United Airlines says it will train 5,000 this decade, including taking on applicants with no flying experience, and plans for half of them to be women or people of colour. United will borrow an approach used elsewhere, notably at Germany’s Lufthansa, by taking people at the beginning of their flying […]

By Samy Magdy
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ISMAILIA, Egypt – The Suez Canal chief said Tuesday that authorities are negotiating a financial settlement with the owners of a massive vessel that blocked the crucial waterway for nearly a week. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie told The Associated Press he hoped talks with Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the Japanese […]

NEW YORK – The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for books to be banned or restricted. On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020, from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” […]

By Mark Kennedy
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NEW YORK – A graphic novel for children from the wildly popular “Captain Underpants” series is being pulled from library and book store shelves after its publisher said it “perpetuates passive racism.” The book under scrutiny is 2010’s “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” by Dav Pilkey, who has apologized, […]

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Parliament’s budget watchdog says a federal infrastructure financing agency has yet to meet a key aspect of its mandate: pulling in private dollars for major projects. The Trudeau Liberals created the infrastructure agency in 2017 to address that gap by using $35 billion in federal financing to pull in two […]

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TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index was down in early trading as the energy and base metals sectors fell amid lower commodity prices. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 32.84 points at 18,782.29. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 31.47 points at 32,699.73. The S&P 500 […]

By Tali Arbel
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A congressional effort to bolster U.S. news organizations in negotiations with Big Tech has supporters hoping that third time’s the charm. The bill, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, was introduced in March for the third time since 2018. Its odds of passage may have improved in a Democrat-run Congress […]

LOS ANGELES – If Ringo Starr calls to ask if you’ll sing on a song for him, who could possibly say no? The beloved Beatle dug into his contacts for help on the chorus of “Here’s to the Nights,” his most recent song written by Diane Warren, and he recruited […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS A group representing the majority of Ontario’s long-term care homes say they are losing staff to places like Amazon, airports and the film industry. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says the staffing crisis is worsening now that other industries need people like infection prevention and control specialists. […]

THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL – The federal and Quebec governments are announcing $100 million for an electric vehicle battery plant for the Montreal-area company Lion Electric. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Francois Legault made the announcement today at Montreal’s downtown convention centre. Trudeau says it’s a priority for […]