Official says basis of Canada-US deal has been reached

TORONTO — The U.S. and Canada reached the basis of a free trade deal Sunday night, a senior Canadian government official said. The agreement preserved a NAFTA dispute-resolution process that the U.S. wanted to jettison, the official told The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The agreement also exempts tariffs on 2.6 million cars. On dairy Canada essentially gave the U.S. the same access it offered in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that President Donald Trump rejected. “It’s a good day for Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said as he left his office. He said he would… Read More

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Boy Scout, 12, dies in sand dune collapse in Michigan

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Police say a 12-year-old Boy Scout has died after being buried by sand in southwestern Michigan. South Haven police say Gage Wilson dug into the side of a sand dune Saturday and crawled into the small space. The sand collapsed. The incident occurred at a Van Buren County park near Lake Michigan. Police say two boys who were with Gage didn’t notice his disappearance for up to 30 minutes. Rescuers were able to get a pulse and rush him to a hospital but he died. The Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America released a statement, saying, “This is a very difficult time for… Read More

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South Korea begins removing mines, expects North to do same

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea began clearing mines from two sites inside the heavily fortified border with North Korea on Monday under tension-reducing agreements reached this year. Seoul says North Korea is expected to do the same. The development comes amid renewed international diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program after weeks of stalemated negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Pyongyang this month to try to set up a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. South Korean troops entered the Demilitarized Zone on Monday morning to remove mines around the border village of Panmunjom and another frontline area… Read More

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Trudeau calls meeting as Canada, US near free trade deal

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a meeting with his Cabinet late Sunday after Canada and the U.S. made substantial progress in free trade talks. Two senior government officials confirmed the meeting. One of the officials said the discussions between Canada and the U.S. were ongoing, but progress was being made. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Trudeau arrived at his office Sunday night but did not comment as he walked by reporters ahead of the unusual late meeting with his ministers. David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, said earlier that the U.S. and Canada had made a lot… Read More

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California’s tough net neutrality bill prompts US lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications by pushing Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit. But the U.S. Department of Justice wants to stop the law, arguing that it creates burdensome, anti-consumer requirements that go against the federal government’s approach of deregulating the internet. “Once again the California Legislature has enacted an extreme and… Read More

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Canada, US make progress in trade talks but no deal yet

TORONTO — Canada’s ambassador to Washington said the U.S. and Canada have made a lot of progress in free trade talks, but there is no deal yet. Ambassador David MacNaughton said Sunday evening in Ottawa there are a couple of tough issues left to resolve. MacNaughton said he isn’t sure if they will reach an agreement by Monday but said he’s cautiously optimistic. “Lots of progress, but we’re not there yet,” MacNaughton told reporters. “It’s never done until its done.” The U.S. and Canada are under pressure to reach a deal by the end of the day Sunday, when the U.S. must make public the full text of the agreement… Read More

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California governor signs tough net neutrality bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. Advocates of net neutrality hope the move in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications, prompting Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit. It’s the latest example of the nation’s most populous state seeking to drive public policy outside its borders and rebuff President Donald Trump’s agenda. Brown did not explain his reasons for signing the bill when the decision was announced. “This is a historic day for California. A free and open internet… Read More

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FBI interviews accuser; Yale friend remembers heavy drinker

WASHINGTON — FBI agents on Sunday interviewed one of the three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarreled over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nation’s highest court. The White House insisted it was not “micromanaging” the new one-week review of Kavanaugh’s background but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses. President Donald Trump, for his part, tweeted that no matter how much time and discretion the FBI was given, “it will never be enough” for… Read More

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63-year-old hiker missing in Kings Canyon park in California

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Authorities are searching for a 63-year-old hiker missing for two days in a rugged area of Kings Canyon National Park in California. The National Park Service says Diane Salmon was last seen Friday while hiking with two family members on the Bishop Pass Trail in Dusy Basin, at an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet (3,350 meters). Officials said Sunday that nearly two dozen searchers are combing the area ahead of expected bad weather. Incident Commander Tom Parrack says the search will continue until it’s determined to be unsafe for rescue teams. Salmon, from Lafayette, California, was wearing a tan down-fill jacket with stripes and… Read More

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Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A tattered U.S. flag that captured attention nationwide as it whipped in the wind on the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Florence is being auctioned to raise money for the American Red Cross. The flag was flying over a light station called Frying Pan Tower as Florence made its final approach earlier this month. The tower’s owner, Richard Neal, tells The StarNews of Wilmington a live camera feed of the flag blowing in the storm averaged 100,000 viewers an hour on Sept. 13, the day before Florence made landfall. Neal tells the newspaper he is shocked by the outpouring of deep-pocketed offers so far in the charity… Read More

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