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Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton sue HSBC over predatory lending

ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC engaged in predatory lending that ended up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties say the bank aggressively signed minorities to housing loans that were likely to fail. The counties say it caused tremendous damage, including extra expenses and lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit says the banks violated the Fair Housing Act, which provides protections against housing or renting policies or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or handicap.

A lawyer for HSBC said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, which was filed in October. A federal judge has given the bank until Jan. 25 to file a response.

North Fulton and Forsyth All-Stars meet

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The North squad held on to beat the South team by a score of 30-22 in the North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club's fourth annual Chamber Bowl All-Star game.

Senior All-Stars from high schools all over the North Fulton and Forsyth county area were divided into a North and South squad and competed in a hard fought game that was not decided until the final seconds of the game.

 

After a rough couple of outings in the last two years, the North squad made a statement in the first half by taking a 24-7 lead into the locker room. In the middle of the third quarter, the lead had grown to 30-7, but the South squad did not go away quietly.

 

Gas prices dropping for Holiday

ATLANTA -- You may not have to pay as much at the pump this holiday.

We found three gas stations in Johns Creek selling regular unleaded for $2.99.  And some warehouse clubs in the Atlanta area were even cheaper.

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So what's driving prices down? Garrett Townsend with AAA South says "Well, not a whole lot going on in the international scene per say that can usually affect gas prices, also the winter blend is less costly to produce so consumers are able to save money at the pump."

Triple-A predicts more people will travel by car this Christmas compared to last since air travel has become more expensive.

In metro Atlanta, the average for regular has dropped 7 cents in the last week and 12 cents in the last month, but it's still slightly higher than the average this time last year.

NSP Program Purchaser Gains a Home for the Holidays

NSP Program Purchaser Gains a Home for the Holidays

Fulton County, Cobb County and APD Solutions Collaborate to Provide Homeownership
to Displaced Cobb Resident

Tonia Brower is literally “Home for the Holidays,” since closing on her new South Fulton home.  She purchased a formerly foreclosed home on Thursday, December 13, 2012, after it was completely rehabbed like new using funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The home is move-in ready with new appliances, fixtures and is overall a beautiful home. The closing was the result of a cooperative effort among Fulton County, its Development Partner APD Solutions and Cobb County to help Brower to obtain the home after her rental home in Cobb was claimed under eminent domain for road improvements.

Atlanta actress lands role in 'Parental Guidance'

ATLANTA -- Parental Guidance, one of the films opening on Christmas Day, was filmed in metro-Atlanta. 

While Billy Crystal and Bette Midler grab top billing, a local character actor plays a memorable and funny role in the new feature film which was inspired by Crystal's own experiences as a grandparent.

In the comedy, a Dunwoody home, Piedmont Park and Ocee Park in Johns Creek play starring roles. 

Another Atlanta highlight among Hollywood heavyweights Bette Midler and Billy Crystal is Rhoda Griffis of Vinings, who plays a perfectionist violin teacher. 

Griffis, a North Carolina native has called Atlanta home for 20 years. Past the first round of auditions, but before landing the part, the director offered Griffis advice on the character she might play in the feature film. 

A mother's battle with her son's mental illness

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I missed the road, I don't know."

Denise Haynes has made several wrong turns trying to find her son. As she makes another U-turn in heavy Alpharetta traffic, she says, "I think he'll stick out like a sore thumb."

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Denise Haynes is searching for Phillip, her only child. She has not seen him in months and is terrified what she'll find.

"Not knowing is horrific, and knowing is horrific," she said.

Denise said Phillip was a typical, slightly quirky, video game obsessed kid, home schooled and bright.

"He was funny, nice, articulate, intelligent, very social," she said. 

But then he began to change less than two years ago.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."