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Here are headlines from around the region for Thursday, Jan 3, 2013.

81-Year-Old's Souped-Up Plane Hits Car at Athens Airport

An 81-year-old Athens man spent years honing a new engine for his home-built airplane, but when he tried it out at Ben Epps airport, the rest of the plane couldn't handle it.

Too strong for its own brakes, the plane crashed into a car and hangar at the airport on Monday, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. For more read Athens Patch.

UPDATE: Crane Breaks and Leaves Macy's Tree Dangling from Side of Lenox Square Store 

A spokeswoman with Macy's tells Buckhead Patch that the Great Tree at Macy's in Lenox Square fell into the roof of the store's men's department when the crane snapped Wednesday morning.

Late Wednesday afternoon, crews were taking the tree down piece by piece. Read more on Buckhead Patch.

Police Searching for Suspect Who Robbed Buckhead Bank Wednesday 

On Wednesday, just before 2:30 p.m., a man robbed the Suntrust bank inside the Publix Supermarket at 2900 Peachtree Road.

A man, described as a dark-skinned African-American man with a beard, handed a note to the bank teller demanding money. Read more on Buckhead Patch.

Carjacker Drives Pick-Up Truck into Woodland Hills Home 

Atlanta police are looking for a suspected carjacker of a red pick-up truck that struck a Woodland Avenue home in the early morning hours Wednesday. For more read East Atlanta Patch.

New Year's Eve Stabbings: Triggered by Gay Slur?

An Atlanta Police Department spokesman said Wednesday that the agency is investigating claims that a New Year's Eve stabbing incident involving six people at a party was sparked by a gay slur. Read more on East Atlanta Patch.

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