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ABC News Facebook shares plummet after news of $550 million settlement over Illinois privacy law

ABC News Facebook shares fell as trading opened Thursday, on the heels of the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, which showed growth but revealed high expenses — including a $550 million tentative settlement in Illinois.
Facebook stock plummeted approximately 7…

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ABC News From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga at halftime

ABC News MIAMI —
Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there.
From marching bands to New Orleans jazz, from Latin and Caribbean vibes to Motown. From classic rock to country, pop to hip hop and rap.
From the sublime (To…

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ABC News Postal workers union with 200,000 members endorses Sanders

ABC News DES MOINES, Iowa —
Bernie Sanders was endorsed Thursday by the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union, an influential group that also backed the Vermont senator’s presidential bid against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primar…

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ABC News Mexico president calls conservationist’s death ‘regrettable’

ABC News MEXICO CITY —
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday called the death of a rural leader who fought to conserve the monarch butterfly’s wintering grounds regrettable and painful, a day after his body was found in Michoacan state.
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ABC News New witnesses unlikely, Trump impeachment trial could end quickly: GOP sources

ABC News Senators return at 1 p.m. Thursday for a second day of questions to House managers and President Donald Trumps legal team in his impeachment trial as attempts by Democrats to rally votes for new witnesses appear to have stalled.
After more than 90 questions …

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ABC News Federal Reserve proposes loosening rules on bank investments

ABC News WASHINGTON —
The Federal Reserve approved a proposal Thursday to loosen a financial-crisis era rule that prevents banks from investing in venture capital funds.
The proposal would affect the so-called Volcker Rule,” which was created after the 2008 finan…

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ABC News EU fines NBCUniversal for restricting film merchandise sales

ABC News BRUSSELS —
European Union authorities have fined NBCUniversal for restricting cross-border sales of Jurassic Park” toys, Minions school bags, Big Lebowski” mugs and other licensed film merchandise, in the bloc’s latest regulatory effort to enforce the comp…

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ABC News Drink innovation helps Coke exceed 4Q forecasts

ABC News ATLANTA —
New drinks like Coca-Cola Plus Coffee helped Coca-Cola Co. to a better-than-expected fourth quarter.
The Atlanta beverage maker said sales of fizzy drinks rose 3% for the quarter and 2% for the year, driven by strong sales in China, Brazil and S…

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ABC News Poland: New law allows prison terms for disrupting hunts

ABC News WARSAW, Poland —
Poland’s president has signed into law legislation that is intended to contain the spread of African swine fever and allows three-year prison sentences for anyone convicted of interrupting organized hunts.
Critics of the bill signed by P…

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ABC News Winds topple border wall panels on California-Mexico border

ABC News CALEXICO, Calif. —
Strong winds gusting across Southern California have toppled several panels of a new barrier being installed along the U.S.-Mexico border, a newspaper reported.
The U.S. Border Patrol said the panels fell into Mexican territory Wednesda…