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August 15, 2018 3:28 PM Federal Court certifies class action lawsuit against obituary site

ST. JOHN'S, N.L.—The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit against a website that collects obituaries and reposts them. St. John's lawyer Erin Best says the class involves between one and 2.5 million members, based on the number of entries, and includes people who have "authored or received by assignment" the obituaries and photos 5

August 13, 2018 8:34 PM Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ sells enough to beat Drake

As with other recent releases by Dave Matthews, Shawn Mendes, Pink and others, Scott linked album sales to concert tickets — although unlike the others, who bundled CDs with ticket sales, Scott sold his album first and promised his fans access to “a future Travis Scott headline tour,” with details to follow. “Scorpion” fell to No. 2 with 138 million 8

August 13, 2018 6:27 PM Netflix’s CFO to step down following cash-fueled expansion

Netflix Inc. chief financial officer David Wells will step down after eight years on the job, during which the streaming service grew into an entertainment giant that spends more on movies and TV shows than the biggest Hollywood studios. Wells, 47, will help choose a successor and stay on until his replacement takes over to make sure the transition goes smoothly 9

August 13, 2018 2:06 AM India prepares to fight hate speech in world’s biggest election

Holding elections in world’s second most populous country is a complex and daunting task. The Election Commission has already begun preparations on logistic and security arrangements in the country of 1.3 billion, scheduled to elect their new federal government in April and May 2019. About 875 million voters are eligible to cast their votes, or more than the combined 11

August 12, 2018 12:56 PM And we have liftoff! NASA solar probe en route to the sun for the closest look ever

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.—A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August’s total solar eclipse. It eventually 9

August 11, 2018 1:36 AM Ex-Blue Jays pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleads guilty to drug charges

Loaiza attorney, Janice Deaton, declined to speak with reporters after leaving the courthouse. The hurler played for several professional teams between 1995 and 2008, including the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star 10

August 10, 2018 10:13 PM Battling one of the worst fire seasons, Ontario commits millions more to the fight

Dry conditions and frequent lightning have led to one of the province’s worst fire seasons, prompting the Ontario government to spend an extra $100 million to battle the blazes. “This is an additional amount of money to be injected into our fire system,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek told the Star in a telephone interview Friday 9

August 10, 2018 12:58 PM Cineplex profit jumps in second quarter on higher attendance, more spending per person

Cineplex Inc. had $24.4 million of net income in the second quarter, beating analyst profit estimates, as total revenue increased by 12.4 per cent from last year and the company made progress on its cost-reduction efforts. The Toronto-based cinema and entertainment company says revenue for the three-months ended June 30 was $409 million, a record high for the second 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 12

August 9, 2018 2:05 PM Chelsea signs Kovacic on loan from Madrid

The 24-year-old Kovacic was part of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, where it lost to France. Kovacic has been at Madrid since 2015, joining from Inter Milan. Chelsea has also sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($120 million) 6