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Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage

LONDON (AP) — Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets. KFC says about 470 of the fried chicken chain's 900 U.K. restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage. The company says the disruption started last week when it switched delivery to DHL. Open branches are operating on shortened hours or with limited menus. The fried chicken chain first apologized for the problems on Saturday. It said it expects problems to continue throughout the week. The company declined to offer details about what it is doing to address the inadequate chicken supplies. KFC said: "We anticipate the number of closures will reduce today and over the coming days as our teams work flat-out all hours to clear the backlog."

Liberty Tax fires second chief executive in 6 months

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Liberty Tax has fired its chief executive officer and replaced him with a board member handpicked by the company's founder, who was also fired less than six months ago. The Virginia Beach-based Liberty Tax is the third-largest tax preparation chain in the country, behind H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. The company announced the firing of Ed Brunot Monday, with no explanation. Brunot replaced founder John T. Hewitt when the board voted to fire Hewitt in September after an internal investigation found he'd likely had multiple romantic relationships with employees and franchisees and given those women preferential treatment. Nicole Ossenfort was named as Brunot's replacement. In an email obtained by The Pilot, Ossenfort notes that Hewitt will serve in an advisory role and remain chairman of the board.

Report: EU would squeeze US juice, whiskey in trade spat

BERLIN (AP) — A German newspaper reports the European Union is drawing up a list of U.S. products to target — including orange juice and Kentucky bourbon — if Washington restricts imports of aluminum and steel. The U.S. Commerce Department last week urged President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on foreignmade metals, citing national security concerns. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily reported Tuesday the European Commission plans to retaliate with tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, but also whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas declined to comment on the list but said the EU would take "appropriate measures to defend EU industry." He said in Brussels "we stand ready to react swiftly and appropriately in case our exports are affected by any restrictive trade measures from the United States."

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