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Weekly requests for US jobless aid rise but still near lows

WASHINGTON – Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the overall levels still remain near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000, matching its four-week moving average, the…

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Ontario man pleads guilty to importing drugs to U.S.

BOSTON – An Ontario man has pleaded guilty to charges he imported marijuana and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, from Canada into the United States.U.S. Massachusetts Attorney Carmen Ortiz says Gurshuran Singh, of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Boston to conspiracy…

World News

Tim Ferriss’ new book about high achievers out in December

NEW YORK – Tim Ferriss’ next book is all about high achievers.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt told The Associated Press on Thursday that Ferriss’ “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” will be published on Dec. 6.The publisher says Ferriss…

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Singer Toni Braxton to be honoured at Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA – Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton will be honoured at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.Braxton will receive the BMI President’s Award on Thursday for her musical achievements. The private event salutes songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s top songs in the genres.Actor-comedian…

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US productivity down in spring, while labour costs rise

WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity fell in the April-June quarter by a larger amount than first estimated, while labour costs accelerated sharply.The Labor Department says productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, even worse than the 0.5 per cent…

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Cara to acquire Original Joe’s for $93M

VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Original Joe’s, State & Main and Elephant & Castle restaurant-bar chains will be acquired later this year by Cara Operations Ltd., which sees an opportunity to increase its presence in Western Canada.Under transactions announced Thursday, Cara (TSX:CAO) will pay $93 million…

Lifestyle News

Some Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks are being recalled

NEW YORK – Put down the Little Bites. The maker of the snacks is recalling some varieties of its fudge brownies and chocolate chip muffins because they may contain pieces of plastic.The announcement was made late Wednesday by Bimbo Bakeries, which owns the Entenmann’s brand….

World News

Pope calls for new work of mercy: Care for environment

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Thursday proposed that caring for the environment be added to the traditional seven works of mercy that Christians are called to perform, taking his green agenda to a new level by supplementing Jesus’ Gospel call to feed the hungry,…

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Hawaii hit by strong rain, surf as tropical storm brushes by

HILO, Hawaii – Heavy rains hit parts of Hawaii and strong waves pummeled shorelines as a downgraded yet potent Pacific storm passed near the island state.Though Tropical Storm Madeline was no longer a hurricane, the weather’s uncertainty couldn’t let Hawaii’s Big Island relax.There were periods…

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Syrian activists: airstrikes in Hama province kill 25 people

BEIRUT – Opposition activists say warplanes have carried out several airstrikes in Syria’s Hama, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Thursday a series of airstrikes in…