Indiana family comes home to find deer in their bedroom

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As any hunter will tell you, sometimes you can wait for hours in the wilderness without ever seeing a deer.

Or as one Jasper, Indiana family found this past weekend, you can also come home to discover one literally standing in your master bedroom.

Darrell and Jan Blocker say the buck helped himself inside the family home around 10 a.m. Saturday morning while the couple was away. Their neighbour says the buck crashed through a back window in the home, seemingly unprompted.

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“It was a big buck,” neighbour Frank Dedrick told the Dubois County Herald. “It came across my yard, [and] then it ran straight through that window.”

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The Jasper Police Department was contacted shortly after the incident, and the video seen above was actually shot by one of their officers after arriving on scene.

The tangled remains of the screen door and broken bits of glass on the floor clearly indicated the buck made its way to the bedroom after “breaking in” to the Blocker’s home.

Local and county police then worked alongside the Blockers to try and herd the buck out of the home.

“We had everything opened up so he could go out through the utility room,” Darrell said. “He just wouldn’t come out.”

Eventually, they were able to coax the deer out through an open window, with Darrell shooting more video of the freed buck bounding away from the family home.

The Blockers say they noticed a few drops of blood near the broken window, but otherwise had every reason to believe the deer would be fine.

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Their home was a slightly different story, however: the floor was scuffed in several places, a hole had been punched in the drywall, and some vases and a painting were destroyed by the rogue buck.

But Darrell acknowledged it could have been much worse.

“We were fortunate,” he said.

“I know when we start doing the estimate, it’s going to add up to more than you think.”

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Proposed cuts could bring ‘profound changes’ to Toronto police operations

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TORONTO —; A leaked report from accounting firm KPMG proposes cost-cutting measures that could trigger major changes in for Toronto police.

Mayor John Tory said the report suggests “profound changes” in an effort to try and constrain growth and modernize policing.

“I would expect that you are going to see some of those very significant reforms proceeded with,” he said.

Tory said the Police Services Board only recently got its first look at the report and has read it over in painstaking detail.

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“We spent two days going over that report. That’s how seriously we took it.”

The Toronto Star released details from the report which include replacing 17 police divisions across the city with “storefront” operations.

Tory added that although he wants to see the report be made public, he understands why it was not immediately available.

“When these reports are given to boards … I think it is fair … the recipients on the report are in some cases entitled to read those reports, digest them and consider them before they are made public.”

The leaked details come ahead of the police budget meeting which will be held on Thursday.

Originally pegged at 5.8 per cent budget increase, a revised 2016 net operating budget request has been decreased to $27M or 2.76 per cent over the 2015 net approved budget.

“It’s still a work in progress. It will go to the Police Services Board later this week and then of course it comes here for additional scrutiny and examination,” Tory said.

The report will be made public ahead of the Dec. 17 board meeting.

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WATCH: “We were shocked” Bisons head coach Brian Dobie on their playoff elimination

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WINNIPEG —; The Manitoba Bisons’ season ended like it will for all but one of the university football teams in the playoffs, with a loss. It was a disappointing end to the campaign for the Herd who went out with a whimper in front of a national TV audience as they were blown out by the UBC Thunderbirds 52-10 in Saturday’s Hardy Cup semifinal.

“We were shocked,” Bisons head coach Brian Dobie said. “UBC played a tremendous game. It was the best game that anybody played against us all year, by a mile.”

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Manitoba surrendered 29 first half points and the game was pretty much over before the start of the third quarter.

“You could feel a shark attack coming. You know, waters being filled with blood,” Dobie said. “You just see the momentum building for them and we’re trying to climb up a slippery slope.”

The two teams had met just seven days before with the Thunderbirds also winning their first meeting. But that game was a whole lot closer as Manitoba lost by only two touchdowns.

“We absolutely expected to win and I don’t mean that arrogantly. I’m sitting here after a blowout playoff loss. So I’m saying that in the most humble way I possibly can.”

A blowout playoff loss is a tough way to finish a football career and for some on the Bisons this was the end of the line. Even though much of the Bisons roster will be back in 2016, there were still a few tears shed after such a disappointing performance.

