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Wildfire burns 250 acres, destroys home in southeast Georgia.

NAHUNTA, Ga. — Fire crews are battling a wildfire in southeast Georgia that has burned 250 acres, or less than half a square mile of woodlands, and destroyed one home.

- Billings Gazette - US

Perez asks for Democratic Party staff resignations.

ATLANTA — New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is asking all paid party employees to resign as he tries to rebuild the...

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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday.

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Netroots Nation: Final Call for Panel Submissions Morning! The grand poobahs behind the Netroots Nation convention wanted me to remind you bright and early today that there's an important deadline this week: submissions for panels and training sessions are due this Friday. Mary Rickles has ...

- Daily Kos - US

International search underway for Georgia Tech engineering dean.

An international search is underway for the next dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. The current dean, Gary May, is leaving to become the seventh chancellor of University of California Davis. Georgia Tech Provost Rafael Bras has named a 15-member search advisory committee for a new College of Engineering dean. It ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Tampa multifamily company buys 312-unit complex Atlanta area for $31M-plus.

A Tampa, Fla., multifamily company has acquired a 312-unit apartment property in the Atlanta area for $31.1 million. Robbins Electra plans to rebrand the former Ashley Vista apartment complex, which it acquired from Bridge Properties, as Belle Vista and carry out a multimillion-dollar renovation. Earlier this year the ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

How much did the Charlie Wilson show in Columbus gross?.

Atlanta is a much stronger market for R&B legend Charlie Wilson than Columbus, Ga. Wilson along with Fantasia and Johnny Gill performed in Columbus March 26 at the Columbus Civic Center in front of a crowd of 6,055 fans . The show, which promoted by Los Angeles-based AEG Live, had gross sales of $439,758, according to ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Plant Vogtle contractor Westinghouse files for bankruptcy.

Plant Vogtle constructor Westinghouse Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, raising questions about the fate of four half-finished reactors at Vogtle in Georgia and in South Carolina. The global nuclear construction firm, owned by Toshiba Corp., incurred billions of dollars of cost overruns building the ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

City of Atlanta turns over 240K more documents in bribery investigation.

The city of Atlanta has turned over another 240,000 documents in the ongoing investigation of corruption at Atlanta City Hall. Most of the paperwork turned over Tuesday pertained to former city procurement chief Adam Smith, according to a report by WXIA. They indicate investigators are looking into potential conflicts of ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Wells Fargo agrees to $110 million settlement over fake accounts.

Wells Fargo said Tuesday that it reached an agreement in principle to settle for $110 million a class action suit over the bank's practice of opening unauthorized accounts. The settlement of the lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco in May 2015, covers customers who said Wells opened an account in their name ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

The electric sands of Titan.

Atlanta GA Mar 29, 2017 Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged." When the wind blows hard enough , Titan's non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion referred to as ...

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Police fear foul play in case of missing Pinay in Atlanta.

Atlanta police have yet to locate a Filipina who has been missing since October last year despite help from the Filipino-American community, and are starting to consider foul play in the case.

- GMA News - PH

Free Online Access to Georgia's Legal Code Violates Copyright, Judge Says

One day after a federal judge in Atlanta ruled that the state of Georgia may copyright its official legal code and pursue infringers, a California public records activist who had made Georgia's code available for free to the general public began work on an appeal.

- Atlanta Daily Report - US

Buckhead CID studying public-private funding for park over Ga 400

The Buckhead Community Improvement District agreed to fund the third phase of an ongoing study of a park over Georgia 400, in which consultants will look at potential funding sources. The vote authorizes no more than $365,000 to be spent on phase three of the study by a consulting firm, according to a Reporter ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Lockhart says politics poses a threat to Fed's ability to sustain recovery

The former head of the Atlanta Fed says political issues threaten the central bank's ability to maintain a sustainable recovery. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart also said long-term demographic challenges posed by the retiring baby boomer ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

FIRST LOOK: Atlanta's first cat café opens in Grant Park

Love coffee and kitties? There's a pawsome new café in Grant Park you need to visit right meow. Java Cats Café, intown Atlanta's first cat cafe, opened March 28 with offerings that include artisanal coffee and fluffy, adoptable cats. The café is the brainchild of owner Hadyn Hilton, who heard about cat cafes while doing ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

​Synovus banks getting big name change

Synovus Financial Corp. is renaming all of its 28 locally-branded divisions to one single brand — Synovus. The Columbus, Ga.-based bank said the transition to a single-bank operating environment is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This transition will improve efficiency and productivity by consolidating ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Georgia lawmakers expand rural hospital tax credit

