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Past articles by Ben:

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. agrees to $60 price cap on Russian oil; Scholz speaks with Putin

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the war, a presidential adviser said. President Biden said he has no plans to meet Vladimir Putin until Russia signals an intention to end the war. → Read More

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. proposes war crimes tribunal; energy woes continue; White House ‘concerned’ about Paul Whelan

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed establishing a specialized court to investigate and prosecute Russia for war crimes. → Read More

ALS, a rare but deadly disease, can silence anyone. Here’s what to know.

Roberta Flack has ALS, her manager says. The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has taken away her ability to sing. → Read More

From ‘9 to 5’ to $100 million, Dolly Parton receives Bezos charity award

Parton hasn’t said what she will do with the money, but she has several long-standing philanthropic projects. → Read More

Listeria outbreaks can be deadly. Here’s what to know about them.

A listeria outbreak has been tied to deli meat and cheese. What are symptoms of listeria and which states have cases? Here's what we know about the spread. → Read More

Powerball jackpot hits $1B again. An expert says it’ll happen more often.

The Powerball lottery jackpot has reached $1 billion, partly because lotto companies try to ensure big jackpots, economics professor Victor Matheson said. → Read More

Here are some brands dropping Kanye West (and his antisemitic remarks)

Companies, including Adidas and Balenciaga, have cut ties with the influential musician and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West after antisemitic remarks. → Read More

Shooter kills two at St. Louis high school and dies after gunfight, police say

A woman and a teen were fatally shot at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. → Read More

Hospitals are worried about child RSV this year. Here’s what to know.

An RSV outbreak is worrying hospitals already preparing for an uptick in variants of another respiratory virus — the one that causes covid-19. → Read More

Barilla customers sue because ‘Italy’s #1 Brand of Pasta’ is made in U.S.

A California duo is suing the pasta company, alleging that its "Italy's #1 Pasta Brand" claim is false advertising. They seek class-action status. → Read More

As powerful hurricane bears down on Florida, Georgia braces for a hit

Hurricane Ian could bring dangerous coastal storm surges, high winds and flash flooding to Georgia this week — but not the threat of catastrophic destruction the storm poses for Florida’s Gulf coast. → Read More

Ian: Georgia in state of emergency, Kemp calls up 500 National Guard troops

Original (published at 3:38 p.m.): Georgia’s top emergency management official said he expects Gov. Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency because of Hurricane Ian this afternoon. Chris Stallings, head of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, made the announcement just after 2 p.m. that all 159 counties will be included in the emergency declaration because of the strong… → Read More

Federal judge: Congressman can’t avoid testimony before Fulton special grand jury

A federal judge on Monday indicated that a Georgia congressman couldn’t kill a subpoena from the Fulton County special grand jury studying whether former President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to sway Georgia’s 2020 elections. → Read More

Fulton DA faces biggest decision of career as Trump grand jury looms

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who's spent the last 15 months investigating former President Donald Trump and allegations of election interference in Georgia, is set to make the biggest decision of her career after a special grand jury convenes to collect new evidence and testimony. → Read More

Fulton fires 2 elections workers accused of shredding voter applications

The state is investigating accusations that Fulton County elections workers shredded voter registration applications. → Read More

Fulton official steps down after AJC/Ch. 2 probe on per diem spending

A long-time board member of the Development Authority of Fulton County (DAFC) is stepping down following an joint investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable per diem spending at the agency. → Read More

Pandemic worsens substitute teacher shortage in metro Atlanta

More teachers are staying home for quarantine and other health reasons, while fewer substitutes are willing to take their places. → Read More

Fulton nears vote count completion

Georgia election update: Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta, was not finished counting votes before dawn on Thursday. → Read More

Fulton election results delayed after pipe bursts in room with ballots

Fulton County’s absentee-by-mail processing operation at State Farm Arena was delayed four hours today after a water pipe burst in a room with ballots. → Read More

Incoming Fulton sheriff plans to hire deputies, fix up notorious jail

For the first time in more than a decade, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office will soon have another leader. Incoming sheriff Patrick Labat defeated fellow Democrat Sheriff Ted Jackson last week. Labat, the longtime Atlanta jail chief, will take over the county's massive detention facilities, which have been subject of regular controversy for years with accusations of terrible conditions that… → Read More