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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that energy and sports beverage company Bang Energy will invest $145 million in opening its first Southeastern manufacturing and distribution facility in Lithia Springs.

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The well-known pizza chain Papa John’s has picked metro Atlanta for the site of its new international headquarters to open in 2021, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Thursday.

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WASHINGTON  — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S.

PARIS  — The global economy is not doing as bad as previously expected, especially in the United States and China, but has still suffered an unprecedented drop due to the coronavirus pandemic, an international watchdog said Wednesday.

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them.

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The Better Business Bureau, serving metro Atlanta, Athens and northeast Georgia, has issued a consumer advisory for BLK Label Co. in Atlanta.

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LONDON — Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Jeff Lello has never been rich, but the 42-year-old could pocket $100 cash most weekend nights at the steakhouse chain where he waited tables. He always had enough money for groceries, his car and the modest Orlando apartment he rented with roommates.

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ATLANTA — Georgia tax collections rose in August for the second month in a row after three straight months of declines at the height of the coronavirus-driven business lockdown.

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A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that had been filed by 50 former pro wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries, including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and its Tourism division, Explore Georgia, as well as more than 700 tourism industry professionals from across the state gathered virtually Wednesday for the Georgia Tourism Summit.

WASHINGTON — Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there's a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future.

AUGUSTA — The unemployment rate for veterans was 2.9% when 2019 came to a close. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic upends the U.S. economy, that figure has more than tripled, leaving nearly 800,000 veterans searching for work.

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced Tuesday that Georgia has been named the “Top State for Doing Business” for the seventh year in a row by Area Development.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday that Fortune 1000 company Deluxe will establish a new office complex along with a FinTech and Customer Innovation Center in the City of Sandy Springs in Fulton County.

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The coronavirus pandemic has already had a major impact on the economy, but many other significant changes will occur in the future, a University of West Georgia professor said.

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ATLANTA — First-time unemployment claims in Georgia declined last week for the sixth week in a row, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

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Georgia Power residential customers will receive an estimated $12 credit on their bills next month under a resolution the state Public Service Commission (PSC) approved unanimously Tuesday.

For years, Better Business Bureau has warned consumers against doing business with callers and online companies who don’t have a valid physical address.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — Perry Porikos sat in the street outside one of his five businesses, in a makeshift patio area that didn’t exist before the COVID-19 pandemic sent his best customers — University of Michigan students — back home in mid-March.

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Byron Brock Country Financial donated a check for $1,500 to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for its C.A.G.E. unit.

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WASHINGTON  — U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.9% last month, a dose of support for an economy struggling to emerge from the grip of a pandemic that has held back a recovery and kept roughly 27 million people jobless.

HONG KONG  — TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigned Thursday amid U.S. pressure for its Chinese owner to sell the popular video app, which the White House says is a security risk.

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ATLANTA — Georgia will receive nearly $3.3 million from a multi-state settlement with Honda Motor Co. over allegations the carmaker concealed safety issues stemming from defective front airbags, Attorney General Chris Carr announced Tuesday.

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ATLANTA — Unemployed Georgians will soon begin receiving enhanced federal unemployment benefits that were cut off at the end of last month when the program expired, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Spurred by ultra-low mortgage rates, home buyers rushed last month to snap up a limited supply of existing houses, causing the pace of purchases to jump by a record-high 24.7%.

LYNNWOOD, Wash.  — On a warm summer night, two food trucks pulled onto a tree-lined street in a hilltop neighborhood outside Seattle. The smell of grilled meat filled the air, and neighbors slurped on boba tea drinks. Toddlers, teens, their parents and dogs sat in the grass, chatting behind …

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State Farm agent Teresa Grubbs is teaming up with Griffin Fire-Rescue to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign — “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” 

Dirty Dogs Car Wash, which opened its Griffin location earlier this year, recently donated food and cleaning supplies to the Spalding County Animal Shelter.

A convenience store chain is offering a free beverage or sandwich in exchange for them. A laundromat owner drove 4 hours across state lines to get $8,000 worth. A young girl in Illinois wrote the tooth fairy saying she’ll gladly take dollars as a substitute if it helps.