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Carey pressured from both sides of Fox Time Warner deal to stay in job

20 hours 27 min ago

By Ronald Grover , Jennifer Saba and Liana B. Baker LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chase Carey, Twenty-First Century Fox's president and chief operating officer, may be feeling pressure to stay in his job for several more years both from his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and from the company Murdoch is trying to buy, Time Warner Inc. As Murdoch mulls his next step following Time Warner’s rejection of his $80 billion offer, some Time Warner investors say they are concerned about who might succeed the 83-year-old chairman and chief executive. In particular, they're not sure whether Murdoch's sons, James, 41, and Lachlan, 42, are ready to manage the integration challenge. The 60-year-old New Yorker, who's been working for Murdoch since 1988 and earned a reputation for a no-nonsense leadership style, signed a two-year contract with Fox in June that gives him the option to opt out after 18 months.

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Top US diplomat pushes for cease-fire as Gaza families flee heavy fighting in south

20 hours 45 min ago

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal later demanded Gaza's borders be open and an end to the blockade against it, calling Palestinians "the true owners of the land." Israel has insisted it must substantially curb the military capabilities of the Islamic militant group Hamas — a position that appears to have gained support within the U.S. administration — while Hamas has demanded the lifting of a crippling Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the impoverished coastal territory it has ruled since 2007.

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FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv after reassessing danger from Hamas rockets

21 hours 13 min ago
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late Wednesday after working with other U.S. government entities to assess the security situation in Israel. The FAA instituted a 24-hour prohibition Tuesday on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport. The FAA has no authority over foreign airlines operating in Israel.
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US teen pilot seeking record for around-the-world flight dies in ocean crash, father missing

21 hours 15 min ago

Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Pakistani-born Babar Suleman. The teenager's sister, Hiba Suleman, said the trip had been a dream of her father's for years and that her brother was also excited about it. Haris Suleman had recently obtained his pilot's license and instrument rating, which authorized him to fly an aircraft over oceans, and planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.

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Arctic growth hot topic at Whistler, B.C., economic summit

21 hours 32 min ago

The Arctic may be a hot commodity, with remarkable resource and tourism opportunities, but a conference has heard that Canada and the United States are barely out of the ice age when it comes to harnessing its growth. Business and political leaders from both countries heard Wednesday that while Russia is building more than a dozen icebreakers to transport liquefied natural gas to Asia, jurisdictions in Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories are still trying to organize business meetings. "Despite the very good practical relations between Canada and Alaska and the territories, we still have two kinds of solitudes in respect of each one reporting to their federal governments far away," said Canadian Arctic expert John Higginbotham. "What we need is high-level political and high-level business attention to the Arctic development in that region if we are ever going to keep up with the very rapid developments that Russia and Norway and Sweden and other countries are investing in."

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China probes 581 firms, restaurants as food safety scare spreads

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:30

China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a Chinese-based supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat. Shanghai Husi Food is owned by Illinois-based OSI Group.

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Kinsmen Water Park in Prince Albert stresses safety

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:05

The Kinsmen Water Park in Prince Albert is teaching people about staying safe on the water this week, part of National Drowning Prevention Week.

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Edmonton family out $1,500 after furniture store closed

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:52

An Edmonton family says they are out $1,500 after trying to buy patio furniture from a business that they say unexpectedly closed its doors. Diego Mejia put a $1,500 deposit on new patio furniture purchased from Pur Living — a backyard spas and furniture store — in March. The Better Business Bureau’s Ron Mycholuk says they have already received more than 120 complaints about Pur Living.

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AP reporter's account of Arizona execution that took nearly 2 hours to complete

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:42

Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the doctors as they made preparations for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms. "What's excruciating is seeing your father laying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister in a pool of blood."

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Federal judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, but temporarily puts ruling on hold

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:22

A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced. Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court — though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional. The couples filed the lawsuit after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against Utah's gay marriage ban but put the decision on hold pending an appeal.

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Man with air gun arrested at pro-Israel rally held at Calgary Jewish centre

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:17
A man said to be well known to police is in custody after trying to take an air gun into a rally in support of Israel at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre. Duty Sgt. Paul Wozney says there was no altercation and the suspect is being charged with possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Last week, a protest at city hall in support of Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza turned violent when a handful of Israeli supporters showed up. Calgary police had a stronger presence at Wednesday's event after admitting there should have been more officers at the city hall protest.
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Hasibullah Yusufzai, of Burnaby, B.C., faces terror-related charge

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:17
A British Columbia man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syria.
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Bronze incense burner stolen from Buddhist temple in Winnipeg

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:11
Winnipeg police are searching for a large bronze incense burner that was stolen from a local Buddhist temple earlier this week.
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Toronto woman live-tweets alleged sexist conversation between tech execs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:09
A Toronto woman’s live-tweeting of an alleged sexist conversation she overheard between technology executives sparked a larger dialogue about sexism in the tech industry. Lyndsay Kirkham, a freelance coder and editor, was at Richtree restaurant at Toronto’s Eaton Centre for a birthday lunch with her young son and his father when she overheard an unpleasant conversation. As a feminist and mother with a professional interest in technology, Kirkham said her ears “perked” up when she heard what they were discussing.
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Forks invites Winnipeggers to dish on condo, greenspace plans

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:06
The Forks is holding an open house Wednesday night to see what the public thinks of new plans to convert Parcel 4, a gravel patch across from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, into condos and greenspace.
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Chef who said he boiled wife's body has murder conviction upheld by California appeals court

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:49
A state appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Southern California chef who claimed he cooked his wife's body in boiling water. City News Service reports that a court panel on Wednesday rejected a claim that there was insufficient evidence to convict David Viens.
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Charges: Bemidji man shot 17-year-old girl after she told him not to ride mower in her yard

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:47

A northern Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting a 17-year-old girl several times after authorities say she told him not to ride his lawn mower through her yard. Chad Pickering, 40, of Bemidji appeared in Beltrami County court on a felony charge of attempted first-degree murder. Pickering shot the teen three times as she stood on the deck of her home Monday night, the criminal complaint said. Records show Pickering is in custody in the Beltrami County Jail.

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Report says whale, dolphin research would suffer if they're banned from aquarium

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:53
Research-and-rescue work on dolphins and whales at the Vancouver Aquarium could suffer if the facility ended its captivity program, says a newly released report. The report by University of California veterinarians and scientists was published on the City of Vancouver's website Wednesday and comes at a time of increased public debate about keeping the animals in captivity. Adriane Carr said the issue should be addressed during this fall's municipal elections, and Mayor Gregor Robertson said he'd like to see the captivity program phased out. "They would no longer be able to use captive cetaceans to learn information that could benefit the management and conservation of free-ranging cetaceans," it said.
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Catch-and-release tuna season underway in P.E.I.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:51
P.E.I.’s catch-and-release tuna fishing season is underway.
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