose "like magic."

Disaster experts say realistic death tolls take time.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS

Before and after a storm, the supply stores are critical

MIAMI (AP) — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe's. And many other hardware and building supply outlets.

Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws.

Here's the thing: the government can only do so much. Most people must fend for themselves at some point, and the local hardware or building supply store is where they go. Not everything is available easily online. Try to buy some drywall that way.

"It's a year-round thing for us," said

Margaret Smith, spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Home Depot, says: "When it's hurricane season, we are operating 24 hours a day."

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