UK prime minister set to put her EU divorce deal to the test

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced continued opposition to her European Union divorce deal Tuesday despite announcing what she described as “legally binding” changes in hopes of winning parliamentary support for the agreement. The House of Commons will vote later in the day after last-minute talks with the EU produced assurances the deal couldn’t be used to tie Britain to […]

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Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit. The state legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday approved about $240,000 for three testing devices for crime labs in the cities of Meridian, Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene, […]

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Microsoft employees demand company cancel $480M Pentagon contract

More than 150 Microsoft employees signed a letter demanding the tech giant cancel a $480 million contract to build a HoloLens for the Pentagon, saying they “refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression.” “We are alarmed that Microsoft is working to provide weapons technology to the US military, helping one country’s government ‘increase lethality’ using tools we built. We […]

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Putin won't intervene over detained U.S. investor – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will not intervene in the case of a prominent U.S. investor arrested over embezzlement accusations, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, playing down pressure to release him before trial. The detention of Michael Calvey, a founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners, has rattled foreign investors in Moscow and is likely to further strain U.S.-Russian […]

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Russian wealth fund calls for detained U.S. investor to be freed from jail

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund has appealed to a court in Moscow to move U.S. investor Michael Calvey and several other detained executives of the Baring Vostok private equity group to house arrest, the fund said on Thursday. Calvey, a U.S. citizen, and several other senior executives were arrested last week on suspicion of defrauding […]

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Russia charges top U.S. investor Michael Calvey with fraud

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian state prosecutors on Thursday formally charged top U.S. investor Michael Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group, with fraud, hours before Washington accused Moscow of denying its diplomats access to him. Calvey was first detained last week along with three other executives from his fund after investigators accused him and others of embezzling […]

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Shoppers Drug Mart to shrink hours at 24-hour stores in Winnipeg

Shoppers Drug Mart will no longer be operating 24 hours a day in Winnipeg. The pharmacy chain had three stores that were open around the clock — one at 2533 Portage Ave., another at 43 Osborne St. and the last one at 2211 Pembina Hwy.  “Making the decision to  reduce hours is never done lightly. We consider accessibility and convenience […]

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Kelowna business says its days away from losing everything

Kelowna business owner Janice Taylor is biting the hand that feeds her, but says the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, or SIDIT, is “out of allignment.” Taylor runs a company called Mazu, a website dedicated to help protect children from online bullying. Part of her funding, in the form of a loan, comes from SIDIT, a provincially funded trust that […]

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