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Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

ATLANTA -- Monday night's fast-moving storms weren't nearly as bad as what we saw a week ago, but people in parts of North Georgia are again cleaning up damage. 

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

ATLANTA -- More than 400,000 Georgia customers lost power in the wake of Monday night's storm. After a massive effort involving crews from eight states, all but about 500 Metro Atlantans are back online.

The homes and businesses still in the dark were evenly split between Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation customers as of Thursday morning. Statewide, just over 4,600 were still without power.

Cleanup will take much longer. Wild winds late Monday and Tuesday morning snapped power poles and trees like twigs across the region.

At least nine people were killed by the storms that tore through the Southeast. Bright lightning, loud thunder and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour streaked through, dumping rain and hail across the region.

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- NBC's hit television series, America's Got Talent, is taping live in Atlanta at The Fox Theater, and ALL TICKETS ARE FREE! Join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the studio audience as the country's best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers compete live on national television for a chance to win $1 million.

America's Got Talent is traveling the country and will be in Georgia for THREE DAYS ONLY.  You can come out on April 12, 13, and 14 for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. arrivals each day. 

A homecoming for fallen Pvt. Jeremy Faulkner

A Georgia soldier who gave his life in battle is finally back home.

The body of Pvt. Jeremy Faulkner arrrived at Falcon Field in Peachtree City to a hero's welcome.

His flag-draped coffin was then escorted to a funeral home in Stockbridge where family and friends prepare to say their final goodbye.

Faulkner was killed in an ambush last Monday in Afghanistan. He was just a few weeks from returning to the States, and he planned on joining the group that rode with him on this day: the Wings in the Wind motorcycle ministry.

"Jeremy actually wanted to be a part of it when he came back," said Honor Guard member Jimmy Johnson. "He was gonna get a motorcycle if he could."

The aftermath for the family of a fallen soldier is full of private ritual. Last week, when Faulkner's casket arrived for a dignified transfer ceremony, only his immediate family was in attendance.

FAYETTEVILLE: Nearly a year later, a new honor for fallen soldier

TYRONE, Ga. -- In three days, it will be one year since 1st Lt. Robert Wilson Collins was killed in action in Iraq.

Monday morning, his hometown stepped up to honor him.

At a nearby church in Tyrone, Ga., friends, family, and dignitaries gathered to dedicate the town post office in the Collins' name.

"It's unbelievably kind that a federal building is in Robert's honor," said his mother, Sharon Collins, "and it's nice to know that he lives on even though he passed away."

On April 7, 2010, Robert "RW" Collins was leading his brigade in Iraq when an IED struck his vehicle. Many of the soldiers who were there that day showed up on this one.

"He wanted to be here, and he fought for everything he had," said Spc. Donald McNett. "It was a bad day, a bad day for all of us."

At the ceremony, politicians applauded Collins' service, and his mother gave thanks to the community that has continued to support the family of the fallen soldier.

Atlanta weekend events April 1-3

ATLANTA -- Friday is April Fool's Day, but when we say this weekend is going to be awesome, it's no joke.

You shouldn't have a hard time finding the Where's Waldo Party on Friday. Just look for the group wearing red-and-white striped shirts at Diesel in Virginia-Highland and do remember, there are prizes for the best Waldo costumes.  There are several other April Fool's Day events as well, and we have them all listed on 11Alive's sister site Metromix Atlanta.

Metro Atlanta's best hospitals ranked

ATLANTA -- The unofficial authority for college and university rankings is switching gears. For the first time ever, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best hospitals in America's largest cities.

Out of the 57 hospitals in Metro Atlanta, Emory University Hospital tops the list.

It's followed by the Shepherd Center, Piedmont Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and Kennestone Hospital.

The "metro Atlanta" rankings provided by U.S. News and World report only identified hospitals in the City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Marietta.  Children's hospitals also were not included in the rankings.