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Germany's Lufthansa aims to pay back government aid quickly

BERLIN -- Lufthansa's chief executive said Friday that the company aims to pay back billions of euros in aid provided to help the airline through the coronavirus pandemic before Germany's election in late September.
Germany's biggest airline, which also owns carriers including Austrian Airlines and Swiss, received a 9 billion-euro (US$10.8 billion) government rescue package about a year ago.
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Pattie Lovett-Reid: Advice for the $70M lottery jackpot winner

HUNTSVILLE, ONT. -- Lotto Max draw is the largest prize pool in Canadian lottery history with a projected jackpot of $70 million, as well as an estimated 70 Maxmillion prizes worth $1 million each.
Let's be clear: that is a lot of money.
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North Korean leader Kim warns of 'tense' food situation, longer COVID lockdown

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages and urged the country to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss national efforts to salvage a broken economy.
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Asian shares mostly rise as markets digest U.S. Fed moves

TOKYO -- Asian shares mostly rose Friday, as investors digested the latest message from the U.S. Federal Reserve on raising short-term interest rates by late 2023.
Japan's benchmark lost earlier gains and inched down less than 0.1% in afternoon trading to 29,009.75.
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Scotch whisky makers welcome suspension of costly U.S. tariffs

LONDON -- Scotch single malt whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland's main exports following the resolution of a long-standing trade row between the U.S.
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Global shares mixed as markets digest U.S. Fed moves

TOKYO -- Global shares mostly rose Friday, as investors digested the latest message from the U.S. Federal Reserve on raising short-term interest rates by late 2023.
France's CAC 40 added nearly 0.2% in early trading to 6,677.20, while Germany's DAX lost 0.3% to 15,684.53.
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Ford says outlook for 2nd quarter is improving

Ford's outlook for the second quarter is improving, as the automaker is seeing strong customer reservations for four of its new vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. now anticipates its quarterly adjusted earnings before interest and taxes to top its expectations and be significantly better than the year-ago period.
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Global shares mixed as markets digest Fed moves

TOKYO -- Global shares mostly rose Friday, as investors digested the latest message from the U.S. Federal Reserve on raising short-term interest rates by late 2023.
France's CAC 40 added nearly 0.2% in early trading to 6,677.20, while Germany's DAX lost 0.3% to 15,684.53.
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EU endorses massive pandemic relief for recession-hit Greece

ATHENS, GREECE -- The European Union Thursday endorsed a pandemic recovery plan for Greece worth 30.5 billion euros (US$36.4 billion), providing vital relief for the eurozone member's shaken economy.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen formally announced the approval of Greece's "recovery and resilience" plan at a ceremony under the Acropolis in Athens, providing 12.7 billion euros in loans and 17.8 billion euros in grants through 2026.
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Cruise giant Carnival says customers affected by data breach

Carnival Corp. said Thursday that a data breach in March might have exposed personal information about customers and employees on Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.
In a letter to customers, the company indicated that outsiders might have gained access to Social Security numbers, passport numbers, dates of birth, addresses and health information of people.
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NASCAR driver Cassill to be paid in cryptocurrency in deal with Voyager

CHARLOTTE, N.C., -- Landon Cassill will be the first NASCAR driver paid entirely in cryptocurrency in a sponsorship deal with Voyager that begins at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.
Voyager, a cryptocurrency brokerage platform, reached a 19-race deal to sponsor Cassill in the Xfinity Series in his JD Motorsports entry.
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Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Rockies not in public interest

CALGARY -- An environmental review panel into a proposal for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta's Rocky Mountains is advising the federal government that the Grassy Mountain mine is not in the public interest.
The federal-provincial panel says the mine would damage surface water quality and native trout species, as well as impair natural communities and biodiversity in the region.
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Loblaw expands PC Optimum at Esso stations, points redeemable on gas, car washes

TORONTO -- Canada's biggest food and drugstore retailer is expanding its loyalty program at Esso gas stations, allowing PC Optimum members to both earn and redeem points when they fuel up.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it first teamed up with Imperial Oil in 2018 to allow its loyalty rewards members to earn points when buying gas at Esso stations.
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