April 28th, 2015

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National Football League giving up tax-exempt status; Goodell says it was a ‘distraction’

WASHINGTON – The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a “distraction.” In a letter to team owners, Goodell said that the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell said the NFL has been tax-exempt since ... Read More »

BoC not trying to ‘frighten’ with rate cut, housing forecast, ‘atrocious’ remark

OTTAWA – The governor of the Bank of Canada says he didn’t mean to surprise markets in recent months with his stunning interest-rate cut, a worrying real estate projection and the grim adjective he chose to describe the country’s economic performance. During testimony before a parliamentary committee, Stephen Poloz was asked about his eyebrow-raising use ... Read More »

Prentice won’t say why PC nomination candidate nixed; says it’s up to him

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says the party had good reason to disallow a candidate from seeking a PC nomination in Calgary. Jamie Lall says he was told he couldn’t run against former Wildrose MLA Bruce McAllister in Chestermere-Rockyview. Lall says he was given no reason and has a text from former justice minister ... Read More »

Ontario spent $7M on consultants for Hydro One, beer sales report

TORONTO – Ontario spent nearly $7 million on consultants who helped a Liberal government-appointed panel to recommend selling a majority of Hydro One and changes to beer sales. The premier’s office says having the consultants’ technical expertise makes the government “confident” that the panel’s recommendations are “evidence-based and in the best interest of Ontarians.” Former ... Read More »

Japan PM says he’s ‘deeply pained’ by WWII suffering of women but does not apologize

WASHINGTON – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sidestepped a question on whether he would apologize for the sexual enslavement of women by Japan’s army during World War II. Abe instead said he was “deeply pained” by the suffering of “comfort women.” He was using a euphemism for tens of thousands of Asian women who ... Read More »

‘Harley was homeless, but still a human being,’ bus shelter murder case told

KENTVILLE, N.S. – A man has told a Nova Scotia court that he was in disbelief when he had heard that his brother died after being set on fire as he slept inside a bus shelter. Ron Lawrence read a victim impact statement Tuesday at a sentencing hearing for two men who pleaded guilty in ... Read More »

Ambulances carrying coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as drug traffickers’ executions near

CILICAP, Indonesia – Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones as Indonesia announced it will execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man on drug charges, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. The nine inmates were given 72-hour notices over the weekend ... Read More »

Kennedy tough to read as Supreme Court takes up historic arguments over same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON – Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Kennedy, whose vote could decide the issue, offered reasons for hope and worry to both sides in the rapt courtroom. Same-sex couples now can ... Read More »

Remains of aboriginal woman missing for 10 years discovered in Alberta woods

EDMONTON – Mounties say human remains found south of Edmonton have been identified as a missing Metis woman. Delores Dawn Brower, who went by the nickname Spider, was a sex trade worker last seen hitching a ride in Edmonton in 2004. The 33-year-old was reported missing by her family a year later. RCMP say her ... Read More »

Cotillard, Seydoux to star in Dolan’s next French-language feature

MONTREAL – Production is set to being next month on Xavier Dolan’s next film, a French-language feature starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel. Dolan says he’s thrilled to work with such “inspiring talent” on “It’s Only the End of the World” (Juste La Fin Du Monde). The Canada-France co-production also stars Nathalie Baye ... Read More »