Lindsay Shookus is so much more than Ben Affleck's girlfriend

When Ben Affleck started dating Lindsay Shookus last year, little was known about the Saturday Night Live producer — and that’s apparently exactly how she prefers it. The 37-year-old television producer sat down for a rare interview with Elle and gave people a glimpse into her private world. Hint: She’s a badass and her famous boyfriend is probably the least interesting thing about her.

  • Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes
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    Palestinian rocket attack on Israeli city draws Gaza air strikes

    Egypt, which sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday for the latest round of talks on a long-term ceasefire, postponed a visit there by its intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, following Wednesday's surge in violence, Palestinian officials said. The family living there managed to take shelter in a reinforced room after alert sirens sounded, said officials in the city about 40 km (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip. Another rocket launched from Gaza and aimed at central Israel fell into the Mediterranean Sea, the military said.

  • OnDeck launches new subsidiary to partner with banks
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    OnDeck launches new subsidiary to partner with banks

    Called ODX, the new company will expand OnDeck's existing business of providing online lending software to banks, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co , the company said. ODX plans to announce a new bank partnership imminently and has a pipeline of other potential bank partners across the world, the company said. It believes ODX will make it faster and easier for banks to digitize their lending to small businesses.

  • No injuries in 3-vehicle collision involving school bus in St. John's
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    No injuries in 3-vehicle collision involving school bus in St. John's

    No injuries were reported in a three-vehicle collision involving a school bus full of children just after 8 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's, but rush hour traffic was backed up for more than an hour. The officer issued one driver a ticket for changing lanes when unsafe.

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    Aurora Cannabis production plant gets sales license

    Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Wednesday its Aurora Sky production plant was granted a sales license by Canada's health regulator as the country becomes the second in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. "With adult consumer use sales beginning in Canada today, these additional licenses enable Aurora to rapidly scale-up production to service the high growth anticipated for this new market," Chief Executive Officer Terry Booth said in a statement. Aurora Sky got its first production license in January and has been rapidly ramping up to full capacity of over 100,000 kg a year, which the company expects to meet by the end of the year.

  • After storm shuts down radio stations, 2 hosts carry on
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    After storm shuts down radio stations, 2 hosts carry on

    First Hurricane Michael damaged the radio station where they worked and then the owner shut the station down permanently — but that hasn't stopped two Florida radio hosts from continuing their mission of informing their listeners during the disaster. Instead, Tiffany Dunning and Sean Streeter, turned to their Facebook page to provide a constant stream of updates on recovery efforts. There's a lot of confusion with that," Streeter told The Associated Press.

  • Photos: These are the first Canadians to buy legal weed
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    Photos: These are the first Canadians to buy legal weed

    As of 12:01 a.m., recreational cannabis became legal across Canada. Well before the hour struck, lineups were queueing up outside pot stores in the country’s biggest cities. Ian Power was the first person to purchase legal marijuana in Canadian history. He lined up at midnight in St. John’s during the opening of the Tweed retail location. That event was attended by Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, which owns the Tweed brand. “I’m elated,” Power told CBC News. “I’m so excited, I can’t stop smiling. I’m not cold. It’s freezing cold out, but I’m not cold.” Power also told The Canadian Press he was not actually going to smoke the first bud he bought, and would keep it as a memento “forever.” On Wednesday morning, stores began opening in other provinces, and more Canadians made their first purchases. Among those waiting outside the store in Sydney River, N.S. was none other than Canadian fiddling legend Ashley MacIsaac. “I don’t need to be a criminal anymore, and that’s a great feeling,” MacIsaac told The Canadian Press. In 2001, he was arrested for possession in Saskatchewan. “And my new dealer is the prime minister!” But not every province and territory has brick-and-mortar locations available. Sales in Ontario will only be through the Ontario Cannabis Store’s website until April 2019 at the earliest. It was down early Wednesday morning, but was back up as of this writing. Alberta’s online pot store also received heavy traffic as soon as 12:01 a.m. hit. At 12:07 a.m. local time, the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission tweeted: “You like us! Our website is experiencing some heavy traffic. We are working hard to get it up and running.” Here’s a look at some of the first Canadians to get their hands on legal pot. With files from The Canadian Press.

  • Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac first to buy legal marijuana in Cape Breton
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    Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac first to buy legal marijuana in Cape Breton

    Recreational marijuana became legal at midnight across the country. When doors opened at 10 a.m., MacIsaac was the first in and the first out, purchasing 30 THC capsules and a gram of marijuana in bud form.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Legal Pot Based On Where You Live
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    Everything You Need To Know About Legal Pot Based On Where You Live

    Canada may have fully legalized cannabis but where you can buy, grow and smoke still depends on where you live.

  • 'No time to be nervous': Cosmonaut, astronaut recount spacecraft mishap
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    'No time to be nervous': Cosmonaut, astronaut recount spacecraft mishap

    Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin on Tuesday shrugged off his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to Earth. Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague had to abort their mission on Oct. 11 after the Soyuz rocket that was supposed to carry them to the International Space Station failed.

  • 70-week wait for N.W.T. kids to see hearing specialist unacceptable, says MLA
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    70-week wait for N.W.T. kids to see hearing specialist unacceptable, says MLA

    The average wait time for children to see an audiologist in the Northwest Territories is 70 weeks, a number Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly says is unacceptable. At the same time, there were 180 adults on the waitlist, with an average wait time of 38 weeks to see an audiologist. Audiologists are health professionals who specialize in peripheral or central hearing loss.

  • David Weaver, Guy Who Went Skinny-Dipping With Toronto Sharks, Arrested
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    David Weaver, Guy Who Went Skinny-Dipping With Toronto Sharks, Arrested

    Police have arrested a B.C. man who is accused of swimming naked in a shark tank at a popular Toronto aquarium. Allyson Douglas-Cook of Toronto police says the man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Ontario Provincial Police in the Thunder Bay area during a vehicle stop.

  • SAP vows to ease cloud transition; German customers less keen
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    SAP vows to ease cloud transition; German customers less keen

    In SAP's native Germany, which accounts for 14 percent of global sales, only 10 percent of customers are willing to move core processes into the cloud, according to a survey by the DSAG user group that hosted a gathering in Leipzig this week. Achieving scale as a platform company is vital for SAP to expand its margins while weaning itself off the juicy up-front license fees earned on its traditional enterprise planning software used to run finance departments and supply chains. "We want to reduce both the costs for our customers and the time it takes to implement the new software," Uwe Grigoleit, global vice-president at SAP, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the SAP user conference.

  • Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites
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    Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

    Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. There are angels watching over it," said Sheikh Satar Jabar, head of Iraq's Mandaean community. Iraq's soaring water pollution is threatening the religious rites of its tight-knit Mandaean community, already devastated by 15 years of war that has also affected the country's other minority sects.

  • NewsAlert: Streamlined pardon process for marijuana possession convictions on the way
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    NewsAlert: Streamlined pardon process for marijuana possession convictions on the way

    The federal government promises it will soon be quicker — and less expensive — to obtain a criminal pardon for simple pot possession convictions of the past. The Liberals have faced pressure to address the pot pardon issue, including within their own caucus, due to the effect of marijuana-related convictions on marginalized Canadians. Until now, simple possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana has been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

  • Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada — these are the rules in B.C.
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    Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada — these are the rules in B.C.

    British Columbians aged 19 and older can legally purchase non-medical cannabis online from the BC Cannabis Stores (BCS) site. The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has entered into a contract with Canada Post to deliver online cannabis orders to customers. Canada Post will undertake age-verification checks if a customer appears to be under the age of 25.

