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Santa to visit Conyers DQ

Santa Claus will be available for photos, and free face painting will be offered at the Dairy Queen in Conyers on Dec. 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your own camera to take pictures with Santa. The Dairy Queen is located at 1235 Dogwood Drive.NEW ORLEANS -- A new judge has been assigned to the case against two BP supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in 2010.

The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who disclosed last month that his wife owns stock in Halliburton, a cement contractor on the ill-fated drilling project.

The judge didn't immediately recuse himself, but he allowed prosecutors and attorneys for BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine to submit a confidential request for another judge to be assigned to the case.

The case was reassigned Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. The order doesn't disclose which party or parties sought Lemelle's disqualification.

Kaluza and Vidrine pleaded not guilty last month to manslaughter charges.A study commissioned by the U.S. Energy Department has found that exporting natural gas would benefit the economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel.

The study was commissioned to help guide officials as they decide whether to approve 15 liquefied natural gas export applications now under review by the department. The report's findings could push the department to approve some or all of the applications.

Companies are hoping to export U.S. natural gas because it is cheaper by at least half in Europe and Asia.