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BAGHDAD | Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

BAGHDAD— Iraq’s Oil Ministry says Iraq has resumed exports from its oil fields around Kirkuk, one year after the city was seized by federal forces from the autonomous Kurdish administration in the north of the country. Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad says an agreement was reached with the Kurdish Regional Government to export 50,000 to 100,000 … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Michigan OKs pot use

NEW YORK  — In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms. Voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures Tuesday. Michigan voters made … Continue reading NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Michigan OKs pot use

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court won’t stop climate change lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is declining for now to stop a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government isn’t doing enough to prevent climate change. The Supreme Court said Friday it would not extend an order it had previously entered temporarily stopping the case from going forward. Trial in the case had … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court won’t stop climate change lawsuit

NEW YORK | US stocks edge higher after strong jobs report; Apple sinks

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are slipping Friday as a big loss from Apple drags technology companies lower and an increase in interest rates hurts high-dividend companies. The world’s largest technology company forecast weak revenue and said it will stop disclosing quarterly iPhone sales. Stocks had surged over the previous three days and they’re still … Continue reading NEW YORK | US stocks edge higher after strong jobs report; Apple sinks

TORONTO | Supply shortages plague Canada’s new cannabis marketplace

TORONTO — The name of the store is High North, but it might as well be named High and Dry because for all but about four hours of the first two weeks since marijuana was legalized in Canada, there was no pot to sell. Trevor Tobin, one of the owners of the Labrador City shop … Continue reading TORONTO | Supply shortages plague Canada’s new cannabis marketplace

LOS ANGELES | Wait times for citizenship applications stretch to 2 years

LOS ANGELES — More than 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once typically took about six months but has stretched to more than two years in some places. The long wait times developed after President Donald Trump took office, and some immigrant advocates are asking whether the delays … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Wait times for citizenship applications stretch to 2 years

WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

WASHINGTON  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, a U.S. official said. Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

MAZATLAN, Mexico | Willa dissipates, but evacuations continue, towns cut off

MAZATLAN, Mexico — Emergency workers struggled to reach beach towns left incommunicado by a blow from Hurricane Willa on Wednesday, and the storm continued to force evacuations due to fear of flooding even as it dissipated over northern Mexico. There were no immediate reports of deaths or missing people, but the storm’s 120 mph (195 … Continue reading MAZATLAN, Mexico | Willa dissipates, but evacuations continue, towns cut off