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October 18, 2018 12:16 PM Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-obliterated villages

JAKARTA, INDONESIA—Helicopters are dropping disinfectant on neighbourhoods in the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken city of Palu to reduce disease risks from the thousands of victims believed buried in obliterated communities, Indonesia’s disaster agency said Thursday. The agency said that 430 hectares (1.7 square miles) of land and nearly 3,500 homes 6

October 17, 2018 6:21 PM ‘I ain’t dead,’ Roseanne Barr retorts after Conners premiere

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach said in the statement, which Barr linked to on Twitter. “That it was done through 8

October 17, 2018 12:33 PM Wendy’s worker who put ‘Chubby’ on customer receipt fired

GASTONIA, N.C.—A franchise owner of a North Carolina Wendy’s says an employee who called a customer “Chubby” on an order has been fired. News outlets report the Carolina Restaurant Group issued a statement Tuesday that says they apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and terminated the employee, whose identity hasn’t been released. Shue says he went to the Gastonia 6

October 16, 2018 3:44 PM Militants seize 14 Iranian security forces near Pakistan

TEHRAN, IRAN — Militants in Iran abducted 14 members of a border security force near the Pakistan border on Tuesday in the latest blow to the powerful Revolutionary Guard. Media reports quoted an unnamed but informed source as saying two of those abducted are members of the Guard’s intelligence department. The rest include seven members of the Basij 7

October 16, 2018 2:14 PM Northern Manitoba heart patient dies on bus ride to medical checkup after being denied flight, report says

THOMPSON, MAN.—A Winnipeg media outlet says it’s learned that a northern Manitoba heart patient died during a 10-hour Greyhound bus trip to see a Winnipeg doctor after being denied a flight to get to the checkup. CTV News says Abraham Donkey, a 58-year-old resident of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, died Oct. 3 along Highway 6 after getting on the bus in Thompson 10

October 15, 2018 10:33 PM Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

SEATTLE—Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. Allen and Gates founded Microsoft Corp. in 1975. Microsoft’s big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided 8

October 15, 2018 8:26 PM Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances, Harvard legal team claim

BOSTON—Harvard University intentionally uses a vague “personal rating” to reject Asian-American applicants in favour of students from other racial backgrounds, according to a trial that started Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard’s legal team denied any discrimination in its opening statement at Boston’s 7

October 11, 2018 4:55 PM U.S. border ban on Canadian cannabis workers lifted

VANCOUVER—Canadians who work in the domestic cannabis industry will be allowed free entry to the United States according to an update made quietly on Tuesday to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s policy on cannabis and the border. The update came with little fanfare but it indicates an enormous shift in a policy stance that had generated fears 10

October 10, 2018 5:19 PM After Beatles and Michael Jackson, Cirque turns to soccer star Lionel Messi

The focus on the FC Barcelona star, a native of Argentina, follows successful Cirque ventures that highlighted the music of the Beatles and Michael Jackson. “We are convinced that bringing Messi’s legacy to life on stage will touch audiences and speak to all football fans,” Cirque president Jonathan Tetrault said in a statement. The show will be produced 10

October 10, 2018 12:30 AM Canada and Quebec pull support for current head of la Francophonie

OTTAWA—The Canadian and Quebec governments announced Tuesday they are pulling their support for former governor general Michaëlle Jean to remain atop the international organization of French-speaking nations, backing instead the “consensus” candidate from Africa. Jean — who has held the top position since 2014 — is up against Rwandan Foreign Affairs 9