Georgia
Russia attacks wrong Georgia
• Bush shrugs off error after learning
CNN's Atlanta headquarters is toast

By NTLAT Staff Writers
As confused residents watched in horror, Russian paratroopers and warplanes destroyed most of downtown Atlanta today, apparently mistaking it for a city in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

The attack was ordered by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after Georgian troops launched a predawn raid against Russian forces in the rebel region of South Ossetia. Putin, who was in China for the Olympics, blamed the mixup on "bad cell phone reception" in Beijing.

President Bush initially vowed to retaliate, but decided to forgive the error after learning that CNN headquarters had been leveled during the invasion. Meanwhile, sporadic fighting continued in and around Atlanta, with reports that Russian troops had been decimated by a coalition of hip-hop musicians and Confederate Army descendants.