February 20th, 2019

Rattlers

Elias (The Spartan) Theodorou leads Canadian content on May UFC Ottawa card

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on February 20th, 2019

The UFC is returning to Ottawa for a May 4 show at the Canadian Tire Centre. The main event has yet to be announced but the UFC has already lined up seven Canadians, including 14th-ranked middleweight contender Elias (The Spartan) Theodorou for the televised Fight Night card. Theodorou (17-2-0) will face No. 8 Derek Brunson ... Read More »

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Judge to consider Weinstein appeal of sex trafficking ruling

By The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

NEW YORK – A judge who ruled that an aspiring actress can use sex trafficking laws to sue Harvey Weinstein will hear lawyers argue whether his decision can be appealed before trial. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday. He’ll rule at a later date whether his August decision can be ... Read More »

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Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

By Alon Bernstein And Isabel Debre, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

EILAT, Israel – As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. There is broad scientific consensus that the effects of climate change have devastated the ... Read More »

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Woman says man told her to kill fiancee before fatal beating

By The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

DENVER – After urging a woman he was having an affair with for months to kill his fiancee, investigators say a Colorado man did it himself on Thanksgiving Day, bludgeoning her to death with a baseball bat. The grim details revealed in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday provided the first public account of what led prosecutors ... Read More »

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Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups

By Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The federal government has acknowledged that it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities, prompting concerns from civil libertarians that those mistakenly placed on the list could face a wide variety of hassles in their daily lives. The government’s admission that it shares the ... Read More »

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Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders’ hairdos for free

By Hau Dinh, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

HANOI, Vietnam – At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Donald Trump’s locks. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as the spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong Un. “Many ... Read More »

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Britain presses EU for Brexit compromise as clock ticks

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

BERLIN – Britain’s foreign secretary said that securing an orderly Brexit is “of paramount importance” as he visited Germany on Wednesday, and insisted the UK can leave the European Union on March 29 as planned if a compromise deal is found. Jeremy Hunt was meeting officials in Berlin ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip ... Read More »

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US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. – Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine-gun. Nearly 8,000 feet (2,440 metres) ... Read More »

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French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $4.2 billion fine

By Jeffrey Schaeffer And Angela Charlton, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

PARIS – A French court ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay more than 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in fines for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France’s biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday of aggravated money laundering and illegal bank soliciting, issuing ... Read More »

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Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

By Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press on February 20th, 2019

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. While the Russian leader didn’t say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, his statement further raised ... Read More »

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