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11/1/2013, 6 a.m.

Stolen iPads taken from Ga school showing up

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials said dozens of iPads stolen from an Atlanta school are showing up as far away as southeast Asia. As many as 10 people broke into KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School on Sept. 25 and stole 119 iPads, police said. Each of the tablet computers is equipped with a GPS tracker and a warning message that comes on when someone tries to use it, and Principal Dave Howland told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/17OS5qO) the machines began showing up on tracking devices within 12 hours. Many have been in the Atlanta area, but not all were. "We had one pop up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, about a week ago," said Howland. Two iPads and a laptop computer have been returned because of the messages. Overall, police say about $50,000 in technology was taken or damaged during the break-in. "If you bought an iPad on Craig's List for an incredibly good price, I would appreciate if someone would give us a call," Howland said.

UGA to partner with local school district

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ The University of Georgia and the Clarke County School District have launched a new initiative aimed at bringing K-12 students to the university every year to learn more about college. The initiative, called Experience UGA, will include annual field trips starting in kindergarten for those attending schools in the district. Officials say the goal is to increase college enrollment and student success.

Elizabeth Smart to tell her story in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Child abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak in northeast Georgia. Smart will be the keynote speaker of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's 11th annual Futures for Kids Gala at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gainesville Civic Center. Tickets are $150. Organizers say Smart will discuss how she was kidnapped from her home at age 14. Her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her family if she tried to escape. After being held prisoner for nine months, she escaped and was returned to her family. Smart began the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to prevent crimes against children and wrote a book titled "My Story." The Times of Gainesville reports (http://bit.ly/1a9GXED) that Smart will sign copies of her book after the event.

Pastor in cruelty case killed in Atlanta fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A pastor previously convicted of child cruelty has died in a house fire in Atlanta. The Atlanta Medical Examiner's office told WXIA-TV (http://on.11alive.com/1aaBPA8 ) that the Rev. Arthur Allen died Monday in a blaze. He was 81. Allen and four others were convicted in 2002 of beating boys at his independent church, the House of Prayer. He spent two years in prison as a result of the case. Prosecutors said that church members beat children with a belt strap while under Allen's supervision. Church members said at the time that they had the right to punish their children when they misbehave. They said the church was persecuted for its beliefs.