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Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

LOS ANGELES — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81.
Oilpatch woes boost Calgary's downtown office vacancy rates to record levels

Oilpatch woes boost Calgary's downtown office vacancy rates to record levels

CALGARY — Vacancies in Calgary's downtown office towers have risen to record levels and there's no landlord relief in sight with almost one in three offices sitting empty and sublets accounting for a quarter of available spaces on the market.
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week: Virtual Roundup The Association for Mineral Exploration opens its annual Roundup conference on Monday in an all-virtual format.

Cargo ship sinks in the Black Sea; 3 dead, 6 rescued

ISTANBUL — A cargo ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Sunday, leaving at least three people dead, Turkish authorities said. Six others were rescued.

Austria extends lockdown to Feb. 7, toughens some measures

BERLIN — The Austrian government is extending the country's lockdown until Feb. 7 in a drive to push down still-high infection figures as officials worry about the possible impact of new coronavirus variants.
'Blue Monday' getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

'Blue Monday' getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

This workweek will kick off with what's fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history.
Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

BELGRADE, Serbia — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — overshadowed by heated political debates and conspiracy t
Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday.

Body of worker whose bulldozer fell through ice on inactive tailings pond recovered

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Oilpatch giant Suncor says the body of a man whose bulldozer fell through the ice on one of its inactive tailings ponds earlier this week has now been recovered.
Auto sector sees hope in tentative GM deal to spend $1B on electric vehicle plant

Auto sector sees hope in tentative GM deal to spend $1B on electric vehicle plant

TORONTO — A tentative deal that could see General Motors Canada pour a billion dollars into Ontario's beleaguered automotive sector could bring the province one step closer to modernizing its economy and keeping local production afloat, according to