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AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator

Thomas McGaughey

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There has been another coaching shake-up with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, said a person familiar with the situation. The team has promoted Chase Blackburn to take McGaughey’s place after his contract was not renewed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of ... Read More »

France: Unions approve 1,300 job cuts at Peugeot maker PSA

PARIS (AP) — Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Five of six unions at PSA signed the deal with company management Friday. Hard-left union CGT refused to sign, arguing it is a veiled way to get rid of older workers and shut ... Read More »

APNewsBreak: Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to ... Read More »

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe’s satnav system

BERLIN (AP) — Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union’s new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center’s backup site from Swanwick to Spain. In a statement Friday, the commission said it was “a consequence of the U.K. withdrawal ... Read More »

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it’s suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from shaking hands while greeting each other during the ... Read More »

France’s Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will boost defense spending in the coming years to guarantee his country’s domestic security and maintain French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an increased European military cooperation on Friday. Addressing soldiers onboard the assault ship Dixmude off the naval base of Toulon, Macron promised to increase spending by 1.8 ... Read More »

Czech lawmakers lift immunity for PM Babis over fraud claims

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers agreed Friday to lift the immunity from prosecution for Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. The 111-69 vote in the lower house of parliament allows police to complete their investigation into Babis’ possible involvement in the $2 million fraud. The case involves a farm that received an EU subsidy after ... Read More »

Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it won’t approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats agreed during preliminary coalition talks last week to “immediately” stop approving arms exports to countries involved in the conflict. Government ... Read More »

Stocks rise despite looming US government closure

HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets rose Friday as investors looked past the threat of a U.S. federal government shutdown and focused on a strong underlying economy. The price of oil fell on a report saying U.S. production is set to rise further above 50-year highs. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 1.1 percent to 13,424 and France’s CAC 40 ... Read More »