December 4th, 2016

Southern People

New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks

By Michael Casey, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. – For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire’s Great Bay estuary. He often couldn’t get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice “something is going on.” Scientists are recognizing that ... Read More »

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Was Trump’s Taiwan contact a policy shift or a misstep?

By Gillian Wong And Johnson Lai, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

BEIJING – Was President-elect Donald Trump signalling a shift in U.S.-China relations when he referred to Taiwan’s leader as “president” following a phone call this past week or was it an unintentional misstep? His phone conversation with Tsai Ing-wen was a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China, but a longtime China watcher ... Read More »

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Swim star Oleksiak headlines Canada’s team for world short-course championships

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

TORONTO – Penny Oleksiak dove off the starting blocks at the Rio Olympics and into Canada’s collective heart. Over a few fabulous days, the 16-year-old became one of the country’s biggest sports stars. And so the months since, said her coach Ben Titley, have been about growing into her newfound fame. “For someone like Penny, ... Read More »

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The Latest: Raul Castro heads brother Fidel’s interment

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

SANTIAGO, Cuba – The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Photographs taken by the Cuban national press show President Raul Castro dressed in an olive green uniform as he presides over the interment of his older brother Fidel. The images were seen by The Associated Press ... Read More »

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Chaos erupts as Iraq delivers aid to Mosul

By Hadi Mizban And Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

MOSUL, Iraq – Chaos erupted in eastern Mosul on Sunday when hundreds of civilians overwhelmed aid trucks distributing food and water. The Iraqi government sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents in areas retaken from the Islamic State group in and around Mosul after aid groups warned of shortages in Iraq’s ... Read More »

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The Latest: France’s representative criticized for comments

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

SANTIAGO, Cuba – The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 10 a.m. France’s representative at Fidel Castro’s funeral is drawing fire for shrugging off concerns about Cuban human rights and political prisoners. French environment and energy minister Segolene Royal told reporters in Cuba on Saturday that the world ... Read More »

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Democrats aim to rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest

By Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political “blue wall” of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters. Hillary Clinton’s failure to hold key blocs of these voters helped seal Trump’s ... Read More »

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Federal subsidy failing to keep northern food healthy, affordable: study

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

A researcher has found that a federal subsidy intended to reduce astronomical food prices for northern families has resulted in stale-dated, unreliable food on store shelves without making grocery bills more affordable. Tracey Galloway of the University of Toronto, whose findings are to be published in a scientific journal later this month, says the Nutrition ... Read More »

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Office design, economic setbacks spur jump in corporate art collection auctions

By Dan Healing, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

CALGARY – When Xerox Canada moved its Toronto headquarters into a 33,500-square-foot building in North York in August, it just couldn’t find a place for Dance of the Owl. The square stonecut-and-stencil print of an Inuit child playing with a lively owl was made in 1978 by artist Kenojuak Ashevak, who died in 2013 at ... Read More »

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Six things to know about the bovine TB outbreak: CFIA’s chief veterinary officer

By The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

OTTAWA – More than 22,000 cattle at farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan are quarantined due to bovine tuberculosis, causing hardship for ranchers and millions in compensation payments and other costs. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing cattle to determine the extent of the outbreak and the source of the contagious bacterial infection. So far ... Read More »

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UK foreign secretary downplays EU payment suggestions

By Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

LONDON – Britain’s foreign secretary dismissed as “speculation” suggestions that the U.K. would pay for tariff-free trade with the European Union after it leaves the bloc. Boris Johnson’s comments Sunday in an interview with the BBC came after David Davis, the minister in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU, said the government might ... Read More »

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