DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.
Venezuela signed numerous energy deals during former President Hugo Chavez's 14 years in power, allowing countries in the Caribbean, Central America and other regions to receive oil on favorable financial terms. The accords, along with almost 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) that are sent to China to repay debts owed by Venezuela, are weighing on the cash flow of state-run oil company PDVSA. Venezuela last year sent an average of 243,000 bpd of crude and products to countries that signed accords known as Petrocaribe, the Caracas Energy Agreement and other bilateral deals. With growing domestic fuel consumption outpacing production and limited refining output, PDVSA has been forced to trim exports of oil products to its customers.