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Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Construction worker scores $400K lottery prize

Construction worker scores $400K lottery prize

TUCKER, Ga. -- The holiday season is in full swing for one lucky Georgia Lottery winner.

Edison Vargas Cruz won a $400,000 top prize playing the instant game 20x the Money.

"I don't play a lot, but I saw a couple of guys buy tickets," said the 35-year-old construction worker. "They won a lot of money, so I started to buy some. I bought the ticket after work, and at first I thought I'd won $40."

To his surprise, Cruz walked away with $400,000. A Knoxville, Tenn. resident, he was working construction in Atlanta when he won.

The Shell Food Mart on Pleasantdale Road in Tucker sold the winning ticket.

Cruz said he plans to visit family in Puerto Rico over the holidays, and to spend the prize on a new car and "something for my sister and niece."

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

DEALCHICKEN: $29 for $105 at Silver Lining Namaste Massage

DEALCHICKEN: $29 for $105 at Silver Lining Namaste Massage

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Relax and let the stress of the season melt away with Thursday's great DealChicken Atlanta deal.

For one day only, DealChicken members can enjoy an hour-long Swedish massage at Silver Lining Namaste Massage -- a $105 value for only $29. With two convenient Metro Atlanta locations and several trained professionals on staff, it's easy to see why Silver Lining has a long list of happy repeat customers.

This deal expires on June 1, 2012. Silver Lining has offices at 1745 Old Spring House Lane in Dunwoody and 4500 Hugh Howell Road in Tucker.

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Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Spruce up your child's meal with Customized Unbreakable Melamine Plates - Perfect for Gift Giving! Get a plate for every season and every occasion by CLICKING HERE TO PAY $15 and get $30 worth of personalized plates and placemats from Spiffy Kids.

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST AT MIDNIGHT

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