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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates heading into their first televised debate Wednesday in California’s looming recall election face a gamble: whether to pile up on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom or try to undercut each other in front of a statewide audience. That’s the risk in the evening contest at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Orange County, California, which will provide a first-time look for many voters at a partial Republican field that hopes to see Newsom ousted from office
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in the border city of El Paso dedicated a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico. Much like the first anniversary of the shooting, many of the events honoring those slain were again limited by precautions for the coronavirus pandemic. The dedication of the healing garden — a space dedicated to quiet reflection among water and
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration drew up a strategy to contain one coronavirus strain, then another showed up that’s much more contagious. This week — a month late — Biden met his goal of 70% of U.S. adults having received at least one COVID-19 shot. Originally conceived as an affirmation of American resiliency to coincide with Independence Day, the belated milestone offered little to celebrate. Driven by the delta variant, new cases are averaging more than 70,000 a day, ab
Students, teachers and guardians will soon learn more details about the back-to-school season, a government source told the Free Press. The source indicated the province plans to reveal its blueprint for the 2021-22 academic year — which will be the third consecutive school year affected by COVID-19 — on Thursday afternoon. Since the final bell rang in June, school administrators have anticipated a return to classroom instruction will occur with limited public health restrictions, similar to how
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN anchor Chris Cuomo appeared to offer advice on a statement by his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, addressing allegations of sexual harassment, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The CNN prime-time personality testified to investigators looking into his older brother’s behavior. His name appears four times in the 165-page report issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James as one of several outside advisers who were “regularly provided with confidential and oft
SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Seattle’s mayoral primary on Tuesday set up a choice between candidates representing the political divide between activist-left residents and more moderate progressives in one of the nation’s most liberal cities. Bruce Harrell, a former City Council member who has called for hiring more police officers to stem a rise in shootings and who is endorsed by the business community, was leading all candidates in early returns. The top two finishers in the nonpartisan race advan
A 65-year-old Edmonton man is dead after the canoe he was in flipped in Isle Lake Sunday, RCMP say. Evasnburg RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that reports of a police drowning came in around 3 p.m. near the Summer Village of South View at Isle Lake. Preliminary investigation shows the canoe turned over in the water from the wake of a passing motor boat. About a half hour later, another boat helped pull two people out of the water and took them to shore. A 64-year-old woman survived but the 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of vaccine rules aimed at containing the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. He backed city and private mandates requiring people to be vaccinated to go about some daily activities. Speaking Tuesday from the White House, Biden sharply criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials who have moved to block the reimposition of mask mandates to slow
The iPhone maker has warned of supply shortages as the U.S.-China trade tensions and the coronavirus pandemic have intensified pressure on global supply chains. Beijing is also strengthening efforts to create world-leading local tech firms, with apparently government-supported Chinese firms working to manufacture products for global firms including Apple. According to the Nikkei report, China's Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd is set to build up to 3% of the iPhone 13 series, Lens Tech Co Ltd will supply metal casings and Sunny Optical Tech Group Co Ltd will supply rear camera lenses.
New York City businesses will soon be required to ask customers to show proof of vaccination before they’re allowed inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities. The move comes as about 45 per cent of the city’s population remains unvaccinated and case counts are rising due to the delta variant.
Faculty members have called on their employers to require university staff and students to be immunized against COVID-19 to earn the privilege to visit campus this fall, but schools in Manitoba are sticking with the status quo. On Tuesday, the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations issued a news release to put pressure on post-secondary institutions and the province to support a vaccine mandate. "This is what has taken place at over 400 universities in the United States, and it is the saf
Canada Soccer is backing Sweden's request to reschedule their women's gold-medal game from its current start time of 11 a.m. Tokyo time on Friday because of concerns about excessive heat. The national organization cited the "health and safety" of its players as the reason for its position, as heat continues to play a factor at the Olympics. The temperature at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the men's decathlon 100 metres was 33 C, but felt like 47 C with the humidity. "Canada Soc
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist backed by former President Donald Trump, won a Republican primary Tuesday for an open U.S. House seat in central Ohio that tested Trump's status as kingmaker. While centrist County Councilwoman Shontel Brown held off progressive Nina Turner in the race for the other open seat. The political newcomer Carey defeated a crowd of other candidates, including some with establishment backing and experience in state politics. He’ll take on Democratic stat
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany's Commerzbank on Wednesday said that it swung to a second-quarter loss as the lender undergoes a major restructuring and after a write-off to end an outsourcing project, pushing its shares to their lowest in three months. Germany's No. 2 lender is trying to turn over a new leaf under new Chief Executive Manfred Knof. Analysts had expected a net loss of 504 million euros, and shares traded down as much as 5.4% in Frankfurt.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “The lifecycle of Emperor penguins is tied to having stable sea ice, which they need to breed, to feed and to molt,” said Stephanie Jenouvrier, a penguin ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Research published Tuesday in the journal Global Change Biology f
With bated breath, management at Samsung Electronics is waiting to see if the conglomerate's leader, Jay Y. Lee, will be released on parole this month. Support for his parole, both political and amongst the public, has grown amid anxiety that key strategic decisions are not being made at the South Korean tech giant. If he is released, Samsung would be able to move forward with major investment and M&A projects - decisions company sources say should only be made by Lee who has been unable to address them while he sits in jail convicted of bribery and embezzlement.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Heath Hembree (2-6) walked the first two Minnesota batters before striking out Brent Rooker. Polanco fouled off four two-strike pitches before connecting on a liner just inside the foul pole in right field. “It was a great at-bat put together against a guy with good stuff,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “(Polanco)
The Biden administration encouraged lawmakers on Tuesday to finally repeal an authorization for military action in Iraq crafted when Saddam Hussein was still alive, rejecting Republican arguments it would further signal to Iran that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East. Debate in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ending Congress's 2002 resolution for military force against Iraq comes as part of a larger discussion by some lawmakers on axing or replacing decades-old congressional a
BOSTON (Reuters) -Stocks, Treasuries and other major markets were mixed Wednesday after July data showed that U.S. jobs growth slowed but demand for services increased, all as Federal Reserve officials signaled a likely pullback in market support. Employers added 330,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday. “The market is surprising resilient given the weak ADP numbers and a bond market apparently signaling slower growth ahead," Nancy Tengler, chief investment officer of Nashville-based asset manager Laffer Tengler Investments, said.
THUNDER BAY — The Labour Action Centre resource hub for laid-off Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay reopened for in-person services on July 31. Since December, the centre has been providing virtual services from the Unifor building on Gore Street, and will continue to do so for those who are still uncomfortable with in-person visits. Stephen Margarit, the centre’s co-ordinator, says the pandemic has presented challenges for many of the laid-off workers as they transition into re-training or new e