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Johnsonville recalls ground pork over possible contamination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:33pm

Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds (21,800 kilograms) of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber.

Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:28pm

Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

David Koenig and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:13pm

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

David Koenig and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:09pm

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.

Florida governor suspends county elections supervisor

Terry Spencer and Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:34am

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political.

Court: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:11am

A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans.

Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:43am

Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling.

Germany's Mercedes-Benz plans assembly plant in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:39am

German automaker Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars unit says it is developing plans to open an assembly plant in Egypt.

Virginia looks to raise age limit on tobacco products

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:38am

Tobacco-friendly Virginia, where the early economy was powered by the leafy plant and the industry continues to hold great sway, is preparing to put new limits on who can buy tobacco products.

The Latest: Canada pushes for release of jailed citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:34am

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Bulgaria makes terror financing arrests across the country

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:29am

Police in Bulgaria says they have busted a suspected terrorism financing ring and detained 43 people in raids across the country.

Idaho environmental official seeks money for mine pollution

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:24am

Idaho's top environmental official says his agency needs money for continued cleanup efforts of toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations.

Macedonia seeks help in catching safe deposit box thefts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:39am

Macedonian authorities are seeking cross-border help to gather evidence on a 1.7-million euro ($1.9 million) theft from bank safe deposit boxes by an international gang in 2017.

On the shop floor, workers wonder what Brexit will bring

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:33am

It's an understatement to say that Michael O'Brien is worried about Brexit.

Canada says it won't be deterred by Chinese pressure

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:21am

Canada's public safety minister said Friday that the country won't be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the growing rift between America's neighbor and the emerging superpower.

Stocks keep climbing as hopes for US-China trade deal rise

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:43am

Stocks in the U.S. and Europe are surging Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China contribute to the market's newfound optimism.

Cyprus: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:33am

The U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus because Washington acknowledges the Mediterranean island nation's contribution to bolstering regional stability and security, the Cypriot foreign minister said Friday.

Tens of thousands honor stabbed Polish mayor on burial eve

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:19am

Church bells tolled as tens of thousands in Poland's northern city of Gdansk walked in a procession Friday bringing the coffin of the city's slain mayor to a basilica on the eve of his burial.

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:17am

Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum.

Markets Right Now: Stocks gain as US-China trade hopes rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:51am

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