Business Briefs – November 22, 2018

Stores Try to Cut Down on Long Lines

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for Black Friday. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. At Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for goods on their own phones. And at Target, Walmart and others, workers will be sent to store aisles to check customers out on mobile devices. Retailers hope the changes will make in-store shopping less of a hassle.

UK’s May Faces More Criticism For Post-Brexit Ties Text

LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May faced wide-ranging criticism from skeptical lawmakers Thursday as she sought to portray a draft agreement on a post-Brexit relationship with the European Union as a “good deal for our country.” Addressing the House of Commons after the publication of a 26-page draft political declaration with the EU on post-Brexit relations, May said the agreement will ensure a “smooth and orderly” British departure from the European Union.

Venezuela Seeks to Extradite Former Official Indicted By US

CARACAS (AP) – Venezuela is seeking the extradition of a former national treasurer days after U.S. prosecutors say he pleaded guilty to accepting over $1 billion in bribes. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab announced Thursday a case against Alejandro Andrade, who was treasurer under the late President Hugo Chavez. Andrade currently lives in Wellington, Florida, an exclusive enclave known for its horses.