Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials.
Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials.
OMAHA, Neb. — CSX is acquiring a regional railroad in New England to bolster its network in the northeastern United States, but a rival railroad says the deal could hurt competition.CSX said Monday it is acquiring Pan Am Railways, but it didn't disclose terms of the deal. The transaction will expand CSX's 23-state network into Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine while adding to its reach in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.If regulators approve the deal, CSX would also acquire Pan Am's partial ownership of a 600-mile joint venture with Norfolk Southern railroad called Pan Am Southern. Earlier this month, Norfolk Southern raised concerns about this deal with the Surface Transportation Board because it said allowing CSX to buy Pan Am could undermine competition between CSX and Norfolk Southern in the eastern United States.Edward Jones analyst Jeff Windau said he's not sure how regulators will look at Norfolk Southern's objections.“The question will be obviously to see if it is really harming competition or if there are still ways for the industry to compete in those regions,” Windau said.If the deal is approved, Pan Am, which is based in North Billerica, Massachusetts, would become part of Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX.“In Pan Am, CSX gains a strong regional rail network in one of the most densely populated markets in the U.S., creating new efficiencies and market opportunities for customers as we continue to grow," CSX CEO Jim Foote said.CSX already operates more than 21,000 miles (34,000 kilometres) of track in 23 Eastern states and two Canadian provinces. Norfolk Southern's network of 19,500 miles of track covers much of the same territory as CSX in 22 Eastern states.Josh Funk, The Associated Press
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Anthony Lynn might be running out of time to show he can still lead the Los Angeles Chargers.The fourth-year coach is in danger of being fired after Sunday' 27-17 loss at Buffalo dropped the Chargers to 3-8. The Chargers are 8-19 since advancing to the AFC divisional round two years ago and 30-31 overall under Lynn.“You know that comes with the territory,” Lynn said about his job security. “Of course I like my job and I want to be here and I believe that I’m the right guy for the job and we can turn this around. But that’s not my decision.”Lynn and his staff are under increased scrutiny after a series of questionable decisions against the Bills, including a speed option on fourth-and-1 during the fourth quarter that led to a turnover on downs and a haphazard drive late in the first half that ended with a punt.Los Angeles moved inside the Bills 30 on three of its final five drives but scored three points.The last drive had the most obvious gaffes. The Chargers had first-and-goal at the Buffalo 2 with 25 seconds left after Justin Herbert’s 55-yard bomb to Tyron Johnson. Instead of spiking the ball, Herbert handed off to Austin Ekeler for a 1-yard gain. The final two plays were an incomplete pass and Herbert being stopped for a 2-yard loss.Herbert is a rookie and has limited experience in late-game situations. But Lynn wouldn't blame anyone but himself.“That falls on me. That was screwed up and it looked bad, I completely understand that,” he said. “We’ve practiced all situations before and the communication just broke down.”With the Chargers' playoff hopes all but dashed, Lynn's team has to show massive improvement in the next five games to avoid a major restructuring.“I’m frustrated and disappointed, but I’m gonna be myself,” he said. “It’s tough to go through so many of these but this is what we signed up for. We’re gonna finish.”WHAT’S WORKINGThe defence generated multiple turnovers in a game for only the second time this season, recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass in a span of eight snaps. It was the first time Gus Bradley's unit has forced three or more turnovers in a game since the 2018 regular-season finale at Denver.WHAT NEEDS HELPAnything have to do with communication between the players and coaching staff during games. Lynn and co-ordinators have said way too often this season that there have been communication breakdowns during games and that players are out of position or don't know what to do during key situations. As a result, the Chargers have often looked undisciplined or unprepared.STOCK UPJoey Bosa, the league's highest-paid defensive player, had a career game on Sunday.The defensive end joined Pittsburgh's James Harrison (2007) and Kansas City's Justin Houston as the only players to have three sacks, five quarterback hits, break up a pass and have a fumble recovery in a game. Bosa also had five tackles for loss. He has 47 1/2 sacks, which is fifth in team history — just ahead of Hall of Famer Junior Seau.STOCK DOWNMichael Badgley missed his third extra point of the season.INJUREDRT Bryan Bulaga missed the game due to illness but is likely to play next week. LB Denzel Perryman (back) is expected to be questionable going into practice this week.KEY NUMBER6 — The number of 300-yard passing games by Herbert this season, which ties him with Andrew Luck for the most by a rookie.NEXT STEPSThe Chargers have two straight home games starting Sunday against New England (5-6). The Patriots have won three of their last four, including a 20-17 decision over Arizona this past Sunday.___Follow Joe Reedy at https://twitter.com/joereedy___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Reedy, The Associated Press
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China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a U.S. analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. It was unclear which company had supplied its drug candidate to the Kims and whether it had proven to be safe, he added.
