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ACLU of Georgia slams plan to close many of county’s polls

 Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black south Georgia county.

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Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers.

AP analysis finds Democratic voters hold an enthusiasm edge

The strong Democratic turnout is a key factor fueling the party’s hopes of regaining control of the House in November for the first time in eight years. It’s particularly significant because Democrats often struggle to turn out their voters when a presidential candidate isn’t on the ballot.

Kingsland woman steals thousands from her employer

A Kingsland woman was charged with four counts of Theft by Taking and one count of Financial Transaction Fraud from her employer in St....

BUSINESS

Robins Air Force base in Georgia plans to add 1,200 jobs

The U.S. Air Force says it wants to add 1,200 jobs within the next year at its sprawling base in central Georgia.

Coca-Cola investing in sports drink maker BodyArmor

Coca-Cola is buying a minority ownership stake in sports drink maker BodyArmor, for an undisclosed amount, marking the latest move by the world’s biggest...

Leading floor manufacturer to create 200 jobs in North Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Mannington Mills, a leading flooring manufacturer, will create more than 200 jobs and invest $42 million in Calhoun...

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US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts to cut down small trees and underbrush and set controlled fires to remove trees that serve as fuel for catastrophic blazes.