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Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:


(eight, zero, one)

Younger white and Hispanic women more likely to get lung cancer than men, study finds

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer, with an estimated 154,050 deaths projected for 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. Unfortunately, some groups are more likely to be diagnosed than others.

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Researchers from the NCH and American Cancer Society recently conducted a study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to find out. 

For the assessment, they examined lung cancer data of adults aged 30 to 54 from 1995 to 2014. They gathered information on sex, race or ethnic group, age, year of diagnosis and year of birth.

While previous research revealed men were more likely to be diagnosed, the new data suggests otherwise.

>> Related: High-risk smokers aren’t getting tested for lung cancer, study suggests

Overall, men were still more likely than women to have lung cancer when all races and ages were combined, but researchers noticed new patterns after closely assessing the different age and race groups.

Younger white and Hispanic women born since 1965 are now more likely to have lung cancer than white and Hispanic men, the researchers found. 

For example, incidence rates for white women surpassed white men in nearly every age group examined. Rates of lung cancer among white women aged 40 to 44 went from 12 percent lower than men during the 1995-1999 period to 17 percent higher during the 2010-2014 period.

>> Related: Immune therapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

For black and Asian groups, the women rates inched closer to those of the men but did not exceed them.

In a statement, researchers said they were surprised by the results. While they are still exploring why the switch has occurred, they noted smoking patterns did not explain the change. 

“While prevalence of smoking among men and women has converged over the past several decades, smoking prevalence among women has still generally not exceeded that of men,” lead author Ahmedin Jemal said. “We do not believe sex differences in smoking behavior explain our finding of a gender crossover.”

>> Related: This new cancer 'vaccine' completely wipes out tumors in mice — and human trials are on the way

On the other hand, they do believe women more than men may be more susceptible to the health hazards of cigarette smoking. They explained that women may also be more likely to get lung cancer even after they quit smoking, but more research needs to be done. 

Park Service: Rising sea levels threaten some Georgia parks

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study by the National Park Service found that rising sea levels threaten some national park land in Georgia.

Among them: Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast, a fort near Savannah and another fort on St. Simons Island.

The park with the highest future water levels in Georgia is Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah, WABE Radio reported.

A tide gauge at Fort Pulaski shows that water levels have risen there by about a foot (30 centimeters) per century.

By the end of the century, the ocean could be between a foot and a half (46 centimeters) to more than two feet (61 centimeters) higher there, putting at least part of the park underwater, the report found.

Researchers say that storm surges could raise water levels even more.

"We saw this during hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma, that Fort Pulaski received significant amounts of flooding," said Clark Alexander, director of UGA's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

Alexander, who was not involved in the study, said the National Park Service report underestimates the effects from storms, because it doesn't also look at wind-driven waves on top of storm surges.

"It's really the waves that do all the damage," he said. "That's what's pounding against your house, and that's what's beating against structures, and taking that floating boat that's ripped loose from its moorings and smashing it into your storefront."

Fort Frederica National Monument, which is on St. Simons Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore would see water levels go up nearly the same amount, but they are at higher elevations than Fort Pulaski, so they're less susceptible to sea level rise, Alexander said.

The study will be helpful to park managers who need to plan for the future, said Sarah Barmeyer, senior managing director of conservation programs at the National Parks Conservation Association.

Barmeyer said she was happy to see the release of the report, which acknowledges climate change and humans' contributions to it, but she'd like to see the Park Service doing more to prepare for climate change.

"Unless we begin to seriously address it, future generations will experience vastly diminished national parks," she said.


Information from: WABE-FM,

Savannah to use goats to clear vegetation

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A goat's ability to chew and maintain public property at the same time will be getting a test run in Savannah this summer, when the city will use the animals to clear hard-to-reach vegetation.

The Savannah Morning News reports the city will rent 60 goats and two livestock guardian dogs from Atlanta-area company Get Your Goat Rentals. The goats, expected to arrive June 19, will be used to remove vegetation along a ravine in the Laurel Grove North Cemetery and at the Clinch Street Pond behind Derenne Middle School.

Goats are able to clear vegetation in areas that are difficult for workers to clear or to access with machinery. Experts said they thrive on poison ivy, poison oak, Kudzu, blackberries, nasty vines, and briers; and cost-savings are expected to result from using the goats instead of city staff. In addition, city officials said the goats are more environmentally friendly since the type of vegetation they eat ordinarily requires heavy machinery or toxic chemicals to manage and they leave behind natural fertilizer.

While the goats are working they will be confined using marked electric fencing. Get Your Goat Rentals estimates it takes 20-25 goats one week to eat one acre of vegetation.

The cities of Atlanta, Roswell and Sandy Springs are already using goats to clear vegetation.


