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Weekly news briefs: Sept. 21


Neighbors save mother and children

A mother and her four children were saved from a fire in southwest Atlanta by quick thinking neighbors, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Neighbors heard children calling for help around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, and helped rescue the mother and youngest daughter before firefighters arrived. The family was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the mother is in intensive care, and her two boys are in critical condition.

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Campaign announced to give legal immigrants citizenship

Over eight million legal immigrants have a chance to become American citizens by Election Day 2016, according to the New York Times. White House officials announced the start of a nationwide campaign, which will offer mandatory citizenship practice tests on cellphones and preparatory workshops in rural areas. The White House is also working with regional immigrant groups to organize over 70 citizenship workshops and more than 200 naturalization ceremonies for the following week.  


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Chile crisis lessened by increased measures
Thanks to advanced planning and quick reactions by authorities, an 8.3 earthquake near Chile’s death toll was far less disastrous, according to CNN. Increased monitoring and renovation of buildings in the earthquake prone Chile proved beneficial when a 16 foot tsunami wave was triggered by the quake that killed 11 people, damaged about 170 homes and left more than 70,000 home without power on Wednesday night.

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