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Aimia to buy rope and net maker Tufropes for $249.6 million

Aimia to buy rope and net maker Tufropes for $249.6 million

TORONTO — Aimia Inc. says it has signed a deal to buy rope and net maker Tufropes for $249.6 million. Under the deal, Paladin Private Equity LLC will be Aimia's partner. It will have an option to acquire up to a 19.
Broken baby Jesus statues flood restorers ahead of feast day

Broken baby Jesus statues flood restorers ahead of feast day

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It is Maximinio Vertiz’ busy season.
'Laverne & Shirley' actor Cindy Williams dies at 75

'Laverne & Shirley' actor Cindy Williams dies at 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cindy Williams, who was among the most recognizable stars in America in the 1970s and 1980s for her role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall's Laverne on the beloved sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died. She was 75.
Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she's dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades.
Nigeria sees cash shortage amid push for redesigned currency

Nigeria sees cash shortage amid push for redesigned currency

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's push to replace its paper money with newly designed currency notes has created a shortage of cash, leaving people unable to buy what they need and forcing businesses to close across the West African nation, experts and
Canada Post honours Chloe Cooley with stamp in time for Black History Month

Canada Post honours Chloe Cooley with stamp in time for Black History Month

A young Black woman who resisted her own enslavement in Queenston, Upper Canada, in the late 18th century is being honoured by Canada Post.
Why everyone's debating Riseborough's best actress Oscar nod

Why everyone's debating Riseborough's best actress Oscar nod

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing — not Tom Cruise's snub nor Austin Butler's lingering Elvis Presley inflections — has caused quite as much a stir around this year's Oscars as the best-actress nomination for British actress Andrea Riseborough.
IMF upgrades outlook for the global economy in 2023

IMF upgrades outlook for the global economy in 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the global economy is growing slightly brighter as China eases its zero-COVID policies and the world shows surprising resilience in the face of high inflation, elevated interest rates and Russia's ongoing war against
'Father of Peeps' marshmallow candies Bob Born dies at 98

'Father of Peeps' marshmallow candies Bob Born dies at 98

Ira “Bob” Born, a candy company executive known as the “Father of Peeps” for mechanizing the process to make marshmallow chicks, has died. He was 98.
Spreading the joy: Longer parade routes OKd for Mardi Gras

Spreading the joy: Longer parade routes OKd for Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — COVID-19 precautions wiped out most New Orleans' Mardi Gras festivities in 2021, and a shortage of police officers forced the city to shorten routes for some of its lavish seasonal parades in 2022.
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