Tampa Bay's bye week is coming at a good time. The Buccaneers (7-5) have lost three of their past four games and will use the break to try to get healthier and set Tom Brady up for a strong stretch run that could produce the franchise's first playoff berth since 2007. ''First and foremost, get healthy and beat the virus,'' coach Bruce Arians said of the team's objective for this week's open date.
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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are proposing $25 billion in new spending to help Canadian businesses and workers make it through a COVID-19 winter and vowing tens of billions more to help the country recover once the pandemic passes.The government's fall economic update proposes to send extra child-benefit payments to families next year as well as to put cash into skills training and to create new jobs.For businesses, the government wants to bring the wage subsidy back to 75 per cent of business payroll costs and extend the business rent subsidy to mid-March.There is also money for long-term care facilities and the stock of the nation's personal protective equipment, while dropping federal sales tax on face masks and shields.Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's update makes clear the measures will be removed once the economy improves, although the timing is tied to the path of the pandemic.The cost to date has the federal deficit reaching $381.6 billion this year, but the government's math says it could close in on $400 billion if widespread lockdowns return in the coming weeks.Freeland's update largely adds cash to existing programs, but tees up work already underway to craft a spring budget. She said it will focus on an economic recovery that will include a three-year stimulus plan worth up to $100 billion, depending on the twin paths of the economy and the pandemic."If it's pre-committed and locked in, the risk is you overstimulate the economy, whereas this seems more that if things go the other way, there's more to come, which will support growth," said RBC chief economist Craig Wright.While the details have yet to be worked out, Freeland said the stimulus plan will include time-limited spending on things like a green economy bio-manufacturing — the industry that makes vaccines and medication.Freeland argued some of the down-payments on that plan are in Monday's update, including proposed grants for homeowners to make energy-efficiency upgrades. Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said the economic statement provides some short-term help, but it still "presents a plan to create a plan" for recovery.There is no specific "fiscal anchor," a measurement to moor government spending to keep it from drifting off target, guiding the plan. In its place are economic indicators like the unemployment rate and hours worked that the Liberals will use to decide when spending can ease off or when the taps need to be opened wider."As we build our growth plan, and as we deploy it, the measure we're going to be looking at to see if we've got the job done is really around jobs," Freeland told reporters.Rebekah Young, director of fiscal and provincial economics with Scotiabank, said the scant details about long-term plans will likely create unease in financial markets."The creation of vaguely defined guardrails with no real line of sight on the end of stimulus spending, let alone its composition, has arguably added more uncertainties to the fiscal outlook rather than less," she said.The country has recovered about three-quarters of the three million jobs lost during spring lockdowns. The Finance Department estimates the unprecedented spending to date prevented a further loss of about 1.2 million jobs.The document Monday updates the accounting on many programs, showing under-spending on some that the Liberals now want to top up, such as the wage-subsidy program that is now supposed to cost over $83.5 billion. A revamped commercial rent-relief program will cost $2.18 billion this fiscal year. The two programs are, combined, estimated to cost about $16.2 billion next year.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, noted the changes to business aid will help small businesses plan for an uncertain foreseeable future."Still, it is disappointing that government has not announced further fixes for new businesses and self-employed Canadians, who remain ineligible for nearly all of the key support programs," he said.Spending next year on extra child benefits will send $1,200 tax-free to families with net incomes up to $120,000, and $600 for families that make more than that.The cost will be about $2.4 billion, a little more than the $2 billion for extra Canada Child Benefit payments this year, bringing the total cost for the program next year to $27.9 billion.And while the document includes money for long-term care facilities, there is no specific bump planned in health transfers for the provinces. What the Liberals are proposing is to provide more money to provinces that see sudden drops in revenues through an existing fiscal-stabilization program, an increase provinces asked for last year.To pay for some of it, the Liberals are proposing to make digital companies like Netflix and Airbnb collect and remit sales tax on their products.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
For an 85-year-old Nova Scotia man, Lear is king.The two-year-old German shepherd, the latest recruit for Kings District RCMP, helped find the man reported missing from his home in the New Minas area late on Nov. 26.A search was started near the missing man's home. Lear and his handler eventually found the man safe in the woods several hours later after a four-kilometre search. Lear only started working in Nova Scotia this September after being trained in Alberta. RCMP Const. Jeff Wall, Lear's handler, said the dog has police work in his genes. "He comes from quite literally a long line of police dogs," he said. "His dad was a police dog as well. His mother was part of our breeding program, but not a police dog."Longest search so farWall said the rescue of the missing man was Lear's longest effort so far in his two months with the force. Before Lear arrived in the province, he and Wall worked together at the police dog training centre in Innisfail, Alta.The time together helped them bond."That's probably the most important part of our training," he said. "Our training centre really looks at the whole team, the handler and the dog as a package and how they work together."It's pairing the right dog with the right handler to get the just the absolute best