January 23rd, 2017

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Sprint is buying a 33 per cent stake in Tidal

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

NEW YORK – Sprint is buying a 33 per cent stake of the Tidal, the music streaming service owned by artists like Jay-Z, Madonna and Kanye West. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tidal has a more than 42.5 million song catalogue and 140,000 videos. It’s available in more than 52 countries. The partnership will include ... Read More »

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Dee Rees’ American odyssey ‘Mudbound’ captivates Sundance

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

PARK CITY, Utah – Director Dee Rees wanted to get to the big questions in her enthralling period epic “Mudbound.” Specifically: What is it to be a citizen and what is it to fight for a country that doesn’t fight for you? The film, which premiered Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival, had audiences ... Read More »

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Lawsuit: Trump businesses violate Constitution

By Bernard Condon And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

NEW YORK – A legal watchdog group will file a lawsuit Monday alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments. Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause in the Constitution that prohibits him from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels or ... Read More »

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Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 0.2 per cent in November

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2017

OTTAWA – Wholesale sales gained 0.2 per cent in November to total $56.9 billion. Statistics Canada says it was the second consecutive monthly increase. However, economists had expected a gain of 0.5 per cent for the month, according to Thomson Reuters. Sales rose in four of the seven subsectors in November as the miscellaneous subsector ... Read More »

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Q&A: Meet ‘Roxanne, Roxanne’ breakout Chante Adams

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

PARK CITY, Utah – Actress Chante Adams had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University when she got a call from a casting agent who wanted her to audition to be the lead in the Roxanne Shante biopic “Roxanne, Roxanne.” Adams had no feature credits to her name and a background in theatre. But the agent ... Read More »

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Long-standing Nova Scotia festival opens competition to all gender identities

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2017

KENTVILLE, N.S. – A Nova Scotia festival that has crowned a queen for more than 80 years is opening up the competition to people of all genders and gender identities. The long-standing Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival says it will accept all candidates as long as they have graduated from high school or an equivalent ... Read More »

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Wayne Brady hurts leg during ‘Hamilton,’ returns to stage

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

CHICAGO – Wayne Brady says he had to abandon a performance of “Hamilton” in Chicago because he hurt his leg during the show. The improv comedian and game show host, who is playing Aaron Burr at The PrivateBank Theatre, told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2iV8eMo ) that he jumped off a stair during the first act ... Read More »

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Police officer who shot Newfoundland man resumes testimony at inquiry

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Newfoundland police officer who says Don Dunphy aimed a rifle at him before he shot him three times saw no conflict in sending an email explaining his actions to the lead RCMP investigator. Const. Joe Smyth of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary told an inquiry into the killing that he saw ... Read More »

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With favourites out, Raonic has opening for slam breakthrough

By Justin Bergman, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – Not every tennis player quotes from Goethe on Twitter, keeps a journal and visits art exhibitions during tournaments. Milos Raonic, though, has taken a slightly different path in life. He grew up playing tennis in snowy Canada, not sunny Florida. And his parents, immigrants from Montenegro, knew nothing about tennis. On long ... Read More »

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Italy crews find 3 puppies alive under avalanche-hit hotel

By Paolo Santalucia And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

FARINDOLA, Italy – Rescue crews say they have found three puppies alive in the rubble of an Italian mountain hotel slammed by an avalanche. Firefighter spokesman Fabio German said the discovery signals that there are still chances of finding some of the 23 people still buried under the snow alive. Emergency crews have held out ... Read More »

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Questions arise over Italy’s response to snow-hit hotel

By Paolo Santalucia And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

FARINDOLA, Italy – Questions intensified Monday into whether Italian authorities underestimated the risks facing a snowbound mountain hotel hours before an avalanche hit, as rescue crews weighed using heavy equipment to try to reach 23 people in the hotel who are still buried under the snow. Five days after up to 60,000 tons of snow, ... Read More »

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