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August 10, 2018 7:03 PM New Zealand to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND—New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting the precious coastal and marine environment 10

August 9, 2018 5:02 PM Ontario Power Generation buys U.S. renewable energy firm for $388M

Ontario’s government-owned power company is making its first foray outside the province, announcing a deal to buy New Jersey-based Eagle Creek Renewable Energy for $388 million. Ontario Power Generation says Eagle Creek owns 63 small hydropower facilities in the United States providing a total of 216 megawatts of capacity. The privately held target company’s 13

August 9, 2018 4:46 PM Court upholds ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s sex assault conviction

Persky’s sentence sparked nationwide outrage by those who felt it too lenient. The sentence was not part of the appeal and the judges didn’t address it. Turner filed an appeal in December seeking a new trial, arguing that the evidence presented at his trial didn’t support his convictions. The jury convicted him of sexually assaulting an intoxicated victim 11

August 7, 2018 7:56 PM Pension funds are boosting bull market bets as stocks climb higher

The risks to these systems are sizable losses during market downturns. Public pension funds lost hundreds of billions during the last financial crisis largely because of their exposure to public markets. They had 62% of their portfolio allocated to equities in 2007, according to Wilshire. The two largest public pensions in the U.S. — California Public 12

August 5, 2018 9:54 PM Five killed as a small plane crashes in a California parking lot

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked car in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said. Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly 13

July 31, 2018 1:28 AM U.S. senators want investigations into allegations of immigrant abuse

WASHINGTON—The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine allegations that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at two government agencies’ detention centres. Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and California’s Dianne Feinstein have written to the inspectors general 14

July 28, 2018 1:30 PM California wildfire destroys 500 structures, nearly levels community

REDDING, CALIF.—In the small northern California community of Keswick, only a handful of homes remain. The air is thick with the smell of smoke and chemicals. The rubble of people’s lives still smouldered a day after the so-called Carr Fire moved through Shasta County like a freight train. The flames so thoroughly ate up homes that it’s difficult to tell how many once stood 16

July 25, 2018 12:42 PM California officials to close heart of Yosemite as crews battle raging wildfire

LOS ANGELES—Campsites and lodges emptied out after disappointed tourists were ordered to leave the heart of Yosemite National Park by noon Wednesday, as firefighters battled to contain a huge wildfire just to the west that has threatened the park’s forest and sent up smoke that obscured grand vistas of waterfalls and sheer granite faces. Yosemite Valley 13

July 22, 2018 12:58 AM First she was accused of being a ‘sex spy’ for Russia. Now she faces a new battle to stay in Canada

Elena Crenna and her Canadian husband were thrilled when a federal tribunal ruled she was not a “sex spy” for Russia and should be cleared for permanent residency in Canada. “We were relieved that sanity finally prevailed. We were jubilant,” Crenna said of the immigration tribunal’s decision in May. “We even went on a trip to visit my son in the States 12

July 21, 2018 11:29 PM Dozen teams, including Raptors, passed on Kawhi Leonard in 2011 NBA draft

With the benefit of hindsight, every team would likely want a do-over. While some of the picks developed into solid rotation players, Irving and Thompson are the only other top-tier superstars to emerge from that group. In the final days leading up to that draft, then-Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo seemed to have narrowed his list to four: Biyombo 9