“There were guys sobbing, literally sobbing around the room, fifth year players,” Dobie said. “At the end of the day somebody is going to win the Vanier Cup, the other 27 teams in the nation will have lost. And I think for us in that locker room that loss was compounded by the way we lost.”

WATCH: Brian Dobie on their disappointing performance in the Canada West Semifinal.

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Gardiner’s tiebreaking goal lifts Maple Leafs to 3-2 win over Stars

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DALLAS – Toronto’s Jake Gardiner capitalized on his chances. The Dallas Stars squandered theirs.

Gardner’s tiebreaking goal late in the third period completed the Maple Leafs’ rally for an improbable 3-2 win over Dallas on Tuesday night.

Toronto (3-8-4) entered the game tied with Columbus with a league-low 8 points, but beat the Central Division-leading Stars (12-4-0) for the second time in nine days.

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“We knew they were going to push,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “We’d beat them and they could say OK, they weren’t prepared for us (Nov. 2 at Toronto). It’s a good feeling for our guys.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff had said beforehand that it could be a “trap” game.

“They got a couple bounces, all our good chances didn’t go in. That was the game,” Ruff said afterward.

Gardiner’s slap shot from the right point went off the stick of Dallas’ Colton Sceviour and past goalie Antti Niemi at 16:32.

“We’re not a team that scores a lot of goals, so we got to play good defensively,” Gardiner said. “When we get those chances, we got to capitalize.”

Toronto goalie James Reimer made 36 saves, giving him 79 on 82 shots in the season-series sweep of Dallas.

“They’re a great team and they create a lot of chances,” Reimer said. “Tonight was just a night where I was just lucky enough to get in the way, and when I couldn’t be there, my teammates were there for me.”

Gardiner also had an assist on Peter Holland’s tip-in goal late in the first period.

Dallas took a 2-1 lead on Patrick Sharp’s goal in the final minuteof the second period and Vernon Fiddler’s shot from a severe angle out of the right corner at 5:39 of the third. Jason Demers assisted on both goals.

The Leafs’ P.A. Parenteau tied it with just under 7 1/2 minutes left in the third, wristing defenceman Morgan Rielly’s pass from behind the goal into the net. The puck struck Stars defenceman Jordie Benn’s skate and slid across the goal line.

“I have a rule that when the D’s below the goal line, they’re not allowed to pass it out front,” Babcock said. “So it’s a good thing that it went in.”

The Maple Leafs scored on the game’s first power play. Dallas’ Johnny Oduya was off for holding. With his stick, Holland directed the puck downward off Niemi’s left pad and between his legs.

Reimer’s toughest saves came early in the period, when he stopped Antoine Roussel and Mattias Janmark. Ales Hemsky shot high on another chance from in front of the net.

Dallas tied the game with 34 seconds left in the second period. Sharp hustled to beat the Leafs’ Matt Hunwick in a race for the puck. It went to Demers behind the net and the Stars’ defenceman passed to Sharp at the left goalpost, and he wristed the puck into the net.

NOTES: The Maple Leafs have won four in a row against Dallas, by a combined margin of 16-6. … Sharp’s goal was his seventh, all in the last eight games. He did not score in his first eight games. … LW Antoine Roussel returned to Dallas’ lineup after missing two games because of an upper-body injury. … Toronto’s No. 1 goalie, Jonathan Bernier (lower body), made the trip to Dallas and Nashville. He hasn’t played since being injured Oct. 31, but could be close to a return.

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Greek ruling party calls on workers to strike against its own cuts

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ATHENS, Greece – Greece is bracing for the first general strike since the left-wing government first came to power in January, with workers across the country to walk off the job to protest against yet more spending cuts and tax hikes.

In a first, the governing Syriza party itself is backing the walkout against the measures, which leader Alexis Tsipras has said he had no choice but to implement as part of a bailout deal and avoid economic disaster.

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Thursday’s 24-hour strike is to shut down all public services, museums, schools and pharmacies, while public transport will be disrupted, ferries will remain tied up in port and hospitals will function with emergency staff.

More than a dozen domestic flights to small regional airports will be cancelled as civil aviation authority staff participate in the strike. Journalists will also walk off the job, cancelling all news broadcasts and online news updates.

Syriza’s Labor Policy division has called for mass participation from workers “against the neoliberal policies and the blackmail from financial and political centres within and outside Greece.”

