CONYERS, Ga. – Thousands of miles from Spain, daredevils in white outfits and red scarves dodged bulls at a Georgia horse park to get a taste of the running of the bulls.
WSB-TV reported about 3,000 people participated in the Great Bull Run on Saturday in Conyers, which is about 25 miles from Atlanta.
People on horseback herded 18 bulls into a fenced course. Many stood alongside the fence as the bulls ran by, but some tried to sprint with the animals. A few runners fell down or were knocked down by the bulls, but no serious injuries were reported.
The bull run at Georgia International Horse Park was the second U.S. event this year for the group Great Bull Run. The next stop is Dec. 7 in Baytown, Texas.
Georgia reviews death penalty policy
Georgia, the first state to pass a law prohibiting the execution of mentally disabled death row inmates, is revisiting a requirement for defendants to prove the disability beyond a reasonable doubt – the strictest burden of proof in the nation.
A state House committee is holding an out-of-session meeting next week to seek input from the public. Other states that impose the death penalty have a lower threshold for proving mental disability, and some don’t set standards at all.
Just because lawmakers are holding a meeting does not mean changes to the law will be proposed, said state Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, chairman of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The law’s toughest-in-the-nation status compels lawmakers to review it, Golick said.
Graffiti protected from … graffiti
A Brooklyn building owner has hired security guards and installed a metal gate to protect a work by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.
The New York Post reports that the rolling gate went up Friday over a wall in the Williamsburg neighborhood where Banksy spray-painted two geishas and a bonsai tree.
Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the building, says the goal is to preserve the artwork so it can be viewed and enjoyed.
Banksy announced on his website that he would undertake a residency on the streets of New York this month. Most of his works that have gone up have been tagged over by others, and some have been completely erased.
Bookstore patron gives birth in lobby
A woman walked into a Los Angeles-area Barnes & Noble looking for books and came out with a baby instead.
Firefighters delivered the newborn Friday evening in the bookstore’s lobby at Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance Fire Department Capt. Steve Deuel said.
The firefighters had responded to a call of a woman in labor and were deciding whether to put her in an ambulance or keep her in the store when they realized the infant was coming.
The baby made that decision for them, Deuel said.
Mayoral campaign: Don’t vote for me
A small-town mayor in central Pennsylvania has an unusual campaign message: Don’t vote for me.
Bob Wiser is running unopposed for a second term as mayor of Port Matilda, a community near Penn State University. But the 70-year-old resident recently decided he’d rather leave the post. Yet he missed the August deadline for taking his name off the ballot.
Wiser tells the Centre Daily Times that he’s asking voters to write in a qualified alternative candidate.
If Wiser is re-elected Nov. 5, he could retire before his new term starts. Should that happen, election officials say the council will appoint an interim mayor.
Train crash injures 80 in Argentina
A commuter train slammed into the bumper at the end of the line Saturday at the same station in Argentina’s capital where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year. This time there was no immediate report of deaths, but at least 80 people were injured.
A mob quickly formed, unleashing its fury at the train operators. Passengers chanted murderer, murderer! at the injured driver through the shattered cabin window. Officers intervened, and the driver was soon hospitalized under police custody.
Police in riot gear then took control of the Once station after the angry crowd broke glass and threw stones in the street outside.
Oil tanker derails, burns in Alberta
Firefighters battling a major blaze after a Canadian National tanker train derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday have decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. No injuries to people or livestock have been reported.
The latest derailment has raised more questions about rail safety that became a major issue after a runaway oil train derailed in a Quebec town in July, triggering explosions that killed 47 people.
Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars – four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas – came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time.
Austerity protesters march in Rome
Anti-austerity protesters in Rome threw eggs and firecrackers at the Finance Ministry during a march Saturday to oppose cuts to welfare programs and a shortage in low-income housing. Police said 11 people were detained.
More than 4,000 riot police were dispatched to maintain order as some 25,000 protesters marched through the capital Saturday. There were moments of tension when demonstrators passed near the headquarters of an extreme-right group, but police intervened when a few bottles were thrown.
Congolese rebels say peace deal near
The eastern Congolese rebels of M23 say a peace deal with the Congolese government will be signed in the coming hours.
The rebels said in a statement Saturday that major breakthroughs are about to be obtained in the peace talks mediated by Uganda.
The statement said M23 made major concessions on its political grievances in a meeting Friday, the reason a peace deal is now possible.
The talks, held under the banner of a regional bloc called the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, had repeatedly stalled amid fears of a return to war in Congo’s volatile east.