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Unifor splits with Canadian Labour Congress over workers' right to choose union

The largest private sector union in Canada said Wednesday it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress over issues which include disagreements about the rights of workers to choose what union should represent them.

In a notice posted on its website, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Quebec director Renaud Gagne said the congress has also been less than supportive of their concern about American-based unions "trampling on the rights" of workers.

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Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

HONOLULU - Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was cancelled.

The state was slow to contain the situation, waiting 23 minutes to call officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get unnecessary approval to send a retraction. That call lasted for about one minute, a state emergency official said Wednesday, but residents and visitors still didn't receive the corrected alert until about 14 minutes later.

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Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country.

The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump that will increase corporate profits.

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Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

A little-known website's story of a sexual encounter between comedian Aziz Ansari and an unidentified woman is testing the boundaries of what constitutes news and what deserves to kept private.

The story on Babe.net throws a wrench in the #MeToo movement. Some feminist writers dismiss the incident as a bad date that should have remained private. Others welcome the piece for spurring a debate over deeper cultural attitudes that normalize aggressive behaviour toward women.

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