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Artist wins 'eat more kale' battle against Chick-fil-A

Artist wins 'eat more kale' battle against Chick-fil-A

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A Vermont folk artist who became a folk hero to some after taking on the fast-food giant Chick-fil-A in a legal fight with can now legally protect the phrase "eat more kale."

Chick-fil-A had objected to the use of the phrase by Bo Muller-Moore of Montpelier because of its similarity to the company's trademark phrase "eat mor chikin."

Muller-Moore says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted his application to trademark "Eat more kale" earlier this week.

Muller-Moore began using the phrase as a way to promote local agriculture. He silk-screens the phrase on T-shirts and prints them on bumper stickers that are common in Vermont and beyond.

He's planning a formal announcement on Friday.

The response of Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander: "Cows love kale, too."

Suspects sought in Hapeville home invasion


HAPEVILLE, Ga. – Police are searching for three suspects behind a Hapeville home invasion on Friday night

Around 7:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of a home invasion on Dogwood Drive, according to Hapeville police.

The victim told police that three masked people kicked the door in and entered the home. When they saw the homeowner, they assaulted him with a firearm. The victim was able to escape from his home to a neighbor's house, where he called police.

The victim never saw anyone leave the home.

Police arrived and barricaded the home. A SWAT team fire tear gas into the house and entered, but the three suspects had escaped.

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Former Atlanta cop indicted for murder


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Atlanta police officer was indicted Friday for murder.

Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, faces 12 counts in the shooting death of Vernecia Woodard, whose burned body was found in a Hapeville dumping ground in August. The victim had moved to Georgia from New York less than a week before her death.

Rana has been charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, concealing a death, tampering with evidence, violation of oath, pandering and another weapons offense.

Investigators said Rana and Woodard first made contact on Craigslist, then agreed to meet in person. According to the investigation, Rana picked up Woodard, drove her to a dead-end street and shot her twice in the head, possibly with his work-issued gun.

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

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.

Delta orders 50 new Airbus jets


ATLANTA (WXIA) – Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that they have selected two Airbus models – the A350-900 and the A33-900neo to replace older Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft beginning in 2017 and 2019.

The order for 25 of the A350-900 and 25 of the A330-900neo aircraft ties into Delta's focus on "prudent, cost-effective investments" in the air carrier's air fleet.

"Delta always approaches fleet decisions with a balance of economic efficiency, customer experience enhancements, network integration and total cost of ownership," said Nat Pieper, Delta's Vice President – Fleet Strategy and Transactions in a release Thursday. "The A350 and A330neo support our long-haul, transoceanic strategy and join a mix of Boeing and Airbus aircraft that provide exceptional flexibility for Delta's global network as well as strong cash-on-cash returns for our shareholders."

Group claims Chick-fil-A abuses chickens


(WXIA) -- Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A claims it is no longer partnered with a slaughterhouse accused of animal abuse.

The nonprofit Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation into chicken facilities in two states. Video taken inside the Mississippi farm and Tennessee slaughterhouse shows chickens being slammed into transport crates, having their chests and throats sliced open and entering scalding hot water while they're still alive.

Both facilities are owned by Chicago-based Koch Foods, which once supplied chickens to Chick-fil-A, according to Mercy for Animals.

Chick-fil-A Vice President of Public Relations Carrie Kurlander said the chain no longer receives its chickens from Koch Foods.