Rescue Crews Race To Find Survivors In Rubble Of Quake-Hit Italian Towns

More than a day after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy, rescue teams are desperately searching for survivors in the rubble of once-charming mountain towns.At least 241 people died in the disaster, according to civil protection officials, The Associated Press reports. Many of the devastated communities are difficult to reach, and the exact number of missing persons isn't known.The number of possible casualties is unclear partly because, as we reported Wednesday, the affected...
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Why Every New Business Isn't A Startup

Americans have been starting small businesses for centuries. So why does it seems like every new business is suddenly a “startup?” To unpack the jargon, Rickey Bevington spoke with Cassius Butts, Region IV Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Interview Highlights On the definition of startup Startups, in our world, typically look at those individuals who've never been in business before who are seeking guidance and direction from those resources -- sometimes government -- that...
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Ramping Up The Fight Against Teen Pregnancy

A small, white bungalow off a main road in Macon represents a more aggressive response by Macon-Bibb County health officials to teen pregnancy. “This is the lab,” said Bibb County Health Administrator Nancy White, as she tours her department’s new teen health center. “We will do pregnancy testing and STD testing here.” They’ll not only administer tests but county health officials will provide free birth control to teenagers. Georgia law allows minors 12 years of age and older to access birth...
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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Updated at 7:10 p.m. ETLike a lot of people's grandmothers, Flonzie Brown-Wright keeps a candy jar in the living room of her single-story home, which is also adorned with potted plants and family photos.For Brown-Wright, 74, this jar is a reminder of the absurd questions — questions with no real answers — that she and other African-Americans had to answer before registering to vote in Mississippi in the 1960s."'How many jelly beans in a pound of candy? ... 'How many feathers are on a chicken?...
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The documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” tells the story of 18 athletes who represented the United States at the 1936 Olympic Games. Among the athletes were two Georgians. They defied Jim Crow and Nazi Germany to compete in the games, which took place in Berlin. The documentary will screen weekend at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta.

A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice found women are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the United States. The number of women in local jails is almost 14 times what it was in the 1970s. We examine what’s driving this trend and the unique challenges women face behind bars with Elizabeth Swavola, Senior Program Associate at the institute and one of the study’s authors, Priscilla Fennell, former Georgia inmate and activist, and Sara Totonchi, the Executive Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights. 

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A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice found the number of women in local jails is almost 14 times what it was in the 1970s, making it the fastest growing incarcerated population in the country. We examine what’s driving this trend and the challenges women face behind bars. 

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It's legal in a few states to make and sell edibles laced with marijuana. Not in Georgia, but that's not stopping some local weed chefs from marketing their goodies on Instagram. Journalist Bobbin Wages recently looked at Atlanta's underground marijuana culinary scene for a story in Creative Loafing. We speak with her and an Atlanta chef who uses weed as a special ingredient.

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Today Volkswagen announced a tentative agreement with its 652 franchise dealers in the U.S. The company didn't reveal the price tag but sources tell the Reuter news service the deal is worth $1.2 billion.

According to a statement from the company, Volkswagen has agreed to pay cash to the dealers and "to resolve alleged past, current and future claims of losses in franchise value."

Human viruses are like a fine chocolate truffle: It takes only one to get the full experience.

At least, that's what scientists thought a few days ago. Now a new study published Thursday is making researchers rethink how some viruses could infect animals.

A team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has found a mosquito virus that's broken up into pieces. And the mosquito needs to catch several of the pieces to get an infection.

Enormous trucks from all over the country are rolling down highways toward Baton Rouge, La.

When they get to town, their task is to clear neighborhoods where streets are lined with trash from last week's massive flood.

Baton Rouge contracted with DRC Emergency Services to handle disaster response when the floods began last week. It started out rescuing people in boats, and now that the boats are docked, trucks are coming in to handle the cleanup.

The messaging service WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy for the first time since being bought by Facebook in 2014. The app will begin sharing some of its data and phone numbers with the social network. It will also start testing how businesses, too, can talk to its users, for instance by offering flight or shipping or banking notifications.

Italian writer-director Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre (My Mother) is about an everyday drama in which nearly everyone eventually participates: the death of a parent. It begins not in a hospital but in the streets, where striking factory workers clash with police. It looks real enough, until the director yells, "cut!"

The ability to interlace reality and fantasy is one of cinema's strengths, and at times Mia Madre is as bewitchingly surreal as 8 1/2, Fellini's stream-of-consciousness classic. But Moretti's movie is less swaggering and more tender.

A man, a plan, a canal — Panama! The classic palindrome also doubles as tidy descriptor for Hands of Stone, a shoddy biopic about Roberto Durán, a legendary Panamanian boxer whose identity, according to the film, is tied closely to the fate of the Panama Canal.

If you could slough off the life you'd built every few years and reinvent yourself as a whole new person, would that be a great escape or evidence of severe psychic damage? It's a great premise to lift off from, and I only wish that the overwrought but undercooked new drama, Complete Unknown, stepped up with a sharper idea of what it wanted to talk to us about. Especially with the suitably inward Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon on hand to deepen the enigma and then open it up.

Two attractive young idealists named Barack and Michelle tour a Chicago full of hope together in Southside With You, a date movie about the First First Date. It's summer 1989, and neither of the future Obamas has any inkling what's in store for them (even though the script they're inhabiting does).

They've known each other for only a few months, but this love story between an Australian ultramarathoner and a Chinese stray dog has seen extraordinary highs and lows.

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