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Ala Fla Ga News: "To Kill a Mockingbird" Author Claims Copyright Copped

By: AP
By: AP
Gregory Peck as a small town Alabama lawyer in a scene from the classic

Gregory Peck as a small town Alabama lawyer in a scene from the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" written by Alabama native Harper Lee

NEW YORK (AP) -- The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has filed a New York lawsuit to re-secure the copyright to it.
Monroeville, Ala., resident Harper Lee filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court in Manhattan. She seeks unspecified damages from a son-in-law of her former literary agent and related entities.
Lee says the relative failed to properly protect the copyright after the agent who had represented her since the book was published in 1960 became ill a decade ago. The 87-year-old author says he took advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight seven years ago to get her to assign the book's copyright to him.
The former agent's son-in-law hasn't returned a call seeking comment.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" won the Pulitzer for fiction and is widely assigned in schools. The film version won three Academy Awards.

BRIGHTON, Ala. (AP) -- Police say a 4-year-old Alabama boy remains hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in the head while playing in a bedroom with a cousin the same age. Brighton police Lt. Ray Hubbart said Saturday investigators believe the shooting was an accident but they're still trying to piece together what happened. Hubbart says it's unclear if the boy shot himself or was shot by his playmate, a 4-year-old girl identified by relatives was the boy's cousin.

OZARK, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities have cleared two coaches at Dale County High School of criminal wrongdoing after investigating allegations that the coaches had an inappropriate relationship with a student. Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams decided not to file charges against either coach, though he did say one coach sent inappropriate text messages to the girl.

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a teenager has been bit by a shark in Melbourne Beach.
Brevard County fire rescue authorities say the teen was bit in the ankle while in the water Saturday before noon.
WKMG Local 6 in Orlando reports the teen's injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- The elite military school that trains bomb technicians has held a somber ceremony marking the deaths of 11 graduates killed in the line of duty last year. Families of the fallen graduates and military dignitaries watched Saturday as the men's names were added to a memorial wall. The 11 deaths in 2012 brings the number of military bomb technicians killed in duty to 298 since World War II.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Police have identified the woman killed after crashing her car into a daycare van, injuring six children. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Keturah Kelly of Boca Raton died Friday afternoon in Pompano Beach. Investigators say Kelly was traveling at a high rate of speed in a Nissan Altima when she rear-ended the daycare van.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A toddler whose feet had to be amputated after her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawn mower has been cleared to leave the hospital.
Tampa General Hospital spokesman John Dunn tells The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/165zw5a ) 2-year-old Ireland Nugent is ready to go home after seven surgeries.
Ireland's father says her daughter could be fitted for prosthetic feet in about four weeks.
Jerry Nugent told News Channel 8 that when Ireland asks about her limbs the family tells her she's going to have new feet, just like Winter the dolphin. The dolphin with a prosthetic tail was the star of a 2011 feature film and is housed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Police warrants say a teenager charged with fatally shooting a baby in the face in coastal Georgia had bullets in his pants pocket when he was arrested a day later.
The Brunswick News reports a search warrant filed Friday in Glynn County Magistrate Court says officers found two .22-caliber bullets in a pants pocket of 19-year-old De'Marquise Elkins when they arrested him March 22.
Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, who police say was shot in the face as Elkins an accomplice tried to rob the toddler's mother. Authorities also charged 15-year-old Dominique Lang in the slaying.
Police say they later recovered a .22-caliber pistol that Elkins' mother and sister dumped in a saltwater pond.
Both suspects have pleaded not guilty.

TOCCOA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say three people are dead after an overnight crash between a car and a passenger train in northern Georgia.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says three people in the car were killed late Friday when the Amtrak train crashed into the smaller vehicle at about 60 mph at an unprotected railroad crossing. The car overturned in a ravine and caught fire.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the victims were a man and two women in their 20s from Austell. Shirley says their names are being withheld pending notification of family.
Shirley says the crash happened at a crossing marked only by a stop sign in Toccoa, about 96 miles northeast of Atlanta. He says no one was injured on the train, which was traveling to Washington from New Orleans.


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