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  • Woman files lawsuit against Victoria’s Secret over firing

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman has filed a lawsuit against Victoria’s Secret claiming she was unjustly fired due to her weight and her age. The Bangor Daily News reports 50-year-old Kelly Merchant says in her lawsuit filed last month that she was fired in June 2015 because she didn’t fit the lingerie company’s […]
  • Alabama’s largest mall closes early after Thanksgiving brawl

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Shoppers were ushered out of Alabama’s largest shopping mall, which closed about 40 minutes early after a brawl broke out the night before Black Friday. AL.com reports that police and firefighters responded to reports of fighting in the Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama, around 11 p.m. on […]
  • Authorities: Burned body found on top of commuter train

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a burned body was found on top of a commuter train at a station in Philadelphia. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials would only say a “medical emergency” had occurred on Thursday at the Jefferson Station, in the city’s downtown area. But a police official confirmed that a body was found. […]
  • German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne’s administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. […]
  • Deer hunting limited in Western US states after tough winter

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Hunting guide Mike Clark normally has more than 20 clients lined up each fall for trips deep into Wyoming’s western wilderness to shoot mule deer, prized by hunters for their size and impressive antlers. But unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall that blanketed much of the Western U.S. last winter killed […]
  • Gains for retailers and energy companies send stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are on track for more records Friday as retailers climb at the start of the post-Thanksgiving shopping period. The CEO of Macy’s said Black Friday sales are going well. Energy companies rose after Bloomberg reported that a group of key oil producers plans to extend their cuts in production […]
  • Plan to change New England ocean stewardship up for debate

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is close to enacting new rules about New England ocean habitat that could mean dramatic changes for the way it manages the marine environment and fisheries. The National Marine Fisheries Service has been working on the rules for some 13 years and recently made them public. They would […]
  • Markets Right Now: Energy, tech lead stock gains

    The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 1 p.m. Stocks are ending a shortened trading day with more record highs as technology and health care companies post solid gains. Energy stocks were also higher Friday as the price of U.S. crude oil rose 1.6 percent. Oil was higher after Bloomberg reported that […]
  • Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s lawmakers on Friday approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020 despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs. Proposed by trade unions that want shop workers to spend more time with their families, the bill got support from the ruling party that adheres […]
  • Italian firm to drill 2 wells off Cyprus in next 2 months

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The top executive of ENI said Friday that the Italian oil and gas company will drill two exploratory wells off Cyprus over the next two months, expressing confidence that significant reserves can be found for possible export to Europe. ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi described Cyprus as a “natural bridge” linking existing […]
  • ‘We dare not squander the moment:’ Zimbabwe’s new leader

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans must set aside “poisoned” politics and work together to rebuild the nation and re-engage the world, new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday, delivering an inclusive message to an exultant crowd that packed a stadium for his inauguration. Mnangagwa, blamed for a number of the crackdowns and damaging policies of his […]
  • The Latest: Fingerlings, Pikmi Pops among toys hard to find

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Black Friday (all times local): ___ 1 p.m. Hot toys were hard to find in stores. That’s according to Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of toy review website TTPM. Among the sold-out ones, Silver says: Fingerlings robotic monkeys; Luvabella moving dolls; and Pikmi Pops and LOL Surprise Big Surprise, both […]
  • The Latest: Zimbabwe’s new leader seeks international help

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Zimbabwe’s new president is reaching out to the world after years of sanctions and international condemnation over rights abuses, saying that “We ask those who have punished us in the past to reconsider.” President Emmerson […]
  • Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

    BERLIN (AP) — Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at […]
  • No breakthrough in Brexit talks as new deadline approaches

    BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May failed Friday to make any breakthrough in Brexit talks with the European Union, as time runs out to move the negotiations into a critical second phase before the end of the year. At a summit in Brussels, May met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leaders of […]