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a second election in September after backing down from his previous anti-austerity positions and accepting a deal to impose further measures in return for a three-year, 86-billion euro bailout from other European countries.

The policy change was a dramatic shift from the platform on which he originally won elections in January, when he had vowed to rip up Greece’s bailout conditions and end austerity. But his brief first term proved tumultuous, with negotiations breaking down with the country’s European creditors and the government imposing restrictions on banking transactions and cash withdrawals to stem a bank run. Capital controls remain in place and it is unclear when they might be lifted.

The new government, a continuation of the coalition between Syriza and the small right-wing Independent Greeks, is now tasked with implementing the same policies Tsipras had initially vowed to abolish in return for the disbursement of bailout funds that will prevent the country from defaulting and potentially being kicked out of Europe’s joint currency.

On Monday, Greece failed to convince its European creditors it had done enough for them to release the next batch of funds from the bailout, with a meeting of eurozone finance ministers giving the country until the start of next week to reach a deal on outstanding issues.

The country is due a 2 billion euro installment ($2.2 billion), as well as 10 billion euros set aside for the recapitalization of its banks.

Although the government has met many of the conditions for the disbursement, dealing with non-performing loans and allowing the repossession of homes whose owners have fallen into mortgage arrears remain sticking points.

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Slovenia builds fence along border with Croatia to control migrant influx

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GIBINA, Slovenia – Slovenia on Wednesday began erecting a razor-wire fence along its border with Croatia to control the influx of migrants, as European and African leaders gathered in Malta to seek long-term solutions to the flow of people making their way across Europe.

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A convoy of army trucks carrying the fence and bulldozers arrived in Veliki Obrez Wednesday morning, and soldiers began unwinding the spirals of wire and stretching them along the Slovenian side of the river Sutla that divides the two countries. Other units were later seen further southwest, near the town of Gibina, also stretching the spirals of wire and stacking them on top of each other.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar said a day earlier that his country expects about 30,000 new migrants to reach Slovenia’s borders. His government fears that if neighbouring Austria restricts their entry, the number of people that would be stranded in Slovenia would be too much for the tiny Alpine state to handle.

“If we don’t act on time,” Cerar said, “this could cause a humanitarian catastrophe on the territory of Slovenia.” He said the “technical barrier” will be used to direct the refugee flow, not to close the 670-kilometre (400-mile) border as was the case in Hungary.

Nearly 170,000 migrants have crossed Slovenia since mid-October when Hungary closed its border with Croatia with a razor-wire fence and the flow was redirected to Slovenia.

Interior Minister Vesna Gyorkos Znidar said these measures “are not popular, but they are necessary.”

Meanwhile, European and African leaders converged on Malta for talks aimed at speeding the return of migrants who do not qualify for asylum and to address longer-term issues like poverty, climate change and conflict, which are forcing people to leave.

The meeting is taking place in the capital, Valletta, not far from the area in the Mediterranean where thousands of people have been rescued and many have drowned at sea this year.

Fourteen migrants, including seven children, drowned early Wednesday when their boat sank off the coast of Turkey, the state-run news agency reported. Divers are searching for more possible victims.

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Quebec government passes bill to scrap school board byelections

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MONTREAL – The Quebec government has passed a provincial bill to scrap all Quebec school board byelections – and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is fuming.

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The EMSB had a byelection scheduled in Côte-Saint-Luc-Hampstead for Dec. 13.

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“It’s unbelievable to all of us and incredible to see how the Ministry is disorganized under Mr. Blais,” Angela Mancini, chairperson of the EMSB, told Global News Wednesday.

“It’s almost like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing and he just changes things as he goes along.”

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Quebec Education Minister François Blais introduced the legislation Wednesday, calling for the cancellation of all school board byelections in the province.

The bill was one page long.

Blais cited low voter turnout for why he made his decision, saying it casted doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome.

“What we want to do is to put back teachers, parents, school administrators at the level where they should be – at the centre of discussions,” said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Mancini insisted school board byelections are just as legitimate as provincial political ones.

“At English Montreal, we had a 22 per cent turnout,” she explained.

“We presently had provincial byelections in which the turnout was 21 per cent. So, I’d like to know the legitimacy of those elected officials, as compared to us.”

