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(WXIA) - We hope you're off to a fantastic Friday. As you get ready for the weekend, be in the know of the top news stories with these local and national headlines.
1. Usher, ex-wife face off for custody
Usher Raymond and his ex-wife are scheduled to face off in Fulton County court on Friday for custody of their children.
2. Andrea's former friend testifies
On day four of testimony in the Andrea Sneiderman trial, the defense tried to show Dunwoody police made mistakes during the investigation.
3. Red Cross helps local fire victims
A fire at the Marquis View Apartments Thursday night left some families with no homes or food.
4. Person shot in Lilburn home invasion
Police are investigating a shooting in Lilburn that happened around 4:45 Friday morning.
5. Cartersville is cool!
The 11Alive morning team took the broadcast to Bartow County Friday morning.
6. California fire takes 26 homes
Officials say a wildfire has destroyed more than two dozen homes in a Southern California mountain range.
7. Falcons fumble preseason opener
The Falcons got the 2013 season under way with the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome.
8. More drone strikes in Yemen
The U.S. is escalating its drone strikes in Yemen, where Yemeni military officials say 34 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in less than two weeks.
9. 2 suspects in Boston Marathon bombing indicted
Two friends of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
10. Weekend weather
See what weather is heading your way for Friday and the weekend.
11. Fun on Friday
T.G.I.F. Check out Friday's events in Atlanta