Atlanta airport sets a one-year record
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said it hit a major milestone Sunday.
The airport that calls itself the world's busiest announced on its social media sites said it served its 100 millionth passenger this year. That makes it the first single airport to serve that number of passengers in one calendar year.
The passenger earning the distinction is Larry Kendrick of Gulfport, Miss., who will receive a Nissan Altima, two free Delta round-trip plane tickets, and a $500 gift card. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed a surprised Kendrick, who walked down a red carpet as journalists and onlookers recorded the moment. - AP
City gets on the ball for New Year's Eve
The Waterford crystal ball in Times Square is being worked on in preparation for its glittering entrance into 2016.
Workers are installing 288 new sparkling Waterford crystal triangles. They are being added to more than 2,100 other crystal triangles to create what's being described as a "Gift of Wonder" design. The ball is being worked on atop One Times Square, at 42d Street and Broadway.
The custom-designed crystals created by Waterford artisans are built to withstand high winds, precipitation, and temperature fluctuations. The ball must be sturdy to rest 470 feet above Times Square.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday. - AP
Mall reopens after teens wreak havoc
A suburban Louisville mall reopened Sunday with extra security, a day after closing early when throngs of unruly teens caused disturbances.
The night before, up to 2,000 teens created mayhem at Mall St. Matthews as the shopping center was filled with post-Christmas shoppers, police said.
Officers from four police agencies responded to numerous reports of fights, harassment of customers and store employees, and other disturbances at the shopping center, said Officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesman for suburban St. Matthews police.
No arrests were made, but "it wasn't for the lack of criminal activity," McDonald said Sunday. - AP
Chipotle reopens after illnesses
A Chipotle restaurant near Boston College has reopened several weeks after 136 patrons fell ill with norovirus.
City health inspectors had given the restaurant in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood permission to reopen as soon as Thursday, but it wasn't able to open do so then because of an unrelated water leak.
The Chipotle reopened Saturday instead.
Officials ordered the restaurant closed Dec. 7 after patrons, including members of BC's men's basketball team, fell ill with the gastrointestinal illness.
Boston's chief health inspector told the Boston Herald he plans to have lunch Monday at the Chipotle as a show of confidence. - AP