Information from: Savannah Morning News,

Subtropical Storm Alberto strengthens bringing gusty winds, heavy rains, storm surge to Gulf region

Tropical storm warnings are up across Florida and along parts of the Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto lumbers across the Gulf of Mexico ruining Memorial Day holiday plans for thousands of vacationers.

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Update May 27, 2018 11 a.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is strengthening with wind speeds clocked at 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, or NHC. The storm is moving north at 14 mph and it’s located about 130 miles southwest of Tampa.

Isolated tornadoes are possible as Alberto closes in on the region. Forecasters are predicting Alberto will make landfall sometime late Sunday or Monday, bringing gusty winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge to parts of the Gulf Coast.

>> Related: Alberto: PBC saw up to 3 inches of rain last night; expect more Sunday

“Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida today. The risk for heavy rainfall and flooding will then spread over much of the southeast U.S. tonight and Monday,” according to the NHC.

The NHC is warning of “dangerous surf and rip current conditions” along parts of the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Monday.

>> Related: Alberto starts to bring rain to Central Florida as storm moves north

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas. 

A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said

The latest forecast ends the tropical storm and storm surge watch for parts of Louisiana. 

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Sunday:


(two, four, five, six, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three)

Estimated jackpot: $84 million

Estimated jackpot: $60 million

Mega Millions


Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:


(two, four, five, six, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three)

Dog abandoned with ‘free,’ ‘good home only’ written on it in permanent marker

A young dog found abandoned in a park in Ross County, Ohio, had the words “free” and “good home only” written on it in permanent marker, according to a post on social media.

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“I usually try to contain myself with my work life and what I see every single day, but this just tops it off!” Brittany May with the Ross County Humane Society said in a post on Facebook.

Whoever did this has “reached a whole new level of LOW,” May wrote.

“How are you going to dump your dog, and write FREE all over it in permanent marker! I just don’t get it!” she said

The good news is the five to six month-old female, Labrador-mix, named Marvella by the agency, will soon have a new home, May told WSYX-TV. The dog is now up for adoption.

Antidepressants may be linked to  obesity, study says

A poor diet and lack of exercise can contribute to obesity. However, antidepressants may also play a role, according to a new report.

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Researchers from health institutions in Europe recently conducted a study, published in the BMJ journal, to determine the link between antidepressants and weight gain. 

To do so, they analyzed 295,000 people from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a large collection of electronic health records. They examined how often the individuals, who were of all sizes, took antidepressants as well as their weight gain over time. They also considered factors, including age, chronic disease diagnoses, smoking status and taking other drugs.

>> Related: Cough syrup and antidepressant caused scary interaction 

After analyzing the results, they found that those were prescribed antidepressants during the first year of the study were 21 percent more likely to have gained weight. These subjects gained at least 5 percent of their starting body weight over a 10-year period, compared to those were not on the drugs. 

“Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients were more likely to transition to obesity if they were treated with antidepressants,” co-author Rafael Gafoor told TIME.

>> Related: Here's why weight gain causes loss of taste buds, study says 

Furthermore, they discovered that some medications were more strongly associated with weight gain than others.

People who took mirtazapine were 50 percent more likely to gain weight, and those who took citalopram had a 26 percent higher risk of weight gain.

The researchers did note some limitations. They said the medical regimens of some patients may have influenced their diets, and that depressive symptoms, such as increased appetite and decreased motivation to exercise, may have contributed to weight gain. 

Despite the findings, the researchers said antidepressants are still useful and patients should be aware of the potential risks. 

>> Related: Weight loss and marriage: Study shows good marriage can keep you thin

“A variety of factors need to be taken into account when prescribing any given antidepressant,” Gafoor said. “The best advice is to have an open, informed conversation with your prescriber if weight gain (or any other side effect) is bothersome.”

Periods of rain possible ahead of Alberto making landfall

Subtropical storm Alberto is becoming better organized in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It is bringing rain across much of Florida today, with more widespread rain for Georgia coming Monday.

Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the threats for your area on Channel 2 Action News starting at 6 p.m.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said there will mainly be periods of rain Sunday.

TRACKING ALBERTO: Alberto is starting to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and will be a fully tropical storm later today or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, expect scattered showers and downpours today in north Georgia. More widespread rain Monday! — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) May 27, 2018

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area] An advisory just before 8 a.m. Sunday showed Alberto has wind up to 45 mph with it. 

NEW ADVISORY: Just in -- #Alberto remains subtropical for now but wind now up to 45 mph. Systems northward motion is accelerating as well as it heads toward the FL panhandle. @wsbtv #StormWatchon2 — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) May 27, 2018

The latest advisory just before 11 a.m. showed Alberto as still being a subtropical storm, with wind up to 50 mph. 

Landfall on the Florida panhandle is expected Monday, with bands of rain impacting north Georgia as early as overnight. 

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