A proposal to expand Georgia's rural hospital tax credit program given up for dead earlier in this year's General Assembly session was resurrected Tuesday. The state House of Representatives voted unanimously to attach legislation aimed at increasing the credit to a related Senate bill. The original House bill failed to ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Report: Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, The Washington Post is reporting Tuesday. According to letters the Post reviewed, the Justice Department ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

​Atlanta producer to showcase local bands at The Cotton Club at the Tabernacle

One local producer/promoter has teamed up with an international live-music behemoth to showcase bands from Atlanta. Atlanta-based producer, promoter and musican Ian Schumacher partnered with Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. to host Ian Schumacher Presents: Showcase Atlanta' at The Cotton Club at ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

General Assembly sends school-turnaround bill to Gov. Deal

One of Gov. Nathan Deal's top priorities for the 2017 General Assembly session is on its way to his desk. The Georgia House of Representatives voted 113-36 Tuesday to approve the governor's latest plan to improve chronically failing schools, giving it final passage by agreeing to Senate changes to the bill. Georgia voters ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

​Forbes: Atlanta No. 3 U.S. city poised to become tech mecca

Atlanta could soon become one of the world's most elite tech cities. According to a new report from Forbes, Atlanta is the No. 3 American city poised to become one of tomorrow's tech meccas. Craving relocation to the East Coast? Opportunities for Atlanta-based tech jobs, including software developer, software programmer, ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Georgia Senate passes income tax cut

The Georgia Senate approved a state income tax cut Tuesday substantially different from a version of the bill passed by the state House of Representatives, setting the stage for negotiations that could extend into the final hours of this year's legislative session. The Senate bill, which passed 38-16 along party lines, ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Georgians Celebrate Visa-Free Travel Into EU

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili became one of the first Georgians to enjoy visa-free travel into the European Union. He joined students, cabinet ministers and members of parliament on a flight to Athens on March 28.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Trump just gutted U.S. policies to fight climate change

It won't do what the administration is saying it will, and what they aren't saying about it is terrifying.A coal-fired power plant in Juliette, GA. CREDIT: AP Photo/John Amis, FileThree months into President Donald Trump's first term, one thing has become increasingly clear: Trump has no interest in maintaining the ...

- ThinkProgress - US

The ACLU is suing Georgia for not letting a couple give their daughter 'Allah' as her last name

© AFP/File Karen BLEIERWashington - A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter "Allah" as her last name. Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. But state officials at the ...

- Business Insider - US

Katt Williams Sued for Allegedly Mistreating, Abusing Employee

Comedian Katt Williams is no stranger to the legal system and wild accusations. Most recently, a former assistant filed a lawsuit alleging that not only did the comedian underpay her, he verbally abused her, punched her, locked her in a hotel, and abandoned her in an Atlanta airport, fortunately......

- FindLaw - US

Legal spat in US over parents wanting to name child "Allah"

A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter "Allah" as her last name.Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.But state officials at the Department of Public Health said that under ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Bird flu found in Georgia

A case of bird flu has been discovered in Georgia for the first time. The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Monday that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Chattooga County, northwest of Rome, tested positive for avian influenza. The virus was identified during a routine screening, ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Delta needles United over 'leggings' flap

Delta Air Lines took a dig at United Airlines Monday after social media roasted United for barring two young girls from flying because they were wearing leggings. United, like Delta, has a dress code policy for family and guests of airline employees who fly on passes and are not technically paying customers. The airlines ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Home Depot may be responsible for pregnant employee's murder, federal court rules

Home Depot could be liable for the murder and rape of a pregnant employee after the retailer failed to take action on multiple sexual harassment complaints against a store manager, a federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled. According to a report from Courthouse News Service, Brian Cooper was Alisha Bromfield's supervisor ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Report: Seven lawsuits filed over Arby's data breach

Seven federal lawsuits have been filed over the data breach last fall at Arby's restaurants, the Associated Press reported. According to the news service, eight credit unions and banks from Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Montana have filed suit since early February. Arby's announced March ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Nigerian court says Coke products may be 'poisonous'

A high court judge in Nigeria has ruled that Coca-Cola products could be poisonous,' according to a CNN report. The court held that high levels of benzoic acid and additives in Coke's soft drinks could pose a health risk to consumers when mixed with ascorbic acid — commonly known as vitamin C. Justice Adedayo Oyebanji ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Emory Law Secures Funds for John Lewis Civil Rights Professorship

Emory University Law School has raised the money it needed to endow a civil rights professorship honoring Atlanta civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis and is conducting a national search for a scholar to fill the chair.

