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October 15, 2018 4:44 PM In France, ten die in floods unseen in more than a century

“It was raining, raining, raining and my wife says to me, ‘We can hear water, switch on the light.’ So I switch on the light and nothing, it’s pitch black. So, what do I do? I get up and my feet are in water. I go to the kitchen, I open the door. Impossible. I am trying hard and then the water rose up to my belly,” the resident, who was identified only as Jean-Marc 8

October 2, 2018 10:07 PM Trump abandons threat of auto tariffs on Canada, saying it was just a ‘negotiating point’

“Given his statements recently,” said Lawrence Herman, a Canadian trade lawyer, “he’s effectively announced that any future auto tariffs, even with a Commerce Department report, would not be in compliance with Section 232.” Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said Trump’s comments could aid legal challenges 10

September 21, 2018 3:39 PM Amazon’s new microwave: ‘Alexa, please defrost my chicken’

SEATTLE—In a bid to control the smart home of the future, Inc. is offering makers of electronics a small chip that would let people use their voice to command everything from microwaves and coffee machines to room fans and guitar amplifiers. The online retail giant is hoping big manufacturers will sign up to incorporate the Alexa-enabled chips 19

September 10, 2018 1:17 PM Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won’t make hatchback in U.S

WASHINGTON—Ford won’t be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America. Citing Trump’s new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America 17

September 4, 2018 1:12 AM Trump’s NAFTA threat leaves Trudeau locked in high-stakes game of poker

That’s because Trudeau has leverage, too. It comes, in part, from members of Congress who want Canada in the deal. Trudeau could stand firm if he were willing to bet either that Trump would not submit a Mexico-only agreement to Congress or that Congress would not be willing to approve such an agreement. “I think it’s a dicey congressional atmosphere 31

August 29, 2018 8:37 PM Eglinton Crosstown taking shape, despite legal tussle

Metrolinx says it’s making “tremendous progress” on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, despite the consortium that’s building the line having gone to court to seek an extension of its scheduled completion date. Metrolinx officials took members of the media on a tour Wednesday of the Crosstown site at Mount Dennis, just west of Eglinton Ave. and Black Creek 14

August 21, 2018 2:12 PM Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has rods and screws placed into spine after crash

Hinchcliffe and Wickens drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Wickens had been surprisingly competitive since his series debut. He was on his way to winning the season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida, until he was spun in the closing laps. Wickens has one pole, four podiums, a pair of runner-up finishes and was sixth in the standings before his crash 22

August 20, 2018 11:56 PM CP Rail improves wheat shipment, despite extreme cold

Despite high crop yields in Western Canada, Canadian National Railway Co. shipped 24 million metric tonnes of grain in the 2017-18 crop year, four per cent less than the previous year, due in part to a frigid Prairie winter. Rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., meanwhile, nudged up its numbers one per cent year over year, shipping nearly 26 million metric 19

August 7, 2018 7:11 PM Elon Musk says he may take Tesla private and shares soar

It’s highly unusual for the head of a major company make a significant announcement in such casual manner. The tweet prompted questions about how serious Musk’s intentions were. His asking price of $420 would be 22 per cent of Monday’s closing share price, and nearly 9 per cent above the stock’s all-time closing high of $385. The figure even drew some jokes 21

July 26, 2018 1:00 PM Every Tom Cruise stunt that blew our minds in ‘Fallout’

Yup, that’s Cruise flying on a motorcycle between — and into — traffic for the action involving famed Paris landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe. Hunt didn’t grab a helmet in his run from police, so Cruise’s mop flies in the hair-raising scene. French officials gave the film crew two hours starting at 6 a.m. on a Sunday to shoot the scenes near the closed-down 29