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The Côte-Saint-Luc-Hampstead byelection was to replace longtime commissioner Syd Wise, who passed away last month.

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Three candidates already filed their documents to run for the position and Mancini said the EMSB is prepared to go to court.

“I think that there may be a bid towards the supreme court,” she told Global News.

“That’ll be a decision that the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA), the nine member boards will make in the future.”

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Lest we forget: Remembrance Day in Toronto

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TORONTO – Toronto marked Remembrance Day with several services and events across the city on Wednesday.

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, Canadians stopped and maintained a moment of silence for two minutes to reflect about Canada’s veterans.

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Thousands of flags were once again planted overnight on the lawns in front of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre —; a patriotic sea of red and white to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory delivered remarks as part of a ceremony in front of the cenotaph at Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.

Services also took place at civic centres across the city including East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York.

Early Wednesday morning, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) hosted a ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at the steps of the Mausoleum.

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RCAF members from 16 Wing Borden had a parade, laid poppy wreaths and held a moment of silence.

The Toronto Transit Commission marked the occasion with a two minute service pause at 11 a.m. ET.

The TTC also offered free rides to members of Canada’s military, war and peacekeeping veterans.

Toronto City Hall and the CN Tower will also be lit up red Wednesday evening for Remembrance Day.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is in China for a trade mission, also marked Remembrance Day at the Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong.

At the ceremony, Wynne laid a wreath and delivered remarks to honour the 1,975 Canadian soldiers who fought to defend Hong Kong during World War II, including the 550 who died in battle or captivity.

Premier Kathleen Wynne lays a wreath at the Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong.

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Israel condemns EU rule to label settlement goods as ‘discriminatory’

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BRUSSELS – Relations between the European Union and Israel took a dive on Wednesday after Israel derided a decision by the 28-nation bloc to specially label products made in West Bank settlements.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the EU has taken an “exceptional and discriminatory step” for “political reasons,” while Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon added to the condemnation by calling the move a “shameful step that grants terror a prize.”

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The EU move, which came after months of procrastinating, underscores the bloc’s unhappiness over Israel’s continued expansion of settlements on territory that Palestinians seek for their future state.

The 28-member union is now seeking to differentiate between its relations with Israel and with the settlements, fearing that a continued status quo would never push the Israeli government into changing its settlement policies.

Once the labelling is implemented, European consumers will be able to read on the label of most products if a piece of merchandize or goods — mostly fruit and vegetables — was produced on Israeli settlements. Israel fears the labels will be a political stigma.

EU Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis insisted the measure was “a technical issue, not a political stance.”

He said the guidelines had to be taken after three member states — Britain, Belgium and Denmark — already had imposed special labeling on their own, forcing the EU to streamline measures throughout the 28 nations.

“The EU does not support in any form a boycott or sanctions against Israel,” he said, insisting that Israeli products from within the internationally recognized borders still benefit from EU preferential tariff treatment.

However, Israel insists the step was inspired by an international boycott movement against Israel and noted that it comes at a time when the country is confronting a “wave of terrorism” amid stepped-up Palestinian attacks.

The Israeli foreign ministry said that “it is puzzling and even irritating that the EU chooses to apply a double standard concerning Israel” while other territorial disputes are treated differently.

The ministry also said the step “raises questions” about EU’s role in the region and could have implications on Israel’s relations with Europe. It added that the measure also will harden Palestinian positions and make it more difficult to resume peace talks.

After the decision was announced, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the EU ambassador.

Earlier this week in anticipation of the move, Israeli Cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz said “we cannot conceive it but as some disguised anti-Semitism.”

The measure will primarily cover fruit and vegetables from the area. The labeling should affect less than 1 per cent of all trade between the EU and Israel, which stands at some 30 billion euro ($32 billion), including 13 billion euro ($14 billion) Israeli exports into the bloc.

EU officials have said that in Britain, where the labelling is already in place, it has had no negative economic effect. Also, for over a decade now, the EU has excluded products from settlements from trade preferences.

Israel, however, sees it as a political stigma that would push consumers away.

The Palestinians claim the West Bank and east Jerusalem — territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — as parts of a future independent state.

