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Corruption in Venezuela

Venezuelan journalist Alí Domínguez, who disappeared a week ago, dies from injuries of beating and torture.

Charles Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, on the death of journalist Alí Domínguez and the crisis in Venezuela.

Economy of the United States

Dollar Tree announces it will close 390 Family Dollar stores, and rebrand a further 200 Family Dollar stores as Dollar Tree.

Discount retailer Dollar Tree plans to close 390 Family Dollar stores this year while renovating 1,000 other locations, the company said in releasing its earnings report Wednesday that showed a $2.3 billion loss for the fiscal fourth quarter.

Economy of the United States

Production ends at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly complex in Lordstown, Ohio, United States.

General Motors is ending production at its Lordstown, Ohio plant Wednesday — two days earlier than previously expected.

United States Commerce Department

The United States Commerce Department reports the country's 2018 trade deficit was $621 billion (£472.5 bn), the highest since 2008.

The gap between US imports and exports hits a 10-year high despite the president's reduction plan.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, host of the American syndicated game show "Jeopardy!" since 1984, announces that he has been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He plans to continue hosting during his treatment.

Weinstein effect

Celebrity chef Mario Batali gives up his stake in his restaurants more than a year after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Partnership between Batali and the Bastianich family was formally dissolved a year after he was accused of sexual misconduct

Citarum River

The flooding of the Citarum River, Indonesia, causes at least two deaths.

One electrocuted in Bandung, West Java, as many residents remain in their homes.