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Retail sales fell 5.7 per cent in April amid pandemic's third wave

Retail sales fell 5.7 per cent in April amid pandemic's third wave

OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales in April posted their largest drop since the start of the pandemic as governments moved to deal with its third wave. Statistics Canada said Wednesday retail sales fell 5.7 per cent to $54.

US new home sales drop 5.9% in May, second monthly decline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes fell for a second month in May, dropping by a larger-than-expected 5.9%. The May sales decline pushed sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 769,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Early agreement reached in dispute over Suez Canal ship

CAIRO (AP) — The owners and insurers of the giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year have reached an agreement in principle over their dispute with canal authorities, representatives from both sides said We
Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation

NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Buffett is resigning as a trustee from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Iranian media: 'sabotage attack' on nuclear building foiled

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news site close to security services says that authorities have thwarted a "sabotage attack" on the country's civilian nuclear program, without providing further information.
Hong Kong's embattled Apple Daily to close by Saturday

Hong Kong's embattled Apple Daily to close by Saturday

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper will close by this weekend, its parent company said Wednesday, following last week’s arrest of five editors and executives and the freezing of $2.
N.S. tenants say existing law too weak to protect from rent hikes, mistreatment

N.S. tenants say existing law too weak to protect from rent hikes, mistreatment

HALIFAX — When word came last November that Nova Scotia's Liberal government had imposed rent control during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah DeWolfe was hopeful her worries over rising housing costs would be put on hold.
Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash

Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
Olympic trials pique viewer interest in Tokyo Summer Games

Olympic trials pique viewer interest in Tokyo Summer Games

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the back-and-forth about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics during the pandemic, there are early indications of viewer interest in the summer games. U.S.
Alberta continues COVID mask rules for public transport after most restrictions lift

Alberta continues COVID mask rules for public transport after most restrictions lift

EDMONTON — Alberta's general COVID-19 mask rules are going, but they won’t be completely gone by July 1. Dr.