The international community opposes Israeli settlements in the two areas, saying they undermine the goal of dividing the land. More than 550,000 Jewish settlers live on occupied land.

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Federman reported from Jerusalem.

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Budweiser maker finalizes $107 billion takeover of SABMiller

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LONDON – Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday announced a final agreement to buy SABMiller for 71 billion pounds ($107 billion), in a deal that will combine the world’s two biggest brewers and create a company that makes almost a third of the beer consumed worldwide.

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In an effort to assure regulatory approval of the transaction, SABMiller agreed to sell its 58 per cent stake in a venture with fellow brewer Molson Coors for $12 billion. The deal, which also includes rights to the Miller brand name worldwide, should ease concerns that AB InBev would have a stranglehold on the U.S. market after the merger.

The combined company – which as yet does not have a name – will also need to address regulatory issues in China, where SABMiller had a leading position with a 49 per cent stake in the Chinese beer Snow. China is the focus of intense interest, as it already drinks a quarter of the world’s beer.

“This combination would create the first truly global brewer,” AB InBev Ceo Carlos Brito told reporters in a conference call after the deal, which is set to be completed next year.

AB InBev is seeking to bolster growth by acquiring SABMiller’s businesses in Africa and Asia as changing tastes and the growth of craft beers cut sales in developed markets. The two companies own hundreds of brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Grolsch and Stella Artois, and AB InBev expects to cut costs by $1.4 billion after the takeover.

“The transaction would strengthen AB InBev’s position in key emerging regions with strong growth prospects such as Asia, Central and South America, and Africa,” AB InBev said in a statement. “These regions have hugely attractive markets and will be critically important to the future success of the Combined Group.”

The company will be listed in Belgium, with secondary listings in Johannesburg, Mexico and New York.

AB InBev and SABMiller had twice extended the deadline for a formal offer after reaching an agreement in principle on Oct. 13.

One of AB InBev’s prizes in creating a global beer company will be to gobble up SABMiller’s footprint in Africa. In a conference call with reporters, Brito made note of the potential for growth on the continent, where the middle class is growing.

SABMiller is the descendant of South African Breweries and has stretched its reach across the continent, betting that Africans will shift to higher quality beers as economic development increases disposable income. It had operations in 17 countries on the continent, with another 21 covered by Castel Group, in which it has a stake.

That foresight made SABMiller attractive to AB InBev, already the world’s biggest beer maker, as it joins the list of international companies seeking to cash in on the newest growth frontier.

“This is all about growth,” Brito said, “And we’re very excited about prospects.”

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Myanmar government promises peaceful transfer of power

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YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s transition to greater democracy after decades of military rule surged ahead Wednesday as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party continued its election sweep and the government promised a peaceful transition of power.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy said it received a message from Information Minister Ye Htut on behalf of President Thein Sein congratulating it for leading the race for parliamentary seats in Sunday’s election.

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Ye Htut said the government will pursue a peaceful transfer of power “in accordance with the legislated timeline.” He was not immediately available for comment.

The message helps remove lingering concerns that the military, which has a large influence over the ruling party, may deny the NLD power, as it did after elections in 1990.

It also means that Myanmar is likely to soon have its first government in decades that isn’t under the military’s sway. But while an NLD victory virtually assures it of being able to elect the president as well, Suu Kyi remains barred from becoming president by a constitutional provision inserted by the military before it transferred power to a quasi-civilian government in 2011.

Suu Kyi has declared, however, that she will become the country’s de facto leader, acting “above the president,” if her party forms the next government.

She described that plan further in interview Tuesday with Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia television.

“I make all the decisions because I’m the leader of the winning party. And the president will be one whom we will choose just in order to meet the requirements of the constitution,” she said. “He (the president) will have to understand this perfectly well that he will have no authority. That he will act in accordance with the positions of the party.”

The military, which took power in a 1962 coup and brutally suppressed several pro-democracy uprisings during its rule, gave way to a nominally civilian elected government in 2011 – with strings attached.

It installed retired senior officers in the ruling party to fill Cabinet posts and gave itself key powers in the constitution, including control of powerful ministries and a quarter of the seats in the 664-member two-chamber Parliament. In a state of emergency, a special military-led body can even assume state powers. Another provision bars Suu Kyi from the presidency because her sons hold foreign citizenship.

