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By Catherine Porter TORONTO – The new premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced Friday that he intended to reduce the size of Toronto’s elected government by nearly half, less than three months before the municipal election. The surprise move electrified the city, with many declaring it a blow to democracy because the changes affected the City Council, which had recen…

Business

By Matt Phillips Facebook shares plummeted more than 19 percent on Thursday, erasing over $120 billion from the social media giant’s market value. The sharp stock decline came a day after Facebook, one of the largest publicly traded U.S. companies, reported disappointing second-quarter earnings. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s holdings in the company took a nearly $16…

Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Reed and his bipartisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" on Wednesday announced a series of proposed House rules changes that would end the stranglehold that Reed's Republican party has on important legislation and force more compromise proposals to the House floor. Most notably, the proposed changes would end the informal "Hastert Rule," which calls on a …

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By Damian Paletta and Caitlin Dewey WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in an escalating trade war, seeking to temper growing Republican dissent over President Donald Trump’s trade policies. The aid is designed to help farmers facing tariffs in China, Mexico and other countries that imposed t…

Food and Drink

By Lindsey Bever WP Bloomberg Pepperidge Farm has recalled four different kinds of Goldfish crackers over concerns of possible Salmonella contamination. The snack company said Monday that whey powder used as seasoning in four flavors -- Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mi…

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By Levon Sevunts Deutsche Presse-Agentur Investigators looking into a deadly weekend shooting in Toronto have identified the assailant as Faisal Hussain but said Monday they still do not know the motive behind the attack. Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said its officials had spoken with the 29-year-old Toronto man’s immediate family and a family representat…

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By Kyle Swenson and Alex Horton WP Bloomberg The man in black prowled for targets on Toronto’s bustling Danforth Avenue at 10 p.m. Sunday night, pistol in hand. He shot at groups of people, witnesses said, then melted away in a frantic zigzag pattern down the street. Victims were left sprawled inside businesses as strangers gave first aid to strangers along a shat…

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By Jena McGregor WP Bloomberg Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has emerged as a Twitter brawler with 22 million followers. And some of them seem happy to swing even harder than he does. Musk made headlines last week when he lashed out at a British cave explorer named Vernon Unsworth, calling him “pedo guy” in now deleted tweets. Unsworth had been involved in the r…

By Richard Winton, Jack Dolan, Harriet Ryan and Christine Mai-Duc LOS ANGELES—A gunman who opened fire outside a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles was in custody after a tense standoff that claimed the life of one woman inside the store. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the death, saying the woman was pulled out of the store by authorities and declar…

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By Mark Maske and Des Bieler The NFL halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least tempor…

A duck boat packed with dozens of tourists in Missouri’s Ozarks capsized amid rough weather Thursday night, killing 13 people, according to local reports and authorities. First responders with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District rushed to Table Rock Lake around 7 p.m. local time to search for survivors after a “Ride the Ducks” sightseeing vessel sank with…

By Allison Klein Walter Carr sent his friends a flurry of increasingly pleading text messages. The college student’s car had broken down, and he was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning — at a home 20 miles from his apartment near Birmingham, Ala. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn’t about to miss his first day of work at a moving company …

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WASHINGTON – American democracy now faces its gravest internal threat since the Civil War. And that sentence rings true even if you love Donald Trump and believe every word he says and if history proves you were right to believe in him. Those are the only logical conclusions stemming from Trump’s illogical "summit” with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, where the Ame…

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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Nicholas Fandos and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – For nearly two years, Republicans have watched uncomfortably, and often in silence, as President Donald Trump has swatted away accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race, attacked his own intelligence agencies and flattered President Vladimir Putin of Russia. On Monday, even …

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis HELSINKI – President Trump stood next to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attack…