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Elizabeth Holmes accuses ex-lover, business partner of abuse

SAN JOSE, CALIF. -- Disgraced entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes described herself as the abused puppet of her former lover and business partner Sunny Balwani in tearful testimony Monday, part of her attempt to refute accusations that she lied about a flawed blood-testing technology she had hailed as a major breakthrough.
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A shopkeeper in a small B.C. community has been ordered to pay nearly $99,000 to a former employee he repeatedly harassed and offered cash for sex.
Wooyoung Joung, who also goes by Aiden or Kai, fired the young woman after she rejected his $2,000 proposition and then snuck onto her property multiple times when she filed a discrimination complaint against him, according to a recent decision from the B.C.
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Hanukkah in pictures from around the world

 

Trans Mountain still 'days away' from restarting pipeline

Trans Mountain said on Monday it was "still days away" from restarting the key oil pipeline at a reduced capacity as heavy rains continue to impede restoration efforts.
The pipeline, owned by the Canadian government, ships 300,000 barrels a day of crude and refined products from Alberta to the Pacific Coast.
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'Vaccine' is Merriam-Webster's 2021 word of the year

With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: "vaccine."
"This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021," Peter Sokolowski, the dictionary's editor-at-large, told The Associated Press ahead of Monday's announcement.
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Amazon workers in Alabama get a do-over in union election

NEW YORK -- The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has ordered a new union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., based on objections to the first vote that took place in April.
The move, announced Monday, is a major blow to Amazon, which had spent about a year aggressively campaigning for warehouse workers in Bessemer to reject the union, which they ultimately did by a wide margin.
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TORONTO -- A Canadian currently stuck in South Africa is running out of options as he navigates confusing travel rules to come home.
Richard Maisel arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on Nov. 24, just as the world first learned of the B.1.1.259 variant -- later named “Omicron” – and is now looking at another two weeks in the country as airlines and governments restrict travel from southern Africa.
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Canadians stuck in South Africa amid Omicron scramble to find flights home

TORONTO -- Canadians currently stuck in South Africa are running out of options as they navigate confusing travel rules to come home.
Richard Maisel arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on Nov. 24, just as the world first learned of the B.1.1.259 variant -- later named “Omicron” – and is now looking at another two weeks in the country as airlines and governments restrict travel from southern Africa.
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B.C. extends fuel rationing with more rain expected in flood-soaked regions

British Columbia has extended its limit on fuel purchases until Dec. 14 in order to preserve supply for emergency and essential vehicles responding to the heavy rains and severe flooding that have hit the southwest of the province.
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Prosecutors have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a decision not to prosecute announced in a media release does not give a defendant lifetime immunity.
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Lava blankets swathes of Spain's La Palma

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The province must invest in culturally specific health-care services for Black communities to eradicate the barriers of systemic racism, stigma and intergenerational trauma to African Nova Scotians seeking mental health and domestic violence support, the Lionel Desmond inquiry heard Monday.
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