result we can make for a team."General duty tandemLear and Wall were trained as a general duty police dog service team.It means they can track suspects, find lost people and help front-line investigators find clues. They can also take down a suspect, if necessary. It's all based on the dog's ability to track a fresh human scent, but Wall said environment factors can sometimes present challenges.Extreme, heat or cold and high winds can affect the dog's ability to pick up a scent, as can too many other scents in the area.This often happens when family members and other well-intentioned people are also looking for a missing person, as was the case with the New Minas search.Just a little praise"The big challenge that night was kind of breaking away from that and locating a track, and kind of departing the general area," Wall said. "Once we established that, it was kind of obvious that no other person would be in this part of the forest at this time of night other than our missing male."Wall said, like people, Lear just wants a little praise after he does a good job. Unlike his human counterparts though, Lear got to play ball after finding the missing man, and he got a treat.Wall thanked Kings County and West Hants ground search teams for allowing the story to end happily."This doesn't happen this way all the time," he said. "Conditions were in our favour."I've got a really strong tracking dog and I'm just super happy that it worked out the way it did."MORE TOP STORIES
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ARLINGTON, Texas — In a season of so much uncertainty, the Dallas Cowboys can count on one thing: being alone in last place in the NFL's worst division going into Week 13.While the Cowboys will say there's still hope because no team in the NFC East will have more than one win than they do, the reality speaks much more loudly.Start with an offensive line looking as if it will be permanently altered by injuries after battling them all season. And that's on an offence among the worst in the NFL since star quarterback Dak Prescott's season-ending ankle injury.The Cowboys (3-8) were supposed to play Baltimore on Thursday after a 41-16 loss to Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Because of COVID-19 issues involving the Ravens, the game has been rescheduled twice, now set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, because of three postponements of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh Thanksgiving game that is now scheduled for Wednesday.Whenever Dallas does return to the field, the idea of getting past Washington, the New York Giants and Philadelphia to win the NFC East and make the playoffs will be far-fetched. The Cowboys have lost three straight division games, and five of six overall.“I like to think there’s a lot of football left,” first-year coach Mike McCarthy said. “We all clearly have been part of this (injury) pattern and the pattern’s been one way. And I’m hopeful and will be grateful when it turns the other way. I don’t kind of just throw in the cards. I think you line up and play every hand to win and we’ll do that against Baltimore.”Already without starting tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins almost the entire the season because of injuries, Dallas lost two replacements on the opening drive against Washington. Zack Martin, a four-time All-Pro right guard who moved to right tackle to help fortify the line, aggravated a calf injury and will miss multiple weeks, along with Cam Erving, who exited four plays earlier with a sprained knee. Barring further injury, two undrafted players in Brandon Knight and Terence Steele figure to be the starting tackles the rest of the way.WHAT’S WORKINGSticking with the philosophy of drafting the best player on the team's board worked well. The Cowboys didn't expect receiver CeeDee Lamb to be there at No. 17. They grabbed him despite having greater needs elsewhere and feeling good about their top two pass-catchers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Lamb was the first receiver in NFL history to catch at least five passes in each of his first six games.WHAT NEEDS HELPMcCarthy hired a known gambler in special teams co-ordinator John Fassel. Two fake punts have failed, perhaps none more spectacularly in the NFL this season than one against Washington on Thanksgiving.Facing fourth-and-10 at their 24 and trailing by just four points early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys ran a pitch reverse with up-back Darian Thompson and receiver Cedrick Wilson, who had the option of throwing but didn't think punter Hunter Niswander was open. Wilson was dropped for a 1-yard loss, and the Cowboys gave up a touchdown on the next play to trigger a 21-point quarter by Washington.STOCK UPTE Dalton Schultz has been a pleasant surprise after starter Blake Jarwin tore a knee ligament in the season opener at the Rams. While he's not near the receiving threat Jarwin is, Schultz has been a reliable short-yardage target for all the Dallas quarterbacks.STOCK DOWNDefensive co-ordinator Mike Nolan could be one and done in Dallas. While the Cowboys lost crucial time for implementing a new scheme when the pandemic eliminated in-person work during the off-season, the defensive ineptitude early in the season was jarring. The unit has been better in recent weeks, but it was probably too late.INJURIESPrescott's broken ankle triggered a stretch of three different starting quarterbacks in a span of four weeks. Andy Dalton was a nine-year starter in Cincinnati before signing a one-year deal to be Prescott's backup. He got a concussion in his second start and missed the next game, then had to sit out another game after a positive COVID-19 test. Rookie Ben DiNucci and seventh-year man Garrett Gilbert each made his first career start in consecutive weeks, losses to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.KEY NUMBER207 — The difference in yards passing per game in the five games with Prescott and the six games without him. The Cowboys were leading the NFL by more than 70 yards passing per game at 381 through five games. They're second to last at 174 since Week 6.NEXT STEPSThe Cowboys will carry some emotional baggage the rest of the season with the death of strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul. The beloved member of the staff collapsed in the team's weight room last week and died a day later at a hospital, about 24 hours before the Washington game.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSchuyler Dixon, The Associated Press
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