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Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas’ biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group …

What do Panera and Krispy Kreme have in common?

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera is being acquired by Europe’s JAB Holding Co. for more than $7 billion, the second largest restaurant deal made in North America in at least decades. Americans are likely more familiar with JAB than they know. The Luxembourg investment fund has controlling interests in Peet’s …

China’s trading partners alarmed by food import controls

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of food imports — including such low-risk items as wine and chocolate — that Washington and Europe say could …

China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people. State media reported Friday that the National Health and Family Planning Commission ordered closures anywhere …

Cambodia’s “perfect pepper” conquering world’s taste buds

KAMPOT, Cambodia (AP) — A nearby sea, flanking mountains, a quartz-rich soil: It’s the perfect spot on earth, devotees say, to yield a product they describe in that rapturous vocabulary usually reserved for fine wines: “aristocratic, virile, almost aphrodisiacal,” with subtle notes of caramel, gingerbread and mild tobacco. Celebrity chefs …