- Atlanta Daily Report - US

SMALL BIZ STRATEGIES: Tax tips entrepreneurs need to know

The taxman cometh. Running and managing a side hustle, small business, or new startup is a time-consuming endeavor that can already add stress to your life. Best not to miss an opportunity to save money at tax season. Sean Stein Smith, an assistant professor at Rutgers University, writing for Inc. magazine, offers some tips ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Rappers Gucci Mane, Rick Ross to film feature in Atlanta

Rappers Gucci Mane and Rick Ross have lots of experience making music videos, and now they're turning their attention to the silver screen. According to BET, the two will make a full-length feature in Atlanta later in 2017. Ross told Atlanta radio station V103 Live production would begin "in the next three months." He did ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Uber to use new technology for Braves games at SunTrust Park

The Atlanta Braves have a few more tricks up their sleeve to ease traffic around their new home in Cobb County. During the final of three briefings focused on traveling to SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta, the club and its official ridesharing partner, San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc., introduced a pilot of a ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast unveil Atlanta United broadcast team

Atlanta United won't be the only team in the Big Peach with world-famous soccer stars. Atlanta-based FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast announced play-by-play announcers Alan Green and Kevin Egan, color analyst Dan Gargan and studio host and sideline reporter Brittany Arnold will serve as the broadcast team for ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

NFL approves Raiders' move to Vegas

As the Atlanta Falcons finish work on their new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, NFL owners voted 31-1 today to allow the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas. The decision is a big win for the franchise — particularly owner Mark Davis — which continued working on a plan to move from Oakland after ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Meet the Georgians on Forbes 30th annual billionaires ranking

Thirteen people with ties to Georgia companies are on the 30th annual Forbes ranking of the world's billionaires. The top-ranked Georgia billionaire at No. 105 is 69-year-old Jim Kennedy, whose fortune Forbes estimates at $12.2 billion, for a tie with Blair Parry-Okeden among U.S. billionaires. Kennedy is the grandson ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Alston & Bird opens San Francisco office

Alston & Bird is opening a San Francisco office, its ninth in the United States and 11th worldwide. Antitrust Team leader and 25-year firm veteran Teresa Bonder will serve as partner-in-charge of the new office, located at 560 Mission St. in the south financial district of San Francisco. Bonder is joined by Robert Phillips ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Report: Bebe plans to shutter stores, including 5 in metro Atlanta

Bebe Stores Inc. is planning to shutter its locations and become an online-centric retailer, according to Bloomberg. Citing unnamed sources, the report says the Brisbane, Calif.-based women's retailer is trying to close the stores without filing for bankruptcy. Bloomberg 's sources say, however, that a Chapter 11 filing ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Q&A: JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic talks Umphrey's McGee, The Slim Wednesday Band, Sam Holt

Atlanta Business Chronicle's Phil W. Hudson recently spoke to John "JoJo" Hermann, the keyboardist for Widespread Panic and The Slim Wednesday Band. Originally from Athens, Ga., Widespread Panic has grown from playing fraternity houses at The University of Georgia to the stage at Georgia Theatre to becoming one of the most ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Lebanese student conducts during training in US first 'in seat' A-29 flight

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. , A Lebanese A-29 Super Tucano pilot trainee, from the 81st Fighter Squadron, conducted the first 'in seat' training sortie March 22, 2017, here. The program, which began earlier this month, is designed to ensure the Lebanon air force receives the support and training needed to safely and ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Police: Atlanta officers wound suspect after he shot woman

Atlanta authorities say a suspect was wounded by police gunfire after he shot a woman then turned his rifle on responding officers.

- FOX News - US

Police: Atlanta officers wound suspect after he shot woman

ATLANTA " Atlanta authorities say a suspect was wounded by police gunfire after he shot a woman then turned his rifle on responding officers.Atlanta media report that police were answering a call at 4:30 a.m. Monday from a...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

ACLU Battles Georgia Over Toddler's Last Name Of 'Allah'

ATLANTA — A civil rights group sued Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah."

- TPM News - US

Bird flu found in chicken flock at northwest Georgia farm

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. " About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Lawsuit: Hackers stole customer data at 1,000 Arby's stores

ATLANTA " A Connecticut couple says Georgia-based Arby's restaurants failed to prevent hackers from stealing customer information at hundreds of its stores.In a new federal lawsuit, the couple is seeking class-action status...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

IBM was a pioneer in the work-from-home revolution — now it's cracking down

WPA Pool / Getty ImagesAfter several decades of allowing employees to perform their jobs remotely, IBM has announced it is changing course to foster more in-person collaboration, Quartz reports. Some 2,600 people in IBM's marketing department, plus an unknown number of employees in IT, procurement, and Watson-related ...

- Business Insider - US

ACLU battles Georgia over toddler's last name of 'Allah'

ATLANTA — A civil rights group is suing Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah."

- Billings Gazette - US