  • Edmonton store rolls out red carpet on first day of legal cannabis sales
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    Edmonton store rolls out red carpet on first day of legal cannabis sales

    "This is a really iconic time in Canadian history," said Marinke Lerous, one of the people in line. The site was inundated and forced to shuffle people into a queue, or "waiting room," said Kaleigh Miller, spokesperson with AGLC. "The AGLC will continue to work with licensed producers to get stock replenished, she said.

  • Singer k.d. lang, 7 others to receive Alberta Order of Excellence
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    Singer k.d. lang, 7 others to receive Alberta Order of Excellence

    Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell will invest the newest members of the Alberta Order of Excellence in a ceremony at Government House. Born in Edmonton and raised in the central Alberta village of Consort, the 56-year-old lang is one of Canada's most versatile and gifted singer-songwriters.

  • Banff affordable housing project chips away at projected shortfall of up to 700 units
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    Banff affordable housing project chips away at projected shortfall of up to 700 units

    There are now 131 more affordable housing units in Banff to chip away at a shortfall estimated in the hundreds, but it will be about a year before it's known how much the project will actually help the problem. "The projected shortfall is between 400 and 700 units, roughly," Banff's housing sustainability manager Sharon Oakley said Wednesday.

  • Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest
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    Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million. Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

  • Nova Scotia town's sinkhole 'still considered unsafe,' officials say
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    Nova Scotia town's sinkhole 'still considered unsafe,' officials say

    Emergency management officials say the area around a Nova Scotia town's sinkhole remains unsafe, three months after it first appeared in a local park. The sinkhole first appeared in mid-July as a hole the size of a dinner plate, and quickly grew to larger than 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres, swallowing up trees and picnic benches and drawing curious onlookers to Oxford, N.S. Its growth has slowed to a virtual halt in recent weeks, but new cracks keep appearing both near the sinkhole and in a nearby parking lot.

  • Uber enters trailer leasing business
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    Uber enters trailer leasing business

    Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Wednesday it is entering the trailer leasing business. The business, called Powerloop, will be a part of Uber Freight, which connects truckers with shippers, the company said. Powerloop, which would rent trailers to carriers, is currently available in Texas, Uber said, adding that it expects to expand the new business to other U.S. regions.

  • All Nations Healin' Thru Artz program in Regina goes on hiatus due to lack of funding
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    All Nations Healin' Thru Artz program in Regina goes on hiatus due to lack of funding

    Regina's All Nations Healin' Thru Artz (ANHTA) program has closed its doors due to a lack of funding. The after school art program for youth aged 13 to 22 was federally funded through the Department of Indigenous Services Canada. ANHTA) also received funding from organizations at the local and provincial level, but Executive Director and founder Monica Fogel said it wasn't enough to cover operational costs.

  • 'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour
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    'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour

    After receiving a threatening, racist letter from neighbours earlier this week, a St. Albert mother says she fears for her children's safety and will move out of her rented condo. Katrina Anderson said her 12-year-old daughter found the letter in the mailbox Monday when she returned home from school. The anonymous letter initially complained about children riding a scooter on driveways and playing basketball and football on the street.

  • Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal
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    Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal

    Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny announced the selection Wednesday. Khan will ride through Pasadena, California, in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year's Day and participate in the celebration before the 105th Rose Bowl game, which will be a college football playoff semifinal. After the announcement, Khan said she was honoured by her selection as grand marshal.

  • Exclusive: Amazon zooms in on central Mexico for large new warehouse
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    Exclusive: Amazon zooms in on central Mexico for large new warehouse

    The retail titan's target is Queretaro state in the industrial center of Mexico, where it is looking to hire a developer to build a large hub, two real estate professionals familiar with Amazon's property hunt said. The expansion plan highlights Amazon's intent to plant roots beyond Mexico's bustling capital, banking on the nation's potential to grow into an e-commerce engine of Latin America. Online shopping in Mexico comprised just 3.0 percent of total sales last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, but it is projected to more than double by 2022, reaching $14 billion.