December 17th, 2017

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Christmas tail: Europe deal could slow yuletide lobster biz

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – A trade deal between Canada and the European Union could amount to a lump of coal for the U.S. at Christmastime. The Christmas season is typically a busy time of year for American seafood exporters, as the type of lobster that is native to North America is popular in some European countries ... Read More »

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Housing crisis in B.C. pushing seniors to brink of homelessness: advocates

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on December 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Skyrocketing rents and dwindling affordable-housing units in Vancouver are driving seniors to the brink of homelessness, forcing some to couch surf, seek roommates or even live in cars, advocates say. While the debate over the city’s housing crisis often focuses on millennials, people who work with seniors say elderly adults have lower incomes ... Read More »

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Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 8

By Abdul Sattar, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

QUETTA, Pakistan – Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security ... Read More »

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Indonesia clerics want boycott of US products over Jerusalem

By Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Muslim clerics called for a boycott of American products Sunday in Indonesia’s largest protest against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Wearing white robes and carrying banners reading “Indonesia unites for Palestine” and “Save our Palestine,” an estimated 80,000 people rallied in the capital of the world’s largest Muslim ... Read More »

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French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

By The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

BREST, France – French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year. The organizers, tracking his journey by satellite, tweeted that ... Read More »

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Flames threaten rich California enclave, residents flee

By Robert Jablon And Chris Carlson, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

MONTECITO, Calif. – Firefighters trying to prevent one of the biggest fires in California’s history from consuming homes in Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito were hoping less powerful winds would help them after they managed to stop it from burning thousands of residences. After winds roared at around 30 mph (48 ... Read More »

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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

By The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

JERUSALEM – Israel’s national trade union is holding a nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce. Israel-based Teva announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide, including 1,700 jobs in Israel. The company is considered a national treasure and is one of the largest ... Read More »

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Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails

By Stephen Braun And Chad Day, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with Trump’s transition organization. But the investigators did not directly request the records from Trump’s still-existing ... Read More »

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Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 5

By Abdul Sattar, The Associated Press on December 17th, 2017

QUETTA, Pakistan – Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the southwestern city of Quetta on Sunday, killing five people and wounding 18 others, officials said. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Saturday night’s $9 million Lotto 649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on December 17th, 2017

TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million dollar prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 20 will be approximately $12 million... Read More »

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