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Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine; company to press ahead

MINNEAPOLIS — Two longstanding mineral rights leases that are critical for a proposed large underground copper-nickel mine upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota will not be renewed, two federal agencies announced Thursday, but the company said it will press forward.

Venezuelans scramble as most-used banknote becomes void

CARACAS, Venezuela — 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.

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy seize 26 tons of cocaine in Pacific

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy are in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to offload 26.5 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $715 million seized in the waters off the Eastern Pacific.

Officials from the United States and Canada will discuss the drug interdictions during a news conference at Port Everglades on Thursday morning.

Hershey’s Chocolate World gears up for 100 millionth visitor

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey’s Chocolate World is gearing up for its 100 millionth visitor.

The free attraction in eastern Pennsylvania offers a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the iconic chocolate company and now the media group LNP reports officials are planning to commemorate the milestone visit.

Chocolate World’s website says more than 99.92 million people have visited.

Cuisinart recalls 8M food processors; broken blades reported

STAMFORD, Conn. — Cuisinart is voluntarily recalling about 8 million food processors after dozens of consumers reported finding pieces of broken blades in their food.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 30 reports of mouth lacerations or tooth injuries from the broken blades. Cuisinart’s parent company, Conair, announced the recall with the CPSC Tuesday.