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British military reports an explosion off the coast of Yemen in the key Bab el-Mandeb Strait

A “potential explosion” has struck a key shipping route off the coast of Yemen. That’s according to a statement from the British military on Sunday.

Barbie doll honoring Cherokee Nation leader is met with mixed emotions

Toy maker Mattel is honoring the late, legendary Cherokee leader Wilma Mankiller with a Barbie doll as part of its “Inspiring Women” series.

Chinese developer Evergrande risking liquidation if creditors veto its plan for handling huge debts

A Hong Kong court will convene a hearing Monday on troubled Chinese property developer Evergrande’s plans for restructuring its more than $300 billion in debts.

Report: Contaminants being removed from vacant Chicago lot where migrant housing is planned

A report from an environmental consultant says high levels of mercury and other contaminants are being removed from a vacant Chicago lot where a tent camp housing 2,000 migrants is planned.

Remington gun factory in operation for nearly 200 years is set to close

A gun factory in upstate New York with a history stretching back to the 19th century is scheduled to close in March.

Italian officials secure 12th Century leaning tower in Bologna to prevent collapse

Italian officials have secured the shorter of two 12th century towers in Bologna, fearing that its leaning could lead to collapse.

At COP28 meeting, oil companies pledge to combat methane. Environmentalists call it a “smokescreen”

Fifty oil companies representing nearly half of global production are pledging to reach near-zero methane emissions and end routine flaring in their operations by 2030.

Bolivia’s Indigenous women climbers fear for their future as the Andean glaciers melt

Dressed up in colorful, multilayered skirts, a group of 20 Indigenous Bolivian women have been climbing the Andes peaks for the past eight years, working as guides for tourists.

New York could see more legal pot shops after state settles cases that halted market

New York could soon start to get more recreational marijuana dispensaries after a judge approved legal settlements to end lawsuits that halted the state’s legal cannabis licensing program.

Jury orders egg suppliers to pay $17.7 million in damages for price gouging in 2000s

A federal jury in Illinois has delivered a verdict of $17.7 million in damages to several major food manufacturing companies who sued egg producers over a conspiracy to limit the supply of eggs in the U.S. years ago.

New Indiana coach Curt Cignetti says ‘no reason’ he can’t replicate his JMU success

The coach who led a stunningly successful move by James Madison to the highest level of college football has big goals for his new job at Indiana.

Canadian mining company starts arbitration in case of closed copper mine in Panama

Canada’s First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has announced it will start arbitration proceedings to fight the closure order of an open-pit copper mine in Panama, or possibly obtain damages.

Business Highlights: Fed’s Powell notes easing inflation; Walmart ditches Musk’s X

Business Highlights: A summary of the day’s top stories in the business world.

How major US stock indexes fared Friday, 12/1/2023

Stocks gained ground on Wall Street as the market comes off its best month in more than a year. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% Friday, marking its fifth straight week of gains.

North Carolina governor and allies celebrate kickoff of Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is up and running in North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper and health care advocates held an event in Charlotte on Friday to celebrate the first day of expansion, which means adults who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid are now being enrolled.

Chicago and other northern US cities scramble to house migrants with coldest weather just ahead

Chicago is scrambling to house hundreds of asylum-seekers who are still sheltering on sidewalks, at police stations and at the city’s busiest airport as the cold weather sets in and with winter just around the corner.

Philadelphia votes to ban ski masks to decrease crime. Opponents worry it’ll unfairly target some

Philadelphia City Council has passed legislation to ban ski masks in some public spaces. Supporters of the measure say it will increase public safety amid high violent crime, but opponents argue it will unfairly target people without proof of any wrongdoing.

Rail union says Union Pacific layoffs of over 1,000 track maintenance workers jeopardizes safety

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The head of the union that represents track maintenance workers says Union Pacific is jeopardizing safety by delaying nearly 1,200 planned projects until next year and laying off more than 1,000 workers, but the railroad says the seasonal move shouldn’t be alarming.

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for January delivery fell $1.89 to $74.07 per barrel Friday. Brent crude for February delivery fell $1.98 to $78.88 per barrel.

X says Walmart pulled ads in October, weeks before Media Matters hate speech report and Musk rant

Walmart is the latest company to publicly join the growing flock of major advertisers to pull spending from X, Elon Musk’s beleaguered social media company, amid concerns about hate speech — as well as reaching a sizeable audience on the platform.