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Confidencial director Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, walks through his ransacked offices while talking on his cellphone in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Nicaraguan police raided the offices of five nongovernmental organizations and Confidencial, an independent media outlet, on Thursday, alleging that they participated in seeking the government's overthrow.
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General Motors headquarters in Detroit. The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last Nov. 2018 might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.
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People wearing yellow vests demonstrate in Peyrorade, southwestern France, Friday, Dec.14, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for "calm" and "order" ahead of promised new protests by the broad yellow-vest movement after rioting in recent weeks.
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A sign for Moody's Corp. in New York. Concerns are building from Washington to Wall Street about the trillions of dollars in debt that U.S. businesses have racked up, particularly by companies with relatively weak finances.
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Israeli soldiers stand at the scene of an attack near the settlement of Givat Assaf in the West Bank, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, shooting at soldiers and civilians and killing at least two Israelis before fleeing, the military and Israel's rescue service said.
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An aircraft of "Air Berlin" with the writing Etihad taxies at the Duesseldorf, western Germany, airport. A Berlin court said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, for 2 billion euros (US$2.26 billion) in damages. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
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A shopper walks through Dolphin Mall while shopping on Black Friday in Miami. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for November.
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Volkswagen cars are pictured during a final quality control at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Automaker Volkswagen says it is on track for a new annual sales record despite troubles getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests.
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Rescuers work at the site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Thirteen young miners were missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were digging illegally in India's remote northeast, police said Friday.
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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. European Union leaders have offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises, as the British prime minister seeks a lifeline that could help her sell her Brexit divorce deal to a hostile U.K. Parliament.
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European Union leaders attend a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. EU leaders gathered Thursday for a two-day summit which will center on the Brexit negotiations. (Piroschka van de Wouw, Pool Photo via AP)
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People cross a street in Tokyo. A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted.
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Joseph Soldwedel, the publisher of the Prescott Daily Courier, poses for a photo in Phoenix. Soldwedel, the owner of a chain of small Arizona newspapers, and his wife Felice are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning.
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Virgin Galactic reaches space for the first time during its 4th powered flight from Mojave, Calif. The aircraft called VSS Unity reached an altitude of 271,268 feet reaching the lower altitudes of space.
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses to apparent acknowledgement of those hush money settlements – though he claims they wouldn't be illegal.
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California finishes a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Pelosi has all but ensured she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post.
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A realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates.
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The President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi waits for the beginning of a press conference following the meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany. Draghi will hold a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
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The European Central Bank sits next to the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, where ECB president Mario Draghi will hold a news conference on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
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Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, poses with his wife Siti Hasmah during the launch of Proton new SUV in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Malaysian national car maker Proton launches the X70, its first sports utility vehicle. Loss-making Proton, which is 49.9 percent owned by China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd., is hoping that the sleek SUV will help to turnaround its fortune. The X70 is based on Geely's Boyue, that was launched two years ago and is one of China's best-selling SUV.
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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. Munoz says his pilots don’t need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the center of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia. Munoz spoke to reporters Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 and said the Boeing 737 MAX is safe and reliable.
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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is interviewed during "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo," on the Fox Business Network, in New York. Shares of Verizon are falling before the opening bell after the company said it would take a $4.6 billion hit for what’s become an expensive internet foray with Yahoo and AOL. The two companies, which came to be called Oath under Verizon, has yet to pan out. In September, Verizon announced that Oath CEO Armstrong was leaving.
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A shopper looks at hiking boots during a sale in REI Co-op's flagship store in Seattle. U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, the best performance since prices actually fell eight months ago.
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Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos, right, and Lockheed Martin vice-president Ana Wugofski, left, shake hands after signing a 1.6-billion euro deal on the purchase of 14 New F-16 Fighter Jets in Bratislava, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Slovakia is due to buy 14 new F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets from the US producer, for delivery by 2023. (Michal Svítok/TASR via AP)