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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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Trump’s Team of Rivals? President taps past critics, as loyalists get tough treatment

Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video. Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.” On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team. Related Image Expand / Collapse In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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Modern Love: The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything

I was flattered. In my previous relationship, I felt more like a hamster, a classroom pet purchased in a rush and forgotten over spring break. Now I had moved on to men like this one, who saw me as a wild cat, and whom I pictured as a cross between a sea horse and a deer, track-star tall with a dancer’s grace. Not long after, he set off on a cycling tour overseas. My expectations of commitment were low. I was surprised to receive messages every day from remote villages…

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Nurse stabbed on the job pleads for hospital security law

Elise Wilson, a longtime nurse from Massachusetts, is pushing for a law meant to better protect health care workers. Wilson was attacked by a knife-wielding patient in June. Massachusetts Nurses Association, CBS Boston An emergency room nurse who was brutally attacked on the job is now one of the driving forces behind a bill that would require safety plans for health care workers, CBS Boston reports. Elise Wilson was assessing a patient at Harrington Hospital, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, in June when he suddenly came at her with a knife. “I could have…

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Texas school district approves paddling to punish students

THREE RIVERS, Texas — The board of trustees for a Texas school district has reinstated corporal punishment, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Officials with the Three Rivers Independent School District (ISD), nearly 75 miles south of San Antonio, approved the plan Tuesday night. Students will only be subject to paddlings if a parent signs off first. With the decision, Three Rivers ISD joined 26 other districts that allow corporal punishment. Students will receive one paddling for minor incidents, such as disobeying classroom rules. The new measure strays from the Houston Independent…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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“Don’t fear the fin,” Ocearch founder says

The shark tracking and research organization Ocearch is launching its next expedition along the shores of Montauk, on New York’s Long Island. On Friday, a group of explorers will begin focusing their research on tagging juvenile white sharks in the area.  During a conversation on “CBS This Morning,” expedition leader Chris Fischer spoke about the mission and the importance of keeping sharks populated in the ocean. “They are the balance keepers,” Fischer said. “If they thrive, the system thrives. No big sharks, no fish for our grandchildren.”  Play Video CBS This…

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Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Luis Severino, Again Facing the Best, Holds His Own in Seattle

Severino’s sharpness was necessary on another night when the Yankees’ offense struggled to muster much, and their two marquee relievers — Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances — continued to look shaky. Betances, who nearly threw away a potential double-play ball — Starlin Castro made a lunging catch to make sure the Yankees got at least one out — struck out Jarrod Dyson to end the eighth with two runners on. Chapman, who gave up a run-scoring double to Robinson Cano, needed 25 pitches to complete the final inning, which ended…

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