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Man dubbed 'prison Houdini' after numerous escapes gets parole date moved up 70 years

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:00
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A man known as the prison Houdini might finally see freedom after more than 35 years — this time without an elaborate escape.
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FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia resigns; slams leadership, loses faith in Eckert

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:54

GENEVA - The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.


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Key elements of Obama's decision to shift US policy, normalize relations with Cuba

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:50
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House on Wednesday.
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Former newsman Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies at 97

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:41

HARTFORD, Conn. - Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97.


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Obama says US will normalize relations with Cuba, ending half-century 'outdated approach'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:41

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.


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TSB report says 'unprecedented' flood at root of Calgary bridge failure

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:33

CALGARY - The Transportation Safety Board says unprecedented flood water was to blame for a derailment and partial bridge collapse in Calgary last year.


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Hundreds line up for annual turkey giveaway

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:49

Hundreds of people lined up early Wednesday morning for a free turkey.


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General Mills profit beats estimates due to cost cuts

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:37

By Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) - General Mills Inc affirmed its full-year forecast and reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, and the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes said it would increase sales through new products. Revenue growth is a priority for General Mills, which has faced sluggish demand in the major categories of packaged food it sells. Sales in the second quarter ended Nov. 23 were down more than 3 percent and missed analysts' estimates. ...


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Air Canada flight from London to Toronto diverted due to 'unruly passenger'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:31
An Air Canada flight from London's Heathrow Airport that was headed to Toronto's Pearson airport was diverted to Halifax due to an "unruly passenger."
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Russian ruble firms sharply as government pressures exporters

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:30

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's ruble strengthened sharply on Wednesday after dramatic falls on the previous two days as the government pressured exporters not to hoard foreign-currency earnings and the central bank announced new measures to support financial stability.


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Cuba releasing spy for US imprisoned for nearly 20 years; move is part of push to restore ties

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:28
WASHINGTON - Cuba is releasing a U.S. spy imprisoned for nearly 20 years in the communist country, Obama administration officials said Wednesday, as part of the effort to restore diplomatic relations.
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L'Isle-Verte seniors' home had special 'latch' to keep front door locked, owner says

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:27
One of the owners of the L'Isle-Verte seniors' home that burned down last January says he installed a special "latch" on the front door to keep residents with dementia inside.
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Husky Energy expects spending to drop by a third in 2015

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:23
(Reuters) - Husky Energy Inc, Canada's No. 3 integrated oil company, said it expects its capital spending to drop by a third in 2015 compared with 2014, becoming the latest Canadian producer to scale back spending as oil prices fall. Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, said it would spend about C$3.4 billion ($2.9 billion) in 2015, with about three-quarters going into exploration, development and production. The company also operates a refinery in Toledo, Ohio in a 50/50 joint venture with BP Plc. Oil prices have nearly halved since June. ...
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Montreal blogger faces 17 child porn, sexual touching charges

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:18
A Montreal blogger was arrested Monday on charges related to child pornography and sexually touching minors.
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Despite second-quarter profit jump, FedEx misses expectations

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:17

By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Increased U.S. domestic and international volumes sparked higher quarterly profit at FedEx Corp, the package delivery company said on Wednesday, but quarterly earnings and its full-year outlook fell short of expectations. Both FedEx and main rival United Parcel Service Inc are in the final days of their holiday peak season, which has boomed over the past decade due to the rise of e-commerce. Last year both companies were hit by a last-minute surge in online orders and bad weather that left an estimated 2 million packages undelivered on Christmas Eve. ...


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Ruble crisis could shake Putin's grip on power

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:14

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia failed to halt the collapse of the ruble on Tuesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron grip on power.


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Canadian oil sands exporters narrowly survive vote in European Parliament

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:10
OTTAWA - Canadian oil sands exporters narrowly survived a vote today In the European Parliament that could have once again labelled Alberta bitumen as dirty oil.
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Obama says even though he's president, he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:53

WASHINGTON - He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet.


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Régis Labeaume, Quebec City mayor, racks up $20K in roaming charges

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:44
Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume got a big surprise in the mail in February in the form of a phone bill after a trip to Rome, Italy.
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Hudson's Bay names Toys R Us former CEO as new head

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:42

(Reuters) - Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co named Toys R Us Inc's former chief executive Gerald Storch as its new CEO, as the owner of Lord & Taylor and Saks chains looks to expand its online presence. Storch, who replaces Richard Baker, spearheaded Target Corp's entry into the online and credit card businesses. Hudson's Bay's total online sales touched C$228 million ($196 million) in the third quarter, accounting for about 12 percent of the company's retail sales. Storch's appointment will come into effect on Jan. 6, Hudson's Bay said on Wednesday. ...


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