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Venezuelans scramble as most-used banknote becomes void

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 11:10 a.m.

A man counts his 100-bolivar notes next to a sign alerting customers with a message in Spanish that reads: 100-bolivar notes will only be received until Tuesday, 12-13-16, inside a bakery in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Fernando Llano / Associated Press)
Venezuela became a country without cash Friday. As the country’s most widely used banknote went out of circulation, the higher-denomination bills that were supposed to replace the 100-bolivar note had not yet arrived at banks or ATMs. In the capital, people were relying on credit cards and bank transfers, or avoiding making purchases altogether.

12-year-old suspected of nail bomb attempt in Germany

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 9:56 a.m.

Federal German prosecutors are investigating a 12-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to set off a nail bomb at a Christmas market in the southern city of Ludwigshafen, officials said Friday.

No one hurt after e-cigarette sparks fire on American flight

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 9:26 a.m.

In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, a passenger talks on the phone as American Airlines jets sit parked at their gates at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Susan Walsh / AP)
An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Indianapolis had to make an emergency landing in Arkansas after a passenger’s electronic cigarette “malfunctioned” and started a small fire, airline officials said.

Trump security aide Flynn has deep ties to defense contractors

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 9:24 a.m.

In this Nov. 17 file photo, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives with his son Michael G. Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in New York. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Donald Trump’s selection of Michael Flynn as national security adviser caused concern last month when it was revealed that Flynn represented a business with ties to the Turkish government while getting classified briefings during the campaign. He promised to sever those ties before Inauguration Day.

Coalition airstrikes destroy air defense weapon in Syria

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 9:10 a.m.

Coalition airstrikes destroyed an air defense system that Islamic State militants had captured last weekend when they retook the Syrian city of Palmyra from Russian and Syrian regime forces.

North Carolina governor signs bill that limits power of his successor, Democrats

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 11:07 a.m.

Senate Pro-Tem Phil Berger, left, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, second from left, and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, right, confer on the Senate floor as the North Carolina General Assembly meets in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday. (Chris Seward / Associated Press)
North Carolina legislators wrapped up their work Friday on a pair of proposals that would deprive the incoming governor of a substantial part of his authority to make appointments and reduce Democrats’ power over election regulation. Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the bill dealing with elections a short time later.

Obama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hacking

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 7:58 a.m.

President Barack Obama speaks during a “My Brother’s Keeper” summit in South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)
President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America’s election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied.

School bus carrying 19 swerves to avoid deer, overturns

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 7:57 a.m.

Elementary school students in eastern North Carolina are being treated for injuries after their school bus overturned when the driver said he swerved to avoid deer that ran in front of the bus during the morning commute.

As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 6:16 a.m.

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot / Associated Press)
Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up billions in sales, even though there’s little proof they reduce rates of overdoses or deaths.

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