June 28th, 2017

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Microsoft president pushes Vancouver-Seattle tech corridor despite NAFTA doubt

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

VANCOUVER – The president of Microsoft is pushing to make a Vancouver-Seattle technology corridor a success, despite the uncertainty around cross-border trade posed by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Brad Smith was in Vancouver on Wednesday to promote the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, an agreement signed by British Columbia and Washington state that aims ... Read More »

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Clark says if her government toppled, it shows B.C. legislature can’t function

By The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says she doesn’t think the British Columbia legislature can work if her Liberal government is defeated in a confidence vote on Thursday. If Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asks for her opinion, Clark says she will tell her she hasn’t seen any evidence the house can function with the NDP and Greens ... Read More »

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Back for an encore: Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

By The Associated Press on June 28th, 2017

NEW YORK – After releasing a bestselling children’s book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner’s “River Rose and the Magical Christmas” is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is illustrated by Lucy Fleming and continues Clarkson’s “River Rose” series, which began last year with “River ... Read More »

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Federal judge blocks parts of Indiana’s new abortion law

By The Associated Press on June 28th, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has blocked portions of a new Indiana law that make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Wednesday approved a temporary injunction blocking three sections of the law that were to take effect July ... Read More »

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Michael Buble thanks Canadians for support during his family’s ‘difficult time’

By The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

OTTAWA – Singer Michael Buble says he wanted to thank his fellow Canadians for the support they have given him during what has been an “emotionally difficult time” for his family. Buble was honoured at a ceremony by Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall on Wednesday evening, marking his first official appearance since announcing ... Read More »

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Sister of WWII soldier gets his long-lost Purple Heart, flag

By The Associated Press on June 28th, 2017

WESTFIELD, N.J. – A 95-year-old woman whose brother was killed during World War II has received his long-lost Purple Heart and the flag that was used at his burial. The Purple Hearts Reunited non-profit organization presented the medal to Mildred Stotzer during a ceremony in her room at a retirement home Wednesday in Westfield. Stotzer’s ... Read More »

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Tip Top Tailors owner sells assets in deal that will see 140 stores remain open

By The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

TORONTO – The assets of Grafton-Fraser Inc., owner of Tip Top Tailors and other menswear chains, have been bought by U.S.-based GSO Capital Partners in a move to stabilize the Canadian retail business. As part of the agreement, the new operators of the Toronto-based retailer is keeping 140 stores open across the country, while 12 ... Read More »

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First-round picks Warmoth, Pearson sign with Blue Jays, practise in Toronto

By John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

TORONTO – In Nate Pearson’s first visit to Toronto he got right down to the business of being a tourist, going to the CN Tower and dining with his family in the revolving restaurant at the top of the landmark. He got to be on the field at Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon along with ... Read More »

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Group accused of shipping Colorado pot to other stares

By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press on June 28th, 2017

DENVER – A mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people was instead illegally shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors, including former NFL players, Colorado officials announced Wednesday. A Denver grand jury indicted 62 people and 12 businesses in the case that involved federal and ... Read More »

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Attempted theft at Montreal cemetary ends with man pinned under vehicle

By The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

MONTREAL – Police say a suspected thief on a bicycle ended up in hospital after he allegedly tried to steal a woman’s purse at a Montreal cemetery. Const. Raphael Bergeron says it began around mid-morning Wednesday when the 44-year-old woman was meditating in the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery. Bergeron says the woman noticed the cyclist inside her ... Read More »

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First-round picks Warmoth, Pearson sign with Blue Jays, practice in Toronto

By John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press on June 28th, 2017

TORONTO – In Nate Pearson’s first visit to Toronto he got right down to the business of being a tourist, going to the CN Tower and dining with his family in the revolving restaurant at the top of the landmark. He got to be on the field at Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon along with ... Read More »

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