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Crowds storm stores for new iPad

(USA Today) -- It's official: the new iPad has landed in the U.S.

Apple stores started opening in the U.S. at 8 a.m. local time, giving eager consumers first dibs on the company's highly-anticipated third-generation tablet.

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Dozens of people gathered in lines across the country in hopes of bringing home an iPad.

"It's no fun to order online," says Chan Park, 48, of Fairfax, Va. He waited in line at an Apple store in Tysons Corner, Va., to snag an iPad for his 16-year-old son. "There's some excitement waiting in line."

Skerdi Kostreci, 38, of Vienna, Va., also braved the early morning lines to scoop up his third iPad. "I had the first iPad. I have iPad 2. Now I have to get the new one," Kostreci says, adding he's giving his iPad 2 to his wife.

President Obama's Atlanta visit could clog traffic

ATLANTA -- President Barack Obama will be in Atlanta Friday to attend fundraisers for his re-election campaign. Tyler Perry will host fundraisers at his home and at his movie studio in Southwest Atlanta. Grammy winner and Atlanta native Cee Lo Green is scheduled to perform at the studio fundraiser. A third fundraiser is planned at a businessman's Buckhead home.

General admission tickets to the Tyler Perry Studios event are $500. VIP tickets range from $2,500 to $10,000.

The cost to attend the dinner at Perry's home is $35,800 per guest.

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Atlanta, Athens hit record high temperatures

Atlanta, Athens hit record high temperatures

ATLANTA -- Forecasters say a few areas in Georgia broke decades-old weather records as a heat wave continues in the state.

WIZOMETER | 7 day forecast | Hour by hour temperatures

The National Weather Service says Atlanta, Columbus and Athens had record highs on Thursday. Macon reached 86 degrees to tie a previous record set in 1977.

Atlanta had a high of 82 degrees, barely eclipsing the mark of 81 degrees that was set in 1973. Columbus and Athens each had highs of 85 degrees.

Columbus beat a previous high of 83 degrees in 1989, and Athens ended a 91-year record of 84 degrees in 1921.

St. Patrick's Day events around Atlanta

ATLANTA -- You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. There are plenty of places to do so around Atlanta.

130th Annual Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade
Peachtree Street, Downtown
Starts at noon

Atlanta St. Patrick's Festival
200 Peachtree Street, Downtown
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Smyrna St. Patrick's Day Festival
2840 Atlanta Road
2-11 p.m. 

Outdoor festival at Fado + Super Saturday 6 nations rugby
273 Buckhead Avenue, Buckhead
Starts at noon
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

PHOTOS | LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Atlanta sneak preview

ATLANTA -- LEGOLAND Discovery Centre isn't open yet, but we have your sneak peek of the sights.

PHOTO GALLERY | Atlanta landmarks in miniature at LEGOLAND

The grand opening is at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 17.

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Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for kids under 3, and free for kids under 3.

Fulton County Presents Two More Tax Exemption Information Workshops for Seniors

Fulton County Presents Two More Tax Exemption Information Workshops for Seniors

Workshops will be held on March 20 and 27

The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department’s Office of Housing and Community Development and the Fulton County Tax Assessors Office will host “Home Sweet Home” Important Tax Exemption Information for Seniors on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The Workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive; Sandy Springs, GA  30328.

The second workshop will be held from 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., SE Atlanta, GA  30312

The workshops cover the following topics:

AJC Peachtree Road Race online registration opens

ATLANTA -- Online registration for the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Participants can register for an online lottery at ajc.com/peachtree.

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Those who want to participate in the July 4 race must go through the lottery registration process, which runs through Thursday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Entrants will receive an email by Monday, March 26, informing whether or not they were selected for the 2012 race.

Additional information can be found online at peachtreeroadrace.org.