Portugal spending plan offers better times ahead of election

LISBON, Portugal — With a general election on the horizon, Portugal’s government is promising a financial windfall after years of austerity. The centre-left Socialist government’s 2019 budget proposal unveiled Tuesday offered lower taxes, higher pay for government workers, pension increases, more jobs, and lower energy and public transport prices. Finance Minister Mario Centeno said those […]

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‘Start low, go slow’: Experts walk bud beginners through cannabis 101

With the countdown to cannabis legalization Wednesday ticking towards 4-20, some novice stoners may feel lost navigating this brave new world of government-sanctioned bud. Whether you’re a first-time user, coming back to cannabis after a hiatus, or looking for a refresher, experts say there are basics bud beginners need to know in order to achieve […]

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Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding that the government is “greatly concerned.” Liberians have […]

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Lyon snares 4 wickets, Pakistan slips to 77-5 in 2nd test

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Nathan Lyon snared four wickets in six deliveries as Pakistan’s top order crumbled against the Australian offspinner on the opening morning of the second cricket test, slumping to 77-5 at lunch. In a stunning 11-minute period, Lyon (4-12) took a return catch to remove Azhar Ali (15) and then […]

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Melania spokeswoman calls for boycott of T.I. over video

ATLANTA — A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady stripping in the oval office. WXIA-TV reports that Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted Saturday asking how the video was acceptable. T.I., whose real name is Clifford […]

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Trudeau vulnerable with voters on deficits despite strong foundation of support: poll

Hardcore Liberals still love Justin Trudeau, but voters still making up their minds about giving the prime minister another term in next year’s federal election are feeling a little queasy about his government’s deficit spending. Fifty-four per cent of respondents to an Angus Reid Institute poll who said they would “maybe” vote Liberal disagreed with […]

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Thai police dismiss British woman’s rape allegation

BANGKOK — Police in Thailand said Tuesday that they have dismissed a 19-year-old British tourist’s claim that she was raped on a Thai resort island after their investigation revealed no supporting evidence. Police said at a news conference that three officers were sent to England to debrief the woman, who had told some news outlets […]

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California utilities say wind-driven outages still possible

LOS ANGELES — California utilities were restoring electricity after intentionally cutting it to tens of thousands of people because of extreme fire danger but high winds projected to sweep the area into Tuesday morning could see more outages. Winds strong enough to topple trees and down power lines killed one woman Monday and brought a […]

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