While Myanmar’s people voted overwhelmingly Sunday to remove the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party from power, it’s clear that the army’s involvement in politics won’t end, and the NLD will need to convince it to co-operate.

The Union Election Commission has announced the results of 151 lower house races, of which 135 were won by the NLD. Suu Kyi won a seat from her constituency, Kawhmu, which is part of Yangon state. In the upper house, the NLD won 29 out of 33 announced races.

NLD co-founder Tin Oo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the party expects to win about 80 per cent of the votes – putting it on pace with the party’s 1990 landslide that the military annulled.

If the NLD secures a two-thirds majority of the parliamentary seats at stake – a likely scenario now – it would gain control over the executive posts under Myanmar’s complicated parliamentary-presidency system.

The military and the largest parties in the upper house and the lower house will each nominate a candidate for president. After Jan. 31, all 664 legislators will cast ballots and the top vote-getter will become president, while the other two will be vice-presidents.

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Associated Press writers Grant Peck in Yangon and Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.

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No easy options for TransCanada after Keystone XL rejection

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CALGARY – Immediately after U.S. President Barack Obama denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada Corp. vowed to review all of its options.

Unfortunately for the Calgary-based company, none of those options are quick, simple or sure to succeed, according to a Washington, D.C., lawyer who at one time dealt with energy issues at the U.S. Department of Justice.

“There’s not much anyone can do to reverse the decision practically or legally in the short term,” said Jim Rubin, now a partner at Dorsey & Whitney.

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The one possibility TransCanada raised in its statement Friday was filing for a new permit to ship oilsands crude across the border.

That’s a non-starter as long as Obama is in the White House, said Rubin. Same story if the Democrats win the 2016 election, given the front-runners for the nomination have come out against the project.

The best hope, said Rubin, is for TransCanada to bide its time and see if the Republicans take power in 2017.

The rejection came when it did because a “perfect storm” of factors happened to coincide, said Rubin.

Oil prices are low, so Americans weren’t grumbling about pump prices. A new Canadian prime minister came to power who, while supportive of Keystone XL, has not been as aggressive as his predecessor. And then there are the UN climate talks coming up a few weeks from now in Paris.

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Rubin said there could be a congressional push to change the permit process, which gives the president ultimate say over cross-border infrastructure and the State Department oversight of the review.

But again, said Rubin, that’s unlikely to fly until after the next election – if at all.

“We would have to have a Congress capable of passing legislation and a president willing to sign it. Right now have neither,” he said.

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Going through the courts is the most complicated route, said Rubin, adding that the optics of TransCanada itself launching a lawsuit aren’t great. Other parties could argue they’ve suffered economic harm as a result of the project not going ahead, but that’s tough to prove.

A challenge under the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a protracted process and a win would be far from a sure bet. The best-case scenario for TransCanada would be recouping funds it sunk into the project, said Rubin.

“I wouldn’t be putting a lot of effort in that because it won’t make Keystone come back.”

Afolabi Ogunnaike, a Houston-based analyst at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie, had already been expecting Keystone XL’s startup to be pushed past 2020. Now the pressure is on the other three big pipelines out of Alberta to proceed – Energy East to the Atlantic and Northern Gateway and the Trans Mountain Expansion to the Pacific. The latter seems the most likely to succeed, he said.

TransCanada may look at building pipe along the same route of its existing Keystone network, which has been delivering crude to the Midwest since 2010, Oklahoma since 2011 and the Gulf Coast since early 2014. The XL segment would have offered a more direct path from the border via Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

“It may be something that they will be looking to do now as they’re going back to the drawing board, to really figure out, ‘OK – do we really focus more of our energy on Energy East or do we still try and push on KXL,” said Ogunnaike.

“Maybe they will pursue all of the above. Because one thing is clear: Alberta needs more takeaway capacity.”

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Before protests, U. of Missouri saw decades of race tension

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – This week’s events at the University of Missouri seemed to unfold rapidly, with little warning. But some students, faculty and alumni say the protests and sudden resignation of the president and chancellor are the culmination of years of racial tension on the state’s flagship campus.

The history of racially charged incidents dates back generations.

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When the university denied admission to black law school applicant Lloyd Gaines, the issue led to an influential 1938 Supreme Court decision that helped pave the way for the civil rights movement.

