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Coca-Cola's profit tumbled in the second quarter, hampered in part by charges related to the refranchising of its North American business. But adjusted results still topped most expectations as higher pricing offset flat sales volume from a year ago.

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The world's biggest beverage maker is trying to diversify under new CEO James Quincey to better reflect changing tastes and the proliferation of options in the beverage aisle.

Georgia Skips Out On Back-To-School Sales Tax Weekend

Jul 21, 2017
Anne Carter shopped at Target for back-to-school supplies. Georgia lawmakers did not pass a law enacting a tax-free weekend this year.
Ada Montgomery / WABE

At a Target near Midtown, shoppers were stocking up on clothing and school supplies, but this year, there's no back-to-school tax break in Georgia because lawmakers didn’t pass a law calling for it.

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Kate Morgens, a teacher at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, said she was sad to learn there wouldn’t be a sales tax holiday this year.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

The Civic Center property may soon be back in play. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is exploring “reactivating” the 18-acre Civic Center site and possibly putting it back on the market.

“We will have an announcement about the future of the Civic Center by the end of this month,” Reed told Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 19.

A Google Fiber van in Atlanta
Courtesy of Google Fiber

The CEO of Google Access, Gregory McCray, which oversees Google Fiber, stepped down Monday.

McCray was named CEO in February 2017 after CEO Craig Barratt resigned last year. Barratt left after layoffs were announced and plans to expand Google Fiber to nearly a dozen cities was put on hold.

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David J. Phillip / Associated Press

If the Trump administration gets its way, all Americans boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call an ill-advised step toward a surveillance state.

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