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Review: Penny and Sparrow push past Americana in 'Olly Olly'

Review: Penny and Sparrow push past Americana in 'Olly Olly'

“Olly Olly,” Penny and Sparrow (I Love You / Thirty Tigers) In the first few unassuming bars of Penny and Sparrow’s new album, “Olly Olly,” it is not immediately apparent that this collection of songs signifies a shift for duo Andy Baxter and Kyle Ja
Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

NEW YORK (AP) — Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots. They are the first large U.S.
Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine faced was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case.
Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

Waves of nostalgia for Canadians taught to swim by Red Cross as program winds down

Jaime Gonek doesn't remember what happened to the yellow jacket she had as a kid, the one adorned with sewed-on swimming badges she'd earned from years of lessons with the Canadian Red Cross.
Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels killed at least 70 detainees and wounded dozens Friday, a rebel minister said.
Retail sales climbed 0.7 per cent in November to $58.1B, Statistics Canada says

Retail sales climbed 0.7 per cent in November to $58.1B, Statistics Canada says

Retail sales rose for the second month in a row in November as Canadian consumers spent more on gasoline, building materials as well as food and beverages, Statistics Canada said Friday. Yet the uptick in retail sales of 0.7 per cent to $58.

Brazil bids farewell to its samba queen, Elza Soares

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians on Friday were grieving the loss of legendary samba singer and force of nature Elza Soares, a day after she died in her Rio de Janeiro home.
Mental health visits by doctors up 27 per cent in first year of COVID-19, study says

Mental health visits by doctors up 27 per cent in first year of COVID-19, study says

The annual rate of outpatient mental health and substance use visits by Ontario doctors increased 27 per cent in the first year of the COVID-19 crisis, a new study suggests, raising concerns about the pandemic's psychological toll across the medical

Josh Duggar seeks new trial or acquittal in child porn case

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has asked a federal judge for a new trial or an acquittal, a little over a month after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.
S&P/TSX composite down as energy sector posts losses, U.S. stock markets mixed

S&P/TSX composite down as energy sector posts losses, U.S. stock markets mixed

Canada's main stock index slid in late-morning trading, dragged down by losses in the energy and base metal sectors, while U.S. stock markets were mixed. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 185.64 points at 20,872.54.