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Celebrated Quebec-born novelist and playwright Marie-Claire Blais dead at 82

Celebrated Quebec-born novelist and playwright Marie-Claire Blais dead at 82

MONTREAL — Celebrated Quebec-born author, poet and playwright Marie-Claire Blais has died at the age of 82. Agence Goodwin, the agency that represented her, said she died Tuesday in Key West, Fla., where she had lived in recent years.
Review: Leaving the Children of God 'sex cult'

Review: Leaving the Children of God 'sex cult'

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sex Cult Nun” by Faith Jones (William Morrow) Faith Jones’ vivid memoir “Sex Cult Nun” chronicles her 23 years in the infamous Children of God cult and her slow journey to leave.
Powell: Fed 'not at all sure' inflation will fade next year

Powell: Fed 'not at all sure' inflation will fade next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh sign of his growing concerns about inflation, Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Federal Reserve can't be sure that price increases will slow in the second half of next year as many economists expect.
RBC raises dividend, reports profits up but under pressure from interest rate margins

RBC raises dividend, reports profits up but under pressure from interest rate margins

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada raised its dividend Wednesday as it reported a rise in fourth-quarter profits from last year, though it said earnings were hit by lower margins in part from low interest rates and heightened competition.
Dumping day: Lobster fishing season opens in southwestern Nova Scotia

Dumping day: Lobster fishing season opens in southwestern Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's fall lobster fishing season opened early today in the two most lucrative fishing areas in Canada.
Review: Animated doc 'Flee' tells young refugee’s journey

Review: Animated doc 'Flee' tells young refugee’s journey

Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when he encountered a new face on a local train in his sleepy Danish town. It was the kind of place where immigrants couldn’t help but stand out, but Rasmussen noticed this kid’s style first.
Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett is on trial this week on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago.

German court OKs ban on Cyprus-based porn sites

BERLIN (AP) — A court has ruled that German authorities are justified in banning three pornographic websites based in Cyprus from operating in Germany due to rules intended to protect minors.
GM venture to build North American battery chemical plant

GM venture to build North American battery chemical plant

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is forming a joint venture with Posco Chemical of South Korea to build a North American battery materials plant as it brings more steps in the electric vehicle supply chain under its umbrella.
Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant .