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Apple releases Java patch to thwart virus

(USA TODAY) -- Apple launched a key security update earlier this week patching a hole in Java that left Mac owners exposed to malicious programs.

Ars Technica has the complete details, citing research from Russian anti-virus company Dr. Web.

According to their report, an unpatched portion of Java left Mac users prone to the Flashback Trojan, which can turn the device into a computer bot.

Dr. Web claims more than half a million Macs have been infected, several of which include devices based in Cupertino, Calif., the home of Apple.

Apple has since patched the Java flaw (hat tip to The Verge), but for those users concerned they may have an infected Mac, security firm F-Secure has details on how to diagnose and fix the problem.

The attacks on Mac computers don't come as a surprise to anti-virus firm McAfee, which warns users to stay vigilant by staying up to date on security software and Apple patches.

Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County Schedules Information Session on How to Prevent Foreclosure

Fulton County residents can take advantage of a free information session on how to save their homes from foreclosure.  An information workshop will be held Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Atlanta- Fulton County Southwest Branch Library from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The Southwest Branch is located at 3665 Cascade Road SW in Atlanta.

Residents at risk for foreclosure will receive information on foreclosure prevention options along with contact information for United States Department of Housing and Urban Development certified housing counselors.  Housing counselors can provide free guidance on how to work with mortgage holders to prevent foreclosure through options such as loan modifications, forbearance or other alternatives.  Additionally, housing counselors will be present to set up an appointment for a one-on-one consultation on foreclosure prevention options.

MARTA weekend rail schedule changed for track work

ATLANTA -- MARTA will modify its rail service beginning at 9 p.m. Friday in order to accommodate scheduled track work.

All lines will operate a 24-minute schedule through Saturday. On Sunday, the Red and Gold lines will operate a 24-minute schedule, while the Blue and Green lines will return to their normal schedules.

Learn more about the 24-minute schedule at MARTA's website.

For more information, call MARTA Customer Information at 404-848-5000.

Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Oprah casting new show in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The cameras have made their way back to the metro area.

The Oprah Winfrey Network is in town casting for a new documentary called "It Takes a Village."

The show focuses on typical families dealing with everyday issues with their teens such as trouble focusing in school, bullying, peer pressure, etc. The families do not have to be dysfunctional.

Inspired by the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child," once families are selected, the show will connect them with people in the community who can help.

"It Takes a Village" will be casting in Atlanta until Friday, April 6. Filming is expected to start shortly after.

Think your family should be featured? Visit this website to apply.

Family wants son's shooter arrested

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- An Atlanta family is demanding Atlanta Police arrest the man who killed their son in a shooting last year. The Arnold family said the case parallels that of Trayvon Martin, the Florida youth who was killed by a neighborhood watchman in February.

Seventeen-year-old Canard Arnold, who is black, died after being shot in the back on December 30 in Atlanta. His family and their lawyers say he was running away from a dispute when he was shot. They said a security guard, who is white, had no connection to the complex before he heard an altercation and then chased Arnold down before shooting him in the back. They want police to arrest that man, Chris Hambrick, and they plan to sue him.

"It's just not fair that the man is still walking the streets," said Andrea Arnold, Canard's mother.

BELTLINE | Tickets on sale for Hawks Beltline Night

ATLANTA -- Come out to The Highlight Factory and enjoy some hoops with your Beltline neighbors. The Atlanta Hawks, in conjuction with the Beltline Partnership, are hosting their first Beltline Hawks Night on April 18. 

Neighbors can support the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, while watching the Atlanta Hawks take on the Detriot Pistons. 

Attendees are invited to a pregame reception, in-game activities and the first 100 people to purchase tickets will be offered an opportunity to attend pregame warm ups and shoot free throws with the players before the match up. 

A percentage of ticket sales will go toward the Atlanta Beltline Partnership Annual Fund. For tickets and more information visit the Atlanta Hawks online and enter the offer code: HAWKS.