The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 (U.S.) in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The World Series champions owe $11.95 million (U.S.) in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office. The Red Sox stayed under the tax threshold when they won in 2013. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski predicted Boston against will exceed all three thresholds next year. The other 50 per cent of the remainder will be given to teams not over the tax threshold.
December 15, 2018 18:00 UTC
Demonstrations held across France by the so-called Yellow Vests drew less than half the numbers seen a week ago, with the lower turnout suggesting that the grassroots protest movement may be losing steam following concessions from President Emmanuel Macron. People across France have been donning high-visibility yellow vests for more than a month to express a range of grievances and demands, ranging from lower taxes and higher wages to better public services. Last week, the protests in Paris saw looting, torched cars and damage to shops, restaurants and property. The Yellow Vests protests have already battered the French economy, crushing growth just as Macron is in need of a boost to help deliver his reform agenda. Amid the disruptions by the Yellow Vests, the French are losing the will to spend: sales sacrificed to the protests already exceed 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), according to the FCD national retail federation.
December 15, 2018 17:48 UTC
PARADISE, Calif. — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and destroying 14,000 homes in the town and nearby communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Authorities warned Paradise has limited services and advised residents to use power generators and have enough food, water and fuel for their vehicles. The Butte County health officer issued an advisory strongly urging people not to live on destroyed property until it is declared clear of hazardous waste, ash and debris. Authorities also warned of an increased risk for flash flooding in the burn areas.
December 15, 2018 17:48 UTC
Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill to bar circuses, carnivals and fairs from using wild and exotic animals such as elephants and tigers. The measure signed Friday makes it illegal to use such animals in travelling acts such as carnivals, circuses, fairs, parades and petting zoos. In 2016, officials in Bergen and Passaic counties barred shows with such animals on county property. Last year, Illinois and New York banned use of elephants in travelling acts. Hawaii is considering banning import of “dangerous, wild animals” for performances, carnivals or circuses.
December 15, 2018 17:37 UTC
A December wildfire that was whipped out of control and threatened the evacuation of some Alberta communities this weekend isn't as out-of-season as it might seem. "It would have been a human cause, we just can't determine what the cause is at this time." According to the 2018 wildfire statistics for Alberta, 60 per cent of the year's 1,288 wildfires were caused by humans, with the remainder started by lightning. The total number of wildfires in 2018 was slightly lower than the five-year average of 1,414. "So if you are having a fire, even in the winter months, make sure you are soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again."
December 15, 2018 17:32 UTC
FREDERICTON—The New Brunswick government is amending its Motor Vehicle Act next week to slap harsher penalties on those who get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs. Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart says impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable fatalities on highways. ( Chris Seto / Guelph Mercury file photo )Police will also have the authority to use an oral fluid screening device on people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. There will also be escalating short-term licence suspensions of seven, 15 and 30 days for repeat occurrences within a five-year period and increased fees for getting a licence reinstated. The province says the amendments are intended to complement the Criminal Code of Canada, which already has “serious consequences” for impaired drivers, including heavy fines, driving prohibitions and prison sentences for repeat offenders.
December 15, 2018 17:03 UTC
"The first thing is that it's novel — especially if it's a real Christmas tree and it smells like the outside. Essentially, Christmas trees are everything a cat loves, wrapped up into one easily destroyed package. New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote laid out the stark reality for many cat owners at Christmas time in a series of tweets. A cat named Mr. ChristmasHelen Savkovic shared a memory from holidays past, involving a mischievous cat named, of all things, Mr. Christmas. <a href="https://t.co/ixnczD1JjL">pic.twitter.com/ixnczD1JjL</a> —@theregoesCarlyAnd now for more gratuitous Christmas cat photos
December 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Webequie youth Braiden Jacob made his first appearance in court Saturday morning. Jonathan Yellowhead of Eabametoong — a fly-in First Nation approximately 350 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont. Jacob's body was found on Dec. 9 shortly after 11:30 a.m. near the southern portion of Chapples Park in Thunder Bay. The youth had been visiting the city from his home community — a fly-in First Nation more than 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay — for health reasons, according to Nishnawbe Aski Nation deputy grand chief Derek Fox. Thunder Bay police acting deputy chief Don Lewis said Friday the postmortem results indicated a homicide had taken place.
