Canada wildfire evacuations curb oilfield, pipeline flow(Reuters) - The wildfire that raged on Thursday in Fort McMurray in the heart of the Canadian oil sands region knocked out as much as a third of Canada's daily crude capacity and closed some pipelines. While oil sands facilities are not in the fire's path, several production companies and two pipeline operators have curbed activities to take precautions to move workers and others to other areas. Following is a list of what oil producers and pipeline companies have said about nearby operations: - Imperial Oil Ltd said that as a precaution, workforce levels at its Kearl oil sands mining project have been reduced to essential staff only.
Retaining wall, parking lot collapse onto businesses belowHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? A concrete retaining wall supporting a surface parking lot collapsed in Pennsylvania onto two businesses below, authorities said.
Good U.S. payrolls gains seen, but swelling labor force to cap wage growth
U.S. employment likely rose again in April, but a rush of job seekers into the labor market should keep wage gains moderate and buy a cautious Federal Reserve more time before raising interest rates again. Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 202,000 last month in U.S. Labor Department data due for publication on Friday, after growing by 215,000 in March, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is forecast to have held at 5.0 percent as improving labor market conditions lured some previously discouraged job seekers back into the workforce.
Facebook loses first round in suit over storing biometric data
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it "unlawfully" collected and stored users' biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. Facebook filed the motion arguing that the users could not file a complaint under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) as they had agreed in their user agreement that California law would govern their disputes with the company, and that BIPA does not apply to "tag suggestions." The court found that Illinois law applies and that the plaintiffs have stated a claim under BIPA. The complainants had alleged that Facebook's face recognition feature that suggests "tags" on photos unlawfully collected and stored biometric data, in violation of the Illinois BIPA.
North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress
North Korea on Friday kicked off its biggest political show for a generation, aimed at cementing the absolute rule of leader Kim Jong-Un and shadowed by the possibility of an imminent nuclear test. The first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years drew thousands of selected delegates from across the country to Pyongyang for what, in theory at least, was a gathering of North Korea's top decision-making body. The 33-year-old Kim, who was not even born when the last Workers' Party Congress was held in 1980, was expected to deliver a keynote address which will be minutely scrutinised for any policy shift or personnel changes in the governing elite.
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Rolling Stones get no satisfaction from Trump on song ban
It seems Donald Trump believes you can always get what you want. The US Republican presumptive presidential nominee appears to have dismissed a demand by the The Rolling Stones that he stop using the band's songs during his campaign events. "You know, we use so many songs," Trump told CNBC.
Kerry to address 25,000 at Northeastern graduation