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January 15, 2019 12:54 PM China criticizes Trudeau’s comments on decision to hand down death penalty

BEIJING—China is expressing “strong dissatisfaction” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a retrial. Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying says Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible 5

January 14, 2019 9:26 PM Celebrities like Kylie Jenner may be facing an eggs-istential crisis

Jenner’s visual baby announcement racked up about 18 million likes in 11 months. By noon on Monday, Egg Gang had surpassed 27 million likes in less than 10 days. This is bonkers, especially when you scrutinize the photo. This egg isn’t lounging on an exotic beach, as popular Instagram exhibitionists tend to do. This egg is not at the club or on a red carpet 7

January 11, 2019 2:15 PM AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget

BARCELONA, Spain - The Spanish government’s bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia’s separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says. Catalan regional president Quim Torra told The Associated Press in an interview that the representatives of Catalonia’s separatist 7

January 11, 2019 1:01 PM Juncker says political feuding may mar Romania EU presidency

BUCHAREST, Romania - A top European Union official has warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that domestically Romania needs “an atmosphere and spirit of consensus,” because “pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally 5

January 11, 2019 12:48 PM Keyboardist Geraci leads Blues Music Awards nods with 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Keyboard player Anthony Geraci, singer Shemekia Copeland, and guitarist and songwriter Nick Moss lead the nominations for the annual Blues Music Awards. The awards are scheduled on May 9 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Geraci leads with six nominations, including song of the year, album of the year and band of the year with his group 6

January 11, 2019 9:39 AM EU’s top soldier: much expectation of what EU can do

NICOSIA, Cyprus - The European Union’s top military official says he’s working with other EU army chiefs to come up with proposals aimed at enhancing the bloc’s military capabilities. EU Military Committee Chairman Claudio Graziano says there’s “a lot of expectation” about what the EU can do in defence matters. He says projects like military mobility 6

January 11, 2019 5:00 AM Canadian librarians’ top book picks for January and February

The Golden Tresses is the final book in Cobourg-born writer Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. “This is a great series! Flavia is a witter, clever and lovable character. Her adventures will have you laughing and cringing at the same time,” says Karly Uhl of Essa Public Library. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden prompted this comment from Stephanie 9

January 11, 2019 3:37 AM The Latest: Local Texas GOP reject ousting Muslim vice chair

Republicans in one of Texas’ most populous counties are scheduled to decide whether to remove a Muslim doctor as a party vice chairman amid infighting over some members’ claims about his beliefs. A precinct chairman in Tarrant County has led the call to oust Shahid Shafi, a surgeon and City Council member in suburban Fort Worth. Top Republicans have condemned 10

January 10, 2019 8:52 PM Texas Republicans poised to vote on Muslim vice chair ouster

A party precinct chairwoman, Dorrie O’Brien, had led the call to oust Shafi on claims that he may be more loyal to Islamic law or connected to a terrorist group. Shafi denied both claims and other Republicans have called them bigoted. “Religious freedom is at the core of who we are as a nation and state,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Wednesday 7

January 9, 2019 8:04 PM Vice Media makes last-ditch attempt to keep reporter's materials from RCMP

A high profile RCMP demand for a journalist’s background materials related to interviews with a suspected terrorist should be set aside even though Canada’s top court recently upheld the police request, Vice Media argues in a new legal action. “In this case, there has been a material change in circumstances underlying the production order since it was first 11