July 16th, 2019

Rattlers

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

By The Associated Press on July 16th, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam has been sentenced to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution during a hearing ... Read More »

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Peru says former president Alejandro Toledo arrested in US

By The Associated Press on July 16th, 2019

LIMA, Peru – Peruvian authorities say former President Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the United States. He’s wanted on corruption charges in his homeland. The attorney general’s office in Peru said Tuesday that Toledo’s detention followed a Peruvian extradition request because of alleged corruption linked to the giant Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Toledo was ... Read More »

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Judge rejects young Quebecers’ novel lawsuit seeking federal climate change action

By The Canadian Press on July 16th, 2019

MONTREAL – A Quebec environmental group says it will appeal a decision last week rejecting its attempt to launch a class action lawsuit against the federal government for what it says is a failure to combat climate change. Superior Court Justice Gary Morrison delivered his ruling Thursday, emphasizing that the cause of environmental protection was ... Read More »

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Canada’s multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding strategy, at a glance

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press on July 16th, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal government announced $1.5 billion in contracts – $1 billion worth finalized and another worth $500 million to come – Tuesday to keep a dozen warships running for another 20 years as part of Canada’s decades-long, multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding strategy. What is the national shipbuilding strategy? The strategy, launched in 2010 by ... Read More »

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‘Game of Thrones’ earns a record-breaking 32 Emmy Award nods

By Lynn Elber, The Associated Press on July 16th, 2019

LOS ANGELES – HBO’s “Game of Thrones” slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The bloodthirsty saga’s total eclipsed the all-time series record of ... Read More »

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Murray among 29 invitees to Canada’s training camp ahead of Basketball World Cup

By The Canadian Press on July 16th, 2019

TORONTO – Jamal Murray headlined a group of 29 players invited to Canada’s training camp on Tuesday ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Murray averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 rebounds for Denver this past season, guiding the upstart Nuggets to within a game of the Western Conference finals. The 22-year-old from Kitchener, Ont., agreed ... Read More »

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Anglican Church to review governance structure after same-sex marriage change fails

By The Canadian Press on July 16th, 2019

One of Canada’s largest Christian denominations is considering whether to change its governance structure after a motion to recognize same-sex marriage across the Church failed by just two bishops’ votes. Some in the Anglican Church of Canada say the current system to change doctrine and policy – which requires a two-thirds majority from three classes ... Read More »

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Manitoba university cuts ties with Ebola researcher pending RCMP investigation

By The Canadian Press on July 16th, 2019

WINNIPEG – The University of Manitoba says it has cut ties with an Ebola vaccine researcher pending the results of an RCMP investigation. A spokesperson says the school is ending the non-salaried adjunct appointments of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng. Qiu, a renowned virologist who received her original medical training in China, ... Read More »

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CNN plans to set debate lineup reminiscent of sports

By David Bauder, The Associated Press on July 16th, 2019

NEW YORK – The political equivalent to NBA first pick Zion Williamson is unclear, but CNN this week brings the showmanship of sports draft lotteries to the presidential campaign by televising its drawing to set the lineup for the second Democratic debate. CNN will unveil stage positions Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT for the 20-candidate ... Read More »

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South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after cancer

By The Associated Press on July 16th, 2019

JOHANNESBURG – Johnny Clegg, a groundbreaking South African musician, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. His manager Roddy Quin told the country’s state broadcaster that the singer died peacefully at home in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Clegg’s multi-racial bands during white minority rule attracted an international following. He crafted hits inspired ... Read More »

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