December 15, 2018 16:18 UTC
MONTREAL — From now until March 15, winter tires are obligatory in Quebec and any motorists who don’t obey the law will face stiff fines. But beginning next year, the deadline for installing winter tires is being moved back to Dec. 1 from the current deadline of Dec. 15. Those caught driving without winter tires face fines that vary from $200 to $300, plus costs. A spokeswoman for CAA-Quebec reminds motorists that winter tires perform better, are more efficent in cold temperatures and significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Annie Gauthier also suggests that motorists should even consider getting their winter tires installed in the month of October next year.
December 15, 2018 16:07 UTC
Equinor Wind US LLC, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC and Vineyard Wind LLC each pledged $135 million to secure individual leases from the U.S. government, drawn by state pledges to buy offshore wind power. “These $100 million-plus bids reflect the strength of state commitments to offshore wind,” Cheryl Wilson, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “They’re creating momentum for an offshore industry in the Northeast.”Article Continued BelowRevenue from the wind auction flows to U.S. government coffers. “The intense competition we’ve seen in this offshore wind lease auction is completely unprecedented,” said Nancy Sopko, director of offshore wind policy at the American Wind Energy Association. Equinor’s victory gives the Norwegian energy company a second U.S. offshore wind lease, building on its existing holding east of New York.
December 15, 2018 16:07 UTC
WASHINGTON — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrik Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team. The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Berglund missed the past two games with what coach Phil Housley called an illness. Buffalo acquired Berglund from St. Louis in the off-season as part of a four-player trade that sent centre Ryan O’Reilly to the Blues. Berglund, who played the first 10 seasons of his career with St. Louis, has three years remaining on his contract at a salary-cap hit of US$3.85 million.
December 15, 2018 16:07 UTC
After a theft, a story and a tweet from the right person, 82-year-old veteran Edward Sheppard is once again strumming a guitar. Hope you get your stolen guitar back. <a href="https://t.co/4lmv4RfGzj">pic.twitter.com/4lmv4RfGzj</a> —@alanthomasdoyleDoyle wrote the veteran a personal note and delivered the guitar himself to Sheppard, who was at his son's house in St. John's. Yolanda Sheppard said her father called her after Doyle left to play her a tune, and to say Doyle "is a nice fella." (Submitted)Though the new guitar didn't come from his wife, Edward Sheppard told his daughter it means just as much.
December 15, 2018 16:03 UTC
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Dogged by ethics probesHe pushed to develop oil, natural gas and coal beneath public lands in line with the administration's aims. Asked by reporters last month whether he might fire Zinke, Trump said, "No, I'm going to look into any complaints." Zinke had a memorable administration debut when he rode a horse to his first day of work in March 2017. "Zinke will go down as the worst Interior secretary in history," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement released Saturday.
December 15, 2018 15:56 UTC
A 10-storey apartment building in Moncton was evacuated, including some tenants who were carried down several flights of stairs by firefighters, after a fire in an eighth-floor unit early Saturday morning. At about 4:30 a.m., a newspaper carrier noticed smoke coming from under the door of the Cameron Street apartment, said Moncton Fire platoon chief Rob Brine. The elderly female tenant was treated at hospital for smoke inhalation and released. Firefighters were on scene for about three hours and were able to contain the fire to the one unit, Brine said. The Red Cross said about eight adult tenants have been temporarily displaced, including the woman in the apartment where the fire started.
December 15, 2018 15:56 UTC
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi defended the results of two decades of European political and monetary integration against the return of “illiberal” policies and regimes. Speaking in his native Italy, where a euro-skeptic populist government is openly flaunting European Union rules, Draghi listed the euro’s successes, while admitting that not all have benefited equally from it. He said that lower than expected prosperity in some countries was due to domestic policy choices and to an incomplete monetary union. He also denied that the economic under-performance of some euro-area countries could be reversed by leaving the single currency and ignoring EU deficit rules. “As the history of Italy has shown, monetary financing of government debt did not lead to real long-term benefits,” he said.
December 15, 2018 15:45 UTC