Growth in US service sector reaches new heights in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growth in the services sector, where most Americans work, hit an all-time high in November, surpassing the previous record set in October. The Institute for Supply Management reported Friday that its monthly survey of service industries increased by 2.4 percentage points in November from October record to a reading of 69.1 percent.… Continue reading Growth in US service sector reaches new heights in November

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Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Friday it has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in an unvaccinated person who returned from Nigeria. Health ministry spokesperson Dr. Hemantha Herath said the 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman returned on Nov. 24, four days before the government banned travelers from six… Continue reading Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

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AltaGas raising dividend six per cent, moving to quarterly payments from monthly

CALGARY — AltaGas Ltd. says it is raising its dividend six per cent for next year and moving to a quarterly payment schedule from monthly payments to shareholders. The company says it will pay a quarterly dividend of 26.5 cents per share starting with a March payment. AltaGas has been paying a monthly dividend of… Continue reading AltaGas raising dividend six per cent, moving to quarterly payments from monthly

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Canadian and U.S. officials to meet today to discuss P.E.I. potato ban

FREDERICTON — Officials from the United States and Canada are to meet today to discuss the suspension of exports of Prince Edward Island potatoes south of the border.  Canada last month banned shipments of P.E.I. potatoes to the U.S. after the discovery in October of a fungus called potato wart in two fields in the… Continue reading Canadian and U.S. officials to meet today to discuss P.E.I. potato ban

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New this week: ‘Sex and the City,’ Juice Wrld and Will Smith

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Fresh off his Oscar nomination Riz Ahmed teams up with “Beast” director Michael Pearce for “Encounter,” an alien invasion/family drama hitting Amazon Prime Video on Friday, Dec. 10. Ahmed plays an… Continue reading New this week: ‘Sex and the City,’ Juice Wrld and Will Smith

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Loblaw Financial wins Supreme Court case over tax treatment of Barbados subsidiary

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with Loblaw Financial Holdings in a dispute over the tax treatment of a subsidiary the company ran in Barbados. In a 7-0 ruling today, the top court says Canadian provisions at issue in the case did not apply to the company, Glenhuron Bank Ltd., meaning tax… Continue reading Loblaw Financial wins Supreme Court case over tax treatment of Barbados subsidiary

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Kyle Rittenhouse did not sue LeBron James for defamation CLAIM: Federal magistrate approved Kyle Rittenhouse’s $110 Million defamation suit against LeBron James. THE FACTS: No such ruling was made. Rittenhouse has not filed a defamation suit against the Los Angeles Lakers star or anyone else, his spokesperson told The Associated Press. After 18-year-old Rittenhouse was… Continue reading NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

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Omicron may be driving S Africa’s surge; wary world watches

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dr. Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing COVID-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern, which appears to be driving a dramatic surge in South Africa,… Continue reading Omicron may be driving S Africa’s surge; wary world watches

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Mom of dead Illinois State student hires prominent attorney

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of an Illinois State University graduate student who vanished in August and was later found dead in a river has hired a prominent civil rights attorney to investigate the Black man’s death. A coroner determined in October that Jelania Day died from drowning, but said it was unclear how the… Continue reading Mom of dead Illinois State student hires prominent attorney

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