Three decades later, during the unrest of the late 1960s, the Legion of Black Collegians emerged at the university to press for increased minority representation among students, staff and faculty — a goal student protesters say remains unmet.

And the 2011 suicide of black swimmer Sasha Menu Courey after she was allegedly raped by several football players led some to question the campus commitment to investigating sexual assaults.

“Who built this university?” asked student government President Payton Head. “Who was building buildings in 1839” when the school was founded?

“Slavery wasn’t abolished until 1865,” Head said. “But we don’t talk about that history here at the University of Missouri.”

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Head’s social media accounts of having racial slurs shouted at him from a passing pickup truck helped spark a renewed protest movement at Missouri that culminated Monday with the resignation of university system President Tim Wolfe. Hours later, the top administrator of the Columbia campus, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, was forced out.

Other students — and some black professors — describe similar threats, from being targeted with slurs to tense confrontations with campus police over seemingly innocuous matters for which they say their white counterparts receive far less scrutiny.

“It’s an inevitability,” said Delan Ellington, a senior history and anthropology major from Chicago. “I felt lied to. I was led to believe this is a very inclusive campus.

Journalism professor Cynthia Frisby said she was spat at while jogging several months ago by a driver who displayed a Confederate flag on his truck, extended his middle finger and called her racial epithet. Frisby said she was referred to in the same way by fellow faculty members.

Late Tuesday night, tensions rose again on campus after the university announced it was aware of “social media threats” and had increased security.

The announcement posted on the university’s website didn’t detail the nature of the threats, and a university spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment.

A plaza that had been the site of a weeklong sit-in by protesters was entirely empty, and police officers from the campus department and city of Columbia were seen on patrol.

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David Wallace, a spokesman for the student government group Missouri Students Association, said the group asked university officials to cancel classes Wednesday in light of the threats.

Earlier Tuesday,, the university named Chuck Henson, a black law professor and associate dean, as its first-ever interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity. The appointment follows an emergency meeting of the four-campus system’s governing board Monday. The meeting concluded with promises of restoring a “culture of respect” while providing additional, though unspecified, support for aggrieved students and a renewed commitment to bolster minority hiring and recruitment.

Members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus met Tuesday with protest organizers, including leaders of the group Concerned Student 1950 — named for the year the school admitted its first black student. Also joining the meeting was graduate student Jonathan Butler, whose weeklong hunger strike led to a two-day walkout by more than 30 members of the Missouri football team. That move thrust the campus turmoil into the national spotlight.

“The issues going on up here are systemic,” said state Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Kansas City Democrat who is the caucus chairman. “This is something that didn’t happen overnight.”

The meeting with students was held in the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, a main gathering spot for black students named after a civil rights pioneer who successfully sued to gain admission to the segregated University of Missouri law school but never enrolled. Lloyd Lionel Gaines disappeared in a 76-year-old mystery with little likelihood of being solved.

The university that denied him admission to its law school honoured Gaines with a posthumous honorary degree in 2006. The Missouri Bar awarded Gaines an honorary law license that same year.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state had to either admit Gaines or establish a separate law school for blacks. Missouri chose to create a bare-bones law school for blacks in a former St. Louis beauty academy, leading Gaines to move north and earn a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He was last seen leaving a Chicago boarding house in 1939.

One of Gaines’ attorneys from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was a young Thurgood Marshall, who would go on to argue the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation case in 1954 before spending 24 years as a Supreme Court justice.

When unrest began to mount this fall, the university scrambled to respond, announcing plans in early October to offer diversity training to all new students starting next semester, as well as faculty and staff.

On Friday, the now-former chancellor issued an open letter decrying racism after a swastika smeared in feces was found in a campus dormitory. Loftin’s delayed public response drew condemnation from Jewish student groups and a coalition of 35 organizations, on and off campus.

Among other recent events, members of the Legions of Black Collegians, whose founders include a recently retired deputy chancellor, said slurs were hurled at them by an apparently drunken white student while practicing for a homecoming performance.

Resentment of Wolfe escalated after black protesters blocked his convertible during the homecoming parade and subsequently criticized the university leader for not speaking with them.

©2015The Associated Press

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